When it comes to modern bathroom design, nothing is more eye-catching then a floating vanity. Floating cabinetry offers a modern minimalist design that will make a statement while adding some other benefits. One advantage with floating vanities is that they make a great impact in a small space and can provide some opening of the space to make it feel more “airy”. The computer rendering to the right shows how an asymmetrical floating vanity can offer the additional counter space in a small bathroom without using a smaller cabinet for scale. These vanities are more than just a fashionable trend, if you are looking to put radiant floor heating in your bathroom- a traditional floor mounted cabinet will reduce the floor area and provide less heat output and a floating vanity can also make cleaning the bathroom a bit easier. Whether you want cabinetry for storage or as a statement for a vessel sink, picking a floating vanity will give your bathroom the style and function you want. We recently completed a bathroom remodel in Natick were this walnut vanity floats in a tiled alcove adding drama to the master bath without too much fuss- and that spa like feel is the soothing affect many people are looking for in the master suite.
You’ve finally chosen beautiful new cabinets to go into your home. You’ve picked the finish, the door style… there is one last detail that can make a major difference with your kitchen or bath renovation, and that is the hardware! Many people know what finish they want to use, it is the challenge of what style, size and use of the hardware. Well selected cabinet hardware is an opportunity to increase the over all design aesthetic. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- The shape and style of the hardware can change the feel of the space, turning shaker style cabinets into a traditional, transitional or contemporary environment. The hardware finish and design can help push your design to a higher level by adding value in it presence, and typically the hardware is less than 1% of the overall budget so spend a little time to get some wow factor built in.
- Use more than one size and sometimes use more than one design. Some areas can benefit by adding back plates to a knob to provide some bulk or accent. When a drawer and door rhythm needs help with a balanced feel, the addition of a back plate can add relief from that repetition. Large or over-sized pulls can conjure a sense of quality or purpose when added to a tall pantry cabinet. We have found that by mixing up the size and shape of the cabinet hardware, you can add to the tailored appearance and also create a better working space.
- Like so many things in the design world, scale or size is very important. If you have a project with various door/drawer sizes you might need to get the same hardware in a few different sizes so that knobs will not be lost on a wide drawer. There are other benefits to different sizes though, like the tall handle on a pantry cabinet, it offers the little ones in a house to reach the bottom of the hardware so they can get access to the pantry. Pulls that are large enough to drop your hand in make the design work for people with certain disabilities, or can also hold a dish towel at the top of a dishwasher panel. Most manufacturers also make matching or complimentary appliance pulls so you are not restricted to the handles available from the refrigerator you select.
Our designer team gets very excited with any new product designs because we are always looking for something unique to add to our projects. We carry Top Knobs or Schaub which offer a wide variety of ever changing styles, but there is no end to what you can find in the world of hardware. We understand that there is a knob for every person and space, whether it’s a knob on a vanity that needs some bling or oil rubbed pull in a rustic kitchen. Picking hardware for your cabinets doesn’t need to be hard task, and once the right ones are selected the results are always eye catching.
“Millwork”, sure it is crown molding and wainscoting. It is also cabinetry, bookshelves, mantles, and mudroom cubbies. Customizing is an opportunity to make your home your very own. With the thoughtful use of custom millwork, you can create customized focal points, handy storage or a specialized work-space that integrates into your environment to make something more special, aesthetic, or functional from your space. Pictured at left is a common issue for today’s flat panel TV. Folks who do not want to make the TV a focal point will love this idea spawned by a Wellesley client’s seemingly conflicting desires: have the TV centrally located in the room and do not have the TV be the central “art piece” dominating the room.
We took careful measurements, reviewed the AV requirements and installed a separate conduit for future wiring.
Then we put the plans in the skilled hands of one of our Lead Carpenters, Steve MacDonald. The result is a convenient location for a TV that is only in sight when it is in use.