All entries for December 2019

What 2019 Has Taught Us

We’ve seen a few new trends in 2019. What I personally have noticed was the shift from the standard “white shaker” to the sleek “slab door” with colors that move from silvers to even more flashy tones. I’m closing the year out with my first navy blue kitchen design. Navy has been knocking on “trendy’s” door for a minute now. With the navy blue, we also will be using champagne gold hardware to accent the space with what I call the jewelry of the kitchen.

Here are a few 2020 trends I am excited about. Very cool islands and splashes of color are all expected to be on the “hot list.” We love a classic white kitchen, but lately, we’ve seen requests for navy millwork. It blends beautifully with marble and brass.

 

We love a classic white kitchen, but lately, we’ve seen requests for navy millwork. It blends beautifully with marble and brass.

 

We’re seeing updated classic designs for kitchens, amping up the glamour factor without making you feel oddly out of place having coffee in a bathrobe.

 

We’re seeing updated classic designs for kitchens, amping up the glamour factor without making you feel oddly out of place having coffee in a bathrobe.

 

UNEXPECTED COLOR POPS

Using color in unexpected places like appliances and hoods. If you love color, it’s a fun way to incorporate it and make a regular appliance feel special and custom.

 

 

GRAVITY DEFYING ISLANDS

 

Many of our clients are looking to maximize the sense of clean lines. We continue to see quartz countertops being used in most applications, but when natural stone such as a quartzite or granite are chosen, they seem to be on the more luxurious side with the beautiful movement and veining. The cost of quartz is also trending up due to tariffs placed on those items, leading to higher cost and an overall price of a project. The cost of remodeling kitchens, bathrooms, and other types of spaces has of course risen also, as seen even with the products we purchase from our daily groceries to larger items such as cars and homes. Overall, it costs more to do just about anything in today’s market. The great part about working with us is we have trained staff to keep you in budget to produce an incredible space. We have over 100 years combined of experience from project planning to project completion. There is not a lot that we have not seen or done when it comes to construction.

My wish for 2020 is that when people are deciding on a project to tackle or a contractor to hire, they really dive into the companies they are considering for the task of transforming whatever it is they wish to do. Be prepared. Know the companies’ and contractors’ backgrounds. Are they compliant with all the necessary licensing and up to date on their policies? Overall, be a well-educated buyer. We are very transparent and forthcoming with our potential and existing clients. We want you to enjoy the process and the many thrills it can offer.

So, for the next 365 days, let’s get classic but not too classic. Let’s get funky, but with style, and overall, we hope that 2020 brings you a year full of gratitude, good health, and wellbeing.

Thank you for following me on our last blog of 2019! Happy New Year!

How can you contact me?
Call us at 941-342-3443
Visit our showroom located in Sarasota at 5686 Fruitville Road
Email me at dan@cabinetsextra.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dan has been one of the Suncoast’s leading kitchen and bath professionals for over a decade and has been a part of over 1,300 projects. He has a true passion for connecting with clients and bringing their dream spaces to life while implementing a fun, energetic, and enjoyable construction experience.


'Tis the Season to Wrap Your Walls

Wallpaper. The word, for some, causes cringing and snarling due to the thought of the horrendous stripes and floral patterns of old. I am here to tell you that these beautifully awful patterns are indeed no longer in vogue. However, the use of wallpaper still is! I know this may come as a shock, but there are some really great products out there that are no longer a “grandma’s sitting room” sort of pattern. Plus, with the development of the paper itself, along with glues to help bind it to a wall, it is much easier to remove in case you change your mind down the road. Since it’s Christmas and wallpaper can be like wrapping paper, I thought now would be a fun time to talk about it!

With the development in the styles as well as the application, wallpaper has become a fun medium to create with. 3-D forms, monochromatic patterns, exaggerated geometric shapes… all inspiring creativity and adding texture to a space. Texture, when in relation to design, doesn’t always mean a physical element that you can touch. It also applies visually to a space. When you go the route of adding texture to a room, you can in turn create depth to your design, which, as a result, adds warmth to your space. As we all know, adding that warmth to the design of a space helps create that transition from just being a house to being your home. 

So, if home is where your heart is, and your heart loves glitter (Dawn!), then give yourself a gift for your home this holiday season. “Wrap” a room/powder bath/etc. with a fun, exciting, sparkly (and even 3D) wallpaper that will inspire joy within you throughout the year!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joe Clark is a passionate designer, lighting specialist, published writer, English Premier League fan, and Porsche/Automotive enthusiast who uses his technical background from years of experience in the design, engineering, and building industries to help inspire his clients to journey through the creative process with him.


What Makes a Great Team?

At Cabinets Extraordinaire, our staff is our #1 asset.

As a team, we have what we believe is the most knowledgeable, friendly, and well-rounded team in the area if not the state. We have carefully chosen each member of our team and have also gone to great lengths to ensure that we all not only bring to the table a ton of design and construction knowledge, but also people whose personalities mesh well with the team we have in place.

Dawn, Kerri, Lisa, and Tracy are an integral part of our staff who bring so many things together that fit beautifully and perfect. Before and after the process of design and the completion of a project, many items must stay on track such as ordering, processing purchases, client scheduling, change orders, billing, and so many other things that get done daily behind the scenes. Looking at our construction team, two words come to mind: “thorough and competent.” Dealing with multiple projects of different sizes and complexity, our team of Project Managers work tirelessly to keep things moving in a forward direction at a pace that satisfies our clients and other trades working hand and hand with Cabinets Extraordinaire.

We too think that our team of construction personnel is the best of the best. We believe this to be true, not because we just felt like saying it, but because time after time, our clients have told us that “we just get it” and that “we really know what we are doing.” As a team, we choose to grow through continued education, group exercises, and staying up to date with current and lasting trends. And finally, we grow by respecting each other and by working as a team. We learn and grow together while enjoying the complex world of remodeling and renovations. So, by continuously working together to achieve our clients’ wants and wishes, we continue to build the rock-solid foundation that is Cabinets Extraordinaire.

How can you contact me?
Call us at 941-342-3443
Visit our showroom located in Sarasota at 5686 Fruitville Road
Email me at dan@cabinetsextra.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dan has been one of the Suncoast’s leading kitchen and bath professionals for over a decade and has been a part of over 1,300 projects. He has a true passion for connecting with clients and bringing their dream spaces to life while implementing a fun, energetic, and enjoyable construction experience.

 


Design Your Dream Space

So here’s the scenario… you moved or have a place in, let’s say, Sarasota.  It doesn’t need to be huge, and most of the time when you are here, it’s just you or you and your significant other.  Occasionally, you have friends and/or family visit, but it typically isn’t for extended periods of time. You have a three-bedroom you are wanting to remodel, but currently, everything seems to just be too small or too close together. What do you do?

The hardest part of the process is allowing yourself to be bold in your decision to renovate. Many times when starting the process of thinking about remodeling, it can be tough to imagine the space outside of its current proverbial “box,” especially if you have owned or been there for a while. Re-envisioning the space for your lifestyle can be imperative. Why go through all of it just to put it back the way it was, especially if it wasn’t the best fit for your lifestyle?

I may ruffle some feathers with this next statement, so here it goes (any realtors reading this may want to turn away now, LOL!).  If you love your home/condo/villa, your location is great, and you don’t plan on going anywhere for a while, why not make your space a two-bedroom instead (there it is… I said it)? I know, you’re thinking that this move will devalue your property, however, if I may… if it’s designed well, that won’t really matter!

 

 

Too often, many go through the process thinking about the “next” person who “may” purchase the property, rather than designing it to their liking. You should LOVE your space, not just think it’s okay.

Of course, the idea of re-envisioning the space with one less bedroom is not applicable in every situation, but sometimes your space and how you use it calls for a drastic change like this. For example, maybe the current configuration with the three-bedroom has no dining space and a tiny living room. By removing one of the superfluous bedrooms (let’s be honest, you probably didn’t use it anyway) and combining that newfound square footage into your unit, you may gain the space you always wished you had… two bedrooms with one suite bathroom and a big enough living room to actually fit a sofa in, etc.

So what it comes down to is don’t let your current space dictate the design. Let’s get creative and define your space the way you want it to be!

How can you contact me?

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Email me at jclark@cabinetsexta.com.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joe Clark is a passionate designer, lighting specialist, published writer, English Premier League fan, and Porsche/Automotive enthusiast who uses his technical background from years of experience in the design, engineering, and building industries to help inspire his clients to journey through the creative process with him.


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