Attention to detail and expertise are hallmarks of Kitchen Studio: Kansas City.

These designers listen to what you want when it comes to your cooking, living and lifestyle needs, then custom builds your dream.

Article by Judy Goppert

Photography by Janie Jones and Matt Kocourek Photography

Originally published in Leawood City Lifestyle

When you are ready to tailor your kitchen or bath to suit your world, it is time to call Sue Shinneman, CKD, Designer and Owner of Kitchen Studio: Kansas City. She has owned the business for 14 years, having worked at a variety of other kitchen design studios prior to venturing out on her own.

Custom design is her cup of tea! 

“When working with our clients, we assess in the home, their wants and needs. We have done many customized storage options for clients,” she says. “We base each design on how individual homeowners cook or don’t cook, how they use their kitchen and how they live in their kitchen. More and more people are wanting specialized types of storage aids, functionality is a very important aspect of the kitchen.”

The designers talk through all aspects of the kitchen and discern how the client stores their equipment, their food, spices, oils and tons of water bottles. For example, they can create a baking center with pocket doors to close off messy areas, and if a person has a Kitchenaid mixer, it can install on a customized lift in the cabinet, so the whole mixer and lift go back inside the cabinet. No more lifting and taking up counter space.

“People often don’t want to have utensils in crocks on counters. We can design a pullout unit inside a cabinet with containers for utensils and different types of knife storage,” she says. “Knives fit down in a synthetic material that doesn’t dull the knife. You simply grab the handle and pull them out.”

Another popular design aspect is pet considerations. Pullouts with sealed containers for dog food, food and water bowls built into a drawer in the toe kick can then be pushed back in out of the way. Also, building in the dog kennel under the island, out of sight.

“People are spending money to make their pet’s life better!” she says.

They also turn master baths into more personalized spaces, as with kitchens. Installing pullouts with metal containers for housing curling irons. straighteners and blow dryers, even when they are hot. They can be left plugged in when you shut the cabinet. Specialty medicine cabinets with interior electrical outlets, USB outlets and lock boxes for medicines.

“Kitchen Studio: Kansas City is the exclusive dealer in the Kansas City area of two popular cabinet lines, including Rutt Handcrafted Cabinetry, which is made in Pennsylvania, and Siematic Cabinetry, a German line,” she says. “We are truly a full-service, mid to high-end design company, and can provide everything from cabinets, countertops, appliances, plumbing, lighting fixtures, tile flooring and more.”

Sue emphasizes that as a small firm, when you call you will speak to the person who will follow your job from initial contact to finished masterpiece. This personal service and approach are what has made her company strong and vital to the community.

Kitchen Studio: Kansas City is located at 520 Avenida Cesar E. Chavez, Kansas City, MO 64108. Visit kitchenstudiokc.com or call 816-221-3111 for more information.

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