10 Cabinet Suggestions to Amplify Space

There are a myriad of motives that go into producing an efficient, elegant kitchen. From the flooring to countertops to appliances, all kitchen characteristics play an integral function, but cabinets are typically in the first position when it comes to storage, function, and convenience.

Regardless of your kitchen’s size, there are a variety of ways to increase cabinet space with inventive solutions.

10 Cabinet Suggestions to Amplify Space

  1. Take Cabinets Higher

Consider going up cabinets, as tall, vertical cabinets that reach to the ceiling are both trending and functional. Plus, higher shelves make an excellent space to store kitchen items use rarely.

  1. Exploit Nooks and Crannies

Often, kitchens have a small nook, corner, or angle that doesn’t fit standard cabinets. You can still make the space functional and often create a focal point such as organizational cabinets to store cookbooks, paperwork, and other small items, plus it will help keep counters free of clutter.

  1. Enhance Corner Cabinets

With an L-shaped kitchen layout, the corner cabinets are usually suitable while maddening to keep organized. To create more, consider adding a pullout to the corner cabinet, which doubles the interior storage space and allows trouble-free access to crucial items.

  1. Make Unused Features a Focus

Sometimes older homes have kitchen features that take up space instead of serve a purpose. To maximize storage, transform these areas by installing additional cabinetry. This will allow this area to stand out, while providing additional storage space.

  1. Create Shelving in Unusual Places

Typical kitchens have bulkheads extending from the ceiling that hide plumbing, electrical, and room supports. With some imagination, open the bulkhead and add cabinets and shelves for an increased functionality with no impact on the home’s structure.

  1. Stack Storage in Drawers

Deep drawers can be a beneficial attribute. To ensure that they serve the proper purpose, organize the space through the use of a secret drawer. By doubling-up the drawers within a single pullout, items can be arranged without changing cabinet fronts.

  1. Suspend Cabinet Additions

While it is not only practical, suspending cabinets from the ceiling also provides a contemporary, sleek, and inventive component. Plus, the open space above and below the suspended cabinets maintains a light and roomy sensation.

  1. Incorporate an Operative Island

The island should be tactically placed adjacent to the kitchen’s work zones for expedient prep and serving. In addition, the bottom of the island can include drawers and cabinets for supplementary storage.

  1. Build A Pantry Cabinet

If the kitchen has a tall, narrow space, pantries are the perfect addition for a unified look and expanded storage. It is possible to also accumulate space by selecting a pantry with sliding or pocket doors to prevent using precious floor space.

  1. Use All Cabinet Surfaces

Organization creates efficient kitchens, and using all cabinet surface areas provides extra storage. There are many elements to add to the inside surface of cabinet doors to hang pots, pans, or cleaning supplies, and creating shelving inside an open cabinet space can create even more surface area to store and organize essentials.



2017 Design Trends

2017 home design trends“From gunmetal, to customized storage walls, to laundry rooms with personality, there is an array of new design trends that have come to the forefront in 2017,” said Kathleen Yttri, designer with Callen Construction in Muskego.

“Gunmetal finishes have been making a jump in popularity in recent years, admired for their ability to bring be bold and stand on their own without the high price tag. They are reflecting the new trend in appliances with the black stainless finish,” Kathleen said. More recently, designers have been turning away from the reflective finish of polished chrome and are embracing satin or brushed finishes, which is more muted. “A matte gunmetal finish can be transitional or contemporary and it looks fantastic against any color of cabinetry,” she said.

In search of more open space in their kitchens, many homeowners and designers are pushing storage into a single hardworking wall, instead of using upper cabinets. This design development creates a one-stop storage area that frees up the rest of the space to promote a more open free flowing look and gives you the opportunity to use tile and floating shelves in place of upper cabinets.

The use of different white tones is also becoming more popular, as there’s something refreshing about a room bathed in white with subtle accents of other neutral colors. Conversely, things can start to feel clinical when only one stark white tone is used. “Balancing a white palette with creamy off-whites, cool greys or natural linen hues creates a breathtaking look that can be rich with character. It can also let you have tons of flexibility with bold color accents and a rich wood tone floor,” she said.

Upgrading on laundry rooms is increasing in popularity, as homeowners are seeing value in enhancing this area of the home. “Smarter storage and better function resonate with homeowners who realize they spend a lot of time doing laundry, they may as well do it in a space that they love,” Kathleen said.

Similar to the laundry room, entryways are also receiving more attention. The entryway is the first part of the home guests see and therefore has become a focus of organization, a reflection of the homes style in a compact area. You can have fun with design and a function and organization to the hub of coming and going without allocating a significant amount of money. “Sometimes all it takes is a few customized sayings in frames, a statement mirror, and a narrow table or bench with a tray for shoes underneath,” she said. “After all, first impressions matter.”

Lastly, counter-depth refrigerators are providing an option when kitchen space is tight. “For small to modest-size kitchens, remodeling is often a game of inches,” said Kathleen. “Counter-depth refrigerators sit closer to cabinetry and countertop depth, freeing up just a bit more clearance space, while creating a more streamlined look.”




Top Home Design Trends to Look For in 2017

With tax season ramping up and refunds rolling out, many homeowners are planning how they want to spend their refund this year. If you would like your home to be on trend for 2017, consider using this amount to upgrade a room in your house. Take a look at these design trends from Callen Construction to decide which improvements will work best with your budget and style.

Compacted Kitchen Storage

One kitchen remodeling trend that Callen can help with is the construction of a storage wall, a wall in the kitchen that has been designated specifically for storage. Meant to take the place of upper cabinets, it condenses the majority of your storage into one area. Not only is everything you need for meal prep and clean-up conveniently located in one spot, a storage wall also provides space in your work area and throughout the room for a more open, breezy feel.

Top Home Design Trends to Look For in 2017Satin Brass Finishes

The popularity of finishes is always changing, and this year satin brass is the way to go. Satin brass can add golden tones to your room, warming it up without the cost of more expensive materials. Because satin brass works well with a variety of different colors and styles, it can be implemented into virtually any room or setting in which you care to use it.

Unique Bathroom Vanities

If you are looking for a bathroom vanity that is different from the usual offerings, get creative! Hit the antique store or flea market and look for unique pieces of furniture that could be converted into a vanity, such as an antique desk, an old chest of drawers, or a vintage buffet. In this way, you will have a one-of-a-kind vanity along with a little piece of history.

Splurging on Smaller Spaces

If remodeling the kitchen or bath just isn’t in your budget, consider investing in a smaller space in your home, such as the laundry room. Laundry is one chore that few people enjoy doing, so make it more bearable by making the laundry room more pleasant.

Callen is your go-to remodeling company for any updates or renovations you are considering. Spend your tax refund wisely and give us a call at 414-765-2585.



How to Revamp Your Closets for Maximum Potential

When it comes to closet organization, it helps to know your options before making an informed decision that satisfies your storage needs and meets your budget. “Whether you’re creating more room in a narrow reach-in closet or putting everything in its place in a spacious walk-in, the closet systems installed by Callen have the quality and options to make the best use of closet space and enhance the access and style of any closet,” said Paulette Sodemann, designer with Callen. “We apply customizable design and installation techniques to create closets that hold more and function better,” she added.

How to Revamp Your Closets for Maximum Potential

Walk-in closets are commonly found in master bedrooms and are valued for their versatility and storage opportunities. “Compared to a traditional reach-in closet, a walk-in closet offers more depth and space. They can range anywhere from a few square feet to as a large as a bedroom,” said Paulette.

Extra space for a dressing area or a vanity may come in handy, however you still need to give careful consideration to your closet’s design. For organizational purposes, it’s helpful to set up different zones in your walk-in closet. For instance, the top of your storage system should be confined to seasonal storage, while the belt level zone or “hot zone” of your closet should be used to maximize storage for such items as jewelry or men’s watches. You’ll also want to keep shoes visible and accessible.

In order to free up even more storage space on your walls, a walk-in closet can include a center island. “A walk-in closet should be at least 6 ½ feet wide for easy access, if you are considering a center island,” said Paulette. In addition to the island suggestion, you will also want to be mindful of tricky corners and angles in a walk-in closet. When utilized correctly, they offer optimal storage capacity as well. “The walk-in closet system installed by Callen uses each available wall to its greatest extent and provides the best solutions for hard-to-reach corners. Your closet will be carefully planned based on the area’s size and shape to ensure the open area or aisle does not feel crowded,” she said.

“Conversely, reach-in closets are usually anywhere from three to eight feet wide with a limited depth of 24 to 30 inches,” said Paulette. Reach-in closets are typically found in hallways, kids’ rooms, and bedrooms of older homes. Originally, these closets were designed with a single rod for hanging clothes under a shelf, with return walls that limit inside access. However, nowadays there is a wide array of available products that allow you to create a more efficient space with numerous storage opportunities. “Our reach-in closet system, which generally goes wall-to-wall, improves the function of any size closet. Door placement and type, the most important considerations for these closets, affect the number of sections and where they are placed. Generally, the larger the closet, the wider the sections will be,” she said.

Remember, you want to maximize space as much as possible when it comes to reach-in closets. For example, stackable storage components like cube organizers and drawer units, will give you storage for folded items and accessories. If you have traditional hinged doors, you can add hooks or over door racks and pockets to the back of the door for items such as keys or shoes to increase storage. Wire starter kits are an option as well. They offer an adjustable mounting system that you can customize as your storage needs change. Finally, a double-tiered hanging system can be used for folded articles to gain space.

“Our systems at Callen can be both floor-based and suspended. Available features include 24 colors and 13 door and drawer profiles, as well as a choice of veneer, perfect edge matches, crown and base moldings, and more. In other words, whatever type of closet you’re looking for, we have the selection and the expertise to suit your specific needs,” Paulette said.

For more information or to arrange an initial showroom consultation, call Callen at 414-529-5509.