Non Toxic Cabinetry: How to Avert the Dangers of Formaldehyde

Non-toxic cabinetry is something that’s slowly starting to become more mainstream, even though cabinets made with dangerous formaldehyde are still out there. For example, some cabinets designed for children are still being manufactured with glues containing formaldehyde. Not too many years ago, formaldehyde was considered a carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency, and it was banned in Europe. Here in America, it might be surprising to see some elements of it still being used in designing cabinetry. Regardless, some states have stricter regulations on its use now.

The good news is that plenty of hardwood plywood exists that isn’t manufactured with formaldehyde. Unfortunately, the top layer of more common hardwood plywood is held together with glues containing what’s called urea-formaldehyde, or UF for short. When the UF slowly gets into the air, breathing it over time is where the health concerns are.

Along with hardwood plywood, you’ll find the same UF glues in particleboard. The latter is also used commonly for indoor cabinetry because it appears to be environmentally friendly. Yes, it still is considering particleboard is made from wood chips and plant fibers. However, formaldehyde glues are typically used as an adhesive.

So what better options can you find now when buying a cabinet? With new types of plywood being made, you can help forward the fresh title of “green cabinetry.”

Alternative Methods to Creating Cabinets

Recently, more sustainable cabinets have been made that stay away from using UF fiberboard. This can be done by avoiding glue completely and putting cabinets together with basic joinery. Even baked enamel metal has been used as a creative alternative that doesn’t emit dangerous chemicals into the air.

There’s even been a soy-based adhesive manufactured in recent years by Columbia Forest Products. It’s been deemed very cost effective when compared to the standard method of assembling hardwood plywood.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, sometimes coating a UF cabinet with polyurethane will help reduce emissions. The only problem is that you have to make sure the coating is thorough or it won’t work.

Ultimately, your best solution is to choose certified plywood that no longer uses UF glues. Here at B&R Construction, we’re a leading and committed source in providing green cabinetry for your home. You can feel safe placing our cabinets in any part of the house without worry about undetected formaldehyde fumes permeating for years.

Contact us and we’ll work with you to design the cabinets you’ve always wanted using many of the green production methods available. We’re a family-owned business, and we care about the health and safety of the families who come to us to help design cabinets for their new or existing homes.

Create a Modern Look with High Quality Kitchen Cabinets

If you seek a sleek, modern look for your Los Angeles kitchen remodel, it’s important to choose high quality kitchen cabinets that will tie your whole room together and help it strike just the right note.

So what are the basics of choosing the perfect cabinets for your modern kitchen?  We can break them down into three main categories:

  • Wood Choice.  For homeowners envisioning a more dramatic statement in a modern kitchen, walnut and mahogany are two rich, beautiful woods that will give your room a contemporary flair.  Yet lighter tones can work as well, particularly in a kitchen that shows off sustainable materials like inviting bamboo cabinetry.
  • Door Style.  Perhaps the most important principle of a modern kitchen is dedication to clean lines, which is why the door style you choose should have very little ornamentation, if it has any at all.  Glass-front cabinets are an exception–they can add visual interest to the room while still staying true to the modern aesthetic.
  • Hardware.  Homeowners pursuing a modern look might wish to consider finger pulls instead of traditional handles and nobs.  These are cut into the cabinet doors themselves, allowing for clean, unbroken lines across the cabinet banks.  However, sleek, horizontal pulls in a chrome or pewter finish also make an excellent choice for preserving the modern tone of the kitchen.

B&R Construction offers an incredible variety of high quality cabinetry for your remodeling project.  Contact us to learn more, and to browse our gallery of gorgeous modern kitchens.  You’re sure to be inspired!

Improve the Look and Value of Your Los Angeles Home With Custom Cabinets

When the time comes to remodel your home, don’t forget about the cabinets. You see them, use them, and brush past them every day, yet sadly their importance is often overlooked. Cabinets can be anything from purely functional storage areas to attractively designed features that add to and complete your decor. If you are remodeling your home and are considering custom cabinets in Los Angeles, B&R Construction can help you to add beauty and value to your project.

Custom cabinets from B&R are individually tailored to match the style of your home. You can have your personal preferences and creative features built right into them. Your cabinets can contain a wine cooler, sink space, hidden doors, and any other elements you may desire. Our cabinets are individually crafted to fit your home. Instead of being made in standard dimensions, your cabinets can be built to fit into tight spaces and odd dimensions.

Cabinets can be built to fill in spaces that would otherwise be unused, creating an attractive overall design cohesiveness. Custom craftsmanship and hand finishing creates superior quality cabinets to ensure long lasting utility and appeal. Professionally designed custom remodels are an important investment that carries a high return and added appeal.

Stock cabinets are mass produced to fit into standard sized and shaped areas. They usually have a rather ordinary look and are perceived to be of lower quality and workmanship than custom cabinets. When it comes time to sell your house, stock cabinets will do little to contribute to its resale value.

Cabinets designed specially with your preferences and home’s style in mind are unique. They will not be seen anywhere else, so they have more visual impact and create a lasting impression. This alone will make your house stand out in the crowd and add to its value and unique appeal. While other houses may have equally functional and efficient storage areas, yours will be the one that catches the eye and receives the compliments.

At B&R Construction, we have professional designers on staff to help you design cabinets that will fit both your style and budget. You can view your new cabinet designs in 3-D before you decide whether to buy them. We manufacture environmentally friendly cabinets in our own facility to ensure quality and workmanship. Contact us to talk to a designer, take a look at what we have to offer, and get started designing your new cabinets.

Invest in your Home and the Planet with Green Cabinetry

Angelinos have a reputation for environmental consciousness – and for good reason. With a home this beautiful, who wouldn’t want to take care of it? So when you’re thinking of remodeling, take care of your home with by investing in Bradco green cabinetry.

Consider some of these great reasons B&R custom cabinets can both make the kitchen of your dreams and reduce your environmental impact:

Sustainable Sourcing: Our custom kitchen cabinets are all certified by the Forest Stewardship Council built from sustainably sourced woods. By sourcing our materials from these environmentally conscious suppliers, we ensure that natural habitats are preserved and several trees are planted to replace each one used for lumber.

Local Construction: By building our cabinets in our plant near LA, we cut down on the increased costs and emissions that would’ve been incurred in long-haul shipping.

Low-Energy Production and Recycling: Our artisans handcraft our custom cabinets, minimizing machine use and further lowering our plant’s emissions. Not only does this process use less energy, no harmful chemicals – such as formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds are used in the construction of your cabinets. Lastly, all by-products of manufacturing are responsibly recycled or composted.

Whether you’re planning a new kitchen or a new bathroom, B&R’s green custom cabinets are made with beauty, functionality, and environmental impact in mind. With the help of our professional design consultants, you can be sure your new kitchen will be nothing short of perfect. Contact us today to get started on your new remodeling project.