Remodeling your kitchen is full of important decisions, and not just color and style. For many people, making ecologically responsible choices is just as important as form and function. Green cabinetry is a big part of an eco-friendly kitchen design. It’s easy to decide that you want your kitchen to be made in eco-friendly way, but many homeowners are surprised to discover just how many types of green cabinetry options there are. There are cabinets made from reclaimed wood, cabinets made from fast-regrowing wood or from wood that is guaranteed to be replanted through forestry conservation. There is also pressed-wood cabinetry that has no formaldehyde preservative, and paint or varnish that is low in VOC (volatile organic compounds).
Let’s dive into your options for green cabinetry when designing an eco-friendly kitchen.
One of the biggest concerns with green cabinetry is conserving natural resources and reducing forest cutting. A great way to do this is to prioritize cabinets made from salvaged and reclaimed wood. This means that the wood was used for something else first, but that was taken apart, cut, and rebuilt into cabinets. Often, this reclaimed wood comes from buildings that have become structurally unsafe or no longer in use, like old barns. The wood that is still in great condition is then taken away and repurposed into all sorts of things.
Salvaged and reclaimed wood makes great floors, has been built into furniture, and is often used for green cabinetry. Reclaimed wood cabinets involve no new trees being cut and come with a wonderful history that you can often learn about and enjoy welcoming into your home.
Cabinetry certified by environmental groups is another way to go. The most common certifications are FSC and ESP. FSC stands for Forest Stewardship Council. They only certify wood and cabinet manufacturers if the wood has been harvested in a responsible and sustainable manner. This usually means dedicated replanting and working to preserve the ecosystems that are affected by cutting. ESP stands for Environmental Stewardship Program (not psychics) and holds similar principles of preservation and ecological responsibility.
Certifications from either the FSC or the ESP show that the wood your cabinets are made from is new, but harvested carefully with ample replanting to conserve the environments from which the wood was harvested. Other certifications to look for are CARB Compliancy, EPP Designation, and LEED Accreditation.
The next thing to consider is pressed particle board cabinets. Many cabinets are not made out of solid wood, but pressed composite wood held together with a glue adhesive. The trouble is that many adhesives contain added formaldehyde, which is a known carcinogen. These cabinets are bad for the environment because they can ‘out-gas’ toxins and are potentially bad for your family as well. If you decide to go with pressed composite cabinetry, look for options that advertise as formaldehyde-free.
You may also want to think about the toxicity of the paint and varnish you choose. Liquid pigment is notorious for including toxic solvents to transfer the pigment and many include something called VOCs or Volatile Organic Compounds. These are ingredients that are bad for humans, animals, and some plants. Breathing VOCs as paint dries or over time in your home can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation, difficulty breathing, nausea, and some VOCs cause cancer. Look for water-based paints and varnishes that advertise low VOCs. It is not necessary for brands to reveal their VOC count but some make it clear that they have reduced their VOCs.
Another way to make ecologically responsible cabinetry choices is to look for fast-growing wood types. Replanting is wonderful, but many trees take as much as 50 years to fully replace themselves after cutting and replanting. There are certain types of wood that make great cabinets and can replace themselves incredibly quickly for a tree’s lifecycle.
The classic fast-growing wood is bamboo. Bamboo replaces itself in a few very short years. Bamboo stalks (for construction) are ready to be harvested between 4 and 10 years after planting which is incredibly rapid compared to trees. Bamboo also spreads incredibly quickly, filling any planted field edge-to-edge with new stalks within a year or two after planting clustered stalks initially.
This means that bamboo is incredibly eco-friendly for natural wood cabinets because no eco-system needs to be damaged to grow, cut, and regrow bamboo for construction.
Lyptus is a genetically modified type of eucalyptus tree that was designed specifically to address the deforestation and replanting issues. Lyptus, a hardwood, takes about 15 years to mature between cuttings, which is about a quarter the maturation time for a hardwood. Lyptus is easily stained but naturally has a rosy hue with a wide range of light to dark natural color, making it a lovely alternative to cherry or mahogany.
The coolest thing about lyptus? It regrows from the remains of a previously cut lyptus tree. This means that cleared fields of the modified lyptus tree can be harvested over and over again, making it very eco-friendly.
Finally, there are a few details you might want to keep in mind in addition to materials and certifications. Consider the distance that your cabinet wood has traveled, as trucking ads to emissions and wood harvested closer to you will have a lower overall carbon footprint.
Avoid exotic woods for a number of reasons. First, they are often rare and slow-growing types of tree that are not easy to harvest ecologically. Second, they often come from very far away, adding to their carbon footprint with transport.
Generally, look for products that include a minimal amount of glue to minimize the unlisted VOCs in your whole cabinetry construction. Look for solid panel cabinets and those that prioritize smart use of nails and fasteners over glue.
If you’re looking to remodel your kitchen, the best way to make your design eco-friendly is to work with the right custom remodeling team. Here at Bradco, we prioritize green cabinets. Bradco cabinets are manufactured locally to reduce the carbon footprint so that every aspect of your project can be ecologically responsible. No matter what look, style, or design you’re going for, we can help you make the most eco-friendly choices to best suit your design.
We would love to help you build a truly ecologically responsible kitchen that is both beautiful and green, no matter what color you choose to finish with. Let us build you a beautiful kitchen that you can feel good about. Contact us today to begin a consultation on your dream kitchen and we’ll talk about both your vision and your eco-friendly choices in green cabinetry and efficient fixtures.
Your kitchen is one of the most versatile and popular areas of your home. From providing a place to prepare food and snacks, to serving as a meeting spot for your family and guests, the kitchen probably sees more use throughout the year than any other room.
Due to the popularity of the kitchen, you are right to assume it can be a house’s most assessed area for value in the real estate market, and one of the defining factors in whether someone will purchase a home. If your trusty kitchen has seen better years, you can raise the value of your home by remodeling it. Kitchen remodeling can bring many different benefits to your house beyond resale value as well, such as for personal reasons or aesthetic appeal.
Before you consider remodeling your kitchen, learn more about the financial and personal benefits of remodeling it. Once you have decided you want to go through with it, you will have to decide on whether you want to handle the project yourself or work together with professional kitchen remodelers to bring new life to your space. Keep in mind that if you decide to handle the remodeling process yourself, you will face a size-able number of challenges compared to any setbacks you’d face when working alongside a professional remodeling service.
A major motivation for homeowners everywhere in remodeling their kitchens is the financial benefits they can gain from this investment. The kitchen has the reputation of being a house’s central focus areas, as well as providing multiple functions; it will grab the attention of potential buyers if you ever decide to sell your home.
The kitchen is a very valuable part of a household, and the housing market sees it that way as well. In fact, the kitchen is one of the areas that most homebuyers place as one of their top three priorities when it comes to looking for a new home. Kitchen remodeling projects, as well as bathroom remodels, are among the most expensive home renovation projects you can take on. However, the return on your investment for a kitchen remodel is almost guaranteed.
When you decide to remodel, pay attention to the specific modifications you want to make to your home, as well as the size and scope of the remodel. Your return on investment (ROI) can vary greatly depending on these construction factors. A larger, upscale remodel will net you an average national ROI of at least 54%. Meanwhile, a remodeling project on a smaller scale can get you around 81% ROI, which makes it easier to recoup the money you have spent. This also changes depending on where you live, with the pacific area of the country reaching up to 93% in ROI. Before you pursue a home remodel, consult with your real estate agent to determine how much value it can bring to your home.
In addition to the home’s overall market value, there are a few other financial benefits you can obtain if you choose to remodel your home.
Remodeling the kitchen is not just going to help you out with financial benefits. A renovated kitchen will also provide you with some emotional or personal satisfaction. After all, no one enjoys using a kitchen that has a major need for upgrades and fixes. While an improved home value and other economic incentives and savings are an important factor when making a decision such as this, you should also consider how you will feel having a new kitchen.
Now that you have learned about all the value that a kitchen remodel will bring to your household, you are ready for the next step of the process. You will likely spend days or even weeks figuring out several factors, such as costs, layout, construction, home value, etc. Soon, you will know the exact changes you want to make and the materials you want to use. When you’ve finished all the homework that goes into preparing for home remodeling, what’s next?
There’s a chance you have the temptation to handle all the remodeling tasks yourself. After all, you already made the plans and have a strong idea of where you want to go with the kitchen. Executing the kitchen remodeling yourself may save you the money you would spend on professional help. You will probably want greater control of the project as well, and no one to disagree with you as you complete the project.
If you choose to take on this venture without professional assistance, just remember that there are certain challenges and unexpected difficulties you can face as you go through the project. Look out for some of the potential issues you might run into.
Taking on a challenging project such as remodeling your kitchen, no matter how large or small the scope of the work is, will bring plenty of difficulties that can pile up and ultimately cost more than you would have saved by handling it yourself. A professional crew of designers, demolition, and construction specialists can handle several tasks that are probably too complex and dangerous for you to handle. Even though hiring other people for the job might initially appear expensive and unnecessary, a professional kitchen remodeling job provides numerous advantages that make every cent spent on them worth it.
Finding a reliable professional service for your kitchen remodeling needs is important. An inexperienced crew, or any error or mishandling can take away the value you are supposed to gain from a kitchen remodel. You will need experts who will listen to your ideas and combine your vision with their experience to create the perfect remodel for your kitchen that will also enhance the rest of your home.
At Bradco Kitchens & Bath, our group of designers and construction workers are eager to transform your kitchen into something closer to your ideals. Contact us at your convenience to arrange an appointment or answer any of your questions.
Let’s get this out of the way — we think you should choose Bradco Kitchens as your custom cabinet supplier. But, we don’t just talk-the-talk, we definitely walk-the-walk.
Each year, over 50% of consumers remodel their home in one way or another. And, the two most popular rooms to remodel in any home are the bathroom and the kitchen. In fact, 81% of people who remodel part of their home will remodel the bathroom. And 79% will remodel the kitchen.
This means one thing — people need custom cabinets. 29% of all bathroom and kitchen remodeling-related costs are cabinet based. Consumers splurge more on cabinets and cabinet hardware than they do on their appliances, floors, or vents. Overall kitchen cabinet demand grows by a massive 5.9% per year, and consumers will be spending $17 billion on cabinets by 2021.
So, when it comes time for you to remodel your home, cabinets are probably going to be front-of-mind for you. But where should you get them? After all, with such a massive custom cabinet market, you obviously have options, right? Why should you choose Bradco Kitchens?
Here are 8 reasons that Bradco should be on your cabinet provider shortlist.
We believe in offering sustainable solutions that will help you discover your dream house without guilt. Not only are we members of the U.S. Green Building Council — a nonprofit dedicated to creating more sustainable spaces — but we also offer Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified cabinetry
Your dream home shouldn’t be a guilty pleasure — it should just be a pleasure.
Sure! We design some of the sturdiest, toughest cabinets on the planet. But we always have design at the forefront of our minds. From sleek traditional solutions to modern and ultra-modern cabinetry, we carry a wide variety of cabinet solutions to make your remodeling project a breeze.
We take settling out of the cabinet equation. Get exactly what you need to complete your design aesthetic.
Did you know that we’re the cabinet provider for the show Flipping Out With Jeff Lewis? Our cabinets are featured across a variety of LA homes. And, you’ll see our incredible customer cabinets featured in everything from chic shacks to contemporary castles across the city.
We promise! We won’t let the fame get to our heads.
Has anybody seen our two HGTV’s Designer’s Challenge Awards laying around? No? How about our copy of Interior Design Magazine. You know, the one where we were nominated for Best of the Year? No? Strange. We could have sworn we left those lying around somewhere. Oh well! We’ll just display our PureBond® Quality Award for now.
Truth be told, we don’t really care about all of these awards. They’re just things. We care about people, and we use cabinets to make people smile.
All of our custom-made cabinets are created in our state-of-the-art cabinet manufacturing facility, where we can keep a tight grip quality control and industry standards. Our focus is on delivering high-quality, aesthetically pleasing cabinets that don’t cut any corners and deliver value in the most sustainable way possible. While our competitors continue to outsource their solutions to drive down the price, we still value quality and American craftsmanship.
Our cabinets aren’t created like our competitors. We’re positive that you’ll notice the difference.
Committing to a cabinet is a very personal experience. That cabinet will live in your home, hold food and toiletries, and become a presence in your day-to-day life. So, we make sure that you pick the right cabinet the first time, every time. Our 3d preview technology can help you experience life with our cabinets without an immediate commitment.
Don’t stall before the install due to fear of commitment. We’ll make sure you can see the difference before you buy it.
Some cabinet manufacturers and installers rely on “bait-and-switch” tactics and non-transparent pricing models. We don’t. We’ll give you an in-home estimate after we take a close look at all of your homes unique features and niche requirements. That means that you’ll know what the price is before we start installing.
Every home is different. Shouldn’t your price be as well? Why pay for features you don’t need? And why get surprised by features you do?
Do you know why 53% of family-owned business owners rate their happiness level at a 9? It’s because family matters. Bradco is more than just a name to us. It’s our heritage. We may not have million-dollar advertising campaigns or big, fancy cars. But, we know cabinets. And we’ve been helping people around LA create amazing homes with our beautifully-designed cabinetry.
We’re purposefully mid-sized. Big enough to get things done and small enough to have a conversation on the phone with. So, feel free to call us anytime you have a question. We don’t let phone robots do the talking. We’re here for you.
Cabinets make the remodeling world go ’round. Between your bathroom and your kitchen, cabinetry is a critical component of your home. And, like any home design element, you want a set of cabinets that fits well with your overall design pallet and subscribes to your life manifesto. Our sustainable cabinetry could be exactly what you need for your next design project. After all, wouldn’t you rather spend the next 50 years (average lifespan of a cabinet) with a Bradco cabinet?
Interested in seeing what some of our cabinets look like in completed projects? Check out our project page. Want to see some showroom photos of our beautiful cabinets? Check out our showroom page. Want to see some of our other services (we also do tile and bathroom vanities!)? Click here!
The backyard barbecue in Los Angeles is getting much more luxurious than slapping hotdogs on the grill. Stunning outdoor kitchens are changing the game. Homeowners and their creative contractors are marrying the hottest trends in appliance technology and home construction for breathtaking, sophisticated full kitchens located entirely in the backyard.
From a professional wood-fired pizza oven to a customized bar, your Los Angeles outdoor kitchen can include almost anything you imagine. The success of your home renovation project, however, will depend on your relationship with your builder. There are certain design requirements you will need to keep in mind to accommodate cooking in an outdoor environment. The right contractor can pioneer your project with confidence.
Create a space for the whole family to relax and enjoy – right by your pool or overlooking your backyard. Use this guide to get started on your exciting outdoor kitchen project. This guide will walk you through the most popular features for outdoor kitchens in Los Angeles right now, as well as things to keep in mind during the design phase. Build your dream outdoor kitchen in no time, and start spending sunny days lounging in your own unique space.
Having an outdoor kitchen is about much more than saving you the walk from the kitchen to the backyard. It helps you expand your living space and get more use out of your property. If the kitchen is the heart of your home, why not create another where there is more room and opportunities for family activities? Most homeowners love their indoor kitchens, but have more space in their yards for building. Make use of the square footage you already have by installing a gorgeous outdoor kitchen. Other reasons to build include:
An outdoor kitchen can be an investment that yields returns for your family year after year. Installing a customized kitchen in your yard can expand your living space, add to home value, and make cooking more fun. The whole family will love to spend time in a functional, efficient, and exciting outdoor dining area.
An outdoor kitchen is a coveted item in Los Angeles. If you’re thinking of investing in one this year, make sure you know what appliances are in style. New technologies and materials are bringing more to outdoor kitchens than ever before. You can custom design your outdoor space to include anything you want, from stainless steel cabinetry to a rotisserie oven. The following are some of the most popular features in outdoor kitchens:
Choosing the appliances for your outdoor kitchen is one of the most exciting parts of construction. Select a contractor that can work with local vendors for materials and that has the means to connect you to the appliances and features of your dreams. Check out a showroom for ideas of fixtures, hardware, appliances, countertops, and more. Then, run your ideas by the contractor to see how he or she can put them into action.
An outdoor kitchen is not a repeat of your indoor kitchen, but outdoors. It is an entirely new space that may not resemble your indoor kitchen at all. Planning your perfect outdoor cooking and dining space takes a bit of knowledge about the climate, elements, and your goals for the space. You might not know what goes into building an outdoor kitchen, but your contractor can walk you through the process to ensure the perfect end product. Keep these things in mind before and during your build:
An outdoor kitchen can be an amazing addition to your property. Building the space of your dream, however, takes a bit of planning. The more prepared you are for the process, the smoother construction will go. A lot also depends on the contractor you choose as your partner. Your kitchen contractor in Los Angeles can help you generate new ideas for your build, bring your visions to life, and stick to your budget and schedule.
If you’ve researched outdoor kitchens, you might have encountered outdoor kitchen kits. These prefabricated setups offer the most basic essentials for an outdoor kitchen: typically a single island with a grill, a small countertop, and minimal storage. While the cost might be tempting, consider the pros and cons of both options before you spend the money:
The big picture: your outdoor kitchen will be a showstopper when you choose a custom build. Don’t let prefab outdoor kitchen kits sway you into making a decision you’ll ultimately regret. If you’ve been dreaming of the perfect outdoor kitchen for your Los Angeles home, don’t compromise on your vision because of the potential money you save. A custom build is sure to increase property value, but you can’t say the same for a lower quality kit. Get a kitchen you can truly feel at home in with a custom build.
Once you’ve decided your home is worth the investment of a custom-built outdoor kitchen, selecting your contractor is the most important next step. The contractor you trust with your project can make or break your building experience. You can enjoy a seamless, simple process with open communication and satisfaction guarantees…or else find yourself in the dark about the build and end up with a kitchen that doesn’t meet your needs. Hiring a kitchen contractor in Los Angeles you feel good about takes checking for certain traits:
An outdoor kitchen could be just the addition your Los Angeles home needs. Get more out of your living space and create new memories with your family – all from your spectacular outdoor kitchen. Start the design and build processes today with an LA contractor you can trust.
Contact Bradco Kitchen & Baths for a free appointment to discuss your construction needs. We have decades of experience, professional design experts, and connections to top manufacturers around the world. Let us bring your outdoor kitchen vision to life.
When you imagine the designer kitchen of your dreams, what do you see? Likely, some shiny new appliances and a dazzling new countertop feature heavily – but what about the cabinetry? Kitchen cabinets form the basis for the structural foundation of any kitchen, and their look and functionality can make or break a kitchen design. In fact, Bob Vila states that he prefers clients to choose kitchen cabinets first because they are the biggest and most important investment in the kitchen. In short, cabinetry is the star of any good kitchen design.
Chances are you’re reading this blog because you’re either considering an update of your existing kitchen or planning a new kitchen for a new home. Take a moment to think about the factors that led you to that decision, and compare your own intentions with the following top reasons for kitchen remodels:
If you nodded in agreement with any of the above, it may because they remind you of your current cabinets. Like it or not, cabinetry is the main design feature in any kitchen. Their placement determines the layout of the kitchen as a whole, ultimately setting the tone for the design, style, and functionality of your kitchen. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to store all your kitchen gadgets and necessities, and you certainly wouldn’t have a need for the array of countertop appliances available in today’s market.
This article will outline the role kitchen cabinets play in all of the above reasons homeowners typically undertake kitchen remodels. It will also cover all the considerations for improvement and lasting satisfaction when it comes to planning your new kitchen cabinetry purchase.
An outdated kitchen is one of the number one reasons homeowners decide to remodel, as well as one of the number one reasons they decide against renting or purchasing a home. Aside from outdated appliances, which come with their own hazards, the most frequently outdated kitchen features are cabinets and countertops. How can you tell your kitchen cabinetry is outdated?
Though today’s designers build quality cabinetry to last, you may have existing cabinetry that has seen better days. Evidence of superficial damage to cabinet doors may make a reface job tempting, but there are other signs to look for to determine whether you should replace your cabinets instead of only refacing them.
Planning a new kitchen layout is often a task best handled by an experienced kitchen designer, but since your family’s kitchen is a central hub in your everyday life, even a designer needs your input regarding the features most important to you. Are you most concerned about functionality while cooking? Is a breakfast bar or large prep space a priority? Consider the following questions when determining which parts of your old kitchen didn’t work and which elements you want to see in your new kitchen:
Modern kitchen spaces often call for a space children can gather to do homework, socialize or watch as their parents cook. If your current kitchen is short on extra space, or locates features such as a breakfast bar right next to a stovetop, your family’s needs are likely not met. Similarly, if your kitchen cabinets block your view of your family so they are out of your line of sight, you need to address your cabinetry layout.
Consult with your kitchen designer and look for elements like raised cabinets and taller countertops to keep children’s work areas away from kitchen appliances. Or, consider an extra workspace alongside the kitchen area for homework and other activities. Finally, planning a kitchen cabinet arrangement with an open view into the family’s gathering area can help you make sure your kitchen meets your family’s needs.
If you or someone in your family has special needs, you have likely already lamented the shortcomings of your current kitchen. How could you change your cabinetry to allow better access for those individuals? The following considerations may help:
After all this detailed consideration of your current kitchen, you may find your desire for a new kitchen has little to do with any one specific issue with your current kitchen’s cabinet quality, age, or layout. Perhaps you simply desire change. What are some practical and aesthetic considerations when choosing your new cabinets?
There are three basic tiers of cabinets, based on quality, materials, and budget.
Basic cabinet style selection is important – in today’s open floor plans, your cabinets will likely be visible throughout a large portion of your home. As such, making a choice should weigh three different design elements – box and frame style, door style, and wood type or color choice. Consider the overall look you want to attain and determine which are right for your new kitchen.
Box and frame styles appear in two major types – framed and frameless cabinets.
Door style is what people often think of when they think cabinet styles, and for good reason; doors are perhaps the biggest influence on a cabinet’s overall style. Doors are highly visible and make up most of the viewable square footage of your cabinets. Careful choices regarding door selection are crucial if you are aiming for a modern style that will not feel dated too soon.
You’ve determined the layout, frame style, and door type that best fits your kitchen footprint and design style – now comes the fun part. Wood types aren’t nearly as varied as the colors you can paint or stain them with, but some tried and true varieties are popular in cabinet making.
After you’ve chosen an ideal wood for your cabinet construction, your selection of paint color or stain is purely up to your individual design aesthetic. If you have an open layout, consider how the color you choose will juxtapose with any existing flooring or other wood built-in elements in the rest of your space. Cabinet and floor colors should be complementary, not matching, and the stain or paint you choose should be in keeping with the style of the rest of your home.
Whether you’re remodeling your existing kitchen or building a new home, your kitchen footprint depends largely on your cabinets. No matter the reason for your new kitchen, keep these considerations and tips in mind when you’re choosing the ultimate star of your new space – your kitchen cabinets. Your cabinets are an investment in your home’s future, and we at Bradco Kitchens & Baths are happy to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to reach out at any time.