Category Archives: cabinetry

How Do You Tell A Quality Kitchen?

How do you tell a quality kitchen? There are many things that go into a quality kitchen: cabinetry, hardware, counter-tops, additional features or accessories for the cabinetry, and the labor and workmanship to pull it all together. The highest quality kitchens are typically a combination of great design, high-end materials, quality workmanship, and unique finishing touches. Wood is more expensive than any of the composite cabinet materials available, and solid wood doors and drawer fronts are typical in high-quality cabinets. Examples of woods used in quality kitchen cabinets are maple, cherry, oak, hickory, and walnut. These woods are durable and…

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What Your Kitchen Pro Needs To Know If Your Cabinet Becomes Damaged

Our kitchens are the heart of our homes.  They get a lot of traffic from the whole family and sometimes guests as you entertain.  What if your kitchen cabinet become damaged in some way?  We are careful and hope it never happens, but what do you do if it happens to you. For small scratches and nicks a Touch-Up Kit may exist and you can contact your kitchen provider to see what is available.  But for larger damage, cabinet repairs are best left to your kitchen pro.  You can, however, help immensely with trouble shooting and even speed up the…

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How To Avoid Wear and Tear Damage To Your Wood Kitchen Cabinetry

Like anything else your wood kitchen cabinetry is subject to wear and tear.  To keep your wood kitchen cabinetry looking beautiful for years to come follow these simple tips. Avoid Moisture Damage Avoid draping damp clothes or dishtowels over cabinet doors. This moisture can cause permanent damage — such as peeling and discoloration — to the cabinet’s finish. Avoid Heat Damage The heat generated when using an oven’s self-cleaning feature is much greater than during normal cooking. If this heat escapes from the oven, it can damage your cabinets. While this is a rare circumstance, you can minimize the risk…

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Caring For Wood Kitchen Cabinetry

Taking care of the fine wood kitchen cabinetry you have in your home will keep it looking beautiful for many years to come.  From regular dusting to cleaning splatters and spills, you can help maintain the beauty of your cabinetry by following these recommendations on how to clean cabinets. Routine Dusting and Cleaning Use a clean, soft lint-free cotton cloth for regular dusting.  Dusting the wood kitchen cabinetry should be done as frequently as you dust the other rooms of your home.  Packaged dusting sheets are not required or recommended. Do not use pre-moistened dusting sheets, and do not use…

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Time For A New Kitchen? Dream First™ With Houzz Pro, Wood Palace Kitchens

One of the most important aspects of designing a kitchen is to Dream First™ and that is exactly what we suggest to our clients when they begin the process of updating their kitchen. It is important to know what you like and what feeling you want in any new room you are thinking about adding or refreshing in your home. But it is just as important to know what you don’t like and it is often easier to come up with a list of things you don’t care for than it is to come up with a list of things…

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Understanding the Kitchen Remodel Process, Part II

So, you have gone through the first stages of the kitchen remodeling process. It’s time to move on towards getting the final decisions and ordering going. Making sure that you decide on what is right for you is a very important step in the process. As I say in my book Dream First, the decisions that you make at this stage are so important to your happiness over the many years ahead living in your space. Too many people make bad decisions here because of costs so they end up going with less quality products and or options that they…

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Lake Retreat

When David and Cameron Marzelli decided to move back east from their home in San Francisco, tearing down their old cottage home on a popular lake in Lakeville became their inspiration for a serene way of life where they could entertain family and friends. They turned to John Scanlon of Scanlon Construction to help make their dream come true. The result is a very open but cozy space where they can entertain and also sit back in a comfy chair to take in the wild life and beautiful water that they call their back yard. Home plans were drawn up.  The…

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What does it take to design a kitchen?

I think I am going to need a book for this one! Here are a few things that are necessary: Budget An idea of the “look” you want What type of appliances Time frame Let’s take this one by one. First, the budget: for most people this is the scariest part of the process. Why? Many people feel if they let the designer know this figure they will spend all their money. Truth be told, that is a guideline for us. We need to know where to start. Let me give you an example. Let’s say you want a new…

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When You are Looking for Down Home Reality in your Kitchen

In today’s economy, more and more people are looking for the best deals that they can find to help stretch their money. Good deals are a good thing unless you sacrifice quality or sacrifice what you are truly looking for. It’s easy to compare prices on the same model car or TV.  When it comes to cabinetry and counters, there are way too many manufacturers and designers to pick from that vary tremendously. I recently had a client walk into our showroom looking for a quote for her kitchen. She was honest from the beginning and let me know that…

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Kitchen Cabinets: an aha moment

Ever wake up one day and say to yourself “you know this place really needs sprucing up.” Everyone has that wake up moment. I recently had that moment and I do this for a living! I am so consumed with helping clients with their needs that my own needs are put aside. That “aha” moment usually comes when you are about to give a party and things just look tired. Okay, what do you do now? Do you read all you can via the internet? Do you watch HGTV? Do you ask your friends what to do? Hmm, sounds like…

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