2020 Kitchen & Bath Contest: Kandrac & Kole Interior Design
Joann Kandrac, Kandrac & Kole Interior Design
1) What is your official title and do you have any special design qualifications? Joann Kandrac, Principal Designer and co-founder, Kelly Kole, Principal Designer and co-founder. We are members of NKBA and Kelly is Allied ASID
2) How long have you been designing kitchens and baths? 15 years
3) What was the most challenging part of this design? The original kitchen had 12” white tile flooring. The contractor did a great job of seamlessly getting the hardwood flooring to match the stain in the adjoining rooms.
4) What were the client’s needs for this kitchen and in the end their favorite feature(s) of this design? A more updated and functional space for cooking and a bar/beverage station. In the end their favorite feature was the ability to “customize”everything. They were not used to having exactly what they wanted where they wanted it. Even though they had a lot of cabinetry it was not being used to it’s full potential.
5) What is your general design philosophy when it comes to kitchens/bathrooms? Customize as much as you can so it works for the way YOU cook, function and live.
6) Did you have a special look, feeling, or feature in mind when crafting this space or what was your inspiration? We wanted to give the client’s a timeless look and used a black, white and linen palette. Our inspiration was the gorgeous mosaic tile on the backsplash that was installed to the ceiling.
7) Please list four manufacturers of pieces in your design (lighting, cabinets, tile, vanity, etc). Ceasarstone for Countertops, Prosource Wholesale for tile and backsplash, Cabinet Resources for Kitchen Design and Cabinets, Atlanta Remodeling and Construction (contractor) Currey and Company for chandelier over the table, Murray Feiss for Island Pendants and Sconces over the window from Crystorama. Faucet by Brizo, Silgranit Sink by Blanco, refrigerator hardware by Emteck, cabinet hardware by Top Knobs, Appliances by Subzero Wolf
8) What is the square footage of this design (it doesn’t have to be exact you can estimate)? 400 sf
9) Can you give homeowner’s three tips to help create a similar design? Create a palette that you can live with for a long time, invest in a fabulous backsplash, it’s not that large of an area and you can get a big bang for your buck, Select kitchen pendants larger that what you’re used to.
10) What is a common mistake homeowners make when redesigning their kitchen/bath? Not seeking help from professionals to help with selections, whether it be with a designer or showroom. They can steer you in the right direction in terms of quality, style and overall kitchen design.