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Friday, 01 August 2014 12:08

Design is in the Details

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Mary Alyce Evans and Michele Ahl are the principal designers at the studio. Mary Alyce Evans and Michele Ahl are the principal designers at the studio. Photo by www.MarkBolles.com

The Designers’ Studio Combines Client Vision with Collective Artistry

SARATOGA SPRINGS – In an average lifetime, studies show people will spend anywhere between one to four years in their kitchen. From cooking to cleaning, making drinks and socializing, there’s no doubt the kitchen is an integral – and arguably most used – part of the home.

For those looking to remodel, renovate, or simply add a bit of flair to their kitchen, that’s where the Designers’ Studio comes in. Created by Mary Alyce Evans, a well-known, award-winning kitchen and bathroom designer, the studio, located at 376 Broadway, offers a unique approach to the design process.

“The concept is that it’s a place where any designer can come and work with their client,” said Evans.

Complete with a variety of options in kitchen cabinetry and countertops, the showroom in the Designers’ Studio was built to give clients creative inspiration.

“That’s how displays should work,” said Evans. “About half of the kitchens we’ve worked on have been in the same color as the one in our showroom.”

Evans says gone are the days of boring kitchens with a plain appearance. Today’s clients are interested in both a practical and aesthetically pleasing kitchen.

“I’ve been working in kitchens for 42 years and they have really evolved,” said Evans. “There was no creativity. The idea was if you had 72 inches of space, you just fill it – period. We did lots of builder kitchens that were tiny and L-shaped. Nobody today would do that kitchen. They’ve gotten bigger, fancier, and more efficient. They’re a lot more interesting.”

 Whether it’s for functionality, safety, a possible resale, or a change in style, the Designer’s Studio is able to translate ideas into 3-D renderings for clients to create the perfect kitchen. Evans says white continues to be a popular kitchen trend -- primarily for its modern look and clean lines.

“We also work with bathrooms, libraries, laundry rooms,” said Evans. “…anything that requires cabinetry and space planning.”

Evans says one of the biggest misconceptions about hiring a designer is an increase in cost, but with a variety of options from low-end to high-end in both cabinets and counters and the focused attention on their project from a professional, people get more bang for their buck.

“They end up paying less overall because they end up with something that’s better designed, functions better, looks better, and those things are worth something,” said designer Michele Ahl.

If a remodel or renovation simply isn’t in your budget but you’re hoping to give your home a little update, there are some simple, do-it-yourself projects that can help your home stand out.

“You can change faucets, sinks, order new countertops or paint your cabinets,” said Ahl. “Sometimes you can even get away with ordering new doors.”

“You never know when something simple leads to something else,” added Evans.


Visit the Designers’ Studio at www.376design.com to schedule a free consultation. 

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