Bathroom Trends for 2021

Each year, architects, designers, colorists and other experts in the construction industry take note of upcoming trends. This month, we’ll focus on bathroom trends in 2021 for design and décor. Next month, we’ll show you what’s new in kitchens.

To make a bathroom serviceable, you need a toilet, sink and a tub or shower (or both!). But who said practical had to be boring or unappealing? Let’s look past functional to beautiful.

Bathrooms – Large & Luxurious


“There is a lot of interest in tubs right now,” says Cindy Roeser.

Freestanding tubs are coming back in style and Roeser Remodeling installed them in recent projects. Today’s tubs come in a variety of styles, shapes, sizes and even colors. But before you consider any of those, make sure you consult with their professionals first.

The floor beneath your new tub might need to be reinforced. Over-sized or heavy tubs require additional installation considerations versus a standard, builder-grade, 30″x60″ fiberglass tub insert. Also, some tubs require decking or framing, and all tubs must be installed near plumbing connections.

According to Kitchen & Bath Design News, tubs are being made from proprietary materials. These materials can be shaped and molded for a custom look or built-in ergonomic properties. Unusual materials, such as metal, wood or marble deliver a unique sense of style. Metals that retain heat for longer periods of time mean a warm, soothing soak.


Walk-in showers are still popular and the trend isn’t likely to go away any time soon. Many are designed with tempered clear glass surrounds but if that makes you uncomfortable, consider using it on just the lower half of the shower wall. How do you make your shower extra special? It’s in the details.


There are many kinds of showerheads you can choose from, depending on what you like. A large showerhead with many holes that delivers a soft, rain-like shower may be just the thing for you. Others might prefer being able to turn on several pulsating jets to wake them up in the morning.


Some consider a seat or bench a luxury, but for some, it might be a necessity. Whether it’s built-in or freestanding, a bench, seat or even a stool can offer something to rest on when needed.


Depending on the overall look of your bathroom – rustic? minimalist? modern? – the bathroom sink can be made of natural, rough-looking materials such as stone. Or go for sleek, smooth marble. One basin or two? A double vanity can speed up morning rituals when there are multiple people using the bathroom.


Last year saw the introduction of the Japanese toilet with a heated seat and self-closing lid. But a severe run on toilet paper in early 2020 might have got you thinking of installing a bidet. Very European.

The Extras

Heated towel racks, underfloor heating and skylights that bring the outdoors in are all great ideas and popular.

“We’re seeing a lot of mixed metals, cleaner lines, with a few wood tones to warm the designs.”

Bathrooms – Small & Splendid

The ideas for large and luxurious bathrooms can be scaled down to fit any size bathroom. If your budget doesn’t allow for a full four-piece bathroom, opt for using higher-end materials to make your small space splendid.

The following trends for 2021 are great ways to make a smaller bathroom appear just as lavish as a larger one.


Bathroom trends for 2021 include biophilic. This design trend puts us in touch with the natural world. Large windows or a skylight that lets in natural light is one idea. Or surround yourself with lots of moisture-loving plants. No room for plants? Choose a shade of green wallcovering.


Sherwin-William’s color pick for 2021 is Urbane Bronze. This new neutral color can be used as an accent. Or mix it with other warm neutrals such as bone whites.


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Tile flooring keeps the bathroom easy to clean and beautiful. Neutral colors don’t have to be boring. The design can be the stand-out feature, such as a herringbone pattern. Or consider terrazzo, a mix of natural stone, cement and marble. It has unlimited color and material combinations, but should be used in small fragments, rather than large.


Today’s bathrooms are likely to be more than a place to wash your face. With careful designing, décor and the little extras that make life enjoyable, your bathroom can give you an invigorating start to your day or offer respite after a stressful one.

For ideas on how to make your bathroom a beautiful functional space, contact us for a consultation. Or view our portfolio of projects to see what Roeser Home Remodeling has done for other St. Louis families.

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Home Office Ideas for Everyone

With so many of us having to pivot to working and learning remotely this year, a dedicated home office or study area became prime real estate in the home. Everyone – employees, students and stay-at-home folks – had to shift gears. Space and privacy became a premium as everyone scrambled to carve out their space.

A home office doesn’t have to be big or completely private. Here are some home office ideas for everyone in your home.

Claim Your Space

Everyone will have different workspace needs, depending on what they do. If you have a craft business, you’ll need space to hold all your materials, threads and sewing machine. If you’re a blogger or virtual assistant, your laptop will be your main piece of equipment and you may not need more a desk and file cabinet. A student, on the other hand, will need quiet and privacy for studying.

Some remodeling customers might decide on a home office addition, and Roeser Home Construction can definitely help you design, plan and build that. The more common and cost-effective solution is to repurpose an existing space. This could be a guest bedroom, breakfast nook, or corner of the basement.

Kitchen or Living Room Nook

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Does your living room have a bump out that can be enclosed? Does your kitchen have a breakfast nook that can be redesigned with your home office in mind? Take a look around your home and imagine a space transformed into an office.

Many modern kitchens have a built-in desk area for paying bills and planning meals. It could work for a small home-based business.

The downside is that the kitchen is often the center of the home and will have a lot of distractions. It could also be the downfall of your waistline if you’re prone to snacking, with food always so close.

Basement Office

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Does your lower level or basement have a separate entrance? This can be a big plus if you’re a professional who needs to see clients while conducting business. The separate entrance gives your clients privacy to come and go. It also means you won’t be constantly interrupted with unexpected deliveries at the front door.

There are a few downsides to consider if you’re thinking of a basement home office. How damp does your basement get? Too much moisture may ruin documents or affect electronics. How is the lighting? If you’re basement is too far below ground or in an older home, you may not have enough natural light coming in. Will you be able to easily add extra overhead lighting? At the very least, you’ll need task lighting.

Guest Bedroom

If you have a bedroom that doesn’t get much use except for the occasional visitor, consider giving it a makeover. This is a popular choice for a home office because it will already have the outlets and wi-fi capability you’ll need to conduct business.

One downside to making over a guest bedroom as an office is there is no separate entrance. So if your business involves meeting clients, they’ll have to walk through the rest of the house to get to your office.

If you still plan to use it as a spare bedroom, think of furniture that can do double duty. An armoire with drawers can hold some clothing while also storing your files. A love seat can pull out to a small bed. You may be inconvenienced for a bit while your guest is visiting, but you’ll have a dedicated workspace otherwise.

Corner Space

Sometimes the only option is to set up a desk in a corner of a bedroom or the living room. If that’s all you can do, give yourself some privacy. One option could be to use 3-panel folding screens. When they’re enclosing your space, you’re telling others you’re busy working or studying.


Who would have thought we’d be prescient back in October 2019 when we wrote that home office designs would be an area for growth for interior designers in 2020.

If you see working from home in your future, contact our Roeser Home Remodeling Design Team. Our award-winning designers will meet with you to discuss your options on redesigning ot remodeling your home to add an office or workspace.

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When You Work With Roeser Home Remodeling

At Roeser Home Remodeling, we are passionate about our work and pride ourselves in bringing craftsmanship to our projects. Of course you want your home to be beautiful. But when you work with Roeser Home Remodeling, you’ll get more than beauty. You’ll get durability, quality, integrity and much more.


If you want a slap-dash job completed in as little time as possible – we are not the company for you. We don’t believe in doing a project in a hurry, using poorly designed and manufactured products.

We believe our work should be something of value and endure the passage of time. Just like our company. Roeser Home Remodeling has stood the test of time with more than 35 years specializing in kitchen and bathroom remodeling. Now, a second-generation family member is deeply involved with the business.


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Home and family mean everything to us. It’s a reflection of who we are and what’s important in our lives. Because of that, we are drawn to people in the St. Louis area who value their homes, take care of them and want a home remodeling project that will not need to be replaced or redone again in a few years.

That’s why we don’t cut corners. When you work with Roeser Home Remodeling, you’ll see we use quality products. Quality doesn’t mean the most expensive; it means it has that durability attribute that we believe in.

Quality products

You’ll love showing off your remodeled kitchen or bathroom and when you do, you’re showing off custom-built shelf units, Moen and Kohler plumbing fixtures  or Amalfi Coast flooring.  We are an authorized Wellborn Cabinetry Dealer and carry NatureKast cabinetry, specifically designed for outdoor kitchens.

Quality and beautiful end-products are fundamental to a remodeling company. That makes sense.

But if you could look behind the Charleston maple door style cabinets, you would see what has kept us in business for more than three decades.

Quality work

Trends in quality products come and go, but quality work endures. When you work with Roeser Home Remodeling, you can trust that the structural integrity of your new home addition will never be compromised. Your new kitchen, bathroom or basement will be up-to-code. Your floors won’t squeak when you walk on them. The walls will be straight. Those are the details we focus on because they are the backbone of your home remodeling project.

That’s because we value integrity.


Our reputation is important to us and we protect it. If you look up the definition for “integrity,” you’ll find it means “possession of firm principles,” with synonyms of honor, reliable, honesty.

It starts when we first meet with you to discuss your project. We can’t have a good working relationship if we aren’t honest with each other. Our team believes in simple, straightforward, and open communication. We want you to ask us questions about our methods and our workmen.

You need to be honest with us, too. We believe in giving homeowners realistic home remodeling cost and completion estimates early in the process. This will minimize any later surprises. We can’t do that without understanding your budget and time constraints.

For more than 30 years, Roeser Home Remodeling has worked hard in the St. Louis area to become a name you can count on and trust. We did that with help from our awesome team members.

Team of Experts

Roeser Home Remodeling prides itself in being the top professional home remodelers in the St. Louis area. For the third straight year, we’ve been awarded the 2020 Houzz Best of Design award. Last year, we also were awarded Best of Service for customer satisfaction.

Our Team

We win these awards because we have a team of experts under our roof – designer, architect and remodeler – as well as lasting relationships with top quality, local trade contractors. Working side by side provides St. Louis homeowners with the convenience and confidence of a single home remodeling team with a shared mission – bringing to life what you envision for your home.

Continuing Education

It’s our job, as home remodeling professionals to keep up-to-date. We do this through continuing education. New products, new technology, new laws, regulations and codes –these are just a few of the issues facing home remodeling companies today.

Preserving the Past, Looking to the Future

You found the perfect home in a neighborhood you love. Built 50 or more years ago, it definitely needs some updating.

The TEAR IT UP-STL team will guide you through the daunting task of processing the perfect financial option to fit your needs and creating a home unique to you and your community. Whether you want to tear up one room, three rooms, or the whole house, we’ve got you covered.

When you work with Roeser Home Remodeling, you not only get three decades of experience and expertise. You’re getting a glimpse into the future. We can remodel your home’s exterior, while giving it’s inner workings a 21st century boost.


Three of our team members have won various awards and furthered their certifications in the past five years. With nationally recognized young leaders like these at the helm, we’re confident Roeser Home Remodeling will be in good shape for the next 35 years and more.

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Outdoor Spaces Can be Functional and Beautiful


Do you picture yourself sitting on your front porch, watching the sunrise with a cup of coffee in hand? Or enjoying a cool evening breeze as you watch the sunset from your patio? Perhaps you love watching a storm from the safety of your home. Outdoor spaces can add value and beauty to your home.

A deck, patio or porch are all great ways to enjoy your surroundings, relax after work or bring the family together. In addition, an outdoor space can also be an investment. One of the top returns on a remodeling or new construction project for homeowners is a deck or patio. Roeser Home Remodeling can work with you to create a functional and beautiful outdoor living space that fits your budget.

What is an Outdoor Space?

Outdoor spaces can be broken down into types – detached from or attached to the home; elevated or at ground level; enclosed or open. Any one of these can expand your living space and your enjoyment of your home.

When you’re thinking about expanding your home into the outdoors, there are some things you need to consider.

Examples of Outdoor Spaces

Before drawing up any design, first decide how you plan to use your new outdoor space. Here are some ideas.


step-down wood deck

Create an outdoor living space with a wood deck.

Do you envision entertaining a large crowd, cooking on your outdoor kitchen and dancing under the stars? Or do you prefer more intimate affairs with cozy seating around a fire pit as you and your guests talk deep into the night? Even large gatherings need quiet spaces, so a step-down from the main deck is a great option for both.

If you’ll be spending lots of time on your deck, consider the ages of your family members. Older members would benefit from wider steps with handrails. Having a deck with enclosed rails will keep babies and toddlers safe.

Decks are attached to the home and usually elevated several feet or more. They are made from a number of materials so you’ll be sure to find something that fits your budget. These include treated lumber, composite lumber, composite material, and aluminum. Aesthetically, any of these would work, depending on what you envision for your outdoor living space.


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A patio can extend your pool deck.

Patios differ from decks in several ways. They are built at ground level and can be attached or detached from the house. Patios can be made with pavers, poured or stamped concrete, salvaged bricks or tile.

Like a deck, a patio can be set up in distinct zones to get more out of your outdoor living space. If you have an in-ground pool, a patio can be an extension of its deck, making a better (and drier) transition from water to home. Adding a fire pit or outdoor fireplace will allow you to use your outdoor space long into the cooler seasons.

You could even add a patio away from your home, using it as a foundation for a fire pit with seating.


Enjoy the sunrise on your porch

Watching the sunrise from your porch is one of life’s small pleasures. But more importantly, a front porch can give your home great curb appeal. A new or remodeled front porch from Roeser Home Remodeling can change the look of your home and add to your investment.

Porches can have any number of designs. It can wrap around two sides of the home with multiple doors leading to interior rooms. Or it can run the length of the front of the house.

Whatever the design or length, your porch signifies a transition from the outer world of public spaces to the home within the house. Make that transitional space uniquely yours with charming touches such as wicker furniture or porch swing, potted plants and a welcome mat or flag.

Enclosed porches/Sun rooms

screened in porch

A screened-in porch lets you enjoy outdoor spaces in comfort

A large deck, patio or remodeled porch might be the perfect fit for your family. However, if you want something that can be used in all sorts of weather, at all times of the year, then an enclosed porch or sun room is a good option.

Screened porches and sun rooms allow you to enjoy the outdoors while avoiding glaring heat, rain or pesky insects. Knowing how you will use the room, and during which seasons you would like to utilize the space, will help you decide which style best suits your family’s needs. If you want to keep bugs out, have a flow-through of air and don’t plan to extend your outdoor living space through winter, then a screened porch is for you.

A sun room is glass enclosed and is usually built on the side or back of a house. This is so the room can catch the southern or western sun, making it more likely to be used all year. Screens and sliding glass doors may also be installed for those who prefer to be able to open up the room and allow the fresh air to filter inside.


Whether you’re starting a project from the ground up or remodeling an existing feature, Roeser Home Remodling will make sure it keeps with the spirit and style of your home’s architectural roots so that everything flows and works together.

Call us today @ 314-822-0839. We can help you bring your vision to life.

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Smart Lighting is a Dynamic Design Feature

One of the greatest inventions of the 19th century was the light bulb. Illuminating our homes without having to light a kerosene lamp was a big step forward in lighting and security.

Conventional lights work by flipping a switch on and off. Sometimes they are hardwired into a dimmer switch, allowing you to adjust the mood and lighting of a room. It wasn’t until incandescent bulbs gave way to LED that changes in lighting technology picked up speed.

Today we have smart lighting, which gives you far more control. With this technology, you decide your lighting needs – from bright lights needed to vacuum to mood lighting for entertaining or movie-watching. And instead of flipping a switch or turning a dimmer, you’ll be able to use your voice or smart device to do it for you. 

What is smart lighting?

Lights are still connected to your home’s power; that isn’t likely to change in our lifetime. But now, smart LED bulbs that contain software can be used for smart lighting. With this smart technology, you can automate your lights or control them remotely.

This dynamic lighting feature is made possible with smart controls. There are two types of controls: voice control and wireless touch pads.

How does this work?

Wireless touch pads

Until now, the only way to get whole house control was to wire each individual switch or dimmer to a central controller. Threading wires through the walls was costly, time-consuming and labor intensive. Today, the switches “talk” to each other wirelessly and this makes the process easier and less expensive. You could do just a couple rooms at first, then finish the rest of your house as your budget allows.


Your laptop and other devices use wi-fi, but these lighting devices use Bluetooth technology instead. If your internet goes down, your lights won’t.

Voice and smart phone control

Individual devices talk wirelessly to a central controller, basically a router. This controller is linked to a cloud server through the internet. Access your cloud server with a smart phone or voice control device such as Alexa or Siri.

How can I use this?

An app

A phone app gives homeowners ability to control lights from anywhere. This can be useful if you are out of town. You can set the app to turn on the lights in the house at a specific time, then change the lighting sequence a few days later to make it less predictable.

Voice controller

If you have something like Google Alexa, you can program it with specific lighting directions, such as turning off or dimming certain lights. Giving it a simple command such as, “Alexa, bedtime,” will set the program in motion.

Major light manufacturers such as Philips Hue and Ikea’s Trådfri line now integrate with voice controllers such as Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa.

Geofencing capability

Most people don’t like coming home to a dark house. Today’s smart lighting control systems are geofencing capable. This means that your phone can signal the router to switch on the lights when you turn onto your street or into your driveway.

What benefits to smart lighting are there?

Besides setting a mood, using smart lighting will save energy and money on your utility bill. 

Energy efficiency

Once you’ve programmed your lights to turn on and off in various rooms at specific times, you can forget about them until you make a change to the program. And if you’re ever unsure, you can always check it and turn it off remotely.

Smart LED bulbs also last much longer and generate less heat than the original light bulbs, using less energy.       


Don’t like waking up to a dark house in winter? You can program certain lights to come on or program your bedroom light to gradually brighten, gently waking you up .


Smart lighting is here to stay. And why not? With the touch of a button or your voice, you can control your lights and save money and energy. If you’re considering a remodeling project, consider integrating smart lighting into your plan. Questions about smart lighting? Contact us here.

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Outdoor Kitchen – Stay in and Grill Out

Outdoor kitchen amenities are growing in popularity. More people are staying in and cooking out.

If cooking in the open air sounds like something you would enjoy, then you should consider Roeser Home Remodeling. We create indoor and outdoor living spaces. Whether it’s a large scale outdoor patio, or just a beautiful urban sanctuary, our team can build exactly what you want.

Are you thinking about an outdoor project? Here are some things to consider.

Outdoor Kitchen – Creating the Plan

When planning any backyard space, hire experts like Roeser Construction who understand the process of designing and installing features and buildings.

Our crew will work with the natural grade and features of your yard to create a seamless design you will love. Before you contact us, make a list with this helpful information:

  • Your Budget
  • Yard Dimensions
  • Must-have Needs
  • Wish-List Items

What dimensions will your project be?

Once you’ve measured your yard, get the dimensions of the area you want to change. Don’t forget to include the proper set-back dimensions from any roads or surrounding properties.

Our design team will need these measurements to draw up plans to scale. The measurements are also necessary to apply for any necessary permits. Having this info will prevent any property disputes later.

What is your budget?

You may not understand all of the factors that go into planning and installing long-lasting outdoor amenities, but having a solid budget will assist our design team in giving you the most for your money. Don’t be afraid to be honest.

At Roeser we’ve worked with all kinds of budgets and all kinds of projects. Communication is so important for a successful project.

How will you use the outdoor kitchen?

There are lots of things you can do with an outdoor entertaining space. Aside from a new outdoor kitchen, you may also want to add a pool, or extend a patio. A fire pit is another popular feature. Adding a fire pit or outdoor fireplace will allow you to use your outdoor space all year long.

Take some time to think about how you want to use your outdoor space. Make a list of the features you want the most. Then compare that list with your budget.

What wish list items would you desire?

Our years of experience will help us to make suggestions and create ideas for your outdoor kitchen, or an expanded outdoor space. Thinking about a pool? We can incorporate that too.

Outdoor Design Elements

Design is so important when it comes to outdoor elements. Design will combine aesthetics with usefulness. A superb design will also add value to your home.

Outdoor seating

Comfortable seating for friends and family is a must for your outdoor space. Choosing cozy chairs and tables that can withstand St. Louis weather is essential to keeping your outdoor kitchen area looking fabulous.

When you are planning, make sure you have enough space for the seating you want. Low walls can double as seating, especially around an outdoor kitchen or fire pit.

Create privacy

Lattice panels, pergolas, and decorative fencing can create privacy from neighbors. Plants are another way to add more privacy, as well as color and texture to your outdoor space.

Plan space for traffic flow

Traffic patterns are another consideration. How you and your guests move into and out of the house, and to each section of your outdoor space, should be considered.

We can also mark out the area in your yard so you can get a feel for the natural flow of traffic patterns. This is a great way to get a true feel for the design, and a great time to make any final changes.

Use cabinets to hide utilities and tools

Cabinets can provide storage and save you steps back and forth to your indoor kitchen. We carry NatureKast cabinetry which is specifically designed for outdoor kitchens.

Outdoor cabinetry can also be used to store pool items, lanterns, candles, drinkware, or anything you might want to keep out of sight.

Design for year-round use

Being able to use your outdoor space year-round increases the value of your investment. When designing spaces for an outdoor living pool and patio in St. Louis, you should consider ways to make the space useable even during the colder months.

Outdoor kitchens with a full roof is an excellent way to extend the grilling season. A pergola with a solid cover can protect furniture and guests from the rain. A gas fire pit can heat a seating area on chilly nights.

Our Roeser design team can create ways to maximize use of your backyard space. We will have ideas and tips to expand your outdoor kitchen into a place of enjoyment every month of the year.

Roeser Home Remodeling is an expert outdoor kitchen builder. We would love the opportunity to create your outdoor kitchen. Give us a call to discuss what we can build for you. We will sit down with you and create a design that you will be proud to own.

For homeowners and others in the St. Louis area, contact us at 314.822.0839.

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Our Working Relationship is Built on Trust

In these uncertain times, it’s more important than ever to trust the people you work with. Trust isn’t always easy to come by. It requires hard work and sometimes years to build and maintain.

Roeser Home Remodeling has been in business for 35 years. Our mission hasn’t changed since we started our company – help you create the perfect home for you. As an award-winning company, we’ve gained your trust. You don’t receive those awards without having earned the trust of your clients along the way.

How do we gain your trust?

Trust Builds Confidence

Trust is a key element needed to accomplish your home remodeling project. But before we can build trust with you, we need to have confidence in our business partnerships with the tradesmen and –women who work with us to create your home.

Roeser Home Remodeling of St. Louis prides itself on being a top-notch professional in the home remodeling industry. One way we’ve done this is by forming trusted business relationships with other top-notch professionals. These business relationships make us “kindred spirits” because we expect and demand only excellent customer service, product materials, and workmanship from ourselves and our business associates.

That confidence filters down to our clients. We know we can trust our partners and associates to give you their best work.

“Roeser Home Remodeling has done a lot of work for us. A two story

addition, new custom closet and bathroom, and a new front porch

with beautiful wooden doors. I would recommend them to anyone.”

~ Christine Martin

Communication Builds Trust

The success of your remodeling project depends on good communication.

Remember the old telephone game? Someone whispers a sentence in your ear and you pass it to the next person. As the sentence is relayed from person to person, it becomes muddled and the original meaning is lost in translation.

We don’t like that game. We know that for any relationship to be a success, there must be clear communication. One reason that communication breaks down between a remodeler and the client is because they don’t speak the same language.

Like any profession, the remodeling industry has its own language. Permits, load-bearing walls, punch list, general contractor – these are all terms we’re familiar with but the client may not be.

“Roeser kept me informed throughout the project, everything was

completed as promised, and they left the house clean. I have a

beautiful new room. I’m planning to contact them for my next remodel.”

~ Patty R

At Roeser Home Remodeling, we encourage you to ask questions and share your concerns, needs and ideas. We make sure you understand exactly what we’re doing and why. When you’re living among a remodeling project, tensions can rise as you see your home in upheaval. Good communication reduces stress and any concerns before they become problems.


At Roeser Home Remodel, we know that you work hard for your money. We understand you may be uncomfortable about discussing some financial matters with us. But it’s important that we have a clear idea of what you’re able to spend on a remodeling job.

Budgets Create a Frame

Budgets are designed to be a frame within which a project is done. Without that frame, the work spills over and ends of up costing more than anyone planned. That doesn’t make you, the homeowner, happy. And if you aren’t happy, we won’t be happy.

We promise to watch your pennies as carefully as you do. They will not be wasted and no matter how large or how small your home remodel project, value will never be compromised.

Another 35 years….at least

We take pride in the fact that we now have a second generation working with us in our family business. This generation is just as dedicated to making lasting relationships and shared memories with you. We want you to feel great about your home remodeling project, talk about it and “show it off” to your family and friends. This is the greatest testament to a successful home remodeling project.

And it all begins with trust.

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Ergonomic Kitchen Design

The kitchen work triangle kitchen design is very important in the design of your kitchen workspace. This is a situation whereby the refrigerator, range and sink are positioned 4 to 9 feet apart, forming a more or less equilateral triangle. This kitchen design principle was developed back when a sizable number of families had smaller and closed-off kitchens, where it was the sole responsibility of one person to prepare and clean up meals. It is an orderly way of laying out appliances and the sink in a compact closed or semi-closed kitchen.

What is a Kitchen Work Triangle?

The kitchen work triangle is a concept that was developed back in the 1940’s when kitchens were very compact and appliances were very large. The kitchen was considered a cooking space only. The triangle connects 3 main work areas within the kitchen – the range, the sink and the refrigerator.  A general rule is that the distance between these three areas should be between 4 feet and 9 feet, no more and no less, with the sum of the three sides lying between 13 feet and 26 feet. In a case where the distance is very small, then the kitchen will feel not only blocked, but also cramped. On the other hand, too large of a distance makes the entire cooking process a hassle.

Despite the fact that the kitchen triangle is a 70-year-old rule, it is still something worth keeping in mind when you are redesigning your kitchen. Maintaining an ideal amount of space between the main working areas simplifies cooking while at the same time reducing traffic in the workplace.

Consider how well you move around your kitchen.  What element of your kitchen don’t you like? What causes you recurring problems while you’re cooking? Is there anything that could be added or removed with the slightest of changes using a small budget? Taking your time to think about what bothers you while working in your kitchen will help you figure out the best way to organize your kitchen based on the kitchen triangle format.

The kitchen work triangle was created at a time when kitchen decoration and entertainment were elements not worth some serious consideration. Nowadays, kitchens are larger and have become the focal points of every home, often sharing space with the living and dining rooms for easy entertaining.  Check out these kitchen portfolio pictures for more ideas.

In case you’re planning to redesign your kitchen, it is highly likely that you’re going to factor in elements such as eating, doing homework, and entertaining. By confining your cooking areas to one section of the kitchen, you’ll have adequate space left to use for other important purposes without unnecessary conflicts. If you currently have a kitchen work triangle, take its measurements and identify what adjustments you need to do, to have a more efficient working space. While taking the measurements, always keep in mind that it isn’t a necessity for the lengths of the triangle to be even. The shape of your triangle will depend on the current shape of your kitchen. Apart from the recommended distance between the three points of the kitchen work triangle, it is imperative to ensure that the lines of the work triangle aren’t blocked by things such as trash cans or any other kitchen items because it will only serve to make cooking harder and unpleasant.

You should always take into account additional functions whenever you’re determining your kitchen work triangle. Due to the fact that most modern kitchens are now multipurpose rooms, it’s vital to think about the functions you want your kitchen to serve. Determining whether you need a bar, large island, desk, multiple sinks, homework place and so on can play an instrumental role in helping you figure out the best way to position your work triangle.  Enough prep space is often overlooked simply because it isn’t clearly included when balancing the work triangle equation. Nonetheless, it is advisable to have two prep spaces, one near the stove and another one near the sink. You should always put spices, pots and utensils near the stove to make cooking easier.

Although the work triangle still has a significant role to play today, kitchens currently vary in terms of size and design, which means it is much better to think in terms of work zones rather than work triangles.

What is Kitchen Work Zone Design?

Work zones can be termed as the product of the kitchen work triangle’s natural evolution.  As kitchens enlarged and opened up to other rooms, including the living and dining rooms, it became hard to place appliances in a well-organized triangular layout. Furthermore, apart from the conventional appliances that were synonymous with the kitchen back then, more advanced appliances are now in use, something that has made the shift from the kitchen work triangle to kitchen work zones inevitable. Furthermore, people are socializing and working more in the space than before. Therefore, sectioning off the kitchen into work zones maximizes the efficiency in a larger space. It will be possible to accommodate more cooks and guests better than you can in a work triangle.

In a work zone, it is advisable to group fixtures and appliances according to use. Work zones are pretty easy to set up because you simply have to think about the tasks you perform on a regular basis, such as prep tasks, storing food, baking, cooking, eating, serving, making coffee, chilling wine, cleaning etc. This means each work zone will contain everything you need to perform a specific task. For example, dishwater should be placed near the sink while a compost and garbage bin are placed close to each other to streamline kitchen cleanup.


You should also store items at the right places in a manner that makes it possible to access when working in a given work zone.  Apart from grouping fixtures and appliances according to use, always ensure there is enough storage in each work zone to make it easier performing different tasks.

The wood-topped baking zone is ideal for rolling out pizza and kneading bread. The bread-baking and making tools should be stored in the cabinets beneath. This makes it possible for one person to work in this station while someone else prepares food in a different part.

You should also ensure that there are landing areas next to main appliances. Place a counter landing area next to major kitchen appliances, such as the wall ovens, microwave, and cooktop in order to increase efficiency and safety.  It is also important to consider how you’re going to set down something hot without moving halfway across the kitchen to find a suitable area to place it. This gives you another cooking work zone where you can place items such as cutting boards, knives, pans and pots in the cabinets and use their countertops for chopping and cooking prep purposes.

You should also create a kid’s zone in case you’re blessed with children. If you have enough space, set up a zone in the kitchen where the children can do their homework, eat snacks and hang out. This is great in the sense that you and your little ones will be in the kitchen together without them feeling left out.

Check out this article on Kitchen Island Benefits to help you build your functional Work Zone.

Another zone worth considering is the one for your guests. If your kitchen is open and you like to entertain, I bet you understand how important it is for your guests to have a place to hang out and chat while you’re busy preparing a sumptuous meal for them. Having a large island or a peninsula is ideal for such a situation because it can effectively act as a barrier that prevents your visitors from interfering with you while at the same time giving them some comfortable place to relax while you work. You should also consider placing the items you use for entertaining and serving in the cabinets for easy access.

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Choosing Cabinetry

In 1961 at a small cabinet shop in Ashland, Alabama, a small group of skilled experts began to construct cabinets for supply to the local markets.  It was the Wellborn Cabinet Company. More than 50 years later a lot has changed but the commitment to quality at Wellborn Cabinet has remained the same. The family owned and operated company has grown to fill a 1.8 million square foot facility, enabling it to produce a wide range of quality cabinetry options for homeowners.

A combination of advanced technology and exceptional cabinetry craftsmanship, honed in by decades of experience has resulted in cabinets of unparalleled quality for kitchen remodeling projects. There are dozens of finishes, styles, materials and sizes to choose from based on your needs and preferences. In this guide, we will have a comprehensive Wellborn Cabinets review, helping you pick the right choice for your needs.

But before you even start picking your kitchen, basement or bathroom cabinets it is important to understand the things you should be looking for. So we have included a brief guide to take you through all the important decisions you need to make in choosing the right Wellborn cabinets for your home.

Choosing the Right Cabinetry

Cabinetry is a big factor in defining a space. Kitchen cabinets for example, make up a big part of the feel and look of the kitchen. Even more importantly, the cabinets you choose will determine the functional effectiveness of your kitchen, basement, or bathroom. You also need to think about your budget range.

All of these and many more issues need to be considered before you start shopping for your cabinets. Below we expound on this crucial decision-making process, detailing each important issue and the best approach to take on each one.

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Wood Type

The wood used in making the cabinetry goes a long way in determining its style and quality. Wood is generally classified into two groups; soft and hard. Common hard wood types come from broad-leaf trees such as birch, maple, oak and hickory. Soft woods include popular, cedar and pine.

Because of their physical structure, hardwoods are often used in high-end furniture that is built to last for years. Soft wood furniture usually tends to be cheaper and not as hardy as hard wood cabinets. Wellborn Cabinet uses a range of materials to achieve specific styles and looks. Their main materials include:

  • Cherry: Cherry is often used in luxurious furniture. It has a distinctive red hue with small pin knots, pitch pockets and tiny dark streaks of gum. These features add to its uniqueness. Character Cherry, a variation of cherry, is a wood that emphasizes these distinctive features to enhance style. Cabinets made from cherry tend to darken finely in hue with age especially if exposed to sun light.
  • Maple: Maple is best known for its durability and shock resistance, making the wood especially good for kitchen cabinetry. The wood has a straight grain with various distinct marks including mineral streaks, curly grain patterns and bird’s eye marks. For a more dramatic flair, Character Maple is used because it has more noticeable knots, holes, and streaks.  Like cherry, maple can change colors over time.  But it usually turns more yellow.  Maple is commonly used for painted finishes because it is easy to shape and the grain is very fine so you don’t see it through the painted finish.
  • Oak: Although Oak is not as popular as it once was, it is a hard highly durable wood that tends to be more affordable then maple or cherry wood. Wellborn uses original American red oak with a straight grain.
  • Hickory: This hard wood varies in hue from light to dark red and sometimes almost black. Being one of the hardest and heaviest woods around, hickory produces strong and extremely durable cabinetry.
  • Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF): MDF consists of panels made from wood fibers and a wax resin binder. It is denser, stronger and more durable than traditional particle board.  It has become more popular in the past few years because of the affordability and the stability of the material to accept paint.
  • Laminate:  Laminate wood consists of an MDF or particle board core with a resin-saturated printed paper on top. The printed paper can produce the effect of real wood grain or a painted finish.  In the past few years, there has been a resurgence in laminated finished cabinets, but mostly in flat contemporary door styles.
  • Thermofoil: Although not as popular as compared to the 1990’s, thermofoil is not a type of wood; rather it is a plastic finish often applied to doors and drawer fronts. It is strong and scratch resistant.

Related: The Work Triangle vs Work Zones in the Kitchen

The kind of cabinetry you want will determine what type of material is best for you. If you want strong and durable, go for hard woods like oak and hickory. If you want a dramatic effect, then distinctive woods such as hickory and cherry are the best options. For cheaper but durable cabinetry, medium density fiberboard and laminate woods are great choices.



The finish defines a cabinet’s style in a big way. With a particular finish, you can create the exact feel you want for your kitchen, basement, or bathroom. Wellborn cabinets come in a wide range of finishes consisting  of both painted and stained colors. There are hundreds of finishes & applied techniques to choose from, ranging from Thermofoil to glazes, to antiquing.

In choosing the right finish, you need to consider the overall style you want and how well it blends into your existing decor. Do you want luxurious or simple? Antique or vintage? Light or dark? Some of the Wellborn finishes include heirloom, vintage, antique, cottage and brush stroke.

Different finishes are achieved through various methods including painting, staining and glazes. You can take a look at our kitchen remodeling ideas section for more inspiration.  Certain woods such as cherry and hickory have a distinctive enough character that they can be left unfinished and will still look good.

Door Style

The cabinet doors are the most prominent aspect of your new cabinets, making them an important part of the entire design. Different styles will vary in price, with elaborate door styles attracting high price tags.

Wellborn has plenty of cabinet door styles to choose from. Whatever your taste; traditional, contemporary, or country; there is a style for you. Some of the door styles available from Wellborn include:

  • Recessed: This is on the opposite end of the raised panel door and is typically a more simple style. The simplicity of recessed doors ensures that they can match seamlessly with a variety of decor.  The Prairie Door is an example of this style.
  • Raised: If you want to give your cabinets some depth, then go for raised door types. Raised cabinet doors come in a variety of designs consisting of both simple and intricate detailing, depending on the room character you are going for. Raised cabinet doors are especially ideal for vintage, antique, and country decors.
  • Slab: Slab doors are flat, simple and a minimalist look. Slab doors are solid with no framing or panels. This style is ideal for contemporary or modern decor kitchens and bathrooms.

This is just a small sample of the many styles available. Others include inset, louvered, imperial, beadboard and thermofoil. Note that within these styles, there are multiple other sub styles with differing designs.



Do not just look at the type of wood or style of a cabinet; also consider the functional features. For example, what sliding mechanism do the drawers use. Basic cabinets have 3/4 extension self closing side mount sliders.

But most cabinet drawers will have some sort of mechanism that makes it easy to open and close. Usually, drawers have slides mounted on the bottom and/or edges of the drawer.

Other features that come in handy include Lazy Susan turntables for deep cabinets, self-closing doors, drawers, silverware organizers, wine racks, and pull out shelves. The more extra accessory items a cabinet has, the more it will cost you.


Wellborn Cabinet Lines

In our reviews of Wellborn Cabinets, we are going to look at four popular product lines that we use; Home Concepts, Select Series & Premier Series.  They also provide a high-end Estate Collection.


Home Concepts

This is the entry level line of Wellborn Cabinets, ideal for home remodeling and new home construction. With Home Concepts cabinetry, you get high quality at an affordable price point. If you are remodeling on a tight budget, consider Home Concepts. There are plenty of design variations to choose from, ensuring that there is something for different tastes and needs.

Here is what you need to know about this line.

  • There are 10 different door styles to choose from. These styles feature different wood species including oak, maple, thermofoil, laminate and MDF. The most popular door styles are Maple York and Layton.  Both of these have a craftsman look and a recessed center panel.
  • Doors come with a veneered (rather than solid wood) center panel. While this may put off some homeowners, veneer has its benefits. It tend to be more consistent in color and graining.  Its also less likely to warp or crack as some types of wood do. Additionally, it can last just as long and age just as well as solid wood.
  • The Home Concepts line also provides options for all-furniture board and all-plywood cabinets, usually the furniture board tends to be priced better.
  • There are 9 different paint or stain options available.
  • The line offers a variety of cabinet sizes to choose from depending on your needs and preferences. Whether you are looking for a small kitchen or a full vanity cabinet for your bathroom, they are available. Remember to have the exact measurements for your space before deciding on the cabinet size. This ensures there will be no issues during installation.
  • Plenty of accessories to choose from depending on which type of cabinet you want. You can have pullouts, pantry racks, sliding shelves, wastebaskets rack, charging bases, and so on.
  • Cabinets in the Home Concepts series come with a one year limited warranty.

When choosing Wellborn Cabinet Dealers, make sure you get those that provide as much variety as possible. This will give you more freedom of choice over what cabinet to buy.

Select Series

The Select Series offers a variety of mid-range cabinets for homeowners carrying out a remodeling or new home construction project. In this series, you will find the perfect combination of style and affordability. You get to enjoy luxury at a price you can afford. These cabinets are pricier than those in the Home Concepts Series, but they come with added customization options and a wider variety of design, style, and wood.

Here are the main features of the Select Series.

  • Buyers of the select series are offered a semi-custom option, where they are afforded some flexibility in design. Although you cannot get an entire cabinet custom made, you can get customized options for certain aspects of the design.
  • A wide variety of stains and paints with a glaze option. Whatever your style preference is or whichever decor you would love for your home, you will find the perfect cabinet in the Select Series.
  • Furniture board and plywood construction options are available.
  • A wide variety of cabinet sizes and accessories to suit your every need.
  • The warranty coverage for Select Series cabinets is much more comprehensive than that of the Home Concepts cabinets. With Select Series cabinets you get a lifetime limited warranty. This provides the assurance that the cabinets are durable and should anything ever happen, there is coverage in place to protect you.
  • Most of the cabinets come with a wood grain printed MDF back with 1/8 of an inch in thickness. All-plywood Select cabinets have a laminated plywood back measuring 3/16 of an inch in thickness.

The select series is for that customer looking for an upgrade in cabinet style without spending too much money. The cabinets are closer to luxury than Home Concepts with only a modest increase in price. Depending on your needs, you can get cabinets for any room including the kitchen, bathroom, basement, bar, or bedroom.

Premier Series

This is the ultimate-luxury series for customers who want great style, quality, and can spend more to get it. The selection in design and style is extremely extensive ensuring that even the most unique of preferences are catered to.

  • Customers are offered a plethora of custom options to increase design flexibility.
  • There are more than 30,000 styles to choose from with a dizzying array of finish, wood, and color combinations. This provides customers with the freedom to buy exactly what they want instead of settling for their second or third choices.
  • Exceptional quality with master workmanship being employed at every stage of production. To back this quality, Wellborn Cabinet Inc provides a lifetime limited warranty for Premier Series cabinets.
  • Cabinets have a 5/8-inch dovetail drawer design to ensure durability. Furthermore, drawers are designed with a soft close mechanism.

Wellborn Premier cabinets are a mixture of style, fashion, quality, and art. They may be some of the priciest among the three lines but they are more than worth it. For these cabinets; quality, reliability, and durability are without question top notch.

Estate Series

The Wellborn Estate Collection is without a doubt, the cabinet line that give you the most flexibility with customizing the cabinetry to fit your needs.  They have the “You Draw It” program that allows clients to bring any concept that can be drawn and turn it into reality.  A truly unique offering that will allow you to transform your space into whatever your heart desires.

The Estate Collection provides “Color Inspire”, which allows for a greater offering of colors from Sherwin Williams, Valspar, and even Benjamin Moore.  It gives clients the full opportunity to get exactly the look and finish that they desire.


Lastly, this line of cabinets also has the best warranty that Wellborn offers, which is a Lifetime Limited Warranty.

Quality Assurance and Environmental Protection

The experts at American-made Wellborn Cabinet are obsessed with quality. Over the years, an immense amount of work and skills have been poured into crafting the Wellborn name into a brand known for its strict insistence on nothing but the best.

According to the company, there are more than a hundred employees in the Quality Control Team, with over 30 quality control checkpoints. This ensures that every piece of furniture produced meets the highest standards.

In regards to the environment, Wellborn does not take a back seat. They are proactive in implementing environmentally friendly practices within their production and sales process. This includes working with similarly environment-minded suppliers, using the best technology to reduce pollution and striving to be as green as possible in the materials they use.

So whether you buy a Home Concepts, Select, Premier or Estate cabinet, you can be sure that behind it is a team that cares deeply about quality and the environment.

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Great Winter Remodel Projects

January is a great time for winter remodel projects. In fact, once the holidays are over and the decorations stowed away, you might be ready to work on something fresh and fun for the new year. Just because it’s cold outside, doesn’t mean your home improvement projects should come to a halt.

Winter remodel projects also usually come with a smaller price tag. Contractors generally have a lot of down time during the winter. This means they have greater availability and lower rates, which saves any homeowner valuable time and money.

Of course not every home improvement project is well-suited for cold weather. Here are four ways you can tackle common home improvements this winter.

Basements Make Great Winter Remodel Projects

One of the reasons remodeling isn’t too popular during the winter is because many projects expose the interior to the elements. Instead of getting a new roof, then, it makes sense to turn your attention toward your basement.

Maybe you want to create a space for grandchildren, or an in-law suite. Or this might be the time you create the home office you’ve always wanted. Even just adding built-ins can give a fresh look to a space you already love.

There are several benefits to remodeling a basement in the winter. Since it is underground, almost all of the work can be done inside. Additionally, rates are lower and contractor availability is greater, meaning installations are more efficient and affordable than any other time of year.

Enhance your home’s insulation

Insulating before the weather turns harsh could save you big on your electric bill. The benefits of increased insulation continue past the winter and into the summer, too. The most common areas in need of insulation are typically attics, basements or crawl spaces.

Before you make adjustments, though, you’re best off having your home evaluated by a professional. Experts can accurately pinpoint the areas of your house that are surrendering the most amount of energy. That way, you’ll get the most out of your improvements.

Install hardwood flooring

Have you been thinking about installing hardwood floors for a while? Winter introduces the perfect weather conditions for new hardwood floors.

You are less likely to experience any gapping between newly laid boards. The decreased humidity also decreases your chances of experiencing any water damage. Finally, any adhesive used during the installation faces a quicker dry time due to the air quality.

Hardwood floors add value to your home. Whether you are replacing carpet or old floors, you are guaranteed to have a fresh new look. New wood floors also increase insulation so your home feels just a little more cozy.


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Bathroom remodel – St. Louis Roeser Home Remodeling


Make Your Bathroom a Winter Remodel Project

This is an excellent project once the winter months have arrived. If you’ve grown used to cracked or moldy fixtures, now may be the time to replace them. This can also have the benefit of adding to your bathroom’s efficiency if the new models are a drastic improvement.

Also, for reasons similar to the addition of hardwood floors, laying new tiles is easier when the weather is cooler. It may be a bit of a commitment, but a simple tile project can reinvigorate your bathroom.

Whatever your remodeling needs, we’d love the opportunity to lend a hand. Since 1985, we’ve made it our goal to provide excellent and honest customer service. If you are in need of professional input, please don’t hesitate to contact us or schedule a consultation.

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