November 8, 2011
Mission style cabinets hearken back to an earlier era, pulling it into modernity utilizing a clean, geometric look with just a hint of sumptuousness and a rich, warm feel. Many great designs emerged from the Arts and Crafts movement of the 1900s – it is where famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s simple yet inspiring lines originated – and Mission style cabinets are definitely one of them.
A New Era in Cabinet Design
This movement changed the face of modern design, moving away from highly decorative and detailed excess to a stylish simplicity that works perfectly for home kitchen cabinetry. Mission style cabinets say a lot by saying a little, which is one of the many reasons they have become even more popular today.
Here are a few reasons homeowners are choosing Mission style cabinets for their kitchens:
- Unique design without being too busy
- Timeless – Will not seem dated after just a few years
- Fit with multiple styles of interior decorating
- Warm up the space and makes it feel well thought out and homey
Although “Mission” style can refer to more than one type of design, it is generally considered to be part of the Craftsman style, which in itself is a movement that has grown and changed over the years. At the heart of the Craftsman identity, however, is a desire to celebrate the beauty of handmade items over anything that is mass-produced. People who buy Mission style cabinets are looking for this more thoughtful type of design.
With Mission style cabinets, you get the look and feel of something that has been carefully crafted with great attention to detail. Your cabinets will not look like boxes with doors on them, or, in the case of some kitchens, an afterthought.
Kitchen cabinets are one of the main focal points of not only the room, but the house as a whole. Along with countertops, they are also one of the biggest investments when one is remodeling or designing a kitchen. With Mission style cabinets this is money well spent since they will last a long time and look good doing it.
Cabinetry is a decorative element which also has the job of being utilitarian as it is usually used every day. With Mission style cabinets, you get the best of both worlds no matter which way you slice it – they are highly functional yet also visually appealing.
One of the main aspects setting Mission style cabinets apart from other styles is in their construction. Because the design is moderately complex, only carpenters who are well versed in their skills and who are trained in recreating the style are engaged to construct them. They use building techniques and joinery skills with a high level of competence and proficiency. The result is a finely crafted cabinet.
There are numerous design elements that mesh very well with Mission style cabinets, celebrating both the kitchen and the era, which is another reason they are an appealing choice for homeowners. Mission style cabinets often favor darker tones of wood, although they can also be designed using lighter colors. When completing the kitchen, often homeowners eschew modern, recessed lighting for elements more suited to the era using wood, bronze, or even stained glass. Some people use lamps in the Tiffany style, or art-deco wall sconces or chandeliers.
Sophisticated yet simple, Mission style cabinets are a warm and aesthetically pleasing element to incorporate into a kitchen design. They set the tone without overpowering the rest of the room or house and are a beautiful way to complete a kitchen.
September 15, 2008
For many people, the focal point of any house is the kitchen. In this light, it is no surprise that the kitchen is one of the most popular choices for a remodel. The first step in a kitchen remodel is the design plan, and it is also the most important.
Your Kitchen Design Resources
Kitchen plans can be acquired through several means. There are three ways to obtain a kitchen design:
- The best option is to visit a cabinet store that will design your kitchen for free. Our company has expert kitchen designers, and we will be more than happy to design your kitchen. You can be as involved as you like.
- Another option is to design the kitchen yourself. Available for a small fee, there are many architectural software solutions that are built with the average homeowner in mind, easy to use and understand. The only drawback to designing your own plan is the time involved.
- The third way to obtain a kitchen plan is through a spec drawing reseller. Many websites exist that sell premade plans for a fee, but the customization options are limited. The last option is to hire a professional architect. This is the most expensive option, but is also the easiest and will often get the best end result.
Creating your kitchen plans with personal software allows complete transparency of the entire process. For example, you will be able to see the plans as they develop and print them out for future reference. During the process, you will be able to add visual enhancements to the kitchen plans, such as color and tile design.
Your Plan of Attack
Before you make any decision on how you want to create your plan, make sure you have a clear objective to the remodel. It is dangerous to begin without a definite initial purpose, go off track, and go over budget, all resulting in an unsatisfactory outcome.
With concern to the purpose of the remodel, make a list of primary needs. This can range from an entirely new layout, to something as small as new countertops. Then, draw up a budget and remember to stay focused on it. By making a budget and creating the plan around it, you will find it harder to lose focus and overspend.
Your Dream Kitchen is Detailed
Lastly, when creating a kitchen plan, remember that it is also possible to design the items that go into the kitchen as well. Look into carpentry plans to build personalized furniture, e.g. tables, chairs, and cabinets. Also, proper timing will ensure that the furniture is constructed at the same time as the remodel, enabling a seamless transition.
August 16, 2007
What is that unrecognizable odor in your microwave?
Your microwave was originally clean, but the smells of various foods have slowly comingled.
Imagine returning your old microwave to its immaculate, sparkling clean glory in only five minutes.
I found this microwave cleaning tip on TipNut and I couldn’t procrastinate any longer! So, here are three steps to get rid of that gunk:
July 3, 2007
These hardwood floors are getting the airflow necessary to acclimate
Why do some hardwood floors cup or gap over time, while other floors stay flat?
The Hardwood Installer tells us a story about two identical situations and the benefits of acclimation.
Imagine waiting ten years to finally install hardwood floors only to have them shrink or cup.
Hardwood floors expand and contract depending on the environment, so installers acclimate the hardwood floors before installing.
Acclimating means to get the hardwood floors use to the environment. The climate in which your hardwood floors are delivered may not be the same environment that your floors are going to be in the rest of the year.
If your floors are being delivered on a damp day, they’ll absorb the moisture in the air and that could lead to cupped floors later on and gaps.
Stack your hardwood floors like the above picture and acclimate for around 72 hours.
Do you have any experiences with your hardwood floor installation?Â Leave a comment and let us know how it went!
April 29, 2007
Planning does not have to be this hard
How do you avoid a kitchen remodel disaster? I’ve had a client walk into my showroom, upset and frustrated. His contractors, after working on and off for six months, suddenly quit. His house was a mess.
Imagine how disappointed you’d be when you’re standing in the ruins of your half-finished kitchen, without a plan to finish. Remodeling without a plan is like a cooking a complex meal without a recipe.
So, here’s four easy steps to guide you on your kitchen remodel: