Updating Trends in Bathroom Remodels

When it comes to bathrooms, the three upgrades getting a lot of attention are double sinks, mirrors and lighting. More than just appearance, they upgrade how well your bathroom functions. When it comes to sinks, 69% of renovations include a two-sink setup. One way to increase storage is to place the sinks far enough apart so you can install a full-sized cabinet between. This way the most used items are stored within easy reach. Another factor is the type of sinks installed. The most popular type is under-mounts (64%) followed by drop-ins (16%) and vessel sinks (11%). Vessel sinks placed on top of countertops leave more space for a cabinet drawer underneath. But if an under-mount or drop-in is your preference, small tilt-out drawers can be built in to keep small items, like makeup and shavers at your fingertips. Double mirrors pair up well with double sinks and some homeowners opt to upgrade to three or more mirrors. Additional features include anti-fog systems, LED lighting and hidden outlets. Mirrors mounted on customized cabinets offer additional storage and allow for space for lighting and outlets. Lighting is important not only for looks, but for safety. The goal is to keep lighting even both day and night.  As a result, the majority of bathroom remodels now include wall lights or recessed lights to eliminate shadows and glare. The shower should have its own light along with lights over the toilet and any niche areas in the bathroom. Increasing in popularity are in-drawer and toe-kick lights. Toe-kick lighting is especially helpful at night because it delineates where the floor ends and the...

Shake It Up!

Shaker cabinets have been the most popular way to refresh your kitchen and keep it timeless for the past several years. Shaker cabinets are defined by five-piece doors with flat recessed panels and no bevel on the frame. They are typically made of quality hardwoods like birch, maple, pine, chestnut, cherry, ash, hickory, oak, and poplar. The hinges are usually hidden. The simple construction also referred to as rail and stile, is a clean, classic look. Shaker style was developed by members of the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing, an 18th-century Christian sect who fled to the American colonies. They were called “Shaking Quakers” because of their overexcited behavior during worship services, but they lived a simple life which included making all of their own furniture. Utility and attention to form and proportion marked Shaker craftsmanship. They were the first to regularly integrate cabinetry into architecture. Because Shaker style is adaptable to many design schemes, the squared off rectangle shape cabinetry can accommodate most finishes and hardware. Although white paint or natural stain is on trend for a moderate, transitional style, Shaker pairs well with the marble countertops of traditional kitchens and can be painted in the most modern pop colors for contemporary enthusiasts. Shaker cabinets can also be everywhere you can imagine.  They can be built not only in the kitchen, but the laundry room, living room or bathroom. Shaker doors can be easily combined with matching five-piece drawer fronts or simple slab drawer fronts for maximum storage capacity in a full wall unit.   Cornerstone Cabinet Company uses only top-quality manufacturers like Oakcraft and...

Emerging Kitchen Trends – From Clean White To Colorful

Because kitchens are the heart of the home, homeowners continue to strive for an inviting atmosphere that’s easy to work in. If you want to put a little more color into your kitchen, here are some ways to say “Come in and stay awhile.” Cabinetry is the anchor of every kitchen, making this the place to start. Whether you update the current cabinet faces or completely replace what you have, the style and color selection set the theme for the rest of the room. One option is to go with more ornate doors and drawers. Or you can keep the doors simple and use decorative hardware. The advantage of the second choice is that hardware is easy to update if your taste in décor changes. When it comes to countertops, options like engineered quartz, colorful terrazzo and wood give you a limitless selection to liven up your work space. One casualty of more color is stainless steel appliances. Stainless steel is losing popularity as evidenced at the 2020 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show. Several manufacturers featured bright colors for refrigerators, stoves and hoods. And don’t forget ceilings and floors. A rich wood or a favorite color for your ceiling with complementary floor tiles pulls the room together. Finally, nothing brings out the atmosphere like good lighting. While it’s important to keep lighting evenly distributed, think about pendant lights in jewel tones. Under-cabinet lighting is ideal to illuminate a specific area, yet gives a softer glow to rest of the room. Increasingly popular toe-kick lighting comes in both white and color. It also adds a little drama and safety by...

Kitchen Countertop Options

Choosing a kitchen countertop isn’t all about looks! Durability, maintenance and cost are all factors.  If you select a favorite and it doesn’t fit your lifestyle, chances are that there is a similar style in another material that will work.  However, regardless of whether it is granite or concrete, you must care for it appropriately to maintain its beauty. According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, granite is the top choice in kitchen countertops.  It is available in a wide variety of colors and no two pieces are ever exactly alike. Granite can be polished to darken and shine the stone or honed to make it soft and matte. Similar natural stone materials, like marble and limestone, are softer than granite and require more delicate use. Quartz, a combination of mineral, color, and resin, is not cheaper than natural countertops, but is a durability superstar.  Hot pots, serrated knives, abrasive pads, and most stains are no match for quartz. All natural stone countertops must be sealed periodically to keep them looking great, but quartz does not require sealing. Concrete countertops are gaining popularity because they can be completely customized with pigments. Concrete is available in several different finishes: trowel (smooth), ground (sanded to expose the sand aggregate) and pressed (a tool is used to reveal marble-like veining). Extreme changes in temperature may cause concrete to warp or curl, damp sponges left on the countertop can cause discoloration, and acidic spills may mar the surface. To keep concrete countertops in shape, seal them four times per year and wax them with a paste every two to three months. Wood...

Cabinetry Options to Organize and Update Your Garage

Once a cavern-like space to park cars; garages are now an extension of the home’s livable space.  Epoxy floors cover concrete slabs and customized cabinetry creates an in-home look over “big box store” plywood cabinets. Along with cars, garages can be play areas for kids and home gyms. Your cabinetry helps you accommodate whatever activities your family enjoys. When it comes to the traditional workshop, pull-out base cabinets, organizer inserts and right-height countertops still work for home projects.    But there’s more. For the sports-minded family, tall cabinets are ideal for large items like skis. In Arizona where ski clothing has a short season, closet style cabinets are ideal. Use hooks for rackets and other sports items that can be hung. Overhead cabinets are always good for items that are used less frequently. Another benefit is that they keep things out of easy reach for children. If you want to store items that are more valuable, consider cabinets fitted with locks. And to make the garage more versatile, consider movable cabinetry. For example, cabinets on castors can convert a workshop area into a game room. Since garages are more exposed to the elements than the indoors, you’ll want to protect the surfaces with a weather – resistant material. This way the garage looks good with cabinetry that lasts longer. Little defaces a home more than a disorganized garage. Customizing your cabinetry increases organization, adds storage and allows you to increase your homes livable space without a major...

Create Your Dream Kitchen With Universal Design

Kitchens continue to evolve as the center point of homes. Since it’s where families tend to gather, Universal Design makes it easy and inviting. Let’s start with your cabinets. Probably one of the easiest ways to make cabinets look great is to use C and D-shaped hardware. Larger is better and this hardware not only looks great but simplifies opening doors and drawers.  “Push-door” cabinets offer another alternative. To open the door, all you have to do is press it. The door opens about an inch so you can reach behind it to fully open it with your fingers. It’s done with a spring-loaded push latch and is ideal for that clean cabinet look. Instead of placing dishes on shelves, think about drawers. Drawers are great for heavier items - like dinner plates. Drawers pull out all the way and come with pegs to keep dishes separate from each other. Other options include: Plate racks which place frequently used items at a convenient reach level. Foot activated roll-out bins for trash and recycling. Hands free and no bending! Lazy susans in corner cabinets which bring previously hard to reach items to the front for easy access. Roll out shelves that take advantage of small spaces while making items like spices, canned goods, etc. Induction stove tops are safer because they heat pans with a magnetic field. Burners don’t get hot until you place a pot or pan on them. You control how much heat you need while cooking and once the pan comes off the burner, it cools off immediately.  Traditional oven doors open from the top, requiring the...

Vanities for Small Bathrooms

Even in grand homes with a large master bath, there is likely a guest bathroom or a powder room with minimal square footage. Cramped bathrooms can feel open and airy with the right layout and well-proportioned vanity choices. The best vanities for small baths make a statement without compromising storage needs. Consider a floating vanity to make the room feel bigger by providing more visual space underneath. (A raised style makes the floor easier to clean, too!) Perhaps add a tall open towel shelf over the toilet to allow more personal items and cleaning products to be stashed in the vanity cabinetry. Choosing a vessel sink can add a few inches to counter-top spaces. Building the lighting right into the vanity and mirror also gives off plenty of lumens for tasks without the need for an additional light fixture to ruin sleek, magnifying lines. A corner vanity can be another chic solution to a small bathroom challenge. In any case, it is important to balance small vanity surface area above with ample drawer room below because hinged cabinets may not have enough available space to fully open the doors. If you must try to squeeze in a double vanity, try one long, narrow sink with faucets mounted at each end. One large mirror above the double vanity is a great aid to give the illusion of a bigger, brighter space. Also consider making the double vanity multi-level so that one side of the counter is low enough for kids to use easily without the need for a step-stool. A small bathroom doesn’t have to be claustrophobic. Consult the design...

Why Glass Cabinetry is Versatile and Timeless

There are some cabinets that never go out of style. Shaker cabinets are a prime example. Certain types of glass cabinet doors are another.  Glass is so versatile! Open shelving can soften the overall appearance. “Push-door” mechanisms on glass door cabinets keep that sleek, clean appearance. But if rustic, farmhouse and more traditional looks are what you’re seeking, glass really shines. Glass doors give you a way to decorate with dishes, decorative items and even some greenery. Glass doors add softness with back lighting. These cabinets are the perfect compromise between solid cabinetry and open shelving. For beautiful dishes or favorite decorations, they let you display everything with the additional advantage of keeping out dust. You also have a lot of variation based on the type of glass you choose. Transparent glass is the most common and the most versatile as it suits all types of kitchens. The biggest drawback is how easily it shows fingerprints. Frosted glass is blasted with sand or grit. Frosted is not the same as opaque. It hides little details but the silhouettes of items are still visible. It can be even be etched with custom patterns and designs. Additional options include molded or embossed glass to produce textures. These include rain, ribbed, pebbled, grooved or beveled glass. These options aren’t as susceptible to showing marks or fingerprints. What’s important is that you love the texture you pick. Some designs become outdated quickly. Seeded and leaded glass add an artistic look but again, any specialized choice needs to be personal as these looks are subject to outdating. Glass door cabinetry has the ability to...

150 Shades of Gray

Did you know the trend towards gray interiors started in Scandinavia? It wasn’t until about six years ago when the color caught on in the United States. Rather than become passé, the popularity of gray continues to rise. According to Andrea Magno of Benjamin Moore, gray interiors are evolving and they’re seeing an increase of gray on cabinetry and trims. But picking the best shade of gray for your home can be tricky. Since grays have undertones of blue, purple or green, you’ll want the shade that’s compatible with the surrounding tiles, furnishings and fabrics. For instance, there’s a big difference between cool and warm grays.  Cool grays are better for modern interiors while warm grays work better in traditional homes. There’s also a middle ground often referred to as French grays. Traditionally trims around gray are lighter shades of gray or whites. Now we’re seeing more trims in the same or even a darker gray.  Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Pantone Color Institute agrees. She sees gray with gray trim as a trend and feels people should give more grays a chance. If you’re ready for gray walls, cabinets or trims, it’s best to get samples of your three favorite grays and paint a poster board with each one. Check them out over a period of one day (or more) to see how they appear in varying degrees of light. This way you get it right the first...

Remodeling Trends for 2020

We know remodeling can be a huge undertaking, especially in the kitchen. So when it comes to changing your living space, it’s important to feel like the upgrade you’re doing is right.Kitchen islands continue to be a mainstay of renovated kitchens and 61% of upgraded kitchens feature them. While relatively few remodel projects make no changes to the islands, some upgrade an existing island and roughly 33% add islands. Here’s a breakdown of what’s happening. Cabinetry Almost 40% contrasted island cabinet color with the perimeter cabinets. The top choice for contrast is grey, followed by blue, black and medium-toned wood. Over 10% opted for a different cabinet style altogether. The most popular is flat-paneled, followed by louvered and glass-front cabinets. Shaker cabinets continue to be the most popular door style overall. It’s no surprise that only 6% of renovating homeowners choose Shaker for their island cabinetry. Counter-tops Counter-tops feature big in remodel projects. Twenty-six percent upgraded their kitchen island counter-tops with a different material from their perimeter counters. Butcher block or wood slabs are the top choices, followed by engineered quartz, granite, marble, quartzite and solid surface. Along with different materials, almost 30% of homeowners opted for a different color from the perimeter cabinets.  Again, wood tones from dark to light are the most popular choices. When it comes to color, white led the way followed by gray and multicolored tops.  Storage and utility Around 98% of homeowners add or upgrade their islands to increase storage.  More than half of the upgraded islands also included appliances. A recent survey shows homeowners use their islands for eating, entertaining and socializing....