Beaver Mountain Log Homes Kitchen Design Tips Kitchen Island

Kitchen Design Tips: Part 1

When you’re designing a kitchen, the sheer number of options can be overwhelming. Countertop choices, cabinet colors, design and layout – it’s a lot! To help make it easier for you, we asked Carol from Northeast Cabinet Center in Hawley PA for some tips and ideas! There’s a lot of great content, so we’re going to break it up into 2 blog posts.


A 2-can pull out cabinet for waste and recycling is fantastic.  This fits in a cabinet and can be pulled out when needed. It eliminates the need for separate garbage and recycling cans that not only take up a lot of space but also can get messy. Hiding them behind a beautiful cabinet door keeps your kitchen tidy and the floors clear!

Cooking and Baking Essentials Storage

Also consider adding in a  3-base cabinet next to your oven. The top drawer is not too deep for items such as potholders, cooking thermometers, etc. The next one is deep enough to organize plastic wraps, aluminum foil, baggies, etc.  In the bottom drawer, consider storing your kitchen towels. Making sure all of these items have “homes” will help cut your cleanup time and also makes everything easily accessible and at your fingertips when you need them!

Stand Mixer Lift

One of our favorite tricks for hiding a common yet oft-used appliance is a mixer lift.

The mixer lift fits inside a base cabinet to keep your countertop clutter free. After all, we spend a lot of money for a beautiful top we should really show it off!! When you need your stand mixer, you pull it up to the counter height and it locks in place (again leaving you space on the countertop to work). When you are finished you pull two lever releases and the mixer tucks neatly back into your base cabinet. You can also add a roll out drawer under the mixer to store baking supplies.

(Thanks to Northeast Cabinet Center for the photos!)