Non-Toxic Cabinetry for Your Kitchen

Remodeling that is done to a kitchen is one of the biggest choices when making a change to the look of your home. This means that you have various choices to make that include the type of cabinets that will be installed. One option that you should consider is to use non-toxic cabinetry. An article that is found on the Green Conscience website talks about why a non-toxic kitchen is a good way that you can be green and help the environment.

“Green building refers to construction and renovation practices that use natural resources wisely in order to prevent damage to the environment and our physical health..”

An important fact from the EPA is that indoor air is up to five times as polluted as outside air. This can result from many factors, such as building materials.

One aspect of your kitchen is the cabinetry. Cabinetry can be made from materials including wood and particle board with a wood veneer. However, the paint or stain used on the exterior of the cabinetry can include toxic chemicals. There is also the glue used to bind joints that contains urea-formaldehyde which is a cancer causing compound.

Our cabinetry uses an adhesive that is non-toxic and is free of formaldehyde. This means that there will be no off-gas that is released. The wood that is used to construct the cabinetry is obtained from a forest that is being properly sustained and managed.

The finish that is applied to cabinets is water-based. This is important as a paint and stain needs to have a water base to be considered green. Finishes that contain oils give off hydrocarbons are not considered environmentally safe.

If you have any questions about the use of non-toxic cabinetry for your remodeled kitchen, then contact us for additional information. You can also look through our gallery of traditional kitchens that will fit any budget.

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

Jeffery Marr

With the check for the last payment of my bathroom renovation project enclosed, I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you that you that working with your design and construction teams far exceeded my expectations.  Chuck, Ana, Ryan, David and Manny were a pleasure to work with on this project and they represent your firm and their professions well.

With this being my first home renovation project, I already had some reservations about it.  And, hearing the experiences of friends and colleagues with similar projects only multiplied my misgivings.  In hindsight, I can say the smartest step I made in this project was to walk into your showroom in December and start working with your team.  Each of them entered my project when I was about to start the construction phase and a number of decisions had yet to be made.  Each of them stepped in and their work maintained the continuity we were trying to recapture.  They all provided a degree of professional and polished insight, experience, expertise, and advice that was truly unexpected and gave me the reassurance I needed to move forward with my project.  I truly believe that their efforts to truly understand client’s needs beyond blueprints and schedules makes your firm standout as unique.  The results of their efforts are very impressive and I’ve received compliments for the redesign and reconstruction.  Indeed, I would recommend your team without hesitation.

I am hopeful that sometime this spring, I can start planning a kitchen renovation project with your team.  Please convey to everyone my appreciation for all of the help to me and my good wishes for a superb year ahead.

Yelp Review By Burt H.

Our BradCo kitchen is fantastic!

We worked with BradCo about a year ago for a full kitchen remodel.  We have custom cabinets, quartz countertops, and all the appliances and goodies that we wanted.  My wife still loves to show off the easy-close drawers and cupboards when people come over.

Working with the BradCo folks was great — they made the entire process very easy.  We were shown the complete range of options, were able to visualize what the kitchen would look like when done, and had all of our questions answered.  While we dealt with a few different people there, Michael, the owner, took an active interest in our project to ensure that things were good from start to finish.

We’ve had our kitchen for about 9 months now and could not be happier!

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Citysearch Review by Karen6248

It’s been eight months since we gutted and remodeled a full kitchen, master bath, and powder room, plus assorted other changes to our home, and we couldn’t be happier with the results. We even still love the contractor – and how many people can say that after a major remodel?

Our successful experience started with a design consultation at Bradco to discuss ideas for a new kitchen. We had done a major remod on a previous home a few years ago and were still stinging with annoyance and disappointment at the workmanship and the impossibility of getting the job finished. Needless to say, we were gun-shy!

The Bradco designer worked within our stated budget and never tried to “sell up.” When choices were made to upgrade, the decision was always initiated by my husband or me. One thing that surprised and delighted us is that we spent significantly less money for this kitchen than we did with the other contractor, but the quality of materials and installation we got this time are far superior.

We decided to have B&R, the contracting end of the Bradco “family” do our entire remodel, and there was never a moment’s hesitation about the integrity or skill of each man who worked in our home. Although we weren’t living there yet, the B&R men still attempted to keep the place as tidy as the circumstances would allow.

Much to our surprise, Eli, Many, Julio, and all of the others involved in the construction management and on the job labor showed up when they said they would – again, quite remarkable in this field.

We love using our kitchen and baths, and we still haven’t gotten over admiring the results. Of course, like with any other venture such as this, there’s been the occasional need to tweak or fix something. We’ve marveled at the speed of the response from both Bradco and B&R and the good cheer with which they approach any of our subsequent requests. And this is many months since the last invoice was paid in full.

In re-reading what I’ve written I fear I must sound like a shill for the company. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Rather, we just feel so grateful after our earlier remodel experience to have found an organization which does high quality work at reasonable prices, and with the follow through we all want when investing so much time, money, and effort into our homes.

Pros: Responsive, skillful, talented staff

Cons: None

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Insider Pages Review By Joe B.

Bradco Kitchens & Baths has delivered what they promised

We recently completed our Kitchen remodel with Bradco kitchens and we want to tell everyone that it was a pleasure do deal with them. From the owner Michael to all his staff we were never disappointed. Friends warned us that a remodel is always a stressful. Well, go to Bradco and they will prove you wrong. The price was right, their cabinetry is of high quality, everything was on time and budget. Thank you Bradco for the great kitchen you provided for us. Also special thanks to Eli from B&R Construction who managed the actual construction work and Ana our Designer for her diligent handholding.We love you guys.

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