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  • Tricia Jasper

    Full outdoor bar... I wish!!! design services, ltd. A day in the life of a designer Load more posts ABOUT US Design Services, Ltd. is a full service interior design firm with over 35 years of experience. We are known for truly listening to our clients “wants, needs, wish list and budget” before we design. Our creative space plans and innovative, yet practical design solutions not only solve design problems, but they also reflect insight into cutting edge design and business trends and resources, as well as best practices in the industry. www.designservicesltd.com EMAIL SUBSCRIPTION Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 5 other followers Sign me up! ARCHIVES June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 BE SOCIAL-JOIN US View Full Site Now Available! Download WordPress for Android Blog at WordPress.com. June 18, 2010 Leave a reply Grill As Art As we approach this Father’s Day weekend we thought we would share an article on one of our favorite ways to celebrate with dad…with a great barbecue. We have come a long way since the standard charcoal grill! Is it a backyard sculpture or a barbecue? Today some grills are both, combining high-performance cooking capability with cutting-edge, artistic design. Contemporary barbecue grills are attracting attention and, although they still represent only a tiny blip on the sales screen, they are becoming a legitimate segment of the grill business. Unlike the bigger-is-better approach to traditional grills, modern grills have a striking minimalism in their designs, are usually compact and offer sleek lines, streamlined styling and a distinctive silhouette. In terms of function, they often incorporate innovative features that solve storage problems or answer other needs, while still packing the heat and performance needed to grill a mean steak. If you would like some assistance on creating an outdoor kitchen for your home, please give us a call Outdoor Kitchen May 28, 2010 Leave a reply Universal Design… Going Mainstream By 2030 more than 70 million Americans will be over 65. With the first wave of Baby Boomers hitting “official” retirement age this year, the trend toward Universal Design (design that accommodates all) seems to be going mainstream. Rather than waiting for that critical mass of retiring boomers to occur you may have noticed that designers and builders have been “designing differently” for some time. Since Universal Design holds universal appeal, it is just plain good design. It needn’t look ugly or institutional-as a matter of fact at first glance you may not even realize that many of the commercial spaces, health care facilities, restaurants and hotel rooms (see article “The Boomer Room”) are not only beautiful, but safe and accessible. offering independence, choice and control for all to use. Universal Design balances the understanding of human needs with users experience. As boomers age they frequently experience some of the following day to day challenges: Declining Vision Reduced Hearing Decreased Strength and Agility Limited Reach Difficulty Bending Designing accordingly, elder care design professionals who are familiar with the unique physical & emotional changes that accompany the normal aging process respond with innovative design solutions that address these challenges in a seamless, almost undetectable manner. A few of these are: Lighting sensors that improve lighting and safety as you walk in and out of a room large print or signage, reading materials and glare-free computer screens “Drive-in curbless showers” with grab bars and shower seats Wider hallways with fewer flooring transitions Comfort height toilets and vanities Enhanced tones on doorbells & phones Easy-in, easy-out chairs and seating units One of the driving forces for Universal Design becoming mainstream is the aging population. It is helping us to reinvent the world we live in, teaching us to design differently, to create environments that while evolutionary, appeal to and serve a very broad spectrum of the population. Universal Design-Kitchen Universal Design-Bathroom May 25, 2010 Leave a reply 10 Retro Kitchen Remodels The kitchen is possibly the most often remodeled room in a house. Dated cabinets, hardware and appliances are replaced with modern equivalents. However, if you are lucky enough to have a charming retro kitchen in your home, you may choose to preserve its character rather than start with a clean slate. Some people even seek out retro kitchen appliances for their new homes! Get inspired with these well-planned retro kitchen remodels. To find out how to get this look for your kitchen give us a call! ~more images~ Retro Baby Blue Fridge May 13, 2010 Leave a reply Outdoor Kitchens With Memorial Day and the summer grilling season right around the corner, we thought we would feature Outdoor Kitchen spaces on our latest post. If you would like more information on how to create your outdoor entertaining oasis, please give us a call. Few summer pleasures are as much fun as a cookout. The smell of grilling food is mouth-watering, everything tastes great and it’s hard not to have a good time – that is, unless you’re the harried host running back and forth between the grill and the kitchen for the chicken and steak, forks and knives, beer and wine, and ketchup and mustard. And when everybody’s done, all the leftovers must be lugged back inside. An outdoor kitchen can help you slow down and spend more time with family and friends by putting all the ingredients for outdoor dining close at hand. It can be as simple as a storage cabinet for cooking gear or as ambitious as a full kitchen with grill, refrigerator, sink and eating area. Either way, your yard will gain an outside “room” that’s a natural gathering spot. What to Include Outdoor kitchens cost from about $3,000 for one with a good-quality grill, a 6-ft.-long counter and a patio to $15,000 and up for higher-end versions with an assortment of appliances. Although it’s tempting to compare outdoor kitchens to the one indoors, there are some key differences. For example, while a grill and counter space for preparing food are essential, a refrigerator and sink aren’t. But including them can boost the value of your home by helping your outdoor kitchen qualify as a second kitchen. “The increase may equal the cost of the project,” says Pam Young, a Sacramento, California-based designer and founder of Patio Kitchens, which makes outdoor cabinetry. And though indoor-kitchen design includes a raft of rules and caveats, outdoor-kitchen designs are much more casual. ~click here to read full article~ Outdoor Kitchen May 11, 2010 Leave a reply Modern Luxurious Living Room Interior Design We thought you may enjoy this wonderful photography of a few luxury living rooms shot by Jeff Heron. If you would like assistance in creating these looks in your home, just give us a call. Jeff Heron who has a B.F.A in commercial photography from University of Detroit, MI has a passion for architecture and design which is reflected in his collection of artistic photographs. The interiors design here are no doubt marvelous and it will definitely take a massive effort in doing these on your own. The fine details in each of these interiors are just splendid. If you’re looking for ideas towards your living room then these modern interiors might be the solution, please enjoy the photos below from Jeff Heron.

  • Lee McKee

    outdoor living designs on a small budget | Outdoor kitchen design ideas tremendous outdoor kitchen design idea

  • DAWNJANET

    outside kitchen designs

  • SpringWood IsHome

    Outdoor Kitchen Ideas Outdoor Kitchen PicsOutdoor Kitchen Design Ideas Tremendous Outdoor Kitchen Design Idea #springwoodishome

  • Nicole Tschida

    Full outdoor bar... This would be part of my dream house!

  • randi smart

    Amazing Backyard Outdoor Kitchen Design Beside Pool with Large LCD TV to Watch Favorite Program - Patio & Garden. 23 Outdoor Backyard Kitchen Designs Gallery on Pointerior.com. Amazing Backyard Outdoor Kitchen Design Beside Pool with Large LCD TV to Watch Favorite Program, 23 patio & garden & kitchen designs in 23 Outdoor Backyard Kitchen Designs gallery

  • Julie Pierson

    i love love outdoor kitchens! My dream kitchen for my hubby...In Washington of course..

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