Creating a kitchen for aging in place
According to the website “Aging in Place”, “the number of Americans over 65 will almost double from the 2006 tally of 37 million and reach 71.5 million people”. This means that there is a shift coming to how homes are remodeled.
Aging in place is more than a catchy phrase, it has become an official term, defined by the CDC as, “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortable, regardless of age, income, or ability level”. The basic concept is that most seniors prefer the idea of staying in their own homes instead of moving into a retirement community. This means that some adjustments may need to be made to help them obtain the kitchen best suited for their needs. Safety and convenience are the two main factors to consider when creating a space for seniors, especially the kitchen.
Since the kitchen is one of the main areas of the home that we spend the most time in, it requires some special considerations especially if there is limited mobility, motor skills or physical constraints. This is where we come in, here at Walker Woodworking we specialize in creating spaces that meet the needs without compromising functionality.
One of the initial steps when planning for a kitchen remodel is spacing:
- Who will be using this space?
- Will special equipment be used such as walkers, wheelchairs or power chairs?
- How many people will use the space?
These play a vital role when creating an area with sufficient room for maneuverability. Safety is of the utmost importance to us and plays a key role when we design a space. We want to ensure that this new area will be sufficient for all the needs of the homeowners.
We make more than cabinets, we enable our clients to continue doing what they love by creating something suited to their specific needs, you might say it is our specialty. Designing cabinets for a home with special needs require extra thought, view our Greenbrook Design gallery for some inspiration. For example, using drawers instead of the traditional upper cabinets make things more accessible. Lowering upper cabinets by three inches since it makes it much simpler for seniors to reach the items they need. We are also able to add pullout steps that can be used to easily grab those items, when not in use they can be neatly tucked back in preserving the look of the home. Creating several open shelf areas make it easy to store and grab items used on a daily basis. These are some of the things we take into consideration when planning a kitchen remodel for our senior clients.
This is another area that can be customized to suit the needs of those utilizing the kitchen. A few things to consider would be multileveled countertops and rounded corners. Standard countertop height is 36 inches, but if the homeowner uses a motorized or standard wheelchair they will not be able to reach or utilize the counter effectively. By customizing the height, they will be able to do everything they need. Countertops that have sharp edges are more likely to cause injuries, we provide a rounded corner or edge option that can eliminate this danger.
Family is important to us, it is at the root of our business. We care about all of our clients no matter what season of life they are in and want to help them make the best decisions for their new space. Our designs are never the same for each client, they are unique just like our clients. Our desire is to help create a space that is perfectly suited for them and will help them continue to do what they love, completely unhindered. We have 20 years of experience helping our clients in more than ten counties and look forward to helping you achieve the kitchen you need.
An unhindered workspace
Because the kitchen is the heart of the home, it means there will be a lot of activity that takes place within its boundaries. People get ready to face the day by making their morning coffee and packing lunches. Dishes that have piled up need to be washed and put away. Dinner needs to be made and served to a hungry family. With all these different tasks going on, often at the same time, it’s easy for people to stumble over one another and create chaos in what should be a pleasant area in the home. This is where the work triangle comes into play by creating a functional space that allows everything to get done without trampling over others in the process.
What is the work triangle?
A work triangle is a standard design practice that helps create an efficient kitchen workspace with clear traffic lanes allowing the cook to have easy access to food storage, cleaning, and cooking areas. It is an imaginary triangle connecting the cooktop, sink, and refrigerator within the sum of the triangle that does not exceed 26 feet. Some other general rules include:
- No side of the triangle should cut through an island or peninsula by more than 12 inches.
- No major traffic pattern should cross through the triangle
- Each leg should measure between four and nine feet.
By creating boundaries within the kitchen, activities can take place easily and quickly. Browse our gallery for more examples and inspiration.
Benefits of the triangle
With so much going on in the kitchen including evening homework by the kids and work projects by parents, it is easy for space to quickly become crowded hindering the original purpose, cooking. By creating the triangle, a dedicated area is now in place which ensures that there is enough space for making those delicious meals without risk of a collision. Convenience is another benefit to having the work triangle in place since it allows for everything to be within easy reach. If there is a designated space for cooking there will be less traffic going through allowing the person cooking to complete the meal with minimal distractions. Learn more about the benefits of having a work triangle in the kitchen.
Great use of space
Whether you have a small or large space, it is important to use it effectively. A small kitchen needs to function properly while not feeling cramped. A large kitchen has more space which can create some hassle if things are too far apart. A work triangle solves both of these problems by making each space work effortlessly in the designated area. A small kitchen means there is no room for wasted space which is where the triangle helps because it places the most used stations within easy reach of each other. With a large kitchen, things can get lost and feel too far away, making it difficult to cook or do anything else. The triangle saves the day again by placing the essential areas together saving valuable steps, especially when trying to get dinner on the table.
A place to create
The triangle is a great design tool and has the ability to help homeowners create a functional, and usable space. It helps save time and energy when making a delicious meal by providing everything within easy reach. Kitchens have evolved into more than just a place to make meals, it is a place where memories are made. The work triangle ensures that both can be done without hindering the other.
We have nearly twenty years of experience helping our clients create a space that not only works for them but one that they will love for years to come. We would love to have the opportunity to help you take your space from workable to functional.
Remodeling a residential space can be both thrilling and rewarding. It can lead to various practical advantages, too. That’s because renovation projects can in many situations upgrade the values of associated homes. If you want to give the value of your living space a huge boost, then you should find out about any and all approaches that may assist you with matters. There are all sorts of things you can do to breathe new life into the price tag of your property.
Garage Door Systems
Garage door systems are big parts of homes. People rely on their garages to safeguard vehicles of all varieties. If you have a garage door that’s not exactly reliable or effective, it may interfere with your day-to-day existence considerably. Faulty garage doors can be loud. They can move in unpredictable and inconsistent ways, too. If you want to do something positive for the value of your residence, you should think about replacing an old and tired garage door with a fresh one right away. Doing so can be favorable for everything from serenity to safety and is a great remodeling asset.
Kitchen Appliance Updates
Food preparation spaces that are sleek, bright and streamlined can make residential spaces a lot more appealing to possible buyers. That’s how they can enhance property value in a dramatic way. If you want to make the value of your home a lot stronger, you should think about overhauling your kitchen. You can overhaul your kitchen by updating any old and tired household appliances that may be part of it. You should think about replacing everything from the sink to the microwave oven. Don’t forget to zero in on the floors, countertops,
Think about installing custom cabinets, too. Customized cabinets can give your home a feel that’s welcoming and contemporary.
If you want to make your home a lot more irresistible to others, then you should think in detail about your outdoor space and its feel. Don’t underestimate the value of a yard that’s pleasant and enticing. If you want to make your outdoor space as enticing as possible, you should think about constructing and installing a lovely and sizable deck that’s made out of wood. Why exactly are decks so advantageous for home value boosts? Decks can give you access to a lot more room on your property. They can also be suitable for people who like organizing outdoor gatherings of all kinds. If you want to enhance the amount of storage you have at home, deck installation can work. If you want to make your home a more exciting place, it can work as well. Contact the hard-working Walker Woodworking team A.S.A.P. for further details about home remodeling projects in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Relaxation is a must
While the kitchen is the heart of the home, the bathroom is considered a place of relaxation. It is here that we can shed the stress of the office, recover from the rush of the day and allows us an area of solitude. Bathrooms have evolved from a simple room used to meet the basic needs, to a personal retreat, a way to have a spa of our own. It is the one room in the home that signifies peace and tranquility.
Extras you need
While the extras like lighting, tile, and storage are important, the bathroom cabinets in Charlotte NC are key to creating a pleasing space. It is the cabinets that have the ability to transform the entire look of the bathroom while helping to provide the storage needed for all of the essentials such as toiletries, cosmetics, and necessities.*
A well thought out bathroom and cabinet design can allow homeowners to store all the things they need to properly function within the bathroom while keeping it beautiful and clutter-free.
Popular cabinet styles
Creating bathroom cabinets out of wood, one of the most popular materials used today comes with the benefit of being stained or painted any color. This allows for a truly custom experience that enables the homeowner to have a bathroom that is completely reflective of their personality and style. Learn more about some of the most popular bathroom cabinet styles and the benefits of each.
Inset Style cabinets
Precision is the number one word used to describe the inset style cabinets. Some of the features include drawers and doors that fit inside of the cabinet versus extending beyond the cabinet frame. This style of cabinets was popular during the Victorian and Georgian eras and has been making a comeback in recent years. Learn a little more here. This style is a wonderful choice for bathroom cabinets. Some of the benefits of this style is a unified look in the design, the ability to save space due to an absence of the overlay, and of course it has one of the best aesthetically pleasing looks. There are also multiple ways to customize these cabinets such as adding beaded inserts or moldings that are representational of your special style.
Flat style cabinets
This is a great choice for those looking to have a more modern, contemporary, or industrial styled bathroom. While Shaker-style cabinets tend to be the most popular because of their traditional look, flat style cabinets also known as “slab” cabinet doors are on the rise due to their ability to create a modern space. Since they are constructed out of one solid piece of wood, they are considered frameless cabinets. This style can create a modern look or one of minimalism due to the sleek, elegant, and uncomplicated final design. Adding a small amount of hardware can add the final touch to these bathroom cabinets. Click to see one of our bathroom projects that used frameless cabinetry.
Shaker style cabinets
These tend to be the most popular style of cabinets used in kitchens and bathrooms because of their versatility. Originally designed by those in the Shaker faith to be simple, functional, and durable, these cabinets still hold true to these principles but have also veered off to be more flexible too. White Shaker cabinets tend to be reflective of an elegant, feminine style, while the warmer woods tend to be representational of a strong, masculine feel. The timeless elegance of these cabinets are a perfect fit for any bathroom and can also increase the value in the home.
Ready to help
No matter the style of cabinets you choose, Walker Woodworking is ready to help you bring it to life. There is no greater satisfaction for us than when a customer loves their final design because it is everything they had dreamed it would be. Our desire is to help you discover what cabinets best suit your needs and reflect your style. We look forward to assisting you with your home project.
Bathroom Cabinets can add value to the home. At Walker Woodworking, we know the value that custom cabinetry adds to any kitchen or bathroom remodeling project. Based in Shelby, North Carolina, our local custom cabinet company has been producing fine furnishings for homes in the foothills of North Carolina for 20 years. If you are considering or actively planning your own bathroom remodel, we’d like to share with you some reasons why custom cabinetry from professional cabinet makers is your best option.
The High-Quality Option
When it comes to cabinets, custom is generally going to be of higher build quality than off-the-shelf options. At Walker Woodworking, we know that our Charlotte NC cabinet makers are true artisans and craftsmen who take pride in creating a quality product. This is especially important for your bathroom cabinets because they will need to stand up to the intense moisture and humidity of shower steam as well as water occasionally splashing on them from a sink. Custom cabinetry has the best chance of standing up to all of this without warping or swelling.
More Practical and Functional
For a bathroom remodel, you will tend to be more limited on space for your cabinets than in a kitchen. This means they may have to be designed for tight spaces where off-the-shelf cabinets may not fit. Custom cabinet makers can create just what you need for just the space you have available for maximum functionality and practicality in your storage space, take a look at some more inspiration.
Custom Bathroom Cabinets Won’t Break Your Budget
Even if it’s a fairly decent-sized master bathroom that you are having remodeled, there will typically be far fewer cabinets in any bathroom than in a kitchen. While going custom with all of your kitchen cabinetry might exceed your budget, doing it in your bathroom should be more feasible for many homeowners.
Getting Exactly the Look You Want
This benefit is one that holds true whether you are getting cabinets for your bathroom or are having kitchen cabinet builders create them specifically for that room. With custom, you can get exactly the material, design, finish and size that you desire. If you want cerused oak cabinets, then a local custom cabinet company can do that for you. Getting exactly the look you want in your bathroom remodel is a luxury that is possible, at least as far as the cabinetry is concerned, when you go with custom cabinetry from quality cabinet makers.
Quality Bathroom and Kitchen Cabinet Builders in Shelby, NC
With our design office and manufacturing facility located less than 50 miles west of Charlotte, we have been bringing beautiful, high-quality, custom cabinetry to homes throughout Cleveland County and beyond since 1999. Employing about 30 designers, artisans and other professionals in Shelby, NC, everything we make is handcrafted and built in the USA. If you are looking for bathroom or kitchen cabinet builders in the foothills of North Carolina, please contact our local custom cabinet company. We’ll help you finish your next remodel with the exact cabinetry you desire, and we’ll do it within your budget.
We all love our pet but sometimes it can create a problem when it comes to the home design. For example, looking to create that perfect kitchen space you have dreamed of? And not sure where to put the dog’s bowl so that it doesn’t clash with the design? Are you wanting to create that amazing new bathroom but tired of having the cat’s litter box be an eyesore and are unsure of how to hide it with style? We can help create a pet friendly space! While we are a custom kitchen and bath cabinet design center, we also can do much more because we specialize in doing the unique in your home.
Creating function without compromise
Here at Walker Woodworking, we care about the needs of our clients and that extends beyond the two-legged kind. Since most of us here have our own furry companions, we understand the importance of including them in the design. We have become experts in creating functional spaces without compromising beauty. Every pet owner wants their little friend to be comfortable which sometimes requires planning to utilize the space to its maximum potential which is where we come in.
We encourage our clients during the design meeting to share any specific needs or wishes they have for their little fur babies. We want to be able to help you create the perfect space. By knowing in advance what they need makes the planning stage much easier. These requests have resulted in some amazing little details added to some of the projects we have done over the years. One great example was a special cat-shaped door created for a litter box area. Allowing the owner’s cat to use the litter box while keeping with the design looking fantastic! Feeding areas for pets can be a problem, especially with dogs since some of them enjoy turning their food bowls over. We solved that problem by creating an open cabinet with custom cutouts that fit the feeding bowls of the owner’s dog neatly inside while remaining easily accessible to their pet. It was a functional and practical space while remaining true to the original design. Here are a few other pet ideas that might be able to be included in the remodel design process.
Custom designs to suit both you and your pet’s unique needs
We strive to think outside the box to add those little extra touches that meet a need while staying true to the design. It is possible to have function and beauty coexist together. We take what you have, factor in what you need and create a space that is perfect for everyone. Sometimes it is necessary to live in smaller spaces which creates a need for a well-used area to function for multiple purposes. Because we are a custom cabinet place we have the ability to create the perfect space for your pet, this allows us to blend the needs of your pet seamlessly into the function of your lifestyle. Here are some important questions we ask during our initial meeting with our clients.
- What type of space are we working with?
- Who will be using the space?
- What style and atmosphere are you looking to create?
- Are there any particular special needs we need to consider when creating the design?
It is our pleasure to assist you in having a home you always wanted for you and your sweet companions. So don’t forget to include your furry friend in your design, they have given you so much love and deserve to be taken into account. We look forward to helping you create a space that is perfectly suited to the whole family’s needs. Feel free to browse our gallery for more inspiration.
Valuable Storage Ideas from Cabinets Designers to Interior Designers
Not all storage works the same. Some items are more difficult to store than others, even when space isn’t the issue. Doors and drawers each serve a purpose to stash different types of items, especially in heavy-traffic areas such as bathrooms. That’s where we come in, we love teaming up with designers to help create storage solutions. When our kitchen and bath designers team up with Interior Designers, the results are amazing. We are open to working with your own interior designer and even welcome it.
Vanessa Fleming, owner, and designer of Acorn Interior Design took the lead for her client to remodel a master bathroom in a Georgian marvel built-in 1941. Vanessa’s clients fell in love with this home and even moved to Gastonia, NC to live in this house.
It started with a plan
Vanesa started out by making a wishlist of all the items the homeowners wanted to incorporate into the design. Then she did an inventory of everything in the closet (# of shoes, shirts, pants, dresses, etc.) so that we were able to design the space specifically needed for each item. We even had room in the closet for a pullout hamper that could stay out of sight.
As for the homeowner’s wish list, they wanted a separate toilet room, a large walk-in, zero-threshold shower with rain shower and jets. They also wanted space for two people to stand by the mirror at the same time but not two sinks. The husband wanted a fully cedar-lined closet. With having only one medium-sized closet in the master bedroom, another closet was needed. Some creative storage solutions were needed.
There was so much wasted space in the previous bathroom because the bathroom connected “his and hers” master bedrooms. We were able to use all of that square footage by walling in the doorway that led to one of the master bedrooms, which is now a playroom. We also incorporated the playroom closet into the bathroom to allow more room in the new master bathroom.
New space, better functions
The new space functions so well because two people can be in the bathroom at the same time because there are now four distinct spaces:
1) a separate toilet room,
2) an enclosed shower,
3) the vanity for make-up,
4) the sink area.
The wardrobe/closet was built for the husband and his collection of clothes and shoes (men like fashion too!) Because of the wool suits, we made the closet space from cedar to ensure moth control.
The docking drawer inside the vanity has a plug inside the drawer for convenience so that the cord does not lay across the counter making is also less cluttered. The drawer also includes a stainless steel holder for the hairdryer and toiletries so that they all remain in one accessible place. Here are a few other storage ideas.
A reflection of detail
Vanessa was able to stay within the parameters by keeping the entrance to the bathroom and windows where they were and incorporating all the wishlist items.
This team approach made the project go smoothly from design to cabinet install. It was a great opportunity to work with an interior designer to help produce a finished project that made the owners smile.
The results reflected all the attention to detail in this amazing master bathroom remodel. These creative storage solutions were a collaboration of both cabinet designer and the interior designer.
Walker Woodworking proudly serves nine counties including but not limited to: Buncombe, Polk, Henderson, Catawba, Mecklenburg, Cleveland, York, Spartanburg, and Greenville. Located 45 miles west of Charlotte, Walker Woodworking is your one-stop-shop for all of your custom and woodworking needs. Nestled in the foothills of North Carolina, we’ve been producing locally-manufactured cabinetry since 1999. We can provide beautiful, custom storage solutions for any room in your home. If you’re looking for distinctive cabinets for your kitchen, then most of what’s available off-the-shelf at retail stores will not do. Contact us and find out how we can make your kitchen stand out from the ordinary at a price you can afford.
Our team at Walker Woodworking knows firsthand that cabinets are essential for organization and storage in your kitchen. Our experienced wood cabinet makers, who create some of the finest custom cabinets in the foothills of North Carolina, can tell you that cabinets come in a variety of styles including traditional, shaker, rustic, contemporary, country and a number of others. If you are completely remodeling your kitchen or simply updating some worn or dated cabinets, there are several factors you should take into consideration when choosing replacements. HGTV also offers a few tips when choosing kitchen cabinets.
They Need to Match Your Kitchen’s Style
There are a plethora of kitchen styles as well as various cabinet styles. Some of these will blend well together, and others will be a design disaster when trying to combine them. Contemporary cabinets, for instance, might look out of place if you have a country farmhouse kitchen. The same could be said for country cabinets in a modern kitchen. If you don’t make the right decision on style, it won’t matter what material or color you choose for the cabinets.
Their Color Needs to Match
Getting cabinets with matching colors for your kitchen does not mean that they have to be the same color as other major items in your kitchen. In fact, making them the same color would be a design disaster since you should have some color differentiation between cabinets, countertops and flooring. For instance, black cabinets can be a nice contrast to white countertops or vice versa. You may find, however, that you don’t want to go with so striking a contrast. Different shades of neutral colors can be effectively combined to work well in your kitchen. For example, dark gray countertops might go well with beige cabinets.
Choosing the Right Material
Kitchen cabinets come in a decent variety of material choices. You can find them in melamine, medium-density fiberboard, plywood, stainless steel, metal and wood. Wood is still one of the most popular choices since wood cabinets will blend in well with many kitchen styles. It also gives you many choices based on the type of wood you choose. You can go with maple, pine, beech, walnut, hickory, cherry, mahogany or oak. There are even variations within these. For instance, you might decide to go with French oak kitchen cabinets. Nothing has as beautifully natural a look as stained wood cabinet doors with the wood grain showing.
Off-the-Shelf or Custom Cabinets?
Another thing you need to determine is whether to go off-the-shelf or custom when sourcing your cabinets. Custom cabinets will cost more, but you’ll be able to get the exact look, material and finish that you’re going for to perfectly complement the rest of your kitchen. You can find an impressive variety of premade cabinetry today that will work for the kitchen in many homes. For older homes, though, you may need the custom touch to create cabinetry that fits unique or tight spaces that modern store offerings won’t accommodate. You may also want to transform your kitchen into your dream culinary area. Doing this may require the exacting specifications only available from custom wood cabinet makers to turn this dream into reality.
Local Custom Cabinet Company
At Walker Woodworking, we know cabinetry. Our wood cabinet makers have been producing quality fine furnishings since 1999. Located in Shelby, North Caroline, not far from Charlotte, all of our custom-crafted cabinetry is designed and made right here in America. Whether you are looking for built-in cabinets, French oak kitchen cabinets or any other custom design, our artisans and craftsman can create what you desire. Don’t tailor your cabinetry needs to what’s available on store shelves. Contact us and we’ll tailor custom cabinetry to your specifications.
The Comeback Of Oak
When you think of oak cabinetry what do you envision? Probably a kitchen in an older home with lighter toned cabinets and all of the “typical oak” graining showing on every door and drawer. We have indeed torn out many of these older style oak kitchens to complete updated remodels in our client’s homes. However, due to recent techniques we’ve developed for treating this durable wood, oak is making a comeback. We will be featuring it in a variety of styles in our new showroom in uptown Shelby. Oak has long been a widely used resource for cabinet building due to its hardness and strength. It contains a high level of the chemical tannin, which makes it invulnerable to insect or fungal attack. The grain of the wood makes it widely recognizable as well as desirable, especially when quartersawn. As you’ll see here, the species can be used to encompass many different styles.
Organic shapes and spiral flowing details are hallmarks of the Victorian furniture style. While most of the cabinetry we build and the accents we use are rectangular, we can incorporate carvings, corbels, onlays, and decorative posts to achieve the Victorian look. Glass and mirrored doors are often used in this style. We can now design and cut any shape of doors on our CNC machine, creating endless design combinations. We used to be limited to rectangular shapes, but using the latest technology we can now create softer curves and gliding lines that fit into the Victorian designs.
This has been the most popular style in the Walker Woodworking customer service area for many years. Neutral stain colors are most used in this style, but neutral paints have become more popular to incorporate in recent years. Thicker moldings, a few touches of ornamental details, and raised paneled doors and drawers are staples of this design style. Although we don’t do very many projects like this these days, it is still a timeless classic style.
As the name implies, this style is characterized by its practical look and use. These cabinets are designed with ultimate functionality in mind, not necessarily decorative appeal. For our cerused oak industrial cabinets, we let the grain and finish speak for itself, not using elaborate moldings and ornamentation. Often times slab doors and drawer fronts will be utilized, not unlike you see often on utilitarian lockers or workbenches.
This is a recently evolving style that has developed through the years as a blending of traditional elements and cleaner more modern designs. Cerused oak fits well into this style since many consumers already associate oak cabinetry as being a traditional design element. We’ll use simple door and drawer styles mostly when building this style, but can dress it up with ornate hardware, or pair it down with sleek handles. See more of this project here.
Everything about this design style says simple, simple, simple. Slab doors and drawers are a hallmark of this look but not required. When using cerused oak in this way the grain and coloring used really speak for themselves. White is a popular color choice, as well as the other end of the spectrum, going extremely dark with the color selections. There are no curves to be seen in this style, hard edges reign supreme, letting the colors and textures speak for themselves. When we use cerused oak in this style the graining brings an added level of detail and makes this widely seen style appear fresh again.
Read more about Cerused Oak here.
Arts & Crafts
Simplicity is a common theme here as well, however, small intricacies can be added to make a large impact. This style is hardly ever seen painted, and mostly lends to mid range stains, many times with a reddish undertone. Furniture legs are often incorporated into this design style and moldings used can make it distinctly different from other styles. See more of this project here.
We love the many uses of oak – trending right now are Industrial and Contemporary styles. Cerused oak has become one of our favorite types of material to use. There are so many unique stain options to choose from. To find out more about the uses of cerused oak, and to see if it is right for your project please call us today and set up a design consultation and a time to visit our showroom.
The Walker Woodworking Showroom is located at Greenbrook Design.
112 North Lafayette Street
Shelby NC 28150