Cabinetry – Its What’s Inside
Ever hear the expression: “Don’t judge a book by its cover?” The same is true for cabinetry. While many are beautiful on the outside, it’s what’s inside that can make or break their functionality. Let’s take a look at all of the different ways you can organize your cabinetry interior.
Pull Out Cabinets
Pull out cabinets extend out of the base so that you have easy access to everything you have stored, eliminating the need to dig around in the back to find that elusive item. With all of the items in full view, you’ll know what needs to be restocked and (hopefully) won’t double up on supplies by mistake.
Whatever your organization need, we have a pull out cabinet for it. One of my favorites is the pull out spice rack; its cousin, the pull out pantry, is also a crowd favorite. We also carry specialized pull outs for waste containers, cleaning supplies, and corner cabinets. For more generalized needs, consider our cabinet drawer pull outs.
Drawer inserts are an organization blessing that divide one large space into multiple smaller spaces, preventing items from jumbling around when the drawer is opened/closed. Many people know about the utensil insert, but few think to repurpose it to help organize their junk drawer. For larger items, consider using our peg inserts.
Don’t Forget the Bathroom
These customizations aren’t just for kitchen cabinets! The cleaning supplies pull out is easily applicable to bathrooms, but let’s think more outside the box. Repurpose utensil inserts to organize makeup and grooming items. Instead of a pull out waste container, what about a pull out laundry basket?
What Are YOUR Needs?
While our custom cabinetry has a solution for every organization need, not everyone’s needs are the same. What do you struggle with most? What would make your life easier? Let us know and our experts will happily help you picture all of the different ways you can organize your cabinets. Click here to find a Kountry Kraft dealer near you!
Style and function are the two big factors people consider when they think about cabinets. However, you may not realize that the way you choose to install your cabinet doors will have a large impact on both. Let’s explore two installation methods so you can decide what’s right for your home: inset and full overlay cabinet doors.
Inset doors are designed to sit flush with the cabinet frame. In other words, the cabinet and the doors (excluding hardware) will be one smooth surface when the doors are closed. The frame will be fully visible.
Pros: This style of door offers a clean, high-end look that is generally accompanied by superior quality since it requires greater skill to install. It also helps guard against damaged doors since they’re encased in the frame when closed, making the corners harder to nick.
Cons: However, inset doors are more expensive because of that necessary installation know-how. They also provide the least storage room since the doors are flush with the frame. Highly humid climates can cause wood to expand, leaving inset doors susceptible to sticking and the finish wearing off in tight spots.
Full overlay doors sit on top of the cabinet frame as opposed to within it. They’re designed extra-large to cover the entire frame, offering a similar smooth look to inset doors but with none of the frame visible.
Pros: This style of door also offers a clean, high-end look but is easier to install, making it more affordable. It also offers a bit more storage space since the doors are situated on top of the frame.
Cons: The downside to full overlay doors is that they may show signs of wear more quickly since the door corners aren’t protected.
As with any choice, both options have their pros and cons. Consider them carefully to decide which style is right for you. Although, in the end, it’s hard to see how you could go wrong with either!
If you need help exploring inset and full overlay cabinet doors, you may contact us or use our dealer locater to find a Kountry Kraft dealer near you!
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Not just for hygiene and the call of nature, bathrooms are now spaces to relax, refresh and recharge. Current Bathroom Storage Trends include floating vanities, integrated storage with power access, technology features, modern design themes and a wide range of finishing options.
Current Bathroom Storage Trends
Floating vanities are gaining popularity in bathroom design. In this vanity designed by Jessica McAllister of Kountry Kraft, Inc., both the vanity and a tall side cabinet are floating.
It’s also becoming more common to see multiple counter heights that incorporate the sink on one level and base cabinet tops extending below it on another.
Reclaimed wood adds an old world feel and organic charm to any space. Galen Clemmer of Kountry Kraft, Inc. designed this bathroom to feature a reclaimed wood vanity that matches the reclaimed wood barn door.
Designers are going bold with color. Pure Design Works designed this bright green vanity and matching medicine cabinet.
Other current trends include incorporating waste bins into the cabinetry and off the floor, optimizing under-sink space for storage, and open shelving. To stay in touch with current bathroom storage trends, follow @KountryKraftCabinetry on Instagram!
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It seems the year 2016 is the year to revamp your kitchen. Although we’re more than halfway through the year, a few kitchen trends seem to be up and coming while others remain as popular as they always were.
Up and Coming Kitchen Trends
Transitional is pretty much anything you want it to be. It leaves your space open for interpretation. Whether you like old or you like new, transitional is a mix of both. Some say transitional is about breaking the style rules. This kitchen is located in New Canaan, Connecticut and was designed by True North Cabinets, LLC. Check out more of their work by clicking the link below.
Contemporary/ Modern is sleek and futuristic. Typically, modern cabinetry has flat surfaces and not a lot of items to create decorations. Contemporary and Modern kitchens use simple and elegant colors, such as blacks and whites. This kitchen is located in New Canaan, Connecticut and designed by True North Cabinets, LLC. Check out more of their work by clicking the link below.
White and off white cabinetry are still by far the most popular cabinet color, as they have been a kitchen trend for many years now. White kitchen cabinetry works with virtually any type of decor. You can accent your space with a bright color, you can create an all-white space, or you can work with different shades of white. White cabinetry is extremely appealing because it makes a space seem larger than it is. This kitchen is located in Madison, New Jersey and was designed by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs. Check out more of their work by clicking the link below.
Accent pieces are definitely making their way to the top of kitchen trends. To do white cabinetry on the perimeter of your kitchen, with an island that has stained cabinetry would definitely make your kitchen stand out from the crowd. This kitchen is located in Madison, New Jersey and was designed by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs. Check out more of their work by clicking the link below.
Another trend becoming extremely popular is hidden hardware and hinges. A lot of people are interested in the touch latches. With touch latches, you push on the drawer or cabinet and the door pops open. This style is very modernized, but can also be used in a transitional kitchen.
The last trend that is up and coming is LED lighting. Cabinetry lighting has become a very popular accessory in kitchens and baths over the last year. Under cabinet lighting, in cabinet lighting and in drawer lighting just to name a few. It is definitely a very helpful accessory to have, especially if you are reaching into corner cabinets that the kitchen light doesn’t quite reach.
Transitional and Contemporary/ Modern are the most popular kitchen trends we are seeing right now. When undertaking a kitchen redesign, you absolutely do not have to decide on just one of these trends. You can mix and match them all if you choose to create a more personalized eclectic look. One of the best things about redesigning your own kitchen is that you are free to do whatever best suits your personal style.
For more information or to see what else is new and upcoming in 2016, visit Kitchen & Bath Design News.
The Legacy of Kountry Kraft Custom Cabinetry
Kountry Kraft was founded in 1959 – when the cabinetry industry itself was still in its infancy. Prior to the 1950s, there truly was not a custom cabinetry industry to speak of. At that time, it was common for homes to come with standard kitchen cabinetry constructed by home builders. These cabinets were simple and often framed against the kitchen walls without a back. They were commonly made of metal or wood, and were rarely found in any other room besides the kitchen. There were no custom options, and rarely did the homeowner have a choice of wood or style. Cabinets were simply viewed as a part of home construction.
When Elvin and Helen Hurst decided to launch their own custom cabinetry company, there really was no road map to follow. No large cabinetry companies to model after. Not only were they selling cabinetry, they were selling the CONCEPT of custom cabinetry to builders and homeowners who had never thought about cabinets as an option or feature to their home. It was risky – Elvin and Helen were truly pioneers of the cabinetry industry – forging a path not many had traveled before.
But there were more hurdles in their way as they launched the business. Not only were they new business owners, with all the challenges that new business ventures present, they were also breaking the farming tradition of their Mennonite community, where everyone was expected to farm as their profession. Their choice to launch a business other than farming truly challenged common thinking – and their choice was questioned by those who knew them.
Regardless of the challenges, Elvin and Helen were committed to launching their business. Elvin had amazing woodworking skills and there was great demand among their friends and family for his hand-crafted cabinetry. They had a smart business plan and a philosophy that allowed them to stay true to their Mennonite roots of hard work and impeccable quality. They were smart and could see that their model would succeed. And it was with this in mind that Elvin and Helen launched Kountry Kraft in their family garage – the beginning of a legacy.
Stay tuned next week for part 2 in our Legacy of Kountry Kraft series
For more information about our company heritage, visit the Experience Kountry Kraft page on our website.
Designer: Roger Yiengst | Kountry Kraft, Inc. | Newmanstown, PA
Your bathroom should be an oasis in your home. It provides an essential beginning to each successful day and a candlelit retreat in the evening to unwind and reflect. You want your bathroom to be a place to escape – with a spa-like atmosphere that offers relaxation and peace. Having a versatile bathroom, with custom bathroom cabinets designed specifically to keep everything you need in order is vital to finding and maintaining inner peace.
Custom Bathroom Cabinets | Options
Many people don’t realize the multitude of options available to help customize a bathroom to suit their personal style. Custom vanities not only offer storage for first aid and beauty supplies, but they can include really unique options based on your personal habits. Outlets can be built into vanity drawers to help manage the tangled cords from blow dryers and flat irons. Heated towel bars and radiant floor heating can keep you warm on cold winter days. TVs built into your mirror can help you find out today’s weather, or catch up on the morning news before heading to work. The possibilities are endless.
Custom bathroom cabinets can also be grouped together to create a custom linen closet to fit all your towels, sheets and other linens. Groups of custom bathroom cabinets can be place together to fill odd shaped space and maximize storage.
Gone are the days when a medicine cabinet held all your needs. Today, families look for custom cabinets that will store their personal care supplies like soap and lotion, hair care and makeup. An organized bathroom with the right custom bathroom cabinets can keep clutter to a minimum and enhance the relaxing atmosphere of your bathroom space.
Designer: Roger Yiengst | Kountry Kraft, Inc. | Newmanstown, PA
A properly planned bathroom can create a spa-like experience for you and your family. Our design team is skilled in choosing the right combination of custom bathroom cabinets and custom vanities to provide you not only with the storage you need, but the style and atmosphere you are looking to cultivate in your home.
Contact a Kountry Kraft dealer now to begin planning the bathroom of your dreams.