Blossom Cafe

Barn Doors: Functional Beauty for Your Home

Blossom Cafe

We recently installed a sliding barn door inside Blossom Café, Skippack’s fabulous new spot for coffee, community, and carbs. The sleek door hides all the behind-the-scenes clutter that wouldn’t be conducive to the calm coffeehouse, while adding a bit of farmhouse style.

Barn doors aren’t just for businesses, however. Homeowners in Lansdale and beyond are discovering the benefits of these practical, versatile, and gorgeous entryways. Wondering if a barn door is right for you? Here are four reasons we think they’re great:

Savvy Space Saving

While traditional doors need clearance to swing out, sliding barn doors only need wall space. Especially in a smaller room, that extra square footage could make a big difference for better flow or fitting in that extra piece of furniture.

Barn Door

Sleek & Silent Slide

Well-built barn doors slide smoothly and effortlessly along a track mounted above a doorway. In fact, today’s modern tracks offer virtually silent movement, so you don’t have to worry about squeaky hinges or slammed doors. Even children can slide them easily and without the risk of a pinched finger.

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Completely Customizable

Many people think of barn doors as rustic or shabby chic. While the farmhouse look certainly is an option, they also come in endless other styles that complement any design aesthetic. Wood or metal, distressed or sleek, extra-wide or slim, there is a barn door to fit any space.

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Form and Function

Barn doors are unique in that they are both functional and stunning. While they are more popular than ever, they are still distinctive conversation starters that feel more like works of art. Many barn doors actually are original works of art, featuring things like inlaid mosaics, murals, and glass patterns.

Barn doors are a hot trend that’s showing no signs of cooling down. Interested in adding their artistic charm to your home? Custom Craft’s design team can offer an array of options for every style. Contact us today to get started!

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Top Seven Kitchen Cabinet Accessories to Make Your Kitchen Yours

Are you looking to make your kitchen more unique? Enter kitchen cabinet accessories! Not only can you add some flair to the space, you can also add functionality and organization for your needs.  Accessories can be added to cabinets and drawers, enhancing both the inside space and outside look. In this blog post we review some of our favorites.

Here are the top seven kitchen cabinet accessories to consider:

Charging Drawer
  1. Charging station:

Are you tired of looking at wires and devices charging on the kitchen counter? We have the perfect solution for you – a charging drawer! Add a plug into a kitchen drawer or cabinet and use that space specifically for charging. You can store chargers there and when needed, plug your phone in for a charge

Bread Drawer

2. Bread box:

To keep bread fresh, people have been using bread boxes for many (many) years. But adding a cumbersome accessory to your counter isn’t ideal which is why bread drawers are great. It combines the function of a bread box with the space-saving qualities of a drawer.

LeManns

3. LeMans:

Installing a LeMans set eliminates frustrating blind corners and will maximize storage. The swivel shelves allow you to reach things stowed in the cabinet that you otherwise would not be able to access. 

Pull Out Pantry

4. Pull-outs:

Pull out organizers make harder to reach areas more accessible. These help to eliminate digging through cluttered and inaccessible shelves in pantries.

Peg System

5. Peg system:

If you want to keep things in place with the ability to change the layout around as needed, this one’s for you! Installing pegs in a drawer helps to make storing delicate dishes and plates easy.

Glass Cabinets

6. Glass Doors:

Do you have items you would like to display in your kitchen? You can do that in a classy way by adding glass upper cabinets with lighting.

Plugmold & Under Cabinet Lighting

7. Under Cabinet Lighting:

Not only does under cabinet lighting look nice, it comes in handy when prepping and using the counter space directly under the lights.  In addition to lighting, another under cabinet feature is plug molding, which allows for your outlets to be concealed.

It’s important to make your kitchen work for you and function the way you need it to. There are a lot of ways to incorporate kitchen cabinet accessories that will make your space truly yours. Contact us to get started; we would love to help you!

 

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Weddings and Home Remodeling Have More in Common Than You Think

When it comes to executing a big event, like a wedding, it pays to use a professional to organize the affair. Wedding planners help happy couples create their dream celebration by ensuring all the moving parts come together flawlessly. Similarly, couples hire design-build professionals to properly execute home remodels. By utilizing the services of a professional, couples can achieve a better outcome for their project – no matter if it’s a wedding or a home remodel.

In this blog post, let’s explore the parallels between professional wedding planners and design-build remodelers. What do they do to help make your life easier?

Remove the Stress

Whether planning a wedding or a home remodel, couples share a common goal: for the project to be as enjoyable and stress-free as possible! Having a planner allows a couple to enjoy the planning process without becoming bogged down in the details, or distracted when things go awry. Whether it’s an event or a remodel, when couples try to tackle everything on their own, they are often unable to avoid the strain that surrounds managing large projects. By employing professionals, they are able to remove the work burden by delegating the project management to a trusted resource–and greatly reduce a huge source of stress.

Client Meeting

Manage the (Many!) Details

Like a wedding, a home remodel is a complicated project. Can couples plan their own wedding or renovation? Possibly. With thousands of details to consider in both scenarios, unless they are employed in related fields, chances are high that they won’t be totally familiar with every aspect of planning. Because of that, there is an increased risk for error. Considering the significant investment that is being made, using professionals who are well-versed in the process will reduce the likelihood of costly mishaps and mistakes.

Help with Decisions

Whether it’s selecting a caterer, or cabinetry, weddings and home remodels require couples to make many decisions. But couples are frequently vexed by what to choose, and from what vendor. Both wedding planners and design-build remodelers have established relationships with all the vendors that will be required to execute the project. They know what to order, when to order, and how to schedule and arrange for delivery. Perhaps most importantly, they know who can provide the necessary products or services reliably. These relationships are developed and nurtured over time and over the course of numerous projects. Couples organizing a one-off wedding or renovation cannot hope to establish the type of working relationships with vendors that professionals have taken years to cultivate.

Create Efficiency

Another advantage of working with an experienced wedding planner is that they have organized numerous functions and developed a work process to manage events efficiently. The same is true of design-build remodeling firms. Whether renovating a kitchen, basement, or building an addition, design-build remodelers have honed the processes over time to deliver renovations on-schedule and on-budget.

PigOversee the Budget

On the topic of budget, there would appear to be a cost-saving benefit to adopting a do-it-yourself (DIY) approach to wedding planning or home remodeling. After all, wedding planners and design-build firms both charge fees that add to the overall cost of the project. While that is true, it is also true that many DIY projects go over budget due to mistakes. In this study by Porch, it was revealed that mistakes incurred during a DIY remodeling project caused hundreds of dollars per mistake and also resulted in project delays and arguments among partners. On the other hand, professional service providers are far less likely to make expensive errors, and typically have protocols in place to manage errors when they occur to mitigate against fluctuations in expense.

Another budget factor that is often overlooked is the labor cost associated with managing these projects. Weddings and renovations are both time-consuming to produce. As the adage goes, time is money. Before embarking on a DIY project, couples would be well-served to factor the value of their time into their calculations to determine whether or not cost-savings really exist.

Build Your Happily Ever After

At the conclusion of a wedding, all couples hope to live happily ever after together. When home remodeling, the hope is to live happily in their renovated space. By taking advantage of the services of trained professionals, couples greatly enhance their opportunity for achieving bliss in either endeavor.

We would love to help you achieve a happily remodeled home, contact us to get started!

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Good Kitchen Design Requires Form and Function

kitchen corner cabinet solutionWhen designing kitchens for clients, I tend to give equal consideration to aesthetics and functionality. While having an attractive space is important, for most homeowners, incorporating better organization and storage features are top priorities. My feeling is that you can never be too organized. Having a well-organized kitchen makes meal preparation more enjoyable by alleviating the frustration of not being able to find a certain utensil, pan, or baking item.

As an avid cook and baker myself, I am well aware of the importance of having a place for everything in my own kitchen. I draw upon these insights when I design. Regardless of the size of the space I am working with, I find it an exciting challenge to creatively configure a space for both form and function. Here are a couple of great ideas for maximizing the space in your kitchen.

1. Magic Corners
There are great interior accessories on the market such as magic corners and unique pull-outs for that corner in your kitchen where you don’t want to give up precious space. I can’t remember the last time I wrote off a corner with all of the options available.
2. Deep Drawers
Not only can deep drawers be used for storing large pots and pans, they can also be utilized for storing a variety of dishes with two-tiered dividers or removable pegs like the photo above.
3. Hidden Spice Racks
Placing your spices nearby your cook top makes great sense, but those jars add unattractive clutter to your counters. Fortunately, there are many clever ways to add under-counter storage space for those miscellaneous containers. Vertical pull out drawers can be added adjacent to your stove to keep those seasonings close at hand when you need them, but out of sight when you don’t.

Houzz is a great online tool to search for innovative ideas on how to maximize your storage space. Follow this link to view our Houzz Ideabook called Kitchen Organization filled with kitchen storage ideas and inspiration.

Veterans Day 2014

We honor our veterans, past and present

Veterans Day 2014Today, the Custom Craft Contractors team is pausing to recognize the bravery and sacrifice of the men and women in our armed forces, past and present. We are incredibly fortunate to live and work in the United States of America where our freedoms are protected by these courageous individuals. To all those who have served, or are currently serving, we express our heartfelt thanks. May God bless you all.

A Day in the Life at Custom Craft Contractors

If you have ever wondered what it was like to work at an award-winning remodeling company, keep reading. To gain this insight, we posed a series of questions to Matt Hill, one of our lead carpenters. Here is what Matt had to share about working at Custom Craft Contractors.

1. Describe a day in the life at Custom Craft Contractors

At Custom Craft, when we are not planning we are busy creating. Each day, I arrive on a job site with a checklist of tasks to be completed that day. As the day goes by, I am checking off the tasks that have been completed to make sure we stay on schedule. At the end of each day, I am planning for the following day. I also take time to speak with homeowners, to keep them updated on our progress and respond to any questions or concerns.

2. What is your favorite aspect of working at Custom Craft Contractors?

Presenting the homeowners with a finished project that goes beyond their expectations is my favorite part of my job. It feels great to see how much they appreciate the end result, especially when it is something I have dedicated so much time to over the course of several weeks or months.

3. If Custom Craft Contractors was a car, what make/model would it be and why?

I think we’re most like a Toyota Camry. The Camry is a well built, functional car that meets just about everyone’s needs. They last a long time and they’re reliable. They also come in a wide variety of styles, colors and options to meet everyone’s tastes. Similarly, Custom Craft Contractors is versatile. We can build anything from a bathroom, to a custom home. We also have high customer satisfaction ratings.

4. Complete this sentence, “When it comes to _______________, Custom Craft Contractors does it better than any other remodeling company around.”

Customer satisfaction. It’s one of our main focuses as a company. Our people all go above and beyond to make sure that goal is met. Everyone takes personal ownership to make sure that the customer has a high level of satisfaction with our work.

5. Tell us a little about the Custom Craft team

We have a good team. Everyone has a different construction background which makes for a good blend of skills and talents. We can meet a wide variety of needs. Our team members are all ethical and professional, which is important when you are working in other people’s homes. It makes for a happier work environment when your team members all understand how to interact appropriately on the job site.

6. Share one fun fact about yourself

I enjoy backpacking. In fact, just this past weekend I went to the “Grand Canyon” of Pennsylvania, the Pine Creek Gorge. Over the course of three days and two nights, I hiked 31 miles with a group of friends.

 

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Basement Finishing Basics

basementsIf you are interested in adding an exercise room, entertainment area, or playroom to your home, the perfect space may be beneath your feet. If your home has an unfinished basement, remodeling the basement might be the most cost-effective way to incorporate these features.

When considering a basement remodel, start by using a piece of grid paper to make a rough floor plan, marking the locations of major appliances, like your furnace, washer and dryer, and water heater. Next, you will want to note any of the following:

  • Interior and exterior access points
  • Existing plumbing locations, which are important to know about in case you want to include an additional bathroom, or wet bar
  • Location of vertical support columns
  • Locations of windows and doors
  • Floor, ceiling, and wall materials

Given their location underground, basements are vulnerable to dampness, which makes basement remodeling a bit more challenging than first meets the eye. But, with the right materials in place, your basement will be protected from moisture, as well as the mold and mildew that can come with an improperly finished underground space.

Most basements have low ceilings and few windows, which can create a dark and cramped feeling if not addressed properly. Fortunately, there are many creative ways to make your basement light and airy.

Here are some tricks-of-the-trade for transforming your basement:

  • Stay away from dark wood paneling and instead consider drywall painted in light tones to make the room brighter. Semi-gloss paint will gently reflect even more light into the room.
  • Open up the visual space. Consider glass double doors, a rounded archway, or a pass-through area between rooms to create smooth transitions from one area to another.
  • Check to see if existing windows can be enlarged. Or, consider installing a small boxed window for a mini-garden to grow herbs or start plant seedlings.
  • Add depth with built-in bookcases and entertainment units. Light them strategically with interior lights, or from the top, to cast light downwards.
  • Disguise vertical support beams and horizontal ceiling pipes or floor joists by covering them. Alternatively, you can use pipes and beams as interesting accents by painting them with bold colors for added flair.

Unfinished basements are much like a diamond in the rough—unexplored splendor awaiting your discovery.