Create a Modern Look with High Quality Kitchen Cabinets

If you seek a sleek, modern look for your Los Angeles kitchen remodel, it’s important to choose high quality kitchen cabinets that will tie your whole room together and help it strike just the right note.

So what are the basics of choosing the perfect cabinets for your modern kitchen?  We can break them down into three main categories:

  • Wood Choice.  For homeowners envisioning a more dramatic statement in a modern kitchen, walnut and mahogany are two rich, beautiful woods that will give your room a contemporary flair.  Yet lighter tones can work as well, particularly in a kitchen that shows off sustainable materials like inviting bamboo cabinetry.
  • Door Style.  Perhaps the most important principle of a modern kitchen is dedication to clean lines, which is why the door style you choose should have very little ornamentation, if it has any at all.  Glass-front cabinets are an exception–they can add visual interest to the room while still staying true to the modern aesthetic.
  • Hardware.  Homeowners pursuing a modern look might wish to consider finger pulls instead of traditional handles and nobs.  These are cut into the cabinet doors themselves, allowing for clean, unbroken lines across the cabinet banks.  However, sleek, horizontal pulls in a chrome or pewter finish also make an excellent choice for preserving the modern tone of the kitchen.

Bradco Kitchens and Baths offers an incredible variety of high quality cabinetry for your remodeling project.  Contact us to learn more, and to browse our gallery of gorgeous modern kitchens.  You’re sure to be inspired!

Non Toxic Cabinetry: How to Avert the Dangers of Formaldehyde

Non-toxic cabinetry is something that’s slowly starting to become more mainstream, even though cabinets made with dangerous formaldehyde are still out there. For example, some cabinets designed for children are still being manufactured with glues containing formaldehyde. Not too many years ago, formaldehyde was considered a carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency, and it was banned in Europe. Here in America, it might be surprising to see some elements of it still being used in designing cabinetry. Regardless, some states have stricter regulations on its use now.

The good news is that plenty of hardwood plywood exists that isn’t manufactured with formaldehyde. Unfortunately, the top layer of more common hardwood plywood is held together with glues containing what’s called urea-formaldehyde, or UF for short. When the UF slowly gets into the air, breathing it over time is where the health concerns are.

Along with hardwood plywood, you’ll find the same UF glues in particleboard. The latter is also used commonly for indoor cabinetry because it appears to be environmentally friendly. Yes, it still is considering particleboard is made from wood chips and plant fibers. However, formaldehyde glues are typically used as an adhesive.

So what better options can you find now when buying a cabinet? With new types of plywood being made, you can help forward the fresh title of “green cabinetry.”

Alternative Methods to Creating Cabinets

Recently, more sustainable cabinets have been made that stay away from using UF fiberboard. This can be done by avoiding glue completely and putting cabinets together with basic joinery. Even baked enamel metal has been used as a creative alternative that doesn’t emit dangerous chemicals into the air.

There’s even been a soy-based adhesive manufactured in recent years by Columbia Forest Products. It’s been deemed very cost effective when compared to the standard method of assembling hardwood plywood.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, sometimes coating a UF cabinet with polyurethane will help reduce emissions. The only problem is that you have to make sure the coating is thorough or it won’t work.

Ultimately, your best solution is to choose certified plywood that no longer uses UF glues. Here at Bradco Kitchens and Baths, we’re a leading and committed source in providing green cabinetry for your home. You can feel safe placing our cabinets in any part of the house without worry about undetected formaldehyde fumes permeating for years.

Contact us and we’ll work with you to design the cabinets you’ve always wanted using many of the green production methods available. We’re a family-owned business, and we care about the health and safety of the families who come to us to help design cabinets for their new or existing homes.

Interesting Ways to Maximize your Small Kitchen Remodel

A small kitchen remodel can be challenging due to the limited amount of space that’s available. That doesn’t mean your kitchen can’t be functional, as there are a number of ways you can maximize the space that’s available in order to ensure it completely meets your needs.

If you have an older home with tall ceilings, consider stretching your space vertically. Add floor to ceiling cabinets complete with glass doors or open shelving near you’re the top in order to provide the maximum amount of storage space possible. Items you rarely use can be placed at the very top, and you’ll still have plenty of room for everyday items down below.

Using light-toned wood for your cabinets will help your kitchen look somewhat larger than what it actually is. Add a mirrored backsplash along one section of your counter in order to open it up even further. Consider using rows of shelving along your walls rather than cabinets, and you’ll also avoid the temptation to accumulate more things than you actually need.

Just because you have a small kitchen doesn’t mean you can’t include an island in your remodeling plans. An ideal island for a small kitchen would resemble a narrow bench, and could even contain wheels so that it could be moved out of the way easily whenever it is not being used.

In a small kitchen, there may be a limited amount of counter space available for small appliances. By adding a roll-down door underneath one of your top cabinets, you can easily provide space to tuck these appliances into. Best of all, when the door is down, your countertop will appear open and uncluttered, which in turn will help visually enlarge this tiny area.

Here at Bradco Kitchens and Baths, we understand how important it is to make the most of every bit of space you have available. Contact us today for even more great ideas on small kitchen remodeling.

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Can’t Find the Right Cabinets for your Kitchen? Try Bradco’s Custom Kitchen Cabinets!

If you’re designing a new kitchen, you know just how hard the project can be. How are you going to make sure it flows together well? How are you going to get everything to synergize? What are you going to do about storage space? The kitchen is the heart of the home, both as the most functional space, and as a gathering place for your family and visitors, so it’s important to make sure your new kitchen turns out brilliantly.

Just making sure each part of your kitchen looks great is one thing, but you also need to make sure they all work well together. That’s where the challenge really comes in. If you just can’t find the right cabinets, though, Bradco’s custom kitchen cabinets might be just the thing.

At Bradco, we help you every step of the way through your renovation project. Our expert interior designers can help you organize your new kitchen’s design and make sure that every piece complements each other well. With the help our designers, drafting ideas for custom cabinets that tie the whole room together is a breeze.

Once your custom designs are completed, our master artisans handcraft the cabinets to your specifications. With so much attention paid to each piece, you can be sure that your cabinets turn out beautifully. After all, your new cabinets are being made just for you and your kitchen. Best of all, Bradco Custom Cabinetry is ecologically responsible. Our FSC certified cabinets are sustainably sourced, and the low-machinery manufacturing process means less emissions and no toxic chemicals are used or produced.

Whatever cabinets you might need, Bradco is here to help you craft the kitchen of your dreams. Contact us today for more information on our custom cabinetry, or kitchen design and renovation services.

Make Your Kitchen Green with FSC Certified Cabinets

Home is more than just your house – after all, what is the Earth if not our home? It’s an important fact to keep in mind when renovating. Just like you’d want your neighborhood to stay clean and well-maintained, ensuring that the environment is considered in your renovation plans is just as important. As a pioneer in the green building and renovation industry, that’s something we believe in at Bradco Kitchen and Bath. That’s why our custom cabinetry is FSC certified, and why we’re a member of the US Green Building Council.

Check out some of these great benefits to choosing Bradco’s FSC certified cabinets for your renovation project:

No Toxic Fumes: Formaldehyde is a key component in many conventional adhesives, and many finishes release VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, as toxic gas. These chemicals get released into the air of your home and greatly reduce air quality. Even worse, since they’re most commonly found in chemicals used on your cabinets, the highest concentration of these fumes will be in the kitchen, a seldom unoccupied part of the home. Bradco uses soy-based adhesives instead, which is both more sustainable, and has no harmful side effects.

Sustainably-Sourced Wood: Since Bradco’s cabinets are all certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, the woods used in their construction are all sustainably sourced. Supporting management-intensive lumber sources not only protects old-growth forests from being chopped down, but also ensures that even more trees are planted to make up for the ones that are harvested.

Handcrafted and Low-Emission: Bradco’s manufacturing plant is semi-automated, focusing more on hand-crafting wherever possible. Not only does this mean that your cabinets are custom-made by expert craftsmen, it also means lower emissions, since there’s much less machinery than is normally found in a cabinet manufacturing plant. Each piece given more attention and care, and also has a smaller carbon footprint.

Whatever your plans for your kitchen or bathroom remodel, Bradco’s professional design consultants can help you plan your new green kitchen or bathroom. Contact us today to get started on your renovation project, or for more information on sustainable renovation solutions.