Norwell: Fed up with your old kitchen?

We all know that your kitchen is the heart of your home, memories are made there, people gather there, papers are piles, toys are stored and stress is constantly caused. At some point we all hit the point where we are fed up and want to change something in our kitchens. It could be something as small as the paint color or a whole remodel to start from scratch.

There are key trends impacting kitchen design this year. In a Kitchen & Bath Design News article from July 2014, K&BD quotes NARI National President Kevin Anundson as he discusses these trends. In sharing Anundsons thoughts with local architect Paulette O’Connell from OCO architecture::design in Hingham Ma she also shared some insight into the trends she is seeing. There thoughts include the following:

Contrasting Kitchen Island, Hingham

Contrasting Kitchen Island, Hingham


“1. Mixing and layering finishes and woods to create a custom, furniture-like look in cabinetry is an emerging trend, along with built-in accent cabinets that act as frame work for the rest of the cabinetry. These cabinets, often designed tall and narrow with glass fronts, provide the look of built-in china cabinet to showcase collectibles.





Butlers Pantry, Hanover

Butlers Pantry, Hanover

2. With the explosion of the wine market over the past few decades, wine storage is becoming more of a factor in kitchen design, NARI says. Dedicated “butler” areas for entertaining, sampling and sharing wine with guests are very popular, allowing the cook the opportunity to socialize during food preparation. Integrated wine coolers are being nestled into cabinetry along with wine racks to showcase a homeowner’s collection. “[1]




OCO Designs

OCO Design

3. O’Connell says “I’m noticing a real shift in kitchen design.  As kitchens are becoming an extension of our main living area, clients are looking for more natural light.  They are even willing to forgo upper cabinetry to add more windows.   This is possible with the wide selection of cabinetry out there. There are base cabinets with drawers that can hold your dishes and microwave base cabinets that tuck the appliance below the counter, to name a few.  In addition, the desire for larger islands increases the amount of under counter storage available in the kitchen.  People want to create a bright and inviting atmosphere where they spend their time and the kitchen is where everyone congregates.”


Working with local independent designers, architects and remodelers who are also kitchen cabinet dealers can allow you to have the one on one attention you need to determine what the best solutions are for your kitchen needs. And also work within your unique budget and scheduling needs.

Our family has been working with families like yours for 55 years. And it is important to use that everyone works together to create the best possible remodeling experience. We never want to see someone regret the choice they made because they didn’t have all of their options. If you have questions about your home improvement project or would like more information on decking Contact Almar: (781-826-2577) and watch our videos:

Almar Building & Remodeling Co (Hanover Ma). As a third generation family owned and operated company for over 50 years Almar Building has all the benefits of a small company with the options of a larger company. From Additions, Kitchens, Bathroom, Basement Renovations, Siding, Windows, to Doors Almar services the entire South Shore of Massachusetts including: Hanover, Hingham, Pembroke, Norwell, Scituate, Cohasset, Duxbury, Hanson, Abington, Rockland, Holbrook, Braintree, Weymouth, Milton, and many more towns. Norwell – Fed up with your old kitchen?


[1] Kitchen and Bath Design News, July 2014

Craig Guido

With 20 years of remodeling experience both in the field and working in collaboration with homeowners to develop remodeling projects designed to fit your lifestyle.