Sunday, July 26, 2015

A Transitional Style Kitchen Remodeling Project

According to Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies, the remodeling industry is poised for a "pick-up." After a bit of slump, the JCHS notes, "the LIRA [Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity] projects annual spending growth for home improvements will accelerate to 4.0% by the first quarter of 2016."

With the acceleration, no doubt, will come a wave of advertising. In the upcoming months, the remodeling industry will try to sell you products and ideas with promises of quality and durability and even happiness. From your kitchen floor to your cabinets, you will be offered a seemingly endless variety of choices--a variety that can leave even the most industrious and organized homeowner feeling bewildered.

At MKBD, we believe less is more. We're all for bountiful options, and of course we pride ourselves on the quality of our work, the durability of our supplies.

When it's time to design your space, however, a little pruning can go a long way. One of the easiest ways to simplify your home remodeling project is to limit your choices. And the easiest way to limit (or, if you prefer, refine) your choices is by choosing a specific design style that suits you temperament.

If you're remodeling your kitchen, for example, you might choose a traditional or contemporary style--or, if you can't decide, you might choose a transitional design, with both traditional and contemporary elements combined.

A contemporary  kitchen with transitional elements in Richboro, PA

A Transitional Style

MKBD recently had the privilege of designing a contemporary kitchen with transitional elements for a busy family in Richboro, Pennsylvania. This unique blending of design styles created an attractive space for the family to meet and eat after a long day.

If you browse photos online, you're likely to confront some form of a transitional style in most kitchens. Transitional is the bridge between traditional and contemporary, between the warm, nostalgic kitchens of yesterday and the sleek, minimalist kitchens of today.

By blending elements of both styles, you can create a style uniquely suited to your family's personality. In the upcoming weeks, we will explore in more depth traditional and contemporary design, respectively. For now, however, we wanted to show you what a transitional kitchen can look like.

Clean, Seamless Design

One great advantage of the contemporary style is the focus on clean, simple lines. To achieve this look, we build the appliances into the cabinetry, creating a seamless, elegant look. Clean lines aren't simply about elegance, however. In a contemporary kitchen, efficiency is key, and clean lines promote ease-of-movement.

Note how the appliances are built into the cabinetry, creating
a clean, uncluttered appearance.

Clean lines mean ease-of-movement, too

Update a Traditional Style

One way to create a seamless transitional style is to take a traditional element and update it with contemporary features. We love the timeless look of Shaker cabinets with their flat-paneled doors and rail frames. However, for a subtle touch of the contemporary, in this project we added glass doors to some of the cabinets.

Shaker cabinets with glass panels

We also love Shaker cabinets for their sturdy wood, often sourced locally to MKBD. We sourced these cabinets from Diamond Cabinetry, one of the top purveyors of fine cabinetry.

Transitional Materials

In this project, the customer wanted traditional materials that satisfy the contemporary appeal of simplicity. The wood Shaker cabinets painted white are the essence of traditional simplicity.

We also used black granite countertops--instead of quartz--to create a solid color palette. The grey backsplash is a traditional marble tile that offers subtle contemporary texture.

And of course, the wood floors are the essence of traditional, a perfect addition to this simple, elegant kitchen.

Wood, quartz, and marble--transitional materials


We hope our website can provide you with all the information you might need about our company. If you're thinking about remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, please do not hesitate to call us: 215-355-4747.

Some homeowners choose to call a remodeling company only after they have spent countless hours researching their project. We're all for research, but including a home remodeling company at the very beginning of the exploration process can increase your chances of success. A remodeling company can guide you in your exploration, saving you time. A home remodeling company can also help you set reasonable parameters for your project.

How long might the project take to complete?

What are the best materials for your lifestyle?

And how about the cost?

Remember: Take advantage of our FREE In-Home Remodeling Estimate

And if you have any questions about your next kitchen remodeling project, please feel free to call MKBD for an individualized consultation.

Call now! 215-355-4747. Better yet, check out our Free In-Home Remodeling Estimate on this very blog!

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