Waypoint Exclusive Cabinetry Partner in New Home Improvement Show

Photo Credit: 2015 Fox Broadcasting Company

HOME FREE, a new competition series that will feature never-before-seen twists and plenty of surprises, as couples vie to win their dream home. Pictured: Famed professional contractor Mike Holmes (“Holmes on Homes®”), the eight-episode unscripted series breaks ground Wednesday, July 22 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Photo Credit: 2015 Fox Broadcasting Company

Mike Holmes is undisputedly the most believable name in remodeling television today. He’s known for his no-nonsense views, the need to do things right and his utter disdain for those who don’t.

Now Mike has teamed up with the Fox Broadcasting Company for a brand new show called Home Free. And Waypoint Living Spaces is proud to be the exclusive cabinetry partner with Holmes and Fox on this new series. Look for beautiful cabinetry provided by Waypoint in each of the shows.

Now, more about the show: In a series of eight shows, couples with little or no remodeling experience team up to remodel homes for deserving families. The ultimate prize for the winning couple is their own dream home. Because it is a competition, one couple is eliminated at the end of each show. The show has a heart-warming twist though: The eliminated couple is given the very house they just helped remodel!

Home Free airs Wednesday evenings on FOX at 9 PM EST.

A Virginia Home with a Warm Country Feeling

The owner of this lovely Virginia home was looking for a true farmhouse kitchen since she loves antiques and anything with a story. The designers at Kitchen Krafters, Inc. of Fredericksburg VA made that dream come true.

Waypoint's style 650S

Photo complements of Kitchen Krafters Inc. of Fredericksburg Virginia. Cabinets: Waypoint's style 650S

Painted maple cabinets in style 650S  feature glass inserts that remind me of antique hutches filled with pretty and practical dishes. The stainless steel farm sink gives an updated country look. The oiled bronze light fixtures over the island look like something you might find at the Brimfield Flea Market…or one in your area.

The contrasting island in Maple Mocha Glaze looks like a piece that was added later and that just enhances the farmhouse feeling where things were added over the years and as needed. The grooved paneling and shapely turned legs make it appear like an antique furniture piece itself. The countertop on the island is the perfect choice for a country kitchen too. It’s soapstone, a material that has been used in kitchens for years. Even the stools add to the overall feeling; their saddle seat style in a dark stain contrast nicely with the island paneling. Farmhouses have always had an interesting assortment of finishes and and what we have here is a sophisticated grouping of textures that define this special space.

There’s a bit of a country French feel in this room too. And it’s mostly because of the accessories. The luxurious vase of sunflowers and checked window treatment give that touch of the European countryside too.

Tiny New York Pied-a-Terre has a Storied Past and a Glorious Future

Photo complements of Lifestyle Space Design of NYC

What do Andy Warhol and Waypoint cabinetry have in common? Both enjoyed spending time in this tiny New York pied-a-terre* just three blocks from Grand Central Station. How did Waypoint come to move in? It all began in a total makeover by well-known designer and Waypoint dealer, Kittie Lonsdale of Lifestyle Space Design of New York City. With less than 390 square feet (including closets), the spatial challenges were many. Nevertheless, Kittie was more than up for the challenge.

Waypoint's style 610S in Cherry Spice

Photo complements of Lifestyle Space Design of NYC. Cabinets: Waypoint's style 450S in Cherry Chocolate Glaze

The kitchen is tucked in a 54” recess and even in that microscopic space there’s a dishwasher with a matching wood front, a two-burner cooktop and a cleverly concealed microwave oven. When space is limited AND in the middle of the living area, concealing utilitarian components is necessary. That gives the room a polished look.

Even though the bathroom is tiny too, there was room for a generous shower and a pretty vanity cabinet with room to conceal cleaning and other bathroom supplies. Note the countertop extension over the toilet that gives additional counter space. Called a banjo top, it’s just one more way to make the most of a small space. It’s high enough above the toilet tank to accommodate service when needed.  And I love the shower door with it’s barn-door style hardware…very cool.

Waypoint's style 760F in Painted Linen

Photo complements of Lifestyle Design of NYC. Cabinets: Style 760F in Painted Maple Linen

Waypoint's style 610S in Cherry Spice

Living room photos complements of Lifestyle Space Design of NYC. Cabinets: style 450S in Cherry Chocolate Glaze

Waypoint's style 610S in Cherry Spice

A message area and pullouts make the most of the what was a structural column.

Perhaps the most ingenious part of this re-do is the wall of built-ins in the living room. The big challenge was a vertical support column in the left corner. The designer called for a cabinet  face frame to hide the obstacle. That did the job but left an empty space between the column and the end of the face frame. Kittie cleverly added pullouts to hold canned goods. The support column area was turned into message center. The rest of the cabinets hold office equipment and supplies, and a vacuum cleaner.

Here are some great small-space takeaways from this project::

  • Even a structural obstacle can be concealed and turned into something useful
  • Use every square inch of space
  • Hide appliances if possible
  • An all-white bathroom can look bigger than it really is

*A pied-a-terre is a small part time residence usually in a big city. The space is not for vacation but for part of the work week when the primary residence is some distance away.

Before & After Bathroom Adds Storage and Counter Space

There’s a place pedestal lavs. They work when there is limited floor space.The openness below the basins can open up small spaces. But in this bathroom remodeled by the Kitchen Cabinet Factory Outlet of Murrysville PA (near Pittsburgh) the homeowners wanted more. More counter space and more organization.

Waypoint's style 410F in Cherry Java

AFTER photo complements of The Kitchen Cabinet Factory of Murrysville PA . Cabinets: Waypoint's style 410F in Cherry Java

BEFORE

BEFORE photo complements of The Kitchen Cabinet Factory

While an attempt was made to improve the lack of counter space in the old bathroom by adding a shelf above the basins, it fell far short of the family needs. In the remodel, the homeowners gained drawer space and a generous counter surface. Wider drawer bases provide a place for larger items and the base Spice Drawer Cabinet in the center works for smaller items that could get lost in larger drawers.The beautiful cherry cabinets have the look of furniture.

In addition, the room got an upgrade on the light fixtures (not shown), flooring installed on the diagonal, new under mount basins, brushed nickle fittings and on-trend individual framed mirrors instead of the dated frameless wall-to-wall mirror.

A big improvement for one of the smaller rooms in the home.

Coastal Kitchen is More than a Pretty Face

This fresh, bright kitchen is the result of rebuilding after the frightful devastation of Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in Breezy Point NY. You might remember that not only were there record storm surges but much of the town was destroyed by fire. The people of Breezy Point proved to be a resilient group and today homes are still going up as people choose to rebuild rather than leave their beloved homes by the sea.

Waypoint's style 720R in Maple Linen

Photo complements of M & G Kitchen Designs LLC or Manville NJ. Cabinets Waypoint's style 720R in Maple Linen

This kitchen was part of a whole house project done by M & G Kitchen Designs LLC of Manville NJ. It has a wonderful coastal look, which includes the perfect blue and white back splash. Some other things I like about this kitchen are:

  • The ‘U’ shape layout that is large enough to hold a nice sized island
  • The white painted coffer ceiling-not common in new construction
  • Staggered height wall cabinets
  • The wall color that reminds me of wet stand
  • Mullion door wall cabinets flanking the decorative hood look like old-fashioned windows
  • The bump out at the sink gives a bit more room behind the sink

This kitchen is not just pretty, it represents determination and resilience.  It’s been almost three years since Hurricane Sandy and the rebuilding in Breezy Point goes on. This home is pure inspiration of what can be done even in the face of unbelievable odds. I hope the homeowners have many, many happy years here.

9 Interesting Things about this White Laundry (and it makes Washday a Breeze)

Remember when there was a washday….a day set aside just to do laundry? Washing clothes was a much bigger task then than it is now. Today we are apt to throw a load of laundry in the washer just about any day of the week and any time of the day or night.

Waypoint's style T60S in White Thermofoil

Photo complements of Cabinet S-Top of Medina OH. Cabinets: style T60S

Above is a great laundry room designed my Cabinet S-Top of Medina OH and some of the things I really liked about it:

  1. Long, wide floor tiles are easy to keep clean and hide dust etc.
  2. A low profile stainless steel sink is handy to have and easy to clean
  3. The open shelf over the sink gives extra head room and would be a perfect place to hang a closet rod. It would be so easy to take the clothes out of the dryer and hang them up immediately to keep them wrinkle free.
  4. Updated track lighting does a great job of illuminating the room. I am seeing a trend moving away from dozens of recessed  lights and moving towards well-designed ceiling fixtures.
  5. The TO6S beadboard door style in easy-to-care for Thermofoil* gives a fresh country look.
  6. Spice drawers are perfect for holding mending supplies,scissors, stain removal sticks and other small items
  7. Under counter laundry equipment gives more counter space for folding
  8. Thick molding to the ceiling gets rid of dust collecting gaps and looks richly detailed.
  9. Stacked tall storage…no home ever has enough no matter where it is.

I think doing laundry would fun in this room!

*Thermofoil is thick vinyl film bonded to warp-resistant engineered wood which allows cabinet doors and drawer fronts to exhibit the same styling and detail found in solid wood doors. The color is consistent throughout the film.