A New Generation of Appliance Garages

appliance garageWhen you think of appliance garages, do images of roll-top louvered doors come to mind? Despite their practicality, appliance garages fell out of fashion for a long time, largely because they instantly dated a kitchen and did very little to enhance the design aesthetic of the space.  But fans of these handy spaces will be thrilled to learn that not only are appliance garages making a come back, they now look better than ever.

Kitchen design is constantly evolving, and new options for door hinges have led to an appliance garage renaissance.  The newer style of appliance garages have doors that can pop-up, tilt-up, or even open and slide back into pockets.

Open appliance garage with stainless refrigerator adjacentNearly any style of door can be used, which makes them incredibly versatile and easy to incorporate in virtually any style of kitchen.  Another bonus of these unique door mechanisms is that they allow appliance garages to be added into relatively tight spaces, a major plus for homeowners with small, or galley style kitchens.

Large Appliance GarageA common desire among people preparing for a kitchen remodel is to create a clean, uncluttered space, which is another reason for the resurgence in popularity of the appliance garage.

Most people will still use the coffee maker, toaster, or blender on an almost daily basis; which leads to them either leaving these machines sitting permanently on the counter or being moved in and out of cabinets every day.

One or more appliance garages allow you to have your small countertop appliances available whenever you wish and they can quickly and easily concealed without moving a heavy stand mixer or espresso machine a single inch.

In fact, many appliance garages also have built in outlets for each appliance, and lighting within the cabinet for ease of use.

Appliance garages are just one of many potential design elements to consider when creating a kitchen remodel that’s right for you.  If you’re thinking about getting started on your kitchen renovation, schedule a time to talk with one of our Designers or register for one of our upcoming educational kitchen seminars.


Less Is More for Wall Hung Toilets

Wall hung toiletWhen you think about what you want in a stylish and beautiful bathroom, you probably don’t give much thought to the toilet.  With a few exceptions, the toilets we typically encounter do not necessarily enhance the design of the room, but rather are a necessary component of the bathroom that offers little in the way of options and design.  However, a new generation of wall hung toilets is gaining in popularity, and is increasingly finding its way into bathrooms across America.

Popular for years overseas, wall mounted toilets take up less space and are more flexible than the standard toilets found in most homes.

water sense fixture for wall mount toiletThe water tank is concealed within the walls of the bathroom, giving it a modern look while saving space and making it easier to keep clean.  You can position the bowl at any height that you wish, and the removable flush plate gives you easy access to the tank, if you should have the need to service the flushing mechanisms.

Toilet that is attached to the wall and not the floor

One of the primary reasons people choose a wall hung toilet for their new bathroom is for the aesthetic.  The toilet bowl appears to be floating, and the lack of a visible tank provides a very clean, minimalist look in the bathroom. The extra inches that you save by moving the toilet tank inside the wall also make this a perfect choice for bathrooms that are tight on space and need to make the most of every available inch.

Cleaning is also a major benefit of the wall hung toilet, as the minimalist nature of the design leaves fewer crevasses and curves to clean.  The wall mounted design leaves the ground free and clear so mopping under the bowl is quick and easy.

There are a wide variety of bowl styles, flush plates and placement options that should be considered when adding a wall hung toilet into your bathroom design.

If you’re considering a bathroom remodel and want to learn more, you can request a time to talk with a designer or register for one of our upcoming remodeling seminars. You can also follow Normandy on Facebook or Instagram for design inspiration, tips, and home renovation ideas.

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