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Braam’s Cabinetry featured in Style at Home

Did you catch us in the August issue of Style at Home Magazine?  We had some cabinetry featured on page 75 (bottom left photo below) alongside an article about the very talented Scott Bachly and his family cottage in Muskoka.  What an exquisite home!We’re proud to have been part of this project!

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Best of Houzz 2015

Braam’s Custom Cabinets Receives

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.” Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles, helping Houzz users around the world who discover and love a professional’s work to learn even more about that business’ popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers in the Houzz community.

About Braam’s

“Braam’s Custom Cabinets originated as a two-man operation out of the family garage in South-Western Ontario. Today, we run out of multiple locations, including a 47,000 square foot manufacturing facility and three showrooms. We have worked all over the continent and continue to take on projects throughout Canada and the U.S.

For over 30 years, Rob and Peter Braam have worked to establish a well-rounded team who bring the very best in cabinetry design, tailored carpentry and finishing. We are committed to creating exceptional living spaces that are both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Our blend of old world craftsmanship and new world manufacturing ensures a beautiful, balanced look that will stand the test of time.”

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New Photos up on Houzz!

We’ve just posted some new photos up on houzz if you’d like to see!A warm and inviting home from Simcoe, Ontario.

Follow the link here to see all the photos on our houzz profile!

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New Custom Home on Houzz

One of our newest custom homes – Luxurious Home in London – has gone live on Houzz!

This project features a custom kitchen with on trend two-tone cabinetry, a large island meant for entertaining, and a painted gray servery to maximize kitchen storage without sacrificing style. Stop into the Houzz gallery to see a few other little surprises – like unique dining room bench seating and slick wine storage!

We had the pleasure of working on a few different spaces in this client’s home including their closet which was made complete by a multi-level island to make getting dressed on those Monday mornings just a little bit easier.

Together with Design House London we turned this custom bathroom into the ensuite of our clients’ dreams! Oversized mirrors and custom cabinetry with mullions and floating vanities – oh my! Talk about classy.

Click HERE to check out the full gallery on Houzz. You won’t be disappointed!

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4 Trends We Spotted from KBIS 2018

So it’s been about two weeks since KBIS 2018 and we’ve finally digested everything we saw this year.kbis 2018 Orlando

We managed to avoid the rain and the cold spell in Orlando and enjoyed the warmer weather and bright sun along with an amazing atmosphere at the Orange County Convention Centre for the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show. After sorting through the MANY pictures and videos we took, we’ve identified the trendiest design ideas and movements of this year’s show. So, let’s take a look!

1. Waterfall Countertops

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Granite, marble, porcelain, quartz..the material doesn’t matter, waterfall is in! Waterfall edge gives your kitchen a sleek look with clean lines while creating a subtle statement piece for the space. Best part? No more scuffed and scratched end panels! We’re giving this trend the thumbs up.

2. Multi-level Islands and Butcher Blocks

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This design trend allows you to create a little extra space in your kitchen while playing with different textures, colours, and materials. Multi-level islands designate eating areas from prep stations which is perfect for those who love to entertain. Butcher blocks, on the other hand, allow for a smaller area for slicing and chopping so might be more ideal for those with smaller spaces.

3. Two Tone Cabinetry

Moving away from the traditional white kitchen, people are beginning to gravitate towards a more colourful kitchen palette. Whether it is a dark island with white wall cabinets or white uppers with stained lower cabinets, this trend blends serene white with eye-catching colour to create the perfect blend. The colour breaks up the monotony while creating a focal point in your space. Safe to say this trend looks like it’ll be sticking around.

4. Tech

In a world where we are constantly moving forward, it is no surprise that technology related designs and products made a big splash at KBIS this year. From fridges that will text you if you’re out of milk to drawers with full charging stations inside to faucets that are 3D printed, tech-related design is sure to help make your living space just a little bit easier.
See you at KBIS 2019!

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Braam’s at NKBA Gala

The past Saturday, Braam’s Custom Cabinets made an appearance at the annual NKBA Design Competition.

The team enjoyed a night of great food, fabulous music, wonderful company, and beautiful designs from all over Ontario.

Not only that, but Braam’s is proud to say that we took home the award for “Other Room” which was collaborated on with Studio H Design.

Braam’s also brought home an honorable mention for “Large Bath” which was created with Olly + Em.

We are extremely grateful for the recognition from our peers. We always strive to be the best we can and appreciate the acknowledgement of our team’s hardwork and dedication.

See you next year at the 2019 NKBA Gala!

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LHBA’s ACE 2018 Award Nominations

Braam’s is proud to announce that we have been nominated for a few awards at this year’s London Home Builders Association’s Awards of Creative Excellence 2018.

In the fall of every year, the London design and build industry celebrates the best and brightest in the community by recognizing noteworthy projects by London-based companies. As a proud member of the LHBA family, Braam’s is pleased to have been nominated in the following categories:


BEST NEW SINGLE FAMILY HOME OVER $1,000,000 (with Gentrac Building Corporation and Orchard Design Studio Inc.)
BEST RENOVATED KITCHEN (with Clear Concept Design & Build)
BEST RENOVATION UP TO $50,000 (with Clear Concept Design & Build)
BEST RENOVATION $150,000 – $350,000 (with Clear Concept Design & Build)
BEST KITCHEN CABINETRY
BEST WEB PRESENCE


We wish the best of luck to all those nominated and we cannot wait for award winners to be announced on October 11th at the Lamplighter Inn.

Click HERE to see a full list of categories and nominees.

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Newest London Showroom Grand Opening

Braam’s is proud to announce the official opening of our newest London showroom location at 3 Bathurst Street. With the help of our design staff, we celebrated a wonderful evening with builders, designers, and clients – past, present, and future!

Each attendee, with a Braam’s passport in hand, ventured through the showroom and studied each display to learn a little bit of what makes Braam’s special – all while enjoying an eclectic spread of food provided by The Black Trumpet. From traditional Japanese sushi to delectable Dutch cookies and pastries, there was something there to satisfy every preference.

Braam’s extends a sincere thank you to the companies involved in making the evening a success: RichelieuLondon Bath Centre, and Sloan Stone Design. Thanks to their generosity, we were able to host a fun filled evening with a little education on the side.

Finally, we want to thank EVERYONE that stopped into the Grand Opening. We hope you enjoyed your time at the new Braam’s showroom and we hope to see you all again very soon!

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Employee Spotlight: Dave

Dave started his career with Braam’s not as a Braam’s employee but as a consultant for the sales department. Having run his own sales training business for 23 years, he enjoyed getting to play different roles on a day-to-day basis – he could be an insurance agent one day, an oil salesman the next, and a design consultant the following day. When he started with the Braam’s sales team, it quickly became apparent that there were other areas in which the company could improve upon. Now, 5 years later, Dave is the General Manager where he is responsible for overseeing the entire Braam’s operation and fixing the problems that pop up while keeping the company’s future in mind.

As the General Manager, Dave is in charge of making sure every department communicates and works together to make a beautiful end product for every client. He ensures that the cogs in the Braam’s machine are constantly turning and that everything functions as it should. He is an expert in excel and enjoys looking back at the company’s past successes and failures while continuing to look and plan for the future so that Braam’s continues to grow and flourish as it has been.

While his past career allowed him to diversify his knowledge in many industries, he enjoys now being able to focus his efforts into one industry – the cabinetry business – and has learned how to be flexible in dealing with the struggles that come with designing and building high quality cabinetry.

Moving forward, Dave acknowledges the importance of quality and strives to keep Braam’s accountable for every piece of craftsmanship that leaves the plant. He loves seeing a project come to life and appreciates the steps and effort that it takes to get a project to completion. He is key in ensuring that every project meets Braam’s standards and that every client receives the positive experience that they deserve. The most gratifying part of his job is hearing that our clients are 100% satisfied with the product and service.

Dave has done amazing work for Braam’s over the past 5 years. His expertise and hard work is a big part of the reason for our growth. Thank you, Dave, for your dedication to the company. We are happy to have you a part of the Braam’s family!

After our more serious talk, we had our General Manager ask some lighthearted lightning round questions – check them out below!

What would you name the autobiography of your life?
Learn From Your Experiences
If you could learn anything, what would it be?
I regret that I didn’t learn another language.
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
I would set up a foundation – probably education. I’d also fund a program for the Wounded Warriors.
If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?
Aubrey – he was a 16th century royal navy captain from a series of books that Master in Commander was based on.
What is your favourite thing to do outside of work?
Travel.
What chore do you hate doing?
I procrastinate anything maintenance. I avoid everything that isn’t mission critical.
What three words define you?
Passionate, loyal, optimistic.
If you could meet any person – living or dead – who would it be?
Winston Churchill. His philosophy was always “If you don’t understand history, you are doomed to repeat it” and I would just love to have him look at what is happening in the world right now.
What advice would you give to someone looking to get into the industry?
Same advice that I’d give in any job – bring some passion and begin with an end in mind.

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Employee Spotlight: Gord

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A newer recruit for Braam’s, Gord has been with the company just shy of 2 years. While he has never had the opportunity to work with a high-end cabinet company before, Gord isn’t new to the design and build industry – he used to build houses as a hobby during the summer months!

With a background at the Elgin Business Resource Centre, Gord is used to helping businesses figure out how to run more effectively. From there, Gord retired but soon found himself helping Employment Services Elgin in better developing their system. Once he felt his job there was complete, Gord considered retiring again, but quickly decided against it upon receiving a call from Braam’s asking for his expertise in helping the company continue to grow. And the rest is history! Gord now takes care of special project management at Braam’s and continues to thrive doing so every day.

A bit of a grant specialist, Gord is responsible for managing each and every subsidy that comes to Braam’s. A spreadsheet guru, Gord tracks and maintains every grant to ensure Braam’s follows the rules and that everything is invoiced correctly. He is also responsible for researching funding opportunities that could benefit the company.

Despite his already busy schedule, Gord has found himself involved in much more than just grant related issues. A bit of a jack-of-all-trades, Gord now also assists with job costing analysis – figuring out how to best involve employees while maximizing valuable production time – as well as collaborating in launching the new ERP system Braam’s is implementing within the next few months.

Above all, Gord loves seeing how his hard work contributes to the overall goals of Braam’s. He enjoys coming to work and seeing fellow Braam’s employees as well as watching how technology is changing the workplace.

Thank you for all your hard work, Gord! We are so happy to have you a part of the Braam’s Family.

Check out our fun lightning round of questions that we had Gord answer and learn a little more about him!

Lightning Questions

What would you name the autobiography of your life?

Will I Ever Learn?

If you could learn anything, what would it be?

I would like to learn my wife’s native language, Finnish.

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?

More travelling and make sure our kids were secure.

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?

From the cartoon Lady and the Tramp – I’d be Tramp.

What is your favourite thing to do outside of work?

In the winter, I like to follow around the grandkids to hockey. I complain about it but I secretly like it.

In the summer, we manage a tourist camp up on the upper French river.

What chore do you hate doing?

Cleaning the bathroom.

What three words define you?

Honest, laidback, honorable.

If you could meet any person – living or dead – who would it be?

Winston Churchill.

What advice would you give to someone looking to get into the industry?

Be prepared to learn – don’t come in thinking you know it all. Be prepared to work smart. Give it all you’ve got. 6am is not an early start in the morning. Be thankful for what you’ve got and make life better for your coworkers.

Did you miss past #BraamsFamily posts?

Don’t forget to check out our past interview with our General Manager Dave!