Custom Closets: DIY vs Professional

Some people wonder if calling a professional is the right answer to closet organization or if they should simply do the job themselves.  There are a lot of options and space decisions that need to be made, and a professional can assist you with these.  Should you add shelves to your master bedroom closet, or would drawers and cubbies be best? CornerStone Closets covers a wide area of Maryland including:  Ellicott City, Towson, Baltimore, Bel Air, Annapolis, Montgomery County and Prince George County.  So please call 410-980-9508 and arrange for a free in-home estimate. Here are three ways a designer can solve your custom closet conundrum:

FINANCIAL

Using a professional designer is cost effective.  You don’t have to rip out the wall and expand your non-functional closet in order to make it work for you, especially if you’re on a budget.  You can’t afford to throw money at closet organization solutions unless you’re positive they’ll function properly.

That’s why working with a closet designer is so beneficial! This choice gives you more financial flexibility because a designer can help you choose the best closet storage system to meet your needs within your existing space. Knowledgeable designers know how to increase home value with strategic closet additions all while staying on a budget.  There are many quality solutions the designer has which will enable you to have a high quality, aesthetic, and extremely functional closet, but still stay within your budget.

INSIDER KNOWLEDGE

Investing in poorly made products ends up costing you more in the long run because shoddy craftsmanship means the storage solutions wear out or break down sooner.  Unfortunately, there are many ways to cheapen the cost of a closet system and some of those really affect the quality. You should never have to replace custom additions to your walk-in closet; the solutions you choose should work for a lifetime.  That is why as with other large expensive products you should go to a professional.  CornerStone Closets is one such company who specializes in the design and installation of closets.

Unfortunately, it’s difficult to spot low-quality products until it’s too late. With insider knowledge from a closet designer, you can get expert tips about which materials and brands to choose. The best designers know how to balance quality with cost efficiency, giving you the biggest bang for your buck.  Stay away from a handyman or someone who does not have the expertise to handle your project.

PROFESSIONAL INSIGHTS AND IDEAS

Unless you have a designer’s eye, it can be difficult to envision what you really want from your closet until you see it. This is true for many people. It’s the reason home and garden magazines are so popular. Sometimes you need a visual representation to see what your closet is capable of before it hits you: that’s exactly the look and function you want from your closet!

For example, have you thought about the ideal way to store your shoes? A setup with shelves running the closet’s perimeter near the floor may work well, but what about floor-to-ceiling shelves with a more open-concept look? This could be a more impressive way to showcase your shoe collection that you hadn’t thought of before.

The bottom line is a closet designer can present you with several affordable ideas for you to mix and match. Quality products and a professional installation are assured. There’s no other way to guarantee your satisfaction than by working with a designer from CornerStone Closets. The designer will use a 3D program to show you exactly how your finished closet will look after the installation is complete.  So eliminate the guess work and contact us in Maryland, to schedule a free consultation today!

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5 Steps to take back your Kitchen

Do you feel like your kitchen is poised to take over your life?  Are you tired of trying to manage the clutter? This 5-step guide can help you turn your kitchen into the useful space it should be.

STEP 1: CLEAR THE COUNTERS

You know that the countertops in your kitchen are a magnet for clutter. Take away all the leftover mail, school papers, pens and junk and sort them. Throw away the excess and make a plan to neatly store the things you need in drawers. Consider drawer inserts to keep small items tidy.

STEP 2: CLEAN OUT THE FRIDGE

Are those leftovers from the New Year’s Eve party hiding at the back of the fridge? Get rid of them! Remove anything in the fridge that has seen better months (or years), including the bottles in the door. Take a non-toxic all-purpose cleaner and a few paper towels and wipe down the shelves and drawers. Your fridge will sparkle and all the food will be much more appealing.

STEP 3: CLEAN THE MICROWAVE, STOVETOP AND UPPER CABINETS

If you have a habit of heating up open bowls and containers of food in the microwave, you might notice a collection of food debris that has cemented itself to the inside of your microwave. Put a bowl of water with a tablespoon of white vinegar in the microwave on high for five minutes. This will loosen up the gunk. Then you can perform a wipe-down of the stovetop and cabinets. Remember to wipe the top of your microwave, since it hides a lot of dust.

STEP 4: ORGANIZE THE PANTRY

Getting your pantry up to snuff requires a decent amount of thinning-out. Get rid of all the stuff you have no intention of eating, including bags of potato chip crumbs, stale cereal and old bread. Now you can add pantry organization systems. Start with roll-out drawers to make it easy to access the stuff at the back. Install custom shelving to give you a place to store things of a variety of shapes and sizes. Consider customizing with a built-in wine rack or bookshelf for your recipes.

STEP 5: MINIMIZE COUNTER CLUTTER

The last thing you want to do is wipe around a bunch of small appliances. Get them up off the counter and into cabinets that are built especially for them. With a wine rack and a custom pantry cabinet for your wine glasses and bartending gear, you will never have to worry about cleaning around a bunch of bottles again.

Your kitchen should be a haven for cooking and entertainment. Once you have achieved these five steps, you can step back and enjoy the fruits of your labor.