Remodeling Trends for 2020

We know remodeling can be a huge undertaking, especially in the kitchen. So when it comes to changing your living space, it’s important to feel like the upgrade you’re doing is right.Kitchen islands continue to be a mainstay of renovated kitchens and 61% of upgraded kitchens feature them. While relatively few remodel projects make no changes to the islands, some upgrade an existing island and roughly 33% add islands. Here’s a breakdown of what’s happening. Cabinetry Almost 40% contrasted island cabinet color with the perimeter cabinets. The top choice for contrast is grey, followed by blue, black and medium-toned wood. Over 10% opted for a different cabinet style altogether. The most popular is flat-paneled, followed by louvered and glass-front cabinets. Shaker cabinets continue to be the most popular door style overall. It’s no surprise that only 6% of renovating homeowners choose Shaker for their island cabinetry. Counter-tops Counter-tops feature big in remodel projects. Twenty-six percent upgraded their kitchen island counter-tops with a different material from their perimeter counters. Butcher block or wood slabs are the top choices, followed by engineered quartz, granite, marble, quartzite and solid surface. Along with different materials, almost 30% of homeowners opted for a different color from the perimeter cabinets.  Again, wood tones from dark to light are the most popular choices. When it comes to color, white led the way followed by gray and multicolored tops.  Storage and utility Around 98% of homeowners add or upgrade their islands to increase storage.  More than half of the upgraded islands also included appliances. A recent survey shows homeowners use their islands for eating, entertaining and socializing....

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...

Cabinetry for the Small Bathroom

If your home includes even one small bathroom, how well it’s designed is critical for two reasons. You have less room to accommodate everyone who uses it… and…a small bathroom is where simple materials and fixtures have a chance to really stand out. In previous articles, we’ve mentioned how your cabinetry has the most impact on a bathroom’s overall appearance. For example, bold colors or the hardware you choose for doors and drawers set the style and tone for the entire room. Whether your cabinetry is beneath the vanity or stands alone, how well it’s designed  often comes down to inches… and it’s where you want to make the most out of every inch you have. In a small bathroom, a vanity with cabinets has some wasted area to make space for the sink. Customized vanities can have a small, shallow drawer for little items like makeup. Or go with an above the counter sink to make more room underneath. Custom cabinets are also good for hiding plumbing that may not be movable. Mounted cabinets, either beneath the vanity or on their own, make any bathroom more contemporary. To enhance the look, use a high-gloss car finish that can be waxed or buffed out if it gets scratched. Since white and light colors are highly recommended for small spaces, be a little more daring with bold cabinet colors. This way you create contrast and make a statement. When it comes to overall home design, small bathrooms tend to be overlooked. Yet depending on where they’re located, they are often one of the busiest rooms in the house. To make...

Kitchen Island Storage – How to Make The Most Out Of It

If you’ve just gotten a kitchen revamp then you’ll want to get the most of your new kitchen as you can. You want to make sure you have the Best Toaster, mixer, blender, utensils, etc. the finally give you the perfect kitchen. But how will you make sure everything is stored neatly away? Our previous article on kitchen islands focused on how the island has evolved from an extra table for food preparation to extended counter space that’s now a social hub. Not only do kitchen islands define the rest of the room, they supply easy-to-reach storage for regularly used items. When it comes to design, you can opt for utility, beauty or a combination of the two. Starting with utility, deep pull-out drawers are great for pot and pans. For small items – add customized shallow drawers to organize and store spices and small utensils. An increasingly popular option is drawers with mechanisms that lift smaller appliances. Normally tucked out of site, the mechanized ‘arms’ raise appliances like microwaves or toaster ovens to comfortable levels. The advantage is that these items are only visible when actually in use. If you want your island to be the focal hub for more than just cooking, consider un-kitchen items. Think about art supplies and homework necessities for the kids. Additionally, some homeowners use their kitchen as a mini-office to include taking care of tasks like bill paying. Too often people underestimate their storage needs. Before you start your remodel, think about how you cook, what activities and jobs take place and what gets used most often. And don’t forget the décor....

From kitchen to living room

As stated in “Banquette seating – will it work in your kitchen?” the trend in home design is to make the kitchen a place to gather, yet openly transition into other rooms. Kitchen islands play a key part as they go from food preparation countertop to banquette seating – making the transition seamless.   Any style is adaptable so it doesn’t matter if your home is industrial, modern, traditional or a fusion of something between. The way to pull it together is to coordinate…not match…the cabinetry you have in both areas.  Matching looks contrived. Coordination gives you more versatility and a natural feel. These days, farmhouse style is seeing a resurgence. This style is particularly easy to work with due to using a mix of antique finishes with a pallet of subtle colors. The same goes for rustic. Modern and industrial styles may present a little more challenge. Here the versatility of shaker cabinets offers a number of variations that tie rooms together. For example, a window seat with storage beneath may have wider or deeper frames and be a different but complementary color to the kitchen. The same can be done if you have cabinets surrounding a fireplace or beneath a buffet nook. Another way to coordinate any style is with glass doors and open shelves. A mix of these in both the kitchen and adjoining room could show off similar dishes or art collections. We tend not to think about having cabinets in the living area, yet they are the best way to store items you want to have handy but not always out in the open....

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...