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Tip #3: Where can I save money and what items are worth the splurge?

Many of our clients begin kitchen remodeling projects in the summer.  Kids are out of school and our commitments tend to be less (for some of us) in the summer months.  Today’s client query is one that I hear a lot.  Naturally we all want to get the most for our money in all our investments but where can you save money in a kitchen remodel and what items are worth the splurge?

The answer to that is largely subjective as we all have differing needs and priorities.  That said, there are some principles that should never be compromised and those include efficient use of space, safety and the best quality you can afford.

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Poggenpohl, Ultimate Form and Function

Poggenpohl new ash wood veneer

Whether your in the market for a new kitchen or you’re in the business of selling kitchens one of the first questions that comes up is, “what’s your style?” Are you traditional, transitional or contemporary?  If the answer is contemporary, the elements to look for include seamless integration, totally efficient function and clean sleek lines.  These happen to be the standards at Poggenpohl, founded over 120 years ago as the first German kitchen brand and now  the best known kitchen brand in the world – present in more than 70 countries around the globe.  Poggenpohl can show you what true European contemporary design is all about.

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We’ve come a long way. This was the first kitchen offered by Poggenpohl in 1892! Check out this timeline to see how designs and technology have progressed over the years

Today they continue to think outside the box (pun intended) to offer some of the   most cutting edge cabinetry in the industry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The new +EDITION collection from Poggenpohl combines the best of both worlds, crisp clean white lacquer with warm natural walnut wood veneer.  It is available in flat panel or thin frame detail door styles. New black glass upper wall cabinets include the same thin frame details with finished interiors and LED lighting.
The new +EDITION collection from Poggenpohl combines the best of both worlds, crisp clean white lacquer with warm natural walnut wood veneer.  It is available in flat panel or thin frame detail door styles. New black glass upper wall cabinets include the same thin frame details with finished interiors and LED lighting.

Behind the scenes storage is also a Poggenpohl hallmark.  A wide range of  available drawer inserts can be customized to your needs.  These kitchens are not designed, they’re engineered!  This includes not only cabinets but thin counter tops, offered in glass or stone, and even integrated glass front cooking appliances!  One can be sure that their kitchens are as pleasurable to look at as they are to work in.  I also love that although the elements are integrated they seem to also stand alone as individual sculptural statements.  (Spoken like a true kitchen designer channeling her inner artist.)

A tricked out backsplash eliminates counter clutter
A tricked out backsplash eliminates counter clutter

A modern European kitchen utilizes the easy to reach back splash area under the upper cabinets.  Other elements to notice include horizontal graining, mid-height cabinetry and a mix of texture and materials.

 

What’s inside counts! A place for everything saves time, the most precious commodity in a busy life

I enjoyed learning about Poggenpohl and their design philosophy as a part of the Modenus Blog Tour New Orleans.

Next up:  We’re gonna get steamy at KFL!  Adding luxury and health benefits to your bathing experience with Mr. Steam

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WALKER ZANGER WOWS NKBA MEETING!

Walker Zanger Showroom in Cypress Creek, Florida
Walker Zanger Showroom in Coconut Creek, Florida
I already see some interesting possibilities!

One week ago I had the pleasure of attending the first South Florida Chapter NKBA meeting of 2013.  I was fired up by motivational speaker  Dawnna St. Louis   and her presentation about how to give your clients what they really want.    I’m looking forward to more great events this year and to working with the enthusiastic board on the communications committee.

Kind of like an art gallery for tile...
Kind of like an art gallery for tile…

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Dawnna lights a fire (and check out those awesome shoes!)

Not only was it fun to get together once again with all my old kitchen friends but the beautiful venue was an added treat.

We met at the amazing Walker Zanger showroom in Coconut Creek Florida.  Walker Zanger is filled with designer eye candy!  As soon as I walked in I felt an irresistible desire to explore every nook and cranny.  Then I decided, if I were to do that, why not nab a tour guide?  I found just that in Branch Manager, Drew Rust.

Branch Manager, Drew Rust gives the grand tour
Branch Manager, Drew Rust gives the grand tour

He explained that Walker Zanger has been around about 61 years beginning as a maker of marble tops  evolving into a chain (15 ) of designer showrooms offering all types of tile and stone slabs from around the world.  Their products can be seen at the Bellagio in Las Vegas as among many other notable locations.  The showroom featured beautiful examples of glass, marble and all the usual materials we’re used to seeing tiles made out of.  So I asked him, “what’s new”?

This is what's new, reclaimed Balinese teak tiles.  This is the "penny tile" version.
This is what’s new, reclaimed Balinese teak tiles. This is the “penny tile” version.

Some more of the AnTeak Collection at Walker Zanger
Some more of the AnTeak Collection at Walker Zanger

 

He promptly introduced me to the AnTeak Collection which is, you guessed it, tile made out of teak!  It’s new, gorgeous and can be used in both flooring and wall applications.  In addition to this they are working on a surface treatment that will allow it to be used on shower walls!

 

Gorgeous, I can see a border out of this.  The white field tile makes it pop!
Gorgeous, I can see a border out of this. The white field tile makes it pop!

The offerings at WZ are upscale to be sure but the nice thing is that often a little goes a long way.  Consider a border or an accent tile and you could get a lot of bang for the buck.  Sometimes less is more.  Speaking of budgets, WZ does offer some more affordable options as little as 2.50 per square foot.

These interesting three dimensional tiles are designed by Michael Bergman, known for his "old Hollywood moderne" style.
These interesting three dimensional tiles are designed by Michael Berman, designer for Studio Moderne Collection.

The price is right for this interesting tile that can be used on floors or walls if you want that 1000 year old look.  I happen to think it's very interesting and Bohemian, no?
The price is right for this interesting tile that can be used on floors or walls if you want that 1000 year old look. I happen to think it’s very interesting and Bohemian, no?

 

Hours are Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30.  You are welcome to have a look around but bring your designer if you want to seal the deal.  I’m sure Showroom Manager Deanna Dolfi would be happy to show you around!

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