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Pierce Street Bathroom Remodel

Our Pierce Street Bathroom Remodel is complete and our client was so nice to send in some photos! Although they are a little fuzzy, you can get the general idea as to how pretty it came out! We love how nice the Cambria countertops look with the beautiful sea glass wall color!

Our client also gave us a 5 star review on Houzz: "Needed to update our bathroom with a new vanity and fixtures. Loved what Kitchen and Bath Details designed for us. Decided to then do tiles in tub and on floor. Couldn't have been more pleased with their help and kindness."

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Inviting Snipatuit Kitchen, Mudroom and Master Bath

It was such a pleasure working with a wonderful couple on this beautiful home remodel.  It thrills us immensely to read the review they posted for us on Houzz:

"Just wanted to give a shout out to Kitchen and Bath details and the staff Tena, Jill, Kat and Lauren for all of their help in a big renovation project that was a long time coming.. I was living in a dated cramped kitchen for many years and finally the time had come to do the much needed renovation.. I had lots of ideas in my head but I could not be sure that it would be designed right. I had Kitchen and Bath details come out to the house and I met with Tena. She knew what my vision was and that I was game for any changes she wanted to do to the interior of my home. With her vision and tape measure in hand she came up with a design on paper that was exactly what I visioned. Cabinets were in perfect condition and quartz countertops were also on installation day. My contractor was on budget and on time. No delays. Amazing details were added. Some surprise gifts were given to me by my husband and that included the Wolf steam convection oven and wolf range with a built in grill and the biggest sub zero refrigerator I will ever own. Jill handled all the appliance ordering and once again EXCELLENT! No delays and in perfect condition on installation day. Also Tena's designed included a mud room and master bathroom. Cabinetry was made by Starmark kitchen and bath Cabinetry and it looks amazing. We did buttercream on the main cabinets and change it up on the island with a Mahogany finish. I could not be any happier. Any minor issues which were very few we're handle by Lauren and Kat and were immediately taken care on that day. The whole project team is very professional friendly and a VERY happy experience by my husband and I. I highly recommend this company in any renovation projects for your own home. Thanks Kitchen and Bath details for a kitchen and bath that I will enjoy for a very long time... "

Here's a look at their fabulous new space! Wouldn't you love to cook in this kitchen?? Our photographer was so thrilled to see that our client actually WAS cooking (take note of the Wolf E Series Wall Oven perfectly baking a yummy lasagna)!

Photography by Phil Mello of Big Fish Studio

Installation and General Contracting by In House Custom

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Snipatuit Appliances
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Mudroom Cabinetry

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Master Bathroom

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snipatuit framless glass shower
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Ship Street Serenity

We are very excited to share the great kitchen transformation at our ‘Ship Street Serenity’ project. Tena turned a completely dysfunctional and dated kitchen into a fully functional dream come true for our clients.

The main goal was to create a space for our clients to enjoy life in a serene atmosphere. We selected a beautiful Praa Sands Cambria countertop for the island and the pantry to bring in calming colors of sea glass. This countertop was our key in tying in all of the other elements in the room.  

BEFORE...

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AFTER!

StarMark Cabinetry
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Praa Sands Cambria
Photography by Phil Mello of Big Fish Studio

Photography by Phil Mello of Big Fish Studio

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Luxe Lewis Wharf

We were so excited to take a job up at Lewis Wharf in the North End of Boston. What an amazing location! We worked with our client a few years back on their kitchen remodel in Cohasset, so we were very familiar with their style and wants/needs. Because this remodel was in the city, our client decided to stray from the norm and add a little urban twist to this space.  We are so pleased with the way everything turned out and our client is as well, which is even more important!

Recent message from our Lewis Wharf client:

"Our kitchen turned out even more amazing than we anticipated!!!  The first thing we do when we enter our apartment is turn on the under cabinet and  glass cabinet lighting in the kitchen . . . and Voila!!! All of your help in choosing the cabinetry, hardware, appliances, countertops . . . right down to the "Details" . . . was invaluable!!! The master bath is a dream to use! Thank you for all of your advice and guidance!!!"

Tena's Design Objective: To provide my client with a compact yet comfortable space for entertaining. This space needed to reflect my Client’s impeccable taste while at the same time maintaining the original characteristics of this antique building’s Boston roots. This project was so much fun! I am very grateful to have been given this wonderful opportunity.

In this space, we used StarMark Cabinetry, Granite and Marble Countertops, and SubZero and Wolf Appliances.

Concealed Microwave Cabinet (Pocket Door)

Master Bathroom

 Guest Bathroom

The view and other fun shots...

 

 

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Including Your Pets in the Kitchen

Problem: Where To Put The Pet’s Bowls?
 
Addressing the modern needs of a large family and incorporating every family member is necessary in designing the perfect kitchen—even including the family dog and cat!  This clever pet-food nook is another space saver, integrated inside a cabinet; no one trips over the food bowls anymore! Contact Kitchen & Bath Details to speak with a designer about where to put this design solution in your new kitchen!
We apologize for the grainy photos, but we just had to share how cool AND useful this cabinet can be in the kitchen or auxiliary room.

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Emerald Green - Pantone's Color for 2013

Each year, Pantone, the world-renowned color experts, designate an official "color of the year".  For 2013 they've selected emerald green.  They describe the color as "lively, radiant and lush...a color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony."  Who wouldn't love a little elegance and harmony in their home?  Pantone's website (www.pantone.com) is a great resource to check out a huge variety of colors and current color trends.  A pop of color is a fun way to give a room touch of personality, especially in the kitchen.  To help you make this the year of emerald green, we've selected some fabulous kitchen and home items shown below, including some products available through Kitchen & Bath Details! 

Photo Credits Clockwise from mixer:

  1. Kitchenaid Mixer in Bayleaf (available at Macy’s
  2. Atlas Beaded Knob (available at KB Details)
  3. Schaub Drawer Pull (available at KB Details)
  4. Vintage Measuring Spoons (available via Etsy)
  5. Costas Esmeralda Granite (available through KB Details)
  6. Emerald Green Globe Light Fixture (available through Frederick P. Victoria & Sons, Inc.)
  7. HGTV’s Blog featuring Emerald Green design ideas
  8. Emtek Green Glass Knob (available at KB Details)
  9. Vintage Green Glass Canister (Image via Retro Art Glass)
  10. Starmark Cabinetry in English Ivy (available at KB Details)
  11. Vintage Green Mixing Bowl (image via Etsy)
  12. HGTV’s Blog featuring Emerald Green design ideas
  13. Emerald Green Charger (available at Amazon.com)
  14. Bath from Benjamin Moore (paint color:  Tarry Town Green)

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Southcoast Magazine's Special Kitchen Feature

We were the featured "Kitchen & Bath Design Showroom" in the June/July 2008 issue of Southcoast Magazine. Again, some of the info in this article is a bit outdated (such as our address), but we wanted to share the overall piece on our blog.

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Boston Kitchen Transformation - Fulton Court

Our Fulton Court project is complete! What a transformation!

Our clients' main objective was to open up the kitchen area, while keeping as much storage and functional space as possible. They also wanted a nice area to sit and eat with family and friends. Tena was able to design a new space which met all of our their needs. The end result is breathtaking! The white painted cabinetry and black granite countertops make the space look very elegant, yet comfortable!

 

Sending a big “thank you” to our clients for sharing the photos! We are thrilled that you love your new kitchen!

 

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Integrating an Antique Slate Sink into a New Kitchen Design

The “old” ….. like new

When most people think of a “new” kitchen, they automatically think all of the elements are…. well, new. This isn’t always the case. I’ve designed entire kitchens around existing pieces such as a vintage range, butcher block top, and most recently, a gigantic double basin slate sink.

My client was very specific about including the existing 5 foot long slate sink in her “new” kitchen. She felt that the sink would help retain some of the original cottage charm of the beach house. I couldn’t have agreed more! The slate sink created such a lovely counter-balance to the brand new painted cabinetry, modern appliances and Silestone countertop.

Problem: The slate sink had seen a better day. It was stained and cracked from years of use. The sink also had an irregular shape on the bottom, most likely a result of accommodating the original base.

Solution: We contacted our local stone fabricator and he agreed to remove the sink, painstakingly restore it to its original beauty, and then reinstall it into the new custom cabinet. When I designed the new base for the sink, I decided to conceal the funny shape on the bottom. This would eliminate the visual busy-ness therefore accentuating the clean lines of the rich black slate.

All-in-all, I think it’s simply fabulous!

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South Dartmouth Renovation...Before and After

When Mike and Kevin walked into the Details showroom I knew right away I was going to love working with them. Their excitement and ideas made me immediately intrigued. They told me how they have a second home near the water in South Dartmouth which they needed to renovate. At the time, I don't think any of us knew how thorough the actual renovation was going to be. My first trip to their house was super informative! They had put a lot of effort into researching kitchen magazines and had photos and articles of things they liked and didn't like. They had a specific style in mind which they were able to clearly describe to me. It was apparent that functionality and design were both going to play an equally major role in their project. And just as important as those two aspects were, we, of course, had a well thought-out budget to stick to.

My first step, as it is in 100% of the projects I work on, was functionality. Mike is the chef in the house, so giving him a prime prepping and cooking area was key. As you can see in the "before" photos, there wasn't much space for us to work with. I knew walls were going to be knocked down and new spaces would have to be made. The wall that originally separated the kitchen from the dining room was removed completely. We did, however, make sure to keep the built-in angled closet which was original to the house. What we were left with was a much more open space with a lot more light! In place of the removed wall, we built a knee-wall and brought it further into the dining room to create a better work flow within the kitchen. This knee-wall also gave us the perfect opportunity for Mike's peninsula cooking area. And, since Kevin is pretty handy in the kitchen, too, the added square footage made it comfortable for two people to work together.

Entertaining was also a big factor to consider while space planning. The kitchen was so closed off from every other room of the house. It was also a narrow make-shift hallway from the mud-room entry to the rest of the house. To correct that problem, we opened up the wall from the mud-room to the kitchen and were able to almost double the width of that framed doorway. This made the two spaces start to feel more like one. The knee-wall I previously spoke about also lent a hand in creating an entertainment friendly home. On the back side of that peninsula I designed in a Sapele Mahongany bar. Now Mike and Kevin's guests can comfortably sit and converse while the two prepare meals. (A neat little side note: Mike and Kevin decided to repeat the Sapele Mahongany tops in the mudroom in order to blend the two spaces even more. It was a great move on their part!) You can see the amazing difference in the before and after photos! Where Mike (seated) and Kevin (standing) are in the "after" photo is nearly the exact location you see the side of the refrigerator in for the "before" shot.

Remember when I said these clients came to me with a definite style in mind? Well that style was centered around double hung windows which were to be centered over the sink! There were no "Ifs," "Ands" or "Buts" about it! There would be 3 and they wouldn't be any smaller than what was there previously. I took Kevin and Mike through all the different ways this would impact their design. The biggest change was to the amount of wall cabinets. But by taking all the information I gave them into consideration they decided the window was more important. I am thrilled they did! The brightness of the white on white scheme is magnified by the light that comes through those windows. It is such a beautiful focal point and I truly believe it makes the kitchen what it is!

After a lot of planned revamping came a lot of unplanned renovations. Once the contractor began demolition, structural problems and safety issues popped up. The project grew to a scale no one could have predicted. But, Mike and Kevin took it all on with the greatest mind-sets. They were patient, smart and strategic in their decision making. That, along with their fun and outgoing personalities, made for a very smooth and enjoyable project. The end result was a quality renovation with a fantastically fresh and airy style! It was an absolute pleasure working as their designer!

 

~Bethany~

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A Fabulous Testimonial!

Just wanted to share this lovely letter I received today from Bethany's clients.

Dear Jill,

We stumbled upon K&B D and it turned out to be wonderful thing. Our kitchen was to be the centerpiece of a whole-house renovation so it was very important to get it right.  We were introduced to Bethany and from the first meeting we knew we had found the right person to help us transform our kitchen.  She took time to understand our vision, priorities, and style.

Bethany not only took the stress out of the process, she made it genuinely fun.  She gently guided us through the process while always respecting our budget.  She educated us thoroughly so we could make appropriate, intelligent upgrades and maximize functionality.

The installation went equally well with Kathy.  She stepped in at the perfect time to work with our contractor and Bethany to identify and eliminate potential problems once the demolition was complete.  She was equal parts cheerleader and drill sergeant.  Both she and Bethany instilled confidence.

Everything came together perfectly. Now that we have been using the kitchen for a couple of months, we can say that there isn't a thing we would change. We never thought we would be able to say that.  Everyone at K&B D was a pleasure to work with.  The end-result was a reflection of their attention to detail and the joy they take in the process of putting it together.  We wouldn't hesitate to recommend them. In a way, we are sad the project is over! 

Sincerely,

Kevin and Mike

 

Thank you, Kevin and Mike, for being fabulous clients! We are so happy that you are enjoying your kitchen! It’s gorgeous!!!

Stay tuned for Bethany's detailed blog about this project!

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Made in America

After hearing about ABC’s “Made in America” program, I started thinking about our business and product offering. What is “Made In America”? 

I have great news! With the exception of some of our decorative hardware and plumbing companies, EVERYTHING we offer is MADE IN AMERICA!!!

From Plain & Fancy Custom Cabinetry to SubZero & Wolf, we can literally make your entire kitchen and/or bathroom out of products made right here in the United States. What a great feeling to support OUR country!

So, next time you go to make a purchase, think about where it's made. You can make a difference and support our country too!

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A Fabulous Alternative to Marble Countertops

Marble countertops... GORGEOUS!!! Marble countertops in a kitchen, not such a good idea. So many times I have clients come in and just completely fall in love with the look of marble. And, of course, I can't blame them. It is a beautiful natural stone. The colors and movement are exquisite. But, the maintenance and cautiousness that it takes to keep the stone looking up to its full potential is immense. Each time I have the countertop conversation with a client, I try to make one point as clear as I can. Marble is not for a home or a family that doesn't want to consciously have their countertop's "well-being" in mind at all times. (Please don't think I'm saying "no" to marble all together. In the right application, in the right home, it is superb!)

A few months ago I started a project in Marion for a couple with young kids. The wife adored Carera Marble and so badly wanted to make it the countertops in her kitchen. After having the above conversation, we decided the upkeep was not for her nor the rest of her family. With that said, we moved on to other options. In the end, she and her husband agreed on a phenomenal stone called White Zito. It has the graceful, organic movement of marble and the colors couldn't be more perfect. So, we were able to get the look she was after without having to stop all red wine and/or kool-aid drinking in and around the kitchen island! The kitchen was installed last month and my clients are thrilled!


For more articles about putting marble in your kitchen, I found the following website: http://kitchen-counter-tops.net/marble/index.php . It seems to be super helpful and has a wealth of information! Or, stop in at Details to see me and our countertop sample room!

~Bethany~

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Oceanside Kitchen Renovation

 

 

  The owners of this kitchen have a beautiful home that sits perfectly right on the water. When the project first started, it was made clear to me that the kitchen was going to be in the space with the best views of the ocean. Therefore, it needed to reflect the serene and whimsical feeling of their beachfront property. Soothing colors clean lines, and of course, bead board all work together to establish this calm sense of comfort. My challenge was to inject this relaxed seaside style into a functional layout fit for summer entertaining. This functionality was specifically centered on two ovens being super accessible to my "less than tall" client. I accomplished this by splitting the two wall ovens to either side of the range. Doing so, not only gave great access to each oven, but also, created a  cooking area that would make any gourmet chef jealous.       

Kitchen Design: Bethany Gardner

Surround: StarMark Cabinetry - Marshmallow Cream Tinted Varnish on Hanover Door

Island: StarMark Cabinetry - Agean Mist Tinted Varnish with Vanilla Glaze on Hampton Door

 

                 

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Budget Friendly Kitchen Renovation

"A Look for Less"

How many times do you go out browsing and absolutely fall in love with something you see? And then, just when you have decided you can't live without this item, you think to yourself, if it looks this good, it has to be out of my budget. In our showroom, it happens to the people who walk in here everyday. But! What you may not realize is that we, at Details, are capable of giving you the style you want with the price you need. By carrying 3 different cabinet lines, we are able to look at the options for price range, style/finish selections, and available modifications. This allows us to select the perfect company (or companies) for each individual project.

My "Tinkham Reno" project started off with the client walking into our "Living Kitchen" display at the showroom saying, "This is it! This is my kitchen." Our "Living Kitchen" display was designed by Tena. If you haven't seen this display, you need to! (photo below) She specified beautiful Buttercream painted StarMark Cabinetry for the surround cabinets and classic cherry stained cabinetry from Plain & Fancy for the island. So, now that the overall look was nailed down in about 5 minutes, it was time apply it to my client's space and expectations.

After understanding all the the client's wants and needs, we realized that we would be over on the budget. One cause for this was the island by our fully custom line, Plain & Fancy. My thought was to switch the island from Plain & Fancy to StarMark, which was the semi-custom cabinet line we were already using for the surround cabinetry. So, with a pricing goal in mind, I replicated the custom island from the showroom. The stain/glaze finish, as well as the construction and modification options, were all slightly different. The doors styles, although similar, did change a bit, too. But, with compromise from my client and some design tweaking on my part, the outcome was fantastic!

 

So, the next time you're in our showroom, don't think for a minute that anything is out of reach because of budget restraints. With a little bit of give and take, you can have the space of your dreams!

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