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    Renovation Articles | Kitchen Design

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    January 19, 2021

    Three Kitchen Remodel Strategies You’ll Want to Know

    Suppose your home was built during the post-WWII era. In that case, you might be living in a layout that was better suited to a time when one rotary phone was state-of-the-art communication for the entire family.

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    September 28, 2020

    Safely Remodeling Your Kitchen During a Pandemic

    You've been spending a LOT more time in your kitchen since the early spring of this year. It's been great having time as a family preparing and eating meals, so that's been a real ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    December 18, 2019

    Should I Renovate My Kitchen and Bath For Resale? Part 2

    Kitchens and baths are prime spaces when it comes to renovation projects. Sometimes the need is obvious. You purchase a home with an outdated kitchen that will never meet your ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    December 10, 2019

    Should I Renovate My Kitchen and Bath for Resale? Part 1

    When you look at your kitchen, there’s nothing exactly wrong with it. It’s functional and has served your family well. Nothing’s broken, so why fix it? Well, if you are ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    May 3, 2018

    How Expert Kitchen Renovation Cures the Many Headaches of Your Outdated Kitchen

    If your Kensington Maryland home was built during the post WWII era, there’s a good chance that its fundamental layout is still the way it was when televisions only had 3 channels ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    April 26, 2018

    3 Tricks Kitchen Designers Use to Make a Small Kitchen Feel Larger

    If building an addition is not an option because of budget constraints or space limitations, don’t give up on the idea of remodeling your kitchen. Kitchen designers know how to ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    April 19, 2018

    Should a Designer or Architect be in Charge of my Kitchen Renovation?

    A kitchen designer should always be in charge of your kitchen renovation - even if it is part of a larger architect-designed project. The kitchen designer brings valuable insights ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    April 12, 2018

    If Kitchen Remodeling Only Makes Your Kitchen Beautiful—You’re in Trouble

    Beautiful + Practical: The Art of Kitchen Remodeling Inundated by decades of dazzlingprogramming on HGTV and The Food Channel, America’s passion for kitchen perfection shows no ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    June 9, 2017

    What's the Perfect Color for Your Kitchen Renovation

      As you flip through pictures on Pinterest, Houzz, and Instagram to imagine your kitchen renovation, did you ever wonder why you’re drawn to certain images?  Chances are that the ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    February 11, 2017

    Kitchen & Bathroom Design Trends

    Returning from the KBIS (Kitchen & Bath Industry Show), our kitchen and bath designers were “vertically” flowing with excitement!  Two main themes emerged from their 3-day trip to ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    October 25, 2013

    Why You Need A Kitchen Designer

      A kitchen designer is familiar with the latest features available in cabinetry, appliances and other products for the kitchen. Who better to answer the question "why you need a ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    October 16, 2013

    What a Kitchen Designer Does For You

    Do you or don't you need tow work with a kitchen designer for your kitchen remodeling project? It is possible that you may regret it if you don't use a designer. The kitchen ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    September 24, 2013

    Three Painful Kitchen Remodeling Blunders

      Avoid the Pain: Work With a Kitchen Designer Kitchen remodeling? Please, don't do it yourself! If you hire a smart, seasoned kitchen designer you won't have to worry about ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    March 2, 2013

    What does a Kitchen Designer Do?

    This week we had a coffee-talk with our favorite kitchen & bath designers.  We grilled them about the value of their services for a homeowner planning to remodel a kitchen.

    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    May 24, 2012

    Kitchen Task Areas & the Work Triangle

    Kitchen Work Centers We have talked about the kitchen work triangle and how it effectively makes or breaks a kitchen design.  If the geometry is off, the kitchen -no matter how ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    May 21, 2012

    Kitchen Color Under Glass

    Applying a painted glass overlay is now an established alternative to tile backsplash as an accent in the modern kitchen color palette.  We are seeing more of this type of finish ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    May 17, 2012

    The Kitchen Layout Alphabet

    The modern kitchen layout has developed along side modern kitchen design---which emphasizes an open plan concept.  Instead of the kitchen being a small, isolated room in the back ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    May 17, 2012

    Kitchen Layouts: The Modern Galley Kitchen

    Modern Kitchen Design Floor Plans Modern kitchen design layouts are referenced by the shape they make when viewed on a floor plan.  The most popular kitchen design configurations ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    May 12, 2012

    Why Integrated Design Build Works

    Here is a perfect example of the high quality of collaboration that occurs daily in a truly integrated design build remodeling firm.  Kitchen designer Ellen Gilday Witts and ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    May 4, 2012

    Solid Surface or Natural Stone

    Choosing Countertops for the Modern Kitchen There are now many more types of kitchen countertop materials to choose from. And yet, most of our clients still choose natural stone. ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    May 2, 2012

    Coloring Your Kitchen

    The Finishing Touch Choosing your paint colors--that truly puts the finishing touch on a home remodeling project.  Do not under estimate the importance of this choice.

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    May 1, 2012

    Choosing Kitchen Colors

    Balancing Act The color palette for modern kitchens is drawn from dominant and recessive tones. Kitchen & bath designer Leslie Roosevelt says she tries to balance the overall ...

    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    April 26, 2012

    Under Cabinet Kitchen Lighting With LED

    Modern Kitchen Lighting The previous blog post (Lighting Our Kitchens) talked about the overall benefits of LED over other available types of lighting for our kitchen and bath ...

    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    April 25, 2012

    Lighting Our Kitchens: The LED Is In the Lead

    Halogen Is Dead That's the word from Ronna Cohen at Annapolis Lighting.  In a conversation about trends in kitchen lighting, Ronna said that as of this year they are selling ...

    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    April 24, 2012

    Mercury Rising: The Way of Kitchen Lights

    One More Year That's all we've got.  By government mandate, we may not use incandescent light bulbs (100w or 75w) past 2013.  The incandescent is out (thanks but no thanks Mr. ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    April 23, 2012

    Kitchen Lighting Design

      This traditional style white kitchen has a modern three-tiered lighting design that includes general illumination, decorative and task area lighting.

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    April 20, 2012

    Transitional Kitchen Design: A Collision of Design Styles?

    The "transitional" style kitchen by any other name would be what?  A mash up traditional and contemporary?  A haphazard collision of styles?  Could be.  But in the hands of a ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    April 19, 2012

    Kitchen Design Trend Alert: Gray! It's the New.... Something

    NKBA's Top Kitchen Design Trends The National Kitchen & Bath Association just published its top ten kitchen and bath design trends based on data culled from the membership. ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    April 12, 2012

    A Transitional Style Kitchen Remodel Takes Some Unexpected Turns

    Our client, Michelle, spent a number of years living in the Netherlands before coming home to Chevy Chase Maryland with her family.  It is not surprising that she developed a ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    April 10, 2012

    Putting the Design in Designer Kitchens

    What Makes A Designer Kitchen? The designer does.  A smart kitchen designer makes a thorough assessment of the limitations and possibilities of a space.  She puts that factual ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    April 5, 2012

    Luxury Kitchen Decor: Finishing Touch

    Yesterday we pitched the notion of a kitchen design "style triangle" formed by cabinets, countertops and backsplash selections.  These three elements of kitchen decor set the ...

    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    April 4, 2012

    The Other Kitchen Triangle

    Work Triangle You've heard of the work triangle.  This basic concept of functionality  is decades old in the art of modern kitchen design.  The term describes the movement pattern ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    March 28, 2012

    Kitchen Cabinets--They Don't Make Them Like They Used To

    They absolutely do not make kitchen cabinets like they used to.  And that's a good thing.   High quality kitchen cabinets can be designed in any style you like.  And with clever ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    March 19, 2012

    Rustic Kitchens: Tuscan Style

    To celebrate her heritage, one of our clients asked us to develop a rustic kitchen design aesthetic that expressed Tuscan style. Tuscan style favors a brawny, earthy look--the ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    March 12, 2012

    Kitchen Design Styles: Forty Years Later

    This kitchen project in progress is a perfect example of how kitchen design styles change over time.  As designers and remodelers learn more and as clever materials, techniques ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    March 9, 2012

    How Much Should You Spend On A Kitchen?

    How Much Is Too Much That's easy.  It's the same as the answer to the question (women will get this) how much make up is too much'.  The answer?  Stop when you look really ...

    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    March 6, 2012

    The Great Granite Counter Top Takeover--Is it Over?

    Granite Counter Tops Granite didn't used to be all the rage.  It used to be dress code for banks and public buildings that represented a strength and immortality we could ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    February 21, 2012

    Zombie Kitchen (a Bad Dream Kitchen)

    The Zombie Kitchen Surely it was someone's "dream kitchen" once upon a time in Bethesda, Maryland--but no more. This kitchen has been dead for a long time.  It’s just that nobody ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    June 1, 2011

    Kitchen Design: Making Room For An Island

    Here is a great example of how Gilday Renovations can reconfigure interior space to address functional needs in a kitchen design without getting into the cost of a room addition.  ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    May 31, 2011

    Kitchen Design: Kitchen Reconfigured

    At Gilday Renovations, we frequently encounter homes built in the days before kitchens were capable of being so beautiful to look at.  And, until recent advances in kitchen design ...

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    Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

    May 19, 2011

    Kitchen Design: One Room Is Better Than Two

    One + One = One Better This Arlington Virginia kitchen remodeling project began with a tiny galley kitchen and a tiny breakfast room.  Neither of them worked satisfactorily for ...