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What’s New From Crystal Cabinets

Multi-Functional Room Designed with Crystal Cabinetry

Multi-Functional Room Designed with Crystal Cabinetry

There are plenty of new things going on with Crystal Cabinets, one of our favorite cabinet brands. Kitchen Views carries both custom and semi-custom lines of Crystal Cabinets, a company known for their strong environmental ethics. Our offerings include Crystal’s GreenQuest line of frameless, environmentally-friendly cabinetry, which qualify for points in LEED certification. We also design with and sell their more affordable semi-custom line which also features the same green construction and finishes of their custom lines.

For 2011, Crystal Cabinets has plenty of great new finishes and door styles to announce, as well as adding a new wood species, walnut, to their cabinetry lines. In particular, Crystal now offers a new cabinet coating, LuxGuard. This exclusive coating has, quote:

“…enhanced depth of color and durability, with a touchable, silky feel like no other! LuxGuard coating is applied to all of our stains and Signature paints in standard or flat sheen in all product lines.” (Crystal Cabinet Works, “What’s New”)

Traditional Kitchen Designed with Crystal Cabinets

Traditional Kitchen Designed with Crystal Cabinets

You can learn more about LuxGuard and other new product line innovations by Crystal Cabinets on their What’s New page. Visit a Kitchen Views showroom near you to learn more about Crystal Cabinets.

John Allen: Coping With An Uneven Ceiling When Crown Moulding and Cabinets

Ultracraft Tuscany - crown moulding below ceiling

Ultracraft Tuscany cabinets with crown moulding below ceiling

Most people may not realize this, but often the ceilings in their homes are not flat. They could be slightly sloped, have high and low spots or a combination of all of these.

This condition can be created as a house settles as it ages or the ceiling may have been made uneven to start with. Rolling or uneven ceilings go mostly unnoticed because light usually shines down in a room and does not highlight the flaws in a ceiling.

Uneven ceilings can create issues in kitchens when it comes to crown or other mouldings that finish out the tops of cabinets. Properly installed cabinets are flat and level. If the ceiling above the cabinets is not flat and level, crown moulding will touch the ceiling at one point and have significant gaps at others. Caulking the seam between the moulding and the ceiling is not advisable since the gap between the ceiling and molding will swell and shrink with the seasons and the caulk line will open up over time.

The two best solutions for dealing with this are having the crown moulding not extend all the way to the ceiling or using flat stock above the cabinets.

Stopping the moulding below the ceiling may not be as attractive as crown moulding that fills all the space above the cabinets, but it is an improvement over unsightly gaps.

Using flat stock as a moulding gives the installer the ability to scribe (cut away) portions of the moulding and bring it all the way to the ceiling. The flat face of the moulding still looks clean and attractive even if some of in needs to be cut down. Typical crown moulding has too much detail to trim part of it away without affecting the appearance.

Finding out if a ceiling has issues early in the design process can help address and solve problems before they become a major problem.

Working with the Kitchen Views Design Team provides you with a well-trained person trouble-shooting your particular situation and making the process go smoothly.

John Allen, Showroom Manager
Kitchen Views at National Lumber
15 Needham Street, Newton, MA 02461
617-244-8020
Email: jallen@kitchenviews.com
Web: www.kitchenviews.com

Lee Turner: The Underside of Wall Cabinets

When you are installing new kitchen cabinets, do not forget about the underside of the wall cabinets. In most cases, a piece of moulding is installed along the bottom edge of the cabinet frame, either for decoration or as a light rail to conceal the light fixtures, but this does not cover the seams and box construction of cabinets (see picture below).

Underside of Wall Cabinet

However, if there is a seating area such as a table, island or peninsula, the underside of the wall cabinet box construction is visible and not attractive to view. Below are several solutions that may be used on both framed and frameless cabinets.

1.  Place ¾ matching finished solid stock – the depth of the wall cabinet box  (one face and edge finished) and attach to bottom of cabinet with blind nails.

2.   Place a ¾ matching solid stock ¾ to 1 ½’ deeper than cabinet box (finished both faces and one long edge) with profiled edge of choice and attach to box as above.

3.   A ¼ matching plywood panel and light rail moulding are applied to the bottom in either of the two methods as illustrated below.

Omega Cabinet Installation Option Details Diagram

All of the above could be used with under cabinet lighting, but the lighting would be completely or partially proud (beyond) of the bottom of the cabinet box. Or, if puck lighting is used, the electrician could recess the fixture in the panel if it is a framed cabinet installation.

To completely hide the under cabinet lighting from standing position in work area, the light rail would have to measure between 1 ½”- 2 +” and ¼” paneling attached to cabinet behind the light rail and to bottom of cabinet, as shown below:

For a complete diagram of the finished undersides available from Omega Cabinets, visit this PDF on our website. To learn more about the many different options for wall cabinets, contact your nearest Kitchen Views showroom.

Lee Turner
Kitchen Views at National Lumber
15 Needham St, Newton, MA 02461
617-244-8020
Email: lturner@kitchenviews.com
Web: www.kitchenviews.com

Get to Know Your Cabinet Sides

As our customers begin their kitchen design process they have numerous questions about what makes up cabinets. When it comes to the construction of the cabinet boxes themselves, the materials that I am asked about most frequently are plywood, furniture board (which is often called particle board), solid wood and MDF. Here are some brief descriptions of the strengths of these products:

Plywood, along with Furniture Board, is the most common of the materials used in the manufacture of a cabinet box. It is made by taking overlapping layers of wood veneers and glue and pressing them into sheets. The end product is comparatively light, very strong and long lasting. Plywood costs more than furniture board and can add to the price of a cabinet but it is still a very desirable product for cabinet construction.

Furniture Board is a modernized version of particle board. It is denser and made at higher pressure with better glues than its older cousin. Whereas particle board would have issues of swelling when exposed to moisture, the newer furniture board is stronger and more resistant to moisture. I was skeptical when I was initially told this by one of our sales reps. He stated that furniture board could survive direct contact with moisture without failing. I took a shelf from one of our displays and submerged it in my bathtub overnight. The next day the shelf was fine and once it dried out it went back into our display. Naturally, do not try this with your cabinets, but it does illustrate how far the material has come.

Some manufacturers will offer cabinet boxes that are made of solid wood. These are staves that have been glued up into panels and made into the sides, tops and bottoms of cabinets. This is not used as much because of the large amount of hardwood lumber it consumes and because of issues with cabinet stability. Solid hardwood still expands and contracts depending on the ambient humidity. A side panel on a base cabinet is 24 inches wide and can grow 3/8” to ½” in higher humidity and shrink the same amount in dry climes.

Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF), while an excellent material for wood and thermofoil laminate cabinet doors and center panels on painted doors, does not lend itself well to cabinet construction. It is considerably heavier than plywood, furniture board and hardwood. It also does not hold fasteners as well as the above materials. As a result, it is not offered as a material for cabinet boxes. Because they are both materials manufactured from wood residuals, MDF and Furniture Board are often confused with one another.

The vast majority of cabinets for the home are made from Furniture Board and Plywood. Each cabinet company manufactures their product with material that best meets their structural and budgetary specifications. Knowing the materials that make up cabinets will assist in making the best decisions for your design project.

John Allen, Showroom Manager
Kitchen Views at National Lumber
15 Needham St.
Newton, MA 02461
617-244-8020
Email: jallen@kitchenviews.com
Web: www.kitchenviews.com

Lisa Zompa: Types of Cabinet Glazing Techniques

Lisa Zompa, Kitchen Views Designer, Warwick, Rhode Island

Lisa Zompa, Kitchen Views at National, Warwick, Rhode Island

With 8 years of experience in kitchen and bathroom design, and an interior design degree, Lisa joined Kitchen Views in early 2010 to serve the Rhode Island area. She now works directly out of our Warwick, RI showroom. You can view Lisa’s profile here.

Who would have ever thought that there are so many decisions to make when picking out the cabinetry?  Besides the door style, wood type, and overlay (inset, framed, stained, painted), there are also glazing techniques to choose from, if you decide to do so.

Glazing is a technique used to highlight or accentuate the details of the door style you choose.  The glaze will look different as the door style changes.  It can be subtle or extremely obvious.  Glaze can be applied to either a stained or painted door.  It is usually hand applied and wiped off so every piece will not look the same.

Here is an example taken from Schrock of the same glaze combination on different door styles:

Glaze Examples - Galena and Huxley

Schrock's Galena and Huxley door styles with Amaretto Créme finish

Your choices for glazed colors will depend on the cabinet line.  Some cabinet manufacturers will offer certain color combinations and have names for those combinations. Other cabinet lines will allow you to choose a stain or paint, and then choose from a range of glaze colors.  The most common glaze colors are white, brown, pewter, and onyx.  As the cabinet lines become closer to a custom line, you will have even more choices, such as the type of glaze and how pronounced it will be. This means that they will offer a dry, wet, pen highlight, light, medium, or heavy application, to name a few.

You can find examples of Dry, Pen, and Wet Glazes and more here on the glazes page of Omega Cabinetry.

Whatever door style or glaze you choose, your Kitchen Views designer will help you to make your kitchen both beautiful and made to last.

Lisa Zompa
Kitchen Views at National
3356 Post Rd,
Warwick, RI 02886
401-921-0400
lzompa@kitchenviews.com

Introducing the Merillat CoreGuard™

Merillat CoreGuard™ installed in a Merillat Classic Tolani Maple Chiffon cabinet

Merillat CoreGuard™ Sink Base installed in a Merillat Classic under sink cabinet

At the 2010 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas in January, Merillat introduced its newest cabinetry innovation, the Merillat CoreGuard™, a new sink base cabinet which resists damage from leaks and spills.

“A lot can happen under your sink,” Mark Ayers, Merillat’s Vice President of Marketing says, “Leaks and spills can lead to stains and damage. CoreGuard helps protect your cabinetry investment.”

This innovative new product is available from Kitchen Views in both 30″ and 36″ widths, exclusively with Merillat Classic. It comes with a 25 year limited warranty.

To learn more about the Merillat CoreGuard sink base cabinet contact your local Kitchen Views showroom.

Dennis Serge: Cabinet Overlay

Dennis Serge, Designer at Kitchen Views in Mansfield, MA

In this era of instant communication and access to just about anything on the Internet, I have noticed that the customers who come into our showrooms are much more well versed regarding cabinet terminology and construction features than they ever have been before. I have also noticed, however, that there still seems to be confusion in some people’s minds when it comes to discussing cabinet “overlay”.

Basically, there are three terms to remember, standard or partial overlay, full overlay, and inset. In all three, the cabinet box size does not change — the differences are in the size of the doors and drawer fronts.

STANDARD OR PARTIAL OVERLAY

Partial Frame Overlay

When viewing standard overlay cabinets, the front frames of the cabinetry are visible around the doors and drawer fronts. This is also sometimes referred to as a traditional overlay and is still a popular choice, particularly in older, more vintage homes. It also has the advantage of being the least expensive option.

FULL OVERLAY

Full Framed Overlay

On full overlay cabinetry, the doors and drawer fronts are over-sized and virtually all of the cabinet framework is hidden by them. Although a more expensive option than the standard overlay, there are two advantages to this construction. First is accessibility. Full overlay cabinets with double doors do not have a center stile between the doors as part of the frame that you need to reach around or behind. Many customers are very appreciative of this feature. Also, most manufacturers will offer a wider variety of door styles to choose from in full overlay than they do in standard.

INSET

Inset Overlay

Inset doors are the most expensive of the three options, and until recently were usually available only from the manufacturers of custom cabinetry. In this option, the doors and drawer fronts do not overlay the cabinet frames at all. Rather, as the name suggests, they are inset flush with the cabinet frame. This can create some dramatic effects and the rich look of fine furniture.

Let your Kitchen Views design professional help choose the overlay style that is right for your tastes, your home, and your budget.

Dennis Serge
Showroom Manager
Kitchen Views at National Lumber
71 Maple St
Mansfield, MA 02048
Tel: 508-339-8020 x 5617
dserge@kitchenviews.com

Merillat is “Talking Storage”

Merillat Cabinet Storage Option # 1Merillat Cabinet Storage Option # 2Merillat Cabinet Storage Option # 3

Merillat knows that the topic of storage resonates with everyone. They have many new options for all your storage and cabinet organization needs.

Visit Merillat’s “Cabinet Accessories and Organization Ideas” page for more information on their various storage solutions.

Green Options: Clear As Crystal Cabinets

Kitchen with Crystal Cabinets

Kitchen Views understands that the trend towards using green products is one that is for the better of both the environment and our lifestyles. Therefore, we are proud to carry a semi-custom line of green cabinetry at each one of our showrooms.

GreenQuest by Crystal is manufactured by Crystal Cabinetry, a company with a legacy of strong environmental ethics. In addition to selling these fine environmentally-friendly cabinets, Kitchen Views has an exclusive arrangement with Crystal to design with and sell their more affordable semi-custom line using their green construction and finishes at each of our  kitchen showroom locations.

We recognize that there are a multitude of reasons a client may choose green products. Some are interested in healthier indoor air, while others are concerned with reducing environmental impact. Green building also can save money due to the efficient use of energy, water and materials. Crystal’s GreenQuest cabinet line offers multitude of options allowing customers to create their cabinetry by choosing green materials and features that are especially important to them and their projects. GreenQuest cabinets earn all of the available points for most green building ratings systems, including LEED.

You can learn more about Crystal Cabinets on the Kitchen Views website. Also, visit Crystal Cabinetry’s website for more information on their green product line. Kitchen Views showrooms also carry a wide variety of green, environmental options for countertops, including Silestone ECO. You can also find a summary of Kitchen Views’ green offerings on the Green page on our website.

What on Earth Does “Door Overlay” Mean?

Brandy Souza, Kitchen Views at National Lumber

In the language of cabinet design, what on earth does “door overlay” mean?

When speaking with a designer about renovating your kitchen, have you been asked about your preference for “door overlay”? While you are quite familiar with the current cabinets you use daily, most homeowners would just shrug their shoulders at this question. Yet it’s an important consideration when planning your new kitchen. We’re here to educate you on the available products and their construction so that you can make informed decisions.

 

Here are four common door overlays, with basic descriptions:

Framed – Full,  Framed – Partial, Inset,  Frameless

 

Framed = Full or Partial, the cabinet box face is seen around the cabinet door and drawer. This is a traditional cabinet style.

Inset = the cabinet door and drawer face are set into the cabinet box. This is a traditional furniture style.

Frameless = the cabinet box is not “framed” on the front, and only the cabinet door and drawer face are seen. This is a modern, European style.

 

Now, going beyond surface appearances, here is what the term “door overlay” indicates in the basic construction of the cabinet:

Framed cabinets have a ¾ inch hardwood frame that is attached to the sides, top and bottom and overhangs each side ¼ inch. The door sets on top of the frame. A full overlay is a larger door that leaves a small amount of face frame to be viewed. A partial overlay means that the door is smaller, revealing more of the frame. If you can stick two or more of your fingers between the doors, you have a partial overlay cabinet.

Inset cabinets are a framed cabinet that has the door inset into the frame. This provides a look more like furniture. However, changes in humidity will have an effect on the functioning of doors and drawers. In New England, humidity levels change with the seasons. Because the door is set into the frame, it can stick during summer when the wood swells in high humidity. When humidity decreases in winter, you can see spaces around the doors as the wood contracts. You will not see these problems if you control the humidity at around 50 percent year-round with the use of air-conditioning in summer and humidifiers in winter.

Frameless cabinets are essentially a box with finished front edges but no face frame. The door and drawer front completely cover the box front. This allows wider drawers and gives you full access to your cabinets with no “lip” in the way as you move items in and out.

For answers to any more of your cabinet or design questions, please call us at Kitchen Views 508.DESIGNS [337.4467].

 

Brandy L. Souza, General Manager
Kitchen Views at National Lumber
120 Welby Rd
New Bedford, MA 02745
Office: 508-990-8020 x 3163
Fax: 508-742-1498
bsouza@kitchenviews.com


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