Updating Trends in Bathroom Remodels

When it comes to bathrooms, the three upgrades getting a lot of attention are double sinks, mirrors and lighting. More than just appearance, they upgrade how well your bathroom functions. When it comes to sinks, 69% of renovations include a two-sink setup. One way to increase storage is to place the sinks far enough apart so you can install a full-sized cabinet between. This way the most used items are stored within easy reach. Another factor is the type of sinks installed. The most popular type is under-mounts (64%) followed by drop-ins (16%) and vessel sinks (11%). Vessel sinks placed on top of countertops leave more space for a cabinet drawer underneath. But if an under-mount or drop-in is your preference, small tilt-out drawers can be built in to keep small items, like makeup and shavers at your fingertips. Double mirrors pair up well with double sinks and some homeowners opt to upgrade to three or more mirrors. Additional features include anti-fog systems, LED lighting and hidden outlets. Mirrors mounted on customized cabinets offer additional storage and allow for space for lighting and outlets. Lighting is important not only for looks, but for safety. The goal is to keep lighting even both day and night.  As a result, the majority of bathroom remodels now include wall lights or recessed lights to eliminate shadows and glare. The shower should have its own light along with lights over the toilet and any niche areas in the bathroom. Increasing in popularity are in-drawer and toe-kick lights. Toe-kick lighting is especially helpful at night because it delineates where the floor ends and the...

Shake It Up!

Shaker cabinets have been the most popular way to refresh your kitchen and keep it timeless for the past several years. Shaker cabinets are defined by five-piece doors with flat recessed panels and no bevel on the frame. They are typically made of quality hardwoods like birch, maple, pine, chestnut, cherry, ash, hickory, oak, and poplar. The hinges are usually hidden. The simple construction also referred to as rail and stile, is a clean, classic look. Shaker style was developed by members of the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing, an 18th-century Christian sect who fled to the American colonies. They were called “Shaking Quakers” because of their overexcited behavior during worship services, but they lived a simple life which included making all of their own furniture. Utility and attention to form and proportion marked Shaker craftsmanship. They were the first to regularly integrate cabinetry into architecture. Because Shaker style is adaptable to many design schemes, the squared off rectangle shape cabinetry can accommodate most finishes and hardware. Although white paint or natural stain is on trend for a moderate, transitional style, Shaker pairs well with the marble countertops of traditional kitchens and can be painted in the most modern pop colors for contemporary enthusiasts. Shaker cabinets can also be everywhere you can imagine.  They can be built not only in the kitchen, but the laundry room, living room or bathroom. Shaker doors can be easily combined with matching five-piece drawer fronts or simple slab drawer fronts for maximum storage capacity in a full wall unit.   Cornerstone Cabinet Company uses only top-quality manufacturers like Oakcraft and...

Kitchen Countertop Options

Choosing a kitchen countertop isn’t all about looks! Durability, maintenance and cost are all factors.  If you select a favorite and it doesn’t fit your lifestyle, chances are that there is a similar style in another material that will work.  However, regardless of whether it is granite or concrete, you must care for it appropriately to maintain its beauty. According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, granite is the top choice in kitchen countertops.  It is available in a wide variety of colors and no two pieces are ever exactly alike. Granite can be polished to darken and shine the stone or honed to make it soft and matte. Similar natural stone materials, like marble and limestone, are softer than granite and require more delicate use. Quartz, a combination of mineral, color, and resin, is not cheaper than natural countertops, but is a durability superstar.  Hot pots, serrated knives, abrasive pads, and most stains are no match for quartz. All natural stone countertops must be sealed periodically to keep them looking great, but quartz does not require sealing. Concrete countertops are gaining popularity because they can be completely customized with pigments. Concrete is available in several different finishes: trowel (smooth), ground (sanded to expose the sand aggregate) and pressed (a tool is used to reveal marble-like veining). Extreme changes in temperature may cause concrete to warp or curl, damp sponges left on the countertop can cause discoloration, and acidic spills may mar the surface. To keep concrete countertops in shape, seal them four times per year and wax them with a paste every two to three months. Wood...

Vanities for Small Bathrooms

Even in grand homes with a large master bath, there is likely a guest bathroom or a powder room with minimal square footage. Cramped bathrooms can feel open and airy with the right layout and well-proportioned vanity choices. The best vanities for small baths make a statement without compromising storage needs. Consider a floating vanity to make the room feel bigger by providing more visual space underneath. (A raised style makes the floor easier to clean, too!) Perhaps add a tall open towel shelf over the toilet to allow more personal items and cleaning products to be stashed in the vanity cabinetry. Choosing a vessel sink can add a few inches to counter-top spaces. Building the lighting right into the vanity and mirror also gives off plenty of lumens for tasks without the need for an additional light fixture to ruin sleek, magnifying lines. A corner vanity can be another chic solution to a small bathroom challenge. In any case, it is important to balance small vanity surface area above with ample drawer room below because hinged cabinets may not have enough available space to fully open the doors. If you must try to squeeze in a double vanity, try one long, narrow sink with faucets mounted at each end. One large mirror above the double vanity is a great aid to give the illusion of a bigger, brighter space. Also consider making the double vanity multi-level so that one side of the counter is low enough for kids to use easily without the need for a step-stool. A small bathroom doesn’t have to be claustrophobic. Consult the design...

150 Shades of Gray

Did you know the trend towards gray interiors started in Scandinavia? It wasn’t until about six years ago when the color caught on in the United States. Rather than become passé, the popularity of gray continues to rise. According to Andrea Magno of Benjamin Moore, gray interiors are evolving and they’re seeing an increase of gray on cabinetry and trims. But picking the best shade of gray for your home can be tricky. Since grays have undertones of blue, purple or green, you’ll want the shade that’s compatible with the surrounding tiles, furnishings and fabrics. For instance, there’s a big difference between cool and warm grays.  Cool grays are better for modern interiors while warm grays work better in traditional homes. There’s also a middle ground often referred to as French grays. Traditionally trims around gray are lighter shades of gray or whites. Now we’re seeing more trims in the same or even a darker gray.  Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Pantone Color Institute agrees. She sees gray with gray trim as a trend and feels people should give more grays a chance. If you’re ready for gray walls, cabinets or trims, it’s best to get samples of your three favorite grays and paint a poster board with each one. Check them out over a period of one day (or more) to see how they appear in varying degrees of light. This way you get it right the first...

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...