A well-planned and executed residence redesign is all about re-imagining your area and elegance – however it’s additionally solely about the best way that you just use your private home.
How typically will we get caught up in wanting a challenge executed however not understanding the place to begin? After which as soon as we lastly contact knowledgeable, we begin by asking numerous questions as a substitute of telling the design skilled how we really stay our lives within the area we wish transformed?
Direct Kitchen Distributors (DKD) is aware of that it’s straightforward to consider the inconvenience of getting your private home life disrupted by building. That’s why they need you to as a substitute consider the wonder and worth of the completed product moderately than the momentary inconvenience of a transform.
Additionally they need you to contemplate that you just’re not shopping for a product if you come to them for an answer. You’re shopping for a room. You’re shopping for an space the place your loved ones will proceed to stay their lives each day. That’s the form of factor you possibly can’t get when shopping for on-line.
“The vast majority of what we do is ‘full job’. The place somebody doesn’t have the sources, manpower or buddies to have the ability to do the challenge themselves they usually’re searching for somebody to do what we name ‘idea to completion’ – design and construct, begin to end,” says Steven Strauss, AKDB. “We do every thing. I attempt to discover out what the tip purpose of the challenge is. Who’s utilizing the area? I’ll be capable of inform them, ‘Right here’s what you are able to do along with your area primarily based on what you’re making an attempt to perform.’”
No area within the house is ‘one measurement suits all,’ and each household has completely different causes for transforming. And any space can profit from what DKD does finest – customized, environment friendly storage cabinetry.
Clients are welcome to go to DKD’s Whitehall showroom on the primary Saturday of each month (what the corporate calls “Looking Saturday”) to browse, with no appointment mandatory. Potential purchasers can schedule a free session appointment to debate the scope of the challenge and proceed the method from there.
Two of the extra frequent requests that the corporate will get are for tasks which are misunderstood (kitchen islands) or are a more moderen idea not thought-about earlier than (murphy beds). Although these two tasks are vastly completely different, each showcase the customization, high quality and a focus to element for which DKD is known.
“Most consider an island as further workspace or seating for some meals,” says Renee Strauss, DKD Advertising and marketing Supervisor. “At DKD, we focus on many various makes use of for an island. One in all them is using a Galley Workstation.”
The Galley was invented by a kitchen designer whose imaginative and prescient was to create a central workstation hub the place each job in his kitchen could possibly be completed. An all-in-one preparation station, prepare dinner station, serving station, entertaining station and cleansing station, the Galley Workstation is called the “final culinary system.” The product is area of interest and unique to DKD; they’re the one provider within the higher Lehigh Valley space, overlaying from Philadelphia to the New York state border.
Every workstation comprises an higher deck cowl and work floor, a matte stainless-steel galley faucet, an aluminum twin tier drying rack, twin tier platforms and chopping boards for meals preparation, stainless-steel mixing bowls, a metal colander and a 10” depth to the sink. Non-compulsory culinary instruments for every station embody a twin tier wash and serve set, a chef’s block, a magnetic knife block, a twin tier condiment serving board, higher tier aluminum sheet pan, and a utensil caddy.
To place it merely, the Galley places the work floor throughout the sink itself – liberating up the remainder of the island for serving and presentation.
“The Galley is smart if you see how a kitchen features. While you have a look at a residential kitchen, it has that notorious ‘work triangle’ that’s at all times been executed. The man who created this stated that this isn’t the best way to do that. It’s speculated to be a manufacturing line,” says Steven Strauss. “They do a extremely distinctive product that’s excessive finish, and it stands by itself deserves.”
The Galley sink is on the market in a typical 2-ft. sink, a 5-ft. sink, or a 7-ft. sink. DKD finds that these prospects who’ve had the unit put in want the 5-ft. model, which offers ample room for 2 folks to share preparation duties and nonetheless have friends across the island. The completely different sizes additionally include a unique variety of equipment, so purchasers can actually customise the workstation to precisely what they need.
The island on show in DKD’s showroom showcases how customizable the cabinetry could be, as properly. A wine chiller or beverage heart could be added, together with storage areas for trash cans, a pullout for hanging pots and pans as a substitute of stacking them, and even optionally available overhead storage for glassware or different objects. As a result of it makes every thing straightforward to get to, it’s additionally handy for these with disabilities to nonetheless be capable of make the most of their kitchen.
One other distinctive part that may be added to your kitchen island is the Prepare dinner-N-Dine cooktop, which is a Teppanyaki-style flat-top grill that enables everybody sitting across the island to assist put together their very own meals. Temperature controls could be mounted within the island. The cooktop encompasses a warming ring across the outdoors of the grill and a sizzling ring inside the middle, in order that meals may also keep heat on it. The middle portion additionally pulls downward to maintain meals from spilling off of the sides.
“It is a place for different folks to collect if you’re entertaining. It’s not for everyone, however it’s distinctive,” says Steven Strauss. “Sturdiness sensible, it’s stainless and it is extremely straightforward to wipe down and clear. It does retain some warmth. You’ll be able to see that it’s nonetheless heat inside. The middle does pull down a bit, and when it cools off, it can come again up. The skin ring is grated in order that should you put your hand on the very outdoors, it could by no means burn you.”
DKD can be an unique seller of the Prepare dinner-N-Dine grill.
Do you want area for out-of-town friends to sleep, however don’t need to sacrifice your private home workplace, youngsters’ playroom, or space for storing? Then a Murphy mattress stands out as the resolution to your issues.
“At Direct Kitchens, we don’t solely do kitchens and baths. We care for cabinetry for all different rooms, as properly,” says Renee Strauss. “We work with any space that may profit from neat, environment friendly storage cabinetry.”
The Murphy Wall-Mattress is obtainable in a number of sizes and configurations (twin, double or queen), and is a flexible cabinetry piece that may be fully personalized along with your selection of wooden, fashion and end. Not like sofas and futons, Murphy Wall-Beds don’t use a folding mattress, so there are not any bars or lumps to sleep on. Any mattress as much as 11” thick can be utilized within the cupboard, and no field spring is required. Velcro straps are supplied to carry bedding in place when the unit is closed, and the aluminum mechanism is light-weight.
“The Murphy mattress is for folks with smaller residences or a spare bed room that generally has friends staying, however different instances they should use that area for different features. We will do the cupboards to match that, and we are able to additionally add bookshelves that go proper into the mattress,” says Steven Strauss. “We do spare bedrooms whether or not it’s a closet system or a desk, or constructing a house leisure heart. We’ve been promoting this product for a few yr now, and whereas it’s nonetheless comparatively new to us, we’ve discovered it solutions the query of, ‘How do I match the mattress or match a spare bed room right into a room the place we’ve got a lot else occurring?’”