Monday, October 26, 2015




What could be better than stepping out of the shower onto warm floors? Not much, apparently. Radiant heat is quickly climbing to the top of many home owners’ must have lists. Don’t go one more day without planning on a little luxury for your feet. Here’s the basics.

Radiant heat is an in-floor heating that warms the room from the floor up. It is considered by some to be a more effective heating method than forced air. Forced air systems often leave the lower section of the house cooler keeping only the upper section warm. Since you occupy mostly the lower section of any given room, you are either cold or you turn up the thermostat and run up the heating bill.

Radiant heat starts at the bottom and works its way up by natural phenomenon: hot air is lighter than cool. You feel warm and you lose less heat to the upper half of your house. Plus you get the benefit of cozy floors when you step out of bed or jump out of the shower.

Preparing for radiant heat will ensure warm floor success. The right subfloor will make your in floor heating more efficient. You should have the water tables and soil analyzed at your home so you won’t have to battle nature to get the heat you want.  Come up with a plan for expansion joints and moisture control as well.

The right subflooring and floor materials can make a big difference in how well your radiant heat works. Tile is especially suited to underfloor radiant heat. Stone, ceramic, and porcelain all are made of natural substances which have thermal-conducting properties. That means they withstand, transfer, and hold heat very well—all good ways to have a warm tile floor.
You can also use underfloor heat with carpet, rugs, hardwood, laminate, and other flooring surfaces.

There are two options when it comes to under-floor radiant heat:

Electric radiant heat is composed of wires that run under the floor. They are very easy and affordable to install, but they are also more expensive to operate.
Installation is made even easier with heating mats. These mats have a very low-profile (some are less than 1/8” thick) and are ideal to put under tile. The wires are woven into the fabric and all you have to do to install it is put down a mortar and roll out the mats (see manufacturer directions for the full installation process).

There are several sizes to choose from or you can custom order a mat to your room’s specifications. The radiant heat mats are approved for wet applications like the shower, sauna, or steam room. And warm the floors and the entire space quickly and effectively. They are safe for all types of tile and most other flooring options.

Under-floor heating is usually installed before a new tile floor goes in. If you have a basement or crawlspace, you may place the radiant heating below a current floor.

Hydronic radiant heat is composed of hot water pipes that run under the floor. They are quite complicated and time-consuming to install and require a licensed plumber. Pipes have to tap into the supply from the water heater or boiler so the project is a bit more involved than electric heating. On the bright side, hot water radiant heat is far less expensive than electric to operate.

Hot water radiant heat pipes are placed on a specialized underlayment like plywood with pre-cut channels for pipes. For tile floors, a cement backer board is placed over this, then the installation of the tile can proceed as normal.

Like electric radiant heat, hydronic needs to be installed either before the new floor goes in, or from the basement or crawl space side beneath the underlayment.      

When you simply can’t stand to go another fall or winter without the comfort of warm floors, it’s time to plan for a flooring upgrade. Buying new tile? Check out porcelain, stone, and ceramic tiles that work great with radiant heat.  Cabinet-S-Top can assist you with underfloor heating that will transform your home.  Stop by our showroom located at 1977 Medina Road, Medina, OH  44256 ~ 330.239.3630 ~

Monday, October 19, 2015

How to Pick a New Kitchen Faucet

by Judith Taylor

Learn all about mounting styles, handles, finishes and 

quality to get the kitchen faucet that best fits your needs

The kitchen faucet’s basic function is to dispense hot and cold water for washing dishes, food and hands. But beyond that it’s a major player in defining the style of your kitchen design.

With all the new — and old — designs, finishes and mounting styles out there, it’s easy to get overwhelmed when choosing a faucet. Having the basic information on hand will make things easier. Here’s what to consider.

Mounting Styles

Sink-mounted faucets. There are many different kitchen faucet and sink designs, but they are not always compatible. If you are working with an existing sink, check how many mounting holes it has. New faucets come in one-, two-, three- or four-hole varieties.

When you are replacing an existing faucet that requires fewer holes than you have, look for a new faucet that comes with an escutcheon plate (a deck plate at the base) to cover up the unneeded sink holes. This will do the trick on many standard sinks.

Pros: This is a great option if you want a quick update to your kitchen and want to reuse your existing sink.

Cons: Your sink will limit your faucet style options.

Deck-mounted faucets. With these the faucet mounts directly to the countertop and not the sink. If you are installing an undermount sink, you have the option of mounting the faucet directly on the countertop. When installing a deck-mounted faucet, make sure to allow more than a finger’s width behind the faucet for cleaning.

Pros: Deck-mounted faucets provide a seamless look that’s especially well suited to contemporary kitchens (but they come in all styles).

Cons: They occupy space on the countertop. Also, you may find an accumulation of water, dirt and grime between the faucet and the wall.

Wall-mounted faucets. Take care when placing a wall-mounted faucet to make sure it will work together with your sink. The distance the water spout projects will determine whether the two will be compatible. This can be more of an issue with a double sink.

Pros: Countertop cleanup is a breeze.

Cons: You’ll need to take extra care in colder climates (if local code allows installation on an outside wall) to insulate against freezing. Also, the plumber must get the spacing and location exactly right. If there is a wall stud in the way, it will need to be relocated so that the faucet and handles can be installed where you need them.

Handle Options

Single-handled faucets. A single-handled faucet rotates directionally, usually providing the ability to regulate flow with an up-and-down motion and temperature with a side-to-side motion.

Pros: Along with the advantage of requiring only one hole in your countertop, these are really convenient for when you have only one hand free. They often feature high arching pro-style designs that easily accommodate large pots and vessels in the sink.

Cons: Temperature adjustment is less precise than with a two-handled faucet.

Double-handled faucets. These usually require a minimum of three holes for installation. The wide variety of handle options makes this kitchen faucet design more customizable.

Pros: Two-handled faucets have dedicated hot and cold water handles, allowing for more sensitive adjustments to water temperature as well as flow rate. Also, if one of the handles springs a leak, you can turn off the shut-off valve to the leaking handle and still use the faucet until you fix the leaking handle. Most allow you to change the handles and faucet independently from the plumbing, making for easy style changes.

Cons: It is more inconvenient to adjust two separate knobs when hands are full or dirty. Also, these faucets are typically considered to be more traditional and may limit you style-wise.

Hands-free faucets. This great hands-free option is activated by a sensor. Notice the handle at the side, which allows you to adjust the temperature and flow rate.

Pros: No hands! These versions operate with a sensor that detects light contact (some are activated by motion) that opens the valve. They are great for arthritic hands and children. They have the advantage of shutting off automatically to conserve water. Plus, you won’t ever worry about an overflowing sink.

Cons: There is no way to adjust the temperature or the water flow through the touch mode. That has to be done manually, and some people find it aggravating. Also, these faucets require an occasional battery change for the sensor to work.
Materials and Finishes

Chrome, nickel, brushed nickel, polished brass, oil-rubbed bronze, white, black and stainless steel are some of the standard finishes and colors. Keep in mind that finishes from different manufacturers may not be exactly the same. It is a good idea if you are planning to buy a faucet to purchase any accessories such as a hand spray or soap dispenser from the same collection to ensure a good match.


Do you have a kitchen that is sleek and contemporary, or one that is reminiscent of a farmhouse kitchen? Styles range from historically detailed to simple, clean lines, curves or 90-degree angles. This one item will shift the look of your kitchen to express the style you prefer. Again, the options are endless. But by the time you’re ready to pick the style, your kitchen style should already be established, which will help narrow down the options. Work with your designer to land on the best one for you.

Price and Quality

Most faucets use cartridge, ball or ceramic disk valves. A faucet with a ceramic disk valve and stainless steel or solid brass base materials will be more durable and will cost more than one with plastic parts.

One good indicator of quality is weight. If you aren’t sure whether a fitting is solid brass, pick it up. It should feel heavier than other units.Solid-brass bodies last longest and require the least care, especially with hard water, which corrodes some metals. These faucets, as you may imagine, cost the most.

Though their entry price may be appealing, lower-priced faucets are often made with plastic parts that don’t hold up. When you factor in the cost to replace an inexpensive faucet and the fees to hire a plumber to install a replacement, it may quickly negate the savings.

At Cabinet-S-Top, we can help you pick the right combination of features -- including handles, spout height and sprayers -- to create a space that works your way.  Located at 1977 Medina Road, Medina, OH  44256 ~ 330.239.3630 ~

Monday, October 12, 2015

Waypoint LivingSpaces features 
Laundry Room designed by Betty Nairn from Cabinet-S-Top

Check out this article from Waypoint LivingSpaces that features a laundry room designed by Betty Nairn of Cabinet-S-Top.  Here are 9 interesting ideas to include in your laundry room.  


Remember when there was a washday….a day set aside just to do laundry? Washing clothes was a much bigger task then than it is now. Today we are apt to throw a load of laundry in the washer just about any day of the week and any time of the day or night.
Waypoint's style T60S in White Thermofoil
Photo complements of Cabinet S-Top of Medina OH. Cabinets: style T60S
Above is a great laundry room designed by Cabinet S-Top of Medina OH and some of the things I really liked about it:
  1. Long, wide floor tiles are easy to keep clean and hide dust etc.
  2. A low profile stainless steel sink is handy to have and easy to clean
  3. The open shelf over the sink gives extra head room and would be a perfect place to hang a closet rod. It would be so easy to take the clothes out of the dryer and hang them up immediately to keep them wrinkle free.
  4. Updated track lighting does a great job of illuminating the room. I am seeing a trend moving away from dozens of recessed  lights and moving towards well-designed ceiling fixtures.
  5. The TO6S beadboard door style in easy-to-care for Thermofoil* gives a fresh country look.
  6. Spice drawers are perfect for holding mending supplies,scissors, stain removal sticks and other small items
  7. Under counter laundry equipment gives more counter space for folding
  8. Thick molding to the ceiling gets rid of dust collecting gaps and looks richly detailed.
  9. Stacked tall storage…no home ever has enough no matter where it is.
I think doing laundry would fun in this room!
*Thermofoil is thick vinyl film bonded to warp-resistant engineered wood which allows cabinet doors and drawer fronts to exhibit the same styling and detail found in solid wood doors. The color is consistent throughout the film.

Ready to remodel your laundry room?  To get started visit Cabinet-S-Top's showroom located at 1977 Medina Road, Medina, OH 44256 ~ 330.239.3630 ~

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Waypoint LivingSpaces features Elegant Bathroom designed by Elizabeth Nairn of Cabinet-S-Top


Waypoint's style 511S in Maple Hazelnut Glaze
Photo complements of Cabinet-S-Top of Medina Ohio. Cabinets: Waypoint's style 511S in Maple Hazelnut Glaze
What an elegant bathroom! From the soft monochromatic color pallet to the touch of aged metal on the light fixtures, it looks like something you might see in an upscale Paris apartment. But it’s right here in Ohio.
Wallpaper has been working its way back in fashion over the past several years. Here the damask (monochromatic, slightly lustrous pattern originally found in fabrics woven on  jacquard looms)  wallpaper lends one more layer of elegance to the room. The designer of this project is Cabinet-S-Top of Medina Ohio.
Here are some other things I like about this gorgeous room:
  1. The lighting is installed on both sides of each mirror. That’s the best kind of light for any area used for shaving, inserting contacts or applying makeup. It fills in the areas around the eyes, chin etc. that could be in shadow from top-mounted lights. Other general lighting is important too but this is task lighting at its elegant best.
  2. Three banks of drawers provide plenty of storage. It’s good to have lots of places to tuck bathroom necessities out of sight.
  3. The curvy skirted toe kick lends the look of antique furniture and personalization to the vanity in Maple Hazelnut Glaze.
This former 20 year-old master bathroom in a Midwest home now has the look of the retreat the homeowners always dreamed about.

Whether you're looking to remodel your kitchen or bath, consider hiring Cabinet-S-Top.  Their expert designers have the knowledge and creativity to bring together your wants and needs for a finished project that you'll love.  Cabinet-S-Top's one-stop showroom is located at 1977 Medina Road, Medina, OH  44256 ~ 330.239.3630 ~