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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.

Color Blocking in Kitchens and Beyond

We all know when it comes to home décor, form follows fashion. So no big surprise that ever since color blocking returned to the fashion runway a couple of years ago, the trend is now showing up in a big way in kitchens and other rooms of the house. Not just for clothes anymore – it has moved from haute couture ateliers to our homes and can be transformative whether its with bold or subtle splashes of geometric color. Depending on your taste, you can go with dazzling color combinations or stick with blending neutral tones.

If you really want to make a strong statement go wild, even neon if you dare, but remember the design can turn overwhelming if there are too many dazzling shades competing for attention. While it’s okay to pair three intense colors, the safest formula that guarantees harmony and good balance is “one bright, one bold, one neutral.” The combination should attract attention, but remain easy on the eye.

Above, a kabi kitchen blends three different colors with ease by balancing the bold orange statement with two neutrals. In an open floor plan it works as the perfect visual centerpiece.
Sometimes all it takes is that one splash of bright color combined with white to add a welcome punch to your kitchen design. This kabi kitchen gets lots of notice in a long narrow duplex.
For a more subtle effect keep everything within the same color family such as blending mint cream, pistachio and sea green. You can also use colors from different families, where two could be neutrals and one could be a brighter shade or just go with two neutrals.

A high gloss laminate with silver accents grounds this kabi kitchen while the white upper cabinets serve to keep things light and airy. A great example of color blocking with a light touch.

Beyond the kitchen there are lots of fun ways to incorporate color blocking in your home. Dress up neutral sofas with a set of bright throw pillows in contrasting hues.

Or try adding color to a bedroom or bathroom with color-blocked curtains. The latter can really make a difference to an all white bathroom.

Denver Life Show House--Worth a Visit!

I had the opportunity to get a sneak peek at the Denver Life 2015 Designer Show House and it is a beautiful home filled with lots of terrific architecture, design and decorating ideas. Featuring 15 spaces designed by 13 interior design firms the 4,700 square foot home is well worth a visit. Located at 1535 S. Clayton the home makes a welcoming, contemporary statement in the Cory-Merrill neighborhood.

Brad Liber of Caliber Construction is a co-sponsor of the event as well as a kabi client.  To that end we were delighted when Brad and his design associate, Caylin Engle, specified kabi cabinets for just about every room in the house from the mudroom and kitchen to the laundry room and all the bathrooms.

The house is open to the public June 1-14 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm daily. All proceeds from the $15 entrance fee go directly to the benefit of Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver. Be sure and stop by and support this worthy cause and take home some great ideas for your own habitat.

Good looking dining room storage and white kitchen cabinets with a high gloss finish meld beautifully with the decor selected by local designers at the Denver Life 2015 Designer Show House. 

Conveniently located off the garage, the mudroom includes a place to sit down, remove and stow shoes, and even a handy water bowl for the family dog.