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Two Tone Modern Kitchen Remodel (Before & After)

Posted by on Sep 24, 2013 in Blog, Feature | Comments Off on Two Tone Modern Kitchen Remodel (Before & After)

Two Tone Modern Kitchen Remodel (Before & After)

This photo album below features a full set of before and after pictures of the kitchen remodel. In this project, we had shifted the front entrance from the foyer to the center of the kitchen wall.  This allowed for a set of full depth cabinets (24″) on both sides of the room.  Further, we have taken down the partition wall between the dining room and the kitchen to connect the two spaces for an open style living, and making it easier to entertain guests and having conversations.  The contractor reinforced ceiling in this area with a header, 4×4’s on the sides, and new footings in the crawlspace/foundation. For the cabinetry here, we used two separate finishes from Sollera to create the two tone effect.  Painted white cabinetry on top for the stove and sink side, and horizontal grain, quartersawn walnut veneers for the rest of the cabinetry.  The darker cabinetry made for a sophisticated look, while the white cabinets at the eye level helped prevented the room from being overly dark.  White Caesarstone was used for the counters, along with white marble tile back splash. We freshened up the rest of the room with a new coat of paint, new recessed canned lights, new tiled flooring, and last but not least, covered up with brick wall with new sheetrock. In you are interested in reading up on the weekly break down of construction schedule, please visit our “Typical Construction Schedule” post. [Show as...

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Custom Color Paints!

Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 in Blog, Feature | Comments Off on Custom Color Paints!

Custom Color Paints!

Ever wanted to be different?  This customer (name kept private, let’s call her Stacey) certainly did.  This project was done in Fremont, CA, and Stacey here told me she wanted a set of green cabinets.  While all three of my product lines had a couple options of green, none of them had the exact shade of green Stacey wanted. Hmm, dilemma you say?  Well not exactly.  Both Sollera Cabinets and Plato Woodwork offer a custom color program.  While Plato’s offering is more extensive and customers are able to send in samples to the factory for a match, Sollera offers the ability for owners to pick certain lines of paint from Benjamin Moore. For this project, Stacey selected the Raindance color (BM#1572) from Benjamin Moore, and Sollera built it.  (Make sure you see album 36 on our flickr page to see the full before/after transformation!) Customers who are interested should know that custom colors require additional lead time. Typically, we would ask the vendor to create a custom sample (for a fee). This generally takes 2-3 weeks depending on schedules. Upon your approval of the color, the order can then go through the regular production queue. The rest of the order is the same as a regular...

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Wall Mount Vanity

Posted by on Sep 22, 2013 in Blog, Feature | Comments Off on Wall Mount Vanity

Wall Mount Vanity

Here’s a touch of modern with a floating vanity from Sollera Cabinets.  Our customer (name kept private, let’s call him Lance) Lance wanted something decently sleek looking to go with the beautiful tile color scheme in the shower, and this espresso colored, Hartford (shaker door) maple cabinet seems to do the job. The cabinets are essentially just shorter base cabinets with full height doors, and we voided the toe kick section.  That’s the easy part.  The important part is recognize now that the cabinet is not sitting on the floor on its toe kick, how will we secure it? We generally suggest some metal L-brackets underneath the cabinet boxes in the back wall, so it can serve as a sturdy support for the cabinets, while being out of sight unless you were on your hands and knees. Another success, wouldn’t you say?...

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Classic Painted Inset Cabinets

Posted by on Sep 21, 2013 in Blog, Feature | Comments Off on Classic Painted Inset Cabinets

Classic Painted Inset Cabinets

White painted cabinets are in, there’s no doubt about that.  Just open any magazine, or look on Houzz.com and I’m sure you’ll find plenty of photos to support that statement.  The inset construction though, to me it adds another layer of sophistication that is uncommon with the average price point vendors. Traditional American cabinets are made with a face frame, and many of the old school furniture makers used to make their doors smaller to fit within the frame of the cabinet.  Therefore, it is called “inset” because the doors are flushed with the face of the frame. This style of cabinet construction provides another surface for an additional detail on the cabinet frame, making it look more elegant.  At the same time, this style of cabinet requires much more precision in manufacturing, making it much more difficult to produce.  Of our three main product lines, only Plato Woodwork will offer an inset construction.  With only 1/8″ between doors and cabinet frames, sometimes you will encounter doors swelling over time due to seasonal changes in humidity.  For this reason, Plato actually tries to take into consideration the average humidity level of the home owner’s general geographic area, and tries to adjust by increasing/decreasing the moisture content during the manufacturing process.  It doesn’t prevent doors swelling, but it should minimize the chances of the doors rubbing against one another, and it’s certainly a great touch to add that I don’t see many other factories are willing to...

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Beauty of Natural Walnut

Posted by on Sep 20, 2013 in Blog, Feature | Comments Off on Beauty of Natural Walnut

Beauty of Natural Walnut

Late in 2011, Sollera added walnut as part of their product offerings, and it has been very well received.  Walnut can be very versatile for designs.  Back when we had a showroom, we would receive many compliments on our walnut two tone display.  Walnut on its own though, has its own elegance, and here we did a kitchen in a simple, natural walnut finish across the board. Folks who like walnut tend to enjoy the wide variance of color within the natural wood, hence most of the orders I see are for natural finish (without any stains, just a clear top coat).  In this picture, you can see that walnut is mostly medium brown, with strands of white and light brown.  The grain and mineral deposits are in the darker brown tones, with some as dark as black. When planning with darker color materials, keep in mind of the lighting in the room.  Do you have enough natural lights?  If not, you may consider adding windows, or skylights to bring in more natural light for the room.  If those options are not available, you can always add some recessed lights in the ceiling, or pendants over your peninsula/island.  Keep in mind that the other elements can help even out the tones, so a lighter color countertop like these folks have done here would be a great way to start.  We went as far as putting in a nicely designed tile back splash to the ceiling, with decorative accents and trim at the focal point behind the stove.  I suggest home owners to work with tile design specialists for their decorative needs here as they are the most aware of the various materials and color schemes are available in the latest manufacturers’...

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