Smart Storage

Concealed customizations for kitchen necessities can make life better without ruining the clean lines of a modern design. Go to the head of the class with some genius storage ideas. Keep organized and never forget what you need at the grocery store when you add a pegboard to the inside of a cabinet. Not only is it handy for lists, it can be used for holding small kitchen tools and is an innovative way to let kids be creative without refrigerator magnets to display their artwork.  A pegboard can be purchased and sized to fit inside a cabinet door, or a thin piece of wood can be affixed to the cabinet and accessorized with various types of hardware. When searching for a storage solution to keep kitchen items both handy and neat, think retractable. Retractable drawers under the sink can keep cleaning products handy and neat. A sliding hanging rack hidden inside a cabinet can keep pots and pans easily accessible without putting them on display. Vertical shelving units for cans and jars can be created to pull out of kitchen counter spaces…. It’s especially on trend to add these sliding shelves near the refrigerator or stove. Using the side of a counter or kitchen island is also an excellent way to hide away food, glassware, towels, or utensils. Open shelving is an option here, but consider baskets or wooden boxes for twist on the traditional. Sealed plastic bins are a great choice to keep cereal and pasta fresh while displayed neatly, too. Cornerstone Cabinet Company partners with innovative companies like Hafele and Rev-A-Shelf for the best quality cabinet...

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....

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...

The Kitchen Island

When it comes to kitchen design, islands add style, personality, function; and come in multiple configurations. Is the client’s kitchen big enough for a stand-alone island, or will it only accommodate a peninsula? Do they want it built-in, or mobile?  So many choices can confuse homeowners making it crucial to ask them questions before anything goes on paper. What Clients Need (Or Just Want) From Their Kitchen Island The number one issue is function. Is the emphasis on food preparation, socialization, or a combination of the two? Will it house appliances? Sinks, under-counter refrigerators, and stove tops influence placement of other appliances to maximize activity flow and efficiency.  If a sink is embedded in the island, there needs to be room for a dishwasher on either side. If it’s the stove, they’ll need either a top mount or down-draft vent. The amount of food preparation influences the amount of storage needed. What and how many utensils need to be nearby and easily accessed? A number of factors determine counter-top height - starting with seating and what types of bar stools are desired. Is this a place to snack, or will it replace the kitchen or dining room table? Do they prefer one or multiple counter-top heights? Since kitchens are not static, traffic flow needs to be adequate. Architect Thomas Ahmann suggests three feet on either end and at least 42 inches on the working sides. Another consideration is passage when cabinet or appliance doors are open. How should it be lit? Pendant lighting is popular but some feel pendants interfere with the view. If the island has a stove, anything...

The Trend Toward Open Kitchens Remains Strong

Several of our blogs talk about how the kitchen is the heart of the home. More and more families want to encourage interaction using multiple islands, banquette seating and more space. This means taking down non-supportive walls and removing big over-the-island hoods. It utilizes cabinets designed to both maximize storage and integrate with the rest of the home. Nearly half of current remodel projects make kitchens more open to adjacent spaces and it requires more thought to how finishes and materials for the added rooms work together.  Again, cabinetry is the key to function and appearance. We discussed changes in cabinetry in Remodeling trends for kitchen islands in 2020. One way is to contrast island cabinets with perimeter cabinets using different shades of one color; or a different color altogether.  Another is to make cabinets more colorful as stated in the latest styles and color for kitchen cabinetry. Kitchen lighting is also seeing a change. While recessed lights are still popular; pendant lighting along with under-cabinet and toe-kick lighting works together to create a warmer atmosphere. This combination eliminates glare and shadows. And don’t forget the rooms the kitchen opens up to. Whether a dining room, living room or great room, it takes more planning to pull the entire area together. One way is to have square and rectangular cutout shelves in the adjacent room echo the shapes of the kitchen cabinet panels. Another small but important detail is hardware. Matching - or better yet – using complementary finishes for door and drawer handles throughout is a great way to pull the rooms together. Because open kitchens are more...