About U Shaped Kitchen Designs
The kitchen work triangle is often touted as the ultimate design consideration for kitchen layouts. But while it’s important to reference the work triangle in a kitchen remodel, it isn’t the solution to every layout problem. Instead, focus on what works best for you and making sure the route between your work centers — cooking, prep and cleaning — is direct.
The guiding principle of universal design is simple — a space should be comfortable and easy to use for everyone, regardless of age or ability. This is particularly true in a high-traffic area like the kitchen. Taking simple things like counter height and door sizes and types into account can make a dramatic difference in who will be able to access and use your kitchen.When we did our remodel, our contractor suggested a thousand things I had never really thought about. They weren’t necessarily design considerations; they were more quality-of-life considerations — just little things you didn’t know you were missing until you had them. Here are eight little touches I didn’t know I couldn’t live without until I lived with them. What are yours?
Kimberly is a rare person in the Puget Sound region; an actual native of the area. Having grown up in Bellevue, she graduated with a 3 year degree in Interior Design from Bellevue Community College. After spending several years in the commercial furniture industry, she began her career in designing kitchens with a Bellevue firm in 1993. Kimberly has raised the bar from the very start. Only 3 years into her career she became a Certified Kitchen Designer.
Two years later, in 1997, she designed the Best Kitchen, Street of Dreams. Projects designed by Kimberly have been published in Northwest Living Magazine, Better Homes and GardensBuilding Ideas. While these are great achievements, they are no surprise. She loves good design. The excitement in interior design doesn't always come from working on the biggest, most expensive projects. Often, the joy comes from providing a simple solution to a stubborn problem, or building a beautiful kitchen on a tight budget. Kimberly understands that successful design isn't just about creativity and the mechanics of design, although both are important; it's about listening to your clients, understanding what is important to them, and incorporating it into a project they will love. As Co-Founder of Kitchen Companions and KC Fine Cabinetry, Kimberly looks forward to putting these skills to use.
As the Seattle area has grown and matured over the past 20 years, cabinetry for the home has kept pace. While "custom cabinets" used to mean they were built by a smaller company, capable of building unusual sizes, today it means being able to provide and install products in many wood species, in hundreds of door styles, and literally thousands of finishes. It means understanding and providing the unbelievable array of architectural components to properly present the design. Each project is unique and has its own challenges from the proper marriage of materials to a skillful solution and artful application. The trick is being able to determining what the Client's needs are as well as presenting options the Client has never thought of. Clint and Kimberly and KC Fine Cabinetry have all this under one roof. With their 40 years combined experience and unlimited styles, colors and materials at their disposal, this is truly what "custom cabinets" means today.
Now Clint and Kimberly have joined forces to present a truly dynamic duo. With the marriage of each Designer and their unique skill set along with the fact that they are actually married to one another makes Kitchen Companions a force in the Seattle area. When you work with Clint and Kimberly you truly get two for the price of one.
It is impossible to slam a drawer or cabinet in my kitchen. Each closes with a small whisper. It’s calming somehow.Looking down into a well-lit space is much better than looking deep into a dark kitchen cabinet. In this kitchen large drawers have completely replaced cabinets. Just make sure they are all soft close.Looking down into a well-lit space is much better than looking deep into a dark kitchen cabinet. In this kitchen large drawers have completely replaced cabinets. Just make sure they are all soft close.
People told us, they did. But we didn’t listen, and because of that we killed a lot of plants over 12 years. Last year we finally had an irrigation system put in. The yard is nicer, the plants are healthier and life is easier.