kabi, kabi everywhere

For a pair of Denver homeowners who love to cook and entertain their new kitchen answered every conceivable need and then some. For starters, an oversized island with an induction stove top is the ideal gathering place for sipping wine and watching the home chefs make magic.

The sink wall is flanked by wall ovens on one end and a refrigerator and wine cooler on the other. And when that's not enough space, an industrial style barn door slides to hide a catering kitchen where food prep can take place with messes kept out of sight.

All this plays out against a backdrop of kabi cabinets topped with a winning combination of high gloss acrylic and flat laminate finishes.

But the owners didn't stop there. They continued the fresh look of frameless cabinets on the upper level bar where the gray pattern on the drawers and door complement a metallic sheen on the custom shelves. 

Finally, the bath vanity with its high gloss finish adds a touch of elegance and sophistication to the master suite.



Award Winning House Features kabi Cabinets

In 2011 kabi modern kitchen and bath cabinets was offered the opportunity to collaborate with a team from the Museum of Outdoor Art in Denver on a unique residential project being constructed in a New Mexico desert locale.  Named  Element House, the kitchen, bathroom and storage spaces we created were in keeping with the home’s modern, modular, off the grid design.

Since its completion in 2015 the house, designed by New York’s MOS Architects, has received numerous awards including the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Architecture Design Award, and being named Architectural Record’s House of the month. It has also been widely published in Architect Magazine, Outside Magazine Online, and the Denver Post to name a few. We are honored to have been part of such a prestigious project.

The Element House prototype is scheduled to open to visitors sometime in the near future. For further updates and more information about the project please visit elementhouse.org.  In the meantime please enjoy the photos of this exciting forward-thinking residence.


going modern in wyoming

In 1954 Tracy McCracken, the one-time newspaper owner and Wyoming Democratic chairman, built a home in Cheyenne. Through the years he entertained the likes of Harry Truman and John Kennedy at his classic ranch and if the walls of his galley kitchen lined with yellow and fuchsia metal cabinets fashionable in the day could talk, they would have some great tales to tell.

Fast forward to our century and the current owners who preserved features like the original terrazzo floors but finally determined a major kitchen overhaul was unavoidable. (Make note of the before image in the photo gallery). Determined to keep the existing galley imprint they modernized with high gloss acrylic kabi cabinets--a fresh take on the high sheen on the metal units they were replacing. Other improvements include a host of custom drawer and cabinet features, a built in bench, and display shelving. The sheen of the turquoise doors and drawers combined with brushed aluminum upper cabinets result in a high functioning and beautiful 21st century kitchen with a mid-century modern mindset. 

We are in Colorado Homes and Lifestyles

The current issue of Colorado Homes & Lifestyles includes a feature titled: "9 Beautiful Baths. " We are delighted that a project with a gorgeous vanity decked out with kabi cabinets was among those selected.

No question this vanity is a knock out but it's just one of many bathrooms projects we've completed in recent months.  So if it's inspiration you are after here are some great ideas for master baths, kid's baths and powder rooms all designed with kabi cabinets.

Master Baths 

Powder Rooms

Kid's Bathrooms

Come See Us on the Boulder Kitchen Tour

A blend of three cabinet finishes and lots of custom features make this a must see kitchen.

We are once again delighted to be a sponsor of the I Have A Dream Foundation Kitchen Tour in Boulder.  To view this fabulous kabi project in person please visit us at 890 Yale Avenue where a kabi representative will be on hand to walk you through all the exciting aspects of this fantastic remodel. Thanks to a thoughtful blending of three different cabinet finishes and a vast array of custom features this kitchen brims with individuality and personality. Stop by and see for yourself and enjoy a tasty dessert as well. 

All proceeds go to the I Have A Dream Foundation whose mission is to help children from low-income areas achieve their education and career goals by providing long-term personal and academic support, tutoring, mentoring and four-year tuition-assistance scholarships to each graduating student. 

Valentine's Day Promo!!!


In honor of Valentine’s Day we want to show our appreciation. 

Close one, two or three complete kitchen orders between now and March 31st and win one of the following fabulous prizes:

·      One Kitchen = A Bose Soundlink Bluetooth Speaker

·      Two Kitchens = $350 Cherry Creek Mall Gift Certificate

·      Three Kitchens = $1000 Gift Card for the Broadmoor Hotel, good for lodging and dining at the Colorado Springs resort.

Contest details:  To qualify your kitchen order must be a complete kitchen. Note that add ons to a previous order such as islands, additional base, wall or tall cabinets and accessories do not qualify as a complete kitchen order. Orders must have a proper sign-off with the initial 50% payment received by the end of business on March 31st.
There is no limit to the number of winners. Questions? Call: 303.862.3563.

Best of Houzz 2016


Awarded Best Of Houzz 2016

We are delighted to announce that kabi has been awarded “Best of Customer Service on Houzz®" for the second year in a row. Only 3 percent of the professionals on Houzz receive this designation.  Our company was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

“We are honored to receive this award that speaks to kabi's ongoing commitment to providing exceptional customer service to our client base that includes interior designers, architects, builders, developers and end users,” says Steve Johnson, kabi President.  “It’s something every member of our team takes very seriously.”

We'd also like to say thank you to all our clients for your ongoing support and for helping us bring kabi cabinets into the so many lives and so many homes.

Time to Get Organized

It wasn’t that long ago when kitchen cabinets were considered well-equipped if they included a lazy Susan and a built-in spice rack. Thank goodness those days are over and the storage options for everything from doors that open to reveal sliding drawers for pots and pans, holders for recycling and garbage bins, and racks for canned and dry goods are readily available. Drawer inserts can be set up to hold dishes, silverware or cutlery and there are highly efficient corner units with shelves that glide out to make items easily accessible. So if your New Year's resolution list includes getting organized and you have plans for a new or remodeled kitchen, 2016 is going to be your year.

What follows is just a sampling of the latest and greatest kitchen storage ideas, all available when you design your kabi kitchen. Next time you are in our showroom be sure and ask a member of our design team to walk you through these and the myriad of other possibilities.

Dishes and Glasses
In lieu of overhead cabinets that can make a kitchen feel small, storage drawers are trending big right now. This one easily handles service for eight and includes a flexible system that adjusts to the size of your bowls and plates.

Similarly, this drawer is outfitted with an adjustable system for stowing drinking glasses. 

Pots and Pans
Gone are the days of digging around in the back of a cabinet to pull out the perfect saucepan. Thanks to this sliding drawer system you can arrange your pots and lids for easy access.

A place for everything and everything in its place is our motto when it comes to flatware and those other items you want in full view.

By By Susan

I hate to pick on those old lazy Susans but I'm sure there are items that fell off the back of those twenty years ago that are still there. You'll never have that problem with either of the storage systems shown below. Notice how they both handle all kinds of small appliances with ease.

Spices Never Had It So Good
Behold the new slide out spice drawers. So much more fun than digging around for the oregano in the back of a traditional cabinet.

Coffee or Tea Time
These stacked sliding drawers guarantee you'll never go hunting for cups or tea bags again.

Lighten Up

They call it Daylight Savings Time but for most of us turning back the clocks this time of year just signals a decent into darkness. But just because the sun is setting earlier outside doesn’t mean you can’t turn up the wattage inside. And if there’s one place that lighting is a critical variable, it’s in the kitchen. No longer a place where we just prepare meals, most kitchens multitask as entertainment centers and homework central and no one kind of lighting can handle all these functions.

That said, the number of fixtures your space needs will depend on the size, layout and look of your kitchen—for example taller ceilings and darker finishes call for more light. In fact, according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association, a kitchen with dark surfaces needs about one-third more light than one with lighter surfaces. Keeping that in mind, here are some basic rules of thumb for lighting:

TASK LIGHTING. Critical for cooking surfaces, at the sink, over the counters, and over any table or work surface, fixtures over these areas should be placed about 30 inches above an island, peninsula or table but might be higher if you are taller or are placing the light over a raised surface.

Sometime all it takes is one fabulous pendant to light your table or island and make a fabulous statement.
Thoughtfully placed task lighting brightens the food prep and cooking area.

RECESSED (CAN) LIGHTS.  These provide ambient lighting, should be 24-42 inches apart, and should work to light the entire room, not just areas without task lights.

Well place recessed lighting combined with natural daylighting brings this kitchen to life.  

LAYERING IS ESSENTIAL. Good lighting design does not rely on just one type of light source.  Mixing ambient, task, decorative, and natural light will guarantee you kitchen has a warm welcoming glow no matter what the season.

Thanks to a combination of pendant lights over the island, recessed cans, and under cabinet task lighting this kitchen shines bright even after the sun has gone down.

Since 2011 the traditional incandescent light bulb is being phased out in favor of more energy efficient brands but understanding what’s watt while making the conversion can be confusing. Here’s a quick reference guide:

100-watt bulbs
To replace your traditional 100-watt incandescent bulb, you have three options for creating a similar amount of light:
  • Halogen: 72 watts, 1490 lumens
  • CFL (Compact Florescent) 26 watts, 1,600 lumens
  • LED:  12 watts, 800 lumens** 

So what's a lumen?  A measure of brightness that indicates the amount of light produced. This is now how we quantify lightbulb output.