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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Dead space in a bathroom

What to do with dead space in a bathroom

Do you have dead space in a bathroom? Often times, the layout or design of a bathroom can result in awkward, empty space. This can leave the room looking dull and unfinished. No one wants that, especially when it comes to the most visited room in a home. There are a number of ways to fill this empty space and some of those include additional storage, added decor or both. Take a look at the below suggestions when it comes to ideas about extra square footage or empty wall space in a bathroom. Dead space in a bathroom? Hanging cabinets: If the empty space involves a wall, hanging cabinets would fill it nicely and offer storage. With towels, supplies and toiletries, there is always a need for more storage in a bathroom. If you go this route, ensure no one will hit their head on the cabinets when walking by.

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Popular trends in bathroom cabinetry

Throughout the decades, bathrooms have evolved into something of a sanctuary. Small, stale bathrooms of the 1970s are a far cry from the luxurious havens in modern homes. The bathroom is a place to prepare for the day ahead and a place to unwind at the end of many hours in a stimulating world. As you’re considering a bathroom renovation, there are numerous options in terms of cabinetry. Below are several popular trends when it comes to bathroom cabinets. Fluted, reeded or slatted panels: This is going to be a popular trend in the New Year. Currently, there are few of these panels on the market, so you may need to involve a professional cabinet maker, woodworker or builder. If you’re budget allows it, you won’t be disappointed in the aesthetics of these unique cabinets. Open shelving: Open shelving or floating shelves have become a popular trend in every room

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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!