How to Measure For a New Shower Door or Shower Enclosure

Measuring for Shower Doors

Whether you are looking to install one of the Dreamline Shower Doors that we sell, or another brand of shower doors, it is important to make sure you measure first, then buy.   One of the most common mistakes that we see when customers are shopping for shower doors is that they are buying off of what they like and not what will fit in their space.   Not all shower doors provide flexibility for uneven walls, so it is important that you follow these simple steps when selecting a shower door:

1. Always make sure that you are measuring “finished” walls.   If you are measuring before the wall are finished, whether you are installing tile or a tub surround, it is going to impact your measurements and whether or not the walls are plumb/straight

2. Measure the width from finished wall to finished wall in at least three places (72″ up from base of shower, shower base/threshold, middle).  This will be your first indication as to whether or not your walls are straight/plumb.  If you are getting a variation in measurements from the top and bottom, that means you will have to shop for a shower door that offers out-of-plumb adjustment.

3. Use a level to validate that the shower base/threshold and walls are straight.  This will be your double check to make sure that your measurements are accurate and the walls and floor of the shower are level and plumb.

3 Easy Steps for Measuring for a Shower door

How to properly measure for a shower door

Once you  have your measurements ready, it is time to start shopping.   Even within the Dreamline collection itself, there are a wide range of options when it comes to shower doors.   In most cases it comes down to three different styles of doors – Swing Door, Sliding Door, and Bi-Fold Door.   Any of the frameless shower doors are not going to provide an out-of-plumb adjustment, so that is important to keep in mind if your walls are not straight/plumb

Measuring for Shower Enclosures

Measuring for a shower enclosure is a little bit different than measuring for a shower door.   With the shower door, you are only concerned with the opening between two walls.   but with a shower enclosure, you also have to factor in the angle of the threshold.   Traditionally there are three different types of shower enclosures which is all based upon the shape of the shower base – Neo Angle, Quarter Round, and Right Angle.   Measuring the space for each of them varies slightly.

Neo-Angle

1. Measure along the wall from corner of finished wall to end of threshold.
2. Measure the width along the exterior of the threshold from finished wall to the end of the first angle.
3. Measure the height of the wall from the top of the base to the top of the wall.

Quarter Round

1. Measure along the wall from corner of finished wall to end of threshold.
2. Measure the width along the the exterior of the threshold from finished wall to the end of the first angle.
3. Measure the height of the wall from the top of the base to the top of the wall.

Right Angle

1. Measure along the wall from finished wall to the end of the threshold.
2. Measure the height of the wall from the top of the base to the top of the wall

Once you have your measurements, it is now just a matter of picking out which shower door or shower enclosure is right for you.. To help you with the buying process, download these printable guides for measuring and selecting a shower door or shower enclosure.

How to Measure for a Shower Door

How to Select a New Shower Door or Shower Enclosure

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6 Popular Trends for Today’s Kitchen

Ready for a change?  A new design style?   A kitchen that is centered around the way you live?   Sound too perfect?  Lifestyles have changed in recent years and in the process we need living areas that accommodate our busy and complex day to day living.

Today’s trendy kitchens have made life simpler with modern, yet functional new cabinets, sophisticated prep islands that double as dine-in solutions, and a mixture of new products and accessories designed to fit your lifestyle.

But what’s so fabulous is today’s kitchen can be customized to fit individual lifestyles from the ultra-modern to timeless Old World charm.  The busiest room in the house deserves to be the focal point of stylish living.

1. Freestanding Style

Designers, as well as homeowners and even buyers are drawn to this “free-floating” style in their homes.  With hectic lives our spaces need to be designed for movement, accessibility, and clutter-free zones. Everyone’s schedules these days are filled with more than one thing going on at a time.

Creating a Freestanding Kitchen Design

Freestanding Kitchen Design Style

The popular free style look brings an uncluttered feel with higher cabinets, lighted glass accented cabinetry, open shelving, freestanding bars, cooktops, islands, and even vent hoods.

This modern kitchen style brings high-use of stainless to a whole new level and adds convenient conversation areas and multiple work spaces.

The attention to added details allows this kitchen to be used for more than meal preparation.  It becomes a “living” space that provides efficient room for several projects to be accomplished at one time.

2. Glass Door Cabinets/Open Shelving

There’s something elegant about lighted glass cabinetry that makes most buyers weak in the knees. If you’re going to add only one feature to your kitchen – it should be see-through lighted cabinet doors.

Lighted glass cabinets above a white shaker door

Inset doors on a white shaker cabinet. The glass doors above add an extra level of detail.

The cabinet lighting reflects off the glass allowing the kitchen to look airy and spacious.  These lighted venues are the perfect place to showcase and exhibit those special pieces – instead of hiding them away in a closed cabinet.

 3. Floor to Ceiling Cabinets

Designers are finding these floor-to-ceiling cabinets enlarge the look of a kitchen, bring balance, extra storage, and aesthetics to any kitchen – small or large.  There are so many options for these cabinets that designers love. Installing a mixture of glass door cabinets and customized accessory drawers will provide a special place for small appliances, utensils, linens, and cookbooks. What an excellent way to free your countertops from all the clutter.

Floor to ceiling Tuscany Maple Cabinets

Floor to ceiling cabinets with crown added to the top for extra detailing

Two-toned cabinets are so popular and create a timeless appearance. Designers prefer putting them into every kitchen they design. The upper cabinets are usually the lighter color and the bottom freestanding furniture is done in a rich complementary color.

Two-toned kitchen design with complimentary color palettes

Two Toned Kitchen Design with Mocha Shaker and Harvest Maple cabinets

Between the ceiling height cabinets and the rich colors on the lower cabinets and furniture, this kitchen takes on a sophisticated, enchanting look. (Designer’s tip: On totally all black kitchens designers will mix some natural wood {here the island} into the design to instill warmth.)

4. Eco-Friendly Kitchen

Exotic sustainable “green” kitchens are definitely the trend and are growing in popularity. Many designers are incorporating green products into every kitchen design on their list. They love the versatility and characteristics of its sleek styling that’s conducive to an array of different kitchen designs.  Eco-friendly designs and products are not only a healthier alternative, but are simply elegant, basking in rich tones.

Bamboo is a hard, strong, and durable wood that lasts for years.  Bamboo is a plant that reaches its full height within 3-7 years. It regrows quickly after being cut ensuring its sustainability.

These tastefully sophisticated bamboo RTA Shaker cabinets, highlighted by the exquisite richness of the wood, bring an elegant décor to any modern space.

Bamboo Kitchen Cabinets

Eco-Friendly Bamboo cabinets

Consider bamboo for your next remodel! The durable rich wood is easy care and eco-friendly with a unique texture that can turn cabinet’s from blank canvas into a masterpiece.

5. Creative Customization

When it comes to customizing your dream kitchen – the sky is the limit. Designers are a great assistance in suggesting everything from artistic vent hoods, to ready-to-hang tile art, to dramatic Venetian glass fixtures.

Shaker style cabinets have always carried charm and simple elegance. What better way to customize these lovely cabinets then with embellished details, like crown molding and French fleur-de-lis décor pieces!

Adding Customization to Your Kitchen

creative customization comes down to the details such as hardware and built-ins

Not ready for a total remodel? Then try a few of these snazzy updates to bring your kitchen up-to-date. Customizing your pantry and cabinets is a small project but it can reap large dividends. Consider installing several different kinds of organizers and pull-outs that will make cooking a joy and keep your kitchen streamlined and clutter-free.

Interior designers usually add these convenient organizers in a custom build, but if you’re remodeling, these are an absolute must in every kitchen. Many homeowners have added these little extras to their kitchen cabinets when they’re staging their home for sale.

Buyers fall in love with all these small, yet efficient customized additions that make their lives just a little bit easier.

Customization using roll-out trays

adding accessories like rollout trays to your cabinets for easy access

6. Bold Fixtures

Fixtures are the icing on the cake. Once you have your new elegant cabinets in and all those little extras that you added to make your kitchen personalized, selecting the right lighting fixture will add drama and excitement to your new space.

 Select an oversized light fixture (a bit larger than you anticipated on buying for the space) to bring a chic,  sophisticated appearance that’s full of depth and excitement.

Contrasting fixtures and cabinet colors work well together as they emphasize the timeless details of the cabinetry.

There’s something quite charming about a well laid out kitchen with striking cabinetry, and artistic touches.  Create your own inspired kitchen with these helpful tips and RTA Cabinet’s experts.

 

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Designing An Open Style Kitchen

Remember your fondest memories: Grandma baking cookies, fabulous dinner parties…it all starts and happens in the kitchen. Let’s face it! Beautiful kitchens and memories go hand-in-hand. A kitchen has been the “heart of a home” for centuries and today is no different. Everything revolves around this busy area, so making sure your kitchen is designed for everything from enjoyable family events to wedding catering is a must.

Kitchen design is all about openness. Both designers and owners would agree, whether it’s new construction or remodeling, including personality in the design is a major consideration. From a design point, creating an open living space is quite easy. This can be done by creating clean lines, by providing a natural flow from area to area, and taking into consideration the style of cabinets, counters, and unique lighting for the entire area (task, ambiance, and recessed).

Want a sophisticated, yet workable kitchen? By selecting the right cabinets, colors, and customized features will definitely determine the functionality and open layout of your kitchen. A well thought-out kitchen delivers a glamorous look, a warmth, and an inviting feel that carries throughout the rest of your home.

Creating an Open Kitchen

Tips for Creating an Open Style Kitchen

Advantages to an Open Design Style

There are several advantages to an open style kitchen whether it’s remodel or new construction. First, decide what type of kitchen you want or the look you desire: French, Italian, modern, industrial, eclectic, etc. Also, consider how you will be using the space: Chef’s kitchen, entertaining, family-oriented, or just a guy’s kitchen.

Remodeling:

If you’re remodeling or updating certain kitchen features (like cabinets, adding an island, etc.) consider taking advantages of all the natural lighting that is possible even if it means installing a glass door or new widows, as well as rearranging cabinet spacing for more light. Also, if you have a small older kitchen, installing Shaker Cabinets that have glass lighted doors will give your kitchen an awesome open feel. It also creates a warm, yet elegant look.

Also, if at all possible, when remodeling a kitchen, try clearing out obstacles (low hanging soffit/cabinets) that leave the room choppy. And, always take advantage (even if you have to add a window or skylight) to emphasize all the natural lighting to create a beautiful open look.

If you’re remodeling your home in order to sell, this is the perfect way to give your home added value without breaking the bank. There are two areas that really sell a home: First, the kitchen and second, the master bedroom.

Shaker Kitchen Cabinets- Carbonized Bamboo

Bamboo Shaker Kitchen with lots of lighting

New Construction

Buyers today want a home that has an open floor plan that’s conducive to social gatherings. They prefer a large livable space that encompasses the entire three main living areas, void of walls, that effortlessly flows from one area to another. These modern spaces (kitchen, dining, and great room) are perfect for everything from watching kids to social gatherings with friends.

As the kitchen has a clean design that flows uninterruptedly into the dining room and seamlessly on into the family room, it’s a great floor plan to be “together,” without being really “together”.

Marquis Cinnamon Kitchen

A freshly renovated home that featured our Marquis Cinnamon kitchen cabinets

Both buyers and designers love an open concept kitchen, especially one that has sophisticated modern Marquis Cinnamon cabinets. They just add class to the entire area. The added dining room buffet is perfect for large groups and the peninsula is ideal for extra seating. Who could ask for anything else?

It’s all in the Details

Lastly, you can’t forget about those important extra touches that add refined and timeless beauty. Details are the finishing touches to any kitchen that will add flair, richness, and cohesion to the entire space.

Using Light to Accent a Kitchen

Great use of lighting in this kitchen that uses both our Sunset and Tuscany cabinet lines to create a great look

Awesome Lighting! This is a designer’s and a buyer’s dream kitchen, simply because of all the well thought-out details that bring a chic, creative, and functional design. Installing different types of lighting to distinguish the task space from the dining area gives the two living areas their own individual charm.

Also, some designers consider ambience lighting the most important type of lighting that a room can be graced with; considering that, it allows you to highlight the features of each area and the striking contrast in the beautiful cabinetry and design elements.

Organization/Functionality is key to any kitchen running smoothly. That’s why it’s important that the new cabinetry you buy (whether stock or personally designed) has these custom organized features.

Kitchen organization

Accessorizing your kitchen with drawer inserts like this knife organizer

Utility drawer organizer

Reduce the clutter in your kitchen with great drawer organization

Modern Custom Features can change an older kitchen into an updated contemporary jewel that will give your home a whole new feel. You’ll absolutely love this European style design from RTA with so many amenities, you’ll find it’s a pleasure in which to cook and entertain.

Slab Style doors in Villa Cherry

the modern lines of the slab style door on the villa cherry cabinet line

Amenities are the secret to a great design and to happy chefs. The staggered RTA Villa Cherry Cabinets offer interesting, yet clean lines, while the fabulous oversized hardware, sets off each cabinet with a modern unique style. The added frosted glass cabinets are a classic touch that provides an open concept design, but ideal for covering what lies behind.

No kitchen is complete without an in-kitchen wine rack, which is handy when guests arrive or for cooking with your favorite vino. And, to add a bit of sleek appeal to this charming kitchen, the vent hood has an eclectic flair.

Ready for a designer’s kitchen makeover and need beautiful cabinetry at great prices? RTA Cabinet Store is here to help your design dreams come true. Please feel free to call or email us anytime and talk to our trained experts to create a kitchen you will fall in love with.

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Labor Day 2014 Savings!

Invest in your kitchen AND build equity in your home – we’re giving you an exclusive discount of up to 20% off all kitchen cabinets through September on orders meeting or exceeding $3000! Act soon – this special will NOT be extended and the discount is only applicable to orders of $3000 or more from today to – September 2nd. Offer is not applicable to Dreamline, Cavalier, or Ariel product lines and cannot be combined with other promotions.

For $3000 in cabinets, you can add up to an average of $5000 in equity to your home!

Use these codes when checking out:

10% OFF $3000 or more CODE: LABOR10
15% OFF $4000 or more CODE: LABOR15
20% OFF $6000 or more CODE: LABOR20

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RTA Cabinet Store 4th of July Sale is Coming!

Fireworks, family & friends, good food, AND an extra long weekend… what more could you ask for this 4th of July?  How about a HUGE sale on cabinets?  We are having our annual 4th of July sale and passing on big savings to you.

4th of July Weekend Sale

Save big on new kitchen cabinets this 4th of July weekend!

Invest in your own dream kitchen AND build equity in your home – we’re giving you an exclusive discount of up to 20% off all kitchen cabinets through July 6th on orders meeting or exceeding $3000! Act soon – this special will NOT be extended and the discount is only applicable to orders of $3000 or more from today to – July 6th.

For $3000 in cabinets, you can add up to an average of $5000 in equity to your home!

10% OFF $3000 or more CODE: FOURTH10
15% OFF $4000 or more CODE: FOURTH15
20% OFF $6000 or more CODE: FOURTH20
Use these codes when checking out on:

Spruce up your home with our incredible designs – styles range from old world charm to sleek and modern. There’s a dream kitchen waiting for you at RTA Kitchen Cabinets – where solid quality meets rock bottom prices.

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Contractors: Increasing the WOW Factor with…..art?!?

Creating a WOW factor in construction
Construction & Rehab. “1% for Art”. That’s the tagline you’ll see across government construction and remodeling projects everywhere in the US. There’s a reason for it- and not just an excuse to give the artistically talented something to do.
Art makes people happier and creates the WOW factor.
Science even agrees with the fact that the Arts have an impact on mental health.
As a contractor this is something you can use to your advantage in every project you do as a method to create a happier client, gain more referrals and charge a higher premium for your work (we hope that got your attention). And it does not have to be expensive.
The method lies in having an art fabrication subcontractor on-demand that can source or create the custom pieces you need, fast, at the right price, who understands your goals.
So what “art” are we talking about? Well, art can be everywhere and in everything from furniture, lighting, railings- you name it.
Sure those inexpensive Home Depot lighting fixtures work okay with a set of our cabinets, but the customer has a unique Asian theme going on in the house. So what unique type of lighting scones could be built for the application instead that help you create the WOW factor for the client?
I’m sure the customer has an idea and I’m sure you do too.
But the average contractor approach is, “if its ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” because that only means more headache you’re probably not going to make any money on. So if the client isn’t going to say something about the lighting not meshing with the theme of the house, you’re not going to bring it up.
That’s the wrong approach. When you see an opportunity that could blow the client’s mind or make the space you’re working on FEEL better- jump on the opportunity by asking questions and attempting to enhance the living environment in collaboration with them.
Making your project standpoint is critical with the competition you’re up against. And many contractors don’t like these discussions because it feels like they’re dragging out the job or trying to nickle and dime the customer for add-ons or upgrades.
But trust me, when its making sure a customer’s space FEELS right… the space they’re going to be living in day after day- they appreciate you stopping to question things on their behalf.
If this sounds like what an interior design company does- it is more or less.
However most people can’t afford an interior design company outright. But they still want those “wow” results.
This is where your opportunity comes in; and its for you to identify those small artistic touches that can be done quickly and within budget by working with an art fabrication team to build you what you need, like a personal short-order cook.
One resource on this front we can recommend is the company, SODA Fabrication (http://www.sodafab.com). These guys work with a lot of builders, contractors and architects on residential and commercial jobs and were actually the ones that brought up the importance of art and suggested we share this information.
So whether you reach out to them or someone else, take this information to heart, as its an area where you can undoubtedly make a bigger impact with your clients and generate more revenue.
Working with SODA is as simple as emailing them over a napkin drawing, a video walkthru of the idea or if you need something real specific, an engineering drawing and they can get you a bid to factor into the job. And depending upon the job size, they do offer kickbacks.
They do most of their builds in-house, at their shop in Asheville, North Carolina and can ship anywhere in the world.
Although if you’re needing a high-end custom spiral staircase with aquariums for steps instead of a new set of light scones or some custom chairs, you’re probably going to want to have them come onsite and help with the install.
Think of companies like SODA with their custom art “on-demand” approach as another tool in your tool-belt to help you grow your business and make a bigger impact with your clients. Avoid being a cookie-cutter contractor, add some flair and make your projects standout and wow your customers.
You can checkout SODA Fabrication’s portfolio online at http://www.sodafab.com or get in contact with them at 828-338-8587.
Creating that WOW factor with lighting

Lighting doesn’t have to be the same boring stuff from Home Depot. Turn lights into art work!

Using Art to Create a WOW Factor

This reception desk has been turned into the focal point of the room with intricate art work.

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