Life gets a little easier when the hardest working rooms in your home work right for you.
We design kitchens and bathrooms that
uniquely fit the way our clients live.
Amanda's 3 Keys to a Great Kitchen
Have you ever felt that your kitchen is fighting you? Your kitchen can be a space that either works for you or against you. At Amanda Fossum Design the process of designing your new kitchen uses a very deliberate approach to making sure that when the renovation is over, you're completely happy with the finished result. Amanda focuses on 3 key elements... in this order:
1- Is this a safe layout and design? Amanda takes into account the height of the chef, the age of all of your family members, the style of cooking and entertaining that is commonly done in your home and even whether the chef is right or left handed! All of these things (and many more) go into designing a safe place for you and your family.
2- Is this a functional and convenient design? Functional storage is one of the most important considerations in designing a kitchen. Amanda will talk with you about how you move through the kitchen and make suggestions on how to ensure you have a CONVENIENT place for everything. Don't be surprised if the term "prime real estate" comes up during this phase of design!
3- Does this design look good? Most designers want to start by looking at door styles and countertop materials but honestly, this should be the last phase of design. We don't want to put lipstick on a pig! By making sure that the space is safe and functional BEFORE we make it beautiful, you're assured that you'll love being in your kitchen for years to come.
In the end, it doesn't matter if your kitchen is beautiful in photographs if you find that working in it is dangerous or inconvenient!
Who can resist plump vine ripened tomatoes? But did you know many foods can stain and etch several common countertop materials? Lots of factors go in to making the right choice, the one you'll find beautiful and easy to live with. Talk to your designer about the care required for any material you're considering using where food is prepared.
Shed A Little Light
Not everyone is lucky enough to get a room with a view, but having one in your kitchen or breakfast nook really boosts the charm factor. A north facing window is perfect for letting in beautiful, but never blinding light. If you don't have a big wall of windows like this, try adding a large mirror to reflect and amplify the light you do have.
"Your home should tell the story of who you are, and be a collection of what you love."