Shea Joy


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Key Measurements to Help You Design Your Kitchen

Get the ideal kitchen setup by understanding spatial relationships, dimensions and work zones Full Story
     Comment   last Monday
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divinemrsm
Honestly, I think it's just semantics...an attempt to transition one phrase into the other. After reading the houzz article describing 'work zones', it could just as easily describe my 'work triangle' kitchen. I Dishwasher & trash next to sink, check. Landing areas next to major appliances: check. Large island to keep guests a bay: check.....

I live in a small town filled with older homes. I know few people who upgrade their kitchens to look like the glam-fabulous photos here on houzz. Most people I know don't ever get around to kitchen remodeling and just make do with the old.

Another thing: I read that kitchens have come a long way because all the architects used to be all men and they seldom spent time in a kitchen, therefore kitchens weren't 'user friendly'. Once women came on to the scene, their input helped kitchens evolve into rooms that function well and are family gathering places.
last Monday at 9:32am     
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Studio Z Architecture
I don't have time to read all the other comments, so maybe someone has already said this, but I think it's a good idea to have the sink and the cooktop/range on the same run of cabinets, so that they are not separated by a walkway. This makes prep and cleanup easier and safer, since no one can walk between the chef and the sink while the chef is trying to drain pasta.
last Tuesday at 12:17pm     
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Get More From Your Kitchen Island

Display, storage, a room divider — make your kitchen island work harder for you with these examples as inspiration Full Story
     Comment   April 13, 2014
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Shea Joy
Best island ever, the one with the round table! I love the idea of abandoning my breakfast "nook" (ugh, what a term!), and moving the comfortable seating into the center of the kitchen. Where the table is now, I have a bay window that would be better used as an airy focal point with some cabinets. I could grow herbs there. I always thought it was silly to have the standard eat-in area right next to the island seating. By eliminating one, I would gain a lot of prime real estate space for storage/display. Thank you!
April 13, 2014 at 12:27pm     
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Dura Supreme Cabinetry
Shea Joy - Here's another example of a kitchen island that includes a built in dining room seating... It's a great floor plan for homeowners who like to entertain while they prepare meals. This island also has bar seating on the other side of the island.
White on White Transitional Kitchen 1
White on White Transitional Kitchen 2
last Monday at 9:57am   
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tammy8395
One thing to keep in consideration when you plan your island is how you think you will most use it. My mom has a taller island but mine (see above a few comments) is fairly low. My mom was telling someone that "we" like a higher counter on our islands. I had to correct her on that one because while she mostly uses hers for chopping and serving, I mostly use mine for baking and other food prep. A lower height makes rolling out pie dough and kneading bread dough much easier because you can put your weight into it. If you have room, then you can enjoy the luxury of a multi height island, but I don't have room.
last Thursday at 1:57pm   
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Put On a Good Face: Design Principles for Home Fronts

Set the right tone from the get-go with an entry that impresses and matches the overall design of your home Full Story
     Comment   April 6, 2014
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Shea Joy
I have been trying to figure out what to do with the front of my house. My brick steps completely crumbled because there is no cover over them. The house is a cape cod. I've thought about a front porch, but I really can't spare the sunshine coming in the house. These are smaller than a front porch, and they look great. Thanks for some ideas.
April 6, 2014 at 12:23pm   
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ejmaresko
One more pic of front door.
April 6, 2014 at 4:51pm     
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A Direct Distributor Corp
@ejmaresko- I have the same door AND side lights! you have really great taste :p
April 7, 2014 at 12:33pm     
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megcblu
I find the espresso maker odd from a practical standpoint. Where is the coffee stored? Milk? Sugar? And is the toilet in a separate area? It's kind if gross to think about eating/drinking in the same area one uses the bathroom.
March 30, 2014 at 9:20pm     
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megcblu
Kelli- I get that and I understand not all design clients give the designer carte blanche to make all the decisions. I just find the placement directly across from the toilet very off putting. I would just make the disclaimer that this was the prerogative of the client and not my choice as designer lest people think you had suggested it. I have seen a lot of master suites where an espresso machine, small refrigerator etc. are placed in a vestibule outside the bathroom or sitting area off the master bath to feel like a luxe resort but I don't think the layout of that bathroom lends itself to the espresso machine for the practical things I mentioned above. Where do you store the things usually needed for the machine (cups, coffee, milk etc)? If the client had insisted that the espresso machine be incorporated I would have pushed very hard for the shower to me made smaller and the toilet enclosed with its own door. Its so close to the sinks and shower I feel like hair, toothpaste etc. could travel onto the machine (which I imagine cost about $2000- not a cheap toy).
March 31, 2014 at 7:34pm     
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