Category Archives: Kitchen Remodels

Kitchen Remodel ideas and concepts with a focus on design and function.

How To Use Blind Kitchen Cabinets

Three separate functions come to mind when discussing the merits of using a blind base cabinet in your kitchen.  Blind Cabinets:

  • facilitate a change in direction for a run of cabinets
  • allows an adjustable footprint for a cleaner design
  • gives additional storage space

First and foremost, a blind cabinet is a corner cabinet. In the case of a blind base, It is designed to fill the unusable “void” under a counter top corner.
Blind corner kitchen cabinet
Blind Base Cabinets don’t necessarily fill the corner void completely as the furthest (deepest) corner space is typically unreachable and therefor unusable by most users.
Blind Cabinet size
Its important to note that during cabinet installation, The blind base cabinet footprint size can be adjusted (usually 3 inches or more). See how the built in filler allows a range of movement prior to screwing the cabinet to the wall and adjacent cabinets. Its also important to note that the other side of the corner will require an additional filler to allow for proper door and drawer operation.
                                           BBC42L 36Wx34.5Hx24D Left hand 1dr 1dw
This cabinet has one door, one drawer, standard depth(24″), standard height(34.5″) but an actual carcass length of only 36″. When installed it will have a minimum footprint of 42″ but could be “pulled” up to 45″ or any length in between. As an example, in your kitchen design you might need to fill a corner base run with precisely 97 3/4″ of cabinets. Using modular cabinetry (which usually runs in 3″ increments) you use a B18 + SB36 + BBC42. When you add up the linear inches of the three cabinets you get a total of 96″ so the BBC42 would be “pulled” to equal 43 3/4″ to avoid additional fill sticks.

Wall blind cabinets typically have the same features and functions of the blind base cabinets.

For more information on blind cabinets and their applications in kitchen design:

by Granger Davis

Kitchen Design using Cabinet Bump ups and Bump outs

Cabinet Bumps have become very popular in today’s modern kitchen designs. By mixing modular cabinets with different heights and different depths,  Kitchen designers are able to achieve a “staggered” look that can add a dramatic visual impact and give a humdrum kitchen an added layer of depth.

Wall Cabinets bump ups and bump out

Wall Bump ups and Bump outs


There can be a few kitchen remodel pricing issues that should be pointed out. Keep in mind that when bumping out base cabinets that the counter top will need to be custom fitted. Most top fabricators will charge extra for the added depth and the required inside corner cuts that will need to be made.

sink base cabinet bump out

sink base bump out with angle fluted fillers

When applying crown molding to a bumped up wall cabinet there is a significant amount of extra crown usage in the wall returns. There can also be issues with ending the lower level crown near a bumped up corner cabinet.

Wall diagonal corner bumped out

wall diagonal corner bumped out

Below is a diagram of how to achieve the illusion of a bumped out wall corner cabinet when only a standard depth cabinet is available from the distributor.

WDC2436 to a WDC2736

How to bump out a Wall Cornet Diagonal

An illustration of a nice way to end your crown molding “short” when using a bumped up wall corner cabinet. Without this, your crown molding may lean out enough to prevent the WDC door from opening properly. Safety Tip: Pay extra close attention when cutting tiny miters like this.

22.5 degree crown miter

Cabinet Crown Molding with bumped cabinets

In short, these are just a few illustrations of kitchen cabinet bump ups and bump outs. Using these techniques can give your straight run design a dramatic focal point and add a shot of individual character to an otherwise standard kitchen layout.

by Granger Davis

5 Tips for Selecting Colors for a Kitchen Remodel

Few projects are more satisfying to bring to completion than a kitchen remodel. New cabinetry
, fresh paint and shiny hardware are kitchen elements that you’ll be able to enjoy for many years to come. However, a successful remodel requires some forethought and planning.

The most common kitchen remodel mistakes include:

  • Inadequate ventilation over your range or microwave.

  • Not including enough storage space for dishes, pots, pans, utensils and other kitchen supplies. A safe bet is to leave 48 to 72 inches each for dishes, cooking supplies and pots and pans, plus extra storage space wherever it will fit.

  • Making the island too big.
    Consumer Reports recommends no more than 48 inches deep and a maximum of 120 inches wide. There should also be at least 42 inches between the island and any surrounding cabinetry.

  • Inadequate or inappropriate lighting. Lighting fixtures are a concern, but also be aware of the amount of sunlight you want in your kitchen. For maximum sunlight control, add curtains or Blindster shades.

  • Forgetting a spot for trash. Be sure to leave space for two 30-quart containers for trash and recyclables.

Kitchen Remodels Color Selection

Kitchen color blending

Any of these mistakes can put a damper on a kitchen remodel. However, knowledge is power. Now that you’re aware of these pitfalls, you can avoid them.

Another all too common blunder when remodeling a kitchen is choosing a color
scheme that just does not work. How and why does this happen? Usually it’s as a result of poor planning, a lack of expertise or eye for color, or moving ahead with a color palette before you are sure it’s right for your kitchen space.

Here are five
tips to help you avoid selecting the wrong color scheme for your kitchen remodeling project:

1. Become aware of the moods and emotions conveyed by colors. Be sure to educate yourself about what
moods and emotions
each color represents. While warm colors tend to create a cozy vibe and cool colors a more serious tone, reactions to colors are highly individual. One person may love the idea of bright yellows in a kitchen; another may cringe.

2. Decide what sort of atmosphere you want in your kitchen. Based on your awareness of the moods and emotions conveyed by colors, decide what sort of statement you’d like your kitchen to make. Are you going for soothing and serene? Pair shades of green with accents of white. Bright and airy? Go with yellows, golds and citrus hues. Contemporary and sleek? Dark blues and grays, with stainless steel appliances, should do the trick.

3. When in doubt, stick with a versatile color.
While it can be tempting to pick a flashy color scheme or add a dramatic element like an accent wall or bold color floor tile, there’s always the chance it might not work. If you are in doubt about what colors to choose, especially for any major element in your kitchen remodel, go with a tried and true neutral color. This way, you can rest easy knowing it will work harmoniously with all of your other elements.

4. Be aware of the effects of lighting.
Remember that lighting (or lack thereof) is going to change the way color looks. View your color choices in both daylight and artificial lighting to verify your choices.

Test color combinations. Use a color wheel when considering color choices, and choose colors that are opposite one another on the wheel. Perhaps the best advice in terms of color is to try before you buy.


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