Sunday, June 25, 2017

Pros and Cons of Maple, Cherry and Oak Cabinets


Hi Everyone!

First, let me introduce myself. My name is Pearl, and I'm the new sales assistant at Kitchen Concepts!

Let's get down business - or should I say cabinets! As a new sales assistant at Kitchen Concepts, I have been researching cabinetry so that I can be more helpful to customers when they walk through the door. I thought I'd share what I've learned so far, so in this post I will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of maple, cherry, and oak cabinets.

Maple
Maple is a hardwood with a fine, uniform grain pattern. It is a light-colored wood and is often stained or glazed and sealed with a light finish to bring out its natural color and cream-like textural appearance.

Pros:
  • Versatile. Maple is great for both traditional and contemporary designs. It takes both light and dark stains well.
  • Durable. Maple is one of the strongest, hardest wood types, making it an ideal choice for high-use areas such as kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Affordable. Maple is more expensive than oak, but less expensive than other wood-types.
Cons:
  • Price. Maple is more expensive than some types of wood, such as oak and pine.

   Design Tip: Maple can be stained to mimic a pricier wood such as cherry or mahogany.

Cherry
Cherry has a pinkish-brown hue and a soft, elegant grain pattern. It is one of the most highly sought-after wood types in North America by both consumers and manufacturers because of its beautiful appearance and exceptional durability.

Pros:
  • Durable. Cherry is one of the hardest wood-types. It is very durable and resistant to decay. It is an ideal wood for high-use areas, such as kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Polishes well. Cherry sands to an almost glass-like smoothness, making it exceptionally beautiful when finished.
  • Grain pattern. Cherry’s fine, straight grain makes it perfect for all types of finishes.
  • Natural aesthetic. Even unstained, cherry has a rich, beautiful color.
Cons:
  • Price. Cherry is one of the most expensive types of wood.

Oak
Oak is known for being very hard, heavy, and strong. Its grain characteristics include knots, wormholes, and random varying patterns. Its texture is coarse, and its porous surface takes stains well. Oak is both affordable and durable, which makes it a practical choice for any homeowner.

Pros:
  • Durable. Oak is often cut in a way that makes it resistant to warping.
  • Lightweight. Oak is lighter than other types of wood.
  • Affordable. Oak is less expensive than maple or cherry, and is still attractive and durable.
  • Stains well. Red oak cabinets stain evenly.
Cons:
  • Distinctive grain. Oak has a distinctive grain pattern that may not appeal to all buyers. Also, stain can overly darken and exaggerate the grain and end up looking two-toned.
  • Mineral deposits. Streaks of yellow, green, or even black can appear in oak cabinetry due to mineral deposits in the wood.

I hope you found this post helpful and that it answered your maple, cherry, and oak cabinetry questions! Keep an eye out for next month's post where I'll continue to discuss the pros and cons of other less popular cabinet wood types including pine, hickory, and alder!

If you have any questions in the mean time, do not hesitate to contact Kitchen Concepts or stop by our showroom. Contact information can be found on the homepage of our website.

Thanks for reading and good luck with your kitchen remodel!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Shades of gray

Shades of Gray
 
While white and wood remain the most popular choices for kitchen cabinets, gray has been becoming more and more popular in 2017. This new neutral provides a sleek sophisticated alternative for modern homes. When paired with white or black countertops, gray cabinetry provides an understated backdrop that allows accent colors to really pop. Because gray is a neutral shade, it compliments all hues and pairs well with almost every color, and every wood tone.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

 
 
 
HARDWARE TRENDS FOR SPRING
 
 
  •  Sleek and stylish Drawer Pulls
A great choice for modern and contemporary kitchens, elongated stainless steel drawer pulls enhance kitchens clean lines.
 
 
  • Subtle contrast hardware
Elegant rubbed- bronze hardware highlights dark brown flecks in countertops and contrasts with light- colored cabinetry.
 
 
  • Traditional Elegance
Understated brushed nickel knobs compliment the ornate beveled edges and molding of cabinetry.
 
 
  • Antique Detail Knobs
This vintage inspired hardware collection features unique painted patterns on the knobs and pulls that compliment the design of the kitchen.
 
 
  • Classic Drawer Pulls and Knobs
Dark rubbed- bronze cupped drawer pulls and knobs , paired with clean white cabinetry, enhance kitchens simple classic look.
 
 
  • Eclectic look vs. Traditional knobs
Beaded kitchen hardware is a visually appealing alternative to traditional knobs and pulls.
 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

 
 
 
Q- QUARTZ ADVANTAGE
 
 
 
ENDURING CRAFTSMANSHIP
 
 
 
  • # 1 in performance among all countertop surfaces.
  • Engineered with optimal fusion of quartz and resin.
  • limited residential lifetime warranty.
  • Q premium natural quartz is manufactured using internationally patented bretonstone system of Breton S.p.A ., Italy, as well as state-of-the-art manufacturing systems across the globe.
 
 
 
EXCEPTIONAL DURABILITY & SAFETY
 
 
 
 
  • 99.9% solid, non porous surface provides superior stain, scorch, scratch, and chip resistance.
  • impervious to bacteria and other microorganisms
  • NSF certified.
 
 
 
ENVIORNMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE
 
 
 
 
  • GreenGuard gold certified.
  • Member of the US Green Building Council.

 
 


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Radiant Floor Heat

Radiant Floor Heat

Are Your Feet Cold?

Are your feet cold always cold? Mine are! How amazing would it be to walk around your house during the winter in socks or barefooted and have your floors be warm?  Let's talk about that.

What is radiant heat? 

Radiant Heat: Radiant heating systems supply heat directly to the floor or to panels in the wall or ceiling of a house. The systems depend largely on radiant heat transfer -- the delivery of heat directly from the hot surface to the people and objects in the room via infrared radiation. Radiant heating is the effect you feel when you can feel the warmth of a hot stovetop element from across the room. When radiant heating is located in the floor, it is often called radiant floor heating or simply floor heating. Electric in-floor heating systems generate an even heat throughout your home and will not disturb dust, reducing the chance of possible allergic reactions. What's more, radiant heated floors reduce noise levels and the amount of dry air in your home. There are other benefits to floor heating as well, including financial perks, as they are inexpensive to install and typically don't add more than a quarter to electric bills.
(www.energy.gov/energysaver/radiant-heating)
(www.warmlyyours.com/en-US/floor-heating)

Cost for Radiant heat:
Electric radiant floor heating costs about $5 to $7 per square foot for the materials or $8 to $12 or more per square foot with professional installation.  $6 to $16 a square foot for a professionally installed hydronic radiant floor heating system


RADIANT FLOOR HEAT

There are three types of radiant floor heat:
1. Radiant air floors (air is the heat-carrying medium)
2. Electric radiant floors
3. Hot water (hydronic) radiant floors. 

TYPES OF RADIANT FLOOR HEAT

AIR-HEATED RADIANT FLOORS
Air cannot hold large amounts of heat, so radiant air floors are not cost-effective in residential applications, and are seldom installed. Although they can be combined with solar air heating systems, those systems suffer from the obvious drawback of only producing heat in the daytime, when heating loads are generally lower. The inefficiency of trying to heat a home with a conventional furnace by pumping air through the floors at night outweighs the benefits of using solar heat during the day. Although some early solar air heating systems used rocks as a heat-storage medium, this approach is not recommended (see solar air heating systems).
ELECTRIC RADIANT FLOORS
Electric radiant floors typically consist of electric cables built into the floor. Systems that feature mats of electrically conductive plastic mounted on the subfloor below a floor covering such as tile are also available.
Because of the relatively high cost of electricity, electric radiant floors are usually only cost-effective if they include a significant thermal mass such as a thick concrete floor and your electric utility company offers time-of-use rates. Time-of-use rates allow you to "charge" the concrete floor with heat during off-peak hours (approximately 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.). If the floor's thermal mass is large enough, the heat stored in it will keep the house comfortable for eight to ten hours without any further electrical input, particularly when daytime temperatures are significantly warmer than nighttime temperatures. This saves a considerable number of energy dollars compared to heating at peak electric rates during the day.
Electric radiant floors may also make sense for home additions if it would be impractical to extend the heating system into the new space. However, homeowners should examine other options, such as mini-split heat pumps, which operate more efficiently and have the added advantage of providing cooling.
HYDRONIC RADIANT FLOORS
Hydronic (liquid) systems are the most popular and cost-effective radiant heating systems for heating-dominated climates. Hydronic radiant floor systems pump heated water from a boiler through tubing laid in a pattern under the floor. In some systems, controlling the flow of hot water through each tubing loop by using zoning valves or pumps and thermostats regulates room temperatures. The cost of installing a hydronic radiant floor varies by location and depends on the size of the home, the type of installation, the floor covering, remoteness of the site, and the cost of labor.
(www.energy.gov/energysaver/radiant-heating)

Now you can decide if radiant heat is the right thing for your house.  Keep your feet warm in the winter.