Aspire Cabinetry

There are three styles of kitchens: Contemporary, Traditional and Transitional. The choice of the style depends on the home owner’s budget and needs. Purchasing cabinetry is a big investment that will remain in the home for years. There are two main options when purchasing cabinetry: framed or frameless. For years, Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. only offered one of those options, but now the time has come to broaden our options in order to better fit our customers’ needs.

At KBIS 2016, Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. announced that we will be launching our new frameless line, Aspire Cabinetry, in 2017. Aspire will be a full access frameless cabinet brand that will help bring the contemporary, sleek look in the home. Frameless not only provides a modern look, but it can still provide a traditional style without having to add the extra frame on the cabinetry.

Framed vs. Frameless:

Framed cabinetry provides a more traditional and transitional style. For years, framed has always been the most popular style of cabinetry in the United States because of its endless options and durability. The trends have begun to shift and frameless cabinetry is now an option that most homeowners are considering. Wellborn offers endless options of framed cabinetry between our lines, Estate Collection, Premier Series, Select Series, Home Concepts and Elegant Bath Collection.

According to the name, frameless cabinetry is constructed without a face frame. Frameless cabinetry provides more storage and accessibility in a cabinet because it does not have a center stile coming down in the middle of the two cabinet doors. Also, drawers in frameless tend to have more storage space due to the lack of a face frame.

“Our new Aspire Full Access Frameless line is set to launch in 2017. With this addition to the many brands Wellborn offers, including, Wellborn Select and Premier Series, Estate, Closets and Elegant Bath Furniture line.” Angela O’Neill, Director of Marketing added, “Aspire adds the finishing touch to our product offering.”

Construction of Framed:

The standard face frame for the Wellborn doors are ¾” x 1 ¾” Kiln-dried solid wood stile and rail members. The center stiles are ¾” x 3 ½” solid wood. On all corner base and corner wall cabinets, the center stiles are ¾” x 6 ½” solid wood. 48” corner base has a 9 ½” center stile. All face frame joints are precisely aligned with blind mortise and tenon, glued and stapled at all joints.

Construction of Frameless:

Frameless cabinetry is constructed without the face frame located at the front of the cabinet. The logical reasoning behind this idea was to provide more room for accessibility and storage. The cabinet construction is ¾” thick thermofused melamine end panels, shelves, tops and cabinet bottoms. All the doors have a fully concealed Euro cup hinges with a six-way adjustability. The doors include a self-closing soft close feature, for that ever so quiet close. Wellborn Cabinet’s brand will offer two drawer options: a 5/8 solid wood dovetail drawer with natural finish and a double sided metal drawer with powder coated steel in silver color.

Frameless Pros:

Storage– Frameless cabinetry provides room for more storage due to the absence of the face frame.

Contemporary look-the European style cabinetry gives the home a more modern appeal

Quick Construction– The frameless cabinets provide a quicker construction and installation.

We have exciting plans for this brand, and we cannot wait to see where this takes us in the future. As we travel on this journey, we invite you to follow along as we introduce the Aspire Cabinetry line. We envision an incredible outcome for our company!

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To learn more about other kitchen styles: check out our “What’s Your Kitchen Style?” blog!

 

Whole Home Design Solutions

Whole Home Design Solutions is a way to use cabinetry throughout the home in ways that may seem unconventional. Cabinetry provides storage and beautiful aesthetics while lasting.

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What room in your house do you need storage in? How about which ROOMS in your house do you need storage in? Maybe a better questions is what room don’t you need storage in? Let’s face it, there needs to be some type of storage in every room of the home.

Cabinetry is a long term storage solution that just happens to be beautiful at the same time. With Whole Home Design Solutions, your cabinetry can be cohesive throughout your entire house while providing storage solutions for a lifetime. Let’s take a look at the different rooms that cabinetry transforms into a functional masterpiece.

Mudrooms

Upon entering your home, you need a place to hang jackets, sort mail, lay your keys, and take your shoes off. Proper storage in the mudroom is crucial to prevent cluttering the rest of the home with daily items.

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Bedrooms

Everyone needs storage in his or her bedroom. Kids need a place to store toys and adults need a place to display memories through pictures and souvenirs. Storage like what is shown below is perfect for all ages and adds value to the home.

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Closets

Have you ever bought a new shirt at the end of summer because it was on sale? Then you put it away for next summer, and when summer rolls around you have forgotten all about it because you can’t find it in your monster of a closet? Yeah, me too. Closets are one space that need storage and organization… and LOTS of it! Check out these closets below. Which one would you choose for your own?

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Craftrooms

We all need our own unique space to get away! For some, that space is a craft room!

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Garages

Men, here is a space for you, too! Storage in the garage can often become cluttered, but with cabinetry like this, it is easy to give every tool its own place!

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Offices

Home offices most definitely ALWAYS need storage and organization. A beautiful home office may even help with a little inspiration. Give your home office a touch of your own personality!

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Bathrooms

One common thing that all bathrooms share is the need for storage. Why not make them look fabulous at the same time? These are both two needs for every bathroom. What good is a bathroom if it looks great but lacks storage?

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Laundry Rooms

Laundry room organization is crucial to actually keeping the laundry clean! Why not make it beautiful as well?

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Entertainment/Living Rooms

Cabinetry provides the perfect storage for media, books, and decorations! Also, it alone can transform the look of a living area. Take a look below at how two different cabinetry finishes pull together the look of the room.

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Dining Rooms

Being able to have cabinetry in the dining room allows you to match it to the kitchen! With the trend to have open spaces, using coordinating cabinetry in the kitchen and dining room really pulls everything together.

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Pantries 

A pantry can be designed to be strictly a pantry, or it can be designed to do a little more. Check out these pantries below. Do you like the idea of having a breakfast area/bar in the pantry? Or, do you like a pantry to be only a room for storing items such as canned goods, food, etc.?

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Kitchens

With so many sizes and styles, the possibilities are endless!

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With Whole Home Design Solutions, cabinetry can be cohesive throughout the home! Also, don’t forget about how it looks incredible!

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Closet Design with Denise Butchko – Shoe Storage – What's Your Pick?

Cubbies Aren’t Just a Chicago Baseball Team – Or Are They? So what do baseball and Chicago have to do with design?  Well, with baseball, I’m not sure yet.

But in reference to design, the answer is a lot. There’s ton of great design and architecture in the windy city and fair amount has been driven by famed minimalist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. If you’ve ever heard the saying that “less is more” – it came from Ludwig.  761615993279b4921105864fb68cc191

Being a Chicago gal, his philosophy and mine are quite harmonious. So, while embellishments are beautiful and I really appreciate and admire the look of a space (say, kitchen or closet) that has base and crown moldings and columns and detailed designs on the doors and drawers, I love simple.

And if you boil down simple into designed closet solutions, in my book, shelves are better than cubbies. They’re also more functional and space-saving than angled shelves.

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And here’s the “science” (Butchko science, that is) behind that:

Lots of people see – and then want – angled shoe shelves.

I can see why.  They’re pretty.  They also allow you to see more of your shoe at a glance, which is a plus.

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The counter sides to pretty are:

-Angled shoe shelves are more expensive than flat, adjustable shelves

-Angled shoe shelves take up more space than flat, adjustable shelving

-Angled shoe shelves can pretty much just be used for shoes – and perhaps magazines – and who stores magazines in their closet? (If you do – I do NOT want to hear about that!)

So if you need to maximize every inch – and/or the client thinks they will re-sell their home in the next five years – I recommend flat, adjustable shelving.

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Regarding “Cubbies” (unless you’re referring to that Northside Chicago baseball team) – the short answer is that I am not a fan. I’m all about being organized (and have said for years that an organized life is easier to live) but cubbies are “over organized”. When shoe styles change and now you have wedge sandals – you can only fit one per cubbie. And what else can you store in those cubbies?

Don’t say magazines. And don’t say “world series titles” either (although in reference to the Chicago Cubs, there’s plenty of space for that!).

I’ve done one – count em – one – master closet with shoe cubbies in my +ten years of designing and that was because the client absolutely insisted.

Just because an idea looks like a good one doesn’t always mean that it is.

So here’s to making your closet designs more effective. And if you’d like to keep learning more, 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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2013 Design Contest Winner – Other Rooms – 1st Place

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Crystal Kennedy

Pacific Northwest CabinetryMilwaukie, Oregon 

This is the 3rd project we were asked to do for this couple. We had helped them with their kitchen – and
now their pantry was in dire need of help. It had become a catch all for various items that didn’t quite have
a place in the main kitchen and consequently had become almost useless. We were tasked with cleaning out
and organizing the space, adding storage and function to this underutilized space

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Problems/Challenges: 
-Very cluttered, everything was shoved into place and very visible
-They wanted this to be an area that could house a microwave and second oven for overflow cooking during
the holidays
-Wanted an area to house his espresso maker and accoutrement since it didn’t fit in the kitchen
-Wanted a sink for quick access to water and an extra place to clean up
-Wanted a space for bottle storage up and out of the way
-Lacked any kind of countertop space at all so no real work could be done in the space
-Didn’t want it to look too dark or heavy
-Their existing door swung into the pantry, making it hard to maneuver inside

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Solutions:
-Added enclosed cabinet storage with Wellborn’s Prairie Maple Painted in the Divinity finish. Giving the
pantry a bright feel overall
-Bookcases that sit on the countertop provide open storage for a tight space. Clear mason jars provide an
attractive and functional way to store them
-A sink was added at the end of the pantry under the window, right next to the espresso and coffee makers
-An unused chimney was removed and recessed in the space we installed a new convection microwave and
second oven. Giving them plenty of extra cook space and getting it out of the way and off the countertop
-A shelf was added running along the kitchen wall to house their bottle storage where it won’t take up space
used by everyday items
-Added granite that matched their kitchen for a cohesive look
-Changed the door to a pocket door and added glass for a more open look and more light

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Design a Closet – The Carrie Bradshaw Closet That's Not in NYC

Denise Butchko shows us that Custom Closets and Walk In closets don’t have to be big to be effective. Well designed closets incorporate the needs and lifestyle of the owner with the space and materials. If you’d like to learn more about how to design awesome closet spaces – visit her website at https://www.butchkoandcompany.com

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

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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.

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

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

 

Character Maple

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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.

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

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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 

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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.

 

Character Cherry

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

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.

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 

 

 

 

Tools To Help You Discover Your Style

One of the most challenging tasks when planning a kitchen or bath is deciding your actual style. With all the different media outlets – online, print and television such as (Houzz, Pinterest, Southern Living, Coastal Living, HGTV, DIY, etc.) you can quickly become confused about what you truly want for your home.

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In the past a physical scrapbook or project notebook was the way you could share with your designer, builder or contractor your ideas to help them understand your wants and needs  – while this practice is still the norm – the majority of people have moved their project notebooks online in some format to be shared digitally to all involved in your project.

So let’s explore some of the tools that you can use to collect, display and share your style!

1. We offer My Scrapbook on our website – The scrapbook allows you to keep product ideas in a central location, and organize your thoughts, and send them on to your Wellborn Cabinet Dealer.

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2. The Inspire App is a great way to quickly and simply organize your style and bring in your own elements then share with your Wellborn Dealer or Designer.

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3. Pinterest  Need I say more! If you have never seen or used Pinterest beware it can be habit-forming….. from food to fitness….. design to diet …… it has everything. It is an excellent tool to help you learn your style and categorize your design needs and wants.

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4. Houzz is currently the #1 platform for all things residential; new construction, remodeling and decorating  – interior and exterior of the home. A great tool to organize your style & also a great place to find the professionals to make your  dreams come to life!

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So there’s just a few of the awesome online tools you can use to start your Kitchen & Bath Planning today!

Notebook Image From: Courtney Lane Michaels

 

Deep or Shallow?

By: Denise Butchko

We’re not talking about personality here – we’re talking about the shelves in your closets and storage spaces. 🙂

When people show me closet spaces – they often feel compelled to “use every inch”. So whether the closet is 24” deep (standard depth for a reach-in closet) or 38” deep (space left over that a builder turns in to a closet), they want shelves that are as deep as the closet itself. Bad idea.

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“Big Black Hole”

Extremely deep shelving is not only more expensive, but it creates what I refer to as “the big, black hole”.

If you want to remember it with a rhyme – deep shelving “increases cost and things get lost”.

Here a couple rules of thumb:

-The deeper the shelf – the farther apart the shelves should be spaced.

-Small items work best on shallow shelves. An ultimate luxury is being able to see every item that’s on your shelves. So if we’re talking about your pantry, let’s avoid having 37 cans of tomato soup with expiration dates from 2007 hidden behind today’s juice box purchases.  Think: open door – look at shelf – find needed item – grab and go.  Closets aren’t gardens – we don’t want digging.

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Remember this rhyme about deep shelving – “increases cost and things get lost”

-Larger items can work on deeper shelves – things like pillows and blankets or furniture cushions.  But be aware – the deeper the shelf – the greater the propensity for the client to overload the shelf. The added weight could be a service call waiting to happen – so reinforce those deep shelves whenever possible.

So here’s to making your closet designs more effective. And if you’d like to keep learning more, 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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And if you’re looking to go deeper in to closet design – I’ve got your solution. I’ve created the FIRST EVER INDEPENDENT closet design course – ON LINE!

If you’re wanting to learn about closet design, or become better at closet design – this the opportunity for you to make that happen!

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Shoe Storage As Command Central

By: Denise Butchko

Shoe storage – and the location of shoe storage – is always at the top of a clients’ list when it comes to designing their closet space.

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So here’s what I recommend after figuring out where to store over 5000 pair of shoes (it’s really closer to a million, but who’s counting?) during my career as a closet designer:

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While it’s true that we (women) may decide on the shoes we want to wear and then build our outfit around that, the shoes are typically the last clothing item we put on.

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So I design from the perspective of last on – first off (because shoe’s are typically the first item of clothing we remove when we get home). That translates to having some shoe storage close to the entrance of a closet space so it’s easy to put those shoes back where they belong (instead of kicking them off on the floor and having them be in the way).

One of my favorite ways to do this is to use a configuration called “Half and Half” (coffee, anyone?). That is a short hang rod with shelving above it.

First of all, as a woman of great height (61” in all), I love being able to easily see and reach the items I wear the most.  It’s that 80/20 rule.  This section often becomes “command central” because the garments and shoes that you grab most of the time live in this section for easy access.

If the return wall is too shallow in a walk in closet to allow for hanging right by the door – then use a full column of shelving and it can be used for either all shoes – or shoes and folded items that are worn most frequently.

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So here’s to making your closet designs more effective. And if you’d like to keep learning more, 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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