When designing your kitchen, it is really important to take your most frequent kitchen island activities into consideration. Some may say that cooking, cleaning and eating are the only activities going on in their kitchen. There are many more activities throughout your kitchen that you may not take notice to.
While entertaining guests or gathering with family, the kitchen island is where the majority of the activity takes place. The Kitchen island acts as a meeting place where people gather around to enjoy appetizers, have a conversation, prep food items, host a cooking lesson, create a craft, enjoy a meal, etc. But what are the most frequent kitchen island activities?
Most Frequent Kitchen Island Activities
According to RICKI – The Kitchen Think Tank
- Cutting up food.
- Mixing ingredients.
- Conversations with family and friends.
- Serving food.
There are a wide variety of kitchen accessories to accommodate the kitchen island activities in your home. Customized knife drawers keep them safe and secure in a drawer rather than out on the counter where everyone is gathered around. We often utilize pull out cutting boards, this helps with saving counter space when you are prepping food you can cut food off to the side rather than directly on the counter allowing more counter space. Custom spice drawers make it easy to access all of your cooking ingredients with one hand. You don’t need to reach over heads or take extra time to pull out a ladder to access your spices. Our double-level cutlery drawer allows you to combine storage of utensils and mixing spoons or cooking utensils. This makes all of your utensils needed for cooking and mixing easily accessed in one place.
All of these kitchen accessories can be incorporated into your kitchen island. Incorporating these accessories will create more space for your kitchen activities as well as keep you organized. For more storage and accessory options click here.
Kountry Kraft offers a variety of custom kitchen cabinets, and with this variety comes a lot of cabinetry terms that homeowners should be familiar with to select the right product. To make custom cabinetry unique for every customer, we supply an array of options for door styles, wood species, and wood finishes.
Cabinetry Terms To Know
There are 3 main types of cabinet doors that can be further enhanced in different ways.
- Inset Cabinet Doors – a popular style in the early 1900’s. The doors are mounted inside the frame of the box making the hinges visible when the door is shut.
- Partial Overlay Cabinet Doors – these doors are mounted over the face of the box, meaning parts of the frame and hinges may be visible.
- Full Overlay Cabinet Doors – this door style covers the whole face of the box which means very small gaps between different doors. This creates a consistent and continuous appearance.
Choosing your wood species is important when your cabinetry is not going to be painted. This is because each wood species has natural characteristics.
- Red Oak – light to medium brown with a reddish cast.
- Distressed Knotty Pine – large knots and defects which make a striking pattern.
- Cherry – light pinkish brown, darkens to a medium reddish brown.
- Rustic Cherry – same as cherry but with more mineral streaks and different sized knots.
- Hard Maple – off white to light brown in color with a golden hue.
- Hickory – open grained rustic hardwood, colors vary from near white to light brown.
- Quarter Sawn White Oak – pale brown to dark brown with a greenish gray tinge and very straight grain.
- Walnut – color may vary from light grey-brown, to a deep rich chocolate brown.
- Alder – tends to be light tan to reddish brown; darkens and reddens with age.
- Rustic Alder – same as Alder but contains knots of all sizes including cracks/holes.
Finishes bring your cabinetry to life and can also protect your wood from different external elements.
- Natural – the original characteristics of your chosen wood species.
- Paint – paint will completely cover the wood grain look.
- Glaze – glaze will add definition to the wood grain look because it is semi-transparent.
- Stain – enhances the wood grain patterns.
- Paint with glaze – glaze will darken your paint color.
- Stain with glaze – glaze will highlight the look of a stain finish.
- Metal fusion finish – includes brass, bronze, copper, white gold, oil rubbed bronze, iron, nickel silver, and stainless steel finishes.
- Distressing wood finish – gives the wood an aged and rustic appearance.
- Weathered grain finish – lightly distressed to replicate age and wear.
Understanding the basic terminology outlined above is the first step on the path to a successful kitchen design. For design inspiration, check out our gallery of completed custom kitchens here.
Employee appreciation is a particular topic that comes easy to us. We want to take a moment to thank our employees for their hard work, dedication, and passion for producing the finest custom cabinetry.
The photo above is a sign that presently hangs above the employee entrance of Kountry Kraft, Inc. We hang this sign to recognize the hard work and determination we see in our employees each and every day. This sign is a clear communication to our employees that employee appreciation is not just one day, but every day. It is in this spirit we have the honor of working with the most talented craftsmen proudly producing made in USA products.
Employee Appreciation Since 1959
In 1959 the Hurst Family—founders of Kountry Kraft, Inc.—established the traditions of hard work, dedication, honesty and clear communication. Today, the second generation co-owners share those same qualities which continue to be valued, and expected, from each of the 125+ individuals employed by Kountry Kraft, Inc. This team atmosphere fosters success, company growth, and the wellbeing of each employee.
All in all, Kountry Kraft strives to create a dedicated team to build the finest custom kitchen cabinetry. Hard work and skilled hand craftsmanship are some qualities you will find in our Kountry Kraft workers.
Kountry Kraft is always seeking new individuals who share our vision. To view information on employment opportunities, click here.
Each month, Kountry Kraft contributes a blog to profile one of our many accomplished cabinetry dealers that we have the pleasure of working with. This month, we chose to embrace Pinnacle Kitchens located in New Hampton, New Hampshire. Pinnacle Kitchens specializes in architecturally themed renovations, as well as new construction.
After studying mechanical drafting at Belmont High School, Stacy discovered her talent in hand-drawn perspective drafting. After graduating High School, she attended Phoenix Institute of Technology where she studied Architectural Drafting and Design. In 1984, Stacy mentored a seasoned kitchen designer in Laconia, New Hampshire and eventually began to work for herself just 5 years later in 1989. Through her studies and experiences, Stacy specializes in architecturally themed renovations, as well as new construction. When taking on a new project, Stacy will study the overall space and floor plan of a home and work the kitchen to flow into a beautifully designed, cohesive space.
Onto her partner, Jack, who has a natural ability for building. His hard work and determination is built from growing up on a farm in Gilmanton, New Hampshire. In his past, he’s worked as a carpenter leading up to project manager on countless projects. His most recent work includes incredible lake-front residential properties. Jack makes sure that all the Pinnacle Kitchens cabinetry projects are complete from start to finish.
The two ingenious talents joined together in 2003, and the match works perfectly!
Pinnacle Kitchens Transitional Style Kitchen
- Inset/no bead cabinet style, constructed out of Hard Maple.
- The doors and drawers are our Madison Hybrid door style.
- The cabinetry is finished with Kountry Kraft’s Shell White paint color with a 25° sheen.
Learn more about Pinnacle Kitchens and view their gallery on their website.
Properly Storing Your Cabinetry
Properly storing your cabinetry assures a smooth installation. The summer days are becoming extremely hot and humid, which is why we want to ensure your Kountry Kraft cabinetry is protected.
During a kitchen remodel it is important to schedule the delivery of your cabinetry to coincide with proper heating and cooling in place. It is also important to consider cabinetry that is in a vacation home or a residence that is periodically unoccupied. This information about properly storing your cabinetry is especially important to know during the summer months – when high humidity and temperature changes are likely to occur. Expansion issues are likely to happen if your Kountry Kraft cabinetry is currently stored in a non-air conditioned area. According to Conestoga Wood Specialties; Any solid wood product will expand or contract over time as moisture and climate conditions change. Solid wood cabinetry can act like a sponge, when surrounded by water the sponge absorbs the water and expands. However, unlike sponges you can’t ring the water out of solid wood.
When designing your Kountry Kraft cabinetry, you customize it to properly fit and function in your home. If your cabinetry expands due to improper storage where temperature and humidity is high, there will be issues when it comes time for installation. So, it is very important to listen to take this information seriously and store your cabinetry in a proper area.
- Store inside.
- Store in a room with air conditioning/temperature control.
- Use a dehumidifier to be safe about humidity.
- If it is summer time, or a vacation home, be sure to take extra steps to ensure your cabinetry is safe.
- Wood expands as humidity increases and shrinks as humidity decreases.
- Unfinished (exposed) wood will exhibit the most dramatic changes.
As always, if there are any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Kountry Kraft offers customers the ability to paint match their custom cabinetry to ensure that the cabinetry we create will complement the existing colors in their home. Our paint match list makes it simple for them to find the right color for their match. As of June 30, 2016 Kountry Kraft added 15 new paint colors to our already extensive list. Kountry Kraft matches their own paint colors to national brands including; Behr, Benjamin Moore, Dalys Paints Co.,Farrow Ball, MAB, Martha Stewart, Pratt Lambert, Ralph Lauren, Sherwin Williams, Valspar and Wilson Art Paints. Unlike other companies, Kountry Kraft does not charge a paint match fee for colors selected from the Kountry Kraft’s paint match list.
Kountry Kraft’s New Paint Matches:
Benjamin Moore Black Panther
Benjamin Moore Deep Royal
Benjamin Moore Grant Beige
Benjamin Moore Old Navy
Benjamin Moore Simply White
Benjamin Moore Smoke and Mirrors
Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron
Farrow and Ball Calke Green
Farrow and Ball Cooking Apple Green
Farrow and Ball Green Ground
Sherwin Williams Halcyon Green
Sherwin Williams Ivory Lace
Sherwin Williams Jasper Stone
Sherwin Williams Light French Gray
Valspar Woodlawn Colonial Gray
Kountry Kraft is always updating this list to include an array of colors for our clients to choose from. Kountry Kraft makes it easy for you to include the perfect color for your home
To see more paint colors Kountry Kraft has available click here.
Each month we profile one of our dealers, and this month’s profile is Sawhorse Designs, a Millburn NJ cabinetry dealer. Sawhorse Designs has provided more than 28 years of kitchen renovation in NJ, and they have a strong reputation for impeccable service, quality and integrity.
Sawhorse founder, Tom McCloskey, left his corporate consulting job to launch his own design company after having personal experience with renovations of several of his homes. Those experiences convinced him that his knowledge and experience could offer a service to customers and he opened his own Millburn NJ Cabinetry dealer business. His company is committed to improving the remodeling experience through professional planning, quality control and first class service. Sawhorse is a consumer focused company dedicated to the ultimate satisfaction of their clients. They are one of our most popular kitchen designers in NJ.
Tom McCloskey actively involves his clients in the design process, beginning first with a floor plan that satisfies the customers needs and lifestyle. He often develops multiple floor plans for the client to consider, and is willing to make tradeoffs that reflect the client’s priorities. Sawhorse works side by side with clients to help them throughout their project, helping to guide their choices of appliances, countertops, tiles, flooring and more. The end result is a happy customer who feels their needs have been satisfied.
Sawhorse has created many custom kitchen designs using Kountry Kraft cabinetry, and each is unique and beautiful. Their work is frequently featured in magazines, including Design NJ. The images in this blog feature one of Sawhorse Designs beautiful custom kitchens that is packed full of extra storage options. This traditional kitchen features beaded inset cabinets crafted of hard maple. The doors are constructed in the CRP10 style with an ogee framing bead. The cabinetry is finished in kling white paint. I love the way the wall of windows in this kitchen lets in a tremendous amount of natural light.
Sawhorse believes that while orchestrating a beautiful renovation is satisfying, the real gratification comes from having happy customers. Visit their website for additional photos of their beautiful work and more information about the company and consider them if you are looking for a Millburn NJ cabinetry dealer. Find other custom cabinetry designers in New Jersey on our dealer locator.
Kountry Kraft offers a variety of ways for designing custom kitchen cabinet drawers that adapt to your lifestyle. From plate holders to pull out shelves, custom kitchen cabinet drawers make it easier to access all of your household items. Make your life more simple, and make the most of your space by incorporating these features right into your kitchen.
Whether you need access to dinner plates at a lower height, or you are unable to reach your coffee mug early in the morning, Kountry Kraft’s custom kitchen cabinet drawers can make your kitchen built for you.
Custom Kitchen Cabinet Drawers
The use of drawers in your kitchen will allow you to view and easily approach everything without the use of a step stool. Cabinet drawers also allow you to place dish-ware at a lower height, enabling your younger child or grandparent to assist in kitchen chores. Place your pull out drawers an arms length away from the dishwasher and sink to make the putting away of dishes easy and quick.
Pull Out Shelves
Incorporating Hafele pull out shelves into your custom kitchen cabinets will allow for easier access to back of the shelf items. Whether you’re reaching for a snack, or your morning coffee mug, pull out shelves will make accessing your every day items easy.
Easily access your favorite recipes and books integrating these built in shelves in your custom kitchen cabinets. No need to travel down the hall to fetch your favorite cookbook when you can place it right in your kitchen! If your children love to do their homework while eating dinner, store their homework books in the built in shelves as well.
When you’re ready to incorporate custom kitchen cabinet drawers into your kitchen, click here to contact a Kountry Kraft dealer to help make your kitchen adapt to your lifestyle.
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.
Each month we profile one of the many talented cabinetry dealers that we have the pleasure to do business with. This month I am pleased to profile one of our top Pennsylvania Cabinetry Dealers – Hinkle Custom Cabinets, located in Birdsboro, PA as our monthly Kountry Kraft Dealer Profile.
After 26 years of working in every phase of the custom cabinet industry, Mike Hinkle decided to create his own business and Hinkle Custom Cabinets was born. Hinkle is one of our most highly skilled Pennsylvania cabinetry dealers, and they create amazing quality custom cabinetry for any room in your home. We love their work so much we invited them to create the display pictured here for our showroom at 101 Lancaster Avenue in Devon PA. Stop by our showroom to see custom craftsmanship first hand!
In This Design
- This transitional style kitchen featured in our showroom features perimeter cabinets with our beaded inset cabinet style, door style CRP10, an OGEE framing bead and drawer style Louis XIII. They have a painted finish and are glazed with a Sable glaze.
- The island is weathered grain quartersawn white oak finished in Silverfox stain with Black glaze.
- The kitchen island cabinets feature a different stain color than the perimeter cabinets to help draw attention to the island, making it the key statement in the kitchen. The stain colors, although different, sync to create an overall distinguished appearance. This unique island incorporates a table and seating options, making it a great place to prep as well as serve to a small group.
- The kitchen cabinets also feature many different accessories, highlighting the organizational possibilities available in a well-designed Kountry Kraft Kitchen. A divided drawer located right below the cook top offers storage for pots, pans and lids, keeping them right at your fingertips. A pullout spice rack is located adjacent to the stove as well, enabling you to easily access spices while you cook. An assortment of pantry solutions from Hafele help keep the interiors of the cabinets functional and organized.
Hinkle Custom Cabinets makes beautiful cabinetry solutions that their customers love. If you live in their area and are looking for Pennsylvania cabinetry dealers, call Mike at (610) 404-1840, and please let them know we sent you! If you don’t live in the Birdsboro area, search for a Kountry Kraft dealer near you on our dealer locator.