Top Kitchen Amenities for 2015

When we recently remodeled our own kitchen, it was a priority to incorporate a double oven because we frequently cook for guests. In the Somerville kitchen pictured below, the homeowners wanted to allocate space for their cookbook collection.

Somerville MA kitchen remodel with bookcase

In this Back Bay kitchen, we added extensive wine storage for a couple who loves to entertain.

Morse Back Bay 3 13 kitchen 3

"Must have" kitchen amenities are in the eye of the beholder, but some are more popular than others. A recent article on Houzz.com provided a helpful look at the top 20 kitchen amenities according to Houzz readers. Just click any image to go to the Ideabook on Houzz or use the arrows at the bottom of each image to scroll through the slide show.

To gather more ideas for your kitchen, please visit our portfolio of kitchen renovation photos. For more information, please contact us!

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Morse Constructions Named Best of Houzz 2013 -- Plus Hot Houzz Trends

We were delighted to receive a Best of Houzz 2013 award for both customer satisfaction and design. If you're not familiar with Houzz, you can check it out here. Houzz is the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design and has 11 million monthly users.

According to Liza Hausman, vice president of community for Houzz, “the ‘Best of’ winners are professionals recognized by our community of homeowners and home design enthusiasts for delivering exceptional customer service and results, and for creating the most inspiring and innovative residential designs in the past year.”

Customer Satisfaction award winners are selected based on reviews from homeowner members. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among Houzz users. We couldn't be more thrilled to be named Best of Houzz in both categories! View our Houzz profile

Hot Trends
By analyzing professional images added to the most ideabooks on Houzz over the past year, Best of Houzz 2013 also serves as barometer for decorating and remodeling trends across the U.S. and around the world. Here's what the Houzz editors discovered:

  • Houzzers want to make a statement from the moment you open their front door. Popular entryways feature elaborate wall treatments such as stone, board and batten and creative storage for shoes and coats.

 

  • Kitchen favorites include bold pendant lighting over islands and specialized built-ins to help keep cooking essentials (like spatulas and baking pans) neat and tidy. Houzzers are also drawn to architOversized shower by Morse Constructionsectural details like crown molding, trim and breadboard, tray and coffered ceilings, as well as neutral color palettes and shaker-style cabinetry.

 

  • Must-haves for the bathroom are open shower spaces with glass doors, an abundance of natural light and bold tiles that are either very large or very small in size.

  • Laundry rooms are getting a makeover with bright, bold hues and special touches to make the room feel less industrial and more homey such as stained glass and wallpaper.

  • Firepits and outdoor fireplaces top wish lists for outdoor spaces. Stone and paver pathways and patios are also favorites. Houzzers are maximizing outdoor spaces for entertaining.

  • Garages are no longer just for cars and storage. Houzzers are finding inspiration in garages transformed into a potting shed, playspace, man-cave or home office.

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