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25K Saves!

Mark T. White in Annapolis, MD on Houzz

Houzz just awarded us with a badge for having over 25,000 photo saves in the Houzz community!
Thank you to our fans and followers, and to our client’s who’s beautiful projects helped us reach this milestone!

Help us earn another badge for Best of Houzz 2017 by visiting our Houzz profile and writing a review!

Annapolis Home: The Scene

We’ve had the pleasure of forming such a strong bond with our partners at Annapolis Home magazine over the years.
They were nice enough to come out to our 35 Year Celebration here at our showroom in May, take photos, and do a very nice spread and story on Mark in the current July/August issue!

Anniversary Spread

You can view the full issue on-line here, or by visiting our showroom and picking a copy up for yourself!

Black Friday/Small Business Saturday Special!

With the holidays just around the corner, you and your loved ones will be spending a lot more time in the kitchen.. your kitchen, your neighbors kitchen, your parents and in-laws kitchens.This may be a time when you notice or hear from your friends and relatives how badly they want/need a new kitchen. 

Maybe you feel secluded while cooking for the big family dinners and dream of having a large open concept living space where you can get everything done and still be a part of the action.

Maybe you realize you don’t have enough counter space or appliances to be making cookies, pies, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, and a 25 pound turkey all at once.

With the New Year just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to start planning a kitchen remodel. Take note of the inconveniences with your space, and let us come up with the solutions so that the next holiday season doesn’t come with the same frustrations. Make your home a place where you look forward to having your friends and family gather in a beautiful new space.

Kitchen Encounters is offering a special for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. For anyone who visits our website, and either calls or emails us over the holiday weekend (Friday, Nov 28th– Sunday, Nov 30th), will receive 30% off a gift certificate for an In-Home Design Consultation.

A $250 value, discounted to $175 for this weekend only, to be either gifted or used for one’s own benefit, includes:

An opportunity to start the full design process with award winning design firm. 

Includes project assessment, budget, design options, recommendations,

view sample projects, written estimate for complete design services.

(Usually a 60-90 minute meeting)

The certificate is not redeemable until January 2015, and must be used before June of 2015.

We accept cash or check, no credit cards. We must receive payment in full before issuing the gift certificate.

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KBIS Innovative Showroom Awards- Last Day to Vote!

Kitchen Encounters has been nominated for the first EVER Innovative Showroom Awards!

Our showroom is unique because we are located in a small 1950’s cottage. We transformed the 3 bedroom home into a functional showroom, with our offices in the basement. Our philosophy is that everyone knows what makes up a kitchen, so we depict portions of a kitchen or other settings of cabinets. We design our displays to store lots of door samples and with the thought of resale in the future. With around 1,000 square feet of showroom space, we have successfully displayed the five lines of cabinetry we offer. We have more space than we currently occupy, leaving room for expansion.

Please follow the link on the top right of the page to our Facebook page, “like” us, then click on the link to vote for our showroom! Voting ends TONIGHT!

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Thank you!



More Than an Island

We’ve always felt like this island would be worthy of an article all on its own because it is two completely different islands built into one. Kitchen Encounters was hired for this project only to do the island. The existing space was nice but boring with plain white cabinets and a nonfunctional work space.

The new island has a black granite surface with a thick cherry wood top that follows the angular shape of the cabinets and separates the kitchen from the dining room. There’s a soft round over edge that allows for more comfort while sitting at the breakfast bar which accommodates three stools.

To reach the end product, we looked at 6-7 different options for islands of different shapes and features. Selecting features of different ideas led to this island design which created more work space between the sink and the cook top and created more storage underneath with wide, deep doors. When standing inside the kitchen looking toward the dining room, the cherry cabinets and counter top offer a more formal appearance. From the dining side, the inside angle created more room to move around and also gave space for a wine bar. The raised counter top also conceals any mess from the work area. The outside surfaces were weathered and worn from a multi-step finish to create the greenish cabinets that compliment the antique cupboard against the side wall. This particular project exhibits the use of a wood top and varied heights with an interesting shape.

The key points to designing this, or any countertop, island, or project are to consider a variety of options and to brainstorm with the client. Should always be open minded and keep an eye on magazines and new introductions from manufacturers. In more recent years, there has definitely been more interest in health and safety and environmentally sensitive product choices.

The standard 36” work surface and 42” bar height are most frequently used for islands; however, on some projects the work surface will be raised for a taller client or a lower surface will be created for certain tasks.

This project was most interesting because the back side of the island facing the dining area has a wine cooler as well as extra space for a liquor cabinet and bar tools, such as bottle openers, wine keys, and mixing materials. Without remodeling the whole kitchen, this island gave it a whole new look while making it much more functional.

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Did you know that we do custom closets too?

Here at Kitchen Encounters, we work with any space that may require cabinetry. We can assist you in the space planning and layout, and then introduce you to the cabinetry that can outfit the space to your taste!

Neff Kitchens offers a wardrobe line of cabinetry that meets any and all specialty features of your dream closet! Check out one of the recent Master Closet projects we helped to create!

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