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Designer Kimberlee Melcher’s favorite space is her newly renovated custom kitchen | Home | Spokane | The Pacific Northwest Inlander

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Kimberlee Melcher had her dream studio in Spokane not once, but twice, early in her interior design career with her contractor-husband Kevin Melcher under the moniker Downtown Kitchen & Design, and then again in 2014.

“We opened our first design showroom in 2001 renovating an old historic building, creating display kitchen vignettes with working appliances and using the space for trade events and hosting client parties,” says Melcher.

But things change, and within a few years of rebranding under Kimberlee Kristine, Melcher closed the downtown studio and decided to fashion the company’s new design studio closer to home. Her home.

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The couple renovated their Millwood-area residence into a space to entertain clients, as well as to highlight cabinetry, surface, flooring, countertops and lighting for which they are dealers.

The newly completed kitchen is now her favorite space, combining function and form, says Melcher, and does double duty as a showcase for her husband’s master craftsmanship, especially notable in the stacked crown molding.

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Open concept galley kitchens featuring large islands for family life and entertaining are enjoying enduring popularity with clients, says Melcher. Her own welcoming island cabinetry is finished in a distressed soft French blue, while the custom inset cabinetry in the rest of the kitchen is robed in a delicate white. An integrated armoire refrigerator is flanked by tall pantry cabinets, while an elegant wood hood tops the gas range. The farmhouse sink is crafted from firecay, which is scratch-resistant and less prone to harboring bacteria. The floors are French oak, with an oil finish and radiant floor heating underneath.

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Although the color scheme is mostly neutral, a carefully curated mix of textures,

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On the Market: Contemporary Westport home offers custom design


WESTPORT — Although Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and social activist Michael Bolton chose the town of Westport in which to raise his children, Bolton Lane is not named for him and he never lived on this street.

Still, there is a house on this particular cul-de-sac that is as well-constructed and poetic as the lyrics of Bolton’s love songs, as beautiful as his melodies, and as richly appointed as the timbre of his baritone voice.


The maize-colored contemporary house at 6 Bolton Lane is an architecturally and artistically poetic structure built in 1972 and completely renovated about two decades later by its current owner, who is in the construction industry. The owner has worked on major structures in wide-ranging industries, including more than 400 retail projects in 11 states, as well as corporate offices, major manufacturing spaces and hospitals. In other words, the listing agent said, this house was custom built with “classic and extraordinary construction standards.”



The concrete, steel and stucco house sits on a one-acre waterfront property in the Old Hill neighborhood, off Wilton Road (Route 33), making it convenient to downtown Westport, the Merritt

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The Estates at Cane Island adds Cason Graye Homes to custom builder lineup

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Cason Graye Homes has been named a preferred custom builder in The Estates at Cane Island, where it joins Jeff Paul Custom Homes and William David Custom Homes in the Katy community’s gated enclave of estate properties.

Named Houston’s Best Custom Builder in 2019 at the Greater Houston Builders Association PRISM Awards, Cason Graye Homes has completed more than 150 custom homes in Katy, West Memorial, Villages of Memorial, West University, Bellaire and other top-selling areas of town.


“Whenever we had a project in the Katy area, I always made it a point to drive through Cane Island,” recalls Bryan Phillips, president of Cason Graye Homes. “What always stood out to me was the quality of the amenities, the landscaping, the hardscape and all the things that make the difference in a community. That’s why we want to build there.”



Cason Graye Homes has initiated the design phase of its first custom home in The Estates at Cane Island, Phillips said. Construction is expected to commence at the beginning of 2021.

Founded in 2004, Cason Graye Homes offers a curated customer experience with talented architects, trade partners, construction personnel and an in-house interior designer. A

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9 Pro Tips for Selecting a Custom Home Building Contractor

Planning to build your custom home that matches your personal taste in architecture? First, you have to find a contractor you can rely on. Selecting between different residential contractors can be tricky at times, because every other company claims to be the best in business. Here are the 9 pro tips that you need.

1. Ask around. When you are looking for custom home builders, references always count. Talk to your friends, colleagues and neighbors to know about the services that they have tried so far. Ask them about the experience and why they liked or disliked a service.

2. Check if the company is genuine. Don’t be surprised to find that many of the contractors don’t have any experience working with clients. They often offer the best discounts and sell the contracts to smaller subcontractors to make some easy money.

3. Make sure the company is licensed, insured and bonded. You need to check if the contractor has the required permissions to work in your city and area, and they must be insured, as well. These are basic aspects that people often ignore while comparing the options.

4. Are they open to your ideas? A good and reliable general contractor will take the time to understand the needs, expectations and requirements of their clients. They will also discuss the ideas that you may have in mind, and depending on the practical aspects, they may suggest the right things.

5. Will they offer an estimate? As a client, you should be extremely careful about your choice of contractor, especially with regards to the estimate that they provide. Check if their prices are genuine and in sync with the standards. Getting an estimate is also important because you can compare the options.

6. Specialization counts. Always work with a contractor who …

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Some Thoughts on Custom Kitchen Remodeling Design and Kitchen Makeover

As the kitchen is the heart of a home and the focal point of most households, kitchen renovation is usually required every few years. For many, the kitchen is the most important part of the house. It is a place where the family congregates during daily meals, holiday entertaining and other activities, and as such, kitchen remodeling and makeover is one of the most common home remodeling jobs general contractors deal with. Having a kitchen that will meet your needs is not a luxury but rather a necessity … and in fact, with today's kitchen remodeling ideas, one does not need to spend a lot of money on custom kitchen remodeling design … even a simple kitchen makeover will suffice.

When planning a kitchen remodeling design a detailed plan must be drafted. In any kitchen renovation, whether it's a custom kitchen remodeling or a small kitchen makeover, the kitchen layout style should be well thought of and considered. The kitchen area must be utilized and allocated in the best possible way for all the basic appliances and utilities of a kitchen – the size and place of the stove, refrigerator, sink, dishwasher, cabinets, counter-top, and so on, is the first step in determining the kitchen's layout and design. Next, we consider which materials to use for each of the kitchen renovation features. For instance, for the counter top we can use marble, granite, tile, Formica and so on. The same goes for the cabinets, floor, walls and lightning, where the choice of materials is just as varied.

In addition, the plumbing and electricity of the new kitchen remodeling design may require some work & adjustments. You may want additional lights or more sinks and faucets for the kitchen makeover, especially if the kitchen area is large and it's a custom …

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