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5 Smart Kitchen Storage Ideas

By Cahil Design Build
June 29, 2015

Your kitchen is at the heart of your home design—an area you spend a great deal of time in and that is often seen by your guests. But making it a room you’re proud to show off isn’t always as simple as choosing the most elegant materials and styles. You also have to make sure that any clutter is hidden away—and that’s often easier said than done. From pots and pans to spices, there are so many items to keep track of. You want them to be accessible without detracting from the visual appeal of your kitchen, making your cabinetry decisions critical to both the functionality and aesthetic of the room design.

We’re here to help! The experts at Cahill Design Build have come up with some of our favorite kitchen storage ideas to help our Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C. clients make decisions we know work.


Our Top Kitchen Storage Ideas

When coming up with kitchen storage ideas for your home, we recommend choosing a mix of different types of kitchen cabinets to make the space visually appealing. We also advise our clients to think about what types of items you’ll need storage space for so you can choose designs that maximize efficiency. That being said, here are some of our favorite kitchen storage ideas:

  1. Custom pantry. Pantries tend to be some of the most popular kitchen storage solutions because they’re incredibly easy to keep organized. Your pantry can include drawers in different sizes and design schemes and can even contain integrated appliances. Plus, everything is laid out in one easy-to-access space so you can see it all at once. If you don’t have space for a complete pantry, a pull-out pantry with spice racks and more may be a convenient alternative.
  2. Corner drawers. With corner drawers, you can make the most of all your space, including those awkward corners. They also tend to be deeper than your standard cabinet drawers, providing even more room for your pots, pans, and other dishes.
  3. Utensil drawers. This is one of the smartest kitchen storage ideas and a practical way to store and organize utensils. Utensil drawers can be designed in different ways with inserts or built-in drawers that allow your utensils to be stored horizontally or vertically and with other similar utensils.
  4. Kitchen islands. There are multiple kitchen storage ideas that can be used within an island. The design can include a wine rack or refrigerator and drawers of varying sizes, including the utensil drawers mentioned above. Plus, your kitchen island can also serve as home to quality countertops and food preparation space, seating, and your sink and faucet.
  5. Microwave drawers. This is a great space saver, allowing you to keep your microwave below your countertops and at a much more convenient height.

Implement Kitchen Storage Ideas in Your D.C. Area Home

Whether you’ve found inspiration in the solutions listed above or are looking for other creative kitchen storage ideas for your home, Cahill Design Build can assist you with your project. We will discuss your design goals with you during an initial consultation and proceed to provide you with a detailed plan before installing the different types of kitchen cabinets you desire in your home. To speak with one of our experienced designers about your kitchen storage ideas, schedule your initial consultation today. We serve homeowners throughout Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

Design Trend: Open Floor Plans

By Cahil Design Build
May 20, 2015

Homes with open floor plans have become increasingly popular in the D.C. area and across the U.S. With the unique ability to bring families together and an attractive, modern look, an open floor or kitchen design can bring new life to any home, no matter how limited in size the space may be. But is it right for you? The Cahill Design Build specialists can help you decide—learn the many benefits below or request your consultation for personalized advice from our experts.


Why Install an Open Kitchen Design?

The open kitchen and living room design is especially appealing in that it:

  • Makes your home look and feel bigger, providing the illusion of added depth. With higher ceilings and no doorways, you can make any kitchen look and feel larger than it actually is.
  • Provides space for multiple activities. This allows the family chef to interact with others, keep an eye on the kids, watch television while they prepare meals, and stay a part of the party.
  • Makes entertaining at home easy. We already mentioned that the cook can more easily interact in an open kitchen design—but it also means that food and beverages are nearby and readily accessible, no matter where you are.
  • Brings more light into your space. Without walls blocking it out, natural sunlight can better light up your home and provide you with outdoor views to be seen from any kitchen or living room window.
  • Improves the efficiency of the room layout. Open floor plans allow for better traffic flow and added practicality—it’s easy to find what you need in the kitchen and to create separate stations for multiple tasks.

Remodeling with Open Floor Plans in D.C., MD & VA

Of course, an open kitchen design isn’t for everyone. If you prefer a more classic style room design, it may not suit your aesthetic preferences. But if you enjoy a more contemporary look or feel that you could benefit from the added functionality open floor plans provide, than it’s time to remodel! And if you’re interested in blending modern and traditional style, ornamentation, such as decorated kitchen island legs, can provide the classic touch you’re looking for amidst a more efficient room design.

At Cahill Design Build, we can help you design an open floor plan in any style. If you are interested in remodeling your home with an open kitchen design in the Washington, D.C., Maryland, or Northern Virginia area, we can help. Contact us to speak with one of our design-build professionals about your project.

How to Choose a Home Remodeler

By Cahil Design Build
April 22, 2015

So you want to remodel your home. Whether that means a major kitchen renovation or a minor cabinetry upgrade, many homeowners find the process stressful. The right home remodeler will ensure that the final outcome is worthwhile and will make the process as easy on you as possible.

We recommend you look at:

  1. Experience. Having a home remodeling contractor you can trust and that has skill and experience can make the design-build process that much easier on you and your family. Be sure to ask about certifications, awards, trade association memberships, and examples of their previous work to ensure you make the best choice.
  2. Price. Check out the costs of a few different contractors to see if there are any outliers. Remodelers that are drastically under or overcharging may not complete the project to your liking or at all. Keep in mind as well that the estimate should be provided after an assessment of your home and a discussion about your project—on-the-spot price quoting can be a warning sign of a shady contractor.
  3. Recommendations and referrals. The best home remodeler can provide you with several referrals and will have reviews on the Internet. Word-of-mouth is also a good place to start your search.
  4. Licensing and insurance. Make sure the workers are covered so that you aren’t liable should anyone get injured on the job. Liability insurance can also help protect your property from any potential damage during the remodeling process.
  5. Contracts. Everything should be written out to ensure your best interests are protected. Your contract should include a timeline, materials/products and warranties, and a preliminary budget. It may also include information regarding cleanup and should be signed by both you and your contractor.

Meeting with your home remodeler in person will give you the opportunity to ask them about experience, awards, licensing, and insurance and can help you determine whether they are easy to talk to.

This is also a good time to watch out for warning signs. Unscrupulous contractors may use high-pressure sales tactics, offer no proof of insurance or experience, or attempt to scare you into signing on quickly by making big claims about the condition of your house.

What Makes Cahill Design Build Your Trusted Home Remodeler in D.C., MD, and VA?

  • We have won numerous awards and been recognized by various publications for our design-build work
  • We have over 30 years of design-build experience in the D.C. area
  • We are a client-centered residential design firm with a single-point contact system
  • We offer completely custom millwork and cabinetry
  • We are fully certified and licensed

At Cahill Design Build, we value honesty, integrity, and trust, and we strive to provide each client with the best experience to meet their needs. Contact us for more information or to schedule a consultation with a home remodeler on our team.


The Best Spring Remodeling Projects

By Cahil Design Build
March 20, 2015

Spring isn’t just a great time to clean up your home—it’s also ideal for home remodeling for D.C.-area residents. Whether you want to bridge the gap between indoor-outdoor living with a new addition or you want to update your interior space with a refreshed look and layout, the conditions are ideal for construction projects. The timing is also just right to enjoy your remodel by summer!


How to Plan Your Spring Remodel

The first thing you should do when planning a spring remodel is to consider what type of project you’d like to engage in. Ask yourself a few questions to make sure you’re getting the best value from your investment:

  • Where could your home use improvements?
  • What is your indoor living space missing?
  • What can you actually afford?

A spring remodeling project can consist of anything from adding new interior touches, like a classic chandelier, to updating existing elements of your home, like the cabinetry, to completely renovating your living space (or parts of it) for enhanced aesthetics and improved efficiency.

before-and-after_27An experienced remodeler can help you make a well-informed decision so that your spring remodel gives you exactly what you want. Just make sure to do your research before choosing a design-build contractor—make sure the firm you choose has testimonials, experience, and the necessary certifications.

Types of Spring Remodeling Projects

Popular remodeling projects to complete in spring for Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Northern Virginia homeowners include:

  • Exterior renovations. The first thing your neighbors and guests will notice is the appearance of your home exterior and the entry area. Update the exterior to improve curb appeal, such as replacing the siding, the garage, or even just the front door, and you’ll provide a great first impression, while increasing your home’s resale value by as much as 79.9 percent.
  • Home additions. Springtime is the perfect time to extend your living spaces for added enjoyment come summertime—and they are a great way to combine indoor-outdoor living. A sunroom addition or a screened-in porch can allow you to take in extra sunlight and garden views from the comfort of the indoors.
  • Efficiency improvements. Installing new, energy-efficient windows and doors can give your home added curb appeal, while also keeping your heat and AC inside to save you costs and keep you comfortable. We offer custom windows to our D.C.-area clients, fabricated in our own mill shop.
  • Kitchen and bath renovations. It doesn’t have to be spring to remodel your kitchen or bathroom, but Maryland weather during this time does make it easier if you’ll need to leave your home while renovations are being done in these major rooms. If these rooms are lacking in functionality and aesthetics, a complete remodel is likely the best thing to do. If you’re happy with the layout but want to improve the look and feel, updating your cabinetry or countertops can easily enhance the entire design.
  • Landscape remodeling. The spring climate in Washington, D.C. not only provides the best conditions to install a new garden or hardscapes, but also allows for the right amount of time so your project can be completed for you to enjoy in the summer. Our sister company, Botanical Decorators, can assist you with a garden design, patio, swimming pool, and more.


Spring Remodeling in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia

The earlier you start planning your spring remodeling project, the more flexibility contractors in your area will have. To ensure your project is completed by summer and to guarantee your appointment when you want it, it’s important to get started and find a design-build company you can work with today.

If you live in Washington, D.C., Maryland, or Northern Virginia, let Cahill Design Build bring new beauty and efficiency to your home with a spring remodeling project you’ll love! Request your consultation to meet with one of our certified designers.

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