Ways to Make Your Bathroom Look Bigger Through Cabinets and Storage

The bathroom is many people’s comfort zones. Evidently, it will not be called comfort rooms if it is not. Many prefer this part of the home to be as spacious as possible, but, the reality is, most often than not, this room compensates to the lack thereof.

Fret not! You don’t really need to knock down some walls to expand the room. One of the most common techniques—and the most functional one too: proper cabinet and storage placement.

Here are some tips for your mind to think your bathroom is bigger than what it really is:

Choose/Paint the cabinet doors monochromatic with the lightest shade possible.

Following the theme of your bathroom, choose cabinets that goes and blends in mono-chromatically. If it’s possible, go with the lightest shade possible. The color white (or light colors) reflects light, be it natural light from the sun or supplied by lighting fixtures. If the light touch cabinet surfaces, it will bounce back, making the room seem brighter, hence bigger and more spacious. If you want to trick your mind into thinking that your bathroom is actually bigger, install white tiles, paint your walls and your ceilings white.

If you have wooden cabinetry, opt for using lighter woods as opposed to dark colored woods.  A light colored wood will allow for more light to reflect off of surfaces and will not make the room look more cramped than it already is.

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Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. featured in the 2014 Southern Living Idea House

Stay with the same tone and color.

If white is not your thing, you can choose any color to paint your bathroom. But, keep in mind that the lighter it is the better it would be for the illusion of a much spacious room. Try to keep the decor in one shade. According to experts, painting everything with a unifying color will make those unusual shapes disappear, and the space will visually expand. “It cuts down on the number of transitions and planes intersecting, therefore creating a cleaner, more expansive upper space in the room,” they advise.

Keep in mind, though, that even monochromatic dark shades will make your bathroom look smaller, so going as light as possible is the best way to go.

Place cabinets strategically.

Think of the spaces in your bathroom that you don’t usually go to—say for example, above the doorway. Typically, the space above a doorway is vacant.  Especially, if you have higher ceilings than the minimum clearance you can install decorative storage shelves to house bath tub salts, scrubs etc. You can also use the shelf for storing extra toilet paper and cleaners to free up valuable storage area below the sink

Maximize vertical space.

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Consider having cabinetry built to extend up to the ceiling. Adding color at a vertical height will cause the eye to go up and therefore enlarge the bathroom space and feel. It is also a wise use of the space above head, which will not make you feel cramped inside the bathroom.

Consider open storage cabinets.

Open storage shelves trick the mind that it is not occupying as much space as possible, because the eyes see what’s beneath it. At the same time, it allows owners to use it as a display rack, as well as to keep the necessities in a decorative manner. But, keep in mind that if you decide on open storage for your bathroom, you should be mindful of clutter and adding too many items on the shelves.

Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. featured in the 2016 Southern Living Idea House
Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. featured in the 2016 Southern Living Idea House

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About the Author:

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James Coleman – Senior Director of Relations and Business Development of Luxury Commercial Bath

James Coleman is the Senior Director of Relations and Business Development of Luxury Commercial Bath, and the President of DIRECT Show Flooring. Luxury Commercial Bath has been proven a leader in the Hospitality Bathroom Remodeling Industry and aims to provide the best services for bathroom remodeling in the hospitality industry (director which involves hotels, restaurants, bars, etc.).

A Guide To Choosing The Right Door Style For You

Recessed panel door styles, often referred to as Shaker, are one of the most popular cabinet styles.  Loved by many homeowners because of its simple clean lines and sharp squared edges. Wellborn Cabinet has the perfect door to suit this style “Prairie”, which transcends all 3 Wellborn Cabinet series: Select, Premier, and Estate.  It is available in a multitude of wood species, stain colors, and painted finishes. This door style comes with a slab style drawer front for the purist approach and more modern look, but Wellborn Cabinet does give you the option to change the drawer front to a five-piece configuration consisting of recessed center panel. Therefore the drawer and door would come in the same profiling for a seamless classic look.

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Prairie door style in Cherry with a Caramel stain
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Prairie door style in Cherry with a Sienna stain and Charcoal glaze

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One advantage of the Prairie door style is that it blends in perfectly for almost all types of decors. Whether you have a classic country kitchen, an airy farmhouse kitchen or a modern chic bathroom, this cabinet will fit right in. Change the wood species to Oak or Hickory for distinct texture and graining, providing a welcome transition from the surrounding surfaces.

Paints and Stains

Recessed panel door styles, like the Prairie, Hancock, Bristol and Bishop to name a few, come in a wide variety of painted, stained, and glazed color hues to choose from. However, if you have your heart set on that special paint color, then no need to worry because Color Inspire is the custom paint program just for you. If Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore or Valspar makes it, you can get it.  Creating endless possibilities for the perfect space to be yourself.  Color plays a major role in the style of the space, so discover the choices offered.  Glacier white is an especially popular color right now, but don’t be surprised to see painted Bleu and Willow or stained Drift and Shadow for those island accents.  A paint finish allows the cabinet to retain its timeless classic style. The only downside is hairline cracks showing up at the joinery, over time as the wood shrinks and expands.

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ColorInspire kitchen (SW Espalier 6734) featured in Wellborn’s KBIS booth (2016,2017)

Finish Techniques

Wellborn Cabinet offers 8 different finish techniques that can be applied to the cabinetry to give it that special touch in completing the overall look of the space. Antiqued is cabinetry aged with care.  Its features include rub through on the corners, small dents and worm holes, and burnishing.  Cottage enhances the cozy country charm by adding splatter marks.  Seaside feels light and breezy on painted finishes with burnishing to the corners and dry brushing with Slate glaze. These finishes give the cabinet a slightly stressed and aged finish. The wood goes through a sanding process after which a special glaze is applied on the surface. Because of the added steps involved in techniques, you can expect to pay a slight up charge to achieve the look.

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Alternatively, we are seeing less use of the Thermofoil door styles, like Nantucket and Newport, since painted finished have become more popular. A high-quality foil is pressed to a MDF substrate under intense heat.  The resulting cabinet has a light texture and is very durable.  Thermofoil cabinets are best for the bathroom because they can withstand high-moisture environments. The risk with using them in the kitchen is damage from heat. The foil tends to yellow when exposed to prolonged use of heat.

Finally, there is 24 -step superb finishing process, called Wellguard, that all stained doors and drawer fronts are subject too.  From hand selecting the finest woods to start, hand applied stain, 3 coats of sealer, all baked-on with a UV curing/ drying process.  Wellborn Cabinet takes great pride and care with the finishing of their wood products to ensure a superior product.  The process has been tested against 17 common household chemicals and food products with the long-lasting results.

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Choose Your Style

Whether it is the kitchen, bathroom or bedroom, your choice in cabinetry will greatly determine the resulting overall room style. Consider carefully the door style, color and finish you choose for your cabinetry. T

Read more about shaker style cabinets by our friends at Sebring Services.

About The Author

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Written by Bryan Sebring of Sebring Services, located in Naperville, Illinois. Sebring Services provide bathroom remodeling, kitchen remodeling, and basement finishing design-build services.

Islands in The Stream

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Is your kitchen lacking storage? Style? How about seating? Needing a pop of color?

If you find yourself answering yes to any of the above questions, have you considered adding an island to your kitchen space? If you already have an island, have you considered an ‘island makeover’?

By adding or updating your kitchens island, storage space can be drastically increased, additional seating can be added as well as the opportunity to transform your space from simple and uniform to bold and exciting!

Additional storage can be achieved in the form of increased drawers, accessories, pull out shelves, etc. Likewise, a creative twist can be added with a play on color and textures.

Here are a few creative island ideas that will add storage, style and extra seating to totally transform any space from boring to bold!

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An island can be beneficial to your kitchen design for many reasons, including the potential to increase available storage.

Below, two beverage coolers, a microwave and a warming oven were added to this kitchen island.

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Style Watch

If you have the luxury of building or remolding your home, consider turning your island into the focal point of your design. The below islands were given series style and creativity, with the help of Wellborn Cabinet cabinetry.

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A Place to Gather

‘The Kitchen Is The Heart Of The Home”

Many families find themselves gathered in the kitchen laughing and enjoying life together. Turn your island into a place to gather by including an island that provides room for seating.

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The key to creating the perfect kitchen island for you and your family is planning. Use every square inch effectively and you’ll be surprised at how your kitchen space can be transformed into the beautiful design of your dreams!

Blog written by Ashley Robinson – Public Relations Specialist Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. – arobinson@wellborn.com

5 Home Improvement Projects That Pay Off Big

Not all home improvement projects will reward your time and money equally. While some may pay back big dividends, other remodels could actually reduce the resale value of your home. Choose to make enhancements which are highly sought-after by buyers, so they’ll confer the added benefit of raising the market value of your property.

Consider the five home improvements we recommend below if you’re keen on turning your home into an even better investment.

  1. Front Door Finesse

When prospective buyers check out your building, they can’t help but notice the front door. Installing a new, steel door will not only make the premises seem more attractive, but it will also strengthen your home’s overall security. You may be able to boost the energy efficiency of your house with a new unit as well because old doors tend to leak air through crevices in the molding or the actual material of the door itself.

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  1. Keep the Kitchen Current

Most people spend a lot of time in their kitchens preparing food, eating meals and just hanging out with their close friends and family. Therefore remodeling the kitchen space is something many homeowners put at the top of their list.

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Wellborn Cabinet Inc. – Wellborn.com

Depending upon budget, you can start off small with new sink faucets, lights and appliances. If you have the budget to do more, consider new cabinetry. Updating cabinetry has proven as a solid investment when remodeling your home. A beautiful kitchen is a surefire way to boost the enjoyment you get from your home as well its overall resale value.

(For more information on upcoming kitchen trends, click here)

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  1. Siding Replacement

Just as your front door sets the tone for anyone who enters your house, so does siding for anyone who looks at your building from the outside. Today’s siding solutions often come with lifetime guarantees, so you’ll get a long-lasting upgrade to your home’s exterior when you spring for new siding. Siding doesn’t demand much maintenance, and it serves as a protective layer atop the outdoor surfaces of your house.

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  1. Boost Your Home’s IQ

The features now possible with would have seemed farfetched just a few short years ago. From lights that turn themselves on and off to wireless thermostats that “remember” to regulate temperatures, smart home technology can make your residence more comfortable and more responsive to your needs. They also cater to security-related concerns, because with the addition of a video surveillance system or doorbell camera, you’ll be able to see who comes to visit you before opening the door.

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These products are more affordable than they have been in the past, but it’s still important to choose equipment that’s secure and reliable; otherwise, the hassles of operating the machinery may in fact decrease the enthusiasm of potential purchasers.

  1. Deck or Patio Installation

Outdoor home improvements provide an expansion of your living spaces at a much lower cost than a custom addition would. With the right deck or patio, you can establish a location for enjoying nature without subjecting yourself to the full force of the elements. Their reasonable price tags and broad appeal among buyers of all kinds make decks and patios some of the most cost-effective ways of heightening the charm and allure of homes.

Almost everything you do to your property will have an effect – either positive or negative – on its market value. Select the home remodeling projects you embark with care, and you’ll thereby satisfy your wish to live in enviable surroundings while also setting yourself up to earn a nice profit when it’s time to sell.

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About the Author:

Beth Kotz is a freelance business writer specializing in new technology and homeowner finance. Beth earned a BA in Communications and Media from DePaul University in Chicago, IL, where she continues to live and work.

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Let’s Recap! 2017 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show

Wellborn Cabinet Inc. was thrilled to yet again attend the national Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), marking this a 30-year tradition for Wellborn. Each year Wellborn Cabinet employees, sales, marketing and the Wellborn family embark on the trip to KBIS. Providing an astonishing display of the new framed and frameless product, this year’s exhibit was sure to amaze!

This year’s show was especially important as Wellborn Cabinet would be debuting the new Full Access Frameless product, Aspire Cabinetry. Aspire will be available for order in the first quarter of 2017. Although the launch date is many months ahead, Wellborn unveiled four new Aspire designs at the show. Each of the four new Aspire vignettes were designed to be unique and different in their own way.

The Wellborn Cabinet exhibit is a project one year in the making. Exhibit construction begins soon after the crew returns from the previous years show. A team of four men work on the exhibit year-round. This team works closely with the designer as new sets are created, while also working closely with members of the sales and marketing team as decisions are made regarding which sets to remove, replace or update. In total, the Wellborn Cabinet exhibit displays 21 different options in kitchen, bath, closet, laundry, pet center, craft room and mudroom cabinetry.

This year, Orlando Florida proved to be the resting place for the 2,500-square foot exhibit. Approximately 7 days prior to KBIS, the display team heads south for the sunshine state. The men traveling to work on the Wellborn exhibit were fully aware that this would be their home for the next 10-12 days. Once the team arrives, the massive display begins coming back to life. The men, now accompanied by an additional 12 men from the Wellborn staff, embark on the ambitious task of assembling this grand structure in just under four days.

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As construction of the exhibit begins, members of the marketing team, sales team and management begin to arrive. Day and night, the entire Wellborn team work tirelessly to assemble the structure that will be on display for thousands during the three-day show.

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Members of the marketing team work diligently to prepare the Wellborn Cabinet KBIS exhibit

As noise begins to rise across the halls of the Orange County Convention Center, it is evident the show will begin soon! Day one of the show begins and the crowd is tremendous! This year, over 500 leading brands in the kitchen and bath industry and over 100 NEW companies arrived for the KBIS show January 10-12. What a crowd it was! This enormous crowd left the Wellborn Cabinet exhibit standing room only each day!

As the week progressed, the Wellborn team ran non-stop. From hosting the annual VIP tour in the Wellborn exhibit, to the annual Press Conference, to honoring all the amazing Wellborn dealers at the Wellborn Summit Awards at Sea World; needless to say, the week was loaded with activities.

By nightfall on Thursday, the Wellborn team were all exhausted, yet excited for the future of Wellborn Cabinet. The show proved to be a tremendous success. Feedback received from the new Aspire product was nothing short of amazing!

The below photos showcase each new vignette revealed at this year’s show.

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For more information on each set, check out the KBIS 2017 portal located here

Also, check out other promotional videos filmed at KBIS 2017:

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Blog written by Ashley Robinson – Public Relations Specialist Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. Continue reading “Let’s Recap! 2017 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show”

A New Generation Kitchen Remodel

No room is quite as multi-functional as the kitchen. After all, one’s kitchen should truly reflect the style of the homeowners. Tis true for the homeowners living in their beautifully designed 1968 home. Built by the homeowner’s parents, this gem of a property has been passed on and remained in the family for many years.

Many things have changed since 1968, movie tickets no longer average $1.50 and wall-to-wall wood paneling may not win the most contemporary award in today’s kitchen and home design. Although much can be said about this beautifully built home, the homeowner wanted to update the design of her parents’ generation.

The homeowners dreamed of revamping their outdated kitchen, which had not been touched since the original build.  The homeowners mother, now in her 90’s, still lives in the home and was reluctant to renovate the home in which she loves so dearly.

With a cleaner, more contemporary look on the design table, Tukasa Creations went to work. With the original kitchen lacking in available cabinet space, a redesign of the kitchen’s footprint was much needed.

First things first, the kitchen was completely gutted, including the wall separating the kitchen and living room. By removing this wall, the crew could open the space and maximize its full potential.  With the homeowner’s desire to add more cabinet and counter-top space for meal prep, cooking and baking; the cabinetry was extended along the base wall to form an L-shape to the adjacent wall of the kitchen.

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To stick with the clean and simple design, white on white cabinetry and countertops were added. The beautiful Glacier White cabinetry from Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. offered in the Wellborn Select series played a crucial role in achieving the homeowner’s dreams of modern meets functional and spacious.

The homeowners also selected a few accessories to achieve the functionality desired. A Lazy Susan was included in the corner cabinet along with several pullout shelves, including the overflow pantry to the left of the refrigerator.

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The white Dovedale countertops by Cambria and wood look porcelain flooring from Marazzi USA were added to the space. Lastly, a much-needed pop of color was added with the mosaic backsplash; along with the orange and green paint colors for the walls to complete the look.

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With the kitchen renovation now complete, you may find yourself wondering about the homeowner’s original designer – the homeowners mother. After cautiously agreeing to the renovation, a new appreciation has been formed between the mother and the redesigned space. She loves the change in scenery and well-thought out re-design of the kitchen foot print. Now, each morning, two generations of homeowners sit at the added bar top and enjoy their morning coffee surrounded by decades of memories.

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About Tukasa Creations

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The kitchen was remodeled by Tukasa Creations. They are a flooring, kitchen and bath remodeling store located in Corpus Christi, Texas. To learn more about Tukasa Creations, visit http://www.tukasacreations.com/

Blog written by Ashley Robinson – Public Relations Specialist Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.

6 Things You Need To Replace In Order To Renovate Your Bathroom

When it comes to renovating one of the most important rooms of your house, i.e. bathroom, the procedure must be taken care of very minutely. After all, this is the place which determines your level of hygiene.

Bathroom makeovers can be quite nerve wracking. Your bathroom can be a big one or a small one. A considerable amount of planning is required for remodeling one, no matter what the square foot of the area is. Starting from the kind of sanitary ware you will install to the size of bathroom vanity cabinets, everything matters. Contacting an interior decorator will be a smart decision.

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However, let me take you through a few important parts of a bathroom renovation. Take a look.

  • Floor tiles – Well, you just cannot compromise with the quality of the tiles that you will ask the contractors to install for your bathroom. Replace the old cracked tiles with slip-resistant tiles for the flooring. Since bathrooms remain wet most of the times, slippery floors can lead to major accidents. For the walls, you can opt for normal tiles. Since you are renovating the entire bathroom for the better, it is smarter if you invest a little more and install tiles of high quality. If your tiles are of inferior quality, water leakages will cause a lot of problems. Also, leaking walls and tiles are a den for fungus, mold, and mildew which can hamper your health in a lot of ways.
  • Luxury sanitary wares–We all dream of a luxurious bathroom. Gone are the days of sanitary ware where only comfort and usage purpose were considered. Now, bath ware or sanitary ware should not only be comfortable to use but also look expensive and classy. People have this misconception that luxury bath ware means a huge decrease in the current bank balance. No, if you research carefully you can get stylish and user-friendly bath were at affordable prices. Opt for a reputed brand that has been into the bath and sanitary ware manufacturing for a long time. Buy beautiful and stylish bathtubs, shower heads (which can include a massage shower head or a rain shower head), shower enclosures, etc.

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  • Wallpapers – If you want your bathroom to have a designer look, opt for wallpapers on the walls. Nowadays, wallpapers are available in a variety of colors and textures. Install one in your bathroom for completing the look. Wallpapers can make your bathroom look extremely stylish.
  • Bathroom vanity – Perhaps the most important part of remodeling a bathroom is choosing the right bathroom vanity. It is the most prominent feature of a bathroom and can add a class to your bathroom. If the old cabinet has got marks or dents on it, damp at places, eradicate it. Buy a new Choosing bathroom vanity cabinets can be quite a task. It depends on how many drawers you need and what items you would keep in them if you need double sinks or a single one is enough to serve your purpose, etc. Opt for a reputed company who is into cabinets manufacturing business for quite some time. Wellborn Cabinet features many product lines that offer cabinetry for every room. With their Elegant Bath Collection, you have the opportunity to pick from over 30,000 door styles, wood species and finish combinations. Also, semi-custom options are available for more design flexibility.
  • Lighting – As we all know, lighting can change the look and feel of a place like anything. Replace the old ones and install decorative, modern day bathroom lighting.
  • Other things that need attention as well – Other things that form a part of your bathroom like a large mirror, shower curtains, etc must be changed as well.

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  • Bio:Sean Graham is a lifestyle blogger and here he has given tips on remodeling bathrooms by using wallpapers, lights, wallpapers, bathroom vanity cabinets, etc. Buy bathroom vanity from companies who also sell kitchen cabinets wholesale.

School’s Back and Wellborn Cabinet has your Back

August is finally here, and we all know what that means…BACK TO SCHOOL! Parents are running around stores searching for the required, long list of school supplies. Back to school always means it is time for the kids to see their friends, meet the new teacher, and learn an entire new schedule. Some essentials most families forget to think about are the following: where will the backpacks be stored, where will they do their homework, or where will they sit and read their school readings? Wellborn Cabinet not only wants to provide homes with beautiful cabinetry in the kitchen and bathroom but throughout every room in the home to meet individual needs.

Most parents are excited for the school year to start, and it is important to ensure your children have adequate room to study after the bell rings.

Let’s start with as soon as they walk in the door. A mudroom allows your kids to place their shoes, backpacks, and jackets all in one place. Trust me parents, it will make mornings much more hassle free. Wellborn Cabinet offers mudrooms with storage options to hold all of these items in one room. You can add hangers for the jackets and backpacks or seating areas to hold the heavier book filled backpacks.

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Typically, the parents are in the kitchen making dinner for the family in the midst of homework time, and what parent wouldn’t want to make this process a little simpler?  Our SmartDesign kitchen provides easier access to the kitchen pantry, cutting board, dishes, and other items. Let’s face it, cooking after a long day at work can be tiresome, so cut your cooking time in half by adding a couple of these SmartDesign mechanisms into your kitchen.

This You Draw It Demi Tall cabinet opens freely to help you find the right spice or ingredient. It lights up when opened to give a better visual of all the items stored along with extended drawers to pull out for an easy reach.

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The electric butcher block helps you to cut all the vegetables at your desired height level. The butcher block is large enough to cut many ingredients up in one place, without taking away countertop space in your kitchen.

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The Electronic Storage Lift brings all your dishes to countertop level. You can grab the dishes off the top shelf without having to climb up on the counter or risking a fall by climbing into a chair. It also makes clean up quick and easy!

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Dinner is on the stove cooking, but it is time to get those books out and start a study session. Today’s children and teens tend to be preoccupied by technology. A good way to keep a watch on your kids is having an open floor plan between the kitchen, dining, or living room. As you are prepping tonight’s dinner menu, you can also watch to make sure your child is really doing his/her homework. Kids, watch out, parents can do two things at once! In addition to making your watch time easier, open floor plans can make family time or dinner parties much more enjoyable and collective.

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After the endless amounts of worksheets are finished, it is time to get started on the assigned readings. Many teachers want their students to read at home to keep their brains working. Add a seating area in the home for a “quiet place” so those who enjoy hearing themselves think will have a place to get away!

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Back to school does not have to be full of dreaded long study sessions, never-ending cleaning, or hassling late night dinners. Wellborn Cabinet provides technology and cabinetry for your home to incorporate a much simpler lifestyle, especially one that allows time for family. Let us be your Whole Home Design Solution.

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Plan Your Second Story Additions with These Expert Tips

These days there is no shortage of information on the theme of residential home renovation. It’s a simple as turning on the TV or browsing the internet, however what most people fail to realize is it’s not even close to the reality of what goes on in the field. TV shows tend to quickly show the phases involved as if they are seamless and it leaves the general public thinking they are just as capable as what they’ve just watched on TV. In the real world residential remodeling is very challenging and requires an experienced contractor to get the job done correctly and on budget. Here are some insider tips to give you that edge when planning your second story addition.

An Experienced Architect/Engineer

This is extremely important when dealing with second story additions. They are unlike bathrooms, kitchens and other construction that require less square footage and engineering. Don’t take the cheapest price or think that a designer fresh out of college is your best bet. These front end plans, planning and execution marry your conceptual ideas and coordinate them into a structural frame that will be safe and signed off by your local governance. An architect worth their salt with be savvy of structural code somewhat and have a healthy relationship with a general contractor to get the project done correctly. When considering design be willing to spend extra where it matters. We’ve seen clients try to save on items such as not blending home to original siding, removing stone veneer walls, and square footage of project to come back afterward with regret. Work with your experienced architect and they will help you greatly in this process.

Stairs in Design

One major component that you will no doubt need to start thinking about for any second story add-on is your stair layout. Where will you put your set of stairs for the new room? You’ll need to sacrifice some area on 1st floor so it’s smart to begin discussing this with your spouse prior to meeting with the architect. The architect will have great ideas as well but it doesn’t hurt to reflect on which areas will be much more difficult than others to place a set of stairs versus areas you are willing to sacrifice.

Utilities May Need an Upgrade

With more square footage starts the conversation of how to appropriately handle the new living area. Items such as electrical for new outlets and new updates in the building codes have required to upgrade old service panels that no longer cut the mustard. Plumbing for the new bathroom is also a consideration, although this is typically something that you will not have too much of an issue with. Your room will also need to have the correct ventilation so keep in mind heating and A/C will be considerations and will most likely have to be upgraded or re-routed and expanding in the cavity of your new ceiling. As second stories take up more square footage you can expect to upgrade the utilities.

Foundation Modification

Due to engineering and carrying a much heavier load that people will be inhabiting you can expect to have some sort of foundation modifications in your phase of construction and planning. Entryways and stairs require new foundations and your architect will scope out areas to pour deep concrete footings in the current foundation to provide the necessary strength.  These will all require an inspection to pass before moving forward with the next phase so you can ensure you aren’t inhabiting a weak second floor that is unsafe in the future years to come.

So there you have it, these are some advice to consider that you likely won’t hear from someone who isn’t directly in the trades. If you do your homework and start thinking about these realities of a second story construction project you will be ahead of the curve!

Plan Your Second Story Additions With These Expert Tips

About the Author:

Cody Bollerman serves as an officer at SJB Construction Incorporated in San Diego. SJB Construction Inc. specializes in room additions and second story addition in San Diego since 1983. With over 3,000 design to build projects to date they are one of San Diego’s most trusted contractors in regards to adding a room onto your residence.

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A Family Commitment That Spans Across Generations Celebrating 55 Years

Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. is celebrating 55 years since Paul Wellborn first opened the doors to Wellborn Cabinet Shop in Ashland, AL in 1961.  The company started in a 3,200 square foot building that Paul and his wife, Betty, eventually expanded into a 1.8 million square foot vertically integrated manufacturing plant.  The Wellborn family expanded right along with the business with 5 children who now all hold various management positions within the company.  The oldest, Tammy, is manager over the Credit Department, next in line is Angela who is Director of Marketing & Advertising, then John who is the Customer Relations Manager, followed by Stephen who is the Director of Product & Research Development, ending with the youngest, Jason, who is the Display Manager.  Now, Mr. Paul has another generation of the Wellborn family beginning their professional career with 3 of his 15 grandchildren working full time in various positions at the Ashland plant.

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Behind the Wellborn Family, are dedicated employees who work diligently to build quality cabinetry that is designed for a lifetime of gracious living. “Heirloom Quality” is not just an expression used at Wellborn Cabinet, we consider it a way of life. The amount of time the Wellborn team takes to ensure each product is tested to adhere to our quality standards is second to none. The check points are not completed by just one person; we have over 100 employees on our Quality Team that thoroughly check each cabinet. Our certified inspectors oversee 30 quality checkpoints throughout the facility. The time-tested craftsmanship has been passed down for generations to Wellborn employee. Each cabinet is Crafted By People Who Care.

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Doors, drawer fronts, and face frames are individually inspected for a smooth flawless surface that is properly prepared for The WellGuard Finishing System.

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Our Thermofoil doors are ¾” thick. A five-piece raised panel appearance is created by intricately routing the door details from a single solid piece of medium density fiberboard.

Our passion for success not only streams through our product, but we also ensure our facility follows the Environmental Stewardship Certification Program (ESP) regulations. Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.’s goal is to incorporate leading environmental practices, policies, and standards throughout our facility. Our responsibility to the environment has extended to include selecting, educating, and embracing suppliers based on their commitment to similar environmental practices, including sustainable or recycled raw materials, as well as low emission products where applicable. Our commitment to each customer is ensuring them that the cabinets they buy from Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. are the GreenChoice now and for future generations.

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Wellborn’s Estate Collection was chosen to participate in the Greenhaven Home in Atlanta because of its commitment to the environment. Greenhaven is a model for green building and sustainable design.

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For years our company has remained true to our commitments to quality, environmental stewardship, and devotion to our customers. With expansion in the works and applications welcomed, our company has decided to add a new edition to our Ashland location, coming in 2017, in the form of our new frameless line, Aspire Cabinetry. We will have an entire new line of paints, stains and door styles to choose from. Without all of the care and love from our employees, we would not have been able to get where we are today, and the Wellborn Family is so thankful.

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