Simple Design Changes to Enhance Your Time in the Kitchen

    So it is your turn to get your kitchen remodeled? Of course you are looking for the best design for you, your wants and needs. It will also be a great bonus to have a return on investment. These are the two most important items to discuss when you begin the work on your dream kitchen. Your dreams and hopes along with a financial return. We will discuss how to bring those dreams to reality! Taking the time at the get go to go over these details and make sure your every need is discussed will reduce stress involved in the entire process. It is best to get with a qualified professional Kitchen Designer that will take the time needed to be sure you get all you are looking for in your new kitchen. Imagine your new kitchen with the exact cabinetry you desire. Now add the perfectly designed layout that functions well for you and your family. This is the desired outcome we want for you. Be sure to find a Professional Kitchen Designer that will take time to actually hear your list of needs and desires. A Kitchen Designer that will ask you the right questions is very important!   Tips to consider as you begin your Kitchen Remodel We all know our kitchens readily become the central point of our homes. There is cooking, school homework, special cooking treats together, projects, eating and entertaining. Let’s face it, the kitchen is where we all seem to love to be. And our family feels the most comfortable there. Let’s look at a few tips we all need to discuss before any designing takes place. Traffic – Where the kitchen is located in your home will dictate the space and placement of cabinetry. Is...

Thinking Big in Bathroom Remodeling

Just as we’re seeing in kitchen design, the clean, uncluttered Nordic style reigns in the bathroom as well. Ideal for opening space in small areas, this simple style works well to make even large bathrooms roomier. Cabinets play a pivotal role with various styles, pull-outs and pre-organized drawers. These features, along with new advances in technology, blend to emphasize minimalistic design and geometric forms. At the same time, sinks and faucets create points of interest. Make no mistake, this doesn’t standardize or formulize how your bathroom will look.  Instead, it allows you to customize your bathroom while you make it more efficient. Cabinet Design for Your Personality Shaker-style, floating and furniture-like cabinets set the stage for how your bathroom speaks about you. Shaker cabinetry is a long- established style and is experiencing a major surge. Its simplicity of design fits perfectly with clean, simple lines and supports any style hardware. Knob styles offers hundreds of choices but C and D-styles, recommended by interior designers trained in Universal Design, accommodate not only young and older residents, but those with conditions like arthritis. Another popular style is floating cabinets.  Suspended from walls and approximately 10 inches off the floor, they add a zen-like appearance. The space beneath can remain empty or accommodate decorative baskets used for additional storage.  At Cornerstone, we engineered a steel bracket to withstand the downward pressure exerted by the weight of the cabinets, countertops and sinks. Finally, cabinets don’t have to look like ‘cabinets’ any more. Furniture-style designs create that individual personality that makes your bathroom uniquely you. We work closely with local businesses like Oakcraft Elegant...

CNC Equipment

Chris took a short video showing the action of the “CNC” machine. (AKA Computer Numerical  Control) This equipment is state of the art technology that greatly improves your satisfaction with your granite countertops. The computer converts the design produced by computer aided design software (CAD) into numbers.  Numbers can be considered to be coordinates of a graph and the control the movement of the cutters.  The computer controls the cutting and shaping of the material resulting in a much higher quality edge detail. Some manufacturers are still doing this work with hand held routers.  The CNC saves processing time which saves labor which lowers your cost. Notice in the video that the machine applies water constantly to the cutting surface to lower the temperature of the machine and the granite.  The CNC has a large selection of tooling to give you exactly the edge you want on your countertop. One more way that Cornerstone Cabinet Company “Exceeds...

Custom, Semi-Custom and Modular Cabinets

When you think of remodeling, one of the first items to consider is your kitchen. Statistics suggest that a quality kitchen remodel can actually help to increase the value of your home. When selling your home, an updated kitchen with modern conveniences can attract more buyers and set your home apart from other similar homes in your neighborhood. Cabinetry is typically one of the more expensive items in your kitchen remodel project, so choosing the right type of cabinetry for your home is very important. Custom Cabinets What you want is what you get, and what you imagine can appear in reality. Custom cabinets are typically manufactured by local craftsmen, tradesmen with honed skills, and sometimes by expensive automated equipment. Custom cabinets offer you a wide variety of wood species, the biggest selection of door styles, an assortment of options and modern conveniences, and a vast array of stains and finishes. Unlike modular cabinets, which are cabinets made in 3″ increments, custom cabinets are made to fit and are often made in the dimensions used by “Big Box” construction methods. Door and drawer combinations are no problem, and custom sizes, angles, differing height dimensions, special finishes, stains and glazing are all traits of custom cabinetry. A buyer must be careful though: just because someone builds custom cabinets doesn’t mean the craftsmanship is of the highest quality. In choosing a custom cabinet manufacturer, always look at the manufacturer’s portfolio, ask for references, and take a tour of their shop. There are also several national companies that build custom cabinets, but add shipping costs, and the possibility of damage normally means...

5 Trending Accessories For Your Gourmet Kitchen

The kitchen is transitioning from just storage to functional storage solutions.  Homeowners want and expect modern conveniences and at Cornerstone Cabinet Company we are continuing to design with ease and function as a primary goal for your kitchen. Coffee Centers – This two tiered k-kup coffee organizer is used to organize your coffee and accessories. Pantry Storage – Pull out pantries are perfect for organizing and giving you the ability to see and reach those items in the back of the pantry. Base Cabinet – Pull Out This unit features two universal knife inserts, stainless steel utensil bin, and adjustable shelf for lower storage Roll Out Trash / Recycling Centers – Our most requested accessary is the trash/recycle center. There are many options to consider. You have multiple sizes to select from. They can even be designed into a corner. Blind Corner Pull Outs – Dead corners are no more! Here is a solution many feel is better than a lazy susan. The blind corner pull out gives you access, is functional and easy to use. I have to admit as a cabinet maker that I think the design and operation of the mechanisms are cool...
Cabinet Door Shapes

Cabinet Door Shapes

When the time comes to give your kitchen a facelift, the first place to look is the cabinetry. If the wood species and stain of the cabinet denote the color and feel of the room they inhabit, then the door style is what lends an overarching sense of style and refinement. There are multiple construction types, finishes, and wood species to choose for your kitchen cabinets, but you may not have realized that there are also more than one cabinet door shape. The cabinet door shape that you choose for your cabinet can solidify the design theme of your kitchen and bring thoughts of style and theme to life. Types of Cabinet Door: While there are many individual options when it comes time to choose a door shape for your home cabinets, there are basically three main types of cabinet door shapes: slab door, recessed panel, or raised wood. The slab, also know as a flat panel door, is a frameless cabinet door. The wood grain and the colors may not always match perfectly across slab doors, but it is perfectly ideal if you are looking for a more rustic theme for your home design project. If you are trying to achieve either a classic or traditional style in your kitchen, then the raised panel door may be the best choice for you. Among the raised panel cabinet door styles, there are also choices of cathedral, arched, or square shapes to determine the shape of the raised panel. This gives you a few more options to make your kitchen cabinets as custom as possible to your original ideas without...

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...