LATEST NEWS IN CABINTRY & RENOVATION

What is a contemporary cabinet design?

If you are about to embark on a kitchen renovation or break ground on a new home, you may be wondering what contemporary cabinets are. Selecting cabinets when building a new home or renovating a kitchen can be a daunting task. There are numerous options when it comes to style, color, paneling, embellishments, hardware, or whether the cabinets are stock, semi stock, or fully custom. This is why it’s helpful to secure the services of a kitchen designer who can guide you through the process. Contemporary cabinet design can sometimes be confused with a modern style, but contemporary kitchen cabinets are less angular and flush. Unlike a modern style which actually refers to a historical design movement and encompasses specific elements, contemporary means “in the now.” Since it pertains to current trends, contemporary kitchens are ever-evolving, although they always maintain a few key features. As you begin to collect ideas for

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Cabinetry – Function & Design in Your Home

If you’ve ever built a home or renovated an entire room, you understand how complicated and cumbersome the process of selecting, buying, and installing cabinets can be. Cabinets make up a significant portion of a renovation budget as well as a significant portion of the actual space in your kitchen. Therefore, all decisions  have to be thoroughly considered. Many homeowners find it more efficient to hire a kitchen and bath designer, as opposed to doing everything on their own. A designer possesses knowledge and expertise that will help prevent mistakes or delays. They serve as the project manager for the renovation.  Whether you use a designer or not, there are a handful of things to consider when ordering cabinets for your new space. The kitchen is the most utilized room in a home. It’s where memories are made, so you want to make sure it’s exactly as you’ve envisioned.  Factors

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What adds the most value to a home during renovation?

When people buy an existing home, they often create a list of things they would like to one day change. It’s usually the recommendation to live in a space for at least a year before making any significant modifications. This allows you to really assess the home and decide what you like and what you do not like. Your conclusions could surprise you.  You may enjoy elements you thought you wouldn’t or want to get rid of features that at first seemed appealing. Whatever the reasoning, a significant number of people renovate at least one part of their home after they purchase the property. The most popular rooms to renovate are bathrooms and kitchens, but do these have the most significant ROI? Further, it doesn’t necessarily need to be an entire room renovation to significantly increase the value.  In today’s Braemar post, we offer some information about what adds the

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How to Pick the Best Bathroom Vanity Lighting

Lighting makes a big difference in a bathroom. No one wants a piercing, abrasive light when trying to get ready for the day or wind down in the evening. The best option is to have a variety of lighting for the myriad of needs required from a bathroom. Additionally, the vanity is a very important component of a bathroom but is often overlooked for other more obvious elements. Along with the vanity comes lighting. Whether you’re building a new home or renovating an existing space, one needs to know how to pick the best bathroom vanity lighting. No matter the room, lighting is the focal point and affects the ambiance of the space. When deciding on this very important lighting, we have several tips to offer.  Shape: Vanity lights come in a variety of shapes, which is primarily determined by their width. These include bar, globe, cage, shaded, scone and

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How to organize a house with storage space

Some people perceive feng shui as a woo woo philosophy. However, there is certainly something to be said about the design, shape and organization of a room having an effect on the person’s experience of the space. Few people can deny that it feels wonderful to have an organized house. Psychologists say that outer order brings inner calm, and since we spend a significant portion of time in our homes, it would make sense that we would want them to be organized. With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s easy for a home to quickly get cluttered and disorganized. The good news is by doing just a little bit every day.  Declutter: This should always be step one when organizing your home. Before you can begin organization, you need to purge unnecessary items, which are items that are no longer used or loved. This is a challenge for

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Do new cabinets add value to a home before selling? 

Anyone who has built a new home or underwent a renovation project knows that decisions surrounding cabinets are significant. Gone are the days where there were a mere handful of cabinet styles and wood types. Now, the selections are vast and complicated. It helps to have the guidance of an experienced designer to navigate the process.  The good news is there is long-term payoff when new cabinets are added to a home. Updating cabinetry is a surefire way to not only increase aesthetics but also value. Once you make the decision to upgrade your cabinetry, there are a set of new decisions to be made. Below are several tips to help you get from point A to point B with optimism.  Replacing vs. refacing: The age of your kitchen typically determines much of what you should or could do with your existing cabinets. If you have an older home with

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Reasons to personalize your design in a kitchen or bath

Personalize the Design of your Kitchen: Kitchen and baths are the most visited spaces in a home by both guests and homeowners. With that thought in mind, it makes sense to personalize these rooms to the tastes and needs of the people who use them frequently. Below are several reasons to personalize kitchen and bath design.  Create an experience: No matter how large your house may be or how many other entertainment spaces you have, everyone ends up congregating in the kitchen. It’s important that this room feels cozy and festive because your guests will better remember the experience. Consider lighting, seating arrangements and other elements like fresh flowers or fluid movement from inside to outside. Similarly, you want the bathroom to feel comforting. One easy way to do this is to ensure temperature regulation is maintained in the restroom. No guest wants to visit a frigid bathroom. Also consider

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The Life Art of Cabinetry

A home is one of the biggest investments a person will make. Further, renovations and remodeling will take significant time and money down the road. Both of these endeavors place emphasis on cabinetry in every room, but especially the kitchen. The artistic history of cabinets goes back to Italy during the late Renaissance period. In many parts of Europe, cabinets became the most decadent pieces of furniture with great displays of carving inlay gilding and other artistic work. Some cabinets were placed on stands and others on chests. By the mid-1920s, several American manufacturers were marketing cabinets and other millwork that could be joined to create a unified appearance in a kitchen. Throughout the decades, manufacturers began moving away from fully custom cabinets and began offering semi-custom and stock cabinets. This reduced cost and improved installation efficiency. However, many homeowners still prefer true custom cabinets. Below are several reasons to

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Are cabinet upgrades worth it?

Cabinets have stood the test of time and have always been the most significant component of a kitchen. After living with the same cabinetry for many years, you may become bored with them and crave something more modern or uniquet. This is when you must decide if a cabinet upgrade is worth it. The Braemar designers are experts at kitchen design and product selection. We work with clients on an individual basis and strive to understand the homeowners’ needs and wants. Below are five reasons we feel a cabinet upgrade is worth the money and the time. Changes the overall look: If your kitchen is starting to feel boring or outdated, you don’t necessarily have to remodel the entire space. Merely changing out the cabinets will make the entire room look more stylish and inviting. If you only have enough budget to do one thing in your kitchen, new cabinets

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The most popular styles of cabinets

The kitchen is considered the heart of the home. It’s the place where family and friends fuel, relax and rejuvenate. Furthermore, have you noticed that at every home gathering or celebration, everyone tends to congregate in the kitchen? For these reasons and others, it’s important that the kitchen is the way you want it. When renovating a kitchen, cabinets are a large percentage of the overall budget. They also provide the bulk of storage and organization within this space. With so many options on today’s market, it’s often helpful to have a designer or cabinet specialist guide you through the process. Today we offer helpful information on the most popular styles of cabinetry. Remember that while the box of the cabinet is larger than the door, it’s the door that is front facing, so the differences between each type of cabinetry focus primarily on the doors. When you’re ready to

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Designer for Braemar Cabinetry

When it comes to incorporating cabinetry into your space, we know our stuff! We believe it is time for us to share our knowledge with the world and inspire others to turn their house into a home by maximizing the space you have through design, renovation, and expansion. Whether you are looking for the latest trends and styles, advice on how to select cabinets, solutions for space planning or just general cabinetry  knowledge, we have got you covered.  Have a question not answered in our blogs, feel free to reach out to us. We are always here to help!