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....