The Right Hood for Your New Kitchen

Range hoods serve two essential purposes. They can be used to make a design statement and as a focal point for your kitchen. They also perform the critical function of preventing grease and odors from permeating walls, wall coverings and other surfaces in  your kitchen and throughout your home.

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In some jurisdictions, range hoods are required by building codes. Even if they are not a regulatory obligation, we strongly recommend our clients include a range hood in their new kitchen, and we help them determine which one is best suited for them. In Massachusetts any range hood that is over 400 CFM, requires that a  make up air unit is also installed so that air pressure in the house is equalized.

The three main factors to consider when selecting a range hood include:

  1. Size

The ideal size of the hood depends on the size and functionality of the range or cooktop selected. Many professional grade appliance manufacturers recommend a hood that is larger than the cooktop. A 30-inch range may require a 36-inch blower. Typically, the size of the necessary blower is part of the appliance specifications. These specifications also identify the installation height of the blower as applicable.

  1. Noise

Similar to dishwashers, the decibel level of hood operations spans the gamut. We encourage our clients to trial test noise levels before making a purchase to determine how much noise they can live with. To some clients, noise is not a big deal, but it is to others. We assist our clients that want a quiet operation by determining if the blower can be installed outside of the home either on the roof or to an exterior wall. Doing so can reduce operational noise by up to 40%. However, this option typically will increase installation costs.

  1. Type and Style

Range hoods come in a variety of strengths, materials, types and designs, and the stylistic options are limitless. We help our clients consider kitchen layout and personal style and cooking habits to help them select the right range hood. Some options include:

  • Under cabinet hoods are installed underneath the cabinets and above the range, these hoods save space and leave plenty of room for storage.
  • Wall mount hoods are standalone units that attach to the wall and allow room for cabinets above the stove.
  • Island hoods attach to the ceiling above a range built into an island or peninsula.
  • Insert hoods are custom designed ventilation units that fit inside a range cabinet or that are installed directly into the ceiling.
  • Downdraft hoods are ventilation systems integrated into the range top – they are located at the back of the stove or between the burners.

We often recommend to our clients, especially those who have a small space and/or desire a minimalist look, that they conceal the blower. The result is a clean look that does not interfere with the flow of cabinetry.

Depending on the design and available space, blowers can be hidden inside cabinets or the ceiling, mounted above an island or built into appliances. We often will recommend a concealed blower to clients that opt for open shelving to avoid a cluttered look and to highlight the shelves as a focal point.

Ventilation is another factor to consider when determining the right hood for a new kitchen. Existing ductwork configuration can influence the power and effectiveness of the hood’s blower. If the ductwork is bent, the efficiency of the blower is lessened.

If you would like to discuss form and functionality to find the perfect range hood for your new kitchen, please give us a call at  781-670-3909or make an appointment to visit our showroom at 14 Charles Street, Needham MA or 150-E New Boston Street, Woburn MA.

 

 Please call us at to discuss your goals and we will work with you to make sure that they are achievable within your budget. Better yet, make an appointment to visit our showroom at  so we can show you where investments can be minimized without compromising a great look and functionality.

 

 

Island Fever

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Kitchen islands are wildly popular and have become the centerpiece of many kitchens.  For nearly 40 years, kitchen islands have withstood the test of time. In fact, they are largely responsible for making open-concept designs work, but not all islands are created equal. We work with customers to specify islands that maximize space and storage, compliment style and enhance design.

To help determine if an island will work in your new kitchen and identify the type that delivers the most benefit, make a list of all of the tasks that you and your family would perform at the island. These may include dining, meal preparation, homework, laundry folding, entertaining, relaxing and so on. Extra countertop space is an obvious benefit of an island. If you placed your cooktop in the island, that would allow cooking from both sides, would that enhance dinner parties and entertaining? Would you like to have a second sink? If you don’t have a lot of wall space, could your island be home to your microwave, steam oven or other small built in appliances? We’ve designed islands with beverage refrigerators, wine storage and dishwashers underneath the countertop. For other clients we’ve incorporated open shelves where they could store cookbooks or display everything from knickknacks to family heirlooms. Almost every island we design includes electrical and USB outlets. We also find creative ways to illuminate islands with overhead lighting, in cabinet lighting and under cabinet lighting.

Form follows functionality when it comes to designing an island that will exceed your expectations. We present our clients with different shapes and sizes depending on needs and preferences. If there is sufficient space, we ask if the client would like built-in seating, semi-attached tables or a double island. We also work with our clients to determine the edges and number of surfaces that they want. Because islands typically are the centerpiece of the kitchen, we make sure there is sufficient storage to help prevent clutter that might distract from the look and feel that our clients want to achieve with their new kitchen.

The style of the island should match the décor of your home, regardless if it is traditional, transitional or modern. Many of our clients opt for a waterfall counter that is suitable for both contemporary and traditional kitchens. We often carry the color scheme from adjoining or adjacent rooms to provide consistency of image throughout the home.

If the island will serve both as the focal point and primary workstation of the kitchen, opting for high quality, durable and beautiful materials is an investment that pays dividends year after year. Quartz has gained in popularity in recent years because it is easy to maintain and three times harder than granite. Quartz is also one of the most durable materials used for islands, having the highest resistance to scratching, staining and heat damage. Granite and marble need to be sealed, polished and reconditioned over time. Quartz does not. It also is nonporous, nonabsorbent and offers zero emissions of volatile organic compounds or other emissions.

Island size depends on available space and also usage. If you incorporate a cooktop into the island, we also need to factor in ventilation. If the island sink is the primary one used in the kitchen, it typically makes sense to incorporate the dishwasher into the island.

Length of the island is based on the amount of available space in the kitchen. At a minimum, there should be at least four feet long by two to three feet wide. If space is available, we’ve designed islands that are seven to eight feet in length. Our rule of thumb is to leave at least 36 inches of floor space between the end of the island and cabinets or a dishwasher. We make sure that all doors and drawers will open comfortably and it’s easy to load and unload. We also make sure that the island can seat our clients and their families comfortably without the need to watch knees when they sit. This is accomplished by specifying a 10 to 15-inch overhang in seating areas.

The height depends on seating preferences and capabilities. If our client prefers bar stools for the island, we specify islands that are 40 inches high. If our client wants counter stools the height is around 34 inches.

If you would like to know the type of island that would work best in your kitchen space, give us a call at at 781-670-3909 to discuss your goals and we will work with you to make sure that they are achievable within your budget. Better yet, make an appointment to visit our showroom at 14 Charles Street, Needham MA or 150-E New Boston Street, Woburn MA. Your island is the centerpiece of the most important and used room in your home. It should be beautiful, functional and make you smile ever time you walk into your kitchen.

 

 

 

 

Stretch Your Kitchen Renovation Budget to Get the Most Bang for Your Buck

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When our clients make the decision to build the kitchen of their dreams, most times dreams and budgets don’t necessarily jibe. We help our clients to prioritize what is most important to them in order to stretch budget dollars without compromising either utility or aesthetics.

The first question we typically ask is, ‘How do you want your kitchen to feel when you enter and use it?’ Materials, texture, lighting, color and utility create the feel of a room. We also encourage our clients to tell us how they plan to use their new kitchen. We ask how often they cook, and how many cooks use the kitchen at the same time. We also ask how often they entertain. Once we understand our clients’ goals and dreams, we capitalize on our years of design experience and our knowledge of products, space layout and construction to craft a design that meets their budgets and goals.

Unless the budget is unlimited, which is almost never the case, we help our clients stretch their budget dollars by paring down must-haves. Experience has taught us that warming drawers and steam secondary ovens are not frequently used appliances. They are nice to have and can really make a kitchen stand out, but their form typically outweighs their functionality. We find that a double oven can provide the same benefit as a warming drawer, especially for couples who work late hours and families with children engaged in after-school activities. One oven can be used for meal preparation and the other can be used to keep meals warm, providing the same benefit as a warming drawer without the extra expense. Plus, double ovens can be a real bonus if you entertain frequently or your home is the place for holiday celebrations and extended family gatherings.

Regardless of your budget, every new kitchen deserves an element that turns heads, that makes a distinctive design statement and that reflects the personality of the family member who uses the kitchen most often. This might be achieved with a dramatic lighting fixture, a statement-making backsplash or countertops adorned with rare hardwood.

Clients with smaller spaces can more easily stretch budget dollars because the diminutive size limits the number of cabinets that can be used in the space. This frees up budget dollars for distinctive appliances, lighting, backsplashes, plumbing fixtures or flooring.

Open shelving can help stretch budget dollars without compromising the look or functionality of space, providing necessary storage without the expense of an enclosed or glass-front cabinet. Full over-lay door styles typically require less of an investment than an inset cabinet. Quartz countertops are hot, but if the budget is tight, we often can find a granite alternative that provides a similar look and feel at less cost.

Cabinet hardware is another opportunity to stretch budget dollars. Cabinet hardware is jewelry for cabinet doors and drawers. We know of many options that provide a luxurious look without requiring a fortune to achieve it.

Our showroom understands how to stretch budget dollars and help our clients prioritize what is most important for their new kitchen. Wondering if your kitchen budget is reasonable given your goals? Please call us at 781-670-3909 to discuss your goals and we will work with you to make sure that they are achievable within your budget. Better yet, make an appointment to visit our showroom at 14 Charles Street, Needham MA or 150-E New Boston Street, Woburn MA so we can show you where investments can be minimized without compromising a great look and functionality.

 

Find the Right Floor for Your Kitchen

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Flooring material makes a huge difference in the look and functionality of your kitchen. Flooring is often taken for granted, but we pay close attention to flooring because it is always in use – you walk on it, place your bags and other items on it. Not only does flooring have to be durable, perhaps more importantly, it has to be comfortable.

The best floor for your kitchen is lifestyle dependent. Seniors won’t be comfortable standing for long periods of time on hard surfaces such as stone and tile. Hardwood may not be the best option if you have young children or family members prone to spilling food and drinks or pets that don’t have the best of manners when eating or drinking from their bowls.

If tile is the option for you, we suggest porcelain because it is more durable than ceramic and it’s easy to maintain. Porcelain is virtually stain proof if installed properly. Cleaning is as easy as soap, water and a mop. For budget purposes, porcelain runs between $10 to $16 per square foot, including installation.

Ceramic tile is made from clay and like porcelain is better suited to our customers with young children and pets than a hardwood floor. The downside to ceramic is its susceptibility to chipping or breaking.

Travertine is another extremely durable option. It’s natural. The cost is generally 30% more than porcelain.

If your budget is thin, consider vinyl tile. That averages between $5 and $9 per square foot installed. With vinyl it’s easier to replace damaged tiles than ceramic or porcelain. Plus, given the low cost it generally is worthwhile to purchase a few extra tiles from the original installation. That’s good advice for any flooring material because no matter how cautious you are, there is a chance that at some point in time, something can drop on the floor that could damage it.

Hardwood is elegant, dramatic and warm. Many of our customers prefer hardwood because tile and stone feel cool and hard. The downside to hardwood in a kitchen is that excessive water can be damaging. If your icemaker, kitchen faucet or dishwasher leaks when you are not around, it could spell trouble for your hardwood floor. Similar to stone, hardwood is a natural product, and not all wood panels will be identical.

Wood grain tile flooring offers many of the benefits of hardwood but won’t be damaged by water.

A final note about flooring for you to consider with your kitchen remodel: we often recommend neutral colors. It’s easy to paint walls, ceilings and cabinets or even change a backsplash. Changing flooring is not as easy especially if after a few years in your new kitchen you want a different look. When budgeting, consider the design of the flooring material, quality of flooring materials and the condition of your existing subfloor.

If you would like to discuss the flooring options for your new kitchen, please give us a call at  781-670-3909 or visit one of our showrooms at 14 Charles Street, Needham MA or 150-E New Boston Street, Woburn MA

What’s Trending in the Kitchen and Bath World

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We just returned from the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), which is our industry’s largest trade show, featuring more than 600 companies displaying their latest and greatest.  Here are several of the cabinet and countertop trends that turned our heads and are likely to wow you as well.

Innovative storage was a dominant trend we saw at KBIS. Numerous manufacturers are making kitchens more functional and easy to use.  We saw creative wine storage options, drawers in drawers, toe-kick drawers, matching SKUs for door inserts that help organize knives, utensils, cutlery and other kitchen gadgets. There are so many bells and whistles that will expand the functionality of your kitchen space!

Kitchen cabinet manufacturers understand that many kitchen islands serve multiple purposes.  One of our manufacturers unveiled a floating island that doubles as a home office. The island featured power, USB connectivity, file storage and space for a printer all hidden underneath a movable countertop that can double as an eating area or working desk.  We even saw drawer inserts designed to hold Keurig coffee pods.

Oversized drawers as long as 72 inches lined in leather or accented in leather were featured throughout the show. Use of mixed materials – leather, stone, wood and metals  – is an emerging trend that provides our clients with an almost unlimited array of options to make a distinct design statement in their homes.

Our customers will have lots of new choices in paint colors this year as many manufacturers are offering some hot new colors not only in cabinets, but also in sinks and faucetry.

Grey is still hot with many cabinet manufacturers. Several were showing different twists and shades of grey at the show.  Many of the new greys had a purplish tint. Use of pops of color with blue/green, mustard tones and brownish reds were quite popular.

Another stand out trend was interior cabinet lighting. It has definitely grown up.
Rectangles were the predominate shape with loads and loads of floating shelves.  Many of the displays incorporated the use of planters within home interiors.

One of our major countertop partners had a wowing display of new products.  One display featured a customized gas burner that can be integrated directly into the counter without needing a glass or stainless surface.

We returned from KBIS with many, many ideas that will help you create a dream home.  If you are interested in learning more about the latest trends in kitchen and bath design, please give us a call at  781-670-3909 or visit one of our showrooms at 14 Charles Street, Needham MA or 150-E New Boston Street, Woburn MA

The Family that Cooks Together…

 

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Several of our favorite projects involved families that enjoy cooking together or individually. Divisions of labor in the home are softening as an increasing number of our clients share domestic duties that include meal preparation. Plus, a number of our clients let us know that they are spending more time cooking at home.

A recent Bureau of Labor Statistics survey found that 43% of men cook at home. This is the highest percentage in the past three decades. Not only are more men cooking, they also are spending more time in the kitchen, an average of 49 minutes per day, which is the longest time in the last half century. Conversely, 70% of women report that they cook, but that number has been declining from 95% in 1965. Women who do cook also are spending more time in the kitchen cooking, an average of 71 minutes per day, which is the longest time period in 20 years.

Cooking has gained in popularity for a number of reasons. One is the dramatic increase in the number of cooking shows from Food Network, the Cooking Channel, Public Broadcasting Service, the Travel Channel, CNN and others. For many of our clients, especially where both adults in the home are gainfully employed, cooking has become a way to relax and relieve the stresses of the day.

Designing kitchens for two or more cooks usually involves creating distinct zones that feature multiple islands or cooking areas, hidden refrigeration drawers, dual ovens and six to eight burners on a cooktop or range or dual ranges, dishwashers, sinks and matching workstations. The reason for separate workstations is to avoid the feeling of “having too many cooks in the kitchen.” There is another practical reason for separate workstations for more than one cook in the kitchen. It helps prevent two cooks from interfering with one another.

This two-cook trend also reflects that many of our clients prefer a larger space for cooking. The average size of the kitchen has grown 53% since 1992, according to the National Association of Home Builders. A larger space does not mean our clients have to compromise intimacy. Larger kitchens require a new take on geometry to help assure that there is easy access for multiple cooks to the refrigerator, cooktop and sink. If the concept of a her and his kitchen brings a smile to your face, please give us a call at 781-670-3909 or visit one of our showrooms at 14 Charles Street, Needham MA or 150-E New Boston Street, Woburn MA

Four Tips For Your Kitchen Remodel

 

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The process of remodeling your kitchen can feel a little overwhelming at times. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

Assess Your Current Space

Consider your reasons for a kitchen remodel. Do you want to improve the overall look, make the layout more functional, create more storage and better organization or increase the value of your home? Knowing your objectives will help you make informed decisions.

Create a Checklist and Idea File

A checklist will help you determine the priorities for your kitchen remodel before you even visit a showroom. Knowing what kind of design style you’re drawn to or what kind of storage solutions you will need will facilitate the planning process with your designer. Visit Pinterest and Houzz and thumb through magazines to create an idea file to use for inspiration in planning your new space. Make of note of what you like about the kitchens in your file to use as a reference point when describing your ideas to a designer.

Determine Your Budget

Setting a budget for your remodel is just as important as defining your vision for the space. Consider how much you will spend for various elements of the remodel. As a rule of thumb, in a typical kitchen remodeling project, cabinets account for about 40% of the project cost and countertops make up around 10%. Other key items to factor in include appliances, lighting and electrical work and wall coverings.

Visit A Showroom

Once you’ve determined your goals, explored design styles and considered your budget, it’s time to meet with a kitchen showroom like ours to look at cabinetry displays and speak with a kitchen designer. If you have already chosen wall colors, fabrics, flooring or other items take in images or actual samples with you when you meet with your designer. A professional will help you bring your vision to life and achieve your goals while keeping within in your budget.

Have questions about the process?  Give us a call at 781-670-3909 or visit one of our showrooms at 14 Charles Street, Needham MA or 150-E New Boston Street, Woburn MA

There is a Method to our Madness

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You gave your kitchen its last rights and finally made the decision to sign on the bottom line for the new kitchen of your dreams. There is a definite sequence to a kitchen renovation that is more art than science. Schedule and sequence are influenced by the scope of the renovation and enter a more unknown territory if that scope involves relocating walls, windows, doors, ceilings and other features of your new kitchen. A typical sequence for a kitchen remodel includes the following:

  • Demolition
  • Framing and installation of behind the wall electrical and plumbing
  • Insulation of exterior walls
  • Drywall
  • Cabinet installation
  • Installation of countertops, backsplash and other stone and tile covered surfacing
  • Floor installation
  • Final installation of carpentry, electrical, fixtures and finish hardware
  • Painting

From initial design phases throughout the process, our goal is to keep you apprised of the timetable and what will be involved in your renovation to minimize the disruption to your home and lifestyle. We know what it is like to live with a kitchen that is under renovation. Internally, we establish milestone dates for the completion of each task and monitor our timetable to help assure that it is maintained or revised should the unexpected occur (which often happens). Our schedule specifies delivery dates for all materials, appliance and fixtures specified for the renovation at times that they can be installed on the day they arrive or the day after.

The types of materials specified also impact a renovation schedule. Custom cabinets can take six to eight weeks to deliver from the time they are ordered. The type of tile countertop material (stone, engineered stone and other materials) and flooring materials can delay a project if not ordered well in advance. We understand which materials are readily available and those that take some time to produce. Generic tiles are more readily available. Custom tiles and countertops may take up to eight weeks or longer to produce.

The installation of flooring is another timing challenge. Some of our clients install flooring after cabinets because it requires less material and therefore less cost than covering the entire floor. Other clients want to have the flooring material cover the entire footprint of the kitchen. Plus, when flooring is installed before cabinets, there is no chance that cabinets will be damaged. If flooring is installed after cabinets have been placed, we make sure that the cabinets are protected during flooring installation.

Anyone who is renovating a kitchen deserves to receive a realistic schedule that is monitored and maintained to help assure the least possible disruption to you and your family and to help assure that the kitchen of your dreams can be used sooner rather than later. To discuss a timeframe for your kitchen or bath renovation, please call us at 781-670-3909 or visit one of our showrooms at 14 Charles Street, Needham MA or 150-E New Boston Street, Woburn MA

Jewelry for Your Cabinets and Drawers

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Hardware is the “jewelry” of cabinets and doors found in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms and other locales within the home. Whether you are building a new home, renovating an existing one or looking to change the look of what you currently own, selecting the right cabinet hardware enables you to make a unique design statement.

Cabinet hardware too often is considered an afterthought that, without appropriate consideration, can compromise both the look of your home and the functionality of your kitchen and bath. Many would consider wearing sneakers with a tuxedo as inappropriate, so too is selecting plastic pulls for new kitchen or bath cabinetry. The quality of the cabinet hardware selected should complement and enhance the quality of the cabinetry, appliances and furnishings in your home.

Cabinet hardware can transform a mundane generic piece into something outstanding if the hardware is carefully integrated with a cabinet’s design, style and materials. Knobs and pulls that are featured in a kitchen and bath showroom are differentiated by the following characteristics:

  • Quality of the base material (solid brass, pewter, porcelain, glass)
  • Quality, type and range of finishes
  • Type and length of warranty
  • Uniqueness of design
  • Level of detail
  • Ergonomic function

Form is one of the characteristics that allow decorative cabinet hardware to stand apart. Function is another. Our showroom professionals can explain the performance benefits and differences of decorative knobs and pulls and provide guidance to help assure that the style, finish and size of the hardware selected are best suited for your specific application.

Finishes

Finish is the surface that we see and touch. It affects the aesthetics, durability and utility of architectural and cabinet hardware. Each category of finish involves different processes resulting in varying visual effects and durability. Showroom professionals will explain the performance characteristics of various finishes and why certain types may be more suited to your lifestyle, environmental conditions and application requirements. The same finish that you use in your master bath may not be appropriate for an outdoor kitchen and barbeque area. Additionally, not all pulls and knobs come in all finishes. In starting your search for the most appropriate products for your home, determining the finish that you want is a good place to begin. Note that the length of the warranty serves as an indicator of the quality of the finish.

An Endless Array of Choices

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to selecting appropriate cabinet hardware for your home. The range of products featured in a showroom or online can be at times overwhelming. For that reason, a showroom professional can be a tremendous asset. Showroom professionals will help you narrow what may seem to be an endless array of options. Educated consumers also can limit the amount of time, energy and effort needed to select the best products by preparing in advance for a trip to the showroom.

Where Form Meets Function

A pull describes any piece of cabinet hardware with two or more holes for mounting. It is used interchangeably with the term “handle.” Conversely, a knob is any piece of cabinet hardware that has only one hole for mounting. Working with knowledgeable showroom professionals will help assure that the correct mounting technique and fasteners are provided. Cabinet hardware can be attached to surfaces in several ways. They can be attached using screws inserted through the back of the door or drawer. If access to back is not possible, some knobs can be surface mounted. Alternatively, knobs and pulls can be mounted using a breadboard screw.

Showroom professionals will specify the correct length and thread size of the screws or fasteners that match both the dimensions of the drawer, appliance or cabinet and the size of the pull or knob provided that proper dimensions are provided. The usage of the drawer or cabinet also will affect selection. Some finishes will not react well to constant exposure to soapy hands or cleaning fluids. Some pulls may not offer the strength needed to open drawers containing pots and pans or small kitchen appliances. Long drawers may operate more effectively if you use a large pull or two pulls or knobs, one on each side of the drawer. Knobs may be a better choice in rooms where small children are active to avoid damage or injuries caused by a child hanging on a pull or using one to stand up. Our showroom professionals can help assure that form will meet function in your selection of pulls and knobs for your home. If you are interested in specifying the best hardware for your cabinets and drawers, please call us at 781-670-3909 or visit one of our showrooms at 14 Charles Street, Needham MA or 150-E New Boston Street, Woburn MA

21st Century Smart Kitchens

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Technology is changing homes for the better. Our blog this week takes a look at smart products for the kitchen and elsewhere that can make day-to-day tasks easier and your home more cost-effective and fun to live in.

Smart refrigerators offer more than the ability to keep food fresh. Technologically advanced fridges keep track of your grocery lists, let you order food online, leave notes for family members, watch videos, listen to music and look up and follow recipes. Smart refrigerators can automatically adjust temperature based on the number of times you open and close the door, thus preserving food longer and saving energy.

Smart ovens and ranges help you make better meals at less cost. Smart ovens adjust cooking time and temperature based on desired level of doneness and the type of pan that you use. You can activate your oven and set the cooking temperature from your smart phone so your meal will be ready when you pull up to your home. Several smart ovens respond to voice commands – if your hands are covered in dough you can adjust your oven’s temperature hands free. Smart ovens also enable you to specify a cooking sequence such as bake for an hour, broil for five minutes or keep warm for 10 minutes. Some models also allow you to watch TV and access the Internet while you’re are cooking.

Smart dishwashers allow you to use your smart phone to turn the dishwasher on and off remotely, determine how much energy you are using and receive alerts if the appliance is not functioning properly. Additionally, working with other applications, smart dishwashers will automatically order detergent refills when they are needed and can integrate with a smart thermostat to adjust temperate for the heat the dishwasher may generate. How cool is that?

Smart lighting allows you to use your smart phone to create different ambiances by choosing color, tone and amount of light output. You can also instruct your smart light bulbs to flash every time you receive a new email or text.

Amazon’s Echo is a voice activated smart home assistant that will turn on your coffee maker so a cup is ready when you are, provide the latest news headlines, play your favorite music or podcast, turn lights on and off and serve as your in-home, digital concierge.

Want to eliminate the burden of calorie counting? There’s a Bluetooth and WiFi enabled dinner plate equipped with mini cameras and weight sensors that helps you with proportions and sends alerts if you served yourself too much. With an accompanying app, you can analyze and keep track of every meal and it connects to FitBit. In the same vein, a smart fork helps you adjust your eating habits by measuring how many mouthfuls of food you take and buzzes and flashes if you are eating too quickly. A smart juicer tracks the ingredients that you use, nutrients that you consume and where the products that you are juicing were grown.

Smart decanters can gather information about different winemakers and allow you to accelerate the maturing process of your favorite wine by adding aeration.

There’s a smart frying pan that can indicate its own cooking temperature.

There is an egg tracker that when you scan over eggs in the fridge, it tells you which eggs are the oldest.

The Interneting of everything has made its way into the kitchen in a big way. If kitchen7you are interested in the next generation of technologically advanced appliances for your kitchen, please call us at 781-670-3909 or visit one of our showrooms at 14 Charles Street, Needham MA or 150-E New Boston Street, Woburn MA