National Kitchen and Bath Month – Cabinetry Basics – Wood Specie

What’s Your Wood Specie Style?

Hardwoods provide a tremendous selection of grain patterns, color variations, and textures, ranging from the bold statements of American red oak, hickory and character maple to the more subdued patterns of cherry and maple. Because no two trees are exactly alike, cabinets crafted from hardwood will have subtle variations in color and grain. These variations serve to enhance the beauty of each piece of Wellborn cabinetry crafted with these hardwoods. Which is why Wellborn Cabinet Inc., is one of the few remaining manufacturers who continues to use solid wood in our Premier Series raised panel doors and drawer fronts.

Cabinetry Door Styles can be constructed out of many different substrates:

Wood, MDF (medium density fiberboard), metal, plastic or a combination of any of those to create your signature cabinetry look.

Maple

Series Cherry A

Maple wood is creamy-white to light reddish-brown finely textured wood featuring straight grain and distinctive marks, such as bird’s-eye, fiddle back, mineral streaks and curly grain patterns.

Natural Maple Cabinet Door

Maple is a very popular choice for home cabinetry, office cabinetry, and flooring.

Honey Maple Bookshelf Cabinet

Maple can be stained, painted and distressed. Maple looks marvelous in all types of interior styles, depending upon the door style or finish.

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Madison Arch Kitchen Cabinets

 

Character Maple

Series Cherry A

Unique characteristics are brought out by randomly occurring, variously sized knots, pin holes, worm holes and tracks, gum and bark pockets, sugar tracks, heartwood and mineral streaks.

Character Maple Sample

Cluster knots and open knots could also be a feature.The amount of character marks will vary from each piece of wood making each kitchen unique.

 

American Red Oak

Series Oak A

Wellborn’s Prestige Oak is Live Sawn from the heart of Authentic American red oaks. It features selected subtle uniform grains with straighter grain patterns and limited very narrow cathedrals. Prestige Oak is both durable and lasting.

 

Cherry 

Messina Cherry Light Door

Cherry is synonymous with luxury. The rich red highlights give the wood a distinctive appearance. Cherry will occasionally have tiny pin knots, pitch pockets and very small, dark streaks of gum.

Cherry Espresso Kitchen

Charleston Kitchen

 

Character Cherry

Character Cherry Movteray Door

Emphasized by randomly occurring various sized knots, pitch pockets and small streaks of gum. Cluster knots and open knots could also be a feature. The amount of character will vary from each door making each kitchen unique.

 

Hickory

Ginger Java Hickory Sandia Cabinet Door

Hickory has distinctive contrasting colors from light to dark and strong grain characteristics.The texture of hickory is open grained. Hickories by nature are heavy, hard, strong and stiff – producing durable cabinets. Hickory is for homeowners desiring dramatic wood characteristics.Medium Hickory Hanover Kitchen

The next post will cover other substrates such as Laminate, Thermofoil, Metal and MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard).

To Learn More About Hardwoods Go To:

Visit our Website  – www.Wellborn.com 

American Hardwoods

 

 

 

Houzz Call with Jennifer Thompson CKD

Our Houzz Call of the week is Jennifer Thompson  – Jennifer does an outstanding job of promoting her “brand”  and exhibiting her design ability for all spaces of the home and showing the details of each project.

So we would love to highlight some pictures of a recent project that we have fallen in love with – Enjoy!

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Design Details: 
Harmony Maple Cabinetry  Perimeter cabinetry finish: Glacier Java  Island Finish: Coffee

Island tops are Giallo Victoria granite. Perimeter tops are Silestone: Gray Amazon in Leather finish

About Jennifer Thompson:  Certified Kitchen Designer and member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association and have been designing kitchens and baths for 16 years. I sell Wellborn Cabinets as well as offer 20/20 design services and space planning for all areas of the home.
Services Provided:
Kitchen and bath design, space planning, color and surface selection.

Dream Kitchen Makeover

Enter the Dream Kitchen Makeover giveaway for a chance to win your Dream Kitchen!

One grand-prize winner will receive a check up to $12,000 for his or her own Dream Kitchen!

What will your Dream Kitchen look like? 

Traditional?

Elegant?

Modern?

Click Below to Enter and Good Luck!

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National Kitchen and Bath Month – My Budget

The wonderful thing about the kitchens & baths of today is that whatever your budget there are fashion forward options within every price range.  From Cabinetry to Appliances, Countertops to Flooring, Plumbing to Lighting – there is something out there to fit your budget and style.

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The first thing to consider before ever spending money is to know how much you have to spend – plain and simple.

This doesn’t mean that you don’t create those dream files or ideabooks with everything you love, but it is your gauge for all involved to know exactly how much can be spent on what, who and why – no matter how small or big the job.

Guidelines for a Kitchen Budget: Home Value x 15% = My Budget

Cabinets 36%
Countertops 14%
Appliances 12%
Installation 11%
Interior Design 6%
Hardware/Fixtures 6%
Flooring 6%
Lighting 5%
Other 4%
 * 2002 Design Trends Survey Update for NKBA by Sovereign Marketing Research, Fifth Avenue, New York
Tools to help you set a budget range and planning!
Tools to help you set a budget range and planning!

Various References with tips and tools – Enjoy!

Controlling Your Budget

Real-World Budgeting for Bathroom Remodeling

Developing a Reasonable Kitchen Remodeling Budget

 

 

Gray: Edition 1: Too Many Color Stories to Tell

One of the hot hues right now is Gray – cool gray – warm gray – medium gray  – just gray! As we “work/play on Pinterest” we found a calming and quite enchanting gray comrade  – Orange……  And we thought we would share a few of our fun finds. Enjoy!

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Check out our latest Gray  – Willow (Available with Bronze and Slate Glazes)

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Come Home to Style at Nantucket South

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Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. is proud to announce its partnership with Hoffman Media on the NANTUCKET SOUTH home located in Mountain Brook, Alabama. Hoffman Media established and maintains several nationally recognized magazines such as Cooking with Paula Deen and Victoria.

Wellborn’s cabinetry is beautifully featured throughout the home. Rooms include the kitchen, pantry, laundry/craft room, master closet and bath, and upstairs baths.

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Simple Details Command a Grand Design – Beam Work, Dark Stained Hardwood Floors, Bench Seating and a Revived Farm Table with our cabinetry create a one of a kind kitchen! Shown:Glacier White on our Melrose Maple Inset Door Style.
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BUTLER’S PANTRY
Door Style: Bridgeport
Species: Maple
Finish: Sage Mocha

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Each room will be featured in the magazines and issues listed below.

 CELEBRATE: September / October Issue featuring craft room  November/December   featuring dining area/wet bar

COOKING WITH PAULA DEEN: September/October Issue featuring kitchen

 COTTAGE JOURNAL: Winter Issue featuring all rooms

SOUTHERN LADY: November/December Issue featuring kitchen

TASTE OF THE SOUTH: December Issue featuring pantry

VICTORIA: November/December Issue featuring  master closet/bath

Stay tuned for more images & video from Nantucket South!

Just Say “NO” To Shelves Below

by Denise Butchko

The closet consultation conversation often begins with the client saying: “And I’d like some shelves for shoes on the bottom”. If you’ve designed a dozen or more closets – you’ve heard this request from a client.

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Maybe it’s time for a change!

Just because you were raised with storing your shoes on the floor underneath the single hanging rod that existed inside your reach-in closet DOES NOT mean it’s the best practice to employ today.

And just because you see it advertised that way does not make it a good idea either.

Typical hanging garments average 24” in depth. That means when they are hanging on a hanger inside your closet, they occupy about two feet of space.

I’m willing to bet that NOT ONE of you reading this has feet that are 24”.  I don’t even think Shaquille O’Neal has feet that big.

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Wow!

So what that means is that if you put shelving underneath hanging, you’ve got to clear your clothing out of the way to be able to see what’s on that shelf. You’re looking down into the darkness to find your black shoes.

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Makes perfect sense….Right?

Makes sense to me.

Make finding your shoes as difficult as possible.

How about the opposite?

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Bring your shoes into the light.

Best practice in the closet industry is to bring those shoes into the light (pretty high minded of us isn’t it, outwardly worshiping shoes in such as a way as to allow them prime location in our closet space).

Yes, you can put 24” deep shelves below your hanging, but if you do that, those shelves should be pull out shelves or you’ll never remember the items that get pushed to the back on this deep of a down low shelf.

If you want drawers under hanging – that’s an option but standard industry drawers are 14” and 16” deep – so your hanging will “hang out” (and not in a cool way) over the standard drawers and block your access.  It’s also a bit more difficult for people who are petite to reach that higher rod – so it’s not a design practice I ever put in to play.

So you either put shelving above a short hang rod or do an entire column (or stack or section) of shelves to accommodate any items you would normally store on shelves – be it jeans, t-shirts and yes – even shoes.

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Use Shelving to create areas for T-shirts, jeans and linens. It’s up to you!

And how do you keep learning these wonderful insights and tips so your designs become more effective and your sales increase?

Join me in the platform of your choice so we can connect!

Google+ Community – Marketing Interior Design 

Facebook – Butchko&Company

You Tube  – Denise Butchko

What’s that you say? You don’t have a platform of choice? Oh my! Check out some insights on any of mine and get rolling. You’re “burnin’ daylight” as Dr. Phil would say.

About our Guest Blogger: Ms. Denise Butchko

By merging a unique background of custom storage design and marketing, I’m able to share great, industry specific tips to help you with your business, whether that’s designed solutions or social media marketing guidance. I’ve been designing closets for over a decade and serve as a judge for our industry “Top Shelf” Design Awards. I’m also a member of the first graduating class of Registered Storage Designers through the Association of Closet and Storage Professionals. I love teaching and sharing – in person and online – and look forward to connecting with you, so join me on any (or all) of my social profiles.

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Dream Kitchen Makeover Winner

Dream Kitchen Makeover Winner

On behalf of the entire Wellborn Cabinet Family, we congratulate Kay Doran Senior as our Dream Kitchen Makeover Winner!
“We are all very excited to begin the process of your Dream Kitchen Makeover!”
Congrats also to Brenda Ramirez of Uptown Kitchens as the Official Dream Kitchen Makeover Dealer.”

Houzz Call from Echelon Custom Homes

We always love to find beautiful Wellborn Cabinetry designs on Houzz – a great tool for consumers to find their “style” and for remodelers, builders and dealers to “showcase” their work!

Our Houzz Call of the week is from Echelon Custom Homes with a delightful clean and classic design using our Sonoma Maple Door Style finished in Sandstone Slate on the perimeter and island of the kitchen.

Contemporary Kitchen by Rehoboth Beach Home Builders Echelon Custom Homes
Contemporary Kitchen by Rehoboth Beach Home Builders Echelon Custom Homes
Contemporary Kitchen by Rehoboth Beach Home Builders Echelon Custom Homes
Check out all the great design work from Echelon Custom Homes at http://www.houzz.com/pro/echeloncustomhomes.