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Kitchen Design Trends for Fall 2020

With each new season, kitchen design trends tend to fluctuate. What’s big in spring might not be big by the time fall comes around. The design team at National Lumber wants to keep you updated on the newest trends to help you create a kitchen that’s perfect for your tastes and needs. Let’s check out the kitchen design trends for Fall 2020!

Gold Accent Colors

Gold and brushed bronze are becoming new accent color favorites in kitchen design. Color contrast helps bring out the beauty and craftsmanship of each kitchen. Gold and brushed bronze elements help draw the eye against a backdrop of bold blacks and whites.

Open Shelving

Kitchen designers today are brainstorming new ways to add individual flair to every item within your kitchen. Instead of hiding kitchen items behind cabinets, open shelving allows you to thoughtfully curate the look and feel of your kitchen with each accessory you include.

Embracing Blues

Woodharbor Cabinetry in Hale Navy

Gone are the days where traditional cabinetry in wood tones are the options most homeowners choose. Instead, colorful kitchens are blossoming. One of our favorites is the trend of blue cabinetry and countertops. Whether you want something darker and more muted, or popping with brightness, there are unique blue shades to choose from.

Kitchen Plate Racks

A kitchen classic is making a comeback. The plate rack is a great way to add a traditional flair to modern kitchens. The way the dishware is exposed also lets you add your own personal touches to the design of your kitchen, allowing for different plate styles to easily be swapped out with the season or mood.

Disguised Appliances

This awesome GIF comes from the SWEETEN blog.

If large stainless-steel appliances don’t suit your tastes, you’re in luck; there is an outstanding alternative. Different appliances such as your fridge and dishwasher can be disguised with cabinetry panels to unify the aesthetic of your entire kitchen. This is without a doubt one of the coolest kitchen design trends for Fall 2020.

Want to Put Kitchen Design Trends for Fall 2020 Into Action?

Then you should reach out to the Design Center by National Lumber. Our team of expert kitchen designers brings decades of experience to each project they help you craft. Each detail will be carefully considered to bring the kitchen of your dreams to life. Contact us today to get started on your kitchen project!

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Project Highlight

Project Highlight: Peabody Walk

National Lumber has the privilege of providing building materials to fantastic companies across the Baltimore and DC metro areas. These companies create projects of all scales and types. Today, we’d like to highlight one such project. Peabody Walk is a 22-unit apartment complex located in Charles Village, Baltimore, in progress by Urban Design Group & Urban Scene Development. We spoke with Patrick Lundberg, Design & Development Manager at UDG about their vision for the Peabody Walk project, and how it’s coming together.

About Urban Design Group

Urban Design Group is a Baltimore-based architecture & design firm that takes a different approach to creating a select number of its projects. Most construction involves a collaboration between separate entities: the owners who purchase the property, the architects who design the new build, and the contractors that bring that design to life. Instead of separating these three aspects, Urban Design Group & their internal team have the capability to control each of those facets in-house. Internally they perform as developer, architect, and general contractor on Peabody Walk, as well as other active and ongoing projects.

In its design work, UDG focuses on its specialties of historic preservation and urban infill through a variety of projects, in addition to new build properties. This work includes single and multi-family homes, commercial, and industrial builds, and renovations. They have worked on high-profile projects across Baltimore City, including the new build of the Merchant Point townhouses in Fells Point, historic preservation of the Patterson Park Lofts, and commercial construction of the Blueprint Robotics in the Canton Industrial Area.

About Peabody Walk

Peabody Walk is a new project by UDG & Urban Scene Development currently being built in Baltimore’s up-and-coming Charles Village neighborhood. The lumber for the project’s framing was supplied by National Lumber. Originally, the project was envisioned as 14 individual townhomes. However, over time the team at UDG assessed how best to maximize the site while preserving the space. Charles Village is an area with a strong rental market thanks to its proximity to Johns Hopkins University and varied transit options including I-83 and Penn Station. Thus, the decision was made to craft 22 apartment units instead.

Upon purchase, the area was a vacant lot and presented unique challenges to begin construction due to poor quality soil. This required the team to complete soil tests and foundation planning to get the project off the ground. A key to the approach of constructing Peabody Walk has been communication with the surrounding community and immediate neighbors of the new development. Peabody Walk is sandwiched between three blocks of existing rowhomes, so getting feedback from the residents was important to create something that’s right for the Remington community, including crafting more open space in-tune with the existing architecture of the area.

Unique Touches of Peabody Walk

The collaboration between the architecture and construction management facets of UDG’s internal team allows for unique touches that may not be featured in other similar multi-family projects. A design-forward philosophy ensures each detail is not only functional but adds a custom flair and character to the project. The apartments feature industrial bay windows that let natural light pour into each unit. The dark brickwork prioritizes quality and detail thanks to the masonry from South County Construction and brick supplier Potomac Valley Brick.

Work With National Lumber

National Lumber has provided building materials to several of Urban Design Group’s projects, including all of the framing lumber for Peabody Walk. Patrick Lundberg noted the UDG appreciated working with National Lumber as a fellow local business. He also highlighted the NL team’s ability to handle large capacity orders, offer a diverse selection of building materials, and ability to deliver building materials efficiently.

It has been a pleasure getting to work with Urban Design Group on their newest project, and we look forward to seeing the finished product. If you need the right materials for your next project, contact the team at National Lumber today.

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Lumber Market

Lumber Prices Begin to Fall

As we’ve explored in previous newsletters, 2020 has seen an unprecedented surge in lumber demand that has driven prices for lumber and building products to an all-time high. However, new reports indicate this trends looks to finally be slowing. Let’s dive into the current lumber market forecast.

Lumber Prices Finally Drop

September saw the industry reach its all-time high for the price of framing lumber, reaching $950 per thousand board feet. However, as of last week, that price has fallen to just over $750, a drop of nearly 20%. However, this is still an increase over prices in October of last year, where lumber peaked at just over $420 per thousand board feet.

What’s Responsible for This Trend?

Lumber is a notoriously seasonal market. Winter usually brings a downturn in demand for lumber products as construction projects slow. DIYers that helped feed the initial 2020 lumber demand spike have also begun to taper out with the colder weather. However, the market still is experiencing higher demand than this time last year for a variety of factors, including a surge in the homebuilding market, and vast forest fires that have limited lumber production across the Western US and Canada. Lumber prices begin to fall with each winter season, but the unique conditions of this year mean we can expect prices to fall slower than years past.

The Housing Market Remains Booming

Prices for residential construction are still on the upswing, including a 1.8% climb in for prices paid on residential construction goods in September, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. More staggering however is how 2020’s lumber boom has increased the prices paid for new homes. This unprecedented year has added as much as $16,000 to the price of a new home, as of August. Exceptional mortgage rates and huge demand across the US don’t look to be on the downturn as of yet. While lumber prices begin to fall approaching the winter, it still appears that they aren’t trending down as fast as they have in years past.

National Lumber Works With You to Provide the Building Materials You Need

At National Lumber, we’ve worked with builders throughout the unexpected ups and downs of the year to make sure they have the materials they need to keep creating fantastic projects. Reach out to our sales team today to get the lumber you need for your next build.