Richard T. Anuszkiewicz

Monolith Inception Kitchen Designed by Richard T. Anuszkiewicz

As a luxury kitchen specialist, it is always important for me to bring thought-provoking ideas and execution techniques to the market. At the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) last month, I showcased my latest forward-thinking design titled “Monolith Inception”.

The Monolith Inception kitchen was commissioned by Liebherr Refrigeration to celebrate the launch of their new column refrigeration series. The concept of the kitchen is derived from the definition of “Monolithic”, meaning, “formed of a single block of stone.” This idea can be found throughout the kitchen in the crisp contemporary geometries and the layered long linear planes.Monolith Kitchen

The overall palette evokes a masculine sense in dark and moody tones, think “Tom Ford Fashion”. Exotic and luxurious finishes run through the entire space. Two of the most talked about pieces in the kitchen where the dual refrigeration armoires. The first armoire was comprised of a striking poly-sheen eucalyptus wood. This high-gloss furniture styled refrigeration series has a drawer chest appearance on the bottom and includes a full refrigerator, full freezer, and full wine column.

 

The second armoire was more contemporary in its nature. A sleek full flat paneled aged-brass face with the finishing touch of a fine leather stitched handles. Its bespoke details like this that create an experience for your user. This second armoire had a full 30” refrigerator and full 24” freezer.

 

Another showstopper was my signature Autobahn cabinet inspired by the face of the Bentley grill. This super-car cabinetry complimented the Superiore Next series range with custom aged- brass accents. A pop of excitement was found inside the cabinetry with my trademark Richar Living Collection luxe red interiors.

 

The island was a multi-tiered element creating a wow factor with a cantilevered 6” thick Dekton by Cosentino countertop. This Kelya material from the Natural Collection ran throughout the kitchen and was in the perfect gray hue to compliment the deep wall color. I designed the custom kitchen table with Grouthouse lumber highlighting a subtle chevron textured wood pattern with a brass screw detail.

 

  

The bar showcased artisan caliber plumbing products by KALLISTA in Gunmetal and hand hammered polished silver. The Bradley USA “Chika” wall covering by Susan Jamieson of Bridget Beari Designs added a playful graphic detail and was further celebrated by the “Prost” neon sign meaning “Cheers” in German.

 

The final magic moment of the kitchen was the inception wine room inspired by the idea of a dream within a dream. This selfie-ready room was completely reflective and created the illusion that space infinitely continued.

 

  

A modified version of this design will be headed to the Architectural Digest Show March 22-25, 2018. Please keep up with me on social media @RichardA2Z or email me at info@RicharLiving.com for any further information. Photos copyright of Padgett and Company.

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RENOVATION TIPS

Remodeling your home is a stressful but rewarding task. If you are apprehensive about the work involved to have that new kitchen or bath of your dreams, here are some of our tips to help you get through the process.

PLAN AHEAD

Probably the most basic piece of advice but a lot of things need to be planned and taken into consideration in this crucial first step.

It is important to plan EVERYTHING before you start on your renovation project. This will help the process go smoothly. Some important things to plan are your budget, design, finishes, fixtures, and materials.

    BUDGET

Start with your budget, it is crucial to have that number figure before going any further. Leave some wiggle room for unexpected expenses that might come up so you aren’t caught off guard. Then you can move on to the fun part of designing your space.

    CHECKLIST

Create lots of lists! Lists of what you need to tackle for your space before, during and after. This will keep you organized and tracking progress. Besides, who doesn’t love the satisfaction that crossing something off brings?

    ORGANIZATION/IDEA BINDER

Make a file/binder to keep all of your lists and information together in one place. You should add your Pinterest finds and inspiration to this as well to talk through with your designer/contractor. Keeping things altogether will be one less of a headache in the future when you’re looking for that one random sticky note that was holding important information.

TRAFFIC PATTERNS

Traffic isn’t just for the streets, it is also in your home. It’s important to think about the layout of your current space and how foot traffic patterns are going to affect your new space. Try not to hinder the natural flow of your home. You know the paths that are walked constantly and where people tend to hang out.

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STORAGE VS SPACE

Make room for more storage, not too much free space. Yes, most everyone wants large airy kitchens and baths these days but what about your stuff? Think about what you use in your spaces and where its new home will be. Add plenty of well thought out storage to your new room. Chances are, you will regret if you don’t.

VISIT A SHOWROOM

If you need help narrowing down choices, visit a design showroom. They have lots of product to browse, installation ideas and professional consultants ready to help.

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BACKUPS/TEMPORARY SPACES

Depending on how extensive your kitchen renovation is, it could take a long time. Any time without a kitchen sink/stove is just too long. The resolution? Set up temporary spaces away from the construction zone with a microwave/hot plate so you aren’t completely out of a kitchen.

COUNT ON COUNTERTOPS

You want a kitchen or bath renovation but don’t have the funds and/or time? Updating your countertops is a quick fix that can really transform your space. Adding a coat of paint or a new stain to cabinetry is also a quick and economical way to give your room a different look.

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COMMUNICATION

All happy relationships share good communication. Good communication with your designer, contractor, and any other personnel involved in your renovation is key! They cannot read your mind. It is important to express your thoughts, wants, and needs.

REMEMBER THE BIG PICTURE

Yes, the journey can be long and tiring. You may have smooth sailing or lots of unexpected problems surface so it’s important to remember the end result and how your new space will be worth it.

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TOP TRENDS FROM KBIS 2018

Last week was an exciting time in the kitchen and bath industry. More than 600 brands and companies filled the halls of the Orange County Convention Center in the great sunshine state to show off the latest kitchen and bath trends and innovations for the industry!

Even if you weren’t able in attendance you might have seen some of the magic unveil through your social media feeds. If you missed out, here is our roundup of need-to-know trends for the industry in 2018!

1. Finishes

Black matte, brushed gold and brass fixture finishes continue to be one of the most popular trends this year. We love the variety it brings to a room and the many styles it is showcased in.

 2. Florals & Pops of Color

Another trend that was prominent at KBIS was Florals! We’re looking forward to spring and the incorporation of flowers into many aspects of design. Along the same line, bright hues for a pop of color were also popular at the show! This can be done with backsplash, flooring, walls, and cabinetry! This trend really brings out personality and a fun energy that you are sure to love in your home!

 3. Smart Appliances

It’s 2018 and we are another step closer to the future of smart homes! This year the appliances category was all about incorporating innovative smart features. We saw interconnectivity between appliances in an effort to make home life easier and more efficient.

 4. Unique Back Splash/Feature Walls

Some of the most jaw-dropping designs at KBIS 2018 featured amazing backsplashes and feature walls. From backlit onyx to antiqued mirrored glass, this trend will certainly make a statement in your home.

 5. Angles Textures & Patterns

Last but not least, we saw a variety of textures, patterns and play on angles throughout the design work. This trend brings the wow factor and is sure to suit any architecture lover.

 There you have it, you are now all in the know! Now, it’s time to share and incorporate these beautiful design ideas!

Did you see something you loved at the show? We’d love to hear your take on 2018’s top kitchen & bath design trends!

Honed Marble

HONED VS POLISHED MARBLE

When choosing natural stone for countertops there is a lot of choices to make. From what type of stone to color, to edges and finishes. Something that seems simple, such as the finish, can drastically change the appearance of the stone and overall look of your space. We have had a lot of questions in regard to what finish to choose when adding marble to your home, so here is the low-down on polished vs honed marble.

The Basics:

The definition of Honed is when the stone slab has been grounded to a smooth, flat consistent surface. This finish is created by stopping short of the last stage of polishing, leaving the stone with a non-shiny, matte look and velvet-like touch. The definition of polished is, well you guessed it, the opposite! A polished surface creates a beautiful glossy shine from the natural reflection of the stone’s crystals. Now let’s get down to the nitty-gritty.

Honed Characteristics:

Since honed marble is a matte finish it is more resistant to scratches. Even if honed marble does get scratched, it is less noticeable because the scratch won’t be as easy to see when light reflects off it, like with a polished surface. On the other hand, honed marble is more susceptible to stains, so it important to clean them up spills immediately. Since it is matte, when the surface gets wet, it is less slippery than polished making it a great choice for flooring.

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Polished Characteristics:

Polished marble is coated which acts as a protectant, making it less susceptible to stains. Consequently, the highly reflective surface means more visible scratches. Since polished marble is very smooth, this makes it a dangerous option for flooring in high traffic areas because or bathrooms because it can be very slippery when wet. It is, however, a classic choice for kitchen and bathroom countertops.

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Honed Recap:

Looks: Matte

Feel: Velvet/Satin

Durability: Scratch resistant, but easily stained.

Maintenance: Regular wipe down with water and mild detergent, clean up spills immediately, re-sealing suggested over time.

Suggested Application: Countertops and high traffic areas, such as floors for the bathroom, foyer, or living room.

Polished Recap:

Look: Glossy & Shiny

Feel: Smooth

Durability: Scratch and etch easily, but more stain resistant.

Maintenance: Regular wipe down with water and mild detergent, clean spills immediately.

Suggested Application: Kitchen and bathroom countertops, fireplace surrounds, and walls.

Whether you chose honed or polished as the finish for your marble, it will make a luxurious addition to your home.

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Top 10 K&B Design Trends for 2018

With 2017 coming to a fast close, we’re here to help you ring in the new year with our top 10 kitchen and bath trends for 2018! You didn’t think we’d let you be out of style, did you?

1.    Quartz:     

Granite has been a been a top seller for quite some time but quartz just took a hold of first place. As much as we love natural stone, quartz is a surface we love just as much! Quartz countertops are popular because not only do they come in an array of colors and styles that can resemble natural stone, but they’re also well-loved because of their durability and carefree maintenance. Sounds like a winner in our book!

 

 2.    Brass & Gold Toned Hardware:

Brass has been making its way into the trends for quite some time and the world has finally fallen head over heels for it! You can’t go far without seeing its marks anywhere and we are not complaining. This trendy metal finish can be used in quite a lot of features. From faucets to lighting, to rivets and even appliances this trend is sure to bring the look of luxury into your space!

  

 3.    Stone Sinks:

Ok, we aren’t going back to the primal times but, if they had these beauties of a stone sink, we might consider it. These hand-carved babies are crazy high on the trend list and that’s why we cannot go into 2018 without them! They come in a variety of styles so you don’t have to sacrifice not having a deep sink! A stone apron sink will easily be your new favorite feature in your kitchen.

  

4.    Bold Lighting:

Lights have come a long way and nowadays the bolder the better! There are MANY different choices you can go for. From pendant lights, to track lights, chandeliers to sconces, the choices are rather endless. If your space features a lot of lines, soften things up with orb lights. Just because your space is traditional doesn’t mean you have to go with boring light choices. It’s time to mix things up this 2018 and add something bright and bold to your space.

  

5.    Pop of Color:

Pantone recently released that violet is the color of the year for 2018, but that shouldn’t dismiss navy and sage being in the mix. While white and neutral kitchens have been a favorite for quite some time, people are getting bored and adding color where desired.

 

 6.    Two-Toned Cabinets:

This trend caught us by surprise but we are loving it! Who would have thought to purposefully use two different finishes on cabinetry? This look is on the rise and if you are remodeling, be the trendsetter in your neighborhood and go two-toned! It’s the perfect opportunity to play into that Pop of Color!

  

7.    Bleached Wood Cabinets:

If going two-toned is too bold for you, try the bleached cabinet trend. You still get the look of a bright, clean kitchen without having to go full on white. The appeal is neutral color, dimension, and texture.

  

8.    Bold Tile:

Goodbye, boring subway tile. Hello, texture and vibrant patterns and colors! When you are designing a room, start from the floor and go up. Choosing a bold tile floor or backsplash adds great contrast and breaks things up in a neutral space.

  

 

9.    Black Stainless Appliances:

Stainless steel is very popular finish in the appliance world but LG, Whirlpool & Frigidaire have released a new contender — black stainless steel!! These gorgeously finished appliances will definitely add a bold touch of luxury to your home!

  

10.    Smart Appliances:

A lot of automation has entered into our homes, from the rise of Google Home, Alexa, and Nest, we knew it wouldn’t be long until we saw these features in our kitchen appliances! And that’s why 2018 will be the start of the Smart Home Era. From Wi-Fi-connected dishwashers and ovens that start from the power of your voice or app, the future is defiantly here! 

So, let’s say goodbye to the old style of 2017 and hello to the new, bright, bold future of 2018!

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Cutting Edge Countertops Expansion

Cutting Edge Expansion

 

Cutting Edge Countertops, an Ohio-based countertop fabrication company, has announced an expansion plan that is designed to provide additional capacity required for its anticipated business growth over the coming years.

The new 71,400-sq.-ft. Varco Pruden pre-engineered metal building addition will increase Cutting Edge’s existing 24,000-sq.-ft. Perrysburg facility to more than 95,000 square feet, quadrupling the company’s operation space. In addition to expanding production, this new construction will also increase the company’s workforce by approximately 20 percent, to more than 200 employees.

Cutting Edge is investing nearly $4 million into machinery and equipment to outfit its newly constructed facility, including two CMS North America custom Brembana cutting lines featuring semi-automatic shuttle tables, a 16-in. cutting blade and a 5-axis waterjet head. The space will also house five 4-axis CNC router machines, material handling systems from Bohl Engineered Handling Systems and high capacity water filtration systems from Water Treatment Solutions.

“This is an exciting time for our company,” said Brad Burns, Cutting Edge Countertops founding partner and head of sales and marketing. “We’ve experienced rapid growth in the last few years, and this expansion is a necessary part of our long-term strategy for ensuring that our business can continue to prosper and create high quality countertops for years to come.”

Rudolph Libbe Inc. is the design and build contractor and is performing the concrete, masonry, carpentry and site work. The expansion will add a two-story office and manufacturing, warehousing, shipping and receiving areas. This will allow Cutting Edge to support growth in their existing locations across the states of Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana, as well as new markets in the future. The project is scheduled for completion in Spring 2018.

“Having this project literally in our backyard is so rewarding,” Burns added. “Every day our employees can see the progress and are motivated by what the future holds for us. We’re also looking forward to having the opportunity to add new team members in the coming months.”

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Merger Creates One of the Largest Countertop Manufacturers in the Country

Cutting Edge Countertops Merger

 

Cutting Edge Countertops, Inc. of Perrysburg, Ohio and Surface enCounters, LLC. of Macomb, MI have merged and become one company under the name of Cutting Edge Countertops, Inc.  Cutting Edge Countertops, Inc., an MIA Accredited Stone Fabricator, will offer both residential and commercial customers an array of countertop options, including: natural stone, quartz, solid surface, compact surfaces, and laminate product offerings. The countertop manufacturer will now employ over 150 people in the Greater Toledo, Detroit, and Indianapolis areas. Customers will experience expanded showroom options, including: Indianapolis and Noblesville, IN, Macomb and Wixom, MI, and Perrysburg, OH. Cutting Edge Countertops, Inc. was founded in 2006 by partners Brad Burns, Brian Burns, and Jeff Erickson. Chuck Russo, Founder of Surface enCounters, LLC. will join the original three as an equal partner, bringing his many years of knowledge and experience in the countertop industry, automation, and production. The merger will go into effect on May 1, 2016.

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Perrysburg Committee Pushes for Firm’s Abatement

Cutting Edge Countertops

 

Perrysburg City Council’s finance and economic development committee recommended the full council approve a 100 percent property tax abatement for Cutting Edge Countertops, should the company decide to expand its current operation.

The countertop manufacturing company, located at 1300 Flagship Dr., is seeking a 15-year abatement, which is the maximum allowed by Ohio law.

In total, the company would invest $5.65 million in property and equipment, and expects to add 40 full-time employees with a combined payroll of $1.65 million by 2019, according to the company’s application for the tax abatement.

The company now has about 90 full-time employees in Perrysburg and has operated within the city since 2006. If the company expands its business elsewhere, 30 Perrysburg employees are expected to be displaced, the application states.

The abatement would save the company about $17,650 in property taxes per year over the 15-year abatement. Perrysburg requires any company that receives an abatement make school districts whole, so neither Perrysburg Schools nor Penta Career Center will lose out on property tax revenue.

The committee also recommended the full council sever a tax abatement agreement with the Cousino Group, which owns the parcel CEC intends to purchase for its expansion.

Glenn Grisdale, the city’s economic development consultant, said the Cousino Group plan had several moving parts that needed to fall into place for the company’s intended expansion.

The company received a 10-year, 75 percent property tax abatement in October.

The CEC abatement will be before council during its next meeting on July 11. If the plan goes forward, the company plans to start its expansion in August.

*This article was originally written by Zack Lemon and published in the Toledo Blade. Click here to view the original article.

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