Sunday, August 14th, 2016

Nix the tub

Nix The Tub

Take a gander at that one.

56% percent of us never use a tub. Combine that number with the next most frequent use (20% for 1 – 2 times use) and it’s 76%. Seventy-six percent!! That’s from a survey just published on Houzz.

I caved to the same prevalent lore spouted by real estate agents for decades: You have to have a tub! Guess how many times I’ve soaked in it since we put it in last year? ONE.

That’s not to say tubs are completely useless. They’re still great for:

  • little kids, in the presence of an adult of course
  • wet umbrella stashing
  • doing dishes while the kitchen is being remodeled
  • water storage for emergency prep (don’t laugh – it’s serious business in hurricane zones)
  • place of safety for people in tornado territory

And probably a few other totally non standard tub activities like shoe cleaning and dog washing.

So yeah. consider all that next time the bathroom’s up for a re-do. If you have more than one bathroom the money is better spent nixing the tub in one of them. If you have 1 bath, you’re probably stuck with it.

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Measuring, redesigned


BAGEL smart measuring tapeBAGEL smart measuring tape

This came across my IndieGoGo newsie recently.
It’s a redesign of the humble tape measure, a tool we all know & love in the trade. I’d love to test one of these out in the wild.

My only concern is how to find a specific project stored on it if you don’t have access to the mobile app. You’d have to remember what day you took the measurement. And if you’re like me, there’s no way I can remember my calendar in my head.

But that’s a small hiccup in a largely useful & intuitive gadget. Much improved!

BAGEL with level

Overall it’s extremely well thought out, with 3 measuring input choices. It’s durable, has a built in battery – and you can even add a level to it. And the Bluetooth ability is just genius. I’m going to carry a tape measure anyway. And probably a notepad, because I’m Old Skool , and I talk with drawings.

I could see this becoming a go-to just like a phone is for taking field pics & shooting over to the engineer, for example. I’d add it to my toolbox!


Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Homeowner? Hi!

Hourglass by Mark Newson

Now is the time.

Fall’s coming faster than we think. With the holidays hot on its heels. If it’s your year to host the turkey, you can still have the space you want to help you through the stresses.

If you’re a homeowner in search of modern design help, we’re here for you. Some people already work with a designer. And that’s ok too. But if you don’t have one, we do work directly with homeowners to put the kitchen they want in the home they have (or are building).

Keep trying.

We are very darty people, from jobsite to meetings to our shop. We can’t always get to the phone, but we’re eager to hear about your project. So leave a message/email & hang tight. Have a martini, listen to the cicadas & tree frogs – when summer goes, so do they!

Oh, and if you want to make your own modern hourglass, click the image up top.

cheers –

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!

Order Tickets!

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 -

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.


Modern Loft Kitchen

Niche and Mobile Island installation

Downtown Modern

Modern Zen Kitchen

Modern Zen Kitchen



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