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Touching things is so 2019.  Because of Covid-19, home design is moving quickly towards touch free operations.  Why add extra surfaces to sanitize?  Now you can use a wave or your hand, voice control or proximity sensors to put everyday tasks in motion.  Here are a few of our favorites!

Faucets

Kohler Sensate Touchless Pull-Down Sink Faucet

We mentioned faucets in last month’s blog about the New Normal for Your Home.  It’s still at the top of our list, such an easy and relatively inexpensive addition to any kitchen that will reduce the spread of germs.

 

Pressure Push Cabinet Latch

Pass on hardware and opt for an easy to operate push latch that can open cabinet doors with a touch of the knee or hand.

 

 

Trash Cans

They can be messy under the best conditions, so why not use a wave of your hand or even voice control for an assist when your hands are full.

 

Paper Towel Dispenser

And now that paper towels are back in stock, wouldn’t it be nice to have this touch free dispenser?

Soap Dispensers

Frequent hand washing makes the soap dispenser another hotbed for germs, add the smooth operation of a touchless dispenser to your wish list.  This can also be used for hand sanitizer!

 

Refrigerator and Wine Cooler Doors

If you’re in the market for a new refrigerator be sure to check out the technology that allows you to look inside with a knock on the window or open the door with a proximity sensor at your foot.

 

Water Closets aka the Toilet

American Standard Clean Activate Touchless

Perhaps the best idea yet, a motion activated system for your toilet.  Your existing tank can even be retrofitted with a touchless flush kit.

Mirror Mirror

Moving into the bath, this mirror lights up when it senses you’re near and it has the most flattering light!

 

Hey Alexa & Ok Google

 

 

And let’s not forget to incorporate some of the home systems that can be run by Alexa or Google Assist.  Another easy way  to take advantage of hands free operations for everything from the coffee machine to lighting.

 

 

Our showroom is under renovation so we can bring you the latest products and ideas for your kitchen and bath!  Until then explore our beautifully designed cabinetry here!

And call us when you need inspiration for storage in every room of your home!

201 Geneva National Ave S

Lake Geneva, WI

262-245-9600

 

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The design process is evolving and adapting to our need for protection from the Covid-19 pandemic.  Kitchens are often the gateway to our homes, so this is the place to be most diligent about cleanliness in order to safeguard our well-being.  While we don’t want our homes to reflect sterile clinical environments, there are some changes we can make to help control the spread of virus and bacteria.  Many of these ideas are not new, but they are most suitable for today’s challenges.

Landing Zone & Sanitation Station

Designate a drop zone at the entry point of your home.  Whether at the front door or the mudroom, it will serve as a landing pad for items waiting to be disinfected.  It should have an easy to clean, non porous surface, something that will not be harmed by disinfecting liquids and sprays.  Shoes, keys, face masks, phone and credit cards can sit here while waiting for treatment.  Keep sanitizing wipes and disinfectant spray right here, along with a means for disposal.  If there is a window for natural sunlight and ventilation, all the better.

Non-Porous Countertops

As luck would have it, quartz materials have grown in popularity the last few years.  Beautiful and nonporous, these materials are ready to support your mission for clean and easy-to-maintain surfaces.  Any sleek smooth design will eliminate crevices for germs to breed.   There are even some products with  antimicrobial properties baked in.  See some of our options here.

Copper Magic

Copper is making a comeback with it’s ability to kill bacteria on contact and viruses within hours.  It has long been a respected material in hospitals and medical environments.   Now is the time for this lovely living finish to make an appearance in your home.  We absolutely love this demonstration by Native Trails showing the healing properties of copper.   Many believe copper also has spiritual powers.  Either way, taking care of germs is good enough for us.

Touchless Faucets

The touchless faucet has been elevated from novelty to necessity.  The germ protection capabilities are easy to see, but it also saves water.  This model by Kohler even has temperature memory that will return to your last setting.

 

Versatile & Multifunctional Spaces

Plato Cabinetry, Interior Design by Judy Bethel

Without a doubt this virus has taught us the importance of being able to adapt our homes and accommodate unexpected change.  Working from home, e-learning and at-home workouts can co-exist in the same space with some advanced planning.  We know this can be tough, but let’s try to enjoy the togetherness for now.   We will be returning to the normal pace of the life soon.

Although no one action can guarantee that we will remain virus-free, it doesn’t hurt to arm your home with the tools that can increase your ability to clean and sanitize, now and in the future.

Explore more of our beautifully designed cabinetry here!

And call us when you need inspiration for storage in every room of your home!

201 Geneva National Ave S

Lake Geneva, WI

262-245-9600

 

 

 

It is such an honor when the writers at Houzz hand pick our projects to be featured in their editorial ideabooks. Take a look at all of these relaxing baths and be sure to notice the special features we included in bath #9!

 

 

As part of a home remodel by Lowell Custom Homes, Geneva Cabinet Company was selected to design and provide cabinetry for the kitchen, baths and laundry of a lovely French Country style home.

In the master bath we feature an overall crisp white impression with luxury finishes and plenty of storage. The double vanity is created with custom cabinetry from Plato Woodwork, Inc using the Newport style door with concealed soft close hinges in an Arctic White painted finish.

Countertops are Carrera Extra Marble from Levantina in Bensenville, IL. The natural stone countertop and tub deck with a 3cm ogee edge was fabricated by Old World Stone in Huntley, IL. The most flattering illumination is provided by a combination of recessed lighting and shaded sconces mounted to the mirror. The gorgous tile is from Bella Tile & Stone, our neighboring showroom in Lake Geneva, WI.

While the master bath was showcased, you will not want to miss the rest of the cabinetry design in this lovely home.

Plato Woodwork, Inc. cabinetry is featured in the kitchen as well. We contrast the perimeter Dove White painted cabinetry with a walnut island. Difiniti Quartz countertops in the color Viarreggio were selected for the kitchen.

And the laundry room of this home is equally impressive. The same high quality Plato Woodworking products are used for durability in the hardest working room of the home. This absolutely bring beauty and impressive quality to everyday housekeeping and laundry tasks!

To see the details of this home’s impressive cabinetry click here

 

And to see the entire home built by Lowell Custom Homes click here.

Our designers are ready to help with your home improvements, no matter what room you’re updating!

We are delighted to work directly with homeowners or with design specialists.

262-245-9600

201 Geneva National Ave. S.

Lake Geneva, WI 53147

Others who contributed to the success of this project

Lowell Custom Homes

Plato Woodwork, Inc.

JC Plumbing & Heating

Bella Tile & Stone

Carrera Extra Marble from Levantina Stone Center & Fabricated by Old World Stone

Also pictured is a Wolf Range and SubZero Refrigeration

Photography by Shanna Wolf S.Photography and Styling