Exploring the Differences of Quartz and Quartzite Countertops

Posted by Brakur Custom Cabinetry

Aug 3, 2016 3:30:00 PM

brakur_countertop_samples.jpgQuartz is fast becoming a popular countertop option. Many homeowners may not realize there are two similar products on the market quartz and quartzite. They both have some very distinct differences. Understanding and knowing the difference between these two countertop materials will help you get what you are looking for in your custom kitchen remodel.


Topics: Countertops, Custom Kitchen, Quartz, Quartzite, Stone Countertops

Tips for Choosing Low Maintenance Cabinets and Countertops

Posted by Brakur Custom Cabinetry

Jul 22, 2016 12:30:00 PM

Brakur_low_maintenace_cabinets.pngNo one wants extra cleaning to do in the kitchen. If you are going to go to the effort of a custom kitchen remodel you want to make sure your kitchen stays clean and looking new. The many different surfaces in our kitchen are prone to collecting dirt, crumbs, stains, and spills. The cabinets and countertops you choose can either attract or prevent some of these things. There are few things that can make your kitchen easier to maintain and clean from choosing cabinet colors to decorative details.


Topics: Countertops, Chicagoland Custom Cabinets, Custom Kitchen Remodel, Low Maintenance Cabinets, Cabinet Care and Cleaning

Custom Kitchen Updates for Less

Posted by Brakur Custom Cabinetry

Sep 25, 2015 1:30:00 PM

brakur_custom_kitchen_updatesThe kitchen is one of the hardest working rooms in the home.  It also takes a lot of abuse.  If you have been living in your home a while you may be feeling like you want to update your kitchen.  However either due to budget or the fact that your cabinets are still in really good condition you are having a hard time justifying a full kitchen remodel. There are some less expensive things you can do to help you feel like you have a new kitchen that won’t break the bank.    


Topics: Countertops, Kitchen Style, Brakur Custom Cabinetry, Chicagoland Custom Cabinets

Is there a Difference Between a Kitchen Designer and Interior Designer?

Posted by Brakur Custom Cabinetry

Aug 4, 2015 6:00:00 PM

Brakur_kitchen_designerIt’s not uncommon for homeowners to wonder what the difference between a kitchen designer and interior designer is.  There is some overlap and some of the things they do are similar.  But YES! There is a difference. 


Topics: Countertops, Brakur Custom Cabinetry, Kitchen Design Consultation, Kitchen Design, Kitchen Designer

Choosing the Right Kitchen Backsplash Material for Your Remodel

Posted by Brakur Custom Cabinetry

Jun 15, 2015 4:30:00 PM

Brakur_Backsplash_QuizIt’s no surprise that every time you turn around there is some new material or option for backsplashes.  Having choices can be good, but at the same time also a little overwhelming.  There are a lot of different things to consider when choosing your kitchen backsplash material for your remodel.  


Topics: Design Trends, Countertops, Chicagoland Kitchen Remodel, Backsplash Materials

Using More than One Countertop Material in your Chicagoland Kitchen Remodel

Posted by Brakur Custom Cabinetry

Apr 6, 2015 3:00:00 PM

Brakur_multiple_countertopsYou have seen multiple cabinet finishes and colors used in the kitchen. Why not use more than one countertop material in you Chicagoland kitchen remodel? There are numerous benefits when you opt to mix materials for your kitchen counters. It adds contrast and allows for different work areas and zones in the kitchen. It also adds style and gives visual interest. 


Topics: Countertops, Chicagoland Kitchen Remodel, Brakur Custom Cabinetry

Brakur has Demonstrated 50 Plus Years of Outstanding Service

Posted by Brakur Custom Cabinetry

Feb 26, 2015 4:00:00 PM

brakur_logo_2It has been an exciting year for Brakur Custom Cabinetry as we look back and reflect on what has made us who we are today. As a company we realize we have a lot to be grateful for. We began in very humble circumstances and have grown over their years into a thriving company. We aren’t just any cabinet company.  We are not there to just make a dollar. Visit or  talk with any Brakur employee and you will see that we truly love what we do. We have a passion for making kitchens the heart of the home and seeing the smiles they bring to our customers.  


Topics: Countertops, Chicagoland Kitchen Remodel, Brakur Custom Cabinetry, Customer Service

Tips to Make Your Kitchen Feel Larger

Posted by Brakur Custom Cabinetry

Oct 27, 2014 5:30:00 PM

Brakur_Small_KitchensIf you are like most people you spend a lot of time in your kitchen. Many of us dream of that oversized kitchen that has style, is easy to cook in, and can wow our guests when they come to visit. Unfortunately not every home is suited for a large kitchen, so you are left to dream and think of a future day when you can afford that larger home. When remodeling your kitchen you don’t have to wait to have the feel of a large kitchen in a big home. There are several things you can to do to give your smaller kitchen the appearance that it is larger than it really is. 


Topics: Countertops, Chicagoland, Custom Kitchen, Kitchen Layouts

Getting the Right Backsplash with Your Countertop

Posted by Brakur Custom Cabinetry

Sep 4, 2014 4:30:00 PM

Brakur_Backsplash_3Trying to decide on your backsplash can be a little overwhelming.  It’s like choosing the filling for the cake.  Either you will love it or it will totally be disappointed because the filling doesn’t go well with the cake.  You wouldn’t want to put a lemon filling with a peppermint cake.  They just don’t go together. 

In many kitchens the backsplash is the focal point of the kitchen.  If you are like most people you have probably seen a lot of backsplashes and different countertops you like.  However not all countertops go with all backsplashes.  So how do you find something you love and achieve the look you want? You may even wonder if you need one at all.

A recent article gives you some insight and strategies to help you find the perfect combination.


Topics: Tips and Advice, Kitchen Remodeling, Countertops, Chicagoland, Backsplash

Countertops Pros and Cons- Know What You are Getting

Posted by Brakur Custom Cabinetry

Jul 16, 2014 4:45:00 PM

Brakur-_Countertops_2A lot of time goes into the planning and design of a kitchen.  Typically homeowners spend most of their time choosing the layout, style of cabinets, and looking into their flooring options.  When it comes to countertops many people go with the current trend and don’t look at other alternatives.  They don’t spend the time researching like they do for their cabinet and flooring choices.  In fact many typically end up putting in granite because that seems to be the thing to do these days or laminate because it fits into their budget.   

Unfortunately, they are doing themselves a huge disservice when they don’t take the time to research the different countertop options.  Homeowners would be surprised to find out there is and array of choices when it comes to choosing the right countertop material.  It might surprise homeowners to discover that there are other engineered stones such as quartz that for about the same price as granite, are less maintenance and have more color choices.  Knowing the pros and cons of the different countertop choices can help you make a more educated decision and not have surprises in the end.  You will be more confident in knowing that you got the right countertop for your home.


Topics: Tips and Advice, Countertops

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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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