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May

27

Cabinet Frames: Frameless and Face Frame

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

There are two types of cabinet construction: face frame and frameless (also called European-style).

Face frame cabinets, as their name implies, have a frame around the front of the cabinet. Frameless cabinets don’t. You can usually tell the difference between the two types of cabinet construction by the way the doors and drawers fit against the front. Bathroom cabinets are made using these same techniques.

Another difference between the two styles is that, because the face frame adds rigidity to the construction, face-frame cabinets usually don’t have a top panel or a full back (or the back may be made of quite thin material). Also, frameless base cabinets are usually mounted on top of a separate plinth or toekick; face frame cabinets have integral bases.
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A face-frame cabinet has a 1 by 2 frame that rims the cabinet’s front edges, masking the construction and strengthening the box. Doors or drawer fronts normally overlay the frame but they may be flush or offset. Standard offset hinges are partially visible from the front.

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The frameless cabinet utilizes European-style connectors and hinges to create a contemporary look with flush doors and hidden hinges. This method of construction is often used with laminate cabinets. Frameless cabinets usually have a solid top and back and base units sit on a separate plinth.

May

27

“Green” Cabinetry

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

You might not think of your kitchen or bath cabinets as having an effect on your home’s air quality, but some materials and finishes used in their manufacture may contain formaldehyde, which, if inhaled, can cause a condition that increases your sensitivity to other chemicals, such as those in paints, finishes, and even cosmetics. Even small amounts of formaldehyde can increase your risk of nose- and lung-related cancers.

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Stock cabinets are often made from medium- density fiberboard (MDF), which is essentially the waste from lumber mills (sawdust and shavings) pressed together with resin to create a solid piece of material. That resin, and some of the finishes used to stain and seal the members, contains formaldehyde.

To avoid the health risks and environmental effects of formaldehyde, you can install cabinetry made of PrimeBoard or of solid wood. Unlike MDF, PrimeBoard is made from wheat straw and a non-formaldehyde resin. If you choose solid wood, try to go with something environmentally sustainable such as bamboo. Cabinets should be made entirely of these alternative materials, not just the doors or drawer fronts.

“Green” cabinetry can be hard to find and is expensive because only a few manufacturers produce it—although more are beginning to offer formaldehyde-free products. To keep your budget in check, try looking for used solid-wood cabinets at salvage-supply stores, and install metal shelving where its appearance won’t be prominent, such as in the garage or pantry.

Unless you’re adept at carpentry projects, installing cabinetry is a job for a professional with the right skills and tools, especially for base cabinets, which will also need a countertop installed. If you are an experienced DIYer, you can find installation instructions for both cabinets and countertops in the Interior Improvements area of HomeTips.

May

26

Preparing to Install New Kitchen Cabinets

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

When installing new cabinets, plan to do the job after completion of rough wiring and plumbing but before the finish flooring has been installed. By installing the flooring after cabinet installation, you won’t use more flooring than needed and the new floors are less prone to construction damage.

Unpack your cabinets and make sure all components are on hand. If your cabinets arrive disassembled, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for assembly. Wait until after cabinet installation to add drawers, doors, and shelves. If you remove any parts, be sure to label them so you can return them to their proper places.
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The wall that backs cabinets should be level, smooth, and clean. To check it for flatness, place a long straightedge against it. Mark any bumps or voids so that, during installation, you can adjust for them.

When moving them around, you will discover that upper cabinets are heavy–just imagine their weight when they’re loaded with dinnerware and food. For this reason, it is imperative that they be fastened very securely to the wall stud framing behind the wall’s surface material. And the screws you use must go through a strong part of the cabinet such as a support rail that runs along the cabinet back. Every cabinet should be secured by at least three screws which penetrate the wall framing by at least 1 1/2 inches. For cabinet installation techniques, see How to Install Kitchen Cabinets.

May

19

Incredible Tubs and Sinks by Stone Forest

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

I have a true respect for artisans that can take natural elements and transform them into beautiful works of art. Stone Forest has created unparalleled hand carved Japanese and contemporary sculptures and water fountains since 1989. They use a myriad of stones from granite, marble and travertine which gives their work structural integrity that man made materials cannot provide. Each piece is carved with hammer and chisel and bears the character of the rock as well as the inspiration of the stonecutter. The presence of this timeless beauty gives your home or garden the hint of eternity.

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Stone Forest specializes in sinks, fountains, furniture, bath tubs, sculptures, and table ware. Equally impressive are the hammered bronze and stainless items that have an obvious hand made character with hammer marks, solder points, and minor oxidation suggesting old world craftsmanship.

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May

19

Custom Kitchens

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

There offers some great custom kitchens in collection. These pictures showcase some of their creations which touch on many decorative styles making it a versatile option for home owners.

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Their latest release is called “Macassar”, which is the first two pictures in this article. The ebony version has a wonderful color scheme that really draws out the colors in the kitchen. Pls visit KBC here for more information.

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May

19

Kitchen Redesign: Advantages and Disadvantages

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

There are a number of advantages to having a kitchen redesign. The greatest benefit is that the value of your home is increased. The increased value depends on the quality of the workmanship in the project. If your kitchen redesign is done properly, the value goes up. If you do not decide to sell and you are enhancing its aappearance based on your needs or the needs of your family, you will find that a kitchen redesign project will make the room your family spends a lot of time in more warm and inviting.

A disadvantage of a kitchen redesign project is the cost. If you decide to make small improvements such as replacing appliances the cost will be less than if you decide to do a major kitchen redesign which may include moving walls, changing the surface of the floor, changing the kitchen cabinets, adding marble countertops, and so on.

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A kitchen redesign project can be a do-it-yourself project or it can be professionally designed and the work can be done by a professional contractor. If you are handy with plumbing and electricity, you may want to make small changes yourself. However, it is always better to have a professional install an appliance such as gas stoves. Leaks can prove fatal to you and your family. Another disadvantage to do-it-yourself is familiarity with all the tools you will need to work with. You may injure yourself and this could cause you to lose time from work. You also need to consider the time it will take for you to make the changes.

An interior designer can assist you in the proper placement of fixtures and accessories as well as help you with the overall look and feel of the room. The interior designer draws up the plans and the contractor completes the work. Interior designers may also be able to get you a discount on the fixtures you need for your kitchen redesign.

You should research your ideas as to how you want your kitchen to look. Looking through magazines, books, and rooms on the Internet will give you ideas. You should clip pictures or print them out so you can discuss them with the designer if you decide to work with a professional.

When you decide on a kitchen redesign project, you will essentially get a new kitchen. It does not matter if it is just a change in cabinets, putting in a new sink or a new floor. When the project is completed, you will feel good about your new kitchen.

May

19

Contemporary Kitchen Design Ideas

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Contemporary Kitchen Design Ideas

Many people, when decorating their homes or rebuilding a certain part of their house, prefer a more traditional or vintage design. Others want to demonstrate that style can be achieved by using contemporary design. Maybe, the most modified and experimented space or room in a house from this point of view is the kitchen. Contemporary kitchens have a very refreshing appearance. Contemporary Kitchen Design Ideas They are very beautiful, functional and welcoming.

With contemporary design in the kitchen, minimalism, based on simplicity, style and geometry may be a good idea. Asymmetrical designs are also in fashion these days. Redesigning your kitchen in a contemporary style does not mean only choosing cold colors, adequate materials or the right position of each item. It also includes very little detail in the kitchen, contemporary-kitchen-design-ideas.jpgincluding all fixtures. A contemporary kitchen will never have old, rusty faucets, duct-taped pipes or fixtures and so on.Contemporary Kitchen Design Ideas

When it comes to the materials used, ideas are based on man-made materials originating in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Materials may include chrome, steel, molded plywood, acrylic, glass, concrete or plastic. If you don’t want a rather industrial design for your kitchen, there is always the option of using natural materials. These materials include granite, wood, stone or slate. Natural materials cast away the industrial touch in the design and also add some color and a more welcoming feel to the kitchen.Contemporary Kitchen Design Ideas

If some lines were drawn around the style which defines a contemporary kitchen, the following elements could be identified:Contemporary Kitchen Design Ideas

  • geometric lines and angles

  • adjustable and luxurious lighting systems

  • door inserts, horizontal lift or basic slab door styles and frosted glass

  • cabinets with no frames

  • bold or white laminate surfaces

  • metal items

  • grained woods

  • sweeping curves on cabinets and countertops

Another trend regarding contemporary kitchen designs has to do with eco-friendly materials and universal design. These provide flexibility, safety measures, and an intuitive way of using the kitchen. Green design is about energy saving, health and using ecological materials for the kitchen.Contemporary Kitchen Design Ideas

Redesigning or building a kitchen is not really as simple as it seems. There are a lot of things one needs to know. It is not recommended to start such a project on your own if you have no experience in carpentry or plumbing. Of course, it is your responsibility to choose the design for your kitchen. However, if you are specialized in this field, you should not lose yourself among plumbing supplies to try to determine the construction base for your new project.

Given all these details, contemporary kitchens fall into a very generous category. Many designs are available. It is all about imagining the right environment for your home.Contemporary Kitchen Design Ideas

May

19

Choosing the Right Bathroom Vanity Design

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

One of the easiest ways to revamp your bathroom is with a new bathroom vanity. The most important feature when picking a bathroom vanity is the design; they really make the space more pleasant. A new vanity under your bathroom sink will not only give you a place to store away items, but can also add more counter space to put all your toiletries on.

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Often when people plan a bathroom remodel, they neglect the storage. With several people sharing one home, though, having a vanity to store all the items they need in the bathroom is a good feature. Reducing clutter also adds to the beauty and design of your bathroom space.

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When shopping for new vanities, you must first measure the amount of space you’ll be able to devote to the new vanity. Most vanities come in widths of 18 inches up to 48 inches, in increments of 6 inches. There are many different designs to consider, as well. Your vanity should coincide with other fixtures and design features in your bathroom. There are modern, classic, deco, antique, and many other styles to choose from. They don’t just come in wood, either; there are many different materials to choose from.

There are generally a few categories bathroom storage units will fall under. There are those with cabinetry, which could be vanity cabinets, wall cabinets, recessed cabinets and medicine cabinets. Some vanities or storage pieces also have open shelving. Then there are over the toilet cabinets and linen closets. As far as design goes, cabinet vanities are often the most aesthetically pleasing. There are face-frame vanity cabinets, which are more traditional and formal. Then there are frameless vanity cabinets and European style vanities, which are more modern.

It’s a good design choice to match any period-style cabinets with period-style knobs and pulls in your bathroom. As far as vanity cabinet countertops go, you have a few choices. There are laminates, ceramic tile, wood, composite materials or solid surface materials including stone, stainless steel and concrete. Laminates, composites, solid surface materials and stainless steel are easier to scratch, but composites or solid surface materials are very easy to repair or replace. Wood is beautiful, but must be maintained. Stone countertops are the most durable and aesthetically pleasing, but they are more expensive.

Ceramic tile is probably the most common bathroom vanity surface material. It’s durable and doesn’t stain easily. You can also find a lot of choices, because they’re so common. Whatever material and style you choose, making the effort to find a bathroom vanity that suits your storage and design needs will pay off. New bathroom vanities add more storage and a pleasant look to your bathroom.

May

19

Party Sink Design

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

There are many reasons to install a new kitchen sink in your home. Whether your existing sink is leaking, rusting or is simply outdated, installing a kitchen sink is a simple job that can completely rejuvenate the look of your kitchen.

Introducing… New Innovative / Modern Sinks

Featured below is a new “party” kitchen sink from Elkay, a great remodeling idea. This is definitely not your everyday sink – and it will make quite an impression on your guests. Guaranteed. A variety of party sinks are available on this website: http://www.kitchen-bathroom-cabinet.com  but read on to learn more about the different types of kitchen sinks you can choose from.

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There is a wide array of styles of sinks available. Some of the more common kitchen sink styles include:

Copper and Brass Sinks – If you are looking to add some old world styling to your kitchen, copper and brass kitchen sinks can do that with a modern twist. It is important to care for copper and brass sinks properly, however, so they do not turn green.
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Stainless Steel Sinks – Still one of the most popular kitchen sink materials available, stainless steel sinks will last for years without rusting and will maintain their attractive appearance through years of abuse.

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Glass Sinks – Glass has become a popular material for kitchen sinks in recent years. Available in a variety of styles and vibrant colors, glass kitchen sinks are available in drop in and undermount models.

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Fireclay Sinks – Fireclay sinks are a form of ceramic sink that are extremely durable and attractive. Available in a variety of styles and with painted designs, you are sure to find a fireclay kitchen sink that matches your personal style.

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May

2

New Kitchen Sink Technology by Dornbracht

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

New Kitchen Sink Technology by Dornbracht

In its Water Zones product line, Dornbracht introduces new kitchen sink technology to allow a home owner to take the best from commercial and residential kitchen sink design ideas. Most commercial lines allow for simple things like filling a pan with water or a very long nozzle to reach pots and pans. Water Zones introduces a series of fittings that can be selected in the sink setup that will allow for different types of functionality to meet the needs of your kitchen. More information: here.

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