Cabinetry is not ALL about doors, face frames and boxes. Cabinetry can encompass all of the other parts and pieces that go into a design such as corbels, shelves and moldings that all help to pull a design together. I am going to zero in on shelves and show some creative, functional and beautiful applications of open shelving to hopefully provide some ideas and inspire your next project!
The appeal of a laundry room on the main floor is understandable, especially if the alternative is doing laundry in a dark, dingy, unfinished basement. This main floor laundry is front and center in this 1973 ranch house. Directly opposite the front door and visible from everywhere, this room had to both look presentable as well as function as more than just a space to wash clothes.
I think most people can agree that efficient uses of space are a high priority in how their home is designed and how it functions. Who wouldn’t like an extra foot or two of traffic lane in their kitchen? Who wouldn’t like a staging area for all things coming and going from their home? I mention these two areas because they are high needs priorities for a majority of homeowners.
As homes evolve with changing technology and electronic gadgets, sound systems and gaming consoles accumulate, the need for a more robust media wall is becoming a popular must-have.
When the calendar officially says Spring, it’s time to think about spring-cleaning, decluttering and getting organized. If your house is like most, there is probably a drawer or two in your kitchen that could use some organizational help.
Cabinetry isn’t just for the kitchen... cabinets can solve storage issues throughout the home. As a parent, I find my largest storage struggle is finding convenient places to store and organize my children’s belongings like homework supplies, toys, games, art & craft supplies, etc.
Up until today, all of my references were connected to “10 more days until…”, “it’s almost the kids’ winter vacation”, “T minus 3 days”. Now, with the holidays in the rearview mirror we turn our heads toward the vast expanse of 2017, that is, if we can see past the mess in the kitchen and all the seasonal décor you can’t take down quick enough.
As the beautiful autumn of 2016 is draws to a close that means winter is next! The winter season in the upper Midwest requires a lot of outerwear, including various jackets, mittens, scarves, boots and hats. And those are just the basics. Factor in a winter sports fanatic or two with snowmobile suits or skiing apparel and you have a closetful.
One of the most common items on every homeowner’s wish list is more storage. In fact, I don’t think I have ever met anyone who wanted less storage. The challenge comes in finding more space to accommodate this. Many people cannot add square footage to their space due to physical or budgetary constraints, and so become stuck with what they have.
How many devices in your household require frequent recharging? With multiple cell phones, tablets, and laptops in constant use, finding an out of the way, but still accessible place to keep all those chargers organized can be a challenge.What if you could place all those screens in a drawer, plug them in, and close the drawer while they quietly recharge out of sight?
Just because it’s called a cutlery divider doesn’t mean it can only be used for cutlery. While they are great for organizing silverware or utensils, cutlery dividers can also be used to organize smaller items in almost any room of the home.
When we think about the functionality of the kitchens in our homes, we think about the most rushed or high-use times, and if there are configurations or processes that could be simplified to make our lives easier. Morning definitely qualifies as one of those times. Not only is it a busy time of the day, but people are generally less alert and less prepared to make lots of decisions.
Let’s take a walk through a typical afternoon/evening for many people…
You come home and instead of tripping over shoes and seeing coats laying all over, everything is in its place in your handcrafted locker-boot bench…
Let’s take a walk through a typical morning for many people…
Imagine you wake up in the morning, head into your bathroom to get ready for the day and you spend the next twenty minutes in front of a vanity with no cord mess or cluttered countertops and everything organized and at your fingertips…
Gone are the days of a garbage can under the sink or a freestanding waste receptacle tucked off in the corner of the kitchen. Today every well-designed kitchen should have a dedicated cabinet for the trash and/or recycling. Whether the unit has a single bin or double, this cabinet is opened and closed multiple times a day.
Drawers can be some of the most useful and versatile storage areas in the kitchen, if you take the time to think through how you want them to function. By adding different accessories to a drawer, you can create customized storage areas that are uniquely yours.
A cabinet is simply a cabinet until you add an interior accessory item that gives that cabinet a very specific function. Add a tray divider kit to a base cabinet and now that cabinet has become a designated spot for cookie sheets and party trays.
For those living in the upper Midwest, a “mudroom” is considered a necessity and is an important part of a home’s floor plan. For families with kids, a mudroom is a critical consideration in building, buying or remodeling a home.
A "beautiful" kitchen can be defined in so many different ways, but it's just as much about design, color and proportion as it is function. Stephanie Frees, owner of Plain & Posh, Westmont, IL explained, "We work closely with our customers to define exactly how they use their kitchen space and then we develop a design for that space that delivers solutions. Not only in the overall design
Linen storage cabinetry in the bathroom should be functional, but it can be stylish as well. The traditional tall linen cabinet with doors above and below provides a perfect spot for all those items you need close at hand in the bathroom.
The options for corner base cabinets are very similar to the corner wall cabinet options; diagonal, square corner (pie-cut) or blind. There are, however, more internal storage accessory options available for base corner cabinets than are available for wall corner cabinets.
What is the advantage of storing items behind cabinet doors? The basic method of storage inside a cabinet is shelving. A standard wall, base or tall cabinet will come with a specific number of shelves based on the height of the cabinet.
What are the advantages of using drawers for storing items?
Whether you come through the front door or the back, having a place to drop your things, take off your shoes, and hang up your coat keeps things looking organized and uncluttered.
The original plan for the upstairs remodel was to include a walk in closet directly off the bedroom. But when we realized that the structural things we would need to change were going to make the whole project cost prohibitive, that idea was scrapped.