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Giving Your Cabinets a Personal Touch

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If you have looked at kitchen cabinets for any amount of time, you’re very much aware of the myriad of options that are available. From wood species to paint, stain, and glaze finishes, your choices can seem endless. Lest you think your decisions are confined only to the cabinet’s exterior, here are just a few examples of what can be done inside your cabinets.    Tilt-Out Sink Trays take the drawer front and transform it into storage that is not only convenient but also out of sight. Small items such as jewelry are kept safe in these trays... Read more →
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Wood is Wood ... Or Is It?

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So much thought is put into the desired cabinet style that it may be easy to overlook the type of wood used for those cabinets. After all, wood is wood, right? Actually, there are quite a few differences between the wood species, including durability, grain variation, and color. Let’s examine some popular wood choices for cabinetry and their specific characteristics. OAK- Strong and very durable.  Oak contains a rich, coarse wood grain which accepts a wide range of stain colors very well. More affordable than other wood options, Oak has stood the test of time and has been a... Read more →
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Dovetail Drawer Benefits

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Cabinet drawers -- they house a variety of items that we use on a daily basis, from kitchen utensils to pens and pencils. Kitchen cabinet drawers are opened regularly, some as much as 5 to 10 times a day. This adds up to more than 3,600 times per year!  We depend not only on the functionality of the drawer, but also on its durability. Joint design is an important aspect of the drawer's durability due to the stress the drawer incurs with each opening and closing. This is what makes a dovetail joint so desireable. Two factors determine the... Read more →
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Maintaining Your Cabinet's Original Beauty

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You put time and careful thought into selecting your kitchen cabinets, so naturally you want to keep them looking their best. The maintenance of your cabinets does not have to be a difficult or time consuming task. With some regular cleaning and care, you can keep your cabinets looking beautiful for years to come. Cleaning your wood cabinets can be as simple as wiping the surface with a clean, damp cloth, then drying immediately. If you feel like you need something more than just water to cut through everyday soil and grease, a product such as Murphy's Oil Soap (... Read more →
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Meridian - Kessler Kitchen Renovation

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We recently completed a kitchen and master bathroom renovation with Glenn Gareis at GMG Architects, Tom Vriesman of Design Studio Vriesman and Randy Green of Green Trade Contracting. The clients purchased a home in Indianapolis' Meridian - Kessler neighborhood and made substantial updates to the home's layout and finishes throughout the house. Overall, the homeowners' objectives were to open up the layout of the living areas and update the look and functionality of the kitchen. Working through the project details, specific appliances, and cabinet accessories, our kitchen designer went through our process to create a final design that best fit... Read more →
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Ready, Set ... Remodel!

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Spring is in the air … one of the most popular times of the year to remodel.  With the snow gone and kids still in school, it is a great time to plan and begin the process.  Here are a few items to consider in your planning:Your home’s architectural style.  Start outside and work your way in. You chose your home because the architectural style appealed to you.  Keep the entire home … outside and inside … cohesive. If you have a cottage style home, your designer can help you choose elements for your remodeling project, such as the cabinet door... Read more →
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Kitchen Sink Options

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Choosing a sink is one of many decisions facing a homeowner in a kitchen remodeling project. When picking a sink, it is important to consider style, usage, and budget. A short primer on the most common sinks and the mounting options follows. Stainless steel sinks are the most popular choice and come in a variety of configurations ... single bowl, double bowl, apron front and different bowl depths/shapes. Stainless steel is affordable, easy to clean, and is more forgiving if a glass is dropped on it. The thickness of stainless steel sinks is denoted by gauge. The lower the gauge,... Read more →
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Cabinet Finish Options

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As you embark on updating your kitchen or bathroom cabinets, there are numerous decisions to make ... including the cabinet finish/color. Regardless of the finish selected, the application process includes sanding the wood surfaces, applying the finish (stain, paint), sealing the finish, additional sanding, and the application of a topcoat to protect the finish from chemicals, scratches, and wear/tear. Stain is the most common finishing option for cabinets. Stains come in an almost endless variety of colors and enhance the wood's color and pattern by penetrating into the grain or remaining on the surface. Stain is applied by... Read more →
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Custom, Semi-Custom & Stock Cabinets -- What's the Difference?

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Updating kitchen and bathroom cabinetry remains an excellent way to improve your home's value and appearance. Cabinetry is available in a wide assortment of styles, wood species, and finishes. Cabinets also come in a range of prices, providing options to fit the budget of every remodeling project. When planning a kitchen or bathroom renovation, cabinet options, construction and pricing needs to be considered to make the best investment for your home. To help, this post provides a summary explaining the characteristics of custom, semi-custom, and stock cabinetry. Custom Cabinets give the greatest number of options for your project.... Read more →
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Divide and Conquer Kitchen Clutter - Part 3

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This is the final installment of options to better organize your kitchen. Read on for more information on wastebaskets and knife storage. Wastebasket Pullout:  How many times do you wish your kitchen wastebasket was out of sight? You can hide it. In almost all of our kitchen designs, we include a wastebasket pullout. Placing the wastebasket inside a cabinet keeps it readily accessible, while making it invisible when not in use. The pullout typically has two wastebaskets ... one for trash and one for recycling. This accessory can also be incorporated in other cabinets throughout your home, including the laundry room,... Read more →
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