Archive for 2010

Kitchen Remodel Inspires Home Reorganization

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Jan Neiges, CKD of The Kitchen & Bath Studio, designed this kitchen to be the opposite of its predecessor: open, light-filled, with plenty of work areas and places to sit and enjoy. Credit: Kenneth Wajda

As we continue our series on kitchen and bath design trends, today we look at how a kitchen remodel inpsired a reorganization of several spaces, creating a more ideal living environment.  Dreambuilder has the design expertise and access to professional consultants to do the same for your new or existing home.

By Andrea Girolamo

ARVADA, CO— Kitchen projects always start out simple: redesign the kitchen.

“I was called in to do the kitchen,” says Jan Neiges, CKD of Centennial, CO-based The Kitchen & Bath Studio. “But through talking with the client and assessing her needs for the space, and how the family dynamic was changing as her children were heading off to college, my design grew beyond the kitchen to include the surrounding rooms.”

By the time the project was underway, Neiges’ design for this suburban Denver home included the living room, the creation of a pantry and the enclosing of a porch. Additionally, she repositioned the dining room, and relocated a bedroom door.

Read the entire profile and see more pictures here.

Mortgage Rates May Have Hit Bottom

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

About two weeks ago we published a Newsfeed post about mortgage interest rates nearing the bottom — meaning the only place they can go is up.  While the rates are still at historical lows, waiting to make that building decision for several months could result in a higher interest rate, which lessens your buying power.  This article from the New York Times by Lynnley Browning provides insight on why now is the time to act!

Mortgage rates in 2010 were the lowest in six decades, but a recent and sustained increase may indicate that consumers can expect to pay more in the new year to buy or refinance a home.

After hitting rock bottom in mid-November, fixed rates for 30-year mortgages, the most common type of home loan, have steadily risen.

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Daily Show: the modern kitchen at Northwest Peach Farm

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

More cook-in dining room than eat-in kitchen, this shared space conceals equipment and food storage behind flush red cedar panels and in stacked cabinets that hide in plain sight. Credit: Michael Moran

Yesterday we featured the baths of this custom home; today, the kitchen is the star.

By Bruce D. Snider, Custom Home Online

This eastern Long Island retreat, dubbed Northwest Peach Farm for the orchard that surrounds it, was designed to enhance the “rituals of everyday life,” says architect Paul Masi . And for the owners, a Manhattan couple who use the house on weekends year-round, that includes a celebration of cooking and dining. “They’re into good food and wine,” Masi says. “He cooks, so the kitchen became a central hub.” Masi and partner Harry Bates devoted a substantial amount of interior real estate—and considerable ingenuity—to a room that combines the arts of cooking and dining in a way that elevates both experiences.

Read and see more about this exciting kitchen by clicking here.

Separate Peace: modern baths at Northwest Peach Farm

Monday, December 27th, 2010

The master bathroom includes a free-standing makeup counter and extra-small mosaic tiles that are warmed by hydronic radiant heating. Credit: Michael Moran

By Bruce D. Snider, Custom Home Online

Northwest Peach Farm’s master bathroom also occupies a generous volume, and it, too, employs a simple motif to delineate functional areas without dividing the space into separate chambers. A free-standing makeup counter helps define the bathing area, its steel-framed mirror echoing the windows used throughout the house. A second counter, opposite the first, backs on a double shower framed in a glass-and-steel assembly sourced from the company that supplied the house’s exterior windows and doors. Another glazed steel door allows daylight into the toilet compartment. Limestone counters top the red cedar cabinets, while extra-small mosaic tiles lend a crisp rhythm to floors warmed by hydronic radiant heating. A flow-through dressing area separates the bath from the bedroom.

See more pictures and information about the children’s bath by checking out the full story here.

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 24th, 2010

Dreambuilder would like to wish all of its colleagues and friends a merry Christmas!