Toe Kick Drawers are the Cabinets You Didn’t Know You Needed

Cabinetry defines your kitchen, and storage is usually at the top of everyone’s list. So it’s no surprise that you want to squeeze every last bit of functionality out of your layout. Toe kick drawers are probably one of the best-kept storage secrets and something to consider, especially if you’re working with a small space.

A toe kick is the area between the base cabinet and the floor and is recessed to allow you to be more comfortable as you are working on the countertop above. A toe kick drawer is a skinny drawer tucked in that dead space that opens with a nudge of a toe and provides hidden storage.
“Adding toe kick drawers to your kitchen cabinet design will give you extra space for storing small or rarely used items without changing the layout whatsoever,” said Normandy Designer Ashley Noethe. “I would definitely consider them in the mix, especially in kitchens where space is at a premium.”

“I like to put them in secondary spaces like an island or peninsula so they are tucked away from high traffic areas,” added Ashley. “They are a perfect shallow hideaway in an otherwise ignored space for items such as baking trays, placemats and napkin rings, etc. Just be sure whatever you store in there can’t be damaged from the occasional dust.”

Toe Kick Drawers in KitchenToe kick drawers come in a variety of materials from wood to stainless steel and are usually matched to your other cabinet fronts. Keep in mind that white cabinetry might not be the best option if you’re considering a toe kick drawer as it may show scuff marks from shoes.

If you are looking to get the most out of your cabinetry storage or contemplating more sweeping changes to your kitchen, you can set up a time with Ashley to talk about the possibilities. You can also learn more about additions, kitchens, or other remodeling projects at an upcoming workshop. Check out the photo gallery or follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook and Instagram for even more home tips and inspiration.


Sorting Through Countertop Choices

Quartzite Countertop

The countertop is an essential part of the kitchen; it’s where all the action takes place and sets the tone and feel of the space. There is almost an endless selection of materials, styles and finishes to choose from, so Normandy Designer Liz Reifschneider weighed in on a few of her favorites.

“People are always asking me if granite is still the obvious choice for countertops. While it certainly has its place, its dominance is diminishing,” says Liz. “Quartz or quartzite are my go-tos for durable, beautiful countertops with minimal maintenance.”

Granite Countertop

Granite has dominated the countertop scene for years, especially if you’re looking for something strong and good looking, but it has a downside – it’s still a bit porous compared to other choices out there. “While granite is the most durable and can make a strong statement, to me it looks visually heavy and outdated,” said Liz.

“Marble often looks elegant and can work with many different design styles but is not as durable as other stones,” said Liz. From a maintenance perspective, it takes some work. Marble is prone to stains and scratches, so sealing your stone on a regular basis is a must, but not a guarantee to keep all problems at bay.” If you don’t mind the extra work and a little bit of risk, they are a beautiful addition.

Quartz is here to stay. It’s a man-made material and was introduced as an alternative to granite and marble because it’s non-porous and durable. Another plus is that it does not have to go through regular re-sealing like granite and marble.  Quartz now comes in many colors and patterns, mimicking the look of natural stone.

Quartz Countertop

Quartzite is a natural stone that looks sophisticated and has become quite popular these days. If you still want to do something natural but calming in appearance and don’t want to deal with the maintenance of marble, then quartzite is your answer. “To me, quartzite is the best of both worlds and I like using it for spaces that really call to bring nature inside.  Quartzites are absolutely spectacular. They can either create great drama or be extremely elegant in their subtlety.” recommends Liz.

Quartzite CountertopChoosing a decorative and functional countertop is as much a question of personal preference as it is about the style of your kitchen. To find out what is right for your new kitchen, you can schedule a time to meet with one of Normandy’s talented Designers, like Liz Reifschneider, or register for an upcoming workshop to get your inspiration flowing! Check out the photo gallery or follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook and Instagram for even more home tips and inspiration.

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