Spotlight Blog: Kalamazoo Custom Kitchens and Baths, Inc.

11 8 / 2014

Federal Brace is delighted to have Kalamazoo Custom Kitchens and Baths, Inc. join our elite team of Dealers and Distributors. Kalamazoo Kitchens is based out of Kalamazoo, Michigan, at a lovely new location on East Main Street. Started in 1989 as Showcase Kitchens by owner, Daryl Ann Letts, Kalamazoo went through a name change in the late 90’s and has since served their customers through years of excellence. Having grown up in the kitchen and bath industry, Daryl Ann Letts, and her team, has a strong and varied background in every aspect of design and remodeling of kitchens and baths, both personal and commercial.

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Before and After of a Kalamazoo Custom Kitchen Remodeling

Photos courtesy of Kalamazoo Online

Kalamazoo Custom Kitchens and Baths is affiliated with both the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) and the National Association of House Builders (NAHB). They have been nationally recognized with over 6 design awards including Angie’s List of Super Service (2013) recognizing their amazing customer service. Their staff is both certified in CAPS (certified aging in place specialization) and CKD (certified kitchen design). They have everything needed for a bathroom or kitchen remodeling - from sinks and faucets to tile and cabinets - Kalamazoo Kitchens has you covered.

For more information on Kalamazoo Kitchens check out their portfolio online or visit their showroom at the address below. Join us at www.federalbrace.com to learn more about our exclusive Dealership and Distributor Programs.

 

Kalamazoo Custom Kitchens and Baths, Inc.

http://www.kalamazookitchens.com/

Phone: (269) 488-8900 

5072 East Main St., Kalamazoo, Michigan 49048

Spotlight: Creative Kitchens

29 7 / 2014

Federal Brace is delighted to welcome the newest member of the dealing and distributing team! Creative Kitchens, out of Killarney, Manitoba, Canada, has a full planning center and showroom for clients to enjoy and gain inspiration from. They carry various upscale products, such as doors, cabinets, countertops, and finishes, and partner with a variety of brands that are elite in the industry (such as Floform and Decor Cabinets). Not only will Creative Kitchens help you choose your design elements to coordinate with your project, but they will guide you every step of the way - from consultation to installation.

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Photo courtesy of Creative Kitchens online

Creative Kitchens has been providing quality service since 1985 (do the math… that’s nearly 30 years of excellence!), and their customers have nothing but good to say about their expertise. Not only are they lauded by their clientele, but have received several prestigious awards for excellence in their industry, among them the 2008 Crystal Award from Decor Elite Design Awards for the Transitional Kitchen, the 2012 Crystal Award from Decor Elite Design Awards for the Rustic or Country Styled Kitchen, and the 2014 Crystal Award from Decor Elite Design Awards for the design of a Small Bathroom. We can’t wait to see what our partnership with Creative Kitchens will hold and we urge our customers to head over and see what they’ve got! Contact information for Creative Kitchens is below. Check out www.federalbrace.com or call toll-free at 1-877-353-8899 to learn more about our Dealership and Distribution Program.

 

Creative Kitchens

Box 628, Killarney, MB, R0K 1G0

Phone: 204.523.8712

Email: info@creativekitchensmb.ca

www.creativekitchensmb.ca

Spotlight: Carpentry by Chris

17 7 / 2014

Federal Brace is delighted to welcome one of their newer dealers into the team! Carpentry by Chris, manned by owner, Chris Wreckmann, and an exclusive team of managers and senior carpenters, in based out of Iowa City, Iowa. They are a full-service remodeling company, working in anything from decks and patios to kitchens and baths, even covering complex projects like home additions. They have built up a reputation for excellence - their repertoire includes not only 20+ years in the industry, but a A+ business rating from the Iowa Better Business Bureau, an award in recognition for exemplary customer service from Guild Quality, and certifications in green building, remodeling, and aging-in-place, among others. Not only do recognized carpentry businesses applaud them, but so do their clients.  Over 99% of their clients claim they would recommend them to a friend, and 100% say they trust Carpentry by Chris - not only with their expertise when it comes to creating their finished project, but also with advice and communication through the project.

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image via Carpentry by Chris

Federal Brace is elated to have someone as well established and experienced as Carpentry by Chris on our team and we hope our customers will check out their portfolio over at www.carpentrybychris.com. For more information on our Dealership and Distributor Programs head over to www.federalbrace.com, email sales@federalbrace.com, or call toll-free at (877)353-8899.

 

Carpentry by Chris LLC.

515 Ernest Street

Iowa City, IA 52246 

phone: 319-331-3603 

 

Spotlight: Deco Granites

30 6 / 2014

Federal Brace is elated to welcome one of their newest dealers! Deco Granites, out of Round Lake, NY, specializes in various types of stone slabs for anything from vanities to kitchens to fireplace surrounds. Deco Granites services much of northern New York - their service radius stretches 75 miles from Albany, while their showroom is 15 miles north of Albany. Deco Granites is with you during the whole design process - from the minute that you request their help, they will aid you in selecting stone and will measure and fit your countertop or surround with their quality product. Their customer service is impeccable; past jobs have been met with claims of professional behavior, pleasurable experiences, and an overall knowledgeable staff.

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Photo courtesy of Deco Granites

Deco Granites offers more than just granite. They supply anything from marble and quartz to slate and soapstone for their loyal customers. More recently, Deco Granites have added onyx to their list, which adds a more modern flair to any kitchen or bath. We urge our associates and customers to check them out over at www.decogranites.com and go to www.federalbrace.com to learn more about our Dealership Program and how you can become involved!

 

Deco Granites, Inc.

http://decogranites.com/

155 Ushers Road

Round Lake, New York 12151

Phone Number (518) 664-5144

Floating Vanities, Buffet Cabinets and AV Consoles

25 6 / 2014

One of the latest design trends on the market is floating cabinets. Whether in the living area for use with AV equipment, a floating desk in any room, floating buffet in the dining area or a vanity cabinet in a bathroom, this new style allows for clutter free space and unique decor option in any room.  

Federal Brace vanity supports work well for floating counters as well as the whole cabinet.  The Sento or the Maidan can be installed through the back of the vanity cabinet to support both floating cabinet and counter using either a undermount or vessel sink. For a longer floating vanity cabinet as shown below two Sento’s or Maidan’s would be used.  Make sure all vanity supports are installed into stud using fasteners that are long enough to get a secure bite into the wood.

If a floating buffet cabinet is desired in the dining area a standard support with a gusset for additional strength can be installed through the back of your floating cabinet.  Using something with a low profile will allow for plenty of storage room inside the cabinet.  The Federal Brace Cafe, Streamline or Forma brackets would provide the support you need for a floating cabinet buffet.  

Determine the desired height of your cabinet, locate your studs and mark the location on the wall.  You will need to measure the inside of the floating cabinet to match the location for the brackets based on desired height and distance of stud from the edge of the cabinet location.  Matching pilot holes will need to be drilled through floating cabinet back and wall studs.  At this point you will need assistance to hold the cabinet in place or support under the floating cabinet at the appropriate height.

The same style support brackets as mentioned above can also be used to hang floating AV consoles or media cabinets.  Our Sutherland support bracket shown in our bench support area, also has the strength capability and low profile to work in these types of floating cabinets.  Following the same mounting process as above, the number of required brackets would be determined by the length of the floating cabinet or console.  The listed supports have a 250 pound carrying capacity when installed properly and can be spaced up to 30” apart (must be in a stud).  

Federal Brace supports are multi functional and can be used in many home decor applications.  Give us a call and let us help you with your next project.  

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Spotlight Blog: Granite State Cabinetry

24 6 / 2014

Federal Brace is delighted to welcome a new dealer to the team! Granite State Cabinetry out of Bedford, New Hampshire, has an elite team that has unique insight into the industry, with over 100 combined years of experience and expertise in their respective fields. While Granite State Cabinetry boasts of their design team and enjoyable creative experience, their customers corroborate their pride, saying that their projects with Granite State Cabinetry have been informative, and resulted in spectacular kitchen and bath designs. The finished products have been met with rave reviews, and customers have given Granite State Cabinetry 4.9 out of 5 stars on Houzz.com.

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Photo thanks to Granite State Cabinetry

While they specialize in cabinetry, Granite State Cabinetry offers guidance in full kitchen remodeling services ranging all the way up to 100,000+ budgets. They use a variety of vendors, including Omega Cabinetry, Plain and Fancy Custom Cabinetry, and Cabico Custom Cabinetry. We are so excited to welcome Granite State Cabinetry onto our team and we hope that our customers check out all of their amazing portfolio! Go to www.federalbrace.com to find out more about our Dealership Program.

 

Granite State Cabinetry

384 Route 101

Bedford, NH 03110

(603) 472-4080

info@gscabinetry.com

Spotlight: MIH Companies

31 5 / 2014

Federal Brace is elated to welcome one of their newer dealers to the team - MIH Companies out of Grand Rapids, Michigan has a history of excellence in both procuring and installing products ranging from countertops to tile for the kitchen and bath. Their design team is experienced in the field of custom countertops and stonework; they are with you every step of the way from selecting your stone to the installed product and their motto is that if the stone doesn’t reach their high standards, it will never reach your kitchen. Their reputation precedes them - customers have praised MIH staff as being “courteous, quick and respectful,” as well as saying that working with MIH was a “great value for excellent work.”

Photo via MIH Companies

MIH offers a variety of color, texture and finish options for each of their customers. While they primarily deal in hard stones like granite or quartz, they also work with Inoglass from LG surfaces for customers looking for a more environmentally-friendly and sustainable option. In addition, MIH offers other solid surfaces such as man-made acrylic to those looking for a low maintenance and durable countertop choice. We couldn’t be more delighted to have a staff as versatile and experienced as MIH’s on our team of dealers, and we hope that you check them out online at www.mihcompanies.com. Go to www.federalbrace.com for more information on our dealership program or call 877-353-8899 to speak to one of our talented staff.

 

MIH Companies LLC

3987 Brockton Drive SE #B

Grand Rapids, MI 49512

616-656-9889

Outdoor Kitchens

29 5 / 2014

As spring hits full-swing, and summer is about to join us, we know that the appeal of being outside nearly perpetually plagues us working folk - the majority of whom are stuck inside typing away. No matter how much one loves their job, it is infinitely better to be enjoying the blue skies and green fields of summer, and there is no place to better enjoy the summer than your own backyard. One popular trend these last few years and going into the future has been a backyard outdoor kitchen, bar, and grill area for homeowners to enjoy with friends and family. Outdoor kitchens make summer barbecues a blast and leave you free to enjoy your company rather than be trapped inside when you’re hosting a pool party or get together. We’ve gathered together the most recent trends in outdoor kitchens via Houzz to let you gain inspiration (or pinspiration!) from these new looks!

  1. Stainless steel appliances are really the only way to go in the outdoors. They are weather resistant, sleek enough to dress up the patio area, and streamlined enough to look good with any deck materials used.

  2. All stone everything brings a rustic look to the stainless steel appliances - whether you go with darker stone and exposed beams overhead or choose to keep it in the cooler tones with something like sandstone or limestone, rock never looks out of place outdoors.

  3. Sliding Doors like the ones on this little pool house beauty enable you to keep your food away from all the critters of the outdoors and the harsh weather that can sometimes come with fall and winter months, yet still be able to cook outside when the summer calls your name.

  4. Raised Bars are a must with an outdoor kitchen. Not only do they allow for casual conversation, but they also leave room for seating for that fabulous pool party you’ve been dying to throw. Add in some martinis or a few bottles of beer and you’ll be on your way to being the socialite of the season!

  5. Large Fireplaces seem to dominate many of the recently built outdoor kitchens, providing some extra warmth for any chilly nights. In addition, brick Pizza Ovens are a up-and-coming trend. Since the outdoors allow heat to escape from the large oven, it allows you to cook the comfort food your kids will love without feeling like you’re roasting as well!

  6. Grills are one of the most essential signs of summer. Just like it never quite felt like the fourth of July unless my Daddy was cooking hot dogs and I was eating watermelon, it isn’t quite summer until you’ve had at least 3 good ole southern cookouts. While grilling can make you sweat, there’s no grilling more relaxing than doing it poolside, which is why grilling areas are a perfect fit in an outdoor kitchen.

Check out www.federalbrace.com online for more outside kitchen ideas or hit up our Pinterest here. If that doesn’t work for you, call toll-free at 877-353-8899 or email to sales@federalbrace.com to make sure that your summer is the best one yet in your new outdoor kitchen!

Spotlight: Dream Kitchens

15 5 / 2014

Federal Brace is elated to have Dream Kitchens, out of Highland Park, Illinois, join our dealership team! Dream Kitchens team prides itself on creating kitchens from the cook’s perspective - creating spaces that are ideal for cooking. After all, large amounts of time are spent in the living areas - the family room, kitchen and dining room. Dream Kitchens endeavors to make kitchens that are livable, function, and fashionable. They try to guarantee customer satisfaction by designing and enabling the customer to see their kitchen before they even begin to purchase the products for design or renovation. Their “dream team” of experts have a history of completing customer’s dreams. The founder of Dream Kitchens, Rick Glickman, has been with the company for 30 years, while other members of their staff have degrees in interior design and specialize in kitchen and bath, whether commercial or residential.

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Photo courtesy of Dream Kitchens

Not only does Dream Kitchens work to make customer’s dreams come true, but they work with both regional and national foundations, giving both donations and services to help those in need have much better dreams. Their work, both in business and in philanthropy, has led to them being recognized by HGTV, Kitchen and Bath Business, and many of their customers for exceptional service and vision regarding the look of a kitchen and their timeliness. Their customers quote them as being not only “attentive, prompt and professional” but also a “great experience” and “highly commendable.”

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Photo courtesy of Dream Kitchens

Dream Kitchens recently installed an outdoor kitchen using Federal Brace products (detailing above), and we could not be more excited to work with them in the future. For more information about Dream Kitchens go to www.dreamkitchens.com, or for more information on our dealership program visit us online at www.federalbrace.com, call 877-353-8899, or email sales@federalbrace.com.

Dream Kitchens Inc.

806 Central Ave., Suite 101

Highland Park, IL 60035

Phone Number: (847) 433-2400

Spotlight: Granite Transformations

21 4 / 2014

Federal Brace is elated to welcome Granite Transformations out of St. Louis, Missouri to our dealership program! Granite Transformations offers granite and recycled glass slabs, maintenence free, to their customers to be installed over new or existing surfaces in a kitchen, bath, or commercial area. They offer free in-home consultations for cabinetry refacing, and kitchen, bath, and commercial remodeling. In addition to these surfaces, they have a highly trained team that specializes in mosaic backsplash installation for a kitchen range or bathroom. Their company’s goal is to provide unparalleled service to their customers while providing them with a qualified and specialized team in their field to aid in their remodeling experience.

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Photo via Granite Transformations

They succeed in this - BBB Business Review has given them an ‘A+’ rating, and has deemed them worthy of accreditation. Since their start in 2004, their customers have raved about them, leading to increasing popularity of their business. They have two showrooms, one in Fenton, which currently carries Federal Brace products, and one in Chesterfield. Not only do they stand by their work, but they believe so strongly in what they do that they provide customers with a lifetime guarantee of excellence.

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Photo via Granite Transformations

For more information contact Granite Transformations (information given below) or Federal Brace online at www.federalbrace.com, via email at sales@federalbrace.com or call toll-free at 877-353-8899.

Granite Transformations, St. Louis

www.granitetransformations.com

Phone: (636) 326-2220

Fax: (636) 326-2224

1750 Fenpark Dr, Fenton, MO 63026-2920