All-American Cottage Winner is Brian Weissinger! Congrats Brian!!! #Allamerican
Made in America Tour Contest Winner – Ken Ruhland!!!
Inspired by the nationwide groundswell of interest in American-made products,Southern Living and This Old House are joining forces with Wellborn Cabinet, Cabinets & Tops of the Upstate and Dillard-Jones Builders to construct an All-American Cottage.
Located in the quintessential southern community of Verdae in Greenville, South Carolina, The All-American Cottage will be a stunning showcase and testimony to the ingenuity and quality craftsmanship of products made in the U.S.A.
Wellborn Cabinet, Inc is the supplier of all cabinetry featured in The All American Cottage. The building process of the home has begun and the cabinetry made in Ashland, Alabama is soon to be completed and delivered to the home.
Tour The All American Cottage:
May 2nd – 19th, 2013 (Thursday – Sunday)
Thursdays 1pm-6pm Fridays 1pm-6pm
Saturdays 1pm-6pm Sundays 1pm-6pm
What we’re looking for:
We’re looking for well-written posts/articles that consumers, designers, dealers, remodelers, builders, all business owners, entrepreneurs, food junkies, etc. would enjoy. Kitchens, Bathrooms, Homes, Interior Design, Color, Lighting, Organization, Storage, countertops, the list goes on & on!
Submit a topic and a brief overview of the post content. You will get an approval or request for revision within 48 hours.
Once topic is approved follow the guidelines below for your post.
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*Time frame: Once a post has been submitted, reviewed and scheduled it usually takes about 2 weeks. We want to create a “social relationship” around the post across all our sites and that requires planning. Please note you will be notified of date and time of post, so you can promote across your social sites as well.
*Time frame can be subject to change without notice.
For many homeowners, remodeling can be both exciting and daunting. While it’s a wonderful way to customize your home, it also requires planning, temporary disruptions, and decision-making. Moreover, you need to hire a company you can trust, so that the job is completed on time and within your budget.
The bathroom and kitchen are popular spaces for home remodeling because of how much they are used, and what they are used for. A new kitchen will transform your diet, menu, and cooking, while a new bathroom can combine practicality with luxury. They are also the two spaces within the home that require extensive electricity and plumbing, so it often requires the work of a consummate contractor, or organizing several subcontractors to work together.
If you’re thinking of remodeling your bathroom or kitchen, you probably already have some kind of idea in your mind, however vague, of what you want it to look like. Perhaps you are already envisioning a walk-in shower with a deluxe rain showerhead or a large farm-style sink with a soapstone countertop for your kitchen. Jot your ideas down. Ask yourself some further questions: what’s lacking in my current bathroom, or what do I want my new kitchen to do that my current layout doesn’t allow? Make some more notes about your expectations. Get a hold of some interior design or bathroom/kitchen magazines from your local bookstore, and visit a remodeling showroom to pick up some brochures. This is the time for brainstorming your ideas. Is energy-efficiency important to you? What type of fixtures and lighting do you want? You might even try a sketch or two.
Next, take a good hard look at your budget. Know what you can spend on your remodeling project and give yourself a bit of leeway for last-minute additions and changes. Once you’ve got some numbers, head back to your design ideas. With these two in tow, call up your local remodeling professional to talk about an estimate. Make sure to find someone with a good reputation, and make sure you feel comfortable around that person. Because it’s your personal space that will undergo changes, remodeling is not only business, and for that reason, you want to find someone right for the job. Once you’ve arranged for a professional consultation, then you can begin to figure out which of your design ideas are realistic options, which ones may stretch your budget but not break it, and which are even possible given the layout of your home.
After some initial consulting and estimates, you and your trusty contractor are ready to begin the job. Depending on the size of the job, and the extent of your modifications, remodeling can take time. Communication is vital for time frames. Make sure that you have an agreed-upon timeline for your project. While even slight modifications to the plan may change this schedule, knowing how long the various stages of your project will last ensures that everyone is on the same page, and that your new bathroom or kitchen turns out the way you desired.Thank you “Bell Plumbing & Heating” for the great post – very informative!
(I call this post – our commercial break) 🙂 is that legal with blogging? lol
Our theme for this year’s KBIS (Kitchen & Bath Industry Show) hosted in New Orleans is NOLA. NOLA is a well known acronym for New Orleans and now it is a great representation for Wellborn’s presence at the 2013 show.
We created a theme that encompasses the location, our message and commitment to current and future dealers, customers and employees and the importance of all.
So what does NOLA mean to Wellborn?
kNowledge: Why join forces with Wellborn? We have the brightest in the business in Production, Sales, Technology, Marketing, etc. all with industry leading programs for the building and remodeling markets with the knowledge, tools and training to help you succeed in your K&B profession.
Opportunities: Great opportunities are available for dealers, contractors and builders. We offer programs that others do not, programs that allow you to grow your business in ways that you had not imagined.
Learning: Come to the Wellborn booth to hear informative presentations about industry trends, design and other areas of interest that could affect you as a K&B professional. But it doesn’t stop there! We will also be part of the official KBIS presentations as well.
Achieve: With Wellborn you are part of a family – – – become part of our team and you can achieve your business goals with Wellborn.
Can’t wait to see you there!
Are you interested in becoming a dealer and would like to set up an appointment at the show? Are you with the press or a design industry blogger and like a booth tour? Email: Melinda Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Brooke Herren (email@example.com) to set that up!
Before we dive into our Design Contest Winner post for this week – I wanted to recap and highlight some key elements to remember about our design contest and the wonderful extras that can come from winning – not just the money – even though that is pretty awesome too!!!
Our Yearly Design Contest has several different categories; Large Kitchen, Small Kitchen, Bath and Other Rooms – you can pretty much enter any space designed with Wellborn Cabinets. Each category has to follow the same guidelines for submission and design guidelines for the spaces that are being designed.
To me one of the greatest aspects about our design contest is the professional exposure that you as a designer can gain by simply entering your design work. Your winning designs could be featured in all of our marketing efforts; publications, websites, advertising, training, and social media. With the digital world we now live in – – – your work could be visible on a “global platform”!
So remember that when you are designing and building your portfolio consider entering your designs – you never know – you could be a “Wellborn Design Contest Winner” too!
Now it’s time to learn about Maggie Burns and the “Opportunities” she faced in designing for the Terry Family. So enjoy her design story.
Opportunity: How to integrate the awkward corner space left over after building on a new family room addition. A home addition provided the client and his family more space to entertain and relax in. However, the rear of the existing home, when opened up to the new space, became an awkward pass through.It was too small for a furniture seating group, but too large to waste as a hallway.
The solution was to build an entertainment bar, which would enhance entertaining, and highlight the space as a point of interest. We nestled cabinetry into the angle of the corner, and designed a radius bar that would curve gently out into the room. Angling it served two purposes. It kept it compact, as well as introduced it frontally to both spaces, further blending them together.
Opportunity: The homeowner wanted the cabinetry in the new spaces to closely match the home’s existing cabinetry. Matching existing cabinetry is almost always impossible, but because we were around a corner from the existing kitchen, we used the Wellborn door style (Bedford Square Poplar finished in dark) that most closely resembled that in the rest of the home. We also used the same dramatic granite, Oceanic Bordeaux in both areas to tie them together. The result is that as you move from one area to the next, the differences are imperceptible.
Opportunity: The client wanted this project to not only be functional, but very unique and conversational. We decided to offer something that was unexpected. The client wanted a flat screen television in the rear wall, but we decided to mount it under two way glass, so that when not in use, it was still an elegant mirrored bar. He loved that he could change the whole feel of an event by just “turning on the game.”
Opportunity: How to trim the curved bar wall. We ordered Wellborn finished panels, Wellborn matching stain, and flexible base molding from a building supplier. The 3/16” panels curved around the half wall, and the flex molding was stained to match and applied over the panels.
A great design that took a unused corner what was seen as a waste of space and turned it into a focal point of this great family room addition. Great design work Maggie Burns and kudos to your installation team on the island!!!
This week we spotlight the talent of Audra Lamb ASID, with Sunset Tile and Bath who won big in 2010-2011’s Design Contest in the Bath Category.
Design Mission: Create a more contemporary Master Bath for the McNail Household without adding more space or breaking the bank.
Design Mission Statement:
This Master Bath’s builder grade configuration limited possibilities of elongated vanity as well as tub area. Reducing the vanity size allowed for enlarging tub platform and installing a tile surround.
The customer wanted to allow for a taller tub splash due to the roman tub faucet being modified into a wall mount diverter and spout.
The counter top backsplash was incorporated into the tub splash by continuing the travertine ogee molding and tumbled mesh to create a cohesive look through the bath.
In order to give the customer and more contemporary look, Prairie Maple cabinetry with a Sienna finish was used and allowed the bathroom to have balance between the light and dark finishes.
The drawers were upgraded to wood dovetail drawer boxes to give the customer a higher quality finish, but still keeping the cabinet economical.
The shower layout was reconfigured to allow the customer to incorporate and shower bench connecting with the tub platform.
• The customers incorporated an adjustable shower arm to allow for customization between their different heights.
• We used natural travertine tiles in two colors and multiples sizes to give visual interest without being overwhelming in their space.
• We also incorporated a frameless heavy glass shower enclosure with clear glass to allow for easy visibility of the new tile patters as well as increasing the feeling of a larger bathroom.
The large format mirror was also replaced with two custom framed mirrors to give a more inviting look to the vanity area.
A slab travertine counter top with under mount sinks gave a neutral look to the vanity area and made the cabinetry more of a focal point in the room.
Mission Accomplished – Great Work Audra!
Audra Lamb, ASID
Sunset Tile & Bath
James Stratton of DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen is a Dream Kitchen Designer and a Wellborn Design Winner!
James entered his “Townhome Treasure” in the (Large Kitchen (>42 sq ft of Countertops) Type: Remodel) Category and won.
We are proud to share his work with you! Enjoy the images and his design statement below.
When you walked into this Townhome you were faced with an outdated and cramped kitchen.
The customer wanted her guests to be greeted by a bright, “up to date” space which incorporated a warm classic style.
Now, as you enter this townhome you are drawn into the sophisticated, modern kitchen with its touch of European styling.
The diminutive space and placing of skylights made opening the kitchen difficult. By expanding the room into the laundry room both obstacles were overcome. The washer and dryer had to be placed inside the kitchen which created a blemish to the design.
By “hiding” the washer and dryer behind matching Wellborn cabinetry customized bi-fold doors, a balance and continuity was established which ultimately contributed to the design of this space.
With the extensive choices of door styles and accessories that Wellborn offers, cabinets that were oak and ordinary were replaced by Monterey Maple Cabinetry finished in Glacier. This made a homely kitchen come to life with sophistication and warmth.
White tile countertops were replaced with beautiful granite.
Using the colors in the granite a distinctive backsplash in a three-dimensional design was an artful addition, a pleasing change from the plain blue and white tile backsplash that existed before.
The design of the workspace is redefined by changing a closed “u” to a more open design.
The island has an elegant 6cm OG round over edge, giving prominence to the black granite composite under mount sink.
The heated tile floor provided a literal warmth which allowed the customer to function a little easier on those cold winter mornings, as opposed to the vinyl floor which existed before.
Recessed lighting, classy pendants and natural skylights created general and task lighting which made
a dreary kitchen more brilliant and workable, and added to the panache of the design.
Attention to detail was followed all the way down to the hardware on the cabinet doors in a collaboration of different
This created a customized look, which the client loved!
Designer: James Stratton
DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen Photographer: firstname.lastname@example.org