The versatility of Shaker cabinetry

As stated in our previous blog about Shaker cabinets, the trend in cabinet design continues to lean towards beauty, simplicity, and functionality – a perfect formula for this style.  Around since the 1800’s, the Shaker profile stays true to its generations-old simplicity. Not surprisingly, it’s as popular as ever today. But what if your client doesn’t follow the crowd? Not everybody wants the same as everyone else. Therefore, we adapt these cabinets to fit modern tastes with some twists. Whether your clients prefer country, contemporary, even an industrial look – the squared off shape easily adjusts to changes using different cuts, finishes and hardware. It starts with the characteristics and styles of the cabinetry itself. Shaker cabinets offer a number of options. Due to the frame and panel profile (also known as rail and style construction), pure Shaker style cabinetry is very plain.  Adding a slight beveled finish keeps the cabinets simple, yet gives them an elegant touch. Larger units can be divided into sections with pieces known as mid-rails, mid-stiles…or strips of wood or metal known as muntins. Some clients need lots of storage and using rows of big drawers maximizes storage space. For added flourish, we can include design features such as beaded or raised panels. How to differentiate Shaker cabinets with finishes. Before the introduction of various finishes, cabinet craftsmen relied on the quality of wood…like maple, birch and chestnut. The various characteristics of the grain defined the cabinet’s beauty. In addition, we offer woods like cherry and walnut for an even richer look. When it comes to an antique or simply unique version, we can...

Expand your storage capacity with pullout cabinetry

Cabinetry has come a long way from consisting of drawers and “boxes with doors”. One example is the pullout cabinet, a style that works well beyond the kitchen. Pullouts can be customized to different heights and widths while they add flexibility to your laundry room, bathroom, and garage…virtually any location where you have cabinets. Pullouts work well with the principles of Universal Design by providing smart storage space and giving homeowners easy access to what they need most. Instead of reaching to overhead cabinets for detergents and fabric softeners, use a pullout located beside and at the same level or slightly above the washer and dryer.   Pull outs are also good for garage cabinets instead of hanging tools on pegboards. It’s a way to create a neater appearance, especially if you use your garage as extended living space. Pullouts in bathrooms are ideal for hiding the waste can or storing additional towels. Our cabinetry partners offer multiple options Companies like Hardwood Resources offer sturdy slides from Dura-Close, built to be smooth and quiet without the wiggle. Never thought about wiggle? Check out (http://www.hardwareresources.com/ ) to view the short video on the difference between their Base Cabinet Pullout BP02 and what most other companies offer. One more product of note is the recent addition of 35-quart waste container pullouts that come pre-assembled.  You can fit one or two containers in cabinets with a minimum 15-inch opening width. Pullout cabinets have a variety of accessories to expand their use even more. Take Hafele – our partner who offers the ability to hide pullout storage for office accessories. One such option...

Why The Cabinets Around Your Sink Are So Important

On September 6th we reviewed the trends in laundry (or utility) rooms and their versatility. Like garages, laundries are now an extension of a home’s living space - and options are plentiful when it comes to re-modeling.    Instead of just a nook to do wash, laundries now have windows, décor…even furniture…and cabinetry is the key to setting the atmosphere. Here are some ideas about the cabinets around your sink.    A Sink Is Only As Effective As The Cabinets Surrounding It Laundry sinks or tubs differ from other sinks due to their large size. With wide, deep basins, they’re perfect for a number of tasks such as hand washing delicate clothing, bathing small pets, emptying the mop bucket, even cleaning garden tools. For the all-purpose sink, it’s best to have a combination of closed cabinets and open shelves for easy access to soaps, disinfectants, sponges and baskets. Closed, overhead cabinets work well for storing cleaning agents out of the reach of children. Open shelves placed on either side or underneath accommodate laundry baskets where kids can toss in dirty clothes and bathing suits. Keep Maintenance As Easy As Possible Since this is a busy area, the best way to maintain a clean, orderly appearance is to keep it simple. Shaker cabinets, time tested and always popular - are a great choice around the entire laundry. For those cabinets immediately around the sink…think of simple, functional hardware. Whether you prefer cups, knobs or handles – larger, easy to grasp hardware makes more sense when your hands are wet or soapy. Regardless of whether you have lots of space or...

Bathroom Cabinet Trend

Soft-Close Doors And Drawers Remember the days when home offices were considered an addition – yet now they’re standard? Well, get ready for the next ‘upgrade’ to be expected…soft-close doors and drawers. With just a gentle nudge, the soft close mechanism takes over and gently closes the drawer or cabinet the rest of the way. They’ve been around awhile and provide a great way to impress your guests. But once you experience the serenity of soft-close doors and drawers, you’ll wonder how you lived without them. This is especially true for bathrooms located near bedrooms. And the benefits spread throughout the house… More Than One Reason To Have Your Cabinets Close Softly Not only in the bathroom, but in kitchens and home offices – soft-closing drawers and doors are Whether concentrating on home business or just getting away from the noise of civilization, the reduced speed of soft-close cabinetry eliminates those jarring sounds when someone slams a cabinet shut. Sometimes a hard close can break fragile items. At the very least, soft closes keep contents from flying around so everything stays better organized and easy to find. Often energetic kids are the most prone to slamming things shut and getting their fingers caught in the process. Soft-close drawers prevent both kids and adults from getting pinched, especially with full overlay cabinets that butt up to each other and to the underside of counters. When properly installed, they put less stress on hinges, drawer stops and rails. Over time, this lessens the need for maintenance and extends the life of the cabinets. Better Now Than Later Re-modeling is an investment...

How Customized Closets Can Add A Hour To Your Day

How Customized Closets Can Add A Hour To Your Day How often do you rummage through your closet to find the right items? Maybe it only takes a couple of minutes…sometimes it’s much longer. Either way, it’s frustrating. Professional organizers tell us the answer is to keep your closet organized. But that’s easier said than done…and it still takes up time if the closet doesn’t fit your specific needs. The key is to customize. Why customization is better than “one size fits all” Customizing your closets means having the proper space and configuration for what you need most.  If your job requires business attire, you need room for suits. If you have a shoe fetish, keeping shoes together and organized eliminates searching for the mate of the ones you want to wear. For those who buy the basics and ‘create’ different outfits with accessories, it’s important to arrange scarves, ties, belts and jewelry to quickly pair with that days attire.   For some, closets hold more than just clothes. Travel for work and there’s nothing like having the suitcase in the same place as the clothes to be packed.  Participate in sports and your closet is home to everything from rackets and balls to those special accessories necessary to play. They’re also the place to tuck away a safe if you need some private room for personal items. Other closets are for stashing the kids’ toys or treasures like the family china. Whatever you want to have around but out of sight, a customized closet keeps things organized and accessible. Having what you need at your fingertips saves time We...

Modern Meets Farmhouse in the Kitchen

A bright white and light gray palette will give your kitchen a clean, modern feeling. Balance it out by channeling a homey vibe with rustic pendants, patterned rugs and a big farmhouse sink with a gooseneck faucet. Mixing the clean lines of modern design with nods to a rustic farmhouse aesthetic will give your kitchen a style that is fresh, comfortable and...

Your Farmhouse Sink faucet

Once you’ve decided a Farmhouse Sink fits your kitchen style, you now have a number of options to customize this critical area.    Previously in our article - “Farmhouse sinks gain popularity”; we discussed the characteristics that differentiate Farmhouse Sinks from modern ones. We included additional features to consider before you purchase. “Different materials customize Farmhouse sinks.” reviews a number of options of materials to choose from – including the pros and cons of each. Now let’s look at the options for placing hardware:  Is there a best location? The three ways to mount hardware are on the sink itself, the surrounding deck, and on the wall. As the name suggests, sink mounted hardware has holes drilled into the sink itself. The type of hardware, either single or double handed, determines the number of holes needed. Single handed faucets with the water temperature and pressure in one assembly only require one hole. Double handed faucets with the water controls separated from the faucet need three. If you add an additional faucet (maybe one for filtered water) it can go up to four. But suppose you fall in love with a collector’s sink that already has holes? Or want to change the faucet style in the future without giving up the sink? If your change requires fewer holes, you can use an escutcheon plate (deck plate at the base) to cover the one(s) you no longer need. Deck-mounted faucets put the hardware in the countertop surrounding the sink - a style well suited to contemporary kitchens. With this option, be careful of how water, dirt, and grime accumulate between the...

Shaker Cabinets Do It all

How to Get the Latest Trend with a Timeless Look As stated in our blog (“Shaker- style Cabinetry and Hardware”) the 2016 trend in kitchen design is beauty, simplicity, and functionality. But what if you want more than what’s trendy today? At Cornerstone, our experience and expertise guide you to the look that says “NOW”; yet stays current well into the future. Shaker cabinets offer one of the best options to refresh your kitchen and keep it timeless. Around since the 1800s, the Shaker profile stays true to its simplicity. It’s adaptability to modern tastes is what makes it so classic. Whether you prefer country, contemporary, even an industrial look – the squared off shape adjusts to changes using different finishes and hardware. So let’s review some of the characteristics of the cabinetry itself. What Defines the Shaker Cabinet Due to the frame and panel profile (also known as rail and style construction), pure Shaker style cabinetry is very plain.  A current popular trend is to add a slight beveled finish to give it another dimension. Larger units can be divided into sections with a piece known as mid-rails, mid-stiles or muntins (strips of wood or metal). Rows of big drawers, not uncommon in kitchens these days, create a repetitious look and Shaker cabinets fit right in. How to Differentiate Shaker Cabinets with Finishes Before the introduction of various finishes, cabinet craftsmen relied on the quality of wood… like maple, birch, and chestnut… to define the cabinet’s beauty. Today, woods like cherry and walnut add an even richer look. But you don’t have to limit yourself to one type...

Different materials customize Farmhouse Sinks

Different materials customize Farmhouse Sinks In  “Farmhouse sinks gain popularity“, we mentioned how this sink is a great way to create a custom kitchen look and feel. Now let’s talk about how to customize the sink itself. Once the province of white porcelain and fireclay, farmhouse sinks are currently as unique as your cabinets, island and appliances. Starting with the traditional materials, here’s a list of other options with some pros and cons of each. Fireclay and Porcelain Sinks Heating and curing clay above 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit produces Fireclay.  This treatment makes a surface that’s hard, durable, and dense. In fact, the density often requires a professional installer to modify the surrounding counter and cabinets to support the extra weight. However, the high heat is what gives Fireclay its high shine and ability to resist scratches and chips. Porcelain, also a ceramic material, is heated to high temperatures, but not as high as fireclay. Similar in looks, it’s more prone to chipping and discoloration. It’s also a little less costly. Copper Copper adds an elegant touch and with time, develops a beautiful patina. If you want that aged look immediately, buy a hammered sink where the manufacturer applied a colored patina. Stainless Steel A more contemporary look that’s affordable is Stainless Steel. Cooks like its durability and how easy it is to maintain and clean. Modern Style You can find a number of variations including different sizes, colors, and mountings. Although traditionally installed as an under mount, it’s possible to get a top-mounted version that eliminates the risk of water finding its way down the sides of the sink....