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The farm sink

Selecting a kitchen sink is a big deal! The sink has always been the icon of the kitchen, and a very hard worker. Even though must of us aren’t standing at the sink for hours washing dishes anymore, a lot goes on at the sink… it can multi-task from meal prep to baby bath in minutes! Farm sinks- also called farmhouse sinks or apron-front sinks- are a popular choice with timeless appeal. They are also surprisingly versatile and can fit into a wide variety of design styles and budgets.

The classic white farm sink is often made of a material called fireclay. Fireclay sinks are made from a unique clay fired at extremely high temperatures, and they are known for their strength and durability. Scratch resistant and beautiful makes for a great combination.

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Photo from job by KBG North Hills

Stainless steel is another option for a farm sink, and can transition the classically traditional look into a contemporary feel. Stainless steel in general is a popular material choice for kitchen sinks, as it is functional, appealing, and creates a clean look to match stainless steel appliances.

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Photo from job by KBG North Hills

 

Other materials used for farm sinks include enameled cast iron, copper (see brushed nickel copper sink below), and bamboo.

Photo courtesy of Native Trails

Photo courtesy of Native Trails

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Classic to Modern

We pride ourselves on being versatile in any style of design. Take a look at two of our recent projects that depict flexibility in our design styles.The first three pictures are of a beautiful classic styled bathroom, while the final three illustrate the clean lines of a modern style kitchen.

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A few recent job photos…

Taking photos at the end of the job is so rewarding… Here are a few shots from a recent kitchen and a recent bathroom…enjoy!

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Geometric tile

Geometric tile is sparking a new trend in backsplashes these days! Tile can be a cost-effective way to spruce up your space with style. Repetition of geometric shapes in subtle colors gives a fun yet sophisticated look. Check out this recently installed backsplash in our North Hills showroom!

For more ideas check out a few more of our favorites below!

Posted by Elise Hoffman

 

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Spotlight on…Wood Countertops

There is no denying the beauty of natural wood, and wood countertops can bring a warm, rich feel to the kitchen. And with such a large selection of species, wood can adapt to a varity of styles and color palettes. The main concerns we hear from clients are related to durability and maintenance, many of which depend on how you choose to finish your top. While there is no “right or wrong” answer, it’s important to educate yourself about the options so that you can decide what’s best for you.

Three common finishes for residential wood tops are mineral oil, varnish, and Waterlox®. Mineral oil is applied to the wood top prior to installation, and then you as the homeowner will continue to apply periodic coats to the countertop once it’s installed. Mineral oil is food safe and cost-effective, but does require routine maintenance. Mild scratches or burns can be removed with sand paper, and if substantial damage occurs, the entire top can be rebuffed and refinished. The varnish finish is similar to what’s applied to cabinetry or furniture, and takes the responsibility off you for maintaining the top. You simply clean with a soft cloth and try to avoid repeated moisture. The varnish finish is an additional cost, and major damage will usually require professional help. Waterlox® penetrates the wood fibers and acts as a top coat to protect the wood. This finish will be applied prior to install, and future coats (the manufacturer recommends once or twice a year) can be applied by the homeowner, although it is not as user-friendly of a process as the mineral oil. Waterlox® has a brighter sheen than the other choices and can alter/tint certain wood colors.

*This page has been re-posted from one of our recent newsletters- subscribe at www.facebook.com/kbgnh.

Also be sure to check out our Pinterest page– we have recently added several pins of amazing wood tops!

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A few photos from KBIS!

Last week we had the opportunity to attend KBIS- the annual kitchen and bath industry showcase. This year’s show was held in Chicago, and McCormick Place was bursting with amazing booths full of the latest and greatest products. Trends we observed….lots of crystal and glass (faucets and tub fillers, cabinet knobs, cabinet door inserts), black accents, much more copper than we expected (sinks, hoods, etc.), and of course, facinating ways to incorporate technology into kitchen and bath spaces. After scoping out the show, we also visited the Merchandise Mart, where we saw beautiful cabinetry vignettes as well as very cleverly disguised Subzero refrigerators.

We are excited to pick up a few additional product lines after seeing them at the show, and can’t wait to apply some of what we learned and saw. Enjoy a few of our pics below!

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