Designing Kitchens for Empty Nesters

Posted by Brakur Custom Cabinetry

Nov 7, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Fotolia_55061071_XS.jpgThe kids are gone and the kitchen that was once bustling is no longer used in the way it was.  For many of us there is more time to entertain and it is the perfect time for a kitchen renovation. It’s time to have a kitchen that fits your new lifestyle.

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Topics: Kitchen Design

What to do With the Extra Wall in Your Kitchen

Posted by Brakur Custom Cabinetry

Oct 6, 2017 3:47:32 PM

Brakur-_Kitchen_for_the_Aging.jpgYour home may be one of those where it feels like there's an extra wall in your kitchen that’s too far away to be part of your kitchen work zones, but close enough you need to do something with it. There’s always something that can be done that you’ll love. Here are some ideas to help you.

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Topics: Kitchen Design

Seeing the Kitchen of the future

Posted by Brakur Custom Cabinetry

Aug 17, 2017 10:43:20 AM

Future Kitchen.pngA group of students from 2 universities have put together what they project to be the attributes of the kitchen of the future. Projected for 2025, the characteristics below describe what the study projects our kitchens will be like.

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Topics: Kitchen Design

How to Set Up an Organized Kitchen

Posted by Brakur Custom Cabinetry

Oct 31, 2016 10:30:00 AM

We’ve all seen varied forms of organization in kitchens. Sometimes they have that feel where everything has a place, and it’s put together perfectly. Others feel like a disorganized mess of “put it wherever you can find a place” thinking.

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Topics: Kitchen Storage, Kitchen Design, Kitchen Layout, Kitchen Organization

Kitchen Drawers vs. Rollout Shelves

Posted by Brakur Custom Cabinetry

Oct 3, 2016 4:00:00 PM

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When trying to decide whether you should install rollout shelves or kitchen drawers, it's best to consider your storage needs.

There seems to be a lot of discussion over whether drawers or pullout shelves in base cabinets is best. Both have their advantages and can be used in similar ways. However, each has some limitations and work better for storing some things than others. So how do you know which is the better choice for your upcoming kitchen remodel

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Topics: Kitchen Storage, Kitchen Design, Custom Kitchen Remodel, Kitchen Drawers

How to Give Your Indoor Kitchen an Outdoor Sentiment

Posted by Brakur Custom Cabinetry

Sep 2, 2016 3:00:00 PM

Brakur_Kitchen_outdoor_feel.jpgBring the outdoors inside your home. While many homeowners across the country enjoy outdoor living areas it may not be practical or even possible in your Chicago area home. With harsh winters and hot muggy summers it might make more sense to bring that outdoor vibe inside and be able to enjoy it year round without worrying about the outside elements. You can have the perfect custom kitchen remodel and still enjoy the outdoor feel by following a few of these simple design tips.

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Topics: Kitchen Style, Kitchen Design, Custom Kitchen Remodel, Kitchen Design Tips

Ways to Make Your Chicagoland Kitchen More Comfortable

Posted by Brakur Custom Cabinetry

Jul 27, 2016 3:30:00 PM

brakur_kitchen_more_comfortable.pngOur kitchens are the center of our day to day living.  With kitchens being more open to other spaces and outdoor living areas they have become a place where we socialize and gather.   It makes sense to want to feel comfortable in a room that  so much activity revolves around.  There are a range of things you can do make your kitchen a more comfortable and accessible for everyone.

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Topics: Universal Design, Kitchen Design, Kitchen Design Tips, Kitchen Layout, Kitchen Accessibility, Chicagoland Kitchen

Does it Make Sense to Double Stack Your Cabinets?

Posted by Brakur Custom Cabinetry

Jul 20, 2016 4:30:00 PM

brakur_double_stacked_cabinets.pngDoubling up on cabinets can be a great way for adding extra storage, creating beautiful displays, and maximizing the space in your kitchen.  When done right it can really add to the style of the kitchen, but it is right for your family and lifestyle? Will it help or hinder the function of your kitchen?

Before adding extra cabinets to your kitchen there are a few things you need to consider.  While more cabinet space is great it doesn’t help if it is not accessible and doesn’t serve a purpose. So before doubling up answer the following questions to help you decide if you should double stack cabinets in your kitchen design.

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Topics: Custom Cabinetry, Kitchen Design, Custom Cabinets, Kitchen Design Tips, Double Stacked Cabinets

Learn the Pros and Cons of Open Kitchen Cabinets

Posted by Brakur Custom Cabinetry

Jul 15, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Brakur_Open_kitchen_cabinet.pngOne of the hottest kitchen trends in the kitchen industry is open kitchen cabinets.  They basically are a cabinet box without the doors or can also include open shelving. This trend gives the kitchen a casual and open look. 

While it is popular it may or may not be for you.  To help you decide we thought we would share the pros and cons so you can determine if this trend will work for your home.

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Topics: Custom Kitchen, Kitchen Design, Kitchen Trends, Open Shelving, Open Kitchen Cabinets

Planning a Kitchen Workflow That Works

Posted by Brakur Custom Cabinetry

Jun 29, 2016 4:30:00 PM

brakur_workflow.pngEach homeowner’s lifestyle is different and the way people do things are different.  You can have a similar kitchen layout but the cabinet interiors and appliance layout and storage may be completely different.  That is a good thing because if you have a good kitchen designer that means they are not only designing a beautiful kitchen space but customizing the organization and work zones of your kitchen to fit the lifestyle and needs of your family. It will save a lot of headaches in the future and prevent those common kitchen traffic jams that can happen. 

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Topics: Custom Kitchen, Kitchen Design, Custom Cabinets, Kitchen Work Zones, Kitchen Workflow

Located in Shorewood, Il, Brakur Custom Cabinetry, Inc. has been providing high quality locally manufactured cabinetry since 1965. Brakur is the largest manufacturer of custom cabinetry in Northern Illinois with a 100,000 plus square foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and more than 80 employees.

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