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.


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

Kitchen Design Tips for the One-Wall Kitchen Layout

Posted by Brakur Custom Cabinetry

Apr 7, 2016 4:00:00 PM

brakur_one_wall_kitchen-1.jpgIf you are looking for the ideal kitchen layout for smaller homes or studio apartments you might want to consider the One-wall kitchen layout. It compliments open floor plans or loft style condos. 

In this particular layout everything from appliances to cabinets are located on the same wall. While efficient like the galley kitchen layout it is less closed in and more open. Many homeowners like this layout because it optimal for entertaining. 


Topics: Custom Kitchen, Kitchen Layouts, Custom Cabinetry, Kitchen Style, Small Kitchen

Including Universal Design in Your Custom Kitchen Layout

Posted by Brakur Custom Cabinetry

Mar 21, 2016 7:00:00 PM


Making the kitchen the heart of the home means making it accessible for anyone in the house that may be using it or need to have access to it. It’s important when planning your custom kitchen layout for your Chicagoland home that you include features and space planning that meets the needs of all ages and abilities. Having a kitchen with universal design is one of the hottest new trends and something many homebuyers are looking for. In order to have a kitchen that won’t outgrow you and continue to meet the needs of your family no matter the age or ability you will want to include the following universal design guidelines for your Chicagoland custom kitchen.


Topics: Custom Cabinetry, Brakur Custom Cabinetry, Universal Design, Space Planning

How To Increase the Value of Your Chicagoland Kitchen

Posted by Brakur Custom Cabinetry

Feb 26, 2016 3:00:00 PM

brakur_increase_value.pngAs with any home remodeling project most homeowners want to know that it will not only increase the value of their home, but also give them a return on their investment. Your reason for remodeling your kitchen may be because it is time to sell your house or you finally have the money to remodel your Chicagoland kitchen.


Topics: Custom Cabinetry, Brakur Custom Cabinetry, Increasing Home Value, Kitchen Upgrades

Top Reasons Homeowners Remodeled in 2015

Posted by Brakur Custom Cabinetry

Feb 6, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Looking to 2016, people have finally turned the corner on the fears that kept them from spending money on remodeling their kitchen. Many people have stopped the thinking of “what if things get worse” which held them bound to “wait and see” before taking on a remodel.


Topics: Chicagoland Kitchen Remodel, Custom Cabinetry, Brakur Custom Cabinetry

How To Pick the Right Bathroom Faucet for Your Custom Remodel

Posted by Brakur Custom Cabinetry

Oct 8, 2015 1:00:00 PM

brakur_bathroom_faucetBathroom faucets come in a variety of shapes, sizes, styles, and finishes. You also have those that align with water conservation.  It can easily become overwhelming when trying to decide.  Do you want a one handle or two handle faucet?  Do you want a built in soap pump that matches?  One of the biggest things to take into consideration is not only will it look great, but will it meet the needs of your changing household.  You want a bathroom faucet that will enhance the style and design of your bathroom as well as one that has universal design. 


Topics: Custom Bathroom Remodel, Custom Cabinetry, Brakur Custom Cabinetry, Bathroom Sinks, Bathroom Faucet

Custom Kitchen Design Tips to Enhance your Entertaining

Posted by Brakur Custom Cabinetry

Sep 18, 2015 2:00:00 PM

brakur_entertaining_in_kitchenMany people today use kitchens not only to cook in, but they have become a part of our entertaining space.  If you are a homeowner who loves to entertain then you will want to include certain features in you kitchen layout that will allow you to interact with your guests.  You can still be a part of the action and not miss out on the fun!  


Topics: Tips and Advice, Custom Cabinetry, Chicagoland Custom Kitchen, Kitchen Entertaining

5 Tips to Designing a Low Maintenance Bathroom

Posted by Brakur Custom Cabinetry

Jun 11, 2015 2:30:00 PM

brakur_-_low_maintenance_bathroomIf you ask most homeowners, cleaning a bathroom most likely is not at the top of their list of things they enjoy doing.  However most of them will agree there is nothing better than a sparkling clean bathroom. Especially with today’s bathrooms many of them have become a retreat.  It’s not uncommon to see living room touches added to the bathrooms.  So the question is how do you get a bathroom that is clutter free and easy to maintain and clean?  We have helped design a few bathrooms over the years and we thought we would share our top 5 tips for a lower maintenance bathroom.


Topics: Design Trends, Bathroom Design, Custom Cabinetry

Designing a Kitchen Island with Both Style and Function

Posted by Brakur Custom Cabinetry

Jun 3, 2015 3:30:00 PM

Brakur_Island_function_and_styleOver the years the design and style of the kitchen island has evolved. It used to be a rectangular space that allowed for more storage and extra workspace. If you go into most contemporary kitchens today you will notice just how much the overall function and style has changed. Kitchen islands in many kitchens today are more than a little extra storage and can be used for many different purposes. In some kitchens they become the center of which a majority of activity revolves around. In other kitchens they can be a stunning focal point that draws people into their kitchen.


Topics: Chicagoland Kitchen Remodel, Custom Cabinetry, Kitchen Style, Kitchen Design, Kitchen Island

Current Market Indicators Encourage Kitchen and Bath Remodels

Posted by Brakur Custom Cabinetry

May 14, 2015 4:00:00 PM

brakur_marketing_indicatorsAccording to the latest market indicators it’s a great time to take on that kitchen or bath remodel you’ve been thinking about.  A recent article points out that current economy promotes home remodeling projects. The confidence in the existing housing market as well as other areas is steadily improving. This is creating the right ingredients and confidence consumers need to move forward.


Topics: Chicago Area, Custom Cabinetry, Housing Market, Kitchen and Bath Remodel

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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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