Bradco Teams Up with Habitat for Humanity

Bradco Kitchens and Baths is teaming up with Habitat for Humanity for a good cause. It’s a project called ReStore that’s focused in the Los Angeles area and provides local communities with low-cost improvement materials for buildings and homes.

By compiling new, used, discontinued, or surplus materials, ReStore sells these donated items at reduced prices to the public. Proceeds made support Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles’ commitment to building and remodeling homes in collaboration with low-income families and individuals.

If you are wondering how these items are picked up, trucks are sent out daily to pick up resources you want to donate. You can arrange it by calling 866-SHOP-HFH, and all of your donations are tax-deductible.

To see what materials are accepted and more information on the Habitat ReStore project, click here: QScan02172012_110004

Do it Yourself of Not?

Many people like to be hands on with their home improvement. The general consensus is that when you do it yourself, you save money. While in certain situations this can be true, in most you may be losing money in the long run. If you aren’t certain whether you can do home improvement properly, you should hire a professional. Taking shortcuts can result in many problems down the road.

Here are some examples of situations where you would want to hire a professional:

Tiles – Tiles require correct underlayment, subfloor, and suitable subcountertop to install. The tile quantities that one needs for a job depend on the tile layout. Many DIY enthusiasts miscalculate quantitys and leftovers cannot always be returned.

Cabinets –  These might look easy to install, but there are a lot details involved. Cabinets need to be leveled so future counters can be leveled.  All these require specific tools that makes this project very expensive. Wall cabinets need to be securely and properly installed to assure that they will stay on the wall once loaded up with heavy plates.

Plumbing –  There are many costs involved when pipes are starting to leak. A major hassle with plumbing is the soldering of pipes. This takes a lot of time, preparation, and equipment. If you don’t do it right, you are risking leaky pipes which create mold that is very bad for your health and very expensive to remove.

Electrical Work –  You definitely want to hire a professional when working on electrical projects at home. If these aren’t completed the right way, the results can be life threatening.

This doesn’t mean you should bring in the handyman for some home improvement jobs. There are many you can do yourself. We actually encourage you to learn about your home and the proper maintenance it requires. Knowing how to do it yourself is a great quality to have.  There are many simple projects you can work on. Some possible DIY projects would be the demolition of existing cabinets (although dumping fees are still expensive), repurposing your garage, installing light fixtures, adding final decorative touches (ie: painting).

Being hands on with your home is great, but know when to call someone in. Save yourself long term money, time, research, and the inevitable headache. Hire someone you trust. Of course, you can always call Bradco. Bradco does not perform any contracting service, since it is a retail store. ONLY B&R Construction performs contracting work.

For more ideas on home improvements or help, 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 )

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

Why Choose Green Cabinetry?

Green Cabinetry in the kitchen

Green cabinetry is on the rise and as the world strives to reduce it’s carbon footprint, it’s only going to get bigger. People are becoming more conscious of the environment every day. The great thing about green cabinetry is that it’s good for your health!

So what is it all about? When someone says they want green cabinetry, they are looking for cabinetry with the least toxic materials possible. The cabinetry should also be built from sustainable materials. It’s important to go through the process of FSC certification for your cabinetry especially if you’re trying to build a project that gets lead points (think points from government and tax incentives).

FSC stands for Forest Stewardship Council, and their mission is to promote the environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world’s forests through standards development and certification. This organization has been around since 1993 as a market-based conservation tool to promote responsible forestry. As a business, it’s especially important to have your products FSC certified because they fulfill corporate social and environmental responsibility goals when it comes to green cabinetry. It shows your support for responsible forest management in the eyes of customers, businesses and the public.

Purebond Plywood

Most non-green cabinets contain a very dangerous chemical: urea-formaldehyde, generally found in the glue or preservation of cabinets. The presence of urea-formaldehyde will seep harmful fumes into your household for years. Not only can it can cause runny eyes and nose, but it’s also been proven to cause cancer. This is why you want to buy cabinets compounded from urea formaldehyde-free plywood called PureBond from Colombia Plywood. This product also has low to no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC),  which otherwise could cause asthma or other severe health complications. These VOC chemicals are especially dangerous for children and animals because they sink to the ground and are very difficult to get rid of.

Another option of green cabinetry would be to make your cabinet doors from recycled wood. A factory can have other green components such as recycling sawdust created in-house.  You want to be conscious of all these options to make your green cabinet search as non complicated as possible. The closer the cabinet maker is to the job site, the less carbon footprint there will be on your cabinetry work.

Lyptus Cabinets

So what type of wood products are best to use for green kitchen cabinets? You generally want to use fast growing lumber or grass. The most popular materials would be bamboo, Lyptus (fam of eucalyptus), Alder, European beachwood, etc. All lumber should be readily available and NOT from something like a majestic hundred year old oak tree, which serves better as a tree than your kitchen drawers. For “finishing” your cabinets, you want to use VOC-free stains or water-based stains and paint. Today’s water based stains are more durable than oil based and they don’t turn yellow!

There is virtually no difference in appearance or design between green and regular cabinetry. Be wary of some companies that will try to overcharge you; they’re only slightly more expensive than regular cabinets. They also take the same amount of time to install. You’re getting the same look and process without harming the planet or your body. All of this makes green cabinetry a no-brainer. Start making positive changes in your house by going green and choosing green cabinetry.

For more information on the benefits of green cabinetry or to find out about purchasing this type of material contact us at Bradco Kitchens & Baths
6011 West Pico Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (424) 209-2309
Fax: 323.939.9354

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.

Mr. & Mrs. Rick Fritz

A few weeks back your company helped repair our kitchen cabinents.The work done along with the services we received was prompt and courteous. The workmanship of the repair was excellent also. Knowing that Bradco backs up their merchandise and sends quality firms such as yourselves out to their customers will have us returning to your store.

Thank you. Happy Holidays to everyone at Bradco and B&R Construction. Kindest regards.

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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If you have any questions about any products or services of Bradco Kitchens contact us at:

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

Bert P. Arons, Los Angeles

Dear Michael: It was in May that a final contract was signed and agreed upon to commence work on the remodeling of our kitchen and master bathroom. At that time it was the culmination of much research by my wife, and sometimes me tagging along, for the last 2 1/2 years. I was also convinced it was the right decision on how the kitchen was to be done as to the other options we had explored. My wife is tremendously thorough and had looked into all different ways to redo a kitchen before meeting you the first time. It was after that meeting that she was convinced she had found the person to work with on this project. I was then summoned to meet you and validate this decision. The following is a synopsis of what transpired after that day. We have done considerable work to our house since we first purchased it some 27 years ago and as such have had many dealings with contractors and alike that have made proposals we couldn’t refuse. I don’t think we have missed any room in our house, or for that matter outside as well. I guess you could say we have constantly tried to improve what we thought, at the time , the most beautiful house ever built. The moral of this expose is that I don’t think we ever got what we were promised. The stories are too gruesome to retell and as I’m getting into my senior years I really try to forget what has transpired in the past and look forward to the future. And so with much trepidation I signed the contract with Bradco Kitchens and Bath to make our kitchen beautiful again. I even went so far as to suggest that we put in a late clause if you could not complete the job in a suitable manner time wise. You were so convincing that it was not going to be a problem that I decided, much to my amazement, to go along one more time to see if we had finally found the right man for the job. Michael, your team of artists, and I mean that sincerely, overwhelmed us right from the start. They showed up for work on the first day and did not stop until they had accomplished what had been promised. I cannot spell all their names but I made it a point to inform you of how terrific these guys were. Roberto was always on top of things and when any questions arose he took care of them immediately if not sooner. He is truly a jewel and if I were to go back into business he would be my first employee. Since I am somewhat fastidious when it comes to picking up after a mess, I was pleasantly surprised when your men would show up at the end of the day and take away the trash. That was great. In addition, even at the very end when sometimes a lackadaisical attitude appears, your people were right on time and making sure that we were taken care of right up to the end. Thank you. If at any time you would like to bring people over to show them what you did, we would be happy to make the kitchen available. Our master bathroom is wonderful as well and was completed without incident and is open for inspection. Please feel free as well to have anyone call us for a recommendation and to confirm that we actually wrote this letter of satisfaction. If we ever need some work done in the future, and you know my wife, you will certainly be the ones we call. Without exception. Thank you Thank you Thank you!