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A Special Offer To Help You Remodel Your Closet

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If you’re ready to tackle your closet and get organized, you may want to enlist a design professional who has the experience to guide you in your design to maximize the capability of your space. Kitchen Views recommends working with Closet Factory for your project because they have the knowledge and expertise to provide you with the best system that will work for you and your home.

Currently, they are offering $500 in free accessories with your purchase of $2,500 in product. This special promotion is running through October 30, 2013.

Contact Debbie Anastos, Senior Designer at Closet Factory – Call 617-620-8963 or email debbie.anastos@closetfactory.com. To receive this special discount, mention that you are a customer or an employee of Kitchen Views or National Lumber.

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beautiful maple wood closet designed by Closet Factory, MA

Photo credit: Closet Factory, Boston, MA

An Amazing Hideaway Closet – An organized storage space helps you enjoy life

beautiful maple wood closet designed by Closet Factory, MA

Photo credit: Closet Factory, Boston, MA

Creating a space that affords you the luxury of streamlining everyday tasks is an ongoing objective for most of us. With daily chores and household tasks to be done, having your living space organized will allow you to spend more time doing things you love. No one wants to get bogged down sorting through a stack of papers or spend hours looking for that something you put in a “safe place.”  Have you ever hidden something in your closet for a little while, only to find it years later? That closet just may need some TLC to make it function fully for you.

To get you started, grab a paper and pen to write down your ideas and answers to the next few questions. Spend some time looking at your closet. Think about where it’s located and how it’s used.

  • How big is the space?ventilated shelving unit for storage and organization
  • Who uses the space and how often?
  • What is stored in there?
  • What do you need to store away for daily or weekly use?
  • Where do you store seasonal items?
  • Is the space used in a practical way?
  • Or are things just piled in there?

Once you read your own responses, you will have a better understanding of how that closet can be better utilized. If the project seems overwhelming, you may benefit by working with a professional closet designer. Our Kitchen Views division recommends Closet Factory for custom closet design. If you wish to work with a more economical budget, we can help with that! One of the many services we offer is installation of ventilated closet shelving systems, through our Pro Insulators division.

Depending on where the closet is and how it will be used, shelving is always a must have. Whether you opt for a custom closet cabinetry system or a budget friendly ventilated shelving system, the ultimate goal is to design a space that fits your specific needs. Depending on the design and style you like, you can decide if you want to include drawers or baskets, where you want hanging rods and space for loose items and small storage. Decorative boxes and accessories can be added to store things such as hats, shoes and handbags.

organized closet storage space

Photo credit: Closet Factory, Boston, MA

The fall is a great time to start a closet redesign. This time of year brings the end of summer, the start of the school year and preparations for the upcoming winter and holiday seasons. Each occasion has items associated with it that you may need to shuffle in and out of storage. Having a well-organized system will make moving things around more manageable and make more efficient use of your time.

Making your spaces organized, and practicing a more streamlined life, is easier than ever, with tons of options sure to suit your individual needs. Find ideas you like and create the space to work for you.

Now that you’re not spending hours looking for that gift you know you hid in the closet a while ago, what will you do?

Observe Your Holiday Cooking Habits This Independence Day

Happy Independence Day from Kitchen Views at National Lumber

There are certain times during the year when you spend more time in the kitchen making, and baking, things for a special occasion. This week, pay attention to your kitchen habits while you’re preparing that yummy dish to share at your Fourth of July cookout.

Do you find that you like to spread out all the ingredients, dishes and pots and pans you’ll need? Maybe you have limited counter space so spreading everything out is not an option for you. If a smaller kitchen is the case, you’ve probably mastered the skills to improvise and work methodically. Whichever the case may be, be observant of how you use your kitchen.

Knowing your preparation and cooking habits will clearly define your needs. If you’re thinking about remodeling your current kitchen, think of the essentials you absolutely must have in order for you to work fluently. Look around at the layout and think about how you flow as you’re preparing and cooking. Is everything in a place that makes sense to support your independent cooking habits? If not, write your ideas down as to what you think may make your life a little easier in the kitchen. That way, when the time comes for you to work with your own professional kitchen designer, you will be prepared.

You will be able to express what works for you in your kitchen and what doesn’t. From that, your designer can offer you suggestions and solutions for you to consider. An experienced designer is an integral part of your remodeling team because he or she may have the foresight to identify possible so called obstacles in the remodeling process, and the expertise on how to avert certain issues; thus saving you money in the long run.

Having your kitchen remodeled is a big undertaking, no doubt. However, once your project is complete, you will have the liberty to cook as you please and the freedom to tell everyone how much you love your new kitchen! Don’t forget to leave your online review about your experience. Read more about why your online review is important here.

From Kitchen Views at National Lumber, we wish you and your family a safe, healthy and wonderful Happy Independence Day!

Our locations will be honoring holiday hours on Thursday and Friday. Call your local showroom to find out their holiday schedule.

Defining Your Style with Cabinetry

There are many ways you can dress your home to create your dream space. Your home is a reflection on you through your style and what makes you feel happy. When you have guests, you want everyone to feel welcomed, relaxed and just as happy as you are to be there.

Contemporary style living room shown using custom cabinetry

Cabinets aren’t just for the kitchen anymore.

Before you start the project, hire an expert; someone to guide and assist you throughout the entire process. We have talented designers on staff here at Kitchen Views. Their knowledge of products is unparalleled and their foresight into potential issues makes them extremely valuable to have on your remodeling team. Once you have a designer you are comfortable with, you can then begin to weigh out your options and start creating your budget and timeline. The most prominent style defining item in your new space will be your cabinetry.  With so many options available, whether they are custom made, semi-custom or stock cabinetry, you have the opportunity to create your dream home. Working with your designer, you will determine which option will be the best fit for your budget, timeline, and most importantly, your home. Below we summarize the differences between these types of cabinets.

The most economical option is to use stock cabinets. They come in standard sizes and finish colors, and offer little to no modifications. There are options available to spruce up their functionality such as pull out baskets to hide the trash receptacle, or pull out shelving to keep items like spices neatly organized. These cabinets are usually readily available, making it easier to keep your remodel timeline on track.

Stylish bedroom showing multiple cabinets in contrasting colors

The neutral color scheme in this bedroom allows contrasting cabinets to be used as decoration as well as storage space.

If you want to tailor your space closer to your own style, you may look into adding semi-custom or custom cabinets. The addition of semi-custom products allows you to add more personal touches to make your kitchen more unique to fit your lifestyle. Features such as soft close doors and large drawers for storage can be included. You will find more door styles and color options, and the finish on these is better than the finish on a standard stock cabinet. If you choose to use semi-custom cabinetry, you’ll want to plan your timeline accordingly as these may take 4-8 weeks to be delivered.

Sometimes, the most desirable option for your particular remodel would be the choice of having your cabinets’ custom made, whether it is a custom size or finish. In this category you will get the most impeccable quality of cabinet. There are more wood species to choose from. You have the ability to choose the color, the finish and finish techniques to ultimately define your space your way. Some manufacturers even have color matching ability to give you exactly what color you are looking for. The cabinet can be created in any size and to fit any configuration. Choosing this option is the most expensive, and extends the timeline, because these cabinets can take anywhere from 6-12 weeks to deliver.

Irpina transitional entertainment center

This transitional style entertainment room used mixed cabinetry from Irpinia to make a visual statement and provide plenty of storage.

No matter what type of cabinetry you choose for your new living space, there are many options out there to decorate and accessorize with. Your dream space will reflect your personality and your style. When you dream it, we will design it!

Visit a Kitchen Views showroom near you, where the designers are pros and the views are yours.

The Pros and Cons of Under Counter Appliances

Designed to Inspire

Are you planning a kitchen remodel in the future? Do you often find yourself longing for more counter space? While you are planning, and determining your budget, you may want to consider some of these space saving ideas suggested by Shelly Amoroso, a designer in San Francisco. Knowing your spatial and financial limits, you will have the ability to really maximize on your new kitchen’s functionality.

under counter warming draw is great kitchen appliance to include in your kitchen design if you do a lot of entertaining

A warming draw is great option if you do a lot of entertaining

From a modular refrigerator to double duty drawers, the following article enlightens the homeowner on how to make the most of your kitchen using under the counter appliances. As with any design project, there are pros and cons to consider.  While you plan your wish list, think about what matters most to you. Then you can decide to integrate the best system that will work for you.  Click here to read the full article about The Pros and Cons of Undercounter Appliances, by Leilani Marie Labona.

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Hafele SmartCab Kitchen Cabinet Storage System

Hafele SmartCab Kitchen Cabinet Storage System

When we first shared the new SmartCab kitchen cabinet storage system from Häfele on Pinterest, it got a lot of love, to the tune of 6 likes and 16 re-pins. Known more for their cabinetry hardware, Hafele is offering a storage solution that can fit into virtually any kitchen design. The SmartCab system is designed to maximize the use of those narrow cabinet areas in your kitchen. They are designed to fit into 15- or 18-inch cabinets with a drawer above the door, as is the case with standard base cabinets. Hafele’s SmartCab can be customized to be able to store a wide variety of household items. Whether you need a handy place for your cutting boards, or a spice organizer, or somewhere to keep your foil and wrap rolls, the SmartCab system can offer a solution.

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Storage Solutions for the Bath from KraftMaid Cabinets

Just like their kitchen cabinets, KraftMaid offers a wide range of storage solutions for their bathroom vanities, as well. In the bathroom, just like in the kitchen, every little space should be utilized for all the things you need in the room when you need them. Below is one such example of space saving storage solutions.

KraftMaid Cabinets Vanity Filler Pull-out

This vanity filler pull-out from KraftMaid cabinets helps you organize and store small items that may otherwise be stuck in a drawer or up on higher shelves.

KraftMaid is always coming up with new and innovative storage solutions for their cabinets. Here are a couple new options that have recently become available:

Similar to those used for a kitchen appliance garage cabinet, KraftMaid now offers a vertical lift door for their vanities. This new option offers easy access to items tucked behind the square bottom door. The three shelves in the upper section are adjustable for storing whatever you might need at hand: towels, bulky items, or personal products.

A vertical lift door cabinet for the vanity – a beautiful and handy storage solution.

Corner cabinets have become very popular in the kitchen, and now KraftMaid is offering a corner Lazy Susan option for the bath as well. This corner option maximizes available storage space and enables you to easily “turn a corner in a design.” They are currently available in size 33″ wide by 21″ deep and 34½” high.

KraftMaid Vanity Wood Lazy Susan

A Lazy Susan for the bath

KraftMaid offers an almost endless selection of door styles, finishes, functional storage solutions and decorative enhancements that allow you to customize your home to suit your style with cabinetry made just for you. To learn more about KraftMaid storage solutions for the bath, visit KraftMaid’s Bath Storage Solutions webpage.

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