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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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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!

Creating The Perfect Kitchen For Entertaining

If you enjoy cooking and having friends over then, your kitchen remodeling project needs to reflect this. Creating the ideal kitchen for entertaining is not so hard with a bit of planning and an experienced contractor that will listen to what you want. Here are some ideas for creating a kitchen that is set up for entertaining your guests.

Bar Or Island

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A kitchen bar or island allows for extra serving space and an informal dining area for when you might not want to use your designated dining room. This also allows for a convenient extra space for serving a buffet or laying out snacks or drinks when you have a larger group of people over.

Custom Cabinets

Organization in a kitchen is very important. With custom cabinets, you can make the best use of your space and make sure that things are exactly where you want them. Cabinets allow you to adapt your kitchen to your own unique cooking style.

Appliance Location

The type of electrical outlets you have and where they are at influences where you are allowed to have your appliances. If you have an older home, your appliances may not be in the best place for you. Also if you are in a newer home that doesn’t mean the builder put a lot of thought into designing the kitchen space. Changing the wiring in your kitchen can allow for appliance placement in the spot you like the most.

Extra Serving Space

In many older homes, the sideboard was one of the most important places to keep special serving dishes and have a level space to put out a variety of snacks or beverages. A custom sideboard can solve a lot of space issues and can be made to fit a space precisely. A sideboard is a great home addition.

Glassware Racks

Overhead glassware storage can give your kitchen the feel of an old pub but also make better use of your space. Beautiful glassware can also help with lighting because it will sparkle and reflect whatever light you have in your kitchen area.

Renovations To Give Your Kitchen a “Modern” Look

From offices, to living rooms to kitchens, many people have been doing home renovations because they want to achieve the “modern” look for their homes. The modern look has become very popular and it even creates an illusion that there is great lighting in the house. Kitchen remodeling can be fun, so here are some ideas to give your kitchen a more modern look.

Colored stainless steel appliances: Samsung, LG, and Kitchenaid, have come out with their new “black stainless steel collection”. By just changing the old boring white or regular stainless steel appliances for a black stainless steel, it gives the kitchen a more modern and sophisticated look without having to do any actual home renovations. If the black isn’t for you, you can always try the Bronze, stainless steel, which gives the kitchen a very chic look and you get to enjoy new appliances.

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Dual toned cabinets

Custom cabinets are great because you can pick the shape, size, and color of your cabinets. By picking white upper cabinets and pairing them with dark gray lower cabinet, you can change the whole feel of your kitchen to accomplish a more modern look. Also, having some glass cabinets makes the kitchen look bigger and more open as well.

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Island

Simple home additions, such as adding an island, can really jazz up your kitchen. If want to get really creative, put your black stainless steel sink in the island and add some funky colored bar stools for a more modern look. The islands are great to use as a bar, or place to sit and have a quick bite.

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Wallpaper

Adding some wallpaper to your kitchen can definitely spruce it up without breaking your budget. You can have one wall of funky wallpaper to make your kitchen look more lively and energetic. If you don’t want to go through the trouble of using wallpaper, you could always just paint a wall in your kitchen to change it up a bit.

If you don’t feel like completely remodeling your kitchen, now you have some ideas on how to spruce it up a little without having to do a full remodel.

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Kitchen Remodeling 101: What You Need to Know

How many times have you walked into your kitchen and wanted to change something again? Kitchens are one of the most used rooms in the entire house, if not THE most used room in the home. After all, everybody in the house goes into the kitchen every morning for breakfast or that first cup of coffee to get their day started. The kitchen represents an important and integral part of the home, so it makes sense that you would want to maintain every aspect of it from the floors to the counter tops to the curtains to the windows to the pantry door. Kitchen remodeling can be an ongoing maintenance as you notice little glitches that need fixes over time.

Facts About Kitchen Remodeling

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Creative Kitchen Remodeling Ideas

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While searching out a contractor able to perform the steps necessary for a home design job, it is a great idea to keep in mind the necessary steps that go into redesigning a home or home kitchen.

A good place to start is researching ideas and checking out design styles to get a good idea of the kind of kitchen or design to look for. There is a wide variety and assortment of design styles available online to get inspiration for designing the kitchen of your dreams.

For creative kitchen design ideas and inspiration, look no further than right here. Some homeowners are looking for more space or wanting to invest into the overall value of their home. Others are just looking to have some fun and get creative with the design of their kitchen. Whatever the primary motivation is, redesigning a home is an exciting process to say the least.

Granite Countertops

One of the most exciting things about redesigning a kitchen is the opportunity to put in new countertops. Some of the best countertops available on the market are made of granite. Granite is durable, and doesn’t scratch easily from knives so it can be used as a surface for cutting when necessary. Its surface and color also make it very easy to pair with walls, floors, and cabinets, making it a great addition with the ability to spice up any kitchen.

custom kitchen design deerfield beachCeramic Tile

One way to spice up the design of a kitchen and make it look nice is to add ceramic tile, to the wall and in between counter tops and the overhead cabinets. This gives a contrast of texture between the porcelain or glass tile and the smooth wood that the cabinets are made of. It also provides a contrast of color because the tile is usually going to be a different color than the cabinetry. Pairing porcelain and wood is becoming one of the more popular ways to make a kitchen look great!

Homeowners should also feel free to utilize glass in cabinets. Making cabinets transparent can give the illusion of more space being in a kitchen, and can also help newcomers to the home know where things are kept in the cabinets.

kitchen cabinetryGet Creative with Cabinet Space

One big benefit of remodeling a kitchen is the ability to have new cabinets put in. Cabinet makers are becoming more and more creative, keeping the homeowner’s need to store away a lot of kitchenware and appliances in mind. A great idea when installing cabinets is to utilize floor cabinets and cabinets that are above the counter to utilize as much space as possible. It also helps to contrast the color of the cabinets to the wall and floor to make the color scheme pop in the home.