Portland, Oregon (PRWEB) February 28, 2012

Through a series of three kitchen remodeling salons this spring and summer, Portland remodeler Hammer & Hand and interior design firm Bright Designlab will present insider insights about kitchen design and construction, debunk common remodeling myths, and facilitate a lively exchange with attendees about their plans, questions and dreams for kitchen remodeling. The salons will be held on April 26, May 22, and July 12 at the Retail Studio, in the heart of Portlands Pearl District.

Today the kitchen is the center of home life, said Daniel Thomas, CEO of Hammer & Hand. Its become a place for feeding, nurturing and communing the heart and the hearth of the home. So kitchen remodels demand elan from both designers and builders.

In the remodeling industry much has been made of the kitchen work triangle of sink, stove and refrigerator, fueled by the notion that the 1900s efficiency and time-motion study movements might be instructive to modern kitchen design. But this approach can ignore the fact that the home kitchen is more than just a place for food preparation. Gone are the days of the solitary cook preparing the family dinner in isolation.

Instead, the 21st century kitchen is the high-traffic focal point of the home. It provides the core functions of storing, cooking, and cleaning. But it’s also a bona fide living space in its own right, usually with multiple entry and exit points and inside/outside connections: a convergence of spatial and programmatic forces. It is this new reality that Hammer & Hand and Bright Designlab will explore through their kitchen salons.

After hundreds of remodels for Portland area homeowners, Hammer & Hand has learned a lot about kitchens and the needs and aspirations that our clients hold dear, said Thomas. Were looking forward to sharing our hard-won lessons and presenting inspiring examples of spaces that have really delivered functionally, spatially and aesthetically.

The salons will be held at the Retail Studio, a collaborative space designed by Bright Designlab and built by Hammer & Hand, located at 404 NW 10th Avenue, Suite 101 in Portland, Oregon. The free events will run 6-8pm on April 26, May 22 and July 12. Thomas will co-present with Leela Brightenberg of Bright Designlab, using the Studios show kitchen as an in-context teaching tool throughout the evening. Kitchen remodeling topics will include:

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