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Sollera Cabinet review – shelving options.

Posted by on Jun 3, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off on Sollera Cabinet review – shelving options.

In this video, we do a deep dive into the different shelving options available from Sollera Cabinets, and also how the material thickness is affected when paired with other cabinet modifications such as finished interiors. me reviewing the details of shelving, because shelves are the most exciting thing since slice bread! Okay maybe not, but hey, they’re...

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2018 Happy Holidays!

Posted by on Dec 12, 2018 in Blog, Videos | Comments Off on 2018 Happy Holidays!

It’s that time of the year again!  Happy holidays from MTKC!  Wishing everyone a safe and fun-filled holiday! Check out my holiday greetings video where I also shared my latest experience chatting with supposedly a hybrid personal assistant that’s part machine, part human??  My guess is it’s more human than machine at this point, but hey, if chatbots exists, why not right??  Anyway… til robots take over the world, you can still get your cabinets here from me!...

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Magic Corner Hardware in a base blind corner cabinet

Posted by on Sep 26, 2018 in Blog, Videos | Comments Off on Magic Corner Hardware in a base blind corner cabinet

In this video, I explore what a blind corner cabinet is, and a storage accessory that I call the Magic Corner for easier access. Kitchen designed by yours truly, ME =] Cabinet manufacturer: Sollera Cabinetry – www.solleracabinets.com Hardware featured: “Base Blind Corner Metal Rack” aka “Magic Corner...

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MTKC is 13 years old today!

Posted by on Dec 12, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on MTKC is 13 years old today!

Hey everybody!?!  Eric here, and I wanted to take a moment to reflect on our cabinet journey here. I couldn’t believe it, but it’s true.  Today marks the 13th anniversary of MTKC’s grand opening.  Happy 13, MTKC!  Over the years, my family and I have been through a lot of ups and downs with MTKC.  From the water pipe burst that flooded our San Mateo showroom and took us 9 months to rebuild, to the Great Recession of 2008, on to some of the best years that followed in the Bay Area real estate boom, and to our eventual decision to switch from our showroom to a home business… all I’m trying to say is, it’s been a lot, AND I am super grateful for ALL of it. The past 13 years has given me the opportunity to serve many of the homeowners here around the Bay (I think our invoice number is right around 1,000? Or super close to it if we haven’t already reached it).  It’s given me the chance to meet many wonderful people in the home industry.  It’s also given me the flexibility to work and design while also going back to school, as well as given me the opportunity to take a stab at the technology startup world here in the valley.  Most importantly, it gave me the chance to work with my parents, and be closer to them while I learn more about myself, and my own capabilities. These experiences have been invaluable for me, and I could not be more grateful for all the opportunities and people who have come along the way.  The past 13 years has taught me resilience and grit, and helped shape me into who I am.  Now, without getting super touchy feely, let me just say, “thank you”, to each and every one of my customer, every vendor I’ve ever had, every one of the folks I’ve met in the trades, and last but not least, my family in working with me in MTKC, and putting up with me for all these years. =]  And if the above list of “every” body doesn’t cover you, and you’re still reading this, well, thank you too, for reading ’til the end.  =]  Thank you for everyone’s support, and here’s to another 13? 26? 39 years?  (Actually I don’t know if I want to be working in my mid 70s… but at least I can multiply by 13??...

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Typical Construction Schedule

Posted by on Sep 25, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on Typical Construction Schedule

Many of our customers ask us what they should expect regarding their construction schedule. While we are not general contractors, and MTKC does not manage the construction schedule, we can speak broadly about kitchen projects, and what home owners should anticipate during their kitchen remodels. Generally speaking, you would need to get a kitchen remodel permit from your city for the construction work you do. In most cases, removing/demolishing your existing cabinets will trigger the need of a kitchen remodel permit. In it, it’d ask for things like updating electrical and plumbing up to today’s building code standard. A project such as our featured kitchen, “Two Tone Modern Kitchen Remodel (before & after)” should take roughly 6 to 8 weeks from start to finish of the construction. A general break down of construction schedule is as follow. Please note this is a general guideline, not a rule, as every home is different, and requires different level/scale of work and attention to details. Number of workers on site will also affect the overall schedule. Please consult your own professional regarding your specific details. Week 1 – Demolition. Week 1 & 2 – Take down old walls, reinforcing ceilings/foundations, framing new walls, and openings. Week 3 & 4 – Inspection if necessary. Update plumbing and electrical as necessary. This typically mean adding emergency gas shut off valve for gas stove, and title 24 compliance on lights, GFI outlets all around the kitchen. Week 5 & 6 – Sheetrock & inspection. Cabinet installation. Countertop templates. Flooring. Paint. Week 7 & 8 – Installing countertops. Backsplash, window/door trims, molding. Putting in lights, appliances. Door knobs, and other finish touches.   Depending on if you have any walls to be reframed, step 2 can be skipped, and step 3 can be moved up to the first week, and the rest of the schedule accordingly. As mentioned earlier, MTKC does not manage the construction portion of the schedule. This is a typical construction schedule that many of our clients go through, but it is not set in stone in its duration and sequence of events because various subcontractors may be available at different times, so your project can look different from this. *Disclaimer – MTKC is a cabinet retailer. Neither Eric, nor MTKC, is a general contractor. We are sharing this information from our customer project as a general source of information. Please consult your local professional and city building codes before starting any projects. It is recommended that you do not use any single source of information for all of your...

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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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