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Universal Design: How a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist Can Help

  
  
  


Universal Design: How a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist Can Help

Today, more homeowners are thinking about how their (or a relative’s) needs will change over their lifetime and they are requesting Universal Design features when remodeling and for new home construction. Homes designed for comfort, safety, function and accessibility are appealing to both owners and potential buyers because they are accommodating to people of all ages and abilities. A Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) is an expert who provides design-build solutions that incorporate Universal Design concepts.

6 Things To Do Before Meeting with a Kitchen Designer

  
  
  


6 Things To Do Before Meeting with a Kitchen Designer

If you are planning to remodel your kitchen, we recommend working with a certified kitchen designer. Given the investment that a kitchen remodeling project involves, it is important to have the expertise of an experienced design professional to address all of the details. A kitchen designer can help you save time and money, and attain satisfying outcomes.

The Most Popular Kitchen Cabinet Accessories

  
  
  


double waste bin cabinet

Functional kitchens are created by cabinets. The depth and placement of drawers and cupboards determines what can be stored. Cabinet accessories help to improve organization and access in drawers and cupboards. Today, cabinet makers offer a wide range of accessories that are specifically designed to fit to their cabinets. We offer two lines of cabinetry as an option for our customers: semi-custom cabinets made by Bishop Cabinets, and custom cabinets made by Elmwood Fine Custom Cabinetry. Both manufacturers offer an extensive line of kitchen cabinet accessories.

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6 Design Ideas for Bathroom Vanities

  
  
  


A Couples Bathroom Retreat

Bathrooms are often small spaces. A vanity, which includes the sink and surrounding cabinetry, can have a major impact in the room and become a focal point. When selecting a vanity consider details including the cabinet style and finish, counter surface, storage capacity, sink shape and placement, hardware, lighting, mirrors and the faucet. A vanity can be custom built to fit in the room or integrated with storage cabinets if space allows.

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Project of the Month: Camillus Kitchen Remodel

  
  
  


kitchen island with quartz surface

Our Project of the Month is a kitchen remodel for homeowners in Camillus, NY who needed more storage and food prep space. They wanted a sleek, modern look for their new kitchen to make it an inviting space for cooking and entertaining.

Design Ideas for Glass Shower Doors and Enclosures

  
  
  


Master Bath Shower

One of the most important elements in a bathroom remodeling project is the shower enclosure. Glass shower doors and enclosures are necessary to retain water but they can also make a design statement in the room. Glass shower enclosures are popular among homeowners for many reasons including ease of maintenance and the visual impact they can make in a small area by creating an illusion of space.

6 Design Ideas for Functional and Decorative Kitchen Lighting

  
  
  


Kitchen with a View

Functional and decorative lighting in a kitchen is important if you are planning a remodeling project. Designing a lighting plan for a kitchen considers five layers of light: natural light, general lighting, task lighting, ambient lighting and accent lighting. The light fixtures selected for a kitchen can add an aesthetic element to the room. Therefore, the design plan should also take into account the décor preferences of homeowners and address “decorative kitchen lighting” when determining fixtures that will be used.

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Tips for Selecting Knobs and Pulls for Cabinet Doors and Drawers

  
  
  


top knobs kitchen island with cup drawer pulls

If you have been thinking about updating or remodeling a kitchen or bathroom, the knobs and pulls that you choose for your cabinet doors and drawers will make an impact in the room. Knobs and pulls add sparkle and accentuate décor. They can also be selected for function, to protect cabinet surfaces, for easy maintenance or as a universal design feature.

Project of the Month: Walk-in Shower Master Bathroom Remodel

  
  
  


walk in shower without doors

The owners of a hill top house in Tully, NY have spent considerable time updating and redesigning their home to accommodate their active family. When it came time to renovate their master bathroom, they wanted to create a comfortable space that would provide an invigorating start to their fast paced schedule of work, kids and activities, and be a private retreat where they can escape to at the end of a hectic day.

The Latest Trends in Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinet Finishes

  
  
  


stained wood Shaker style kitchen cabinets

Cabinets are the primary architectural element in a kitchen or bathroom remodel. What makes cabinets stand out is the finish. The color, sheen and texture of a cabinet finish will anchor all of the other features in a kitchen or bath including counters, flooring, tile, fixtures and appliances. Kitchen and bathroom cabinets should be durable with a finish that will stand up to the wear-and-tear of daily use. The type of paint and stains used by a manufacturer and the way they are applied in the factory contribute to the appearance and durability of the cabinets. 

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