by Norman Ball

Gone are the days of the dreary galley kitchen –and good riddance too! The modern kitchen has come of age and drudgery need not apply. This evolution makes a lot of sense when you think about it. One consultant put it this way:


Today's front-and-center kitchen has fueled a dizzying array of design, aesthetic, lifestyle and functional options that even the most up-to-the-minute industry experts struggle to keep abreast of. Here are two clear trends we've been seeing:


Smart kitchens - Device charging centers, clever fridge magnets, air particulate monitors; the sky's the limit in a high-IQ kitchen. 


Strategic and accent lighting - LED and light tape strips 'from below' paired with recessed lighting 'from above' can create an incandescent effect, making a smaller space look more expansive and less cramped. Combined with metallic-surfaced appliances (e.g.  copper, brass or bronz), your kitchen can be made to truly shimmer. 


JNE Contracting has found over the years that a crucial part of the kitchen refurbishment process involves establishing an early design interface with a trusted professional; one who can both listen to –and gently guide the customer’s own evolving vision. That’s why we offer the design services of National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) certified Judy Johnson.


Judy possesses the rare ability both to listen and help refine the customer’s vision without imposing her own rigid aesthetic. She does this by coaxing the customer to address what she calls her 'six key questions':


JNE's kitchen refurbishments always begin with this crucial design phase during which Judy consults directly with the customer, accompanying them on shopping trips, perusing product catalogs, assisting in budgetary trade-offs and needs prioritizations, etc.


Ultimately, this consultation crystallizes into a final design which Judy provides via CAD drawings in 2020 Design. To learn more about JNE's work with Judy see our press release here.


Pictures from some of JNE's and Judy's kitchen work appear below. Email us today to schedule a consultation. Or simply provide your contact information in the online form below and we'll get in touch with you.

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