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C.A.D. – Computer Aided Custom Cabinetry

Cabinetry is made in a variety of ways. In today’s digital age there is woodworking software designed to help design custom kitchen and bathroom cabinetry. In the old-days all cabinet manufacturing was done by hand and designed on paper. Today’s manufacturing process has become more advanced, and there are even templates that can help homeowners design the cabinets of their dreams.

Today cabinets many cabinets are designed using computers that aid in the design process. Users can get a feel for what the cabinets would look like with 3-D cabinetry software. But there is more to the cabinet manufacturing process than just the software.

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How Cabinet Making Changed

The old required tools for a cabinet making job were a table saw, some drills, and a lot of measuring. Everything was measured and done by hand. All that hard work paid off, but when computers came onto the scene they brought with them a whole new level of efficiency and precision for cabinet markers. Today much of the design process is done using software that makes the job of custom cabinet manufacturers much easier.

Framed vs. Frameless Construction

When it comes to cabinet construction and manufacturing, there are a couple basic design styles homeowners can choose between from. There are cabinets made with frames and there are also frameless cabinets. The frameless style is sometimes referred to as the European style of cabinetry. Framed cabinets have a frame around the front edge of the cabinet, and oftentimes are used because of the style they bring.

A benefit of frameless cabinets is that it is much easier to access what is within them, and many that choose a European style of cabinets do so for this reason.

Materials

There are several materials used in the construction of cabinets. The most obvious is the wood that is used on the outside. From cherry to walnut, to pecan and red oak, there are a variety of woods used to make cabinets. Another one of the materials used is MDF, or medium-density-fiberboard. It’s an inexpensive, durable material that’s used in lots of woodworking projects. Particle board, a synthetic wood made from wood chips and sawmill shavings, is also used. Plywood is another material used in the making of cabinets.

Construction

The cabinet itself is constructed like a box, constructed with MDF, particle board, and plywood. The cabinet boxes are reinforced with either triangular beams at the corners or beams along the inside running from side to side. The doors of cabinets are generally made of solid wood, and the shelves are usually made of plywood or MDF.

The Finish

In the marking of cabinets, the finishing process is just as important as the construction. In the old days all finishing was done by hand and piece by piece, but today’s manufacturing facilities sometimes have large-scale processes that can get the finishing down faster and more efficiently.

There are several kinds of finishes that are still used on cabinets. Stains change the natural color of the wood but allow the grains to still be seen. Paints come in many colors and can be used to change the color of the cabinet. Other finishes used in the construction of cabinets are varnishes, which provide an outer protection. A glaze can also be added to give a shiny, somewhat transparent coat on top of the finish.

This is just a basic overview of all that goes into the construction of custom cabinets. Today, computer software can be used to make the entire process more efficient, and is just one of the many ways that cabinet manufacturing and construction have changed over the years.

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How to Upgrade Your Home This Winter

The Top Ways to Renovate Your Home this Season

It’s never the wrong time of year to improve the value of a home. Once spring rolls around, it’s going to be the popular time of year to buy and sell homes. That means that this winter is the best time to start renovating and spicing up the house. Whether it’s adding fancy bathroom vanities, renovating a kitchen’s floors or cabinetry, or even doing a total home renovation, there are a variety of ways to upgrade a home this winter.

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Choosing A New Tub For Your Bathroom Renovation

Doing a full renovation of your bathroom is a large undertaking, and if you’re going to change a few things, you might as well change them all, and you’ll probably have to change them all in order for all of the elements of your new bathroom to mesh well.  Below, we want to suggest some potential tubs for your new bathroom.

Clawfoot

If you have the room and the budget, a clawfoot tub is a beautiful and elegant addition to any bathroom.  Typically freestanding, that is, no one wall is attached to the tub, clawfoot tubs require a bit more room than other tub designs.  Clawfoot tubs were often used by royalty or the very rich.  Clawfoot tubs are featured in the famous Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.  The Biltmore, belonging to and built by members of the Vanderbilt family, is a mansion on an 8,000 acre estate.  Clawfoot tubs won’t exactly make your home the Biltmore but…it’s one step closer.

Jacuzzi

Go big or go home should be the slogan for a jacuzzi tub.  You’re already spending thousands on a renovation, why not spend the little extra to make your bathtub into a full-blown spa.  Jets, bubbles, even LED lights can transform your bathroom into something unrecognizable.  We usually recommend that those who wish to input a jacuzzi tub also opt for a standing shower, as once you get in a jacuzzi it is very hard to get out, and we don’t want to be responsible for any tardies at work!

3-Wall Alcove

The most common type of bathtub, a 3-wall alcove is a tub that typically found at one end of a bathroom, touching the 3 ends farthest from the means of entrance.  The most affordable and least obstructive bathtub style, it can still be quite elegant.  Tiling the sides, building out a ledge, and installing a premium shower head can make even the simplest of bathtub designs feel custom-made and gorgeous.

At Alliance, all we want is for you to end up with the dream home that you deserve.  A bathroom can often be a make or break in selling a house, so shouldn’t it be a make or break in living in one?  Treat you and your family right and renovate your bathroom and get a brand new bathtub to go in it today, with Alliance Home Design.

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2016 Home Design Trends

At Alliance, we’re all about staying current and staying stylish–affordably, efficiently, and expertly.  Here, we want to lay out for you some design trends that we’ve noticed in 2016 that may stick around for a while, and could inspire the design of your own home.

Two-Toned Kitchen Cabinets

Though traditional kitchens feature cabinets all of the same color and tone of that color, 2016 has seen a departure from that mundanity.  A single-toned kitchen is classic, elegant, and simple, so if that’s the look that you’re trying to achieve, you may want to stay away from two-toned cabinets.  Two-toned cabinets are fun, interesting, and fairly uncommon.  The number of options and combinations you have increase exponentially when you’re using two-tones, which means your chances of creating a kitchen that no one else has ever created go through the roof.

Islands

We know, kitchen islands are nothing new.  However, what are starting to pop up more frequently are what are known as workhorse islands.  Workhorse islands essentially refer to islands that exist for much more than counter space.  Workhorse islands can feature seating (such as high-boys and bar stools), storage (such as cabinets or a hollow bottom), and utilities (such as stove-tops and deep sinks).  These islands are not only useful, but also make your kitchen feel like more apart of your house as a whole.

Openness

In a sense, this goes along with the idea of installing workhorse islands, but it also refers to the idea that your kitchen, and the elements of it that define it as such, are beautiful all on their own.  This means hanging pots, open shelves, glass cabinets, see-through refrigerator doors (yes they exist!)…the list goes on.  This openness follows the philosophy that your food and the tools used to prepare it are aesthetically pleasing, and part of what makes your home your own.

To implement any of these ideas into the design of your home, or anything else you may want to incorporate, contact Alliance Home Design today!

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Tips For A Less Stressful Remodel

  1. Be realistic about time frame

Of course in a perfect world, a remodel would be accomplished exactly on time or even early. In the real world, however, there are factors that are beyond the control of you or your contractor. In an older home, there can be surprises lurking once walls are opened up. Newer homes are not always without surprises either. Don’t plan your party for the day after a remodel is scheduled for completion.

  1. Make Careful Decisions

Changing your mind before construction or demolition starts is one thing, however after a remodel starts it can cost you time and money if you decide to change your mind. Talking with an experienced contractor like Alliance Home Design can help you be sure of your decisions and make sure you are satisfied with you remodel job.

  1. Where To Stay?

It is important to budget for accommodations and extras during a remodel that is extensive enough for you to have to leave your home for awhile. Air BnB or other booking services can help you find good accommodations if you need them during a remodel. Some people take vacations or trips to stay with family during kitchen remodels and similar.

  1. Consider How Much Value You Are Adding

If you are having sticker shock at how much remodels cost it is important to realize that you are adding a lot more in equity to your home. A $10,000 remodel could add many times that to the value of your home. If you are considering selling your home in the future, you could be making a very good investment in your future.

  1. Have Some Fun With It

Not all aspects of home renovations have to be serious. Plan some fun touches that are solely for your enjoyment and comfort regardless of the practicality of the larger project. A wall safe or some other touch you have always wanted might not cost a lot but add a lot to the level of your satisfaction with your entire remodel.

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Prioritizing Your Home Renovations

You might have been pondering for quite some time about the repairs and home renovations you either would like to do or need to do in your home. Here are some of the reasons why you should take care of this sooner rather than later.

Damage Can Get Worse Over Time

Putting off home repairs and renovations can cost you money in the long run and even threaten the structural integrity of your home. If something is causing water damage, for example, you can quickly go from a fix that costs a few thousand to tens of thousands in additional damages.

You Deserve A Comfortable Space To Come Home To

Sometimes the small things are what counts at your home or business. Bathrooms get a lot of use and can make a big difference in the comfort level of your home. Custom cabinets and other features can make your bathroom feel larger right away.

First Things First

Of course, the renovations that are the most important should be the ones that are critical to maintaining your home. Older homes sometimes simply need upgrades. Older wiring is a perfect example of a critical renovation. Rewiring often involves replacing wall coverings as well because coverings are often too damaged to put back into place, especially if older or made from poor quality materials to start with.

Compromises

When it comes to your renovation or home addition you and your spouse may have some slightly different opinions. Coming to a compromise is usually the best solution. For example, if one person wants a shower separate from the tub, perhaps just a better tub and shower combo would be easier to fit into space and cost less overall?

Honest Budget And Quotes

There is no doubt that home renovations can cost a bit of money, but you have to realize that they are a long-term investment in the equity of your home. Renovations can make your home much more comfortable and allow it to grow and change as your lifestyle and family size changes. Alliance Home Designs offers honest quotes, and we will work with your budget needs if at all possible

Creating The Addition You Need

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Adding on to an existing home is one of the most popular ways to increase the livability and value of a home. There are many reasons why an addition may be desirable to you and your family. A new baby or a parent moving in may mean you don’t have enough bedrooms. Perhaps you have a hobby and want some space to practice it in? Here are some things to consider if you want to expand your home.

Purpose

Plumbing to an addition increases the cost. A bedroom that only needs outlets and light fixtures can cost less to add on. If you just want a very basic space to paint in or sew, then you may want a lot of windows to let in light. The design of your addition should be completely based on the purpose you have for it. Many people like to add an extra room on to their kitchen or a glassed in porch as well for lounging and entertaining.

Size

The size of your addition is significant. Although you may desire a certain size, the space you have on your property may only allow for so much, and it can determine the shape of your addition if you want to maximize the size. City and county building rules can have an influence as well. Alliance Home Design can help you determine what size of home additions are feasible for you.

Details

Addition is far more than just adding a room. There are details that can make all the difference. For example, custom cabinets can be added to increase the storage space and character of a space. Cabinets can be build to fit a space exactly so you get more out of your addition. The color of wood stain used can add the atmosphere that you desire.

 

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Bask in Your Bathroom: 3 Ideas for Remodeling

Your bathroom should be a place of tranquility and privacy. In order to achieve this destination, it may be necessary to remodel or simply make a few improvements to your restroom. Remodeling a bathroom is certainly no small undertaking, so it’s important to take advice from the experts. A prime benefit of updating your bathroom includes increasing its value, thus making this a long-term investment. The short-term investment takes affect through the personal enjoyment you gain from your newly made space.

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