Questions to Ask Yourself About Kitchen Cabinets

There comes a time where kitchens and bathrooms need a spark to bring new life into the room.  The simplest way to do that is to work with the cabinets.  It’s amazing how changing the cabinets changes the way the kitchen looks.  It’s one of the time-saving, convenient and inexpensive makeovers in home remodeling.  Before choosing any cabinets for your kitchen or bathroom ask these questions.

What don’t you like about your cabinets?

There has to be a reason why you don’t like your cabinets besides “I just don’t.”  If you can name them on one hand, you have enough reasons to write them down.  Looking at it on paper is better than saying it out loud because it’s more permanent.  See if those reasons are good enough to get new cabinets or get a makeover on the current ones.  Think about memories when you wished something was different.

Do you want cabinets?

For many people the answer is “yes.” but the ones that say no is open to open shelving.  Open shelving is shelves without doors.  It’s a great way to see what you have and organize it to look luxurious.  Go for open shelving for kitchens and bathrooms that don’t have a lot of items to stuff in cabinets.  Cramming too much into open shelves makes the space cluttered and junky.  If you have too much to stuff into shelves cabinets is the best solution.

What do you want to do with your cabinets?

There are different ways to handle this.  One is to reface cabinets.  Refacing is using the current cabinets and giving it a makeover.  You can either use a veneer and paint over it or paint on top of existing cabinets without a veneer.  It depends on the current condition of the cabinet.  Another idea is to get brand new cabinets.  There’s a variety of cabinets available in many styles and designs using different types of wood.  We offer the latest brands of cabinets so there is one just made for your kitchen.  If there isn’t making it yours by getting one custom made.

Do I want environmentally-friendly cabinets?

People who are passionate about going green are going to add Green Cabinetry.  They are safe for the environment and made from natural or recycled products.  You won’t have to sacrifice beauty for the environment as many cabinets are just as beautiful and functional as the rest of them.

What is the current style of my kitchen or bathroom?

Take a look at the kitchen.  What style does it represent?  The cabinets will play a role in your kitchen decor because it can blend in or change the way the kitchen looks.  Be sure to add your personality and interest in your decision.  The kitchen and bathrooms are vital to the overall look and feel of the home.

You have so many options with kitchen cabinets.  Don’t be afraid to experiment.  Look at photos online, in magazines and through our website for inspiration.  Contact us for more information on kitchen and bathroom cabinets.

Green Cabinetry, Solar and California’s Desert Eco-System: Living in Harmony

If you are currently living in Los Angeles County, there is a good chance that you may have heard someone mention the acronym, DRECP within the last month or two. It is frequently used by those in the media to quickly identify what’s known as the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan.

For those that may not be aware of the plan, it is an essential component of our state’s push towards increasing the use of solar power and other clean energy initiatives. The group of people and agencies behind the plan are currently focusing their efforts on making sure that the state’s initiatives will not disrupt our planet’s desert eco-systems. In the process, they are looking at such factors as the presence of indigenous, wildlife and vegetation. This includes creatures like the desert tortoise, flat-tailed horned lizard, bighorn sheep and the Mohave ground squirrel. All four are creatures found in our state’s desert eco-system.

As one of California’s premier manufacturers of custom built green cabinetry, we personally applaud those that seek to protect and improve the environment. After all, one of the green cabinetry industry’s overriding goals is to help make our planet’s environment healthier for every living being, not just humans. In addition to using green manufacturing methods, we specialize in coming up with complete, eco-friendly kitchen and bath designs. So together we can feel good about doing our part to preserve the natural environment for future generations.

Of course our green cabinetry and designs are more than just environmentally focused. They are also innovative. Just check out the recognition that we received for our Slide N Hide countertop in 2012. It helped us earn the highly coveted title of Interior Design magazine’s Best of Year Honoree.

That is just a peek at what we here at B&R Construction pride ourselves on. Would you like to learn more about our green initiatives and their positive influence on the environment? If so, please contact us at (323) 936-3457.

2014: Green Bathroom Cabinetry and So Much More!

As the holiday season winds down, it’s time to start thinking about your dream projects for 2014.  And if your house needs a boost in both style and functionality, look no further than your bathroom.

With the precision handiwork and dedicated craftsmanship of B&R Construction, 2014 can be the year your bathroom because a true oasis in your home.  Even better, working with B&R means supporting a commitment to using non-toxic, environmentally friendly materials in your new space.

Green bathroom cabinetry really shines in a spa bathroom, where sustainable materials like bamboo create a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere.  Bamboo can even be used to create a one-of-a-kind sink, tying your whole room together in a way that reduces your environmental footprint.  Other low-impact materials like cement can be used to form sleek, modern-countertops that are also easy to maintain.

Looking for more tips on designing your eco-friendly bathroom?  A great-looking low-flow toilet will add value to your home while lowering your water bill.  A motion-sensor faucet will also reduce the amount of water wasted in the bathroom, and with the wide variety of new designs, you can be sure to find one that matches your individual style.  Lastly, advances in LED light bulbs mean you can save energy without sacrificing style or ambience in your new bathroom.

B&R is deeply committed to the satisfaction of our customers, and we’ll go above and beyond to help you achieve the eco-friendly bathroom you’ve been dreaming of.  Contact us to see photos of our past projects, and to learn about this month’s incentives!

2014: Green Bathroom Cabinetry and So Much More!

As the holiday season winds down, it’s time to start thinking about your dream projects for 2014.  And if your house needs a boost in both style and functionality, look no further than your bathroom.

With the precision handiwork and dedicated craftsmanship of B&R Construction, 2014 can be the year your bathroom because a true oasis in your home.  Even better, working with B&R means supporting a commitment to using non-toxic, environmentally friendly materials in your new space.

Green bathroom cabinetry really shines in a spa bathroom, where sustainable materials like bamboo create a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere.  Bamboo can even be used to create a one-of-a-kind sink, tying your whole room together in a way that reduces your environmental footprint.  Other low-impact materials like cement can be used to form sleek, modern-countertops that are also easy to maintain.

Looking for more tips on designing your eco-friendly bathroom?  A great-looking low-flow toilet will add value to your home while lowering your water bill.  A motion-sensor faucet will also reduce the amount of water wasted in the bathroom, and with the wide variety of new designs, you can be sure to find one that matches your individual style.  Lastly, advances in LED light bulbs mean you can save energy without sacrificing style or ambience in your new bathroom.

B&R is deeply committed to to the satisfaction of our customers, and we’ll go above and beyond to help you achieve the eco-friendly bathroom you’ve been dreaming of.  Contact us to see photos of our past projects, and to learn about this month’s incentives!

Options to Standard Kitchen Remodel Ideas Well Worth Considering

When it comes to kitchen remodel ideas, the possibility of regretting not spending a little more is probably even greater than regretting too much expenditure. Whether your ideas for a kitchen remodel stop with cabinets or extend to introducing a fully functioning island, you should take the time to contemplate how you can take the renovation to the next step in an affordable fashion.

Cabinets

Kitchen remodel ideas that center around an upgrade in cabinets often overlook a number of options that can make the investment pay off greater than they otherwise would. When shopping for cabinets that are to become the focus of a remodeling job, take the time to consider some minor details that can make a major difference. Examples of worthwhile kitchen cabinet options range from doors of beveled glass to the installation of crown molding in the small space between the top of a cabinet and the ceiling to create a more elegant aesthetic. Add-on possibilities within the cabinet space itself include roll-out drawers, shelves mounted on the doors and built-in cutting boards.

Islands

Any kitchen remodel ideas that revolve around the introduction of an island present a wealth of possibilities for options that can take the renovation to the next level. If you’ve always wanted space for a wine rack and your current remodeling plans just don’t have the room for such extravagance, you may be overlooking the added space afforded by the island. Kitchen islands genuinely expand the universe of remodeling ideas by offering up the potential to add a wealth of options you may have prematurely discarded. Among the remodel possibilities that can be attached to a kitchen island: an indoor grill, customized drawers for storing those “difficult” items, a slide-out spice rack or even something as offbeat as a station for feeding your pets.

Sinks

The introduction of a fancy new sink is a common element of many different kinds of kitchen remodel ideas, but also an element that frequently doesn’t make enough room for complete flights of fancy. The addition of a sink to a remodeling plan for any kitchen that is exposed to a less than ideal water supply could certainly benefit from the option of a filtering system. Other options to consider are going with a double-basin sink rather than a single basin or even a sink with a small, shallow third basin that is used exclusively for preparing meals rather than washing up afterwards. An oversized pull-out sprayer, ornamental faucets and decorative tiled backsplashes are all options you may regret not including after the remodel has concluded.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about how to make your own kitchen remodel ideas become a reality.