What is all the talk about Lyptus?

August 29th, 2007 § 7 Comments

You may be hearing talk of a new wood species named Lyptus. Cabinet manufacturers have introduced Lyptus in the recent past. Since that time, it has been well received as a unique and environmentally friendly wood species. Expect a wood species premium fee same as the Cherry wood premium, on average of 12%.

Lyptus is a premium, plantation-grown hardwood from Brazil. It resembles Mahogany with its rich, red coloring and tight grain pattern, however, it will exhibit dramatic color variations. Density and strength of Lyptus is comparable to hard Maple. For consumers interested in “green” design, Lyptus is an excellent option because it is a sustainable product.
It is a hybrid of the Eucalyptus tree and is extremely fast-growing with mature trees ready to harvest in just 15 years. After harvesting, new growth sprouts from the same stump and existing root system, and is ready for harvesting again in about 15 years.

For more information on Lyptus visit Weyerhaeuser.

Lyptus Natural. reddish, Pinkish Tones. Notice the beautiful grain pattern. Lyptus is one of the wood species that looks best when stained a dark color.

Lyptus is gorgeous is dark finishes.


Equally beautiful, Golden tones.

This kitchen has combined light and dark stains together. Great touch to use a rich, dark mahogany stain on the island and the refrigerator panels. The rest of the kitchen is shown in a lighter stain. So beautiful.

What is all the talk about Lyptus?

August 29th, 2007 § 4 Comments

You may be hearing talk of a new wood species named Lyptus. Cabinet manufacturers have introduced Lyptus in the recent past. Since that time, it has been well received as a unique and environmentally friendly wood species. Expect a wood species premium fee same as the Cherry wood premium, on average of 12%.

Lyptus is a premium, plantation-grown hardwood from Brazil. It resembles Mahogany with its rich, red coloring and tight grain pattern, however, it will exhibit dramatic color variations. Density and strength of Lyptus is comparable to hard Maple. For consumers interested in “green” design, Lyptus is an excellent option because it is a sustainable product.
It is a hybrid of the Eucalyptus tree and is extremely fast-growing with mature trees ready to harvest in just 15 years. After harvesting, new growth sprouts from the same stump and existing root system, and is ready for harvesting again in about 15 years.

For more information on Lyptus visit Weyerhaeuser.

Lyptus Natural. reddish, Pinkish Tones. Notice the beautiful grain pattern. Lyptus is one of the wood species that looks best when stained a dark color.

Lyptus is gorgeous is dark finishes.


Equally beautiful, Golden tones.

This kitchen has combined light and dark stains together. Great touch to use a rich, dark mahogany stain on the island and the refrigerator panels. The rest of the kitchen is shown in a lighter stain. So beautiful.

Save or Splurge: The Kitchen

August 28th, 2007 § 1 Comment

Check out this great article on when to splurge and when to save when it comes to kitchen cabinets and appliances. See the full article in the September issue of CNNMoney.com

“To get the most for your money, you need to know two things: when the good stuff is worth paying extra for and when the economy choice is plenty good enough.”

Save or Splurge: The Kitchen

August 28th, 2007 § 1 Comment

Check out this great article on when to splurge and when to save when it comes to kitchen cabinets and appliances. See the full article in the September issue of CNNMoney.com

“To get the most for your money, you need to know two things: when the good stuff is worth paying extra for and when the economy choice is plenty good enough.”

Cabinet Hardware

August 26th, 2007 § Leave a Comment



When selecting cabinet hardware, I would say 99% of my clients don’t know about break -a-way screws. You will need them for your cabinet hardware that will be attached to drawers. If you open up the drawer you will notice the thickness of the drawer box. Most drawers boxes are constructed with 1/2″ thick hardwood. The thickness of the drawer head itself is usually 3/4″ thick. Add this up and you will see where your screw supplied with your knob falls short.

A common mistake is to order your cabinet hardware and not order break-a-way screws to go through these thick drawers. A bag of 25 is about $3.00. Don’t rely on sales people to remind you. Also, not all break-way screws fit. Make sure you get the right diameter to fit your hardware. Before you buy hardware, not only will you need a count of all the doors and drawers, make a note of how many drawers you have that will require break a way screws. A good installer will have them in their tool bag, but they may run short, and you will look like a hero when you lay your break a way screws on the table.

Cabinet Hardware

August 26th, 2007 § Leave a Comment



When selecting cabinet hardware, I would say 99% of my clients don’t know about break -a-way screws. You will need them for your cabinet hardware that will be attached to drawers. If you open up the drawer you will notice the thickness of the drawer box. Most drawers boxes are constructed with 1/2″ thick hardwood. The thickness of the drawer head itself is usually 3/4″ thick. Add this up and you will see where your screw supplied with your knob falls short.

A common mistake is to order your cabinet hardware and not order break-a-way screws to go through these thick drawers. A bag of 25 is about $3.00. Don’t rely on sales people to remind you. Also, not all break-way screws fit. Make sure you get the right diameter to fit your hardware. Before you buy hardware, not only will you need a count of all the doors and drawers, make a note of how many drawers you have that will require break a way screws. A good installer will have them in their tool bag, but they may run short, and you will look like a hero when you lay your break a way screws on the table.

Contrasting Custom Interiors

August 23rd, 2007 § Leave a Comment

I have a client who found the most beautiful shade of green for her walls. She asked:

“Can we use this color in the interior bead board back of my glass door cabinets?”

When selecting a custom contrasting interior paint color for your cabinet order keep in mind these pre- planning points.
1. Plan in advance of your cabinet order placement. A special color matched sample will have to be generated and submitted back for your approval. Custom color matched samples should be arranged before a cabinet order is submitted so that the order is not delayed while the color match and approval are pending.

2. Test your paint color on a solid wood sample. Preferably on the same wood species you are planning for your cabinet order.

3. Plan on additional fees to your order. Paint premium fees from the factory usually rate 10%- 25% more to an order. When submitting your own custom color, add to your costs the following: Development fees, Custom Color Fees, Custom Multi Step Fees which can add 5 or 12% to your order.

4. Before going to the additional expense of custom color, check with your cabinet sales person to see if there is a close match that would suit your needs for the project.

When I see a custom color request, it is usually done as a paint request, not a stain. Stains are easier to match with the range of stain colors available through cabinet manufacturers. Paint colors with cabinet manufacturers are limited. They may offer Forrest Green and Pistachio Green which are few and far between that perfect shade you are trying to achieve. “Contrasting interior color” is usually requested in a wall cabinet with doors routed for glass, or bead board interior backs to complement or go along with a paint color being carried through on the walls.

Why go to the expense of having the factory paint it? If very careful, “Do-it-your-selfers” can attempt painting small portions of interior back walls of cabinets or loose bead board back and install into the cabinet. Be careful though, if painting over already painted material, you could wind up with a mess, if you don’t pre plan by priming before painting. What a mess! You do not want to wind up with a painted surface that peels right off. Painting is not for the faint of heart. If you say you want the interior unfinished, manufacturers will not warranty unfinished cabinets, nor ship isolated unfinished parts of a cabinet.

Mostly, the reason that most are willing to pay the fee is that there is no better finish than a professional factory finish. No hassle, no mess, no re-do’s with local painters. It is done, and ready for installation!

If a homeowner hands the paint can to the unsuspecting cabinet installer, be prepared. Cabinet installers do not paint unless a pre-arrangement has been made in advanced. Most will want you to make arrangements with professional painters for finish work.

Contrasting Custom Interiors

August 23rd, 2007 § Leave a Comment

I have a client who found the most beautiful shade of green for her walls. She asked:

“Can we use this color in the interior bead board back of my glass door cabinets?”

When selecting a custom contrasting interior paint color for your cabinet order keep in mind these pre- planning points.
1. Plan in advance of your cabinet order placement. A special color matched sample will have to be generated and submitted back for your approval. Custom color matched samples should be arranged before a cabinet order is submitted so that the order is not delayed while the color match and approval are pending.

2. Test your paint color on a solid wood sample. Preferably on the same wood species you are planning for your cabinet order.

3. Plan on additional fees to your order. Paint premium fees from the factory usually rate 10%- 25% more to an order. When submitting your own custom color, add to your costs the following: Development fees, Custom Color Fees, Custom Multi Step Fees which can add 5 or 12% to your order.

4. Before going to the additional expense of custom color, check with your cabinet sales person to see if there is a close match that would suit your needs for the project.

When I see a custom color request, it is usually done as a paint request, not a stain. Stains are easier to match with the range of stain colors available through cabinet manufacturers. Paint colors with cabinet manufacturers are limited. They may offer Forrest Green and Pistachio Green which are few and far between that perfect shade you are trying to achieve. “Contrasting interior color” is usually requested in a wall cabinet with doors routed for glass, or bead board interior backs to complement or go along with a paint color being carried through on the walls.

Why go to the expense of having the factory paint it? If very careful, “Do-it-your-selfers” can attempt painting small portions of interior back walls of cabinets or loose bead board back and install into the cabinet. Be careful though, if painting over already painted material, you could wind up with a mess, if you don’t pre plan by priming before painting. What a mess! You do not want to wind up with a painted surface that peels right off. Painting is not for the faint of heart. If you say you want the interior unfinished, manufacturers will not warranty unfinished cabinets, nor ship isolated unfinished parts of a cabinet.

Mostly, the reason that most are willing to pay the fee is that there is no better finish than a professional factory finish. No hassle, no mess, no re-do’s with local painters. It is done, and ready for installation!

If a homeowner hands the paint can to the unsuspecting cabinet installer, be prepared. Cabinet installers do not paint unless a pre-arrangement has been made in advanced. Most will want you to make arrangements with professional painters for finish work.

On Line Window Shopping

August 17th, 2007 § 1 Comment

Whenever I come across a great Blog, I bookmark it under “Window Shopping”, with plans to come back later when I have time to sift through the pages. Here is one such blog that got my attention. Another Shade of Grey is a fabulous design blog. She is able pull together great finds from other stores and other great blogs. I believe she has accessory items for sale on Etsy. What’s Etsy? It’s an online shopping bizarre. “Find what you want in the unknown”. It’s tag line reads: Your place to buy and sell all things handmade.

Here are some photos of what you can find on Another Shade of Grey.
Artwork:
Retro Dinnerware:


Heavenly carpet:


These mugs for sale make me reminiscent of my child hood.


How fun is this: a viewer uploads her bedroom for design help and Shades of Grey lends design ideas and provides the viewer with a visual of an “after” design.



On Line Window Shopping

August 17th, 2007 § 1 Comment

Whenever I come across a great Blog, I bookmark it under “Window Shopping”, with plans to come back later when I have time to sift through the pages. Here is one such blog that got my attention. Another Shade of Grey is a fabulous design blog. She is able pull together great finds from other stores and other great blogs. I believe she has accessory items for sale on Etsy. What’s Etsy? It’s an online shopping bizarre. “Find what you want in the unknown”. It’s tag line reads: Your place to buy and sell all things handmade.

Here are some photos of what you can find on Another Shade of Grey.
Artwork:
Retro Dinnerware:


Heavenly carpet:


These mugs for sale make me reminiscent of my child hood.


How fun is this: a viewer uploads her bedroom for design help and Shades of Grey lends design ideas and provides the viewer with a visual of an “after” design.



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