What is Your Dream Kitchen Design?

Some people love white cabinetry and others want something with more pop. Some love granite countertops while others prefer the rustic look of a sealed wood. Judging from a recent article in Houzz, some people love swings as stools at their kitchen island, while the mere notion probably makes some people a little queasy.

Kitchens are very personal spaces. What is wonderful for one person might not be ideal for another, which is why it is important to work with a design/build team that takes the time to ask questions and listen carefully to your answers. This customized approach results in kitchens that work hard and beautifully meld with the look of the rest of your home. Here are photos from three kitchen renovations completed by Morse Constructions, each with its own distinctive look.




We love working with clients to clarify their vision, which is why we have been fascinated with an article that appeared on Houzz.com called "Trending Now: 25 Kitchen Photos Houzzers Can't Get Enought Of." You'll see the aforementioned swings for stools, as well as an astounding range of styles. Take a look! [Just click on any photo to go to the full article on Houzz.com]


For more kitchen ideas, please take a look at our gallery of kitchen photos and please don't hesitate to contact us if we may be of service.

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2016 Kitchen Trends

This week, we will be photographing a handful of recently completed projects, including three renovated kitchens. While we certainly do plenty of whole home renovations, kitchens are ofteny the focus for single room transformations. In Boston -- as in the country as a whole -- homeowners feel strongly about their kitchens. In fact, in the 2016 Houzz kitchen trends study, the leading reason for renovating a kitchen was because the homeowner "could no longer stand the old one." Simply put, poorly designed or outdated kitchens drive us nuts.

The Houzz survey found that homeowners value kitchen storage more than any other factor:


 The survey also found that most homeowners (76%) change the style of their kitchen during renovation -- often moving to a transitional, contemporary or modern look.



For 2016, we're seeing a movement toward a cleaner feel with bold lines. For more information about 2016 kitchen trends, scroll through this slideshow. You can view the whole article on Houzz by clicking any of the images.


If you are ready to get started planning your own kitchen renovation, please contact us!  In the meantime, we look forward to sharing new photos in the next few weeks of some of our most recent kitchen projects.

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Dueling Kitchen Design Trends Surveys

What are the top kitchen remodeling trends for 2014? The answer seems to depend upon the audience. Both Houzz and Zillow Digs released results of kitchen remodeling surveys within the past few months. Here’s what the surveys revealed:

Soft and Neutral Color Schemes in Open Kitchens Most Popular

tradition kitchen design

About Houzz:
The leading online platform for home remodeling and design, with more than 2,000,000 uploaded photos. Website: www.houzz.com

About the Survey:
Conducted in October 2013 among more than 7,500 Houzz users who are planning or in the midst of a kitchen remodel

Survey Results:

•    Only a third of those renovating a kitchen are increasing the square footage of their space;

•    Three-quarters are opening up their kitchens;

•    Three in five respondents are incorporating an island;

•    Younger homeowners more likely to describe their future kitchen as contemporary or modern; while those over 55 years old favor a traditional look;

•    The vast majority (94 percent) of respondents plan to change their countertops. Granite and quartz are the top picks (86 percent), and many people mix and match materials for their island;

•    Nearly two thirds of respondents are choosing stainless steel appliances, although many respondents reported combining stainless appliances with appliances integrated into cabinetry for a more subtle look;

•    “Soft and neutral” is the most popular color scheme choice (75 percent). A much smaller group are going “bright and colorful” (14 percent) or “bold and dramatic” (11 percent);

•    More daring colors are closely associated with a preference for contemporary or modern kitchens;

•    Eco-friendly appliances and materials are generally considered important. Those who declared choosing eco-friendly materials and appliances to be “extremely important” are more likely to choose tile flooring, while all other groups favored hardwood.

•    Overwhelmingly, survey respondents are renovating to make their kitchens more beautiful and to please themselves (80 percent). Other reasons include making the kitchen more functional (59 percent), upgrading features or appliances (52 percent) and improving organization and storage (48 percent)


Zillow Digs
Black Counters, Open Shelves or Glass-Front Cabinets & Darker Paint Tones are Hot

Zillow Kitchen Design Survey

About Zillow Digs:
The home design portal of the leading online real estate platform. Homeowners can browse more than 130,000 pictures of interiors and exteriors, organized by space, style, cost and color. Website: www.zillow.com/digs

About the Survey:
The Zillow Digs Home Design Trend Report is based on the most popular kitchen photos on Zillow Digs and includes a survey of members of the Zillow Digs Board of Designers.

Survey Results:

•    Black kitchen counters will be all the rage next year, particularly black granite and quartz. Expect to see black countered-kitchens paired with a lighter counter such as marble or light gray for contrast;

•    Open shelves and glass-front cabinets to display kitchen wares in popular across all kitchen styles;

•    Black, deep brown and dark red and copper tones are some of the most popular kitchen paint colors


What would be in your dream kitchen? If you are making plans to renovate your kitchen, contact us for ideas!

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Kitchen Remodeling Minus the Kitchen Island

Colonial era kitchens often featured a sturdy work table for food prep. Those kitchen tables were the ancestors of today's kitchen islands. Kitchen islands as we know them -- with storage beneath and eating or food preparation space on top -- really began to gain favor in the 1970s. Now they are such a popular feature in homes that they are included as a "must have" in many kitchen remodeling projects.

Kitchen islands are a wonderful way to add counter space, storage and a place for family and guests to casually congregate. However, there are alternatives if your kitchen is too small to accommodate an island, the island hinders traffic flow, or you simply want a different look.

Morse Constructions colorful kitchen renovation

In this Cambridge kitchen, the homeowner used a table to create a wonderful, light, playful look in a smaller space.





We were delighted to see a recent article on Houzz.com that looks at alternatives to kitchen islands. We've shared "6 Ways to Rethink the Kitchen Island" by Houzz contributor Laura Gaskill in the photo gallery below. To view the whole article on Houzz, simply click any of the photos. To move through the photo gallery, use the arrows in the bottom, left-hand corner of each picture.


What do you think? Can you envision life without a kitchen island? Please post a comment or contact us if we may help you with your kitchen remodel.

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New Materials for Kitchen Counters

First came Formica, then came Corian, then natural stones became all the rage for kitchen counters. Now homeowners can choose from an overwhelming array of materials including concrete, bamboo, glass and -- believe it or not -- paper.

We have not installed a paper countertop, but we are intrigued. A recent article on Houzz, written by Michele Jeresek, states that recycled paper countertops are stout, durable and easy on the environment.

Take a look at the article slide show:

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10 Fixes for Small Kitchen Problems

07 ga aftersmallHave a small kitchen? You may be able to make it feel larger and add functional space without adding to the square footage. In Paul's August post on the Real Estate Today blog on boston.com he shared a few tips.

Here's what he wrote:

If you plan to stay put but don’t want to add on, you can make your kitchen appear bigger and function better without gutting the space and starting over (although you can certainly do that too).

Here are 10 ways to make the most of a small kitchen:

1. Install frameless cabinets – Traditional cabinets have a frame. The doors and drawers fit within this frame, leaving a border around the functioning part of the cabinetry. Frameless cabinetry is built as a box. A cabinet door will completely cover the box, eliminating the need for spaces for framing between each cabinetry unit. Frameless cabinets add space to drawers and ease access to deeper spaces.

2. Expand work space – Tuck microwaves, coffee makers, knife racks etc. off the counter to maximize useable counter space and reduce visual distractions. Hang knives on metal wall strips, tuck the microwave under cabinetry and considering creating a breakfast bar with the coffee maker and toaster in an adjacent room. If the kitchen doesn’t have room for an island, invest in a rolling kitchen cart that can be brought out whenever extra work space is needed.

3. Flood the space with light –
Natural light is best, but great overhead and task lighting can make a small kitchen feel more spacious. If you can’t sacrifice wall space by creating or enlarging a window or pass-through to another room, be sure your kitchen feels bright through strategic artificial light.

4. Optimize cabinetry –
Make the most of existing cabinetry with small tweaks to maximize their storage potential. Install inserts in corner cabinets for more accessible storage, stretch the under-the-sink space around the pipes with special inserts for supplies, use the false front of the sink base for a pull down sponge or glove holder, or fill in odd spaces with custom cabinetry to hold spices, hanging utensils or tray storage.

Read more on boston.com

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