Kitchen & Bath
Dean Sarrasin had a career specializing in cabinetry design when he decided to move in a bit of a different direction and open Kitchen Port, Inc. in Orleans.
“It’s a little different than working in the field and since it is my own business, I am involved in every aspect of it. It’s a whole other level of detail, but it is a labor of love,” Sarrasin says.
Customers and builders alike are benefitting from the expertise and services Kitchen Port delivers. Specializing in semi- and custom kitchen and bath designs, Sarrasin says trends in kitchen and bath styles have changed since those early years.
“Today’s open floor plans have given rise to the increase popularity in kitchen islands as opposed to peninsulas,” Sarrasin says.
Frequently, homeowners are choosing a different cabinet and countertop color for the island than the perimeter of the kitchen. “It makes the island more like a standalone piece of furniture,” Sarrasin says.
Kitchens today are much more casual than they were in the early part of this century. Traditional styles, such as raised panel doors and decorative features are less popular than flat-panel or beaded doors, which evoke a more casual and relaxed style. “Cape Cod is about simple living and casual lifesyles and that is reflected in popular kitchen designs,” says Sarrasin.
He says homeowners are looking for cleaner lines. There are three basic elements in a kitchen design, form—which refers to how well the space works overall; function, which refers to how well the space handles food preparation and serving; and fluff, which are ornamental elements. “There is much less fluff, today,” Sarrasin says, noting that he expects this streamlined kitchen trend to continue for a long time.