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The homeowners dreamed of revamping their outdated kitchen, which had not been touched since the original build.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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Lazy Susan built into the corner cabinet
Wood Dovetail Soft Close Sliding Shelf
Wood Dovetail Soft Close Sliding Shelf

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.

Remodel: Tukasa Creations

 

From the hillsides to the valleys, a southern home shows beauty from the inside to the outside.

Travel down the beautiful countryside of Texas to explore the beauty of this kitchen. From beginning to end, this home was built off the style of the homeowner. As you scurry your way in, you will be welcomed by the amazing cabinetry that once only presented your basic brushed over white.

A southern style kitchen is built off the character of the homeowner, in which, the rooms mean more to them than a cooking location. This is a place that represents the woman behind the baking and cleaning. She is country meets glam. When asked what the lady wanted her home to represent she of course designed it based off her character. She took the reins on the blueprints and designed everything from the moldings to the style of cabinets that would be included in the construction.

Every home has a certain elegance and characteristic, but this Southern Charm wanted to modernize her kitchen but still keep the rustic/traditional appearance in the home. Tukasa Creations stayed true to the design envisioned by the homeowner but added a little twist to the rustic appeal by combining and transforming into the modern 21st century woman with a southern twang in the roots!

Dark cabinetry was envisioned in her mind, until she fell in love with the beautiful Glacier White Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. offers in our Premier Series. When remodeling takes place in the home, sometimes that means restructuring of the room. The oven was originally located where the pantry is placed now. The designers moved the oven to the other side to get it closer to the cooktop displayed on the gorgeous island. One addition to the kitchen, as well, was to make the pantry larger than normal. A pantry can never be too large to hold all your essential needs.

To represent this woman’s style, glass door fronts were installed in the cabinets so this lovely lady could display her turquoise, Fiesta dishware. One of the best qualities about choosing a white kitchen is the ability to intertwine with just about any color in the home. She wanted this possibility because as you can tell, she has an eye for fashion.

This woman is all about the details. To top of the elegant cabinetry, she wanted light rail molding below the upper cabinets and all base cabinets, as well as matching ends and fluted molding.

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Sink Base Cabinet with Tilt Out Tray and Wood Dovetail Soft Close Sliding Shelf 

 

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Base Tray Cabinet

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Super Double Wastebasket  

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 Utility Cabinet with Sliding Shelves with a Refrigerator Wall Cabinet stacked on top 

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Oven Tray Dividers

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Pot and Pan Pullout

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Two Drawer Corner Base Cabinet

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Diagonal Corner Cabinet with Lift Door 

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About Tukasa Creations

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

 

 

5 ways to incorporate accessories into your kitchen

Your kitchen is your happy place. Cooking should be made easy when you have the perfect accessories placed within your cabinetry. Accessories help organize and store all your utensils, pots and pans for your personal convenience. Here are 5 must haves in your kitchen to make cooking as easy as possible!

Knife Drawer

Keep all your knives organized, sharp and ready to use, with our knife drawer kit. The kit has full extension soft close guides that provide full access to the drawer. Have little ones? Our magnetic lock kit is the perfect solution. The lock system does not require the standard keys or keyholes, therefore maintaining the look of your drawer front.

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Base Cutlery Pullout

Every great chef knows that you are only as good as your utensils, but having so many sizes and brands can make them a nightmare to store. That is no longer a concern with this organizer! This pullout comes with stainless steel utensil bins, knife inserts, and a lower shelf for more storage.

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Base Filler Peg Pullout

Utilize every inch of your cabinet space, whether it is behind a decorative filler or in a corner, the peg pullout will make “wasted space” a thing of the past! The removable hooks and pegs on the stainless steel panel provide endless storage customization.

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Spice and Culinary Drawer

Cutlery, spices and knives all in one answer! You can achieve this design by pairing the following: Drawer Cutlery Organizer, Container Organizer with glass containers and a Knife Block Organizer. All of these accessories are available in deep and rich Walnut wood grain.

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Pot and Pan Pullout

This cabinet provides a tiered pullout shelf to add convenience when putting away pots and pans. The pullout drawer, with soft close drawer slides, provides a full visual of all that is in the cabinet, along with easy access to the stored items.

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The next time you decide to design your kitchen with Wellborn cabinets, remember these unique accessories in your kitchen! The next time you are planning a new construction project or remodel, remember to consider these accessories in your kitchen design!

To learn more about Wellborn’s accessories, click on the link below:

http://www.wellborn.com/d3Apages.php?item=BROWACC

 

Remodel: Old World Artisan by Tukasa Creations

Don’t you just love a good, jaw-dropping, breath-taking kitchen remodel? I know we sure do. Today, we want to share a kitchen that took on an incredible makeover leaving the space not only gorgeous but also more functional and practical to accommodate all of the family’s needs.

Background:

Located in the beautiful area of Corpus Christi, Texas the home was a new purchase that was within only a few hundred feet from the bay. Although the location was outstanding, there were a few not so wonderful features. The kitchen was outdated with a layout that was far from pleasing to the new homeowners making it an area that they wanted to focus on. Because it felt boxed in, the plan was to open up the space to fit their needs.

The homeowners wanted a rustic, old world look for the kitchen, which was brought in through the finish techniques on the cabinetry and the Saltillo floor-part of the home’s roots.

Before:

The kitchen use to be surrounded by a wall with walk-in pantries, but it was not accessible and left the homeowners with not enough space. This outdated and unappealing kitchen was ready for a huge change.

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To fix the problem of the pantry being inaccessible, pantry storage was added into the kitchen cabinetry. Removing the pantry wall allowed for a more open and welcoming design.

The homeowners love to entertain and have children, so they are always hosting guests! This is why such a large island was incorporated into the design. Another reason for the large island is because they wanted a large work zone. The husband loves to cook, so he wanted a sink and stove in the same vicinity for functional food prep space.

The combination of two cabinet door styles partnered with a dark stain and added detail through a finish technique is what makes this kitchen such a standout. The base cabinets are Wellborn’s Premier Series Rose Hall Square and the Wall cabinets are Wellborn’s Premier Series Rose Hall Arch. The cabinetry is Maple and finished with a Sienna stain and Charcoal glaze. Character is added to the cabinetry with an Olde World finish technique which consists of burnishing, rub thru, small dents, worm holes, dry brush glazing, carved edges, medium dents and rasping.

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The finished product was a transformed piece of artwork that the homeowners are proud to show off! Not only is this now an eye-pleasing space, but it contains storage and function to fit all of the families needs!

This beautiful kitchen remodel was completed by Tukasa Creations. For more information go to http://www.tukasacreations.com.

Ashley Robinson, Public Relations and Social Media Specialist

arobinson@wellborn.com

Contemporary Design-Make It an Open Invitation

What comes to mind when you think of contemporary? Is it the distinctive element of hard, sleek lines? Maybe it’s the neutral, black, or white color palette that is often seen? Sometimes these characteristics along with others can make a space feel cold and off limits.

A home is a place that should feel welcoming and comfortable. So, what if you love contemporary design but want to make it more inviting for friends and family? Let’s check out a few ideas that can transform your contemporary rooms into a relaxed environment that makes everyone feel at home!

Lighting

Lighting is an element that really has an impact on the environment of the room. Natural lighting is always a plus, so pulling back a few draperies can make a huge difference to your contemporary space. Lighting knocks off the coldness of a room’s environment, so let the natural light shine on those sunny days!

Warm Tones

Contemporary designs do not have to be painted black or white. In fact, a distinctive characteristic of contemporary designs is the horizontal lines which come perfectly through wood grains! A warm toned stain on top of a beautiful wood grain is the perfect way to create a contemporary design while creating a cozy environment!

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Color

Sometimes a pop of color is all a room needs to offer an open invitation to family and friends. The color can come through accessories such as pillows, picture frames, dishes, etc. That one accessory can be what attracts the eye of guests when they walk into your home which drives them to that room.

Aroma

Factors other than just aesthetics can make a room welcoming. Remember walking into your grandparents house and smelling fresh apple pie which takes you straight to the kitchen? The same can be said for a candle or fragrance that adds a pleasing aroma to the room.

Convenience

While convenience may not seem like a visual difference when it comes to the environment, it is definitely something that makes people gather in a space. Convenience, whether it is through technology, organization, etc., adds a pleasant element to the room.

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Open

Contemporary designs in open spaces are a huge plus when it comes to creating an environment that people gather in. Not only does it mean more space, but it means a larger design which can incorporate convenience factors such as technology.

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As you can see, several factors can be taken into consideration when trying to give contemporary spaces a welcoming aesthetic for guests! It goes beyond visuals, so think outside of the box on ways you can make your home the go to place for the next neighborhood get together! Even having a cozy area makes family want to gather more frequently! Try out some of these tips in your contemporary spaces!

Ashley Robinson, Public Relations and Social Media Specialist

arobinson@wellborn.com

Which Is Your Style? Inset Or Overlay?

Although you may have determined what your design style is, do you know what makes up that style? Is it a paint or stain? Is it defined by a little or a lot of detail? Is it inset into the face frame or does it overlay the face frame? Today, let’s talk about that last factor, inset or overlay.

The two type of overlay styles are traditional overlay and full overlay. Traditional overlay sits on top of the face frame exposing part of the face frame while the full overlay sits on top of the face frame and covers it completely.

Inset, however, sits inside the face frame. Inset often adds more detail to cabinetry because it can be beaded or non-beaded. If the inset cabinet is beaded, it contains a small gap that is cut into the face frame lining the cabinet door that adds detail to cabinetry (see photo below). The other element of detail that can come along with inset is the option of a barrel hinge or concealed hinge. Inset is seen as a classic look that will last for generations.

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Harbour Door Style shown in Inset (beaded)
Harbour Door Style shown in Full Overlay
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Harbour Door Style shown in Full Overlay
Harbour Door Style shown in Full Overlay

                          

Rose Hall Square Door Style shown in Traditional Overlay
Rose Hall Square Door Style shown in Traditional Overlay


Rose Hall Square Door Style shown in Inset
Rose Hall Square Door Style shown in Inset non-beaded
Rose Hall Square Door Style shown in Inset
Rose Hall Square Door Style shown in Inset non-beaded, concealed hinge
Wellington Door Style shown in Full Overlay
Wellington Door Style shown in Full Overlay


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Wellington Door Style shown in Inset (beaded)
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Hutch: Wellington Door Style shown in Inset beaded, barrel hinge

From the options above, do you prefer Inset, Traditonal Overlay, or Full Overlay? Do one of the style standout to you among the rest?

For more information on choosing your cabinet frames, check out this information from Better Homes & Gardens! http://ow.ly/LbbEW

Ashley Robinson, Public Relations and Social Media Specialist

arobinson@wellborn.com

Open Shelving- Is It For You?

The idea of designing spaces using open shelving has its pros and cons. For some people, it is so aesthetically pleasing to a room that the cons are not a big deal. Let’s take a minute to discuss the pros and cons and determine if open shelving is right for you. Below are a list of the positives and negatives of open shelving in a kitchen.

Pros

  • Allows storing items as well as displaying them at the same time
  • Makes a room look and feel more open (especially if the room is small and/or the cabinets are dark)
  • Convenience of finding and getting to items
  • Cheaper than wall cabinets
  • Personality is present on every shelf

Cons

  • Dust can be an issue if the items on the shelves are not used daily
  • Visual clutter (some people don’t like the look of items displayed for everyone to see)
  • Organization needs to be somewhat kept up (This may be a good thing because it forces you to stay organized!)

Below are kitchens that range from a lot of open shelving to minimal open shelving. What’s your style?

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What about an island that doubles as a table? The seating makes this kitchen an inviting room.

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As you can see, open shelving can be as heavy or light as you like. It adds a sense of personalization and character to the kitchen. What are your thoughts on open shelving? Do the pros outweigh the cons? Maybe open shelving would be a better fit for another room in your home. Whatever your thoughts, it is definitely something to consider.

Ashley Robinson, Public Relations and Social Media Specialist

arobinson@wellborn.com

2013 Large Kitchen – Honorable Mention: Crystal Kennedy Pacific Northwest Cabinetry

Design Contests are a wonderful way to share your Wellborn Cabinet projects, gain brand exposure and win some money. $$$

This 1990’s home, while spacious and open, felt like it didn’t have enough storage or countertop
space. It also felt dated with the white tile countertops and the builder grade thermofoil doors
were starting to fall off their hinges! These clients were ready for a modern update and we were
up for the job!

Problems/Challenges:

  • Tile countertops were impossible to keep clean space was used inefficiently – they needed more storage.
  • Cabinets didn’t go to the ceiling, so the tops were just dust catchers.
  • They like the classic white-painted look, but didn’t want the boring look they had now.
  • The island was pretty much unusable with the cook top placed in the center of it and the ventilation didn’t work well.Picture10
  • The walkway between the refrigerator and the island was too tight and made the refrigerator difficult to use.

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  • Wanted the microwave off the countertop.
  • They were tired of the red paint!
  • Love the look of marble, but don’t like the maintenance.

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Solutions:

  • Moved the cooktop to the far wall to get it off of the island and give it better ventilation and a beautiful focal point at the same time.

 

  • Removed the built-in pantry with bi-fold doors and replaced it with a floor to ceiling cabinet with pullouts.

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  • Relocated the refrigerator to the pantry wall.
  • Installed the microwave at a comfortable shoulder height and added pullout pantry storage above and below it.

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  • Prairie Maple Cabinetry finish Divinity is installed stacked to the ceiling.
  • Lit glass cabinetry provides great ambient light and a beautiful focal wall.
  • Under cabinet lights and new pendant lights brighten up the area and add great accents and interest to the space.
  • A functional island the contrasting Prairie Maple Sienna offset the monochromatic white kitchen.
  • The island houses the oven just offset from the cook top.
  • Seating for 2 at the end of the island provides a place for the family to sit and talk while they are working.
  • Matching end panels and arch valances provide simple yet elegant details to the space.

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  • Staining the oak floors to a medium sable tone gave warmth to the space overall.
  • Brazilian Arabescato Quartzite countertops provide the look of a Carrera marble but has the hardness of granite and won’t stain like marble will. It was the perfect solution for what she was looking for.

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  • A soft, warm grey paint on the walls contrasted beautifully with the white cabinetry and complimented the quartzite.

The finished kitchen, while in a similar footprint, changed the way this couple lives in their space
and gives them the updated elegant look and feel they wanted for their new kitchen!

a wonderful job by Crystal Kennedy of Pacific Northwest Cabinetry.

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Island Designs on Houzz

Friday adventures at work usually include creating the weekend social plan and searching for any new trends, products or Wellborn Cabinet projects on Houzz. There’s a lot of gorgeous designs out there, if you have designed any projects with Wellborn Cabinet make sure that you mention that in your description and keywords when you upload on Houzz, we would love to share your work!

Today on Houzz my main goal was to find as many unique islands designed with Wellborn Cabinet as I could within a reasonable time frame (of course) I mean really how long could a person actually stay on Houzz?

Now matter how unique or beautiful an island is – if it doesn’t serve the purpose for which it was designed it can be an eye sore or just in the way.

Several things to consider before designing a space with an island:
1. Is this your first island? Will this island create a new traffic pattern in your kitchen? Will that change be comfortable and convenient for the users of the space? (Maybe your designer can mark off the floor with tape to illustrate your new traffic patterns – just so you can visualize the space better.)

2. What activities will you use your island for?
*prepping, cooking, cleanup and gathering spot
*do you need water or power for hand-held appliances or for built-in appliances?
*do you need a seating area?
*Your activities can dictate the overall dimensions of the island – Will you need different heights at your island?

3. Storage
The island is a wonderful space to claim extra storage for your kitchen, a place just the children’s snacks or a great place to store items for guests – – easy access & easy to find.

These are a few of the things to think about and consider before adding an island to your kitchen design.

We hope you enjoy our island selections from Houzz.

 

Houzz Kitchen of the Week – Coast Design Kitchen and Bath

The Houzz Kitchen of the Week is from Coast Design Kitchen & Bath in Mobile Alabama, a timeless traditional kitchen that flows elegantly with the interior design of the entire home.

The cabinetry is from our Estate Collection – Cabinetry Name is Rose Hall Maple Beaded Inset with our Creme Mocha finish.
Personalized design details – from wall cabinet mouldings to legs – top to bottom this kitchen packs punch.
Lit wall stack cabinets create a wonderful warm glow that fills the whole room.
Flutes, legs and an open bookcase create an inviting island for cooks, diners and observers.
A mantel hood can be beautiful and work hard  – – – from the moulding detail, arch valance, to the side columns that contain storage area for spices and other cooking necessities – – – in love with it all!