Your Next Kitchen
Photos Courtesy of Kith Kitchens
Wendy and Jeff Ritchey founded their company, Next Kitchen and Bath, while preparing and cooking countless meals during quarantine. Jeff, a Georgia Southern graduate with a degree in building construction, is a licensed general contractor in more than 20 states. Wendy, an Athens native, was a designer for one of Atlanta’s premier residential design firms prior to having children.
Together, the couple has built and renovated multiple properties as their personal homes or investments. The one common problem they always came across was that cabinet companies were only focused on cabinets. They never offered a turn key solution. The Ritcheys wanted someone to coordinate the entire process, from demolition to touching up the paint.
Armed with experience, Next Kitchen and Bath was born. Their goal is simple – to help homeowners create their dream kitchen by going to a one-stop shop. NKB provides and installs cabinets, countertops, flooring, carpentry, closets, and everything else needed to completely handle your project.
The age in place kitchen is extremely popular. This style tends to create more multifunctional base cabinets using drawers with pullouts and organizers. Wall cabinets are replaced with floating shelves. Microwaves are placed in islands and dishwashers are elevated for ease of loading and unloading.
Another popular trend is utilizing frameless or “European” style cabinet boxes. While comparable in price to traditional framed cabinets, each box allows 10-15% more storage by eliminating the face frame.
Although finishes are always home owner specific, colors are back! You can never go wrong with the traditional white, but we are starting to see the popular navy blue is moving towards a darker green. The darker stains are trending back to natural.
Quartz is hot right now and should be. There are hundreds of different patterns and designs to choose from. It is extremely durable and kitchen safe. Our favorite brand is Cambria and it is all LEED certified!