Do I Really Need A Kitchen Designer?

There’s no doubt about it, kitchen and bath remodeling can be a seriously dusty, dirty and gritty endeavor. Like any journey, much hassle and lost time can be avoided by choosing the right guide to reach your destination. In the case of a kitchen remodel and bathroom remodel, proper knowledge and planning can mean a substantial reduction in overall cost. Going with experience allows for the proper space planning in the kitchen and space planning in the bathroom to create kitchen cabinets and bathroom cabinets that are both useful and beautiful. A professional can foresee and avoid common problems, and can also help clients to prepare a sensible kitchen budget and sensible bathroom budget.

Rachel Pasterino, lead designer at Bradco Kitchens on Venice Blvd., a company that specializes in kitchen cabinets in Los Angeles and bathroom cabinet in Los Angeles stipulates that, “The knowledge a professional contributes can make an astounding difference in kitchen design and bathroom design. I find that my clients are pleasantly surprised by the wealth of ideas a seasoned kitchen designer and bathroom designer brings to the table when planning a kitchen remodel or bathroom remodel.”
Kitchen design and bathroom design require a very specific knowledge of all the components such as the plumbing fixtures, kitchen cabinets or bathroom cabinets, kitchen countertops or bathroom countertops and kitchen appliances. When a kitchen designer or bathroom designer is seasoned and experienced this can have a serious impact on the budget of a kitchen remodeling project or bathroom remodeling project, savings the client thousands of dollars. Your kitchen and bathroom should be designed as a unique place that perfectly suits your needs and lifestyle. Going with a professional kitchen designer or bathroom designer guarantees that your Los Angeles home renovation is done properly the first time around, greatly eliminating costly changes and mistakes that can plague large home remodeling projects.magnifying-glass-clipart-transparent-background-9i4lra6ie

Bradco Kitchens and Baths named 2012 Product Award honoree for Slide N Hide

On November 29, 2012 over 800 people from the design community

The auditorium was standing room only, as the winners were announced live by hosts Cindy Allen, Editor in Chief, and Mark Strauss, President and Publisher. (designers and manufacturers) gathered at the state of the art auditorium and event space at 200 West Street in New York City, to celebrate the best projects and products of 2012.

Bradco Kitchens and Baths is proud to have been named an honoree for Best of Year 2012 by Interior Design Magazine at this event.  The award was for Bradco’s innovative product the Slide N Hide countertop.

The Slide N Hide is a custom remote controlled sliding countertop that slides to reveal a cooktop and downdraft while transforming into a free-hanging bar top perfect for dinner or drinks.    It is an expandable kitchen island with a hidden cooktop that when closed serves as a countertop and when opened adds seating/table room.

Interior designers and architects via an online vote on October 1-9 – from 660 submissions – selected Best of Year Product Design finalists. A jury of leading architects and designers determined winners.

InteriorDesign.net “Best of Year” voting site received approximately 26,000 unique visitors during voting, generating 86,000 votes in 2012.

This is the 7th Annual Interior Design Best of Year Awards

Stop by our showroom at 6011 Pico Blvd in Los Angeles to explore your own kitchen or bathroom customization or just give us a call.

Interested in our favorite designs or want to see more of our work? Pin us on Pinterest!

 

Tell Santa That You Want A Los Angeles Bath Designer For Christmas This Year

During the holidays we can find ourselves feeling dread at the thought of our extended family coming to stay with us and having to face the guest bathroom, which is in dire need of a makeover. While “needing to make a good impression” is not one of the top reasons to hire an experienced Los Angeles Bath designer, there are some very good reasons to think about giving yourself a new bathroom for Christmas this year.

Increased Home Value

This is the reason that we most often think about when considering a bathroom remodeling project. It has been proven that this is a great way for you to realize a solid return on your investment. For every dollar that you invest, you can expect to see a return of about $.70. Another great reason to update your bath, especially before a sale, is that potential buyers will choose a remodeled bath over an outdated bath, every time.

For Safety Reasons

With many of us staying in our homes as we age, we are finding that the addition of safety features in the bath are very important. From grab bars to non-slip flooring, there are many ways in which we can make our bathrooms safer for all members of a family. Think about better lighting, solid built-in step stools for little feet or maybe a seat in the shower and you can see how this type of remodel can help us avoid falls, a common bathroom mishap.

It’s Time To Upgrade

Perhaps you have been living with a bathroom in real need of repair. Maybe you are dealing with leaking faucets, disintegrating tile work or rotten drywall and you are simply tired of thinking about the work that needs to be done. Our busy lives can make it really difficult to take on these jobs ourselves so they are often put on the back burner. Maybe the time has come to finally get it done.

Need For More Space

Once your kids reach their teenage years, all of a sudden there is not nearly enough space to accommodate everyone’s need for more time in the bathroom, especially in the morning. Even the addition of a half-bath can be the answer to avoiding many conflicts. Another common reason to update is the need for more bathroom storage space. The addition of more cabinet space or shelving can be the answer to the problem of bathroom clutter.

If you are looking for the best Los Angeles Bath designer available, one who can help you make your bathroom dream come true, ask Santa to contact us and we will put a sparkling new bathroom under the tree for you this year!

Bradco Kitchens and Baths @ Dwell on Design 2012

Last weekend the Dwell on Design 2012 expo commenced in Downtown Los Angeles. DOD is the annual showcase where modern designs and designers converge to show off the latest furniture, concepts and aesthetics for the progressive kitchen, garden and home. Bradco has participated in years past but this year it was time to do something special make a splash!

Bradco’s Design + Build concept, The “Slide N Hide” Countertop was a huge hit with designers, manufacturers and consumers. For the modern homeowner who desires space efficient design mixed with the latest kitchen tech innovations, look no further then this fantastic concept. Many in the design world took notice as we have received some fantastic and much appreciated acknowledgement from Skimbaco, Electronic House and Cultivate to name a few.

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Home Furnishings mentioned, “The Slide N Hide is a terrific piece I saw in action at Dwell on Design, moving smoothly to cover the cooktop and render that space usable for serving and entertaining as well. At the show, Bradco cleverly paired the counter with the Miele telescopic downdraft proving how very efficient a kitchen can be by first retracting the downdraft and then covering the entire range area with the counter.”

A special thanks to our partners, Cosentino, manufacturers of SileStone Countertops, Columbia Forest Products, makers of PureBond the zero ureaformaldehyde plywood used in our cabinets and Dwell.

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Bradco Featured on PureBond Fabricator Network

We are pleased to announce that Bradco Kitchen and Bath has been selected as the featured PureBond® Fabricator Network member of the month for June! We are proud to be one of the first stores ever to work with PureBond®, the original cost-competitive decorative hardwood plywood without the formaldehyde. PureBond® is Columbia Forest Products’ exclusive formaldehyde-free innovation for hardwood plywood manufacturing.

Replacing traditional urea formaldehyde (UF) hardwood plywood construction with non-toxic, soy-based PureBond enables Columbia to eliminate any added formaldehyde from standard veneer-core and non-UF composite hardwood plywood core panels. That’s great news for our employees, our customers and the air we all breathe.

Not only do we want to offer our customers healthy options, but leading by example is important to us as well.  That’s why we have chosen to work with PureBond® hardwood plywood and are certified by The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

We are very passionate about removing Formaldehyde from the kitchen.  As we strive to continue our environmental-friendly work by using the cleanest products possible,  PureBond®, a formaldehyde-free manufacturing system designed by Columbia Forest Products, remains at the top of our list. Thank you for helping us play our part in making the world a better place.

PureBond Facts:

  1. PureBond technology utilizes formaldehyde-free, soy-based adhesive
  2. Manufacturing with PureBond technology contributes to an air-friendly indoor environment
  3. PureBond veneer-core panels are cost-competitive with traditional panels made using UF construction
  4. Panels are made in the US and Canada
  5. PureBond panels contribute towards the LEED® IEQ Credit 4.4 for Low-Emitting Materials: Composite Wood
  6. Panels can be specified as FSC® certified upon request
  7. PureBond MDF and Particleboard hardwood plywood is available upon request
  8. PureBond is manufactured exclusively in North America by Columbia Forest Products.

Bradco’s “Slide N Hide” Countertop Featured at Dwell On Design

Bradco Kitchens and Baths is proud to present our new Slide N Hide countertop at this year’s Dwell On Design exhibition. This remote controlled, motorized sliding island countertop slides to reveal a Miele cooktop and downdraft. Once opened by the touch of a button, the Silestone White Zeus countertop extends to form a free hanging bartop perfect for dinner or drinks.  You can come see our original creation in person as we are honored to feature our work at the Dwell On Design exhibition happening at the Los Angeles Convention Center, June 22nd-24th at booth # 1034.

Stop by our showroom at 6011 Pico Blvd in Los Angeles to explore your own kitchen or bathroom customization or just give us a call.

Interested in our favorite designs or want to see more of our work? Pin us on Pinterest!

Kosher Kitchens in Los Angeles

In the case of many of our clients, kosher living and food preparation is the optimum lifestyle choice. We are taking this opportunity to make it known that we have designed many kosher kitchens, and we want to share our expert design knowledge with all of you to help facilitate staying kosher in your homes.

When preparing food that is kosher, cleanliness and halting cross contamination of all meat and dairy products are essential. To implement these values into kitchen design, we focus on counterspace, appliances, and storage space elements.  Implementing labels for separating stored food items such as dairy and meat are a great way to avoid confusion and help keep your kosher kitchen in tip top shape. Two sinks are recommended for a kosher kitchen however, if budget is an issue, there is also a budget friendly alternative. Double sinks are acceptable as opposed to two separate units. Stainless-steel sinks and steel or granite countertops are the recommended options for those who cannot have distinct discrete areas for meat and dairy.

Function and style do not have to suffer when you opt for stainless steel appliances for your kosher kitchen since they are ideal for cleaning up. Two of each appliance are the epitome of koshered options such as two ovens, two sinks, two dishwashers, etc. However, that is not always an option when you’re looking for a budget friendly selection. All appliances you will need for your kosher kitchen are all available from Bradco.

While there are different rabbinic opinions concerning countertop materials that have the ability to be kashered from milk to meat, vice versa or for passover, we can supply you with your desired countertop material, be it granite, composite stone, etc. Any and all countertops need to be thoroughly cleaned by boiling water in between all meat and dairy operations. No matter what your daily use is, keep in mind that cleanliness is fundamental in keeping kosher.  

Often times an extra set of dishes, utensils, cookware, and serveware are kept in a kosher kitchen. These items tend to be used often because they are utilized when meat or dairy dishes are served. The storage of these extra items is vital and naturally, extra cabinets are necessary for the storage of these items. We can help you design seamless and beautiful storage options to maximize storage. There are a variety of options such as replacing standard shelves and drawers with modular wire shelves and baskets that could be configured in a variety of ways so that the available interior cabinet space is expanded and used to it’s full potential. 

Of course, if there are any questions that arise during the design of kosher kitchens you should seek rabbinic guidance and after that feel free to contact us.

Bradco Kitchens & Baths
6011 West Pico Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90035

Phone: (323) 936-3457
Fax: 323.939.9354

Quick Home Improvements to Impress Those Holiday Guests

The holidays are descending on us fast and if it’s your turn to host the family gathering, you may be weary of the relatives seeing your dilapidated kitchen or bathroom areas. Oh no, is it too late to cancel?! Never fear Bradco is here to help you make a few home improvements that will make your space more welcoming. We have compiled a list to benefit your quick fix needs.

Bertazzoni Master Series Gas Burner

Kitchen appliances sparking? New stoves and ovens are easy to replace and can be switched out in as little as one weeks time, from order to installation. We recommend selecting energy efficient appliances for a budget friendly monthly bill. You can often get a special rebate from your local utility company for purchasing these products; there’s nothing better than thrilling your holiday guests with your delicious culinary creations straight from your new oven.

Fisher & Paykel Double Dishwasher

Still washing your dishes by hand? Sounds like you need a new dishwasher in your life, out with the old and in with the new. This is definitely a major tool in making life easier, especially if you are having house guests.  Save yourself from slaving over a pile of dirty dishes and Simply load and press a button to add convenience to your life. All dishwashers are guaranteed to be scald and splash free.

 

 

 

Caroma USA nvisi™ Series II Cube

Toilet tanking? There is almost nothing more embarrassing than explaining to visitors all the restrictions and rules to using your commode in order to avoid overflows and mishaps. You should never again have say anything like this  “Sorry, our system is a bit old so jiggle the handle then wait 30 seconds and if that doesn’t work shake the tank.” Opting to go with a low flow toilet will cut down on the water bill, as they say what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Bradco offers an assortment of styles to choose from and the installation will take no more than half a day. What an ideal way to help all of your guests get comfy on your brand new throne.

 

Pendant Lighting

Lights on the blink? Update your out of date track lighting by choosing a modern pendant light design or recessed lighting to open up a room with low ceilings. Replace an entire fixture or simply replace coverings and/or bulbs. LED light bulbs are a long lasting and energy efficient option, which in turn is also a money saver. Even minor adjustments to accent lights will turn out illuminating results for your home. Lighting can drastically change the feel of any room for the better. These improvements can make your home feel warmer and easier for guests to admire your entire space.

Before and after shots of cabinets refacing

Is your kitchen in need of a face lift? Cabinet refacing may be the answer to your cosmetic problems. If your kitchen is well built and functional there is really no reason to tear out existing cabinets. Refacing is less costly then remodeling an entire kitchen and is the most time saving option. Cabinet refacing is also eco friendly because there are less resources used in the process. Best of all you can select from tons of colors and styles at Bradco that complement your home’s decor and the installation will only take two to four days. Holiday guests will stare in awe at your fancy “new” cabinets.

 

 

For more ideas on quick fix improvements contact Bradco Kitchens and Baths at:

Bradco Kitchens & Baths
6011 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035

Phone: 323.936.3457
Fax: 323.939.9354
Toll Free: 866 4 Bradco ( 272326 )

 

Integrate Spanish Decor into Your Los Angeles Home with These Tips

Here’s an insider perspective you don’t want to miss from Mr. Bradco himself, Michael Kienzl. Known for being very forthcoming, here is his insight on Spanish Decor where you will get all your questions answered about this popular design and how you can integrate it into your home.

1) Why is preserving a kitchen’s overall aesthetic design better then completely remodeling a kitchen?

This rustic Spanish style kitchen features handmade tiles, Alder cabinetry, and a wrought iron door integrated with modern appliances.

“Many people want to gut their entire kitchen and start from scratch. Moving a wall and relocating fixtures and appliances are one of the more costly construction costs you can incur. Keep your ego in check and ask yourself if the money that needs to be spent could not be saved or maybe spent on other upgrades that will bring more advantages to the overall project, such as adding an island. People have certain ideas like constructing an entirely new kitchen from scratch, but we put their ideas in perspective and guide them in the right direction. Since there is no definite standard on what an average kitchen remodel can cost, we help you get what you need instead of what you impulsively want.”

2) What is the best option for a vintage Spanish style homeowner: To select reface cabinets or replace them? 

Old fashioned Spanish style cabinetry with wood pegs holding the doors together, a feature only seen in old and rustic cabinetry.

“Vintage style homeowners want to preserve the original features of their kitchen or bathroom. Often there are important components that can only be preserved by refacing the existing cabinetry such as a tile backsplash, a special countertop material, or other components unique to the style of the house. Think twice before ripping out all your cabinets, and see if it’s a structural issue. If the guts of the cabinets are falling apart, the boxes should be redone. A reface can be as elaborate as new cabinetry. Bradco can redo the drawer fronts to help sync your kitchen’s overall look while preserving the usefulness of the cabinets by installing metal glide mechanisms.”

3) What are the easiest elements to implement on a Spanish inspired kitchen?

This Spanish style kitchen features wood beams, a stunning handmade tile insert in the backsplash, an island with a wood countertop, a built-in canopy hood, and painted cabinets. Everything is new but we preserved and recreated the Old World Spanish charm of the house.

“There is not one specific element to implement on a Spanish kitchen, but more of a combined effect that constitutes this look. Cabinetry that has an arched door with rustic but still elegant hardware along with painted or dark stained wood cabinetry is one overall Spanish effect. Hardware makes a big difference on cabinetry to achieve that Spanish kitchen look. Try adding glass into some of the cabinet doors to give it more of a furniture look. You can also opt for countertops that imitate marble, waved granite, a rustic floor, or even a shaker door. A shaker door is a simple door with a square frame around it. Just take center panel out and replace it with glass, or even some decorative handwoven brass grilles.”

This tile niche adds space and character to the kitchen and gives it a rustic Spanish look.

4) Being that Spanish decor design is so popular, how can you make it look expensive yet cost effective?

“If the overall layout of the kitchen is functional, refacing can save some serious dineros. Consider leaving the backsplash and change only the countertop, change a stainless steel sink to a farm sink, or make minor modifications to cabinetry. Add an open wine rack instead of a row of cabinets you don’t need.”

5) What are the usual Spanish design decor pieces involved when remodeling a kitchen?

This hutch is distressed and has sculptured legs. The crown molding is in a natural wood stain and the cabinet is painted.

“Painted or stained cabinet doors, cool hardware, a tile backsplash, some corbels and cabinets on legs. Add some seeded glass in some of the cabinet doors, some arches, even open cupboards in the wall.”

6) What are some classic interior designs related to Spanish decor that have never gone out of style?

“Niches with wood counters and recess lights on top, decorative arches, texture on the walls. For more kitchen specific, a recess panel with an arch, painted cabinetry with glass inside, legs on the cabinets, or a tile backsplash work great. In Spanish decor cabinetry, not much oak is used. Alder, known as the “poor man’s cherry” is a hardwood that has become very popular because it stains well and is used instead of cherry wood since it’s less expensive. Alder is not a tight grain, instead it’s a big grain that has a swerve design.

Rustic hardware on a dark stained Alder cabinet door.

In regards to colors, choose strong earth tones. Spanish and Mexican influence use stencils on the walls, painted in a different color than others in the same room.”

7) Why do you think the Spanish style of decor is so popular?

This wall is decorated with handmade tiles and a variety of niches constructed in it to get a feeling of life and depth.

“California has a long history of Spanish-style real estate. Many of the structures here are influenced by Spanish designs. After all, the Spaniards had a big influence in the development of this area. Missions were the first pillars of society after the Spaniards discovered this area. It is a warm and friendly style that fits well to our history, weather, and geography.”

Whether it be a small change or a complete remodel, there are numerous ways to integrate Spanish style into your home that can be efficient and more importantly cost effective. Here at Bradco, we pride ourselves in our quality of work to transform your beloved home into the look you’ve always dreamed of. Our great selection of Spanish Decor will leave you with endless style possibilities and the expert advice from our interior designers can help you in this exciting process.

If you have any questions about any products or services of Bradco Kitchens & Baths don’t hesitate to contact us:

Phone: 323.936.3457

Fax: 323.939.9354

Toll Free: 866 4 Bradco ( 272326 )

Free Cabinet Installation in Los Angeles

If you have been starving for a sign to help you decide whether or not to make some remodeling improvements to your kitchen, sink your teeth into this:

Bradco is announcing our new promotion beginning November 1, 2011 through November 15, 2011 of free, yes that is FREE, cabinet installation! Cabinets can be selected from five different designer lines.

Wouldn’t it be great to have new cabinets in your kitchen, especially when you are going to end up paying a fraction of the regular price?

At Bradco, we know that running deals and promotions are a great way to give you that extra nudge of incentive to go ahead with creating the kitchen of your dreams. That is why we at Bradco are more than happy to offer you this early holiday treat.

For the fine print and details click here.

At Bradco Kitchens and Baths there is something for everyone. Whether you have traditional or contemporary taste or are working with a small or large budget, our professional designers will tailor your kitchen to fit your style and your wallet.