Our Process / What to expect...

1. Get Inspired
Collect ideas/pictures and make lists of your favorite features. This is entirely optional, but fun and helpful. We can also design any custom office, entertainment center, laundry room, or bar that you can dream of. Look through our portfolio, and create an idea book to explore with your designer.

2. Showroom Visit – Free Consultation
You arrive at our state of the art showroom and meet with a designer to explore the many exciting possibilities in our beautiful showroom, from cabinetry and countertops to accessory possibilities.

We listen and gather information about what remodel or new home goals and needs are. This initial meeting is free of charge to you. We can discuss the layout and style options for your kitchen as well as the cost to complete your project. Experienced, award-winning professionals averaging 15 years experience, our designers have the knowledge and ability to create stylish kitchens that function for your family.

3. Home Visit
Cucine Design Studio designers will come to your home to take measurements and assess the logistics of your project and can then provide you with detailed product specifications, floor plans, elevations, and perspectives, so you can understand the entire scope of your project. Once decisions are final, contracts are created, itemizing all the details of your project. Our up-front approach means it’s all in writing. Cucine Design Studio works with all budgets and projects from entry level to an extensive custom remodel. Cucine Design Studio is also able to work with your Architect, Interior Designer or Contractor.

4. Review Detailed Plans/Itemized Contracts
We will meet again at Cucine Design Studio’s showroom and show you details product specifications, floor plans, elevations, and perspectives. Once decisions are final, contracts are created, itemizing all the details of your project. Our up-front approach means it’s all in writing.

5. Timeline
Experienced award winning professionals will manage your project from start to finish. We will establish a timeline for remodeling, delivery, and installation. Your kitchen is produced by world-class manufacturers like Alvic Luxe, Syncron, Zenit, Cleaf, Stylite, Shinnoki, Fenix, Fingerpull, and Premium Wood Doors. Our seamless, efficient process allows us to complete most projects in just 6-8 weeks. To expedite the process, we work only with reliable vendors that produce and deliver promptly.

6. Cucine Design Studio Designers Manage your Project Our kitchen and bath designers have many years experience and will supervise the entire project, ensuring it stays on track from start to finish. Most importantly, we will be in constant communication with you. We will make sure everything is to your satisfaction and you love your new kitchen or bath.

7. Customer Satisfaction
You get your first peek at your new kitchen or bath, nearly swoon with delight and raise a glass of champagne to celebrate.

*Emotions may vary but your satisfaction is guaranteed!

White Shaker Cabinets - Why They Are So Popular

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Trending Styles & Designs

White shaker cabinets have been popular for years and our prediction is they are going to stay that way!

Why are kitchens with white cabinets so popular? Here are a few reasons we think so:

1. Versatility
White cabinets lend themselves to so many decorating styles. They can be incorporated into such a wide variety of kitchens that they are a great choice for your kitchen.

2. They Stand The Test of Time
As your taste changes and evolves over the years your cabinets can stay put! White cabinets are a great canvas for your design. You can add different paint colors, countertops, lighting, etc. and make the white cabinets look totally different than before. This makes white cabinets a popular investment.

3. Clean & Fresh
White has a clean, fresh look to it that people are fond of. In a place where you are going to be preparing food, socializing and eating with friends and family this is a huge draw.

4. Laundry Rooms & Bathrooms
Another reason white shaker cabinets are popular is because they look great in other areas of the house, such as laundry rooms and bathrooms. Not only do they make the room stylish, but the white makes it look clean and organized.

5. Gives You Options
With white cabinets you've got such a range of choices for appliances, flooring, lighting, carpet runners, artwork and accessories. White isn''t overpowering and the color lends itself to being the perfect backdrop.

If you have tips on remodeling your kitchen with white cabinets we would love to hear from you!

ADU - Build-outs

What is an ADU

An accessory dwelling unit, usually just called an ADU, is a secondary housing unit on a single-family residential lot. The term “accessory dwelling unit” is a institutional-sounding name, but it’s the most commonly-used term across the country to describe this type of housing. While the full name is a mouthful, the shorthand “ADU” is better.

The fact that it’s a secondary housing unit—rather than a given structural form—is what defines an ADU.

When we’re learning about concepts, it’s natural to want to know what that concept looks like in the flesh. We want to visually embed the design concept in our brains as a tangible object that we can mentally reference. However, ADUs vary in their physical form quite a bit, so allow me to broaden that mental model by exposing you to the range of common ADU types, in order to better understand what they are.

Types of ADUs

Here are images of some of the common structural forms of ADUs (as well as some of the other terms you might hear to describe them).

1) Detached new construction ADUs, also sometimes called backyard cottages, granny flats, laneway houses, or DADUs, depending on the jurisdiction:

1) Detached new construction ADUs, also sometimes called backyard cottages, granny flats, laneway houses, or DADUs, depending on the jurisdiction:

2) Garage conversion ADUs

2) Garage conversion ADUs

3) ADUs above a garage or workshop , or attached to it. In some areas, these may be called garage apartments or carriage houses:

3) ADUs above a garage or workshop, or attached to it. In some areas, these may be called garage apartments or carriage houses:

4) Addition ADUs  or “bump-out ADUs”:

4) Addition ADUs or “bump-out ADUs”:

5) Basement conversion ADUs , also commonly called basement apartments, mother-in-law units, in law units, secondary suites, English basements, accessory apartments, and a host of other names.

5) Basement conversion ADUs, also commonly called basement apartments, mother-in-law units, in law units, secondary suites, English basements, accessory apartments, and a host of other names.

6) Internal ADUs , where part of the primary house besides the basement is converted to an ADU.

6) Internal ADUs, where part of the primary house besides the basement is converted to an ADU.

Why cities care about ADU development

There’s a lot of reasons that municipalities may want to spur ADU development. Here’s a few common reasons:

Economic 

  • ADUs provide flexible dwelling options in a central city neighborhoods, utilizes existing governmental infrastructure (eg. roads, sewers, schools), and reduce the demand for expanding infrastructure in far-lying reaches of a developed metropolitan area.

Environmental

  • ADUs provide housing with a relatively small environmental footprint. New, detached ADUs provide rental housing that is 44% smaller per capita than standard, new single family rental units. And new ADUs overall provide housing that is 33% smaller per capita than standard, new single family units. In a building lifecycle, smaller residential spaces use less energy in construction, deconstruction, and habitation.

Social 

  • ADUs provide more affordable housing options in residential neighborhoods without dramatically changing a neighborhood’s character as much as other new housing forms may.

There’s simply too few permitted ADUs to make a real difference in the housing stock. But, even if they aren’t going to solve all a city’s problems, they may help homeowners solve some of their problems. The most common motivation for ADU development is rental income potential, followed by the prospect of flexible living space for multigenerational households.

What ADUs have in common

While their structural forms vary, ADUs share some common traits and face common design and development challenges. For one thing, the fact that they’re secondary housing units on single family residentially zoned lots places ADUs into a unique category of housing. And ADUs also have some other distinguishing characteristics that help further define, differentiate, and distinguish them from other housing types.

  • ADUs are accessory and adjacent to a primary housing unit.

  • ADUs are significantly smaller than the average US house.

  • ADUs tend to be one of two units owned by one owner on a single family residential lot.

  • ADUs tend to be primarily developed asynchronously from the primary house by homeowner developers.

  • A large range of municipal land use and zoning regulations differentiate ADU types and styles, and dramatically affect their allowed uses

  • Vast numbers of informal ADUs exist compared to permitted ADUs.

These differentiating characteristics make ADUs a distinct type of housing. Till now, there has been a lack of common understanding around the language and best practices of ADU development.

Our team of Designers have completed over 300 ADU Kitchen & Bath projects, and have assisted both homeowners, and developers with the design aspect of ADU Kitchen & Bath build-outs with affordable solutions.

What is a an Open-Concept Kitchen?

WHAT IS AN OPEN-CONCEPT KITCHEN? More space. Smooth traffic flow. Easy gathering. An open-concept kitchen (literally) opens up more ways for you to use your main living areas. While they aren’t for everyone, they are for a lot of people. Houzz reported that a popular poll indicated that the majority of people around the world prefer an open plan, suggesting this way of living is more than a passing fad.

What Is an Open-Concept Kitchen?

An open-concept kitchen refers to a lack of barriers in the kitchen and surrounding areas. Typically, this includes the dining room and living room, and is often collectively called the great room.

In comparison, a traditional home layout separates each room distinctly with walls and barriers. The open-concept kitchen has been popular since the ‘90s and continues to gain in popularity in home building and remodeling.

What Are the Benefits of an Open-Concept Kitchen?

Why is the open-concept kitchen so universally loved?

For starters, it makes a space look larger. Without walls blocking your line of sight, the space feels bigger and more easily accessible. Open-concept kitchens are beautiful solutions for small spaces that seem too cramped. Plus, traffic flow is enhanced. No bumping against walls as more than one person moves from room to room.

Open-concept kitchens also bring people together. In a barrier-free great room, there’s space to enjoy food prep, homework, games, and chatting — all at the same time, if needed. Your guests are brought right to the center of where everything happens — the kitchen — and that makes for a closer family feel. Whether you entertain, or like to keep your family close at hand, the open-concept kitchen is great at facilitating human connection.

Without walls blocking light from windows in other rooms, open-concept kitchens can also create a brighter space with more natural light.

And it’s important to point out that because open-concept kitchens are so popular, they add significant value to your home.

So Why Doesn’t Everyone Have an Open-Concept Kitchen?

As great as open-concept kitchens are, they come with a few cons as well.

Noise is often enhanced in the space, as there are no walls to break up the sound. Plus, there are often several people doing several different activities at once.

The mess of your kitchen will also always be on display. If you keep a tidy kitchen, this isn’t a problem, but most of us deal with kitchen clutter at least once during the day. Some people don’t mind the display of kitchen mess, but others do.

You also may sacrifice a bit of storage space in an open-concept kitchen. That’s because you’ll be down at least one wall — one wall that could have held cabinets. An island with under-counter storage is a great solution to this problem.

As open kitchens evolve and people work to improve upon the drawbacks, there are countless solutions to be found. Sliding walls or doors can close off a section for those times when you need a bit more privacy. Some people are choosing to keep the living room more separate, but including the dining room in the open space of the kitchen. Furniture groupings can also create more natural barriers while keeping the space open.

If you’re looking into remodeling your closed kitchen into an open-concept kitchen, contact Cucine Design Studio today!

NKBA Accreditation

MEMBER NKBA

MEMBER NKBA

Cucine Design Studio is proud to be certified member of the NKBA – National Kitchen & Bath Association.

By selecting an NKBA-certified designer, you will be working with a professional who:

  • Has demonstrated comprehensive knowledge in kitchen and bath design, as well as construction, mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems.

  • Adheres to a strict code of professional conduct.

  • Is an expert in the NKBA Kitchen & Bath Planning Guidelines & Access Standards, which recognizes the importance of consumer health, safety, and welfare in kitchen and bath design.

  • Is a member of the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), the kitchen and bath industry’s leading professional organization that provides them with the training and tools needed to succeed.

  • Is skilled at assessing consumers’ individual needs and wants and creating designs that meet and exceed these requirements.

  • Remains current on local building codes, safety and environmental regulations and the wealth of new products and equipment on the market.