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Exploring Some of the Most Popular Kitchen Cabinet Trends

Many of the components which make up a kitchen are trends which you might love now, but feel totally different about in a year’s time. To really achieve the look that a homeowner dreams of, it is vital to do a lot of research work first, make a detailed plan, talk with professionals, stay within a budget, and to maximize the space and light the home can provide.

By taking a look at some of the most popular kitchen cabinetry trends, it may help you to choose a style of kitchen cabinet which you’ll still be really happy with in 5 years time. Here are key trends that may have a big impact on your interior.

Kitchen Cabinet

Light and Simple

Shaker style kitchen cabinet doors are renown for their simplicity and there’s simply nothing to not like about them even in 5 years time. White shaker cabinets, or off white are incredibly versatile and look good in both traditional and modern kitchens. If you don’t want a shaker style or a white finish, then our Legacy Oak cabinets offer a pleasing alternative, with their pale golden hues which add a feeling of cosy warmth to any kitchen.

Efficient Interiors

Twenty years or so ago, if your cabinets included a built in spice rack or a Lazy Susan you’d have considered it highly sophisticated. Today’s kitchen cabinets offer all manner of storage options including roll out trays and drawer dividers, and even narrow spaces which would have been covered with a false panel, are designed to accommodate muffin tins and cookie sheets.

Floor to Ceiling Cabinetry

Even if your kitchen is small you can maximize your space by utilizing floor to ceiling cabinets. This look works particularly well along one wall of your kitchen and can house anything from everyday crockery to linens and small appliances.

Built In Appliances

Appliances may be smarter and more high tech than their older counterparts, but it doesn’t mean that everyone wants them on display. Cabinet manufacturers are making it far easier to hide larger appliances behind matching doors to give a sleek streamlined look to the kitchen.

Don’t Be A Square

Instead of going with the flow and opting for a standard rectangular shape of Kitchen Island, why not try an oval or pentagon. Changing the shape of your island creates an interesting look in your kitchen. You don’t have to use the same color cabinets for your entire kitchen either. Why not use a warm color such as our York cherry cabinets for your island and have a paler color such as Heritage White for your perimeter cabinets.

Mix It Up

Drawers, open shelving and cabinets all solve storage problems and by using a mixture of storage options you can get away from what can sometimes be an overload of kitchen cabinets which lends a heavy feel to your design. In addition glass mullion doors make a kitchen look larger and give you the opportunity to show off pretty collections of china.

Bold Accent Colors

A white kitchen can sometimes look a little bland, but you can overcome this by utilizing a bold accent color in the form of paint or wallpaper. Glass fronted cabinets are given more depth by painting the interiors a bold color which contrasts with the color scheme of the kitchen. A retro wallpaper on just one wall can also contrast well with white cabinets and create a focal point of interest.

Stylish Embellishments

Kitchen cabinets no longer need to look like plain boxes, instead some take inspiration from architecture and furniture. Add-ons such as arched openings and fancy feet look stylish and carvings and delicate moldings such as featured in our Glazed Rope cabinets also add a focal point of interest. If you’re looking to update existing cabinetry, then something as simple as some polished chrome pulls and knobs will transform your cabinets.

If you’re looking for kitchen cabinetry which will stand the test of time then online stores would be the best option, they have a huge variety of colors and designs. Many online stores like Granite Creek Cabinetry offer free shipping service. If you want to be sure about the product quality and finish you can order samples before making the final purchase.

How To Organize A Filing Cabinet In Your Home Office

One of the most pressing issues in today’s radically changing work environment is managing and storing information. The trend towards smaller personal work spaces or home offices adopted by majority of small businesses in the US creates the problem of finding more efficient ways of filing and storing. For most home offices whose every square inch of space is precious, de-cluttering your office from files, supplies, resource materials and piles of paper is of prime importance.

Although piles on your work area remind you that you are still working even at the comforts of your home, a desk overrun by these could be nerve-racking. Studies show that cluttered office spaces causes stress and should be immediately eliminated. These visual noises stifle and get in the way of productive thought, and may even cause disharmony and argument over misplaced important documents.

The uptake in technological advancements introduced digital alternatives to paper clutter. Documents can now be scanned, stored in electronic format in personal computers, laptops and removable disks and drives, sent and received through the Internet. However, those documents that are most important and are used on a daily basis should be arranged and stored in another location.

This is where file cabinets come in. The need for file and paperwork organization has made file cabinets staple to small and enterprise-sized businesses alike. Filing cabinets come in two types—lateral and vertical—and all types of materials. Whichever you prefer and purchase should depend largely on your office setup.

Organize A Filing Cabinet

Here are three important things to consider when organizing your filing cabinet:

Type and size of the documents to be filed

It is important to know the measurement of the depth and width of your filing cabinet to see what will accommodate your paperwork—letter size or legal size documents. Drawer weight should also be considered because the amount of documents to be stored should not go beyond the maximum weight that can be taken by each drawer.

Lateral filing cabinets can accommodate both letter size and legal documents arranged horizontally and have a storage capacity more than vertical file cabinets. Traditional vertical cabinets on the other hand are designed to store letter sized papers arranged from front to the back.

Office floor space available

Most home offices have limited floor space. Lateral filing cabinets have wider drawers than vertical ones. Although these allow easy view and inventory of the entire contents of the drawer, they take up significantly more floor space. Vertical filing cabinets meanwhile save up a lot of floor space as these are tall and narrow cabinets that are usually placed against the wall.

Filing system in use

A well planned filing system significantly contributes to the efficiency of having a filing cabinet in your home office. Your record-keeping system should begin with an inventory of your documents to be followed by inspecting and marking your files, doing a follow-up and cross-reference, sorting and filing your papers.

Filing methods, which have individual advantages and disadvantages, include: alphabetical, numeric, geographic, subject and chronological.

The 9 Biggest Misconceptions about Owning a Log Home

Log homes. A part of American history that remind Americans of a simpler time dating back hundreds of years to when pioneers lived off the land in rustic log cabins built with their own two hands. Today, log cabins are more of a luxury than a necessity. Many people yearn for the rustic lifestyle that comes from living in a log home, yet have reservations about making the switch. Want to know the real story? Read on to learn the top 9 biggest myths about log homes!

Aren’t they Energy Hogs?

One of the more common myths about log homes is that they are not energy efficient. This rumor was probably started by individuals who have never lived in a log home or are “concerned” relatives giving free advice to other relatives who are considering building a log home. Understand that like anything else, the ideal log home is one that is well designed, manufactured to modern standards and built by people who know what they are doing. Most building codes only recognize “R” factor which does not take into account the tightness of a well- built log home. It does not take in the mass of wood which holds the heat far better than a flimsy stud home. In short, there is still a reason why log homes are still being built in very cold climates such as Canada and Alaska!

Log Home

American-style log house. Image: wikipedia

Aren’t Termites and Wood Boring Insects a problem?

A very common myth about log homes is that termites and other wood boring insects will be attracted to them and set about devouring them. Wood boring insects are not attracted to large quantities of wood. If the logs are constructed of green, unseasoned logs with the bark still on the logs, then some wood boring insects can become established under the bark during the summer and live there for several years. However, once the wood is dry these insects are not attracted to the logs.

Don’t they cost a fortune?

Some believe that log homes are more expensive than conventional homes. First of all, what is a “conventional” home? Is it a double wide or a modular? Is it a 2×4 framed home with vinyl siding? Is it a Tudor home with field stone exterior? Of course a custom log home with 8 or 10-inch logs will cost more for the logs than a pile of 2x4s and vinyl siding. But the logs will go up faster, saving labor. Generally, people who build log homes don’t finish them off with cheap carpeting, sheet rock, and fixtures. As the exterior walls are the least expensive of any home, the amenities installed within (wood flooring and ceilings, a fireplace, a solid wood paneling on the walls) can boost the price of the home substantially. Some folks believe that after their houses were closed in from the weather, they felt that they were nearly done with the large expenditures for the construction of the home. They start buying better materials and upgrading the cabinets, carpet, etc. Then it isn’t long before they realize that they are going to be running short of money to complete the home. In short, a log home is comparable to a standard home, if you compare the same apples-to-apples.

I’ve heard they are not fire-safe.

This myth states that log homes are a fire hazard. Again this is an argument that goes against common sense and logic. When you start a fire in the fireplace or build a campfire, you start with small pieces of wood…. not large, solid logs. When a fire gets into the walls of a frame home, a chimney is formed in the walls and the spread is rapid. A solid log wall is very resistant to heat due to its mass. When a log home burns, the sub floor, interior walls and the conventional roofing is the first to go. The log walls would be last.

Won’t I pay through the roof for insurance?

There are those who think insurance rates are higher for log homes. This could be the case in some insurance companies. However, generally, insurance rates are comparable to those premiums incurred for any type of house.

Banks will not make a loan on a log home. Of course there are banks that do not want to make a loan on a home that they know nothing about. But most banks will locate comparables in the area in which the log home is being built…so they know how much they can loan to the client for construction. Most banks will treat your loan request as a normal real estate investment.

What about rot?

A very common myth is that log homes will rot easily. Yes, wood does rot, but only between the moisture content of 30% to 60%. There is no such thing as dry rot as wood must be quite moist to rot. So a properly designed log home (or any home for that matter) with adequate roof overhangs, rain gutters, down spouts and periodic maintenance will endure of generations. Most rotting problems are due to the fact that the property owners have defied basic logic and common sense. Furthermore they’ll spend 4 hours each weekend on their lawns, but never seem to be concerned about their homes. The proof in the pudding is seeing the log structures in Europe (and the United States) that are in great shape after hundreds of years.

Don’t they take a lot of time to build?

Log homes require more time to build than a conventional home is yet another common myth. The log walls go up quickly by those who are knowledgeable about log construction. If the weekend do-it-yourself family does it, it takes quite a bit longer. Here is the secret to log construction… when you place a log you have the interior of your home, the exterior of the home, the structural component and the insulation all in one component. After the log walls are up, you are done with the exterior of the home, except for the interior and exterior stain or finish. A frame home has many steps; stud walls, exterior plywood, exterior roofer’s felt, and siding. For the interior the home is insulated, a vapor barrier installed sheet rock with its taping, sanding, taping, sanding, and finally the paint. Whew!

Contractors won’t build log homes.

Most contractors cannot build a log home. This is not true. If they do not want to build it, it is not because the system is too complex, but rather they are like the old dog that doesn’t want to learn new tricks! Even first-time contractors can build a log home. The final product will depend on his willingness to put the same degree of craftsmanship into the log home as he does the frame home that he has built in the past.

I don’t want to deal with the maintenance!

There exists a myth that log homes are hard to maintain. In our present era of “space age” materials, the public has been swamped with claims of low maintenance. When motor vehicles used to have the oil changed at 1,500 miles, now the claim is to change the oil at 6,000 miles. Counter tops, siding, windows and roofing all give the claim of longevity and low maintenance. Well, to use an old adage, if it is worth owning it is worth taking care of. The first step in the maintenance of the log home is proper design. The next step is periodic maintenance with a good stain purchased from a company that specializes in log home products and not something off the shelf of a local discount store. The exterior of the home is the main area of maintenance that must be taken care of during the life of the home. The interior stained or varnished walls will never need to be redone to any normal failure. If little Johnny smears the walls with marker or crayon, then drastic steps must be taken to bring the walls back to their original condition. Always remember that conventional homes with an exterior of paint must be refurbished periodically as well. There is no free lunch and there is no such thing as minimal or extended maintenance.