HK Construction is happy to announce that it has added Randy Trager to its design team, to help clients with HK Signature Kitchens and Baths. Trager has several years of experience designing quality Honolulu kitchens with designer brands such as SubZero, Viking, Thermador, Monogram, Wolf and Miele appliances. Here are some inside insights from Trager:

Q: What is popular in kitchen design today?

RT: Color, textures, maximizing work space, friendly open areas, natural lighting and great appliances — and it’s all based upon what each client thinks is best.

Q: How do you begin the kitchen design process?

RT: I like to ask several questions of what the client desires for the look of their new kitchen. A big part of this is their choice of appliances. This sets the course for the design features for their new kitchen.


Q: Can you give an example?

RT: Many times the client has decided on one of the designer brands, such as SubZero, Viking or Miele. These can be 36-inch, 42-inch or 48-inch wide side by side models. Then, I will ask if they want the stainless steel look or the cabinet overlay panel look. Once this is determined, it tells me where to go with the cabinetry design style for the kitchen.

Q: What is the cabinet overlay panel look?

RT: This is a fully-integrated look, where the pantry cabinets and the refrigerator all look like cabinets with the same heights, and the face of the doors are all on the same plane. It causes the refrigerator to blend in and is not really noticeable as a refrigerator. This design style works with both wood grains and painted flat panel door cabinets. Miele refrigerators are designed specifically for this fully integrated look.

Q: Wow, a really streamlined look.

How is this different than the stainless steel look?

RT: This is a truly an American look. Wood grains go well with the stainless steel. The layout/arrangement of this type of kitchen is a bit more traditional and still a huge favorite in Honolulu.

To explore other ideas for your dream kitchen with Trager, please call him at 841-1800 today.

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