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Details + Finishes

Your kitchen is the heart of your home and a space you use every day. These blogs cover all the details that will make your kitchen both functional and beautiful – including the kitchen sink! You will find information on faucets, specialty gemstone tiles, modern range hoods, and the types of natural woods used in kitchen cabinets – including maple, cherry, birch, alder, and knotty alder.

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Natural Wood Kitchen Cabinets

Natural wood kitchen cabinets offer several positives not found with other materials. Our modern kitchens use stainless steel and glossy finishes. The natural warmth, texture, and durability of wood provides the perfect visual contrast. Also, any well-built quality wood cabinet will last for decades.  Plus, they can be stained to highlight the wood grain or painted to a smooth, lasting finish. Following is an overview of the available hardwood choices… 

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Wall Lighting

Shining A Light on Bright Ideas for Walls As unique as the vast desert landscape’s hues and formations is a new generation of wall lighting that will shine a light on your clients’ distinctive residences. With studies revealing the connection between emotion and ambient brightness, the brighter the light, the more intense one’s emotions become. Both the intensity and the color of light affect people’s moods. Of course, the lighting… 

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Contemporary Bathrooms

Just A Dream? Not These Trending Bathrooms. As pressures outside of our homes rise, the desire for more calming areas within our homes is becoming equally high. Among the leading spaces for refuge is, not surprisingly, dream baths. No longer a quick stop along the way to starting or ending hectic days, but today’s spa-like bathrooms blend high function with welcome relaxation for the ultimate luxury experience. One of the… 

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Kohler Intelligent Toilets

You’ll Want to Sit for This – A New Generation of Intelligent Toilets In step with the evolution of countless smart home amenities is a selection of sleek and extraordinary toilets. Yes, toilets. No longer for just the most elite of home owners, but more attainable and ergonomically designed for ultimate cleansing and comfort.Industry leader Kohler presents its latest line of intelligent, one-piece toilets ranging from $4,000 to over $10,000… 

Modern Kitchens Range Hoods

A Wide Range In Modern Kitchens Satisfying the weekend gourmet and farm-to-table connoisseurs is the wide range of hoods in today’s chef-friendly kitchens. Patterned as smart as they are eye-catching is a variety of select range hoods to accommodate any particular client and home style. Greasy bacon? Minimize smoke. Burnt on spills? Quick release filters offer easy maintenance, plus more. Whether cooking breakfast for two or entertaining 10, the Fotile… 

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Red and White Birch

Birch is a medium density hardwood with a tight grain and smooth surface texture. It takes paints and stains very well. Also birch trees are in plentiful supply, making this choice of wood relatively inexpensive compared to, say, cherry. Red and white birch are not different species. They in fact come from the same Yellow Birch tree.  However, red birch is the heartwood of the tree, while white birch is… 

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Clear Alder and Knotty Alder

Clear Alder is a light hardwood with no knots, having a grain pattern similar to Cherry. It is characterized by light brown and reddish undertones. It has a straight and even-textured wood grain with indistinct boundaries between the heartwood and the sapwood. Clear Alder accepts stain evenly, often making it indistinguishable from Cherry in appearance. Knotty Alder (also known as Rustic Alder) has a more dramatic grain and often contains… 

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Cabinet Wood Species – Cherry

Cherry is a multicolored hardwood. It is characterized by red undertones but varies in color from white to a deep rich brown. Because cherry wood is light sensitive, it will darken with age. This gives the species a rich, warm and lustrous patina. This characteristic makes cherry wood cabinets much sought after. Cherry has a smooth, close-grained appearance with a fairly uniform texture and random markings. While small pin knots,… 

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Cabinet Wood Species: Maple

This is the second in our series of occasional posts on the various species of wood that are used in the manufacture of cabinetry. Maple is a medium to hard close grained wood with a straight, wavy or curly grain. In its natural state it is off- white in color. It may also have light brown and pink hues. Occasionally there will be some mineral veining that will darken staining. Maple…