Thursday, June 26, 2014

How to Create Storage with Custom Cabinets

Custom Cabinets
You can use custom cabinets to create more storage in your home.  While they look fabulous in the kitchen and bathroom, their uses are far more extensive.  Since you can have the shape customized for any size space, it is easy to turn even the smallest nook into a functional storage space.  By using stunning design ideas and techniques, your storage solutions can be both beautiful and functional. 
Here are ideas you can try in your home:
  • Dining room storage.  If you love hosting dinner parties or family gatherings it is important to have storage for your party supplies, linens, place settings, and decorations.  We can create built-in dining room storage for you to keep all of the extras that make a dinner party special.  By placing them in the same room, it will also reduce the time you spend preparing and cleaning up.
  • Storage above the bed.  If you have a small master bedroom, you can increase your storage without taking up floor space.  Built-in storage can be designed around your bed, using beautiful custom cabinets.  You can even incorporate a headboard into the design to perfect the look.
  • Window seat.  Maximize the space underneath your windows by having a custom window seat created.  It can have storage underneath for items like blankets, pillows, or games while providing a comfortable spot to sit and relax.
  • Bookshelves.  Cabinets don’t always have to come with a front.  You can leave them open and create built-in bookshelves in any room of the house.  They can be installed along the sides of a doorway in order to maximize what is typically unused space.
  • Shoe storage.  If you have a large family, or a lot of shoes, there is likely a large pile forming at the entrance to your home.  Built-in shoe storage is an ideal solution.  We can take a wall inside of your mudroom or next to the entry and use custom cabinetry to create small cubbies for each pair of shoes.  If this is in a visible space, lovely cabinet fronts can be installed to hide the clutter.
  • Laundry room.  We can build custom cabinets in the laundry room with deep drawers that make it easy to store clean clothes in between folding, towels, extra sweaters and more.  A countertop can be placed on top to act as a good folding area.
  • Built-in desks.  Whether you work at home or have kids that need to do homework, built-in desks can provide a place to work and much needed storage.  We can install a variety of cabinets to hold files, paper, pens, pencils, office supplies, and art supplies.  By giving everything a unique space in your home, clutter will be reduced.
Custom cabinets are the storage solution you have been looking for.  They can be made in any size and will fit in difficult spaces.  You can reduce clutter and become the organization queen or king by creating a plan for all of your storage needs then having us build the cabinets to accommodate them. 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Five Tips for Making Your Bath Remodel a Success

Bath Remodel
Before you start a bath remodel there are things you can do to make the process more successful.  In any remodel, there are bound to be surprises.  By preparing and creating a plan, you can stay on schedule and on budget.  Our team of experts can help you to do just that. 
Here are tips for making your project a successful one.
  1. Plan for your remodel and buy the supplies.  Before you start demolition, know what paint colors you are using, the vanity you want to install, lighting fixtures that you need, tub, tile etc.  Consider each item that you want within your bathroom and buy it ahead of time.  Some items will take time to arrive or may be temporarily out of stock so wait to start your project until you have everything.  As a contractor, we will help with this process.
  2. Apply for permits.  If you are doing more than a simple bath remodel, like extending out the space, you may need a permit.  We will help to facilitate this process by completing and submitting a permit application.  If one is required, the job can’t start until the permit is received.  The time of year and the county will determine how long this process will take.
  3. Plan for storage.  A bathroom needs storage.  When considering your design options it is important to decide if your storage will use built in cabinets or if you want to buy storage that takes up floor space.  This should be incorporated into the design, and built-in storage needs to be created during the initial build out.
  4. Ventilation.  Bathrooms without proper ventilation can suffer from mold issues.  When doing a bath remodel you can have a fan installed, window, or both.  Whenever possible we recommend incorporating both options because it gives you the maximum amount of air flow.  We can use windows with opaque glass so that no one can see inside when the window is closed.
  5. Install good lighting.  The proper amount of lighting is essential for ladies that want to have their hair and make-up turn out perfectly.  A bathroom should include multiple lighting options so that it can be dim when you want to soak in the tub or bright when putting on eyeliner.  Consider recessed lighting that is installed in the ceiling along with lights over the bathroom mirror and an extendable makeup mirror that is lit.
  6. Heated flooring.  If you want to keep your toes nice and toasty all year long, have heated floors installed.  This is a delightful way to heat the space and is an environmentally friendly solution.
  7. Color.  Don’t be afraid to experiment with color.  The bathroom is the perfect place to have fun and try out a new color or texture on the walls.  Since the space is small and confined, it doesn’t have to match the rest of the house.  Get creative and have fun with your bath remodel.
For more ideas or to schedule a consultation give us a call today.