7 Things You Can Do To Get The Most Of Your Home Office

Your home office gives you the freedom to skip the morning commute and even work in your pajamas if you want.

However, it’s important to make the most of the space you have to create an office that fits your work needs. Whether it’s a large space or something as tiny as a closet, the right cabinets and furniture give you a work oasis that makes your job seem more enjoyable.

If you’re just creating your first home office or remodeling your old one, don’t just settle for a chair and desk. Get more from your home office than you ever thought possible.

1. Start With Cabinets

While a desk and chair might seem like the combination to organize the rest of your office around, your cabinets should be the top priority. Why? Every office needs storage. Whether it’s shelves to store a few books or floor-to-ceiling cabinets to store equipment, storage is a must.

The good news is you can create any type of home office cabinets you want. Just a few common options include:

  • Floor-to-ceiling on one or more walls
  • Cabinets along the lower half to double as extra workspace
  • Cabinets along the upper half to maximize vertical space
  • Extension of your desk
  • Free-standing cabinets and bookcases

Another benefit of starting with your cabinets is you’re also able to create the entire atmosphere for the room. Want a deep, old-school look? You’ll want a darker wood or a darker stain. Want to brighten a darker office? Use a lighter wood or use a brighter paint, such as white to better reflect light and brighten the room.

2. Combine Your Desk And Cabinets

When you’re short on space, you might have to make your cabinets do double-duty. You don’t need a separate free-standing desk. Instead, build a desk into your cabinets. By creating a cubby to work in, you leave more space to move around. Plus, you still get ample storage space. Remodelholic has a great example of a custom desk built into the cabinets.

3. Create Fold Out Spaces

Low on space or sometimes need extra desk room? What about a cabinet door that folds out into a table or a table that expands when needed? Furniture and storage that fold out into larger pieces allow you to have more room to set things and work when you need it, but conveniently fold up out of the way when you need more space to move around.

4. Think Vertically

In tight spaces, you don’t always have room for floor-to-ceiling cabinets. In fact, you don’t have much room at all for cabinets at the floor level. However, don’t forget about vertical space. Adding shelves or cabinets above your desk gives you extra storage, but doesn’t get in the way otherwise. Want a more open look and feel? Stick with thin cabinets or open cabinets to give the illusion of extra space.

5. Add Organization Under Your Desk

Often times, a desk looks just like the one in our blog post’s image. While that’s nice, it doesn’t let you get the most out of your home office.

For instance, what about all the cables hanging off your desk for a light, computer, charging cable and more? You could have a custom desk (or add on to an existing desk) with built-in cable storage. Simply having a shelf directly under the desk and one or two well-placed holes allow you to organize all your cables easily.

What about items you need often? Adding shelves or drawers under your desk are an ideal way to maximize the space you have. After all, you’re probably not using all the available space with just your legs.

6. Use Shelving Or Cabinets For A Desk

Don’t want a traditional desk or just don’t have room for one? Get more space for cabinets and moving around by simply using a shelf or cabinet as your desk. A shelf is pretty self-explanatory, but a cabinet might seem more complicated since you don’t have a place to sit ergonomically.

This is a quick fix by adding a slide-out keyboard tray to a cabinet along the floor. Slide out the tray and suddenly you have the perfect place to sit and work.

7. Get Creative With Drawers

Drawers aren’t just empty boxes. Use them to add space with slide-out platforms. Organize office supplies with a built-in organizer. Replace the baseboard with a secret drawer at the floor for added storage. Remember, organizers and creativity let you turn drawers and even cabinets into something amazing.

Ready to create the perfect home office you’ve always dreamed of? Contact Edgewood Cabinetry to learn more about our home office solutions.

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What Permits Are Needed For Remodeling Your Kitchen

You’ve carefully planned out your dream kitchen and now you’re ready to get started. What’s the first step?

Depending on what you’re having done, you may need kitchen remodeling permits. Certain home improvements and changes do require you to get a permit.

However, not every change requires a permit. Use the tips below to figure out when you might need to check about a permit before your remodel.

Why Bother With Permits

Since it’s your home, you might not think permits matter that much. However, if you’re hiring contractors to help with the kitchen remodel, they may not work on your project at all without the proper permits in place. After all, it’s their reputation at stake. If you work with a contractor that says they’re okay with skipping out on permits, find someone else. This is a sign that they’re not reliable and may do more harm than good in your kitchen.

Another problem is if you ever want to sell your home. The changes will be discovered and you might not be able to sell or rent your home without having to tear down all the hard work or paying fines, paying inspectors and still getting permits. In fact, some cities may even increase the permit cost if you didn’t get the permit before remodeling.

One final thing to consider about kitchen remodeling permits is they are for your own safety. For instance, you wouldn’t want to tear down a wall that’s necessary for supporting your second floor. Permits are designed to verify the safety of whatever home improvement you want to make.

When You Don’t Need A Permit

Legally, you don’t need a kitchen remodeling permit for basic kitchen improvements. Some kitchen remodeling projects that don’t require permits include:

  • Getting new cabinets
  • Refacing cabinets
  • Painting cabinets
  • Re-doing your kitchen floor
  • Painting the kitchen
  • Installing new appliances (if no electrical work needs to be done)
  • Adding an island (no electrical or plumbing changes)

Outside of a full-scale kitchen remodel, you usually don’t have to worry about permits. Of course, there are a few exceptions to this rule.

When You Do Need A Permit

The exact kitchen remodeling permits you need will vary based on what you’re changing and where you live. You should check with your local government office if you have any questions. Discuss your project and what you’re changing to ensure you have all the permits you need. You can also talk with reputable contractors to see if there are permits you’ll need to obtain before getting started.

If you’ll be making any plumbing or electrical changes, you will need to get a permit. For instance, if you need to re-run plumbing if you’re changing the location of your sink or adding in an island with its own sink, a permit may be required. If you need to re-wire the kitchen to add different appliances, change the lighting or anything else, a permit is necessary. Plumbing and electrical permits are necessary to ensure the changes are on record and are safe for the home.

One more major permit you’ll need for remodeling your kitchen is any changes to your home’s structure. For a kitchen remodel, this means adding or removing walls. Since walls are a major structural component, you need to acquire a permit before changing anything. The city will check the blueprints to ensure the removal or addition of a wall won’t compromise the integrity of the home. The last thing you want is your ceiling caving in on your new kitchen just as you get done.

One final thing to consider is whether you’re remodeling an existing kitchen or remodeling another room to turn it into a kitchen. Changing the purpose of a room, especially when it requires major plumbing, electrical or structural changes, does require a permit in most cities.

Our advice is to always ask your city office before proceeding with your project to be safe.

Ready to start your kitchen remodel? Contact us today to learn more about our custom cabinetry services.

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Custom Cabinets Are NOT Just For The Kitchen

Custom Cabinets Are NOT Just For The Kitchen

edgewood custom cabinetry ClaytonDid you know that custom cabinets are not just for kitchen? I thought you should know. So, there’s no limitation when it comes to the installation of functional custom cabinets in your home. Edgewood Cabinetry enhances your home by proving you uniquely designed custom cabinets for your kitchen, living room, bathroom, Study room or office.

Whether you are investing in a new home or planning to do a perfect home remodeling, you need to invest in excellent workmanship to get the exceptional designs for the modern home. Giving your home a nicer interior improves your home outlook, giving it the elegance, glamor and value it deserves.

What No One Will Tell You About Custom Cabinets?

When it comes to setting the tone and style of your home, the most important decision you can make is about installation of your custom cabinets. Edgewood Cabinetry offers you a wide variety of custom cabinet designs, styles and finishes to choose from for you to find a perfect fit that works for your lifestyle.

Regardless of the color of your counters and walls, they’ve got all kinds of cabinets. And to make sure that you don’t go wrong, they offer excellent professional advice you need. With custom cabinets, you can translate your idle space into a functional space that adds value to your home. Custom cabinets provides you with flexibility, efficiency and functionality to help you make the most out of your home without spending much.

Custom cabinets is a brilliant way to create extra storage space to accommodate your growing family. You can create amazing book shelves to make your home look neat and spacious. But to make sure that your home looks fashionable and attractive, you should invest in custom cabinets. This adds value to your home and gives you the confidence any time you want to sell your home.

Wood gives your home a natural feel and additional attractiveness in the eyes of most. That’s why many homeowners are investing in unique stylish custom cabinets in almost every room. Black kitchen cabinets were a trend there for a while but no longer.

Not Everything Is DIY

The easiest way to upgrade your home is the use of well-chosen cabinetry. Custom cabinets enhances the usability of a busy room. Custom cabinets are easy and ready to assemble and they are available in a variety of different stunning wood types and finishes.

Custom cabinets are amazing. They may look like they’re easy to do, but it truly takes a professional touch to get good quality cabinets. Even if you’re a decent wood worked you may struggle to put out anything close to the quality that we can. Save yourself the time and money, let us build it for you!

Knowing the right custom cabinet choice for your home can be challenging especially if you do not have an architectural background. At this point, you must let the experts do the job for you. At Edgewood Cabinetry, we listen to you and our work is to translate your ideas into practical designs that suit your home. By making us your cabinet building partners, we go with you a long way to ensure that get the custom cabinets you need to make your dream home come true.

Backsplash Designs: 2018’s Most Popular

2018 was filled with numerous trends, including beautiful and unique backsplash designs. From everything tile to mirrors and everything in between, kitchens everywhere were taking on a brand new look.

Want to get in on these trends yourself? If you’re struggling to figure out the perfect backsplash for your new kitchen or your remodel, use these trends to inspire you.

The great thing about kitchen trends is as long as you love it, they never really go out of style. And, your backsplash the perfect place to add even more personality.

Mosaics

This is one of the most creative types of backsplash designs. Mosaics are actually incredibly popular for all types of creative projects, including backsplashes. Glass, small tiles, wood pieces and even coins work well to create unique masterpieces. Often times, mosaic backsplashes have one central image or design with small designs or patterns off to either side.

Glass Covered Fabric

Wallpaper is frustrating for any number of reasons, especially in humid areas like your kitchen. If you love the look, but hate the peeling, create a glass covered fabric backsplash. It’s a whimsical backsplash trend for 2018. Use your favorite wallpaper or even thin fabric to create a kitchen that’s completely you. Want to make it more sentimental? Create a quilt-like design of a lost loved one’s shirts or aprons. This way, they’re always there still cooking with you.

Simple Marble

While it might not sound as fancy as the first two 2018 backsplash design trends, it’s one of the easiest and most practical. You don’t have to get too creative, but the marble still looks beautiful and elegant. Since it’s already glossy and sealed, it’s a simple matter of picking the right color and style for your kitchen. If you want something incredibly easy to clean, you can’t get much easier than marble.

Glass Tiles

As you might have noticed, glass is a major theme for 2018 backsplashes. While tile is always a popular choice, a trendy approach is to use glass tiles instead. They’re bright and colorful. Plus, the glass helps to reflect light, making your kitchen look brighter. Create fun patterns or mosaics. The great part is you can use small or large glass tiles or a combination of both. Want to be even more creative? Opt for circular or other shaped glass tiles.

Mosaic Tiles

Love mosaics but hate trying to come up with the design? Opt for 2018’s trendy mosaic tiles. These medium to large tiles each feature the same mosaic pattern to give your kitchen a more unique design over just plain-colored tiles.

Use Different Products

Usually, it comes down to using ceramic, glass, wood or brick for backslash designs, but 2018 changed things up by using a wide variety of materials. Copper, aluminum (great brightening effect), stone and stainless steel (ideal for matching with kitchen appliances) are just a few of the products homeowners are using for their backsplashes.

It’s also important to note that backsplashes are mixing products too. Much like the glass covered fabric backsplash designs, you could mix stainless steel with glass or copper tiles with ceramic tiles for an eye-catching effect.

Weathered Feel

A bright, shiny new kitchen always sounds great, but what if you want to tone it down a bit? Think about the welcoming atmosphere of a cozy bed and breakfast. The kitchen isn’t shiny, but it does seem warm and friendly. Using tiles or other materials with a weathered look (such as polished wood or even sealed brick) give your kitchen a warmer feel. This works well if you’re going for a more rustic or antique-style kitchen theme.

Large Subway Tiles

Want less grout to worry about keeping sealed and having to clean? No problem. Opt for the super trendy large subway tiles. Unlike the typical smaller tiles used to create patterns, these are named about the tiles you typically see on subway walls. The appeal? They’re much easier to clean and maintain. If you want to keep things simple and make your kitchen look larger, this is the backsplash design for you.

Mirrored Anything

One of the reasons copper and aluminum are so popular for 2018 backsplash designs is because they’re mirrored. Kitchens in 2018 started featuring far more mirrored designs. The idea is to give the kitchen a larger feel and it’s also easier to keep an eye on everything at a glance. Some kitchens use actual mirrors, while others just use more reflective surfaces. Textured and frosted mirrors also work great for backsplashes.

Remodeling your kitchen and want cabinets to perfectly fit with your backsplash design dreams? Contact us today to find out how we can create the custom cabinets you’ve always wanted.

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How To Design A Mudroom That Works For The Whole Family

When it comes time to design a mudroom, you have to think about one that works for the whole family.

Maybe you just need a few hooks to hang your coat and mat to put your boots on. However, when you add in kids, a spouse and even other relatives and guests, you’re going to need more space and way to organize everything.

Don’t worry, though. All you have to do is consider everybody’s needs and combine them together to create the perfect family mudroom.

Give Everyone Their Own Space

The most important thing to remember when you design a mudroom for the entire family is to give everyone their own space. Most of the time, you’ll see locker-style mudrooms where each family member has a different locker. Of course, these lockers can be individual cabinets or sets of shelves.

If you don’t like having tall lockers, open or closed, you can also opt for individual drawers under a bench, separate hooks, different cubicles or similar options. The idea is every person has their own space to store their supplies. Depending on the space you have available, you might want to ensure each person has a space for not just coats and shoes, but hobby/sports items too.

Consider Hobbies And Activities

While a simple mudroom with a long bench, a few coat hooks and some drawers under the bench works for some, it’s not ideal if you have family members who need storage for their hobbies and activities. For instance, what if your child plays baseball? You’d likely need taller cabinets to allow your child to store their bat, glove, cleats and gear bag.

Maybe you or your spouse plays golf. You could have a larger space for storing your golf bag so it’s easy to grab when you leave to play. You should also keep work supplies in mind. Mudrooms are a great place to store briefcases too. Design with activities and hobbies in mind so everyone has a space that fits their needs.

Color Code Spaces

The color-coded examples listed on This Old House are a great way to keep your family mudroom more organized. This is especially true if you have younger kids that may not always remember which spot is for their items.

Painting each designated area a favorite color not only brightens your mudroom, but ensures every family member knows which area is theirs. Of course, if you don’t want to paint each area, there are effective alternatives.

For instance, try using color-coded baskets to slide onto shelves or under benches. You can even add colorful shelf liners or wallpaper. Another option is to use chalkboard paint and write each person’s name at the top or on the inside of their storage area. The chalkboard option is also great for adding notes to various family members.

Provide Drawers, Cabinets & Hooks

When you design a mudroom for the whole family, you need multiple storage options. While a completely open space is nice, you’re probably going to have items you don’t want displayed to everyone who comes in your home. For instance, you might want to keep dirty shoes tucked away in a drawer or cabinet. If you have pets, you may want to keep your nice coats behind closed cabinet doors.

Ideally, your family mudroom should consist of drawers, cabinets and hooks to store a wide variety of items. For families with teens and adult children who get mail often, you may even add a small area for sorting and storing mail above each person’s storage area.

If you don’t want to add drawers, consider using baskets or plastic storage bins. These are easy to slide off and on shelves.

Add A Bench For Quick Changes

Benches are a wonderful addition to any mudroom, especially when you design a mudroom for a family. Ideally, the bench should fit two or three people at once. This allows everyone to sit down and change their shoes quickly and easily. It’s also a great place to sit down larger items, such as purses and briefcases, while changing out of a coat.

Some mudrooms even have separate seats for each family member. Instead of a long bench, there are individual seats with a locker-style cabinet between each. If your mudroom is large enough, you may consider having a bench on each side of your entryway for more space and storage for everyone.

Looking to design a mudroom to fit your family’s unique needs? Contact us today to learn more about our custom mudroom cabinets and storage solutions.

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Why Leave Custom Cabinets to The Pros?

How Hard is it To Make Custom Cabinets?

A lot of people are curious how hard it would be to make their own custom cabinets, and the simple answer is that this is not too hard for a true professional, the average person could probably even do it if they followed a good set of directions exactly.

Custom cabinets are quite popular, you can find them in a variety of homes, businesses, and more. The basic difference between the custom and the regular cabinet is the basic appeal and overall quality. Custom cabinets are always going to look better and last longer than stock. However, if you already have a set of stock cabinets but just want to give them a different look, that’s an option too! Even with stock cabinets you can easily crate a unique look with a little bit of work. You can stain any way you like, and even add/replace parts that may not be up to your quality.

Why Do I Want a Pro Making My Cabinets?

While we do believe that some of our customers probably are good wood workers and could make decent quality custom cabinets, we know that we only let pieces of the highest quality leave our workshop and make their way to your home. Our job is to make the absolute best pieces of furniture that we can, and we take pride in that. You can trust us to deliver you the absolute best piece of anything that you may want, we are proud of the work that we put out there.

You may not think about it often, but their are cabinets all over your home. From the mudroom, to the kitchen, to your bathroom and bedroom. They’re everywhere! With that said, if you do want to them from boring stock cabinets to something with a little life, you can!

Refurbishing Your Stock Cabinets

Living Room Furniture StorageStock cabinets are generally regular looking cabinets that do not have anything extraordinary or exciting about them. So to make these ordinary cabinet anything but, you have to take care of a number of things. The most important thing you want to improve is the functionality, and that’s all up to your own preferences. Most stock cabinets come in the quintessential wooden material but you can always make the custom cabinetry look different with glass and metal add-ons. You always need to keep your overall home theme/decor in mind as well, you want to stay consistent.

In most refurbishing cases, you’ll want to add crown moldings to the stock cabinets to give them a more custom look. You can even add pull out, sliding doors, and deep inset drawers into the stock cabinets. Different people have different requirements when it comes to cabinets and what they prefer. So don’t settle for the norm, make sure you do what YOU want. The entire process of developing customized cabinets from the stock ones is even easier and cheaper. You won’t get the same super long lasting results of true custom cabinets but you can trust that they’ll at least be better than before! Regardless, if you’re looking for new cabinets, you need to try your hardest to get custom made ones.

If custom made cabinets are just the things you’re looking for, contact us today and let’s start talking about the ideal cabinets for you! The sooner we start working, the sooner you can start enjoying. 

The Many Benefits Of A Custom Made Entertainment Center

If you have a TV, you probably have a TV stand or an entertainment center. The problem is, it’s probably nothing you’d really brag about.

Granted, it does the get the job done, but wouldn’t you like something that does more than just hold your TV? Of course! That’s why you need a custom made entertainment center.

You get exactly what you want while creating the perfect centerpiece to showcase all your favorite electronics. Plus, you’ll love having an entertainment center all your friends and family envy.

Designed For Your Electronics

Entertainment centers aren’t just for TVs. Even though almost 60% of Americans are streaming TV, many still own DVD or Blu-Ray players, gaming consoles, streaming boxes, speaker systems and more in addition to their TVs. That’s quite a few electronics to find a home for.

With a custom made entertainment center, you get to design homes for all of your electronics. You can even have a slide out drawer to hold a wireless keyboard if you use your TV as your computer.

Never Too Big Or Small

Have you ever went shopping for an entertainment center and found yourself settling on the size and shape? You’re definitely not alone. Most pre-built entertainment centers are similar. In the end, you settle for something that’s too big or too small. You’re not satisfied, but what can you do?

If you can wait just a little longer, a custom made entertainment center will fit your exact specifications. Want one that is centered in a corner? No problem. Want something small for a children’s playroom? Not a problem either. Custom built entertainment centers can be as large or small as necessary.

Fit With Your Decor

Not only do you have to settle on size when it comes to pre-built models, but you also have to settle on the design and color. Imagine if your living room has an antique theme, but all you can find is a bright white entertainment center with shiny metal handles. It doesn’t exactly match.

With custom, you even get to choose the type of wood and color to best match your current decor. Instead of a standout piece that stands out for all the wrong reasons, you get an entertainment center that seems like the perfect addition to your theme.

Improve Organization

Have you ever noticed all those pre-built shelves and drawers never quite give you the organizational space you need? With a custom made entertainment center, you can design an entertainment center that does more than just store a few electronics. Have an extensive DVD collection? Add shelves on either side to proudly display your collection.

Have a collection of knick-knacks or movie memorabilia collectibles? Design a custom entertainment center with slots perfectly sized for your collectibles.

Solve Any Special Function Needs

Do you have small kids or pets that could break the TV? You need an entertainment center designed to protect your electronics. For instance, you could have the TV behind a sliding door that’s locked when you’re not around.

Want to organize the mess of power cables? Design a custom made entertainment center with built-in cable organizers. Whatever special functions you need, you can build in instead of just wishing for them. This makes your entertainment center even more functional than before.

Perhaps you need an adjustable area in case you buy a bigger or smaller TV. Even that can be a built-in option to help future proof your entertainment center.

Withstand The Test Of Time

Of course, one of the biggest benefits of custom made entertainment centers is durability. While all of the above is great, you want an entertainment center that you don’t have to replace every few years. The good news is custom entertainment centers are built with higher quality materials to last for generations.

Of course, this may make your old pre-built entertainment center feel jealous. If it’s still in decent shape, reuse it for another purpose. You get a custom entertainment center in your living room and get to use your old for a while longer.

Ready to add a custom made entertainment center to your home? Contact us today to learn how we can help you create your dream entertainment center.

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