CSI Kitchen & Bath Studio has been providing customers with their dream kitchens, baths, closets and more since 1992. CSI is a licensed and insured contractor in the state of Georgia. We are your total remodeling solution. We have one of the largest showrooms in the Atlanta area it is easily accessible from I 85, I 285 and GA 400.
Modern and Contemporary designs are growing more popular
these days. Both styles have their own unique characteristics. However, many
times, it is tricky to distinguish between a modern interior and a contemporary
interior. It is difficult to differentiate because they are so similar and we
assume they are the same.
Let’s talk about Modern design. Modern design denotes a
period in time during the 1920s-1950s. This was a time of new inventions and
machination. Modernists were forward thinkers and challenged traditional views.
Technology and social norms were reflected through art and design, thus, new
artistic forms emerged. Some of the common characteristics of a modern design
would include materials of the time, geometric shapes, and artistic trends
including minimalism, surrealism, cubism, etc.
Materials that are common in this style includes: natural
woods, plywood, plastic, linen, and leather. Furniture is made simplistic with
elegant shapes. A modern space will look and feel simple, airy, and clean with
colors that are monochromatic and neutral.
While Modern design is about the 20th century era,
Contemporary design integrates Modernism with today’s trends and movements. This
means that Contemporary design is always changing. Today’s contemporary
materials will be in lacquer, glass, stone, steel, cork, etc. Currently, sustainability
is in demand, so there will be a lot of materials that are eco-friendly and
designs will have the indoor-outdoor feel.
Contemporary interiors are also minimalistic, simple, and clean-lined.
Check out more designs from the Leicht website!
You are remodeling
your new bath room and you’re not sure how you want your bathroom to look. First
of all, pick an inspirational piece and use your design ideas around that
inspirational item. Look at several elements such as texture, material, and
texture, you should think about scale, light, and visual weight. These features determine how something feels,
whether it’s tactile or visually. Rough textures usually add weight to an
object, making the item feel more dense and cozy. While softer textures create a
lightweight, smooth impression.
A key component to
consider is material. A material can mimic some of the special characteristics
of another. A good example is the wooden-like tile floor in the image which is
actually made of porcelain made to look like wood. You can say you have wood for
your bathroom floor!
Lastly, choose the perfect
color scheme. Anticipate how you’d like to feel towards the space or object. Choosing
color temperature is choosing warm or cool colors. Darker tones such as grays
and blues tend to feel cool, fresh, and relaxing. While red, orange and yellow are
professed as warm, vibrant and energetic.
Look at the image
of the tile back-splash. There are a lot of fun patterns and textures, different
materials, and complementary colors all in harmony. The rough surface of the porcelain
represents sand on a beach, while the reflective glass is perceived as the
ocean. The tile has subtle hues of cool colors consisting of greens, blues,
greys, and white.
You have an awesome
tile, but what are you to do with it? Make sure to pair it with something
complementary. The hues of the tile are quite subtle, so my next step is to
match it with a contrasting and bold finish. For instance, metal, oil-rubbed bronze faucet
would warm up the space a little bit.
As 2016 comes to an end, we look forward to an exciting and prosperous 2017. If you have been holding off on that kitchen or bath renovation, now is a great time to go forward and make it happen. We at CSI are seeing some very interesting and innovative developments in our industry that makes us very excited about kitchen and bath design possibilities for the coming year.
One trend we love is the use of textured woods for cabinets. Yes, oak is back, and in a big way; but not your grandpa's oak! today's oak utilizes different sawing techniques like quarter-sawn and rift-cut to change the appearance of the graining pattern. We are seeing rougher textures that include the natural knots and blemishes in wood to create an interesting surface. The wood may also be wire-brushed to give it a weathered, old barn wood look, and combined with stains and glazes to further enhance the texture. The other big trend we see in cabinets is in painted finishes. Grays, whites, and creams are hot, and the combinations of painted finishes with the textured woods are very appealing. We also see a surge in other colors, like blues and greens, to put a personal stamp on a kitchen or bath. Lighting is the other major trend we see in kitchens now. Lighted cabinet interiors are being requested more and more. Glass-fronted cabinets can be lit traditionally with halogens in the ceiling, but advances in LED technology also allows unobtrusive narrow strip lighting down the sides. There are even glass shelves that can include LED lighting. And how about lighted drawers and base cabinets to make it easier to find items? Pendants, chandeliers, and ceiling fixtures have also become major design statements in the kitchen with the bold new designs that are available now. So, we are very excited about about the new looks and trends that are coming on the market, and we invite you to visit our showroom to see what the future has in store for your next project!
KITCHEN WISH LIST What does your ideal kitchen look like? What would you include in your dream kitchen? The answers are different for everyone, but there are certain features that everyone agrees are must haves.
1. Plenty of storage: The ideal kitchen has plenty of space to store all of your cooking equipment. The best way to add storage if you lack square footage is to go up. Take advantage of all the ceiling height you can by installing tall wall cabinets. If you have a high ceiling you can create a dramatic look with stacked wall cabinets that may have glass in the upper portion perfect to display your favorite decorative pieces. Get creative with custom cabinet features that maximize storage. A blind corner cabinet, for instance can have one of several devices that make it easier to access items. One is a “magic corner” which is a chrome wire pullout with baskets. Another popular one is the “Le Mans” unit which as two kidney-shaped sliding shelves. Tall pantry pullouts make the most of a narrow space, and rollout shelves in base cabinets make accessibility easy. Don’t forget customized drawer accessories like cutlery trays, spice and knife inserts. Don’t forget to provide special shelving for that cookbook collection. 2. Appliances: You, of course, will want your ideal kitchen to have the latest in appliances. One trend, especially if you entertain a lot, is to have two dishwashers to make clean-up a breeze. A professional-style rangetop with a built-in griddle is a feature most cooks would love to have. Double ovens and a warming drawer are a must when cooking for a crowd. And don’t forget specialty appliances like steam ovens, built-in coffee systems, and extra refrigeration space like under counter refrigerated drawers, beverage centers or wine storage units. An extra ice maker is also handy for entertaining. 3. Lighting: Great lighting can make the difference between a good kitchen and a “Wow” kitchen. Lots of natural light from large windows is a must. Of course, you need general ambient lighting, specific task lighting and lighting for atmosphere. Be sure to include under-cabinet LED lighting, recessed ceiling cans for general lighting and pendants or fixtures over islands. If you have glass-fronted cabinets you will want to have interior lighting to sparkle off crystal and china. For special lighting consider rope lighting above the cabinets as well as below the toekick area. Dimmers on most of the lighting are the best way to create atmosphere and set a mood when entertaining. 4. One feature that most people would include in a dream kitchen is a large island with seating. The island incorporates many functions. The large surface is great for food preparation, it can double as a buffet for serving, and it contains lots of storage. It is perfect for creating a convivial atmosphere for chatting with friends and family and to keep an eye on the kids as they do their homework. 5. Style: Everyone’s idea of what the perfect kitchen looks like is different, but there are some elements that will elevate your kitchen above the norm. The cabinetry you choose is the furniture of the room and sets the mood. Hardware is the jewelry of the kitchen and adds extra flair. Color is essential in creating mood and making the kitchen a pleasant place to work. Add special touches like barn doors for the pantry, open beams, marble countertops or a special tile pattern for the floor to individualize the space. Whether you are planning to build a new house, or remodel your current one, plan your dream kitchen for comfort, storage, functionality and beauty and make it as individual as you are.
We all want to make sure that we are living in a safe,
healthy environment. One area where we
do have control is in our own homes.
Lead is one of the most dangerous elements that can be
present in a home, and young children, especially under two years of age, are
the most sensitive to lead poisoning. Lead was frequently used in paints prior to
1978, and flaking, peeling, and cracking paint create dust that can be breathed
through the air, or ingested by inquisitive children by chewing on or touching
painted surfaces such as window sills, stair railings and door frames. Though some lead is naturally present in the
outdoors, lead-based exterior paint can flake off and contaminate the soil around
the home and be tracked indoors so it is important to remove shoes at the door
and wash hands.
The risks of lead exposure to young children include lower
IQ, slower growth, learning and behavior problems and anemia. Unborn children are at risk also as lead is
stored in the mother's body and can be transferred to the fetus and via breast
milk to the infant. Adults are not
immune either, and high levels of lead in the body can lead to cardiovascular
problems, hypertension, kidney and reproductive issues among others.
The good news is that lead poisoning is entirely
preventable. For one thing, lead-free
paint was banned for residential use in 1978, so if your home is newer than
that, there should not be cause for concern.
According to the EPA, houses built between 1960 and 1977 are 24% more
likely to contain lead-based paint than newer homes; between 1940 and 1959 69%
more likely; and before 1940 87% more likely.
But even if your house was built prior to 1978, if the paint is in good
condition; i.e., not peeling, cracking, or flaking, and sealed under layers of
newer paint, then there may be no cause for alarm. Frequent wiping down of painted surfaces and
vacuuming with a HEPA filter are good practices. But if in doubt, it is wise to test for the
presence of lead.
However, if a home is being remodeled, and was built prior
to 1978, it is likely that paint will be disturbed in the process. It is important to have the paint in the home
tested for lead content. The EPA's Lead
Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule) "requires that firms
performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based
paint in homes, child care facilities and pre-schools built before 1978 have
their firm certified by EPA (or an EPA authorized state), use certified renovators
who are trained by EPA-approved training providers and follow lead-safe work
practices". In Georgia, that means
that a Certified Renovator must be licensed by the Georgia Environmental
Protection Department (EPD) to supervise all RRP-regulated projects and to
perform lead testing on all surfaces that will be disturbed.
The removal of lead is a federally mandated process. A lead test must be performed on any home
from 1978 or older by a certified renovator.
The certified renovator must wear very specific protection gear and
properly secure the area being affected with multiple layers of
protection. If the paint involved is
outdoors, the soil or immediate area must be properly covered. One area which is generally overlooked is in
window replacement. Windows in homes
from 1978 or older may contain lead and can contaminate the area outside and
inside the house if it does contain lead and areas are not properly
If your home was built prior to 1978, and you are planning
to remodel, be sure to use a certified renovator to test for lead.
CSI Kitchen & Bath Studio has been named the #2 Atlanta residential remodeling firm inAtlanta Business Chronicle's annual list of the Atlanta's Top 10 Residential Remodeling Contractors based on figures for 2014.
NARI Atlanta Presents its Fifth Annual Tour of Remodeled Homes
The Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, will present its Sixth Annual Tour of Remodeled Homes Saturday, Oct. 24, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Eight private homes transformed by NARI members throughout Atlanta’s northern suburbs will be open to the public, with the remodeling teams on hand to discuss each project and answer questions. Proceeds from the tour will benefit CURE Childhood Cancer (www.curechildhoodcancer.org). The tour is self-guided and will be held rain or shine. Tickets are $20 in advance, and $30 the day of the tour, and are available at www.AtlantaRemodelingTour.com, along with a downloadable map showing each home location. CSI Kitchen & Bath Studio will be showcasing a beautifully redesigned home as part of the tour. We are very proud to be involved in NARI and to help such a worthwhile cause like Cure Childhood Cancer.