Beautiful Kitchen Cabinets

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The single most used and viewed item in the kitchen are your cabinets. They set the style for the entire kitchen. Some of the most popular styles include farmhouse, rustic, traditional, modern or contemporary to name a few . Many high end features that used to be expensive upgrades, such as soft close doors and no slam drawers, typically come standard with quality cabinets. Styles that used to only be available in custom cabinets, are readily available to order for less.

What are some design tips in cabinet design that everyone is sure to love?

Increase and utilize extra storage options. With frame less cabinets you can gain up to ten percent more space that would otherwise be wasted space. Ten percent doesn’t seem like much, but  can really make a difference.  For some kitchens, a wall without cabinets make the space seem larger and the addition of a kitchen island can still insure ample storage. There are endless options that can add architectural details to the island such as corner posts or feet to give it that furniture look. With the added counter top space of an island, include a bank of floor to ceiling cabinetry to tuck away your heavier, bulkier items at counter top height that will be easier to retrieve and tuck away.

Create a focal point. Choose a different color section of cabinets on either side of your focal point if it is your oven. Include architectural details like a set of under cabinet corbels. If the stove is off to the side, have the center view be some glass door cabinets on either side of arched open shelving. This can be a great place to display heirlooms or that fancy china set that only gets taken down for special occasions and holidays. Another option is to include integrated cabinet panels to be placed on the front of the refrigerator and dishwasher to help not detract from the focal point. The continuity is more visually appealing.

Add personal details. What would help clear the clutter and facilitate activity in the kitchen? Does someone in your house love to cook? Cooks love pull out spice racks or drawers! Some people prefer storing everyday plates in large dish rack drawers with moveable pegs, rather than an upper cabinet. Specify roll out shelves for lower cabinets and add cabinets for trash and recycling. Create a pocket desk with a drawer to store and charge electronics. if you entertain often buffet style layouts can come in handy. Add a breakfast bar to the island that can be used as a buffet line. If there are multiple cooks in a home or if you have a large family , a second sink could also come in handy!

Consult a Professional. It’s important to know all the cabinet options that are available before planning your new kitchen remodel. Experienced kitchen designers will help give you ideas on how to customize a kitchen to your exact specifications and liking, all while keeping it functional and within your budget. Give us a call today to discuss what your dream kitchen cabinet layout looks like. A meeting with our kitchen designers can make that dream a reality in no time!
Ashley

Did you know ?

imageDoes your home have an emergency escape route in the basement? Did you know you can increase the real estate value to your home by adding a egress door or window to the basement?

Both the Ohio Residential Code, Section 4101:1029 , and the International Residential Code, Section R310, require an egress window in any below level bedroom. An egress window is a window with an opening of no less than 5.7 sq.ft, the bottom of which must be no higher than 44 inches from the inside finished floor. You must be able to open the egress window from the inside without the use of any locking device.

Egress windows are installed  below ground level therefore, a window well is  required. The window well must meet certain requirements in order to ensure a person is able to craw out in the event of an emergency. The window well must have an area of at least 9 square foot, and should be at least 36 inches from the foundation wall. If the window well is deeper than 40 inches, it must be equipped with some form of ladder or steps with the first step no more than 18 inches from the ground and other steps no greater than 12 inches apart.

Aside from code requirements, there are other benefits to having an egress window in basement living space.  If all the other amenities required by building codes are also met, it can be counted as square footage of “habitable space” your home provides. This can be added to your real estate, thus increasing the value of your home.

Egress windows can greatly transform the look of your finished basement. They allow natural light to flow through the space, all while providing safety for you and your loved ones.

We provide quality service and quick installation. Give us a call today, so we can help you transform your space into a safer place .

Foundation Cracks

Do you know how to recognize signs of a settling house? Let’s talk about some of the most common signs, that often times get overlooked.

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The most obvious indicator is your driveway. If it’s starting to crack, there’s a good chance your foundation is as well and needs inspected by a professional. A crack on the interior or exterior walls of your home is also a pretty clear sign that something is wrong.
Other indicators aren’t as blatantly obvious. For instance, new drafts coming through window frames and door jambs are also great indicators that your house is settling may no longer be level. You may also notice doors that don’t latch properly, catch on the floor, or become hard to close and open. When your house shifts, the door and window frames shift with it, and while the frame no longer has those perfect 90 degree angles, the doors or windows themselves still do.
Another sign is furniture not sitting level. Sometimes, this could be a problem with the furniture itself, but if all the legs seem to measure up properly and you still feel like you’re sitting on an ancient barstool, this could be an indication of bigger problems.
Lastly, excess moisture by your baseboards could potentially mean there are structural issues. In some instances, this is only a baseboard problem. However, more often than not, it means ground water is getting in through foundation cracks.
If you have noticed any of these signs in your home, call us today to schedule an inspection and free, no obligation estimate (614)-286-3534.

-Ashley

Spring is Almost Here, What Does That Mean for You and Your Home?

As spring arrives, so does severe weather and thunderstorms. Each season poses different problems for home owners, and every season is different.  Let’s take a look at what spring is doing to our region.

Frost Heaves

Frost heaves occur when the moisture in the soil freezes.  Ice takes up more space than water, so as the ice crystals expand, so does the soil around them.  Then spring comes and those ice crystals melt, leaving air pockets and compacted areas of soil, altering the terrain.  Because of Ohio’s temperamental weather, this freezing and thawing can happen multiple times over the course of a winter (which only makes the problem worse).

Now, frost heaves don’t just affect our roads, they affect anything sitting on our soil.  So if you see a lot of new pot holes in your street or neighborhood, it might be worth your time to take a look around your home for the signs of settling that can lead to structural damage to your home.

Flooding

When thunderstorms hit and bring those heavy rains with them, they knock out any air pockets frost heaves may have left as well as washing away some soil when the water finally drains away.  Thankfully a well-planted yard will help curtail that erosion, but it’s still important to check your home for issues after any major flood.

Spring time in Ohio can certainly wreak havoc on homes. Be sure to keep an eye out for damage to your home and contact a professional at the first sign of damage. In many cases, timely repairs can save you money and further damage.

-Ashley