The Importance of Great Cabinetry


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:

  • Existing kitchen is outdated
  • Deterioration of the existing kitchen
  • Existing kitchen does not fit your lifestyle
  • Special needs family members
  • Desire for change

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.

Your Existing Kitchen Is Outdated

An outdated kitchen is one of the number one reasons homeowners decide to remodel, as well as one of the number one reasons they decide against renting or purchasing a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 Aside from outdated appliances, which come with their own hazards, the most frequently outdated kitchen features are cabinets and countertops. How can you tell your kitchen cabinetry is outdated?

  • Looks. Yes, it’s obvious, but if your kitchen cabinets look like they’re from the 1970s, they probably are – and it’s likely not the aesthetic you prefer. Many trends in cabinetry eventually come back around and retro styles can be chic. However, poorly maintained yellow brass hardware mixed with honey oak – actually old instead of just stylistically so – is not. Basically, if you walk into your kitchen and the sensation that you’re in another decade is an unpleasant one, your kitchen is likely outdated.For your future kitchen, consider the fact that your cabinetry will likely be in place for at least a decade. Use modern, classically appealing woods with standard-sized hardware that you can easily accessorize to fit in any era. Avoid hot trends that may quickly become outdated again.
  • Lack of safety features. Cabinet makers sometimes build outlets and switches right into existing cabinets. If a quick look at your kitchen outlets reveals more telephone line connections than GFCI outlets, your kitchen may be outdated. GFCI outlets shut down electric flow in the case of abnormal flow and are a required safety standard for any kitchen.For your new kitchen, ensure all your electrical installations are up to code. Installing outlets and switches into cabinets may not be preferable with new features like outlet-equipped drawers, but sticking with a standard size ensures cover plates and other elements can easily be swapped out.
  • You can’t find appliances that fit. In decades past, kitchen designers and builders planned cabinet layouts designed for the appliance sizes most common at the time. This is still the case. However, you may notice that your dream refrigerator or that gas range you’ve always wanted won’t fit without seriously reshuffling existing kitchen cabinetry – all the more reason to consider a modern cabinet update for your new kitchen.Standard-sized appliances offer the most flexibility moving forward, but consider your desired layout when planning appliance placement. The workflow of your kitchen should suit you, and quality custom cabinetry can accommodate a wide range of appliance sizes and configurations.
  • Existing storage is odd or doesn’t fit your needs. Consider the things that might have been commonly stored in your kitchen cabinetry at the time they were built. It isn’t likely your grandmother’s kitchen needed storage space for a stand mixer, an electric griddle, an electric pressure cooker, three crock pots and a toaster oven. It’s equally possible you don’t have the desire for cabinets with built-in dedicated recipe card, knife, or plastic wrap storage.Cabinets with highly specialized storage can be a great option for your new kitchen. However, determine the likelihood of continuing to use that specialized storage in the future. A solution like a built-in pot and pan rack will likely always prove useful, while a plastic grocery bag dispenser may quickly become outdated.

Deterioration of Your Existing Kitchen

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.

  • External damage. As mentioned, peeling paint or scratched varnish are telltale signs you have damaged cabinetry. Signs of superficial damage not easily covered by a layer of paint or varnish, including deep gouges, cracked doors or frames, and stripped screws. If your cabinet doors are uneven or too badly damaged to reface, new cabinetry is likely a better investment.
  • Poor quality. If your existing cabinets are not of good quality, replacing them with long-lasting, high-quality cabinets often makes more financial sense than spending time and money refacing. Telltale signs your cabinets may have been of low quality to begin with include flimsy interior paneling, the use of poor-quality grades of MDF or particle board instead of more quality versions, joints that are stapled or glued, and flimsy plastic or thin metal drawer slides and shelf brackets.For future cabinets, look for quality. Cabinets should use thick, high-quality plywood for the cabinet box and shelving, and high-quality wood for the doors and framing. All joints should be properly joined and secure, drawer slides should be substantial, quality steel, and shelves should have adequate supports.
  • Internal damage. You are better off replacing cabinets with internal damage than reworking them, especially in the case of water damage. Check underneath the sink and on toe kicks for signs of water damage like swelling, warping, cracking, or peeling and bubbled veneer. You’ll likely need to address the source of the water issue as well, but replacing the interior of several cabinets is an investment that would make more sense going toward new, quality kitchen cabinets.

The Existing Kitchen Does Not Fit Your Lifestyle

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:

  • How could this layout be more conducive to cooking? The fact that you’ll be cooking in your new kitchen may seem obvious. However, too many people fail to consider this when determining a new layout for their kitchen. It may seem like a good idea to include a large island for prep space, but if placed wrong, islands can impede the natural workflow between what designers like to call the “work triangle.”The design sense behind the kitchen work triangle aims to minimize steps and improve access to the three major working elements of your kitchen – range, refrigerator, and workspace. Ideally, the elements are close enough to easily accommodate movement between them while cooking, but far enough apart to avoid a cramped space – usually the legs should add up to anywhere from 12 to 24 feet.If your current kitchen includes an island space or countertop between the refrigerator and range, you may have noticed a poor workflow. If kitchen traffic routes through the triangle instead of along its edges, you’ve likely gotten frustrated. Work with your kitchen designer to arrange new cabinetry to route traffic away from the primary workspace, and optimize your workflow.
  • How could this layout better meet my family’s needs? Modern kitchens are often gathering places for families. Is your kitchen conducive to your family’s needs? Do you often find yourself working around children while you cook, or unable to supervise while you clean up?


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.

  • Is this kitchen too big? Too small? Most kitchen renovations’ goals aim toward increasing the overall size of the kitchen space. However, consider your current kitchen. Do you find yourself wishing you had more storage space? Perhaps a set of built-in pantry cabinets or a walk-in pantry or butler’s kitchen may be a better fit than a kitchen that’s more spread out. Do you often wish you didn’t have to move quite so far between the refrigerator, stove, and workspace? It’s possible your kitchen is either not arranged well or is just too big.Many kitchens are cramped, and making good use of a larger space is something a kitchen designer should be ready to help with. Ask how to arrange your cabinetry to find the best kitchen footprint for your home. Bigger may be better, but that isn’t always the case.

You Have Special Needs Family Members

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:

  • Accessible entrances. With today’s open floor plans, kitchen entrances are not always framed doors. Designers need to consider any pantry entrances, islands, peninsulas, and other openings between cabinets as well. Leave a few extra inches on each side for access by individuals using wheelchairs or walkers.
  • Accessible appliances. Popular kitchen appliance placement may not work for a family member with special needs. For example, cabinet configurations with built-in range microwaves will not likely work for an individual in a wheelchair. Similarly, a wall oven unit and a countertop range with a cabinet layout allowing knee space under the range top may be preferable to a standard range; forgoing cabinet boxes for knee space underneath kitchen sinks is an option as well.
  • Cabinet height. Lower kitchen cabinets come in a variety of heights – consider your family’s special needs when choosing a height. Individuals who have trouble stooping may prefer higher countertops, while those in wheelchairs or those who must sit to avoid fatigue may prefer cabinets lower than typical “counter-height.” You can vary the height of the workspaces in your new kitchen to accommodate both preferences. Built-in workspaces that pull out, such as cutting boards, may be an option to consider as well.
  • Pull-out drawers and storage. Cabinets with features such as sliding organizers you can pull out for easier access likely appeal even to those without special needs. Accessing heavy items like pots, pans, and stand mixers is much easier when you don’t need to lift the items out of a tight space first. Ask your kitchen designer about these features and others such as pull out spice racks, cookbook holders, trash bins, and more.
  • Upper cabinet access. Upper cabinets can be fitted with pull-down shelving to provide easier access to dishes and items typically stored above the counter. These options are more specialized and not commonly found in typical kitchen design. A cabinet maker can retrofit your new, high-quality cabinets to meet your needs. Ask your kitchen designer for more details about their availability.

You Simply Desire Change

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?

Budget and Quality

There are three basic tiers of cabinets, based on quality, materials, and budget.

  • Big box retailers and home improvement centers often sell stock or budget cabinets. The seller usually delivers the cabinets assembled, and possibly frameless. Typically, stock cabinets use MDF or pressboard instead of high-quality wood, and may limit your selection of style, color, size, and accessories. Stock cabinets begin at around $70 per foot.
  • Mid-range cabinets often appear higher-end than stock cabinets. They may have a framed face, with wood around the cabinet door, and may offer more customization options. Quality may be higher than that of stock cabinets, but mid-range cabinets typically use pressboard boxes as well. Mid-range cabinets begin at around $150 per foot.
  • Premium cabinets are not plywood boxes, meaning their construction is sturdier than other types of cabinets. Since premium cabinets can either come fully custom or semi-custom, they offer a far wider range of sizes, colors, styles, and accessories. Premium, semi-custom cabinets begin at around $500 per foot, though fully custom cabinets can be much more expensive.

Basic Style Choices

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


Box and frame styles appear in two major types – framed and frameless cabinets.

  • Framed cabinets have the box fronted with a wooden face frame that surrounds the cabinet door when it’s closed. Frames stop drawers when they close and provide a surface for door hardware to attach to. Frames can also come in various widths, colors, and styles based on your personal preferences.
  • Frameless cabinet boxes have no wooden face frame on the front. As a result, drawer and door hardware must attach directly to the box itself, leaving a uniform exterior. Frameless cabinets often require reinforcements or must use higher-quality box materials to ensure stability, particularly to support countertops.

Door Style Selection

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.

Some popular door styles include:

  • Flat panel. These doors have no frame and are comprised of one solid piece of wood. Often found on frameless cabinets or used to make framed cabinets appear frameless, these doors are modern in style and easily hide any hardware.
  • Mission. Mission doors involve a simple raised frame with a recessed, flat panel. Mission doors appeal to many design styles due to their clean lines and classic look.
  • Shaker. Shaker doors appear similar to Mission, though they may have a little extra detail or routing in the typically wider frame.
  • Raised-panel. In raised-panel doors, the center panel is beveled and protrudes until it is even with the frame. Most stock paneled entry doors in your home are probably raised-panel.
  • Beaded. Beaded panel doors have beadboard paneling inside the frame. These doors often appeal to a traditional or country aesthetic.
  • Cathedral. Similar to mission doors, cathedral doors have an arch feature at the top of the frame, overlaying a recessed panel.

Color and Finish

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.

  • Birch has a distinctive grain and is often used for a more custom, modern or contemporary look.
  • Maple is often chosen for its light color and grain, which make it readily able to accept a variety of different stains and finishes
  • Red Oak has a large grain but takes stain well and is conducive to country finishes.
  • White Oak has a finer grain but is still decidedly rustic. Both oaks are sturdy, popular choices for traditional or country styles.
  • Cherry is popular for its red-brown color and its durability. It pairs handsomely with a dark brown or deep red stain.
  • Ash has a fine grain and is appropriate for modern or contemporary designs.

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.

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.

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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’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.

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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.

Fall Trends for Sustainable Living in Los Angeles

Although L.A. is no doubt a highly urbanized city, living here definitely has its benefits. Besides the beautiful weather and never ending food truck festivals, this fair city is a strong advocate of sustainable living. Many Angelinos would leap at a chance to improve their carbon footprints especially when it comes to their homes. For several years, we at Bradco have been champions of sustainable products and eco-designs, offering a multitude of choices when it comes to remodeling your bathroom or kitchen. There are a variety of options any home owner can make to adjust to an eco-friendly home. We found some fall trends that we would like you to take into consideration to add that sustainable flair to your home.

Green and Stylish

According to HGTV online, the new fall color to design around is indigo where you can currently find tons of products available to help fuse this rich color into your home. Tiles are a wonderfully diverse design element and come in a wide variety of colors. They can be added as a back splash in a kitchen or virtually anywhere in the bathroom scheme from floor to sink. To view some Bradco photos of tile incorporation in bathrooms click here. Countertops made from recycled glass, porcelain, and mirror materials are also widely offered throughout our showroom. Water and energy conservation are also top trending focuses in home design for the fall season. Now that summer is gone and the temperatures are starting to cool down, you can lay off the air conditioning and zero in on some sustainable design functions. Installing a premium water filtration system will allow your tap water to become a premium drinking source which will allow you to eliminate your bottled water consumption. Bradco’s water filtration product partners also follow a high model standard of sustainable practices. Low-flow toilets, sinks, and showers are an excellent way to save water and their design appeal is endless. To save energy, install energy star appliances. Also, be informed when it comes to tax incentives attached to the purchase of these goods.  Not only is paying attention to these aspects beneficial to you in terms of sustainability, but they are also wallet friendly.

Partnering For Success

At Bradco, we partner with businesses that hold themselves to higher sustainable standards. We also select our offered product lines based on sustainable options and their dedication to in-store sustainable practices. It is important to us that our consumers are made aware of all our sustainable practices and that they know we go about our practice in a very transparent way. We are certified by the U.S. Green Building Council and the Forest Stewardship Council. Additionally, we have our own cabinetry factory in Mexico to ensure that the integrity of our materials is not compromised.

Bradco uses green building materials from sustainably certified forests in Costa Rica.

Our custom cabinets are made from non-toxic formaldehyde free wood that come from sustainably certified forests in Costa Rica. Bradco recommends that low or no VOC finishes and formaldehyde-free adhesives are used. Since we own our own cabinetry factory in Mexico, we have direct control over the quality of goods produced there as well as the green business practices used. In order to reduce our environmental impact, Bradco implements a reduction in the amount of waste created at our manufacturing plant. Because the manufacturing of cabinets create an excess of sawdust, we re-use all our sawdust by collecting and donating it to a nursery where it is mixed into their compost and used to plant new vegetative growth for Morelos Park – considered the largest ecological reserve in Tijuana.

At Bradco, you will find our showrooms filled with sustainable products to provide you with the widest variety of green choices because we know how much you love your home as much as your planet.

A Chat With an Interior Designer

Here is your opportunity to get some insider perspective straight from Bradco Designer, Joanne, who took the time to answer a few specific questions:

1. Let’s say I’m a new home owner starting to work on my cabinets. How do you choose the right style and color to accommodate a kitchen?

“First and foremost, know the style of your house. The style of the kitchen should be based on the style of the house. The two themes should go hand in hand so that the designs flow together. This tip is not only an important cosmetic feature but also a money saver. Consider this: It’s more economical to work with a pre-existing kitchen base and make specific stylized adjustments than it would be to start from scratch. Work with what you have and make the improvements from there; a few key changes can make a huge difference in the finished product.”

2. How would you select colors that best suit my space?

Choose kitchen colors based on your floor.

“Kitchen colors should be chosen based on the floors. Generally we suggest complementing color schemes. For instance, dark wood floors go well with light furnishing choices and light-colored tile floors go well with dark-colored furnishings. These scheme tips help to make unique shades more prominent. As always these suggestions are dependent upon personal preference and/or budget. To echo the previous answer of working with your home’s existing style, you could always pick a specific architectural feature that you want to highlight and make that element more prominent in the kitchen. For example, if your home has many beams or unique crown moldings replicate those aspects in handle choices or decorative elements. Keep in mind that if there is already a large amount of wood in your home and your goal is to tone down that element; a simple solution is to paint the cabinets. Earth tones are usually a good stand-by choice for any home.”

3. How do you establish a budget and how would you accommodate someone on a low budget?

Modern kitchen with alternating colors and tile back splash.

“What is your home worth? Budgets are derived from the value of the home and your cash flow. If money is tight, make a list and put major priorities on top to make sure those items are taken care of before anything else. It is advisable to set aside twenty percent of your budget to handle the unexpected to be more safe than sorry. There are always budget saving options available such as: using maple butter blocks, countertops made from recycled material, or utilizing tile for a back splash in place of the more expensive marble options.”

4. How long does the kitchen remodeling process usually take?

If you want custom cabinets they should be ordered first since they take the longest to make.

“Generally the time can fluctuate depending on how much work needs to be done on a particular kitchen. Keep in mind that if you decide to choose custom cabinets, they should be the first item ordered since they take the longest to make. An average job can take two months so prepare your meal options accordingly.”

5. Do you incorporate eco-friendly aspects in your design and what are you favorite products? Are you an advocate of eco-friendly solutions?

Countertop made from recycled material, by Vetrazzo.

“Double yes. I can truly get behind the eco-friendly products and often suggest this option to clients. There have been many advancements in price alternatives these past years making eco-friendly a more viable option for everyone. My most recommended options are countertops made from recycled materials and formaldehyde-free plywood for cabinets. Plywood is my choice because it’s easy to work with and good for people who have allergies.”

6. What are some new trends that have been popular in 2011?

“Definitely functionality over design is a major trend that has played into this year. More clients are not over-designing and less over-stylized concepts are currently being applied to kitchens. Less bells and whistles sort of speak.”

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