Benefits of a Man Cave

With football season in full swing, the menfolk are attached to the TV every Thursday, Saturday, and whatever other day football may be playing on the tube. At this time of year, men are craving their own spaces, especially when women and children consume other part of the home. With this thought in mind, the Braemar team felt it was a great time to talk about man caves. Is the man in your home fortunate enough to have one of these luxury spaces? It may be a detached building, basement room, attic spot, or neglected garage space. Whatever it is, a man cave is a place where the men isolate themselves to watch sports, drink beverages, eat junk food, play games, use technology, and do whatever else floats their boat. Even though man caves sound self-indulgent and unnecessary, there are apparently a number of advantages to having one of these

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Storage Cabinetry for Office

Stay Organized During the Back-to-School Hoopla

The back-to-school season is in full swing all over the country. From billboards to commercials to community events, everyone is promoting this fun and exciting time of year. With that being said, the start of school can quickly feel chaotic if a family doesn’t stay on top of things at home. A great way to ensure everyone feels calm during this season is to use storage units and cabinets to sort, store, and organize school supplies, backpacks, sports gear, paperwork, and other items. Below are a few tips to stay organized as your students begin a new school year. Utilize a Drop-Off Zone All children need a place to drop backpacks, sports gear, band instruments, and other items as soon as they walk in the door. Some homes have a mudroom that’s great for this purpose. Other families use the garage if it’s directly adjacent to a living space. If

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Benefits of a Playroom

If you have children in your home, a playroom is a space from which everyone can benefit. With a little forethought and planning, even the smallest of homes can be fitted for a playroom. Some families even choose to have the kids share a bedroom so a second or third bedroom can become a playroom. Once you’ve decided where in the house the playroom can be, the team at Braemar can help you design this new and exciting space. Below we offer several benefits of having a playroom in the home. Benefits of a Playroom 1). Space conditioning: Interestingly, having toys in a child’s bedroom can negatively affect the ability to go to sleep. Children are conditioned to play and explore when they see toys, art supplies, building blocks and puzzles. When all of these items are in a bedroom, it’s often hard for children to wind down and feel

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5 Tips for Beach Cottage Renovation

There’s nothing more relaxing than taking time during the summer months to relax on the coast. The seashore has offered rejuvenation and relaxation for generations of people. Little else soothes the spirit like the sound of the waves and the sea breeze. Those of you who own beach homes or cottages know how important it is to keep them updated and renovated. While the coast is a glorious place to spend some time, the salty air, water, humidity and sand can wreak havoc beach houses. First and foremost, be sure you are taking care of the foundation, plumbing, and bones of your home. Also,  most people rent out their beach homes or cottages, so it’s important to modernize the house and equip the place with solid furniture, cabinets and storage. With these thoughts in mind, below are some tips when renovating your beach house or cottage. 5 Tips to Consider

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Benefits to Having a Mudroom

Individuals who have become accustomed to a mudroom know the value of a space such as this. Families use this type of area for different purposes but traditionally, a mudroom is a space or room where outerwear and footwear can be removed before people enter the general living area of a home. This alleviates potential clutter and dirt that could accumulate in the nicer parts of a house. It’s a buffer zone, so to speak, between outdoor elements and indoor living. Families with young children treasure this space tremendously as it provides a place for muddy cleats, sports equipment, umbrellas and other gear that otherwise could get thrown on the couch or dining room table. Young professionals may use this space for computer bags, satchels, shoes, overcoats and rain boots. Older couples or retirees often use a mudroom for gardening and golf equipment. This space is beneficial to all ages

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Create the Perfect Work-At-Home Space

Today more than ever, individuals are working from home. Along with the Internet, Skype, social media, telecasting and other types of technology, came the ability to create a career remotely without the need to enter an office building. But anyone who works from  home will tell you that while it’s nice to occasionally work in pajamas and to have a flexible schedule, an adequate work-at-home space is essential to productivity and success. According to a Forbes article, 30 million Americans work from a home office at least once a week, and that number is expected to continually increase. With so many folks working from their homes, it’s more important than ever to know how to create an adequate work-at-home space. Below are some home office setup ideas to help you get started. Differentiate your work space from your home space: It’s so easy to get distracted when working from home.

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Make Gardening Easier with Storage Solutions

It’s that gorgeous time of year where flowers and produce are blooming all over the place. Those tiny tomato and cucumber buds we planted in early May are beginning to sprout delicious fruits and flowers. Whether you’re one who plants very little each year or you’re a person who spends days planting a number of seeds and buds, gardening is an undertaking. Like any other hobby or activity, gardening is easier when one is organized and has necessary tools and supplies nearby. Real Simple magazine offers several tips for newbies and experienced gardeners to make the process more efficient and simple. Following these suggestions will greatly increase your likelihood of gardening bliss. 1). Know your region: Contrary to popular belief, not everything grows everywhere. Find out what grows best in your region and decide on several options. 2). Test your soil: You can do this by sending a sample to

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6 Tips to Enhance Curb Appeal

First impressions are not only important when meeting other human beings; they are also important when trying to sell a home. According to the National Association of Realtors, 63 percent of potential home buyers will drive by a house after viewing it online or seeing it in a print ad. What will they see when looking at the exterior of your home? Before putting your home on the market, ensure that the outside aesthetics are pleasing to the eye. In fact, sprucing up front door curb appeal should be top priority. Once that is accomplished, you can begin renovating and remodeling the inside. Before any potential home buyers will actually walk in the door, they want to be pleased with what they see on the outside. Today we offer you several tips to help create a lovely, clean curb appeal. Tips to Enhance Curb Appeal 1). Assess the situation: Before

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Let Storage Solutions Help You Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

Does your family strive to reduce, reuse and recycle? If so, kudos to you! It’s a well-known fact that our earth is a finite resource, so the more people taking care of it, the better. Whether it’s oil, natural gas, or fresh water, there’s only so much to go around. Additionally, pollution and waste that never biodegrades also contributes to the decline of our earth’s natural bounty. With all of that being said, thousands of people are still not reducing, reusing and recycling. If you’re one of those people, the team at Braemar can help you, and if you are already working to protect our earth, we can make your efforts more efficient. But first, we want to share some interesting points as to why some people are still choosing not to recycle. Top Reasons Many People Don’t Recycle No personal incentive It’s inconvenient Lack of desire to be “green”

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Braemar Showcases Masterbrand Cabinets: Schrock

At Braemar, we represent the absolute best in kitchen cabinets. We partner with Masterbrand to provide our clients with quality products. Currently, we offer cabinetry from Schrock, Decora′ and KitchenCraft. While each brand presents a different style, all three are renown in the industry and honor a tradition of manufacturing well-crafted, highly-functional products. Throughout a series of upcoming blog posts, we’ll feature each of our three brands. Today we highlight Schrock,  a leader in schrock cabinetry founded in 1961. For five decades, this brand has manufactured stunning cabinets with skill and care. The Schrock legacy begins five decades ago when two brothers from a town in Arthur, Illinois had a vision to manufacture kitchen and bathroom cabinets with the same handcrafted care as their Amish neighbors. Schrock Brothers Manufacturing was then formed, and while the name has changed to Schrock Cabinetry, the brand is still committed to the excellence of

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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!