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...

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....

Farmhouse Sinks Re-gain Popularity

A sink that’s been around for hundreds of years is once again on the rise. In March, we wrote “Farmhouse Sinks — This Time In Color” because we know they add pizzazz to modern kitchens. (Kara, link to 03/30/2016 blog.) Farmhouse sinks originated at a time when there was no running water. Since water had to be carried in from outside the house, the sink was large, deep and close to the body for convenience. Now in a number of sizes, colors and materials, their appearance and function fit today’s active cooks. Old Concept – New Trend The National Kitchen and Bath Association, along with remodelers and interior designers – agree the trend in kitchen design is back to basics. Clean lines, neutral colors and clever storage make farmhouse sinks a natural addition to complete the environment. Their traditional design - deeper than the modern top and under-mount sinks - allows users to stand directly in front of the basin with no countertop or cabinet in between. In the “old days,” it worked well for women who prepared food, washed clothes (sometimes even the baby!) in the sink. Today, cooks love the extra space to clean large pots, big baking sheets, oven trays and large items like barbeque grills. Before You Purchase Consider this before you start shopping: It’s easy to incorporate a farmhouse sink in new construction… but you may have obstacles with remodeling. Unless you’re replacing all the cabinetry around the sink, you’ll probably need to make adjustments. The size and nature of these sinks often require custom cabinetry, plus a different countertop design. Because they’re deeper,...

Sustainable Remodeling

Remodeling is a great option if you are living in an improved housing market. The effort to upgrade over moving feeds makes it economical to stay put longer and customize what you have. It’s why we work with high-quality companies…such as Oakcraft and Timberlake…to install cabinetry our clients can live with long term. Looks and efficiency still motivate changes. What’s under the surface determines ease-of-use and durability. It’s Better Business To Make Cabinets That Last Manufactured woods like particleboard reduce costs. But those savings are lost if they affect indoor air quality. Many manufacturers have removed urea-added formaldehyde to make them NAUF (No Added Urea Formaldehyde) compliant. But it’s possible they use other VOCs or volatile organic compounds that will gas-off over time. Another problem with particle board is that it doesn’t stand the test of time. Its mixture of sawdust and glue is more susceptible to moisture. While that may seem immaterial in a climate like ours, it needs to be factored in for cabinets placed near dishwashers, showers or hold sinks. Manufactured woods don’t hold hardware as well. They’re more likely to strip and chip than wood and plywood that can last 50 years. If you screw a hinge into hardwood, it will stay there until someone comes along to unscrew it. As unlikely as it is for people to live in their homes for 50 years, quality construction increases overall home value and factors into remodeling options. Another way to cut manufacturing costs is to glue and pin or staple drawers and shelve ends together. With a little investment, the better method is dovetail construction where...