The Impact Cabinetry Has On Bathrooms

No matter how big or small your bathrooms are, your cabinetry is widely considered to have the most impact on the room’s overall appearance. The good news is how many options you have. Trying to get the right cabinetry for both looks and function can be daunting. That’s why the first step is to understand how you use your space. For example, if you like to soak in the tub, a linen tower with a shelf to hold a TV may be in order. If the room is small, you may want to install an over-the-toilet unit to preserve space and still supply the storage you need. Floating cabinetry creates a less cluttered ‘sleek and modern’ look. The clean lines make even a small bathroom appear more spacious. Another advantage is how they provide additional storage space beneath that is typically lost by the toe kicks of traditional cabinets. All of these features are why this type of cabinetry is gaining popularity. Overall, when it comes to bathroom cabinetry, you’re looking at three categories. First is the stand-alone vanity which contains a sink or two and provides countertop space. The next group consists of all the other cabinetry including linen storage and built-in hampers.  The third category is the set of cabinets called ‘suites’ that are typically designed to match your fixtures and other design features. Bathrooms are often more complicated to design than kitchens because almost everything you touch has either water and/or electrical issues. They also tend to be smaller and are where most falls in the home occur. Because even a couple of inches can make...

How Kitchen Islands Are Shaping The Future Of Kitchens

More than just expanding cabinet storage and countertop surfaces, kitchen islands have evolved into a gathering spot where family and guests hang around. Island design and comfort now draws cooks and visitors together to increase functionality, aesthetics and socialization. Along with food preparation and meals, kitchens are more open. Kids do homework and adults take care of paperwork. Additional activities like these promote family time as meals are prepared. For those whose children have moved away from home, this time goes to enjoying a glass of wine with guests before dinner gets to the table. And dinner is more likely to stay at the island with more comfortable seating. Still used for storage and counter space, islands also accommodate appliances like stoves with downward vents. And don’t forget about sinks where approximately 90% of the time is spent. The convenience of doing multiple tasks in one place shortens steps and work time. The ability to socialize more makes everything feel easier. Universal Design further expands function with varying countertop heights. This enables anyone at any height, especially children, to participate in food preparation and other activities without having to climb stools or reach overhead. Incorporating different materials from the rest of the kitchen adds even more appeal. One way is to use fabrics for surrounding stools and chairs. Fabrics contrast well with hard surfaces to soften the overall look. As a result, islands stand out as design objects and look more like furniture that seamlessly blends into the living room. The future will see more variation in island shapes and heights. Seating room will be expanded and rather than...

Does Your Closet Have Enough Room for Your Clothes?

Closets are getting a lot more attention these days. Too little room means stuffing items together and once something is pulled out, the space may require some attention to look presentable.  However, when clothes and accessories are organized and easy to reach, they look their best and… it feels good to you. Our desire to look good as we manage our busy lifestyles makes it more important than ever to have enough space to hang, fold and stack clothing efficiently.  The result leads to less reliance on irons and steamers. It also minimizes frustration by saving time when searching for the right outfit. Let’s start with the wall closet – the most common type of bedroom closet. Also known as a reach-in closet, you want to have enough space to give clothing on hangers at least a couple of inches in both front and back to hang freely. This requires a minimum depth of 24 inches within the interior walls. And chances are you desire more than just one rod to hang things. The trend in today’s closets is transitional design that makes all types of clothing and accessories easily accessible. Here are the characteristics every good wall closet should have… Spaces to hang both long and short hanging items Several open shelves with varying heights An area for shoes Space to hang ties, belts, handkerchiefs and scarves Although optional, it’s great to have a bank of drawers – but this depends on how wide the closet is. For wall closets with two or more doors, the interior width should be at least 60 inches. One door closets may...

The Kitchen Island – How It Defines The Busiest Room In The House

There was a time when “kitchen islands” consisted of sturdy tables set in the center of the room and… only in kitchens large enough to accommodate them. In the 1930s, Frank Lloyd Wright brought kitchen islands to suburban homes with his “open plan” living space. They have continued to evolve ever since. Currently, the island has literally become the hub of our homes for doing more tasks than just cooking. They’ve become the center for socialization. If you’re looking to modify an island already in place or add one to your kitchen, it’s best to work with a professional to draw up a floor plan. An island should have about three feet of space around it. If it’s too large, the kitchen becomes crowded. Too small and not only does it not look good, it may not fit in with the normal workflow. Bottom line, it shouldn’t be too close to doors or other countertops but you don’t want it to be standing off by itself. The next consideration is how you want to use it. Islands can be strictly functional by providing additional countertop space and storage. But as suggested above, islands are where people interact. While the cook is chopping tomatoes, he can talk to family about their day, help the kids do homework, and just show off a little as guests nibble on appetizers as dinner is prepared.  This brings up the question of how many people do you want to be able to sit around it?  And do you want one level or two? Take a look at our Projects to see what we can...

Which Kitchen Island is Right For You?

Kitchen islands are a must for luxury homes because homeowners love the extra storage, seating, and workspace. There are six basic types: L-shaped, U-shaped, Galley, Circular, Rolling, and Furniture Style. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses. For example, a round or half-moon island can accommodate the most seats, but unless you employ the creative solutions of Cornerstone Cabinet Company professionals, storage space is quite limited. Whichever style you choose, keep on trend by including kitchen island cabinetry for dishes and appliances, a second sink, and pub chairs for casual dining. Learn more about choosing the best kitchen island for your space...