Home Improvement – Use Door Handles to Pull it Together

Like the infamous television show featuring Tim Allen and his family, home improvement projects are often rife with mishaps and accidents. However, not all home repair projects are alike. Some – such as installing new cabinet hardware – are so easy to start and complete, you’ll wonder why you never thought to reinstall your cabinet hardware before!

Make a List, Check it Twice
When you hire of a professional to begin any home repair, they most likely evaluate the situation, assess the amount of work to be done and offer an estimate of the costs of labor as well as the cost of replacement parts. Likewise, so too should you make a list of the areas you’d like to replace as well as the number of parts you will need to complete the project. Be sure to count the number of smaller and often overlooked parts such as screws, hinges, floor registers and back plates to the drawer pulls and door handles. Check your list twice to make sure you have an accurate count of parts you will need.

Do Your Homework
With your handy list in hand of what you will need, it is now time for the fun part! Whether you browse online, in a catalog or in a physical store, you should allow yourself time to window shop. Gather ideas from stores, neighbors and friends about what works – and doesn’t work – for cabinet and door hardware accessories. Compare prices; check out a variety of styles, finishes and materials to see what will last and look nice in your home.

Consider Your Options for Materials
These days, it seems that styles come and go so quickly that it is best to go with your gut feeling on what your likes and dislikes are. If you prefer elegant, decorative pieces, then look for sturdy, heavy materials such as nickel and iron that have been weathered, antiqued and or burnished. Contrarily, some homeowners prefer shiny accessories; therefore, purchase shiny, reflective door knob materials such as satin chrome, copper or stainless steel. If you fall into neither category, consider glass door knobs. These accessories match any cabinet wood, finish or countertop material, regardless of how many colors they incorporate.

Size Matters
Believe it or not, you do not have to purchase a one-size-fits-all cabinet door knob or drawer pull. Surely your front door handle is larger than your below the sink cabinet dummy door knob. Therefore, consider what size is comfortable for you and your family. Some prefer larger handles because they are easier to grasp, while others prefer smaller, more delicate accessories that lightly accent the kitchen, bedroom or bathroom style.

Buy within Your Budget
One of the biggest mistakes homeowners these days make is living outside their means. This too applies to home maintenance projects as well. Be sure that when you calculate the estimate costs of whatever style and finish you choose, it remains within your budget without you have to scrimp on essentials such as groceries, clothing, utilities or credit card payments.

Remove Old Hardware Units
After shopping, one of the greatest tension-relieving parts of this home project is removing the old door handles and accessories. Start by unscrewing any screws from the back plate in the drawers or cabinets. If you would like to get your children involved, partially unscrew the accessories and allow them to pull out the pieces by hand. Be sure to provide bags for the accessories so that any screws and small pieces are not accidentally swallowed by smaller children or the family pet.

In With the New
This last step is the easiest. Simply fill in the holes of your existing cabinets with your newly purchased accessories. If you have mixed and matched styles depending on rooms, be sure to pay attention to what size or finish goes in what room. Afterwards, be sure to double check your handiwork.

Selecting Bronze Door Hardware For Your Home

Are you tired of looking at your old door hardware? Are you considering some home improvements? Building a new home? If there is one thing you should not overlook it is the hardware on your doors. Nobilus Luxury are purveyors of what could be considered the finest bronze door hardware and are based in West Corinne, Utah. The company has a range of four different bronze door hardware collections that are all built on the premise of delicate design combined with luxury workmanship. American made and crafted to fit several design options. The primary bronze collections will suit any style of home and make a tremendous design statement for your home.

This article will give you some details of the four collections that should suit your needs and they are:

1/ Arts in Residence Collection

The Arts in Residence Collection contains two main styles of bronze door hardware, the Fleur de Lis and the Craftsman.

The Fleur de Lis comes in over several different finishes, ranging from charcoal black to a light antique color that perfectly offsets the ornate curved top. The handle itself is beautifully curved and has a touch of Victorian solidity about the way it looks. you may find other offerings but none as clean and crisp as what is offered here.

If you are looking for an Arts & Crafts look then consider the Craftsman series with a more functional design that harks back to the age of Craftsman homes and the American heritage, and has both key and lever options when it comes to the locking mechanisms. The design is a bit simpler then the Fleur de Lis range of Nobilus bronze door hardware, but maintains a classical elegance and simplicity.

2/ Urban Contemporary Collection

The Urban Contemporary Collection again consists of two main styles, the Convex and the Metropolitan.

The Convex is an elegant slimline design which would suit a more contemporary home. The handles themselves are angular in appearance, and there is the option of whether or not to have a locking mechanism.

The Metropolitan shares many of the design ethics of the Convex, but has a more squat design and a more angular, knob shaped handle. In some ways the Metropolitan is designed to make more of a design statement then the Convex, as rather than simply trying to blend in, it is very much a piece of bronze door hardware that stands on its own merits in terms of making a visual impact.

Once again there are many color and design options that are available for each of these designs from Nobilus to perfectly match up with your current homes decoration.

3/ Provincial Estates Collection

The Provincial Estates Collection consists of one principle handle design, the Corbel.

The Corbel combines elegance with luxury with ornate beading work around the edge of the bronze, and a handle that grows to a luxurious filigree style ball at the end.

This is very much a piece of bronze door hardware that is aimed at those people who really care about the look of their homes, and who wish even their doors to ooze quality the first time that you place your hand on them.

The Corbel comes with the option of either lever or key locking mechanisms, and is available in a variety of colors.

4/ American Lodge Collection

At the heart of the American Lodge Collection is the Classic Arch & Square Design.

If you love curves in your door handles then you will love this design, as it offers the most curvaceous handles of any in the range, offset against a classical backplate.