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Creating a Wine Rack in Your Home

Wine Rack w/ Display Area

Wine Rack w/ Display Area

Do you like to keep your wine bottles in your home and on-hand? A home remodel is a fantastic time to add a wine rack in your kitchen, dining area or living room.

Designing the Perfect Wine Rack

No matter where you want to display your wine bottles, it’s important to keep a few things in mind:

  • Consider how large you want your wine rack to be. How many wine bottles do you want to display? How much space do you want it to take up in your home? (more…)

Leave a Comment February 5, 2013

NKBA Awards CAGE Design Build For Recent Remodeling Projects

NBKA (National Bath and Kitchen Association) Award CertificateWe are thrilled to announce the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) awarded CAGE Design Build first place in the Master Bathroom Suite category and second place in the Small Bath category! The NKBA announced the results on the 17th, and winners ranged in various kitchen and bath categories including small, medium, large, judges choice and more. CAGE Design Build submitted rooms from our Saratoga remodeling project and San Jose remodeling project, both designed by our own Kelly Funk. With more than 50 entries in various categories, David and Kelly were thrilled to win the first time they submitted their projects.

What did the NKBA use to evaluate each project?

Although CAGE Design Build needed to submit a lot of paperwork with their entries, they found the accomplishment to be very rewarding. The NKBA asked for a design statement listing the client’s wishlist, the challenges and the solution along with a floor plan and elevations illustrating the project in NKBA graphic standards and/or project photos. (more…)

Leave a Comment January 22, 2013

Lighting Your Home With Pendants

Pendant Lights

Pendant Lights

When it comes to lighting your home, there are lots of options for homeowners to consider. In the past we’ve discussed LED lights and skylights, but there’s another option that can fit into a wide variety of home designs: pendant lights.

What are pendant lights?

Simply put, pendant lights are fixtures that hang from the ceiling. There is usually some sort of shade over the bulb that provides a design element in addition to lighting the room. They come in many different sizes and styles that can be mixed and matched to fit the homeowner’s style perfectly. Our Saratoga remodeling project chose to use a couple of different designs for their pendant lighting, as you can see in the photo. (more…)

Leave a Comment January 15, 2013

Kitchen Backsplash Trend: Subway Tile

Subway Tile

Subway Tile Kitchen Backsplash

Do you want to incorporate trends that will last for years to come into your home remodel? Subway tiles are a fantastic design option to consider for your kitchen backsplash.

Why subway tile for the kitchen backsplash?

White subway tiles, as incorporated into our Saratoga remodeling project (pictured), have withstood the test of time. This classic backsplash fits well into almost any kitchen design, whether you’re going for a classic, elegant, charming, modern and/or simple overall look in your home remodel. In addition to providing a clean look that fits into almost any design, the color white in tile and cabinetry is one of those trends that never outdates itself; white can make the room classic and timeless for decades. (more…)

Leave a Comment January 9, 2013

Painting Do’s and Don’ts

Rich Yellow Paint

Rich Yellow Paint

Painting is a great way to spruce up your home, but there are some common mistakes that many people make. We’ve put together this list of painting do’s and don’ts to help you avoid making any costly painting errors.

Painting Do #1:Choose Colors from Nature

If your son wants his room painted his favorite color: green, tell that to the paint store assistant and he’ll give you a few shades to choose from. Readers Digest suggests, “When in doubt, opt for colors that Mother Nature created. Natural colors call less attention to themselves and generally better compliment other elements of the décor — furnishings, artwork, etc.—than manufactured colors.” If you’re still not sure about the color, buy a quart first instead of a large quantity in case you’re not committed to the color. Paint a piece of foam board and move it around the room to see how the light affects the color at different times of the day. (more…)

Leave a Comment December 18, 2012

Kitchen Organization Tips

Custom Kitchen Drawer Organizer

Custom Kitchen Drawer Organizer

The kitchen is the heart of the home, but often it can be crowded and unorganized. Need more space in your kitchen? These tips will help you take advantage of every nook and cranny to help you instantly organize and cut the clutter in the hardest working room in your house.

  • Cookware Organization – Most kitchen base cabinets lack vertical storage space for big, flat cookware like cookie sheets and pizza pans. To provide it, just remove the lower shelf, cut a vertical panel of plywood and fasten it at the cabinet bottom with furniture braces and at the top with a strip of wood. Drill holes for the adjusting pins to match the original locations and trim the shelf to length. (more…)

Leave a Comment November 26, 2012

Wine Drinkers! Customize Your Home Design with a Wine Rack

San Jose Remodel Wine Rack

Custom Wine Rack Under Stairway

When homeowners decide to remodel, it’s because they want to customize their space to exactly fit their needs. In the Bay Area, we have access to so many great wines and wineries, and many homeowners need a place to store their collection. CAGE Design Build can help you customize a wine rack to store all your delicious wines.

Why a Wine Rack?

Storing wine is not rocket science, but many less experienced wine drinkers don’t understand some of the more subtle intricacies of storing high quality wines. There are three things you want to remember when storing wine: (more…)

Leave a Comment November 9, 2012

Vaulted Ceilings – Make Your Room Feel More Spacious

Vaulted Ceiling with Skylights

Vaulted Ceiling with Skylights

Have you ever considered a vaulted ceiling for your home? Vaulted ceilings have historically been a sign of wealth and luxury. According to, “The vaulted ceiling has had its major ups and downs in terms of the love or hatred directed at it by homeowners, builders, architects, and designers. Sometimes known as a cathedral ceiling, one of its major pitfalls that it is a notorious energy-waster. On the good side, these types of ceilings look good and provide a lot of light inside a house.” Not only can they make a room feel more luxurious, vaulted ceilings can also make a room feel more open and spacious as you can see in our recent Saratoga remodeling project. (more…)

Leave a Comment October 23, 2012

Dovetail Drawers – Design the Room of Your Dreams

Sub-Zero Refrigerator Inside

Sub-Zero Refrigerator Inside

When designing a kitchen or bathroom, one of the most important decisions is which drawer manufacturer you will choose. No drawer company gives you as much design selection as Dovetail Drawers. Dovetail Drawers are great for the finest kitchen cabinets, bathrooms, closets, entertainment centers, dressers, desks, home offices or any other furniture and any other woodworking projects that require drawers. (more…)

Leave a Comment October 18, 2012

Molding – How It Can Add a Special Touch To Your Remodel

Molding Can Add a Special Touch

Molding Can Add a Special Touch

Whether you are remodeling a room in your house or taking on a slightly bigger project; molding can really spruce up your home.

Crown molding is the word most often used to describe moldings designed to decorate the walls, cabinets and doorframes in a home among other things. Molding can add a luxurious touch to your remodel quickly and easily.

But don’t confuse ease with quality! The quality used for materials can make all the difference in how the look comes together after the moldings have been installed. As a matter of fact, there are seven myths when it comes to crown molding installation.

Among some of those myths (and truths) are:

Myth: Not being able to install crown molding because of too-low ceilings.
Truth: In reality, crown molding gives the room the appearance that it has taller ceilings than it does. (more…)

Leave a Comment September 24, 2012

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