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Premier Issue

Design | BUILD On The Kitsap Peninsula is published by Wet Apple Media on a bi-yearly basis. Reproduction of any artwork or content is strictly prohibited in any electronic or print form without express written permission. The publisher is not responsible for misinformation, misprints, or typographical errors. We assume no responsibility for unsolicited photographs and manuscripts. Copyright © 2017 Wet Apple Media wetapple.com.

Celebrating Innovations We are delighted to introduce the premier issue of Design | BUILD magazine, now available throughout the Kitsap Peninsula. We will partner with WestSound Home & Garden magazine to highlight area building, remodeling and design professionals and bring you the latest in exciting and creative ideas for your home. The kitchen and bath scene is anything but boring this season. It’s an industry that is always creating and expanding. I am constantly amazed at the influx of new products, exciting trends and cutting-edge innovations available to those who build, remodel and design our homes. To inspire you, we have included seven kitchen and five bath projects by area builders and designers, along with 15 builder/designer profiles.

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What to Know Before You Build or Remodel Building a new home or embarking on a remodeling project is an exciting time but can also be a little stressful. Where do you start? What comes first? How do you know what you need? How do you avoid mistakes or unnecessary spending? Here are some guidelines for getting your project started on the right foot. 1. Determine your budget. If you don’t know what you can spend or want to spend, you are wasting everyone’s time. Go to a lender and get prequalified to see what you can borrow. This is a very simple process. The lender will look at what you earn vs. what you owe and determine what you can borrow. 4/DesignBuildKitsap.com

Many people call about projects and when I ask about budget, they say, “I don’t know what it will cost. Once I do, I can set my budget.” This is not the way to approach it. Know what you can spend and let a professional help you to see what you can accomplish within that budget. If you are married or have a partner, it is also a good idea to discuss the budget together. Often people can borrow more money than they really want to. Being in agreement about your budget is important. It is hard for anyone to work with a couple who doesn’t agree on the budget.

2. What’s next, designing the plans or talking to contractors? This is a huge step where many people miss the mark. Start out by interviewing professional building or remodeling contractors. Talk about your budget and what you can accomplish with it. Professionals know what current costs are and can either help you choose stock plans, custom design in-house or refer you to a qualified architect or designer. This step is very important because cost drives what you can achieve with your budget. Too many people spend thousands of dollars, even tens of thousands (I have met more than I can


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count) on plans, only to find out that they can’t afford to build what their architect or designer drew. Or perhaps they bought plans online and they were drawn in North Carolina, and the engineering required to make them buildable here will make them very expensive. Ideally, you would choose your contractor after doing your homework, and proceed with the professionals the contractor recommends for design/architecture, site work and other aspects. That all sounds good, but how do you go about choosing a contractor? 1. Ask around. Maybe friends who have recently built or remodeled can give you a referral. Other methods include internet searches, browsing houzz.com and checking with the Kitsap Building Association (kitsapbuilds.com). 2. Spend time on due diligence. You are embarking on a big project, with a big price tag, and fully investigating contractors is a very important step. Too many people skip this process and regret it later. Search the contractor online to see what shows up. Check the owners’ names too. Go to the state Labor and Industries site to verify the license is current (just because they give you a copy doesn’t mean it’s current). You can search for free at wa.lni.gov. Look down at the bottom of the contractor reporting and it will show you if the company has changed names or business type and how often. If you see activity here, you should ask for explanation. A lot of activity can indicate instability in partners or finances. This will also show you any complaints filed against the contractor. I once had a potential client who was dealing with a contractor who had several small judgments, each $750 or less. The client rationalized it being OK because they were “small amounts” in the scheme of things. The way I see it, if you have to file a claim for $750, that speaks volumes. What

happens when something really goes wrong? On occasion, you will not be able to find the contractor on this site. If this happens, be sure to call Labor and Industries and ask about the company. The search tool can be temperamental, and the contractor registration department is very helpful if you call. 3. Start making phone calls. The first round of getting to know a contractor is over the phone. Ask a little about the contractor’s process and if you feel like

this could be a contender, move to next step. 4. Set up interviews. Meet with your chosen contractors. I suggest meeting in their office when you can. It gives you an opportunity to see how the business operates and what kind of staff support it has. Bring information about your project. This can include photos, concept plans or plans you like. If you are building and have information about your lot, bring that along. Be prepared to talk about the finishes you

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want in the home and your budget. When talking about what you want in your home, be prepared to list two or three must-haves and then attempt to be flexible in other areas. Be open to listening to suggestions for keeping you on budget. Use this time to learn about the contractor's work approach, the draw schedule, deposit requirements, change-orders process, site supervision, communication with clients, product selection process and warranty offered. Don’t be afraid to ask the contractors for proof of licensing and insurance and a list of subcontractor and professional references as well. 5. By now you should be able to narrow it down to two or three choices. You got a good feel for them and now it is time to contact references to ask some serious questions about how their project went. Was it done on time, how was communication, what went wrong — but more importantly, how was it handled — and did they come in on budget. If the answer is no or not positive, ask why and what happened, especially on time and budget. Clients often make changes that increase costs or have delays in making selections, so make sure they were not contributing any issues. Most will tell you if they did. This is also a good time to ask for a sample contract, warranty and any other documents related to your project. 6. Once you have chosen a builder or remodeler, be courteous and let the others you spoke with know of your decision. A quick email is all it takes. Now that you have done the hard part, here are some additional tips to get your project moving smoothly: 1. During the design phase, be responsive and do so in a timely fashion. The top reason for project delays are clients who can’t make decisions quickly or are too busy. During the plan design, you will get preliminary drawings to review. When you do, if you review them quickly and 6/DesignBuildKitsap.com

get back promptly to your architect or designer, you will keep your project moving along. 2. Make selections for materials quickly and get them turned in to your contractor. This will help you in two huge ways. First, the project can be bid-based on what you like and choose, keeping you on budget. Second, when selections are done early, it keeps your project moving along at a good clip since no one is waiting on you to make the selections. This saves a lot of time and heartache. 3. Keep communication lines open and be timely in your replies. The need for quick decisions can be one of

the challenges of any construction project. If you are able to set up a weekly meeting time for a quick review with your contractor, it can be a great way to keep things running smoothly. Building a new home or remodeling your current home should be an exciting — and even fun — adventure. Yes, it can be filled with some tense moments, occasional overwhelm and a long to-do list, but you will be creating the home of your dreams! By taking these steps upfront, you will be well on your way to a successful project. Written by Judy Granlee-Gates Joe Gates Construction, Inc.


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Kitchens Galore

With elements like Wi-Fi-connected appliances, intelligent food devices and new cooking methods, the kitchen has a lot of potential in the tech world. Even with all of the technology, a new kitchen still has to take into account the finishes and materials that will stay on trend for years to come.


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FIT TO ENTERTAIN The kitchen was designed with entertaining in mind.

An Artisan Redesign Accommodates Cooking, Entertaining and Storage P H O T O G R A P H Y BY I K L I L G R E G G

Requiring an extensive, whole-house remodel, the owners knew they needed the assistance of an interior designer, but didn’t know where to look. They turned to their friends and the internet. Their intentions were to interview several, but after Michele Doyle of MD Designs came up on an online search, and with the recommendation of their best friend who had used her a year earlier, the interview was set and she was put to work immediately. The large view home, built in 2006, overlooks the water. The owners love to entertain, sometime 30 to 50 people or more. Because they thought their kitchen was boring, the remodel began there. A/Kitchens Galore


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Loving to cook, the owners wanted a lavish, gourmet kitchen with lots of storage and upscale appliances. High-end Wolf hood and range, Sub-Zero refrigerator, espresso machine, Miele ovens. The Miele appliance representative even taught the owners how to cook with their appliances at a Miele cooking class that Doyle also attended. The cabinetry matches the cherry cabinets now in their office, although they are cherry-tinted maple. After going to every slab and showroom in Seattle, they finally chose Sedna granite for the kitchen and bar. The owners were so happy with the remodel, they subsequently commissioned Doyle to extend their outdoor living space and build a pseudo wine room.

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OPTIMIZED SPACE Larger kitchen was designed for entertaining and efficiency.

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These great cooks needed a space that allowed for entertaining and multiple work zones. DeMane Design created a new plan for the owners. Storage was optimized and is efficient with pull-outs and dividers. The kitchen has almost doubled in size and now includes two dishwashers for easy cleanup. Lighting was appointed with sparkling pendants; task lighting under cabinets and even the island has a soft glow. A happy space with room to work and entertain. • Bench seating with touch latch drawers for extra hidden storage • Wine cooler and nook • Multiple zones for prep • Multiple seating areas; bench, island, peninsula • Dishwasher by main sink and dishwasher drawers in island by prep sink • Lighting; under counter for task lighting, recessed cans for overall lighting, “fancy” pendants and ceiling lights for sparkle

• Cabinetry full of pull-outs, spice storage, dividers for utensils and silverware, roll-out shelves for pantry and small appliances

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STYLISH & FUNCTIONAL Even in a small kitchen, you can get plenty of storage by using the space creatively.

Downsizing Doesn’t Mean Compromising on the Kitchen To simplify life, a busy pair of emptynesters downsized from a four-bedroom home to a two-bedroom trailer in a wellmaintained trailer park. The couple also had two Borzoi dogs. Prior to their purchase of the trailer, a previous occupant had increased the width of the living room by stealing space from the kitchen and “refitted” the kitchen with homemade cabinets. The cabinets were nearly falling off the walls and provided less than ergonomic storage. The appliances were also failing and the lighting was completely inadequate for the homeowners, who were in their 60s.

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Visiting the Peninsula Home & Garden Show last year, the owners had a bath remodel in mind. They were attracted by the project shots at A Kitchen That Works’ booth. Striking up a conversation with Molly McCabe and Clive Pardy of A Kitchen That Works, they felt confident they had found their designer and contractor. Trailers are compact and they can be cute but anyone who has ever remodeled a trailer knows that they are very challenging. Discontinued 1/4-inch, grooved Luan wall paneling needed to be strategically relocated to hide previous penetrations. Other challenges

included limited slope for plumbing, an extruded plastic ceiling treatment and walls constructed of studs on the flat.

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The homeowners’ primary objectives were to add more accessible storage and display space for their extensive collection of collectibles, and to incorporate a suite of appliances that enhanced their love of cooking and entertaining. By incorporating multiple sets of drawers, tray dividers and convenience hardware in each corner base cabinet, along with open shelving above, the first two objectives were met. A superefficient induction range was paired with a properly vented wall exhaust hood, a counter-depth refrigerator, a dishwasher with concealed controls and a countertop microwave that not only met but exceeded the homeowners’ third objective. Beautiful painted cabinets, stylish laminate countertops and on-trend luxury vinyl tiles make for a beautiful kitchen that is functional, too.

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COASTAL LIVING LOOK The spacious room opened up to accommodate the family’s active lifestyle

Coastal Living-Themed Kitchen On a Tight Budget P H O T O G R A P H Y BY I K L I L G R E G G

The owners believe the heart of their home is the kitchen. With three children, all home-schooled, that meant the kitchen served as homework central. But it also needed to support another favored family activity — cooking together. Aesthetically, the owners wanted that East Coast coastal feel. With a clear vision of the remodel, the owners needed the assistance of a designer to finalize the kitchen design, overall color palette and finishes. Michele Doyle of MD Design soon learned that the owners desired everything to be white, including the slipcovers on the bar chairs. The floors are hand-scaped, espresso-stained Brazillian cherry. The cabinets are white, shaker-style wood, locally purchased. The glassdoor cabinets showcase the family’s dishware as part of the overall aesthetic. With a choice of Honed Carrara Marble countertops, the owners look forward the patinaing over the years as it will show that the G/Kitchens Galore


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kitchen was loved and used. Another feature of the kitchen is the maple butcher block on the island. To complete the look of the family’s coastal kitchen, the walls were painted with Benjamin Moore’s Pashmina. Though the space is predominantly white, bringing in a few extra elements in the finishes and using a dimensioned subway tile on the wall creates interest and updates the look of a traditional Nantucket kitchen. The family is delighted with the outcome of their extensive kitchen remodel and uses it with no fear!

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WARM & INVITING The reconfigured, expanded kitchen provides plenty of space for cooking.

Complex Kitchen Renovation Steve and Terese Moon found the home of their dreams, a mid-century modern tri-level with lots of square footage, lots of land and an idyllic lowbank waterfront location on Wildcat Lake. They knew it needed to be updated and remodeled. Proposed work included opening up the dining, enlarging the kitchen and constructing a larger master bedroom suite. The project would require design, engineering, demolition, framing, etc. One of Steve’s co-workers previously hired Sun Path Custom Construction, Inc. and highly recommended it for a “whole house” custom remodel.

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Heading to the Kitsap Building Association’s Spring Home & Garden Expo to look around, the couple knew what they needed — a “whole house” remodeler for an extensive project. Coincidentally, they saw the Sun Path Custom Construction booth, and after speaking with owner Walter Galitzki, they knew they had found their contractor. The remodel was a design/build project. New laminated beams replaced select load-bearing walls, allowing for a more open concept and improved spatial flow. A cumbersome living room masonry fireplace was completely removed. New Yacushapana wood


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flooring throughout much of the main level replaced carpet and added visual continuity. The living room features new custom floor-to-ceiling cabinetry for books, entertainment and sound system. The original galley-kitchen was expanded 8 feet into an adjacent shop area off the garage. The reconfigured kitchen now provides plenty of work area, counter space and storage. The nook was enlarged by removing a cramped built-in dinette and separate back stair to basement. Steve and Terese Moon are delighted with their warm and inviting kitchen. A new pass through to the dining room now offers both the kitchen and nook views of the waterfront.

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A COUPLE'S KITCHEN Each wanted — and got — different things.

Remodel Brings Functionality, Light and a Country, Farmhouse Feel Allison and Troy Bruschetto knew they needed to remodel their dated kitchen. She wanted more storage, better functionality and a way to get items off the counter. He is the family cook, and needed better appliances and lighting. Their son suggested they take out a wall to open up the dark kitchen with more light, and what an amazing difference that made. As they looked for for a remodeler and design assistance, a friend recommended Kitsap Kitchen & Bath. Tracy Corriveau, lead designer, went right to work. The new and updated kitchen plan began with the removal of the wall, K/Kitchens Galore

opening up the kitchen. Next came the design — the stove was moved to a different wall, changing the venting. Changes included Knotty Alder kitchen cabinets to keep a country feel, Cambria quartz countertops, new pendant light fixtures from Restoration Hardware and Bedrosians glass accent tile for the backsplashes. A new storage peninsula/eating bar was added where the wall had been removed. The “loaded” kitchen cabinets featured a trash drawer, recycling center, built-in pantry with pull-out trays, a knife holder in a drawer, a tiered silverware insert, door-mounted spice racks, a serving tray holder and more, all providing better

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accessibility and functionality. LED under-cabinet lighting was added for better prep. Now Troy has his new heavy-duty, high-draw Zephyr vent hood fan, with 600 CFM, for his gas stove, along with room to cook. Allison has the look she loves and the storage she needed.

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Elegant, Classic Home Receives Matching Kitchen According to Nancy Finneson of DeMane Design, the owners of this 1939 home wanted an updated kitchen that matched the elegance of their classic home. They were cramped, counter space was minute and storage was minimal. Their lifestyle was busy with kids and entertaining. The space was transformed with an addition that captured their water view and provided access to patio entertaining. The layout changed dramatically, incorporating a banquette with easily accessible drawers. A large island in rich walnut with more seating, a second sink, microwave drawer and lots of other drawers were also added, as well as pendants for task and ambient lighting. The homeowners must haves; a SubZero Pro48 refrigerator and a Lacanche Cluny range from France in burgundy red, now shine in the new configuration. Keeping with the classic look, inset cabinets in a soft, light gray abound. An apron sink M/Kitchens Galore

with a bridge faucet faces the water and yard. Cabinetry is everywhere; a pantry with roll-out shelves and a broom closet, a coffee nook and a standing desk area keep this busy homeowner organized. A custom hood in stainless steel with

strapping and a pot rail complement the burgundy range. Custom handmade tile in a crackle glaze flank the back splash where a pot-filler makes cooking “just that much easier.�


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DRAMATIC RESHAPING Kitchen gets lots of space, airy feeling.

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Construction & Design Industry Professionals

A professional builder, remodeler, designer or architect will imagine something beyond your wildest dreams — something you didn’t even know you wanted, but that still suits your family’s needs and desires.


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designer profile

DeMane Design

Nancy Finneson, AKBD, CAPS, CLIPP, Allied ASID, is an awardwinning interior designer and kitchen and bath designer. She attended the Art Institute of Chicago and later received a degree in interior design. She is a certified associate kitchen and bath designer with the National Kitchen and Bath Association, a certified aging in place specialist, certified living in place professional and an allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers. After spending many years in the San Francisco Bay area, she now makes her home on the beautiful Puget Sound. She loves working with people and enriching their lives by creating uniquely personal spaces that inspire, entertain and function brilliantly. One of her favorite projects has been adopting and creating a room for the new YMCA domestic violence shelter in Tacoma. Recently she was honored with three first-place and one second-place award for design with the prestigious American Society of Interior Design association.

DeMane DESIGN Nancy Finneson AKBD, CAPS, CLIPP, ALLIED ASID (253) 973-8442 • nancy@demanedesign.com Gig Harbor, WA 98335 demanedesign.com


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builder profile

Choice Home Construction, Inc.

Build With Us. We have one goal — to help you plan, design, build and remodel your home. Over the past 16 years, and more than 200 homes, we have carefully constructed a unique building process based on feedback from designers, architects, vendors and homeowners just like you. We’re a full-service construction company focused on building custom homes and remodels. We partner with owners, architects and real estate agents to transparently help you plan, design, build and remodel your home. Our team works with you through the design process to ensure your dreams are in line with your schedule and budget. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.

Doug and Adam Clark (253) 851-7898 • adam@choice-construction.com 3105 Judson St Suite B • Gig Harbor, WA 98335 choice-construction.com Lic #: CHOICHC862QQ


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designer profile

Michelle Burgess Design

Michelle is a talented designer who reflects our modern times. Passionate about art, architecture and anthropology, she pursued degrees in classical music, fine arts and a master’s degree in ethnomusicology. After more than a decade as director and curator of Seattle’s premier fine art galleries and collaborating with the region’s most talented architects and artists, she founded Michelle Burgess Design. At the center of her work are her clients and a desire to create fresh and unique environments for them. Michelle Burgess Design offers a full spectrum of professional design services. Residential & Commercial space planning & Interior Design Kitchen & Bath Design Project Materials and Finish Specifications Renovation Construction Management Custom Furniture & Lighting Design Fine Art Consulting

Michelle Burgess (206) 877-2706 • mb@michelleburgessdesign.com 120 Madrone Ln N, Suite 201 • Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 michelleburgessdesign.com


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builder profile

Smallwood Design & Construction, Inc.

With a degree in design, Rob Smallwood moved to Bainbridge Island 40 years ago and founded Smallwood Design & Construction. What was a one-man company has grown into a family business that employs over 20 people and is one of the premier construction companies on Bainbridge Island and in the Puget Sound region. Rob’s sons Ryan and Shad started working for the company in their high school years during summers and eventually became full-time employees after college. Ryan, with a degree in philosophy and physics, and Shad, with a business degree, have developed a synergetic relationship to the company and are helping to take it into its next generation. The focus of Smallwood Design & Construction has, and always will be, quality value and integrity as it relates to the customer, the product, the community and the planet.

Ryan, Rob and Shad Smallwood (206) 842-5443 • shads@smallwoodconstruction.com 8356 NE Day Rd E • Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 smallwoodconstruction.com Lic #: SMALLDCI01DA


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designer profile

Arnold’s Home Furnishings

Cate Adams has a degree in art and design from the University of London and has worked in London, Paris and Spain. Adams eventually settled in the Pacific Northwest and currently serves as lead interior designer with Arnold’s Home Furnishings, where she has worked for the past seven years. Cate has worked in creating great designs from cottage to industrial. Cate believes a good design is a reflection of the client’s taste — that is the key to success. Arnold’s Home Furnishings has been serving the Kitsap Peninsula and beyond for more than 65 years. They offer a tremendous selection of furniture for the living room, dining room and bedroom along with rugs, lamps and everything else that makes a house a home. Known for their quality and superb customer service, Arnold’s can help you select your new furniture, mattress and home furnishings purchase on any budget.

Cate Adams (360) 377-5582 • info@arnoldsfurnishings.com 3520 Kitsap Way • Bremerton, WA 98312 arnoldshomefurnishings.com


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remodeler profile

A Kitchen That Works, LLC

A Kitchen That Works LLC (AKTW) is an award-winning designbuild firm specializing in kitchens, baths and whole house remodels. AKTW provides comprehensive design and construction services for residential remodels and new construction. Our collaborative approach renders the perfect combination of a client’s style and our expertise. We take great pride in our ability to accurately define each client’s vision and solve their most challenging design issues, all while making the remodel process fun. The number of repeat clients we have is testimony to our dedication to delivering completed projects in a timely manner at a value-driven price. Visit our showroom where we proudly display Bellmont Cabinetry, Dura Supreme Cabinetry, Strasser Woodenworks, Top Knobs, Environite and more.

Molly McCabe, AKBD, CGP, CAPS, CLIPP and Clive Pardy, CSBA (206) 780-1906 • info@akitchenthatworks.com 9856 NE Torvanger Rd • Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 akitchenthatworks.com Lic #: KITCHKT891DB


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architect & designer profile

LaMont Design, Inc.

Wayne & Connie LaMont have been an “item” since 1976, and are the creative business partners of LaMont Design, Inc. located in Poulsbo. Wayne is a licensed architect, specializing in custom homes, remodels and small commercial buildings. He uses 3-D technology for all of his design work and working drawings. This enables all of his clients the ability to actually walk through their project before it’s built. Connie is a full-service interior designer, helping her clients select flooring, countertops, cabinetry, lighting, furnishings, artwork and of course color. She is known as the color therapist, and is quite famous for sculpting interiors and exteriors with color. Creating homes (and business places) that are both beautiful and functional is what we do. We can work with you individually, or collaborate together. Our goal is for you to live your lives within spaces you didn’t realize that you could. LaMont Design can create a plan that will inspire you and yours.

LaMont Design, Inc.

Connie and Wayne LaMont

Architecture/Interior Design

(360) 779-7227 • Poulsbo, WA 98370 connie@lamontdesigninc.com • wayne@lamontdesigninc.com lamontdesigninc.com


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builder profile

Sentinel Construction and Consulting, Inc.

At Sentinel Construction, we take immense pride in measuring our success by the satisfied smiles of our customers. We pledge that your construction project will be handled in a professional, honest and compassionate manner. Beginning with a free site evaluation and consultation visit, we’ll answer your questions and walk you through the entire process from site preparation to building permits and actual construction. Specializing in high performance custom home building and remodeling, we stand behind our work. At Sentinel Construction, we are considerate of the evolving needs of our clients and allow the flexibility to make changes along the way — without penalties. Sentinel’s “open book” billing policy provides you with clear billing statements that reflect accurate, detailed work descriptions. Clete Wood comes to us with production and project management in the development of museum exhibits/buildings. He has an extensive amount of experience in this market, along with cabinet making and millwork. We are thrilled to have him on board, not only as a past client, but our new project manager.

Clete Wood and David Godbolt (360) 297-0080 • davidg@sentinelconstruction.com 26119 Calvary Ln Suite 700 • Kingston, WA 98346 sentinelconstruction.com Lic #: SENTICC961RT


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designer profile

MD Design Group

MD Design Group had its beginnings as “Michele Interiors” back in 2005. After 20 years in the corporate IT world, Michele Doyle decided to pursue her real passion, Interior design. She quit her high-end corporate job to complete the Seattle Art Institute’s intensive Residential Design Program. Combining her solid foundation as an interior designer along with her management consulting background makes for a uniquely capable designer, one who has artistic design abilities and who can also manage the details of a complex project. Fast forward to today and Michele has grown the company to a team that is talented in the areas of interior design and project management. For 12 years, we have served Kitsap and beyond clients creating residential and commercial interior designs. Whatever the scale of your project, from consultative to full-scale remodel or new construction, we have a service level that will fit your design needs. We believe that everything you do in your home or place of business should be supported by your environment beautifully. And that your environment should evoke an emotional response that sings, “this is exactly right for me!” Let MD Design Group create that space for you.

Michele Doyle (360) 689-4156 • mdoyle@micheledoyle.com 18820 Front St Suite 210 • Poulsbo, WA 98370 micheleinteriors.com


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builder profile

Joe Gates Construction, Inc.

An undertaking as important as your family’s new home or the remodel of your current home should only be trusted to a qualified professional. Joe Gates Construction, Inc. is a custom builder and remodeler with a track record for success exceeding client expectations and consistently delivering projects on time and on budget. For 28 years in Kitsap County they have built hundreds of homes, completed countless remodels and cultivated strong partnerships with the best local designers, tradespeople and suppliers. They strive to give their clients the best workmanship and finished product possible. Working to educate and help them through the construction process to create a project that is timely, on budget and without incident. Joe has worked in all phases of construction since 1976, including commercial and project management. Both Joe and Judy work closely with their clients to translate their wish list into the home of their dreams.

Judy Granlee-Gates and Joe Gates (360) 697-3284 • info@joegates.com 510 NW Finn Hill Rd • Poulsbo, WA 98370 joegates.com Lic #: JOEGACI111ND


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remodeler profile

Accurate Builders

A firm commitment to providing careful planning, quality craftsmanship, open communication and exceptional customer service is the foundation of Accurate Builders. From initial design services, through budgeting and product selection, to scheduling and project management, the entire team at Accurate Builders is dedicated to providing complete satisfaction and maximum value to our clients. Owner Michael Glading is a Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) and Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) with 45 years of experience in remodeling. Whether you’re considering a major whole-house remodel or room addition, a master bedroom suite, remodeling a kitchen or bathroom, finishing a basement, or building a custom deck or garage, Accurate Builders has the experience and the expertise to turn your home improvement dreams into reality, while minimizing the disruption of your daily routine. We look forward to meeting with you to explore the possibilities for your home’s improvement.

Michael Glading, CGR, CAPS (360) 697-3593 • accuratebuilders@msn.com 7621 NE Harbor View Dr • Poulsbo, WA 98370 accuratebuilders.com Lic #: ACCURB*066CA


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builder profile

Armstrong Homes

Since 1959, Armstrong Custom Homes has used panelization, providing eco-friendly, quick, precise and wasteless custom construction. From concept to completion, Armstrong Custom Homes strives for customer satisfaction. Our commitment to quality workmanship, attention to detail, expertise and experience are an unbeatable combination. Residential • Commercial • Remodeling • Tenant Improvements • Pioneers In Panelization — Builders Welcome Turnkey or Frame Packages Available Custom Design Service • Free Consultation

Stacy and Tom Mallory (360) 373-5061 • armbrem@comcast.net 2531 Perry Ave • Bremerton, WA 98310 armstrong-homes.com Lic #: ARMSTHB307QL


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builder profile

TCM Built, LLC Metzdorf Designs

Tom and Michelle Metzdorf have been in the construction business for over 30 years bringing customers dreams into reality. With a craftsman touch and a love of building, Tom manages every project as though he were going to live in the home himself. We take pride in serving the customer and inevitably come away with another friend at the end of the project. Strong in faith and a willingness to serve are the backbone of our personal and company culture. We love the process of meeting new people, understanding their wants and needs, and finding a way to deliver above and beyond their expectations. Tom and Michelle assist the customer in all aspects of product selection to guarantee a coordinated flow of finishes from the exterior to the interior.

Tom and Michelle Metzdorf (253) 448-8650 • tcmbuilt@wavecable.com 15604 Sunny Cove Dr SE • Olalla, WA tcmbuilt.com • metzdorfdesigns.com Lic #: TCMBUBL878KU


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builder profile

Kitsap-Trident Homes, Inc.

Kitsap Trident Homes, Inc. is a local, family-owned and operated general construction company based in Poulsbo. Since 1978, we have been providing a wide range of projects throughout Kitsap County and surrounding areas, including residential, commercial, remodels and building maintenance. Jim and Justin Ingalls offer a hands-on management style and are involved in your project on a daily basis. Our goal is to provide exceptional quality and customer service while partnering with you to exceed your expectations. We understand that every project is unique and specific to our customers needs. Whether it’s a new home, a remodel of your existing residence, adding a deck or garage, we know it’s a significant financial and emotional investment. With Kitsap Trident Homes, Inc. you can expect an honest, open-book, stressfree approach for your building experience that cannot be matched. We look forward to a relationship with you before, during and long after your home is complete.

Jim and Justin Ingalls (360) 697-2772 • info@kitsaptridenthomes.com PO Box 848 • Poulsbo, WA 98370 kitsaptridenthomes.com Lic #: KITSAI*2250A


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designer/fabricator profile

Creekside Cabinet & Design, Inc.

Creekside Cabinet & Design is a locally owned business. For more than 15 years we have been providing exceptional value to our customers on the Kitsap Peninsula and the Puget Sound. From apartment grade to furniture grade — we are a leader in providing the best cabinetry for every budget. Visit our beautiful showroom located in Silverdale and speak with one of our experienced designers or give us a call. One of our designers will be happy to look at your plans or come out to your home and look at your project — take some measurements — discuss some ideas. With proper planning, we can fit your design to your lifestyle, taking advantage of all your options, not forcing you to work around limited choices ensuring we choose just the right elements for your home. We are so confident that you will choose Creekside Cabinet & Design, all of our design service is provided at no extra charge.

Brad Moore (360) 692-7070 3276 NW Plaza Rd Suite 111 • Silverdale, WA 98383 creeksidecabinet.com Lic #: CREEKCD871CF


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The Baths Have It

Thinking of building or remodeling? Now is the time to make that dream bathroom a reality. You have many choices and options, bringing luxuries and new innovation to a room in your home. Sinks, toilets, showers, bathtubs, cabinets, lighting, flooring and more — the possibilities are endless. With creative choices you can: • Increase the value of your home • Add more space and storage • Correct flaws • Create a more energy-efficient home • Make it luxurious and modern Peruse the five baths shown on the following pages — each designed based on owners’ preferences. Some are large projects and others medium to smaller. All are beautiful!

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Master Bath Perfection All great master bathroom designs have two things in common: They satisfy the clients’ needs and reflect their personal lifestyle. Visiting the Peninsula Home & Garden Show last year, the owners had a bath remodel in mind. They were attracted by the project shots at A Kitchen That Works’ booth. Striking up a conversation with Molly McCabe and Clive Pardy of A Kitchen That Works, they felt confident they had found their designer and contractor. The existing master bathroom provided multiple challenges: The bath tub was situated on a step under a window, making the windows and blinds impossible to adjust because they were B/The Baths have it

out of reach. The bathroom floor plan provided poor lighting, little storage and inadequate ventilation for the size of the room, among other items. The owners wanted better utilization of the space. Their master bath remodel was on! The tub and shower were relocated and replaced. The former location provided the much-needed storage. The vanity was replaced and relocated and the former location is now the tub, extended zerothreshold shower and heated towel warmer. The clients wanted a larger shower with a steam shower component and a fold-down seat. The new tub offers a heated back, water jets and chromotherapy. The closet door was replaced with a stylish barn door. Toe-kick

A window bench, supported by storage cabinets on either side, provides a romantic perch for reading to a beloved bather. A lighted toe kick on the vanity provides a measure of safety at night.

Easy-access vanity storage


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The zero-threshold steam shower is accented with a series of ceramic-and-glass tiles. The barrel-vaulted ceiling is tiled in 1-inch glass mosaic tiles and a bedazzled, glow-in-the-dark grout.

lights were installed under the bookmatched ribbon mahogany vanity. The clients selected seven different tiles (with creative results) and a very pale lavender hue for the walls. Quartzite was the material chosen for the countersurfaces and the ledge in the shower. The floors are porcelain, as is the shower floor. Their distinctive sinks are

A free-standing Bain Ultra bathtub provides a serene respite after a long day.

Kohler; cabinets are by Mortise & Tenon, and faucetry by Graff. The owners of the newly remodeled master bath are very happy with the results. They love the feeling of space and the spa-like accouterments of the steam shower, heated floors, an all-inclusive toilet with heated seat, and of course, the glow-in-the-dark ceiling of the shower.

Beautiful veining in the Victoria Blue Quartzite countertop with Kohler glass vessel sinks and Graff wall mounted faucet.

A close-up of the shower wall where it meets the barrel vault is accented with a strip of the Victoria Blue quartzite

An ICO heated towel bar is accessible from both the shower and the bath tub and adds an extra touch of comfort. The Baths have it/C


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A Coastal Bath

Open and airy shower (above) and luxurious tub (right)

P H O T O G R A P H Y BY I K L I L G R E G G

The owners raised their three homeschooled children in this typical 1990s builder spec home. The house had good bones, but it was dated. They loved their neighborhood and the convenience it offered, but they knew it needed a makeover. While shopping for flooring, they were referred to designer Michele Doyle of MD Designs. The bath originally had a large, jacuzzi-style tub but a tiny shower in a narrow, closed-in room. The floorplan was modified and opened up to accommodate a large shower, a luxurious tub and a double vanity. The colors are inspired by a timeless Nantucket beach aesthetic. Beveled-

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edge, white subway tile; honed Carerra marble and white cabinets with polished chrome finishes. The bath was part of a full house remodel, with the “coastal look� integrating throughout.

Beachcomber details

Timeless finishes


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The homeowner discovered interior designer Nancy Finneson of DeMane Design after viewing one of her projects in a local home and garden magazine.

Gentleman’s Master Bath P H O T O G R A P H Y BY N O R T H W E S T P H O T O G R A P H Y

The homeowner wanted a comfortable, functional space that allowed him to relax while enjoying his daily routines. The existing bath was dark and outdated. He sought a design that would give him more storage, seating and a curbless entry shower. By removing the never-used bathtub, he gained a comfortable shower space with a seat. A strategically-placed niche, grab bars and tall, glass, barnstyle shower doors gave it a spa feel. A pull-out hamper in the vanity and a bench for drying off on after a relaxing shower were included. In-floor heating keeps it cozy and striking pendants flank the medicine cabinet.

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Time to Change Bob and Michelle Hope had waited 20 years, through family life, raising children and putting them through college — and now it was time! A chunky tub, old carpet (yes, carpet in the bathroom), a worn-out shower and faded wood grain trim all needed to go. And they needed storage. Their bathroom needed a remodel. The couple interviewed several contractors. After a recommendation from a friend, they visited Poulsbo’s Kitsap Kitchen and Bath. One of the designers, Natalie Collins Shaw, met with them. After explaining their problem, Hope said they felt like something just clicked. “She seemed to know exactly what we were looking for," he explains. Shaw determined that the project could be accomplished by leaving everything in the same location, just replacing and updating cabinets, shower, tub, sinks and, of course, the floor. The Hopes chose Cambria quartz color Praa Sands, which has teals, dark blue, off-white and a little taupe. The entire design was based on the Cambria color. Shaker-style custom cabinetry by Kitsap Kitchen and Bath replaced all the wood-grain cabinets. Kohler products (sink, faucets, tub, fixtures and accessories) were used throughout the bathroom. A linen cabinet was added for additional storage. Bob and Michelle Hope are delighted with their remodeled bath results. It has everything they wanted. Hope says, “It’s so light and refreshing!”

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Timeless and Traditional P H O T O G R A P H Y BY I K L I L G R E G G

After a fire destroyed their home, the owners decided to rebuild on the same footprint, with a few changes. The master suite now takes up half of the first floor. The main living areas, kitchen, dining and living rooms occupy the balance. By raising the roof 8 inches or so, a second floor accommodates two more bedrooms, bath, kitchenette and a family room — doubling the square footage. The master bedroom was oriented to the view and the bathroom was greatly expanded. The bath is large enough for two people to use at the same time. The spacious bath has separate vanities; porcelain floors; marble countertops and metal, marble and abalone mosaics in the shower and backsplashes. Michele Doyle of MD Designs was referred to the owners and worked closely with them to be certain the new plan would be everything they dreamed.

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Wilsonart laminate counter (back wall) in Asteroid 9214CM

PHOTO COURTESY WILSONART

Solid as a Rock TIPS ON SELECTING THE BEST COUNTERTOP FOR YOUR PROJECT T E X T BY M O L LY E R I N M C C A B E ,

ADBD, CGP

Countertops are the workhorse of both the kitchen and bathroom. They are used for a myriad of tasks including preparing food, paying bills and doing homework, serving buffet food, holding small appliances, facilitating daily hygiene routines and more. They are subjected to a wide variety of abuses including hot pots, acidic foods, alcohol-based personal care products, metal rivets on small appliances, ladies’ purses, etc. Countertops typically comprise 10-20 percent of an average full kitchen remodel budget while bathroom countertops (not including tub or shower surrounds) will comprise approximately 8-15 percent of the average full A/Countersurfaces

bathroom remodel budget. Costs aside, everyone has different needs and desires when it comes to countertop performance. Therefore, before investigating specific countertop materials, consider the following factors in choosing the right category of countertop for you and your project. Stain resistance: How effective is the countertop material at resisting stains? Think of a water-resistant watch vs. waterproof watch. Most countertop materials will resist stains, provided you wipe them up in a timely manner, but this will depend greatly on the porosity of the material and the type of sealant, if any, applied to the material.

Ask yourself — are you a neat and tidy person who cleans as you go or are you more spontaneous and don’t mind a mess? If you fall into the latter category, you will want to choose the most stainresistant material available. Scratch resistance: How effective is the countertop material at resisting scratches? This will depend on how “soft” the material is and how easily it can be repaired. Do you allow people to sit on your counters in jeans with rivets on the pockets? Do you typically place handbags with metal “feet” on your countertops? Are you in the habit of placing rubber bumpers or felt tabs on


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small appliances and objets d’art that you place on your counters? Do you enjoy home maintenance and repair projects? If you answered yes to the first two questions and no to the second two questions, then look for countertop materials that are hard and durable. Heat resistance: Can you put hot pots off the stove or hot curling irons directly on the countertop? With the exception of glazed ceramic tile, porcelain tile or metal, the simple answer is no. A trivet, hot pad or towel should be placed under hot items before they are set down on most counters. As a point of clarification, typically it is not the countertop material that is damaged by the heat but rather the sealants, such as those applied to quarried stone counters (granite, marble, limestone, etc.) or concrete counters. Once the seal is compromised, the countertop may become susceptible to staining. Removing stains from quarried stone countertops is an arduous process, comprised of applying a poultice, and is best handled by a professional. Maintenance and repair: Be honest with yourself. Make sure you choose a countertop that possesses maintenance and repair requirements that fit your lifestyle and your skill set. This will ensure that your countertop investment looks beautiful for years to come. Aesthetic Considerations It is important to select a countertop material and color that will render a timeless look (think back to the orange and apple-green-martini countertops that were wildly popular a few years ago and discontinued shortly thereafter) as well as one that you will happily face day in and day out for years to come with pleasure. Also, consider whether the material is a good match for the architectural style of the home or room. When we think of contemporary-styled kitchens and baths, sintered stone, engineered stone, solid surface, concrete or metal countertops spring to mind. When we think of traditionally styled kitchens and baths, we tend to think of quarried stone or butcher block. Countersurfaces/B


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Key: Low = 1 Moderate = 2

COUNTERTOP MATERIALS TABLE Ceramic Laminate Tile

Wood

3CM 3CM Solid Paper Engineered Quarried Surface Composite Stone Stone

High = 3 Exceptional = 4 Metal

N/A = Not applicable N/R = Not recommended

Custom Pre-Cast Terrazzo Concrete

Glass

Sintered Stone

Unique Appearance

2

2

2

3

2

3

4

2

4

4

4

3

Color/Pattern Options

4

4

2

4

1

4

4

2

4

2

4

3

Visibility of Seams

4

2

1

1

2

2

3

2

2

1

1

2

Edge Options

1

2

4

4

3

3

3

1

4

1

2

1

Max. Overhang*

N/R

9”

12”

12”-15”

12”

12”-15”

10”

6”

12”

Varies

12”-15”

12”

Heat Resistance**

4

1

2

3

2

3

3

4

1

3

3

4

Scratch Resistance

3

1

2

3

2

3

3

2

1

3

4

3

Stain Resistance

4

2

2

4

3

4

3

4

3

3

4

4

Ease of Cleaning

1

2

3

4

2

4

3

4

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3

4

4

Repairability

1

1

4

4

3

3

3

4

2

2

2

2

Sealant Required

Yes

No

Oiling

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

No

Undermount Sinks

No

No

N/R

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Integral Sinks

No

No

No

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

SBC Points***

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Warranty Available

No

Yes

Varies

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Varies

Yes

Varies

Yes

Price Installed****

**

$25–$50 $35–$45 $35–$100 $65–$100 $90–$110 $90–$130 $75–$450 $100+ $90–$125 $100–$150 $150–$350 $80–$120 per sq. ft.

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* Maximum unsupported overhang predicted on multiple variables, check with your fabricator. With the exception of ceramic tile and stainless steel, for a variety of reasons, hot items should be set on a trivet rather than straight onto the counter. *** For eligibility for Sustainable Building Certification Points, look for individual product certifications on manufacturers website. **** May not include the backsplash, cutouts or intricate edge details.

Country style lends itself to tile. The design police will not haul you away for installing a quarried stone countertop in your contemporary kitchen; however, architectural style is just one more criteria to factor into your decision process. With the basics of these selection criteria down, consider the various countertop material options. Price ranges quoted are indicative of installed costs (without backsplashes or removal and disposal of existing cabinets) in the Pacific Northwest; nationally, prices will vary. Laminate — Generically referred to as Formica (Formica is just one of many C/Countersurfaces

brands of laminate), it is comprised of multiple layers of paper plus a color and pattern sheet with a clear melamine overlay. The layers are bonded together with phenolic resin and compressed under great pressure, which is where the material gets its secondary name, highpressure laminate. Laminate sheets are adhered to a base or substrate such as plywood. An exciting innovation in laminates is textured surfaces and styled edge details that mask the formerly telltale appearance of the unattractive brown line associated only with laminates. Wood — Often referred to as butcher block, wood countertops can be made of

a variety of wood species, with maple being the most common. Butcher block comes in two styles: standard and endcut. Unfinished wood counters are common for food preparation while finished wood counters are more for show. Butcher block is not a good choice around sinks or cooking surfaces. Ceramic tile — Highly durable, ceramic-tile countertops can be designed with a wide variety of colors, shapes and styles. They are only highly durable if the grout is “color seal,” which significantly reduces staining and maintenance requirements. Depending on the type of tile installed, a tile countertop can render an uneven


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surface, making setting a wine glass down an exercise in keen observation. Composite paper — Paper composites are comprised of paper (often recycled); bamboo fiber; recycled wood fiber; salvaged wood fiber and renewable, wood-sourced cellulose fiber from managed forests that is then compressed and typically held together with a petroleum-free, phenolic-resin binder. They are very smooth to the touch and have a leathery look. Solid surface — Generically referred to as Corian (there are several other manufacturers of solid surface product), solid-surface countertops are petroleumbased acrylic or composites of acrylic and polyester resin. It is manufactured in thicknesses of 1/4-inch panels for shower surrounds and 1/2-inch slabs for kitchen and bathroom countertops. It is very malleable and can be molded into a variety of shapes and inlayed with contrasting color bands or shapes. Depending on the underlying cabinets, a subtop may be required for proper installation. Sintered stone — Comprised of natural minerals and added pigments that are compressed at a high temperature under great force, rendering a large, extremely durable yet thin sheet of material suitable for floors, walls, siding and countertops. It comes in 1/8-inch, 1/4-inch and 1/2-inch thickness (for countertops) and may or may not require a subtop. The most unique feature of this product category is the ability to successfully install it out of doors, such as in outdoor kitchens. It is also easy to book match slabs with reduced waste compared to quarried or engineered stone. Engineered stone — Also referred to as quartz, it comprised of 93 percent crushed quartz rock and 7 percent polyester resin that are pressed into 2centimeter (3/4-inch) and 3-centimeter (1-1/4-inch) slabs using a vibrocompression vacuum process. This material is highly durable and has very low maintenance requirements. In recent years, the color and pattern options for

John Boos maple butcher block counter PHOTO COURTESY JOHN BOOS PHOTO COURTESY JACQUELINE SCOTT W LEGACY KITCHEN & BATH

John Boos cherry butcher block island top

Stunning ceramic tile kitchen PHOTO COURTESY KITCHENDESIGNIDEAS.ORG

PHOTOS BELOW COURTESY PANEL TECH

PaperStone kitchen counter in Evergreen

PaperStone kitchen counter in Leather

PaperStone kitchen counter in Slate

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Solid-surface vanity counter in Clamshell by Corian

this category have exploded with many realistic quarried looks. Quarried stone (granite, marble, limestone, quartzite, etc.) — No two slabs are identical, which makes quarried stone counters unique. Although sequencing is common in quarried slabs, you may not have access to the quantity of sequenced slabs that you need for your project, which means color and veining can exhibit vast differences. Provided your installation fabricator has applied a high-quality penetrating sealer, polished quarried stone should be a low-maintenance surface. Metal — Copper, stainless steel or zinc, metal countertops are the epitome of low maintenance. Sheets are molded and typically secured to a plywood subtop. Metals are relatively soft so they scratch very easily but repairs can be buffed out with the right tools. They are extremely hygienic due to their nonporous nature; they will not grow bacteria and are extremely easy to clean. Glass — Countertops can be made of custom solid slabs of clear or colored glass. Beautiful and unique, they are nonporous and can provide several unique design features for back lighting, creating a beautiful glow. One characteristic that many people are surprised by is that they can be unexpectedly noisy and contribute to sound reverberation in a room. Glass terrazzo — Terrazzo countertops are typically made from recycled glass mixed with either a cement or resin binder. Other materials E/Countersurfaces

Solid-surface vanity counter in Sandalwood by Corian

Solid-surface kitchen counter with integral sink in Tumbleweed by Corian

Sintered stone by Neolith — floors in Strata Argentum, walls in La Boheme B01

PHOTO COURTESY DUPON

PHOTO COURTESY DAMASO PEREZ

Metal countertop

Sintered stone by Neolith in Estuturio

PHOTO COURTESY KITCHENDESIGNIDEAS.ORG

PHOTO COURTESY DAMASO PEREZ

Sintered stone by Lava in Estuturio

Quartz kitchen island in Super White

PHOTO COURTESY DAMASO PEREZ

PHOTO COURTESY PENTAL

commonly added to the mix include shells, pottery, discarded china bowls and toilets, stemware, windshields and other glass materials. Beautiful and relatively unique, these countertops are often specified in projects that are LEED certified.

Concrete — Concrete countertop fabrication is either cast in place (fabrication is done directly on the cabinetry on the job site) or custom precast where fabrication is completed in a fabrication shop then installed on the job site. Concrete countertops are


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highly customizable, making each one unique. Colors are muted but somewhat limitless, while edge options are customizable. Integrated sinks, drain boards and backsplashes are some of the hallmarks of concrete countertops. Little Extras • Edge options — some countertops can have an almost limitless number of edge details such as solid surface while sintered stone really has just two options. Many fabricators have four or so standard edges, which are included in the fabrication price, and then additional (fancier) edges for an extra cost. If you have wheelchair users in the home, it is always a good idea to make sure the lower edge of the countertop is polished. • Expect to pay for the section of countertop that has been cut out for your cooktop, sink, etc. If you have specified an undermount sink, there will be an additional charge for the labor required to polish the exposed edge. If you have a radius (curved edge) on your countertop, there will be an upcharge for the added fabrication labor. • Understand that different materials have different tolerances for unsupported bar top overhangs. For example, a 2-centimeter quarried stone countertop can only cantilever 6inch unsupported while 3-centimeter countertops can cantilever 10 inches or more unsupported; 3-centimeter engineered stone can overhang 12-15 inches, assuming there are no cutouts nearby. As a point of reference, to sit comfortably on a 24-inch stool at a 36inch bar top, you should have 15-18 inches of knee space or overhang. • Ask your designer or fabricator where the seams are likely to be placed if you have an L- or U-shaped configuration. Additionally, if you have an intricately veined granite, consider how you want the countertop laid out, bearing in mind that your fabricator will offer you the best material utilization possible and that if your desire is to exhibit a specific section of the slab, you may need to purchase an additional slab.

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Quarried stone — quartzite

• Determine whether you want a backsplash of the same material as your countertops. If so, how high would you like it: 4 inches, 6 inches or more? If made from the same material, do you want it the full thickness of the slab or does the fabricator offer a gauged-down version? • Determine whether your countertop bid includes removal and disposal of your existing countertop. Some fabricators provide this service and some don’t. • Quality stone countertop fabricators will install 1/4-inch steel rods under the front edge of a sink or cooktop. • Ask the fabricator or installer if caulking the backsplash is included in the installation price. • Be prepared to sign a waiver if you want a honed finish. • Remember that all cabinets must be in place and level and that all plumbing fixtures and appliances must be on site at the time of templating your countertops. • Request a list of care and maintenance requirements for your new countertop. • Remember to register your countertop with the applicable manufacturer in order to validate your warranty. There are many, many variables to consider when selecting countertops. To streamline the selection process and ensure you get a quality product, consider working with an experienced designer and a licensed and bonded countertop fabricator and installer.

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Quarried stone — granite

Quarried stone — Calacatta marble vanity counter PHOTO COURTESY A KITCHEN THAT WORKS LLC

Evolution Glass countertop — clear glass with brown and green accents PHOTO COURTESY HEATHER PHILLIPS

Glass terrazo from Environite

Concrete countertop

PHOTO COURTESY ENVIRONITE

PHOTO COURTESY TRUEFORM CONCRETE


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Why Hire an Interior Designer There are two things most people want more of: time and money. A professional interior designer can help you have more of both. An interior designer will help you discover and enhance your personal style, decipher problems, prevent costly errors, simplify your life, complete the job with expertise and share access to resources only available to those in the profession. By hiring a designer, you are more likely to stay on budget, not make expensive mistakes and end up living in a space that you love. Good design and wonderful spaces do not happen by accident. Interior designers have a comprehensive education that includes hand drafting, computer drafting, space planning, textiles, rendering, sketching, 56/DesignBuildKitsap.com

architectural detailing, history of architecture, furniture, design and art, building codes, materials and specifications, professional practice, human factors, commercial design and more. When the degree is completed and the designer has been employed by a NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) qualified design professional, the designer needs to pass a two-day comprehensive test to become a certified professional. There are more designers who have not taken the test than those who have. That does not mean that a designer who has not taken the test is not qualified to do good design. Passing the certification takes the designer to a higher level of professionalism. Designers who are members of ASID

(American Society of Interior Design) or IIDA (International Interior Design Association) must follow a code of ethics, as should everyone in the profession. NKBA (National Kitchen & Bath Association) members have studied and passed a different test specific to their industry. Many designers belong to more than one association. When interviewing perspective designers, ask them about their design education and affiliations. A designer is not a decorator; the terms do not transpose. There are talented decorators, but they may not have all the expertise that you need for a total redesign or building a new structure. When you are investing money in your home, you want the home to look the best it can be for the money you are


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spending. Your home should be a reflection of your personality and style, and it should function with how you live your life. A professional designer can help you make that happen a lot easier. An experienced designer can save you time, as the designer knows where to go and whom to call to find the right resource at the right price. This means you are not spending endless hours researching all the products that your home will need. You might think that hiring a designer will add to the expense of the project, but what it really does is help you avoid mistakes and helps you make design decisions that increase the value of your home. Interior design starts by asking the right questions, assessing not only how you want your space to look, but also how it can add value to your life. A qualified designer will give you an expert assessment of the space, leading

to a firm plan of action. Deciding what can be repurposed, what needs to be removed and what needs to be added to make the room work successfully can affect the budget and help you spend more efficiently. Looking through the eyes of a designer, a fresh perspective can be seen by enhancing ideas you like and coming up with ideas that are new to you. Design is more than aesthetics; it is the art of living well. The designer is your partner and a qualified liaison with architects, contractors and subcontractors. Designers know the good ones, as they have used them before. They speak the same language and understand how the process works. Designers talk and share with one another whom to use and whom to avoid using. That alone is money well spent. Hiring a designer will give you access to electricians, plumbers or a contractor

who can be trusted to stay on time and on budget. A design that is seamlessly installed will make the life of the client much simpler. Then there is the “wow� factor that a designer just loves to give you. Designers want your space to be so beautiful, functional and mostly practical that all your friends want them to design their spaces too. A designer may give you the courage to try something new or a little different from everything you have done in the past. People who go into the design field are generally creative and over the years develop a bag of design tricks that work in many situations. Many design custom furniture pieces when needed to make a space work, and they know where to have them made for the best price and by the most talented craftsmen. They can spice up your life with color or help calm it down with subtlety.

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Designers have access to fabrics, furniture, accessories and many products not available to the general public. Amazon.com sells just about everything, but that does not mean that it all looks excellent together when it arrives. Scale, proportion, rhythm, balance, emphasis and harmony are part of the everyday language of design. Bringing in the other elements of design and defining space with the proper use of texture, light, color and pattern to get to the desired effect is all part of good design. HGTV does a great job of making it all look entirely too simple. Next time you watch one of those shows, count how many times they just knock down the wall between the kitchen and living room or family room. There is a lot more to remodeling than is discussed on HGTV shows. Yes, you can get some wonderful, fresh ideas from watching the shows, but putting it all together may not be as easy 58/DesignBuildKitsap.com

for most people. There is a team of at least 30 people behind the camera whom you never see. A designer works as a psychologist who brings couples together, selecting compromises that work for both partners. Having someone listen to both sides and all your ideas — then coming up with a great solution — is a winning situation. Interior design is a fine balance between art and science. Good designers have studied both. A trained eye will see things you have missed. Many times, partners are set in what they see as the “only” way to do something. When a fresh, creative face offers more than one solution, the “only” way becomes history and maybe just ended or saved arguments. The process should be fun, exciting and happy. Once the budget is decided, your designer works to keep it on track, so you know where you are cost-wise at any point in time. There is no reason to be

timid about what you are willing to spend. Interview designers before you begin to find one who will work within your budget and you personally think will do the best job for you. If a designer is fabulous but you do not seem to be in tune with each other, that designer might not be fabulous for you. Great design is in the details, which is what pulls a successful design together. It is the details that keep the budget on track. It is the details of working with everyone else involved in the project. When you step back and look at the finished project, you should not see the details, as the finished project will blend together so perfectly, you only see how wonderful the space looks when you work with a professional interior designer. Written by Diana Bennett Wirtz Kingsley ASID, IIDA


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