One of the fun things about creating content for the Wellborn Blog is that there are so many wonderful tidbits to share with you. A few weeks we had been sharing Island Designs with Wellborn Cabinetry found on the popular remodeling site www.houzz.com. We found tons of “Unbelievable” designs created with our cabinetry by designers all over the United States and we were very proud to share those with you. For our last post on the series of Islands I wanted to share inspiration with hand drawn perspectives created by one of our Wellborn Cabinet designers. To help you decide your island taste…. layout needs…. space allowances…. etc. So we hope this helps you a little in your island creations.
Island One: A balanced design on the island sink side with the legs on each side – Are furniture legs important to you? Is is important to have areas to display items or will you need hidden storage? Seating at bar height on the back of the island – Is it important for you to have seating at the island? Does your family plan for this to be a gathering spot? The raised bar is a nice touch to hide the sink activity from the hallway coming into the kitchen.
Island Two: Another balanced design with a raised seating area that shields the island cooking activity from the rest of the home or kitchen space. The raised seating – eating area protects the island dwellers from the cooktop activity to a point. Several things to notice with this design – Storage, Storage and Storage but still with design accents that create a nice design from the column with the corbel, base moulding and the required hood with a decorative onlay.
Island Four: favorite design of all time – why? This island could be used in almost every space of your home it’s mobile and just enough space to work on and just enough storage with your extra utensils, extra oven mitts and even a space for extra bowls or pans right when you need them.
Island Five: This island rocks – Storage (hidden and decorative) design details like the corbels and base moulding, a full sink and seating for dining!
A few quick things to remember when designing an island:
1. Know your structure – if you are wanting a sink or dishwasher in your island design make sure plumbing is possible. If you are wanting a cooktop and needing a hood or choosing a downdraft cooktop make sure that is ample room for exhaust either above or below the island.
2. Seating: Try out the three levels of seating that people use at islands: Table, Island and Bar Height. Really think about multi-users, aging in place and what feels most natural to your family. I personally love a kitchen to have a mix of seating heights to accommodate anyone who might be in the kitchen.
3. The Island is an excellent place to show a “little” personality, a “little” pop of color and a whole lot of love!
Everyday more and more of our dealers are discovering Houzz and how easy it is to share their projects with the world. We enjoy seeing our cabinetry being used in such beautiful spaces and in ways we didn’t even consider – that’s the beauty of being a designer – So enjoy our Latest Houzz Call – You Rock Synergy Design & Construction!
For the renovated kitchen and family room, the clients wanted a rustic contemporary style, mixing vintage inspired materials with classic clean lines — as a result, we created a “Modern-day Farmhouse” look for them. The remodeled space includes new hardwood flooring, cabinetry, appliances, granite countertops, tile backsplash, plumbing and lighting fixtures, custom built-ins, and custom ceiling details. We removed the dividing half-walls between the kitchen and family room to open up the spaces and allow for a larger island with seating in the new layout.
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 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.
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
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 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.
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 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
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.
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
|* 2002 Design Trends Survey Update for NKBA by Sovereign Marketing Research, Fifth Avenue, New York|
Various References with tips and tools – Enjoy!
Houzz is an excellent tool for our industry – a wonderful place to showcase your work and gather potential leads & share your customer reviews.
I love to share some of the Wellborn Cabinet Creations I find as I review the site weekly. This week I just had to share a kitchen designed by Cecile Cote – a precious design featuring our Hanover Maple Door Style finished in Glacier White. Even though the color scheme is basically all white – there is a softness about the space – maybe the open cabinets, maybe the soft colors of the decor or the warm toned wood flooring – whatever it is – it’s inviting and simply perfect.
This bright, modern kitchen designed by Nassau Suffolk Lumber’s Cecile Cote features Wellborn Cabinet’s Hanover shaker-style door in Glacier White.
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.
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!
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.
Houzz Call – Sharing Great Wellborn Cabinet Designs we find on Houzz.
Each week we love to spend time on Houzz (probably more time than we should) but every time we find a new design or project featuring our cabinetry and we are in awe of the unbelievably talented designers who specify Wellborn!!! We salute & appreciate your talents and continued support by sharing your work on our social sites as well! So Enjoy!
This week’s Houzz Call is by Coast Design Kitchen & Bath Mobile, AL, US
Downtown Mobile, Alabama Historic Home Kitchen Remodel
Listed on the National Register of Historic Homes, this home is one of the “twins” or les Jemuelles as they are known. It was built in the late 1800’s and is located in the De Tonti Square Historic District in downtown Mobile, Alabama. Coast Design Kitchen & Bath designed and installed this remodeled kitchen in May 2013.
Cabinetry featured is from our Estate Custom Collection. The cabinet door style is Melrose Maple with our Pebble Java Finish.
Photos by Jessica Henderson
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