Spice Up Your Living Room With Cabinetry That Doubles as an Entertainment Center

Are you looking for a great way to save space and enjoy your home entertainment system? A built-in entertainment center with cabinets is a great way to make cramped living areas feel larger. It can also give your living room a polished look.

In this video, you can get a look at how built-in entertainment centers are made. The living room remodel creates a more comfortable and stylish feel. A built-in entertainment center can also enhance your movie-watching experience.

At Fine Cabinetry, LLC we believe that people from every budget and lifestyle should have beautiful cabinets. We offer a wide selection of finely-crafted, environmentally friendly cabinets and countertops suitable for your kitchen, bathroom, office, garage or living room. For more information about our services and products, call us at (215) 375-7836.

Making the Most of a Small Kitchen Space

The kitchen is becoming more than just a food preparation area in today’s society. Yet, on average, the kitchen still remains one of the smaller rooms in the house. The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) considers any kitchen 150 square feet or smaller to be a small kitchen, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it look more spacious with some big ideas.

• Use unique storage solutions. Install high pantry cabinets to eliminate extra small cabinets. Add pullout shelves, rotating inserts and tilt-out bins to increase accessibility and storage within the cabinets. Light colored cabinets, open shelves, wire organizers and glass-front doors will help to lighten the space. Also, by adding more open display shelves/cabinets, the room will look greatly expanded. Too many cabinets, especially made of dark materials, will give the illusion that the room is much smaller.

• Choose appliances wisely. There are numerous high efficiency, sleek appliances that will allow individuals with small kitchens to have the same luxuries as those with large kitchens. Try to keep your cooktop and oven in the same area. This saves valuable counter space. Have microwaves built into the cabinetry to increase counter space. Keep all small appliances stored in either an appliance garage or pantry to maintain a clutter-free workspace.

• Maintain a mix of natural and ambient lighting. A skylight will open the ceiling to more light and raise a portion of the ceiling, visually expanding the space. Bay or greenhouse windows create an open feel. Natural light should be complemented by ambient and task lighting to provide the same feeling during the night.

• Add personalized touch. Display small, simple items that add a personal touch without creating a feel of clutter. Too many displays will cause the kitchen to look much smaller, but the right amount can add to the warmth and provide an illusion of a larger space.

All of these ideas can give your small kitchen that large kitchen feel. NKBA members are the finest professionals in the kitchen and bath industry and can help to make your dream kitchen a reality. To find a member near you or to receive your free NKBA Consumer Kitchen and Bath Workbook, call (800) THE-NKBA or visit www.nkba.org.

Taste and Style in Kitchen & Baths

Taste and Style
Whether you’re a homeowner or looking to become one, chances are you know how overwhelming choosing designs to suit your taste and lifestyle can be. Well, you’re not alone. If you’re confused and not sure what your style is, read on to learn before remodeling your kitchen or bath. It will make the process much easier for you and for your designer!

Victorian – Characterized by steeply pitched roofs, pointed arch windows, elaborate trim along roof edges, high dormers, lancet windows, and other Gothic details. Light fixtures range from chandeliers and kerosene and electric lamps to astrals and sconces. Cabinets are usually weathered looking and made of heavy, real wood with chrome pulls and knobs.

Modern – Moderns styles change from year to year. Most recent designs include sleek, straight and clean lines. Less is more, such as less accessories, hidden appliances, and minimal details. Common materials include stainless steel, marble, granite, and frosted glass. Basic geometric shapes and bold, bright colors such as reds, blues, and yellow or black and white are prevalent.

Southwestern – This style features a lot of detail and craftsmanship. Natural materials such as stucco and hand-painted fabrics are very common, as are wood, quarry tile, ceramic tile, earth tones, and vibrant accessories. Colors usually reflect the nature of the desert such as warm oranges, greens, tans and browns. Southwest kitchens usually incorporate ceramic materials and terra cotta elements.

Traditional – Plays up architectural details such as crown moldings, raised wood paneling and rich, deep colors to enhance the mood and traditional feel. Dark stains, honey tones, semi-opaque paints, wicker baskets, and oak cabinets add to the usually more formal feel than country style.

Country – Rustic, weathered look creates a warm, cozy feeling in a country style home. Common colors range from muted hues to earth tones. Exposed beams, pine paneling, brick and barn boards are elements used to express this style. Fabrics and patterns are a sure way to create a country feeling, as is the use of wallpaper and baskets.

Eclectic – A mix of old and new features combined for a harmonious look. This style is not characterized by a particular color palette, patterns, style, or material but is a mix of extravagant decorations from numerous eras, including hand-me-downs, second-hand items and other recyclables. Kitchens and bathrooms may include modern appliances mixed with antique decorations to the complete opposite

How to Innovate and Organize Your Closet with Cabinetry

In this age of extensive consumer choice, closets that were built for life a few decades ago are ill-equipped to suit our current storage needs. If you do not have the money or the desire to remodel your entire closet, consider organizing it with new, high-functioning cabinetry. One of the best ways to promote effective closet organization, installing new cabinets can free up space, save you time, and spare you the stress associated with making a mess of your clothes and accessories every time you need a specific item. Here are a number of different cabinetry options that a homeowner can choose from when looking to organize his or her closet:

Drawers

Closet drawers make ideal storage solutions for clothing, accessories, socks, and jewelry. A custom-designed set of cabinet drawers can help you maximize space by choosing the size of each drawer based on what will be stored in it. When designing a new set of drawers, allow space in front so that drawers can be opened fully.

Cabinets

Think about the value of having cabinets in the kitchen and the bathroom, and then think about all of the different things you store in your closet. Maximize your closet organization potential buy having new cabinets installed, in which you can store your iron, shoehorn, shoe polish, and even shoes.

Shelves

Shelves are a great space-saver, allowing us to store items much higher (and sometimes lower) than we otherwise would. Once you have determined where you want your drawers and cabinets to be located, you can have your cabinetry remodeling professional fill in the remaining space with strategically placed, custom-designed shelves.

At Fine Cabinetry, LLC we believe that people from every budget and lifestyle should have beautiful cabinets. We offer a wide selection of finely-crafted, environmentally friendly cabinets and countertops suitable for your kitchen, bathroom, office, garage or living room. For more information about our services and products, call us at (215) 375-7836.

How to Upgrade Your Home with Cabinetry

If you’d like to learn more about kitchen remodeling, green cabinetry, and adding a backsplash that complements your cabinets, check out these helpful online resources.

To learn about the health effects of formaldehyde, visit this page from the Environmental Protection Agency.

This blog post from will show you why purchasing cheaper particle board cabinetry may not be the best option.

Here’s a look at some beautiful kitchen backsplash ideas from This Old House.

If you’re thinking about a kitchen remodeling project, read this great article on factors to consider before beginning.

Need backsplash inspiration for your kitchen remodel? Visit this page from HGTV.com.

At Fine Cabinetry, LLC we believe that people from every budget and lifestyle should have beautiful cabinets. We offer a wide selection of finely-crafted, environmentally friendly cabinets and countertops suitable for your kitchen, bathroom, office, garage or living room. For more information about our services and products, call us at (215) 375-7836.

How to Entertain Guests with Your Newly Installed Wet Bar

Do you feel like all of your friends’ homes have great entertainment areas? Are you looking for a remodeling project that will enable you to entertain with pride? The installation of a wet bar, a project that can be as small or as large as you would like it to be, could be the solution you are looking for. With some helpful wet bar design tips and access to an experienced bar cabinet installer and kitchen remodeler, you can make a new wet bar the focal point of your home’s entertainment area in just a few weeks’ time. Here are some tips for entertaining with your new custom wet bar:

Customize Your Design

Since you will be the one entertaining with your wet bar, make sure that the wet bar is custom designed to suit your preferences. Choose cabinetry that is user-friendly and that you find attractive, with a style that suits your tastes. Let your mind run wild, but consult a remodeling professional and go with options you anticipate being pleased with for a long time to come. With the right layout, you will have easy access to all the tools of your entertaining trade.

Diversify its Use

Stock your home bar with a variety of supplies, from a coffee maker to a cocktail shaker. Your wet bar can be the site of a morning coffee gathering with coworkers or a place to relax on a weekday evening with a glass of cognac. When you entertain, it can serve as the primary point of interest for a late-night cocktail gathering.

Localize a Party’s Mess

Keeping all of the drinks coming from the same place where the party ends up gathering ensures that you will save yourself much of the morning-after hassle that comes with throwing a party. By installing the wet bar in an area of your home with appropriate flooring and ample storage space, your new favorite spot to entertain family and friends will be extremely convenient and cost-effective.

At Fine Cabinetry, LLC we believe that people from every budget and lifestyle should have beautiful cabinets. We offer a wide selection of finely-crafted, environmentally friendly cabinets and countertops suitable for your kitchen, bathroom, office, garage or living room. For more information about our services and products, call us at (215) 375-7836.

Steps to a Safe Kitchen

The kitchen is the busiest room in the home. From a food preparation area and dining room to balancing the family checkbook, the kitchen is the center of activity for today’s family. Unfortunately, the kitchen can also be the most dangerous room in the house.

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) has developed a few simple guidelines to keep your kitchen safe.
•Use proper lighting. Good general lighting, supplemented with proper task lighting that’s clearly focused on a work surface, can greatly decrease your chance of injury while preparing a meal. Also, the lighting should not produce any glare or shadows on the surface.
•Use slip-resistant flooring. Falling with a hot casserole or a sharp knife in your hand can have serious consequences. A slip-resistant material on your floor, such as matte-finished wood or laminate, textured vinyl or a soft-glazed ceramic tile, will do the trick. If you select tile, try using a throw rug with a non-skid backing as an added precaution, especially around areas that get wet.
•Keep a fire extinguisher handy. The NKBA recommends that a fire extinguisher be visibly located near a room exit, away from cooking equipment. Never store an extinguisher near or under a cooktop or range. If a fire is to occur, those areas will likely be the cause and make an extinguisher stored in that area unreachable.
•Regulate water temperatures and devices. Install faucets with anti-scald devices that prevent water temperature from rising to dangerous levels, or buy pressure-balanced valves that equalize hot and cold water. Faucets are also available that can be preprogrammed to your desired temperature setting.
•Find a safe cooktop. Avoid being scalded by steam from a boiling pot by staggering burners on your cooktop or have one straight row of burners. Choose a unit with controls along the side or in the front.
•Keep electrical switches, plugs and lighting fixtures away from water sources and wet hands. Building codes require that every electrical receptacle be grounded and protected with ground-fault circuit interrupters, which shut off the room’s electric current if there is a power surge or moisture is present. In addition, the NKBA recommends all wall-mounted room controls be 15 inches to 48 inches above the finished floor.
•Use the space safely. Think about how traffic will flow through the kitchen and make sure no one will interfere with your space when cooking. Locate microwaves conveniently above the floor to avoid reaching to retrieve food. Slide-out trays and bins in base cabinets make storage items more accessible and eliminate bending. Avoid putting a range near an entrance or exit. And lastly, avoid sharp corners on the ends of countertops, especially islands and peninsulas, by having them rounded.

To ensure your kitchen meets and exceeds all safety standards, look to a professional to design your kitchen. NKBA members are the finest professionals in the kitchen and bath industry, and their top priority it to make your kitchen fashionable, functional and, above all else, safe.

Is it Time to Remodel your Kitchen?

The National Kitchen & Bath Association offers advice on when and why to update.
Many homeowners think their kitchen is outdated from the looks of their worn cabinets, dated appliances and crackled countertop. What they may not realize is that there are many other reasons, more important than cosmetic, why a kitchen needs to be remodeled.

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) offers the following tips to help homeowners evaluate the current condition of their kitchen and decide if the time is right for a remodel.
•Adequate space: Are you satisfied with the amount of counter space, cabinet space and floor space in your kitchen? The position of your refrigerator or shape of your counter may be taking away useful workspace. According to the NKBA Kitchen and Bath Planning Guidelines, when replacing a countertop or changing the shape of your kitchen, keep in mind that a total of 158″ of countertop frontage, 24″ deep with at least 15″ of clearance above, is needed to accommodate all uses, including landing area, preparation/work area and storage.
•Traffic flow: If there’s more than one cook in your household, you may want to consider making more room around the main workspace. If you enjoy entertaining, you may want an open plan kitchen that allows for more social interaction between the kitchen and other rooms. According to the NKBA Kitchen Planning Guidelines, the width of a walkway should be at least 36″ and the width of a work aisle should be at least 42″ for one cook and at least 48″ for multiple cooks.
•Children: Depending on whether or not you have children, and their ages, your kitchen may need to be remodeled. Dated appliances and the design of your kitchen can be hazardous for young kids. If you are in the process of extending your family, you may want more room for cooking larger meals and lower cabinets for easier access to children’s food. Based on the NKBA Kitchen Planning Guidelines, microwave ovens should be installed 3″ below the principal user’s shoulder but no more than 54″ above the floor to avoid accidents. The NKBA also suggests avoiding sharp corners on countertops with kids around.
•Efficiency: If your appliances are dated, they may be costing you more money than you expect. New technological advances with dishwashers, disposals and refrigerators could save you a considerable amount of money and may be well worth the investment. For example, purchasing a dishwasher with low-energy consumption, delay timer and economy cycle or half-load button will result in saving water and money.
•Universal Design: Is your kitchen accessible to individuals with disabilities? Will you be able to use your kitchen safely as you get older? Considering these issues is vital in a kitchen remodel. Employing Universal Design techniques in the remodel will help assure that the space is as accessible to or useable by all people, regardless of age, size or physical ability without the need for adaptation or specialized design later on.
•Location: Thinking about adding a deck to the side or back of your house? Incorporating a door into the layout of your kitchen would be a great convenience for outdoor entertaining. You also may want to rearrange the position of windows to allow more or less sunlight or to watch your children play in the yard. When rearranging the layout of your kitchen, according to the NKBA guidelines, the clear opening of a doorway should be at least 32″ wide, which would require a minimum of 2’10” door. Keep in mind that a cooking surface should never be located under an operable window.

Before you remodel your kitchen, make a checklist of major and minor problems and keep notes of the features you dislike and like the most. When it comes time to sit down with a qualified kitchen and bath designer, they’ll know exactly how to suit your needs, taste and style. For more information about remodeling and the safety of your kitchen, the full list of the NKBA Kitchen and Bath Planning Guidelines or to request a free NKBA Kitchen and Bath Consumer Workbook, and to find a qualified NKBA professional, visit www.nkba.org or call NKBA Customer Service at (800) THE-NKBA.

The NKBA Reports Kitchen & Bath Styles

The results are in from a recent survey of designers conducted by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) to reveal the key design trends for 2010. The results of the NKBA 2010 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends Survey confirmed the continuation of a number of existing trends in the marketplace, but also uncovered others that indicate shifts in the direction that kitchen and bath style will take this year. Below are 2010’s seven kitchen trends and four bath trends.
KITCHENS
1. Traditional is the New Contemporary:Traditional will continue as the most popular kitchen design style in 2010, with contemporary following closely behind, while the Shaker style is seeing a surprisingly strong resurgence. Shades of whites and off-whites will be the most common kitchen colors in 2010, while brown, beige, and bone hues will also be popular.
2. Cherry on Top:Cherry will remain the most popular wood for kitchen cabinetry, followed closely by maple, while alder increases in use. As for the finishes placed on those cabinets, medium natural, dark natural, glazed, and white painted will all be common. Other colors of painted cabinetry and light natural finishes are in decline, however, as are distressed finishes.
3. Floored by Tile:Ceramic and porcelain tile, as well as natural stone tile, remain popular kitchen flooring options, but hardwood will dominate the kitchen landscape more than ever in 2010. For countertops, granite continues to be the most popular option, but quartz will nearly catch up in popularity. For backsplashes, ceramic or porcelain tile and glass will serve as the primary materials.
4. Flexible Faucets:Standard kitchen faucets will become less standard in 2010 in favor of more convenient models. Pull-out faucets continue to increase their market dominance, while pot filler faucets will also become more prevalent. Kitchen faucets will most often be finished in brushed nickel, followed by stainless steel, satin nickel, and—surprisingly—polished chrome.
5. Undercounter Refrigeration:French door and freezer-bottom are the two most popular styles of refrigerators, and side-by-side refrigerators remain a popular option. A surprising trend is the extent to which undercounter refrigerator drawers are being used in the latest kitchen designs. Perhaps even more surprising is that under counter wine refrigerators have been recently specified by half of kitchen designers.
6. A Range of Cooking Options:The tried-and-true range continues to serve as the workhorse for cooking, although the combination of a cook top and wall oven is beginning to overtake it. Gas will maintain its position as the most popular type of cook top over electric, although induction cooking continues to gain in popularity due to its energy efficiency.
7. Dishwasher-in-a-Drawer:Standard dishwashers, with the traditional door that pulls from the top down, will once again be easily the most common type in 2010. However, an increasing number of dishwasher drawers will be installed in kitchens this year for their convenience and their ability to wash small loads of dishes in each drawer, thereby saving water and electricity.

BATHROOMS
1. In With the Old, Out with the New Traditional will be the most popular design style in bathrooms in 2010, as contemporary designs will be a distant second, followed by the Shaker style as an even more distant third. Beiges and bones will be the most common colors used in bathrooms, followed by whites and off-whites, and then by browns, indicating a somewhat subdued color palette this year.
2. Ceramic and Granite:Ceramic and porcelain tile will be the dominant flooring materials in bathrooms this year, while natural stone will continue to prove popular as well. Though increasingly popular in kitchens, hardwood flooring won’t become common in bathrooms in 2010. For vanity tops, granite will remain king, with quartz and marble also proving popular options.
3. Simple Fixtures:Perhaps more than ever, the most common color for fixtures will be white. Bisque and off-white will be the only other fixture colors at all common in new or remodeled bathroom. For sinks, simple under mount models will be most popular, followed by integrated sink tops, drop-in sinks, vessel sinks, and pedestal sinks.
4. A Nickel for Every Finish:Faucet finishes in the bathroom are similar to those used in current kitchen designs, with brushed nickel continuing to lead the way in 2010. Polished chrome and satin nickel will also be incorporated into many bathrooms, just as they had been throughout 2009. These faucet finishes will be followed by bronze and stainless steel.

The Right Way to Pick A Remodeling Professional

Remodeling a kitchen or bathroom can be overwhelming for any homeowner. This is not a do-it-yourself project – remodeling these rooms is very different from a bedroom, dining room or family room. A specialized professional should be brought in to make accurate measurements, suggest proper materials and design a functional, safe and cost-efficient space that specifically reflects a homeowner’s taste and lifestyle. Whether it is new construction or a remodel, let an NKBA professional add value to your investment by applying their experience and expertise to the job.
To ease the process and help homeowners find an appropriate professional that will guide them through the stages of remodeling, the NKBA offers the following tips:
•Do your research. Pick several designers or dealers in your area; meet with each of them and trade ideas and suggestions. Make sure they’re qualified for your needs and ask to see past projects and/or a portfolio.
•Clean, neat showrooms. Showrooms serve as a way for designers and dealers to showcase their work. When a showroom is messy, missing elements of displays or not completed professionally, it might be a warning signal to look elsewhere.
•Interesting designs. Look for a professional who designs outside the box. This is a major investment and you don’t want to settle for the status quo.
•Well-constructed presentations. Craftsmanship is just as important as innovative designs. If your kitchen or bathroom isn’t built well, you’ll feel as though it was a wasted investment.
•Broad range of styles. You’ll want a professional who can create more than one look. If all the products or designs have a similar look, you won’t be able to personalize your space.
•Friendly, helpful staff. A kitchen or bath remodel could take months to complete. You will be in close contact with these professionals during this time and you want it to be an enjoyable experience.
•Satisfied client references. If a designer is unable to provide you with a list of satisfied clients, it may be an indication that you will not be satisfied either.
•NKBA Membership. Membership in the NKBA symbolizes the finest the kitchen and bath industry has to offer. NKBA members specialize in kitchens and bathrooms and you will be able to benefit from this focused expertise.
Pick the NKBA professional that satisfies your taste and style most. You should never be persuaded to do anything you don’t like or that doesn’t fit into your budget. NKBA members are the finest professionals in the industry and can help to make your dream kitchen and bath a reality.FINE Cabinetry is a proud member of the NKBA.