Friday, July 29th, 2016

Modern cabinet lovers are here

Simple, but not mysteriousWhat we’re hearing

Even here in the sultry southeastern US, people love modern design.

They like the simplicity of slab doors. They like how easy they are to clean, and they like how a modern kitchen lets the food, wine, & even the homework have the spotlight.

People tell us they’re tired of raised panel wood doors that everybody and their brother seems to have. They are done with wiping spills & dust out of all those curves.

They want something neater, but not mysterious. Refined, but not snooty. Simple, but not mundane.

Durable quality is worth it

Most of all, people tell us they love the look of IKEA, but doubt the quality. So do we.

And we still absolutely love the fabulous options that Semihandmade offers. Great, great door designs from our good friends over there.

People tell us they love European style, but not the cost. So do we.

Besh = the happy medium.

It checks all the boxes. Modern. Well engineered. Good looking. Affordable. We’re so convinced, that it’s the only cabinet line we work with! If you’re ready to check those boxes, call us. Fall is closer than you think.

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

How to buy Besh cabinets

Got a plan? Need a plan?

If you’ve got a plan designed, send it over & we’ll prepare an estimate. We’ll probably have a couple of questions & clarifications, but we’ll get it reasonably close.

If you don’t have a plan, we offer design services from measurement to completed estimate. Even if you are not local to central NC, where we are based!

Our estimates include:

  • functional hardware: this is all the vital but un-sexy stuff like drawer slides, legs and hinges.
  • cabinet carcasses: standard boxes are high compression particle board, sink boxes are plywood sandwich.
  • fronts: drawer faces & doors
  • cover panels & trim: finished matching cover panels for exposed sides of wall cabinets, e.g. an island
  • toekicks: finished matching toekick material
  • finish:
    • standard finish: textured melamine 11 colors
    • painted finish: any Sherwin-Williams or Benjamin Moore color, in satin or high gloss
    • stained finish: Maple, Birch, or Alder veneers, standard gray, light or dark brown palette variations
  • shipping: we ship anywhere in the contiguous US via freight (18 wheels)

A note to designers

We can help figure out logistics with you, whether delivery is to a local warehouse or shop. A forklift is needed to offload, as an FYI.

Shipping is handled this way for a couple of reasons, both of which keep costs down for everyone:

  1. to streamline the process & minimize handling;
  2. efficiency in transit

If you have a small area you’d like to put a display in, we can work with you to make it happen. We’re designers too – we’re used to figuring stuff out!

Order Lead Times

Lead times range from 3 to 5 weeks depending on fabrication queues. If painted or stained finishing is required, add another week for scheduling purposes.

Keep cool, & order on!

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Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Denver Design Week or Bust

Denver Design Week

Now THIS is nicely put together all the way around. Fantastic website design, great lineup & events on the schedule & it’s All. About. Design.

I haven’t been this inspired about a design celebration since I co-founded SparkCon in Raleigh 10 years ago.

At the time I was a DesignBox member, & headed up the creativity sessions. I organized & led 4 two hour 60 person workshops to run through productive brainstorming. That was just one segment of a mosaic of events – from fashion design to music to art to local steel fabricator shop tours.

Today SparkCon has grown to include a huge menu of all things creative. And that’s great – we’re on the map. However, the creative core piece of SparkCon – for those wanting a glimpse into / a shot at – the actual creative process, has disappeared from the event. It’s all about the end product. And that’s ok too – things evolve. But to me, the spark is what starts it all – in any design endeavor. That’s what trips my trigger as a designer.

Denver Design Week has a nice cohesiveness to it. The main focus is modern design – both current and midcentury. It combines tours of finished renovation projects that include a history of why & how it ended up where it did. Even though it covers a wide variety of design: architecture, interiors, brands, art and tech, it’s wrapped in a neat package of celebration and I can’t wait!

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

From the Things I’d Never Eat as a Kid Dept

There were many things on the list of Do Not Want as a kid:

  • onions
  • mustard
  • brussel sprouts
  • cranberries
  • uncooked broccoli
  • alcohol
  • sauer kraut
  • bratwurst/knockwurst
  • peas

They were all too sour, too sharp, too hot, too spicey, or just plain bitey & gag inducing. As an adult I’ve made friends with all but the last three.

Some friends of ours had us over for dinner and hanging out, and I loved this salad enough to ask for the recipe. I present to thee, Broccoli Salad with sunflower seeds & cranberries.

Broccoli Sunflower Cranberries

If that had been put in front of me when I was 7 I would’ve said I wasn’t hungry. As for now, I went back for seconds. And I’m going to make my own!

Kitchen happy.

 

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Kitchen as the Happy Place

It’s a jungle out there

Whether you go there to fuel up or cool down, that kitchen has to be there for you. Everything in it you get to do to your liking.
making a snadwich

Avocado? Check.

Mayo? Check.

Lettuce & tomato? Check.

Turkey? Got it.

Ixnay on the onions, olives and cheese this round.

Whole wheat bread & cukes liven it up, too.

It’s YOUR sandwich.

You can even take it with you into whatever battles you’re enduring.

always keep a bottleLet’s not forget the drink. The one you don’t have to drive anywhere for. The one you can take to the TV room with you. The one you can play guitar to. The one you can have with your sandwich you just made.

The special occasion could also be, for example – Monday.

You’re in the driver’s seat

You’re also at the cutting board, pouring a beverage, drying your hands on that awesome tea towel you picked up at the flea market last spring.

camping tea towels - retroplanet.com

Bottom line: we all want a bit of control in our lives over something – doesn’t have to be big, or all the time. And our kitchens are the perfect canvas to exercise your decision & choice muscles!

Forget the traffic, the news, take a load off and revel in your space! And if the space isn’t quite up to snuff, change it. That’s what we’re here for. :D

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

NC Green Home Tour Apr 30-May 1 and May 7-8

If you’re in the Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill NC area and want to check out some green homes, look no further than the Green Home Tour this weekend & next!

The tour is put on annually by the Durham, Orange and Chatham county homebuilders association.

And hey! We’ve got some Besh cabinets in an awesome modern house on this tour that got a GOLD, that’s right, GOLD NGBS certification!!

Want to see it? It’s site O2 in Orange County, 1012 Reaves Dr.:

NC Green Home Tour - Gold certified

Directions to 1012 Reaves Dr.

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Welcome, Besh cabinet buyers!

Besh logo

You want ’em? We got ’em!

After the launch of the newly redesigned Besh website we’ve seen an uptick in traffic coming to Ecomod. We thought it would be a good idea to roll out the welcome mat, so that folks looking for Besh cabinets in their modern kitchen know they’re in the right place.

We’ve got a bunch of projects in progress this spring, from commercial breakrooms to new homes. That includes kitchens, laundry rooms, bathrooms and home offices. We’ve also got projects booked into the summer – a nice mix of remodels sprinkled with some more new homes.

Designers & Builders stand up and say Yeah

If you’ve got designs underway & are in the pricing stage, send over the plans & we’ll crunch out a quote that keeps you on time & on budget.

If you’re between projects & curious about where Besh lands pricing wise, send us a recently completed project & we’ll price it out for you.

In general, a good rule of thumb number is 20% less than custom.

We are also exploring partnerships with Design-Build firms on a case by case basis in which we provide a few display cabinets for their conference room or sample library. If you’re interested, give us a shout.

Newest Completions

For ideas on what can be done with Besh, here are a few shots from some of our recently finished projects.

overall-CouchForeground

Modern Loft Kitchen

Niche and Mobile Island installation

Downtown Modern

Modern Zen Kitchen

Modern Zen Kitchen

 

 

Friday, March 11th, 2016

What shoes and cabinets have in common

First, the shoes.

I had a beloved pair of chelsea style boots on which the soles were showing their 10 years of service. These boots served me through thick & thin, on jobsites and in showrooms. They were easy and quick to put on and take off, required no intense maintenance, and they put up with all kinds of weather. All while being ridiculously comfortable. I absolutely loved them.

Went to order a replacement pair and was bummed to see the style had been discontinued. Searching alternate brands of similar styles yielded no successor, leading to even more bummage.

Then, I found a shoe restoration service in CA (www.NuShoe.com) that replaces soles, threading, laces, and rejuvenates leather. And they will work on ANY brand and style of shoe. I shipped my precious boots westward and waited patiently for about 6 weeks. I figured I had nothing to lose, since they were on their last legs anyway.

It was worth it! They came back with new hole-free soles and brand new tread, ready for more outings. The leather was restored and best of all – they fit just like they did when I shipped them off!

This service is GREAT. Not just great because it’s easy to use, but also because it is rejecting the throw-away shoe mindset that has prevailed in the footwear industry for decades. It takes the perfectly good parts and replaces the worn ones. That extends the life of the shoe years, literally. Which keeps it out of the landfill. And uses fewer raw materials. It’s earth friendly.

Now, the cabinets.

This is one of the primary reasons why we made Besh cabinets: to replace the fronts, not the boxes or the hardware. Like my boots, we keep that backbone in place & extend the life of the product. As long as the functional elements work fine, there’s no need to replace them. And because it’s a modular system, cabinet sizes are common across multiple installations.

That’s not to say it lasts forever. Nothing does. But if a component reaches the end of its life cycle, we’ll do our best to find another life for it, whether it’s

  • raw material for other products, like metal recycling, or post consumer wood products
  • refurbishable – like a fresh sanding and paint finish
  • resizeable to another of our modular fronts

If we’re going to make things, we should make them responsibly. The first step is using only what we need to begin with. That’s the right way. For all life and this planet on which it depends.

Swappable Fronts & Guts

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Where’ve ya been?

2015: Last Call!

zapped tape measureWe don’t get much time to write these blurbs. That’s because we’re out in the wild, doing things like this:

Frying our tape measures on electrical plugs that were slightly askew in the outlet. Fortunately I was holding the rubber casing, so I still have my famously darty, non-linear way of thinking intact.

I just can’t measure anything between 6″ and 7″ now, though.

So much for getting that job. (I didn’t.)

I also didn’t bother to go out & get a new tape measure. I just have to watch the edges.

And  figuring out column details:

column section

Designing & installing extra storage for brand new modern condos:

niche storage

 

And new kitchens:

modern kitchen sink wall  modern kitchen angle 2

 

Designing many new kitchens and baths for people who dig modern:

aerial into dining Bath 2  new modern kitchen

Cool projects like the sketch below, which turned into the 3D model & will become reality sometime in 2016!

Concept A modern kitchen  modern kitchen concept accepted

 

The goal is to have new shots of what we did in 2015 included in the gallery over at the Besh website before the end of January, so stay tuned. Speaking of Besh, we’ve also been working on a new website for it. Aside from making it cleaner & easier to navigate, it will be much more friendly to designers and builders to use!

We’ll leave you with this sneak peek snippet from the new site coming soon to a screen near you….

sustainability screen clip

 

As always, Cheers.

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Pulse check!

Fraser Fir. Mmmmmm.blip. blip. blip.

Yep, still here!

And I have to report that 2015 has been an interesting year. We started out anemic, but when May rolled around our pulse came back & in spite of a slow start it’s been a manageable Steady.

We’re transitioning from a B2C business model to a B2B. That means we’re working directly with builders & designers more than with homeowners. We’ll probably never give up direct homeowner projects, because we learn so much from them, and we meet some really wonderful people!

At the same time, it’s great to work with seasoned folks who understand the building process completely, so we can seamlessly interface with them without extra time for education. That’s a plus when it comes to making product & process improvements too.

Around the corner.

2016 will bring a new & improved Besh website that we’re very excited about. It will make it easier to find the info you’re looking for, whether it’s specs, door style options, or inspiration. And it will be especially Builder and Designer friendly, for the creative folks out there looking to finish out their modern projects with the perfect cabinets!

So take time to smell the Fraser Firs – we sure are. Tis the season!

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