Incorporating A Beverage Center Into Your Kitchen

White cabinets and blue backsplash tile for a beverage centerIncluding a beverage center in the kitchen, or close by, has become an increasingly popular solution as the kitchen cemented its role as a formal and informal gathering space. For those who entertain frequently, the benefits of the dedicated refrigeration for beverages have made this solution a must-have for their kitchen design. It’s a great tool for spreading out the traffic flow, allowing the host to finish up any preparations in the kitchen. It also takes some pressure off the main refrigerator, leaving more room for food and serving as beverage center is the go-to place for drinks.

There are so many options for beverage centers available, and the right one for you depends on how you plan to use it.  Whether you need a beverage refrigerator, beverage station or an in-home bar, depends on your lifestyle and how often you entertain. If your primary goal in adding beverage station is to allow your guests to help themselves to drinks, keep in mind that a sink really isn’t a necessity, which will save on plumbing costs.

Two elements of a dedicated beverage area that can be overlooked are adequate lighting and the inclusion of shallow drawers for things like coasters and bar utensils. Both are important for the area to serve its purpose effectively.

If you are looking for ways to make your kitchen more functional or contemplating more extensive changes, you can set up a time with a Normandy Designer 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.


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No ‘Double-Trouble’ Bathroom

Sharing a bathroom with a sibling can be tough to stay out of each other’s hair. And as parents you know you’ll need to plan for their pre-teen and teen years. So, our Normandy Designers came up with a layout that keeps harmony for the whole family.

Two vanities and sinks

Below are the Designers’ tips on keeping the peace when sharing a bathroom:

  Separate sinks for washing up.
√  Lower storage cabinet doors open back to back for easy access.
√  Each sibling gets their very own outlet for styling and grooming tools.
  Separate medicine cabinets that open in opposite directions to store their personal products.
  Separate hand towels by each of their sinks.
√  Fixtures above each mirror for even lighting.hall bathroom with double vanity
√  Separate shower and toilet area for privacy, away from the sinks, for privacy.

This bathroom design is what every preteen and teenager hopes for and is sure to create family harmony for years to come. For more remodeling inspiration follow us on Instagram or Facebook, or get started on your own addition or renovation by visiting one of our showrooms.

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