November 2018 The WBS Connection

Nov 13, 2018


Kitchen Flow

Learn from the pros what makes a great kitchen layout!

Today’s busy homeowners want to make the most of their time, so kitchens need to have function, and they need to flow. The designers at our eight Elevations by Wisconsin Building Supply design centers have the best technology available to help customers truly see what they’re designing.

Instead of getting a black-and-white rendering of their kitchen or bathroom, Elevations customers are able to put on a pair of goggles and take a virtual walk through their space. Every element of the design — from cabinets and countertops to the backsplash and flooring selection — is visible through the virtual reality (VR) goggles and 360 View by 2020, our design software.

So what should homeowners be looking for?

According to Architectural Digest, the decades-old “working triangle” is still the best way to go. This theory says that the three main working areas in a kitchen — the stove, sink, and refrigerator — should form a triangle. It’s the reason we see so many kitchen islands with sinks, which are parallel with the wall the stove is on.

The aim of great kitchen design is to maximize storage and prep space around that triangle. Great kitchens have:

  • Sufficient storage in the right places. Silverware drawers should be close to the dishwasher, for example.

  • Sufficient counter space in the right places. An island or area of prep space without overhead cabinetry works best for those who love to cook or bake.

  • An appropriate amount of appliances for the size. If the footprint of the kitchen is small, stick with the basics. Homeowners shouldn’t sacrifice storage space for things like double wall ovens and wine fridges. One tip is to install extra-tall upper cabinets.

  • Access to natural light and are well lit. Consider under-cabinet lighting.

  • A nearby entrance so carrying in groceries is convenient.


Closets and Cabinet Solutions from Häfele

When it comes to storage options, unique is often best. Check out these new, unconventional ideas from WBS vendor Häfele.

Häfele is known internationally as a leading source of hardware, fitting systems, lighting, and electronic locking systems. This fall they’re out with a line of storage solutions designed to be different.

Steel wine and spice pull-outs

  • Wine tray: Full-extension slides allow for easy access to wine bottles. It fits in cabinets with internal widths of 18 or 24 inches and can hold up to six bottles.  

  • Spice rack: Rack is angled for visibility with full-extension slides for easy access. It fits in cabinets with internal widths of 18 or 24 inches and can hold up to 22 spice bottles.

Wardrobe lift

  • This lift is great for those who have strength or reaching limitations. It makes clothing accessible without the use of a ladder. It stores clothing up and out of the way and lowers them with the press of a button.

Kitchen tower

  • This tower is designed with soft-close technology and creates functional storage in any base cabinet. It automatically slides out when the door is opened. Use it to organize virtually anything in an 18- or 24-inch cabinet. 

iMOVE pull-down

  • This pull-down unit is great for accessing items stored in tall upper cabinets. Pull gently on the handle to lower, and the shelf will stay where it is when you let go. Designed for cabinets 23 ⅝ inches wide.

Pull-out wicker baskets

  • These pull-out baskets offer ample storage for any dry good you need to store. The baskets are woven over solid beech frames, which slide on runners. They come widths of 11 5/16 and 14 5/16 inches.


Roofing Promo

Here’s your chance to save up to $850!

Our newest promotion brings yet another reason to use Wisconsin Building Supply for all your company’s construction needs.

When you partner with WBS now through the end of the year, you have the opportunity to save big on roofing.

Place three roofing orders by Dec. 31 and save $850. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Get $350 off your first order of $1,500 or more

  • Get $300 off your second order of $1,500 or more

  • Get $200 off your third order of $1,500 or more

The discount is given at the time of purchase, and accessories are not included in the minimum purchase requirement. Please see your sales rep for more information!


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