What does FSC certified mean and why should you choose FSC certified cabinets?

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), founded in 1992, is a global, third-party entity that provides certification to companies that adhere to a set of strict social, environmental and economic standards in regards to sustainable design and responsible forest management practices. According to the Nature Conservancy, the “FSC conserves forests, respects the rights of workers and communities, and is good for business.”

Because the FSC is an independent certifier, they are not influenced by bias and are objective and consistent in their findings. To become an FSC certified company requires a lot of time in providing the appropriate documentation and undergoing rigid inspections. The principles a company must adhere to for certification are:

  • Prohibited conversion of forests or any other natural habitat
  • Respect of international workers’ rights
  • Respect of human rights with particular attention to indigenous peoples
  • Prohibited use of hazardous chemicals
    Strict adherence to all applicable laws
  • Identification and appropriate management of areas that need special protection (e.g. cultural or sacred sites, habitat of endangered animals or plants)

But all this is worth the effort, because to be FSC certified means that a company can truly claim to be sustainable. It is also a guarantee that the company meets the highest of standards for sustainable design. When you buy from a company that is FSC certified, you can be assured that the wood and wood-based products you purchase are sourced responsibly, preserving forest ecology as well as the rights of the people who live and work in them.

Bradco Kitchen and Baths is proud to claim its FSC certified status and uses only FSC certified materials in the making of its cabinets and other interior products made of wood. Contact Bradco today and be confident that your remodel is environmentally and ethically sound.

Try Green Cabinetry If You’re Going Green

Is your family in the process of going green? Have you already made the switch and are having trouble finding natural, organic household fixtures? Green Cabinetry can be hard to find, and can often be very pricey.  At Brandco Kitchens and Baths we have the cabinets you are looking for, and offer them at prices that won’t break the bank. We take care to manufacture these cabinets ourselves so that we can assure they are eco-friendly and formaldehyde free.

Our company is proud to offer so many different varieties of cabinets that are organic. The cabinets that we offer are available for your kitchen or the bathroom. They are available in many different varieties of wood, colors, and styles and are certified Energy Star. The designers at our company are willing to work with you to make sure the cabinets are exactly what you are looking for. It is important to Brandco that the cabinets you receive fit perfectly into your home and lifestyle.

Eco-friendly products are becoming used more often in everyday life. If you have been transitioning to green products, don’t just stop at food and hygiene items. While those are important places to buy eco-friendly, you have many more options to choose from.  It’s easy to forget about household fixtures when transitioning to an earth friendly life.

We don’t always think of them as being organic, but they can be. If they are organic it could also mean that they are non-toxic and lead free. What does this mean for you? No more worrying about your little ones getting lead poisoning or any other strange illness from chewing on furniture. When you don’t have to worry about what materials are being used in your household fixtures, this will often alleviate unnecessary stress in your life. Are you interested in viewing some of our products? Then take a few minutes to visit our website or our Los Angeles showroom. If you have any other questions about our green cabinetry, please feel free to contact us.

Your Small Kitchen Remodel: It’s All About Space

Every square inch of space is important when you are remodeling the smaller kitchen.  You want to keep efficiency in mind without giving up functionality or style.  This is a remodeling project that requires creativity, vision and a focus on what’s most important.  Think about increasing storage and utilizing unused space.  Pull-out storage solutions and open shelves are a great place to start.

There are also a few ways that you can trick the eye and create the appearance of a larger kitchen space. The illusion of spaciousness is the best friend of the small kitchen remodel.  Cabinetry can also be a great way to add space and height, as well as functionality and style to your kitchen design.

Look Up And Find Storage

Cabinetry that extends from floor to almost touching the ceiling, creates a sense of height and decorative touches on top can draw the eye upward. The additional cabinet space, with closed and open shelves, is a perfect answer to the storage space concerns.

White Paint Opens The Space

The way the light bounces off of the color white works wonders in creating a sense of more space.  The darker colors can make the walls feel like they are closing in while white has the opposite effect.  When white is used for both cabinets, walls and appliances, it can seem as if they have no end. Adding color is how you create an end or a boundary.  Use varying shades of white to avoid having it look too much like a hospital.

Stripes Will Widen The View

Stripes that run from side to side across the kitchen floor will create a sense of wideness.  This can be achieved by installing wood floors in this manner or painting your existing flooring.  A colorful wide-striped rug can also be used to achieve the widening effect.

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall

Mirrors on walls, in recesses, as a backsplash or on the back of a door are one of the best ways of creating the illusion of the space going on forever. There are many ways you can use mirrors to expand the smaller kitchen, at least in the mind’s eye.

If you have been considering your own small kitchen remodeling project, contact us and we can discuss your plans and how we may be able to help make them come to life.

Find Your High-Quality Kitchen Cabinets in Los Angeles

Interior designers agree that cabinets are the cornerstone of a kitchen’s appeal and functionality. While the variety of great cabinet designs is practically limitless, the one feature they must all have in common is durability. Kitchen designer Beverly Ellsley says, “Think about it — you’re opening and closing those doors and drawers all the time. Get something strong and good-looking. Hardwoods, a good finish, and strong hinges are essential.”

And while everyone would love to have a lot of kitchen space to work with, designer Tish Key says that space is not the most important factor in a good design; again, it’s the principal of quality that makes all the difference: “A well-designed kitchen with high-quality materials and thoughtful details can make even the smallest space suit you perfectly.”

We at Bradco Kitchens + Baths completely agree. A look through the photo gallery of our factory near Los Angeles confirms just how much we are dedicated to quality production. Our cabinets are guaranteed to be environmentally friendly and formaldehyde free.  Examples of our finished cabinets are on display in our Los Angeles showroom for you to examine personally.

So whether you are looking for traditional kitchen features, such as wine racks and warm, natural wood, or a modern kitchen with sleek lines, our Design Team can come up with a kitchen plan that suits you perfectly. (We can even create a wine rack that blends in with your modern kitchen.) You’ll find our previous customers to be pleased: “The cabinets came out perfect and my wife Diane was very pleased with the design decisions Angela (our designer at Bradco) made to increase her comfort and space in our new kitchen.”

Getting started is easy: Think about what you’d like have done in your renovation. Set a budget; measure your kitchen, and contact us to create the kitchen of your dreams.

Joel M

As seen on Yelp…

I was very happy with my experience at Bradco and will use them again (and have recommended to friends). They are a very nice compromise between super high end European kitchens ($$$$), on one hand, and Ikea ($) on the other. Somewhere in between in terms of cost, but great quality and ability to create custom designs. Rachel did a nice job in designing and project managing, and they were more or less on time. Note: I used my own installers so can’t comment on their installation services.

Non Toxic Cabinetry: What’s the big deal?

In an era where we triple filter our water and secure our children in five point harnesses, you may be convinced that you are doing all you can to keep your family safe. We pride ourselves in the efficiency of our homes, the cost reducing features we build in, and the perceived safety that comes along with these features. But what if neglecting something we didn’t foresee could be turning that efficiency against us?

In the economy today we all want to save money on our energy bills, and that leads many of us to go for an airtight design in our homes. But in keeping our homes airtight and our heating and cooling bills lower, many of us are also locking toxic chemicals into our room air.

You may be wondering about the culprit in this chemical assault, and I’m willing to wager that you won’t expect this. Your kitchen cabinets may well be leaking formaldehyde fumes into your home, fumes that are carcinogenic in nature. Of course you have to have cabinets, but how can you address this issue?

The answer is simple: non toxic cabinetry from Bradco Kitchens and Bath. We are an eco friendly, environmentally conscious and responsible company specializing in manufacturing and installing safe and beautiful kitchen cabinets. Our products do not contain VOCs, or volatile organic compounds. We also use formaldehyde free materials to make the safest cabinets possible.

If you still have questions, or you would like to know more about installing safe and non toxic cabinets in your home, please contact us.