Guiding Clients To The Right Hardware For Their Kitchen

  The head-spinning number of decisions needed to model the kitchen makes it the most complex room in the home to design. In “The Kitchen Island“ post, we pose a number of questions to consider before designing what’s often the ‘heart’ of the kitchen. The same goes for choosing hardware. Some may like the look of doors and drawers with no hardware - and think they’re saving money. But over time, especially in active kitchens, oil and dirt from hands can eat away the finish (even when home owners are fastidious about washing their hands!). Narrow down the possibilities by learning how the kitchen will function. When cooking’s a passion, easy-to-grasp hardware that doesn’t snag clothing works best.  This style also applies to older residents and anyone who experiences sore or stiff joints. Knob styles work well in kitchens mostly used as a place to gather or where cooking isn’t a priority. The choices range from minimal design to ‘bling’. Here’s where individual taste really makes a statement. For families with toddlers, drop down handles are a good choice as they’re harder for little ones to operate. Another consideration is how wide drawers are. Hardware that’s too small not only gets lost, but may be inadequate to open the drawer. The accepted rule of thumb is to use two knobs or pulls for drawers 18 inches or wider. The alternative is to use oversized bar pulls. Where To Start Living in a desert doesn’t limit choices to just Southwestern or Contemporary. Different kitchen styles help determine what type and size hardware complement the overall look. But this still leaves a...

Cabinet Hardware – Jewelry for Your Kitchen

Even if you’re a consummate shopper, by the time you get to hardware for your cabinets and drawers, you may be experiencing that ‘deer in the headlights’ feeling. If so, here are some tips to note when deciding what style and size to use for those finishing touches. Knobs, Cups, Drop Handles or Pulls Recessed pulls are built into cabinet facings. They’re great for active galley style kitchens because they won’t snag or hook clothing. Just be sure they’re something you can live with because they can’t be converted to another style. Sometimes hardware choices depend on who uses the kitchen the most. Easy-to-use Bar Pulls are favored by designers trained in Universal Design. The ability to get your hand through the pull to open the drawer or cabinet makes this optimal for elders and anyone with arthritis-like conditions. Larger sizes are more expensive but easier to use, and for wider drawers, they eliminate the need for two pulls. Just be aware that chrome, brass, or any shiny finish shows scratches more easily. Drop Handles consist of two pieces with a dangling pull hanging from a mounted piece.  They make built-in cabinets look more like furniture - but can be harder to use. Some like them because they give toddlers more difficulty, but that also goes for anyone in a hurry. One drawback is over time; they can nick and scratch the cabinet finish. Cup Pulls (or Bin Pulls) are upside-down cups that give the kitchen a minimalist, vintage feel. They go well on Shaker style cabinets to create the clean, understated Nordic appearance that’s popular today. Knobs offer...

Bathroom Trends

The master bathroom “sanctuary” is trending!  We are seeing more homes designed with his and her bathrooms as well as his and her bathroom spaces, both having the luxuries that make your master bathroom a retreat. Cabinet towers sitting on the countertops offer a separation between his and her spaces.  They can be designed with drawers and doors or even open shelving for your towels or decorative items. Creative storage solutions for blow dryers and other small bathroom appliances accentuate the need for functional and convenient storage solutions.  Built in charging stations are becoming a need for most homes. The bathroom is an excellent option as it keeps device lights out of your sleeping area – function and design.  It doesn’t get better than you master bathroom retreat. Rev-A-Shelf offers adjustable shelves and bins perfect for curling irons and hair...

Scottsdale Contemporary Kitchen & Bath

We recently completed this project featuring Shaker style doors in the kitchen. Kitchen Shiloh cabinets are 54” tall with stacked uppers, Shaker style doors with clear glass. Hardware is from Hardware Resources - Sutton style with a satin nickel finish. Countertops from MSI International are quartz with arctic white and lagos azul coloring. Master bath Executive height cabinets are 36” tall. Chrome hardware.        ...

Floating Cabinets Are The Rage! 

More and more designers are including floating vanities as part of their design.  Floating cabinets are suspended off the back wall and off the floor by approximately 10 inches. This can vary depending on design.  The front of a floating cabinet is suspended out from the wall 21 inches typically.  Make no mistake.  The weight of the cabinets is such that the front of the cabinet will push down, forcing the back of the cabinet away from the wall. You also have the weight of the sink and the counter top to consider. The cabinets are heavy and most cabinet manufacturers do not reinforce their cabinetry to compensate for the weight suspended away from the wall.  Some custom manufacturers integrate webbing into the design of the cabinet and are designed not to have the steel brackets.  There is just too much weight for the backs of the cabinets to withstand the downward gravity. We have seen many installation applications that have failed - metal straps or extra screws.  Cornerstone has engineered a steel bracket for the cabinets to sit on.  We professionally install our custom designed brackets regardless of the way the cabinets are manufactured.  Many designs incorporate the floor tile to transfer up the wall underneath the floating vanities.  Under cabinet lighting accentuates the luxury bath and can be integrated into the bottoms of your floating cabinetry.  There are also many moldings that can accentuate the floating cabinetry as well. Floating cabinets are stylish, sexy, contemporary, and can enhance the space of your bathroom.  With proper installation and design, a floating vanity can be the focal point of your...

A Kitchen Makeover

Remodeling your kitchen is a big decision. Cornerstone is always available to answer questions, help with the design and, of course, handle the installation. Here is an inspiring story! Reader Kitchen: A Kentucky Makeover for...

Garage Trends

With increased storage rents and bigger recreational vehicles, families require more space for belongings. Once regarded as extra covered space for the sedan and cardboard boxes, the trend in garages is to extend indoor living. In fact, according to Marketplace public radio, two thirds of all garages are not used for cars. Just like kitchens and bathrooms, re-modeled garages not only add efficiency to living space, they add curb-appeal and value to the home overall. Forget the particle board of big-box stores and tools hung on pegboard hooks. There’s no reason why your garage cabinets can’t be as elegant as your kitchen or bathroom. The Revolution in Garage Renovation Traditionally, if the garage was used for more than parking the car, it was a workbench for the home handyman or gardener. For the last couple of years, use of the garage has expanded and it’s gaining momentum. These days the garage may be the game room, used for a bar or pub, or a space to display collectables. Another popular trend is to make it the place where teens can have friends over and still have their privacy (and you can keep yours!). Finally, extending your living space into the garage is an expedient way to grow your space without having to move to larger home. Here’s some ideas on how to transform the room. Custom garage cabinetry does more than just beautify the garage. Well-fitted cabinetry protects belongings by keeping out dust and pests and comes in numerous sizes and styles. Customize your cabinets with clothing bars and cedar inside to preserve clothing. Use organized drawers for odds...

You Can Turn THAT Into A Bathroom Vanity?

When Chris Bolton, owner of Cornerstone Cabinet Company says he does custom work, he means it! So if you’re incorporating an unusual vanity in your bathroom, Cornerstone is the company to make it happen!  You Can Turn That Into a Bathroom Vanity     Photo by Michelle Fries, BeDe Design, LLC - Discover bathroom design...