Services for Brain Injury: Auction Gala Coming Up!

David & Kelly - Services for Brain InjuryWe’ve talked about how dedicated we are to our families before, but CAGE Design Build is also proud to support Services for Brain Injury (SBI), a non-profit that provides education, advocacy and support to enable those with brain injuries to regain skills, maximize independence and return to work.

SBI’s 17th Annual Auction Gala!

We bring this up because SBI has an event coming up that CAGE Design Build’s David and Kelly will both be attending. This March 9 at Villa Ragusa in Campbell, you can help support those with brain injury through SBI’s Annual Auction Gala, an exciting night of live and silent auctions, social and networking opportunities, fabulous food, dancing, entertainment and more. Both David and Kelly will be in attendance, along with many of CAGE Design Build’s clients, subcontractors and suppliers. Find out more and buy tickets here. (more…)

Leave a Comment February 18, 2013

Design Only: A Cupertino Remodeling Project

Cupertino Kitchen Design

Cupertino Kitchen Design

In the past we’ve talked about how CAGE Design Build can help you create your dream home, whether you’re remodeling the whole house or you just want to update a room or two. Did you know we can also help with just the design aspect?

From Design Build to Design Only

In previous posts, we’ve highlighted the advantages of working with a design build firm like CAGE. In addition to more control with the budget and a higher quality of design and construction, the process allows for more thorough and accurate communication between the designer and builder as they work with each other closely and regularly. This example from a client shares how the process allows us to provide an estimate very early on and make sure the project we design will realistically fit within your budget, in addition to recreating your home in a way that will better fit your family’s lifestyle. (more…)

Leave a Comment February 15, 2013

Kitchen Space Saver: The Lazy Susan

Lazy Susan Kitchen Cabinet Accessory

Lazy Susan Kitchen Cabinet Accessory

When you think of “Lazy Susan,” an image of a rotating tray piled with food in the center of your kitchen table probably comes to mind. But did you know these handy kitchen accessories can be found tucked away as well? A convenient space saver, the Lazy Susan is a fantastic way to make the most of the corner area in your kitchen cabinets during a remodel.

Adding a Lazy Susan During Your Remodel

A remodel is the perfect time to invest in a Lazy Susan, especially if you feel like it’s hard to use every square inch of your kitchen cabinets. The ultimate space saver, these kitchen accessories allow you to store your mixing bowls, pots, pans, small appliances and more in a place where they’re out of the way yet easy to access. All you need to do is spin the base until you find the item you need. (more…)

Leave a Comment February 7, 2013

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

Sustainable Living: Adding an In-Home Recycling Center

Pull Out Recycling Center

Pull Out Recycling Center

Sustainable living is very important to CAGE Design Build, which is why we often recommend eco-friendly materials to homeowners. Another kitchen accessory to keep in mind during a remodel is an in-home recycling center as it’s often the perfect time to add an easy-to-use, visually appealing system of bins.

Creating an Effective Recycling Center

Iowa State University offers helpful tips and tricks for creating a sustainable home recycling center including:

  • Make recycling as convenient as possible…choose a spot in or near the kitchen (where most of the solid waste is generated).
  • For your recycling center in the kitchen…slide-out storage provides convenient access.
  • The number and size of storage containers you’ll need depends on the number of categories into which you must sort solid waste…check local recycling requirements to decide how complicated a storage system you’re going to need. (more…)

1 Comment February 1, 2013

Honed Granite Countertops For Your Kitchen Remodel

Honed Black Granite Kitchen Countertop

Honed Black Granite Kitchen Countertop

Have you thought about installing honed granite countertops during your kitchen remodel? If your house is as busy as most homes, your counters will be used for more than cooking (such as craft projects, games etc). It’s important you pick something that will reflect your personality in its design and care.

Honed Granite Countertops – The Basics

You’ve probably heard of granite counters, but what are “honed granite countertops”? As you can see from the photo taken at our Saratoga remodeling project (above), a honed surface doesn’t reflect the way a polished surface does; it’s more like a matte finish. A lot of homeowners choose them during their kitchen remodel because of their softer, more natural appearance. (more…)

Leave a Comment January 29, 2013

Kitchen Appliance Spotlight: Sub-Zero Refrigerators

Sub-Zero Refrigerator

Sub-Zero Refrigerator

If you read our recent post about Wolf Cooktops, you know that swapping a kitchen appliance in your home is a big deal, which is why a home remodel is a great time to think about your stove, refrigerator, oven and more. What type of refrigerator do we recommend? Sub-Zero, Wolf’s sister company, makes several fantastic options.

Why We Like Sub-Zero Refrigerators

There are a lot of reasons we recommend Sub-Zero refrigerators to our clients. In addition to being produced right here in the United States, Sub-Zero makes each and every kitchen appliance with sustainability in mind. As explained on their site, “Sub-Zero products often consume less energy than traditional appliances. Even the largest Sub-Zero refrigerator consumes less power than a 100-watt bulb.” (more…)

Leave a Comment January 24, 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

Must-Have Kitchen Cabinet Accessories

In-Cabinet Pull Out Spice Rack

Pull Out Spice Rack

January is often a time people think of home organization. How can you get your house in order?

We’ve discussed kitchen cabinet accessories before and their importance when it comes to keeping the cabinet space organized. Accessories can help you maximize the area and keep an easily-crowded room efficient; incorporating them into your kitchen cabinets during a remodel is a perfect time.

Must-Have Kitchen Cabinet Accessories

Three extremely helpful kitchen cabinet accessories that we recently incorporated into our Saratoga remodeling project are:

  1. A pull-out spice cabinet (pictured).
  2. A lazy susan.
  3. A tray storage cabinet (also pictured). (more…)

Leave a Comment January 16, 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

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