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How To Choose Custom Kitchen Cabinetry

August 12, 2011

If you consider choosing custom kitchen cabinets an open and shut matter, you are gravely mistaken. Whether it is a new or a remodeled variety that you want, you could have a tough time getting hold of the variety that you want. Since the choices and options are endless; you will really have a tough time finding the item of your choice. Cabinets add up to 70 percent of almost every kitchen’s cost so you need to ensure that you are getting the best return on your investment. A single mistake on your part and it could ruin your entire investment! So make sure that you are carrying out each and every process of selecting your custom kitchen cabinetry with the required amount of attention and precision.

If, you wish to control your costs, and at the same time want to have great looking custom cabinets, you will need to do some research. Or you can even go for the option of purchasing standard sized cabinets and then opting for upgrades. You would have fewer finish options but you would surely get custom kitchen cabinetry at a much lower cost. You can always get custom units which offer the perfect fit and exact dimensions if you are ready to research adequately. Top-quality materials and craftsmanship can be used if you are not on a tight budget and these superior quality items are easily available in the market.

Your first task will be to analyze your kitchen’s layout and cooking habits of your family. Depending on these factors, analyze what you would need to store in your custom kitchen cabinetry. You may even have plans to get accessories for your cabinetry, but for that you need to organize your kitchen activities through the skillful organization of your cabinetry. If you feel that you are not competent enough to carry out the task, seek professional guidance. An architect or a kitchen designer can help you in the process of making choices thereby making the most of your space.

You should always select your cabinetry based on the material used to manufacture it. Take some time to select the wood and the desired finish. Try to choose those which are easy to clean and are durable. Opt for those manufacturers who offer warranties and cover typical repairs. Browse through showroom samples in order to get a broad idea of the items that these manufacturers make. Since custom kitchen cabinetry should be designed on the basis of your desires and demands, you need to spend a good amount of time and energy finding a design that is appropriate for you and your kitchen. You can even get help from your friends and relatives who have purchased such cabinets at some point of time. Their suggestions can be of great help when it comes to choosing your cabinetry.

Custom cabinetry is the best investment you can make in your home improvement. Make your house a home with kitchen cabinetry crafted to your exact requirements for the kitchen you only dare dream of. Now it can be reality. You’ll be surprised how affordable your dream custom kitchen cabinets can be.

Using Tiles To Create A Magnificent Bathroom

August 11, 2011

In earlier decades people didn’t consider the decoration of their bathroom too much. If it looked clean and hygienic then it served its purpose. Highly decorated bathrooms seemed to be set aside for high class restaurants or the rich and famous. Most people would just put up with an old avocado green bathroom suite with matching textured tiles, which were seemingly the only tile design available in those previous decades as they were everywhere! These days we want our bathroom to make more of a statement and what better way than with sparkly galaxy tiles.

Granite tiles are available in a wide range of styles and colors, but a favorite are galaxy granite tiles. They are available in a variety of sizes including mosaic tiles, which can be used to create a frieze effect which could contrast perfectly with the larger galaxy granite tiles. The mosaic tiles come in sheets of around 300mm square which makes them very easy to apply. Each sheet can be trimmed to make them even more versatile.

Galaxy tiles are a type of granite tile, they can be very dark brown or black which feature a myriad of gold or silver flecks giving the appearance of a galaxy full of stars. These granite tiles definitely have an interesting look and when used correctly, can work well in any sized bathroom. After read many bathroom design guides and many state that dark tiles in smaller bathrooms made the space feel too small, however this is not always true. Dark tiles with a white grout create a very definite grid pattern which gives the illusion of more space, and using galaxy granite tiles draws the eye deeper in, almost beyond the grout, further enhancing the illusion of more space.

If you’re not convinced that dark granite tiles are the best choice for your bathroom, sparkly tiles are also available in a wide variety of other colors too. Whether you choose white, cream, green or blue, they’ll all make your bathroom the envy of your friends and family. You don’t have to stick with the boring standard white or off white grout as some beautiful effects can be created using different colored grouts. For example, imagine cream sparkly tiles with a darker earthy grout applied between them, or blue sparkly tiles with a brighter, paler blue grout which will draw out the blue flecks in each tile. Whatever style of tile you choose, feel free to mix and match full size and mosaic tiles together with a creative grout, to create a stunning and unique bathroom design.

Westchester County, NY Fence and Gate Installations

July 19, 2011

Below are some pictures of fences we have recently installed around Westchester County NY. The fences are made out of a synthetic material that is very durable and provide long lasting quality without sacrificing on the physical appearance.

Contact us today to learn more about our fence and gate installation services.

Front Porch Restoration

July 18, 2011

Gerety Building and Restoration has recently completed a porch restoration from a home that we have been restoring in Westchester, NY. The front porch was completely reconstructed using Aeratis Traditions PVC porch flooring. The flooring was selected because of its traditional historical design and durability. The Aeratis flooring is resistant to termites and mold and it is paint ready. Synthetic Trademark Reserve wood was also used for the railing.

For more project photos we invite you to view our deck design, construction and remodeling portfolio.

Kitchen Remodel in Chappaqua NY

July 13, 2011

 

The kitchen is the one room in your home that you will immediately feel the benefits of remodeling since it is one of the most frequented room in most homes. We do our best to make the whole process as easy and painless as possible.

Here is a brief description of a kitchen remodeling project we are in the process of completing:

For this particular kitchen remodel our client decided to go with Candlelight Cabinets.

The Door Style was Nottingham Square and the finish selected was a Davinci Snowflake.

A Model Engineered Oak flooring with a Colonial Stain Semigloss finish was selected (pictures coming soon)

 

Historic Home Restoration

June 30, 2011
  • Stripped paint from antique sash window, to make it operable.
  • Replaced Rotted Wood all around the house with new composite decay-free material.
  • Removed old cracked weathered putty and replaced it with new weather resistant glaze.
  • Replaced old cracked glass with Restoration Glass which is made to look like old glass.

We are also in the process of restoring the front porch as well.

Composite Decking

June 29, 2011

Here is a completed exterior deck that was built with composite exterior flooring. Composite exterior decks offers many benefits compared to traditional wood decks. Here are some of the features of composite flooring:

  • Beautiful solid and tropic hardwood colors and grains.
  • Protective coating for stain and fade resistance.
  • Easy to clean surfaces resist mold.
  • Cooler deck surfaces made of lightweight PVC.
  • Class A flame spread rating.

This composite material can also be used for railing and fencing for the same long lasting, easy maintenance, as the exterior decks. View our complete deck design and construction portfolio here.

Summer Is The Best Time For Home Improvement

June 29, 2011

The heat is on! When everyone’s out vacationing, one of the best ways that smart homeowners do to make use of their time and money is investing them in a home improvement project. So that when the vacationers have had their time of fun under the sun and come home drained physically and financially, there you’ll be sitting pretty and lavishing at all the benefits. From renewed aesthetics, improved functionality and efficiency, better quality of everyday living, to boosted value for your New York home… all these and more can be enjoyed. So if you are thinking about summer home improvement, here are great tips ideal whether you are in Westchester County NY, or Fairfield County CT.

Home Maintenance
There’s no better time to evaluate the condition of your home and property than summer. This makes maintenance tasks another set of important home improvement projects to undertake this season. Here are common places to look into:

  • Roof and gutters
  • Foundation of your home
  • Doors and windows
  • Caulking
  • Gates and fences
  • Weather stripping
  • Exterior painting
  • Siding
  • Water leaks
  • Wooden decks
  • Concrete patios, driveway and walkways

Remodel to Increase Living Space
Whether you plan to extend your living space sidewards, backwards, or upwards; there’s no better time to do such home improvement than on summer time. As most home addition projects require temporarily opening up a portion of the house, these are ideally done when the weather is least wet to avoid delays as well as water and moisture issues. One project worth considering is extending a part of the house to give way to a sunroom. With this, the family can enjoy all the beauty that the every season brings without having to endure the discomforts of the outdoors.