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Employee Spotlight: Taral

Taral

Taral started 6 years ago at Braam’s in a sales and design position at our Oakville showroom and has flourished over the years with us. Crediting her time at Braam’s to her current design taste, she admits that her time with clients has evolved how she approaches design – she now has a much more client focused mindset when approaching a new design. Her responsibilities in the showroom include meeting with new clients, discussing design preferences, developing a millwork plan, and seeing a job through to installation.

While her current job is focused heavily upon residential projects, it hasn’t always been that way. Her career started back in India where she earned a 5-year degree in interior architecture. After that, Taral moved over to London, England where she studied fine arts for a change of pace. While over in England, Taral married her long-time boyfriend and the two decided to relocate once more – this time, to Canada. Her reasoning? India was much too hot, and she always dreamed of moving to a country with a colder climate.

Once in Canada, Taral landed a job with a design company that focused heavily on corporate design. While the work was rewarding and she was always busy, Taral had always wished to work with homeowners in seeing their dream homes come to life. Upon seeing a job posting at Braam’s, Taral took a chance and applied. Fast-forward 6 years, and Taral has become an integral member of our Oakville team with impeccable design taste and a winning personality.

To Taral, millwork and cabinetry is not only interior planning, but also product design. She sees cabinetry as the anchor to a space and enjoys being able to create pieces that are meant to be kept a lifetime. Her favourite part of her job? The journey to the end: meeting the client, tailoring the design to their preferences, and seeing the space become a reality.

We appreciate your hardwork and dedication over the years, Taral! We can’t wait to see what interesting and unique projects you come up with next. Thank you for being part of the Braam’s Family.

Lightning Questions

What would you name the autobiography of your life?

The long walk from the small town standing in grass

If you could learn anything, what would it be?

To learn how to say NO to anything that I don’t need beyond my basic requirements

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

Travel the World

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

Wonder Woman

What is your favorite thing to do outside of work?

Spend time with family, practice hobbies and Recharge

What chore do you hate doing?

Doing Dishes

What three words define you?

Adaptive, Competent and Educated

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

Mother Teresa

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

Be the very best you can be, every day. It is a saturated market out there, and the only way to stand out is to have passion and love for the subject. Measure carefully for accurate plans. Scale is everything.

Missed other #BraamsFamily posts?

Click to read our post on our General Manager, Dave.
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Cabinet Types: Stock, Semi-Custom, Fully Custom

Cabinet Types:

What are the differences between stock cabinets, semi-custom cabinets, and fully custom cabinets?

When considering cabinets for a home, homeowners can pick from a few different options: stock cabinets, semi-custom cabinets, or fully custom cabinets. While each type of cabinet has their pros and cons, it is important to weigh your options depending upon the type of project, budget, and what you need from your cabinets. Here we will discuss the three types of cabinetry and give a little insight on what you can expect with each cabinet type.

Stock Cabinets

Stock cabinets are premanufactured cabinets that are sold by big box stores. These cabinets come in specific sizing and have little flexibility when it comes to material, finish, and overall design. While stock cabinetry tends to be more affordable with shorter lead times, you will have to sacrifice overall quality of your cabinets in exchange. The lifespan of stock cabinets is much shorter than their fully custom counterpart and are unlikely to be able to be refinished as the low-quality materials experience a lot of wear and tear – this means you will be replacing them in a few years!

Overall, stock cabinets are most ideal for homeowners with a smaller budget, homeowners looking to quickly renovate, or those with inexpensive rental properties who need to replace cabinetry frequently.

Semi-Custom Cabinets

Semi-custom cabinets are a hybrid between stock cabinets and custom cabinets – basically, they are stock cabinets with extra detail options. While quality and lifespan of semi-custom are similar to stock cabinets, semi-custom cabinets have a bit more leeway when it comes to material, finish, and design. The price of semi-custom is more than stock but tend to be only fractionally less expensive than fully custom. Semi-custom cabinets allow you to add in those off-size cabinets and offer different hardware options at an upcharge. This type of cabinet might be able to be refinished easier than stock cabinets but, again, the quality of semi-custom is much less than fully custom cabinetry.

Overall, semi-custom cabinets are ideal for homeowners that are more design orientated that don’t mind having to refinish their cabinetry every few years.

Fully Custom Cabinets

Fully custom cabinets are cabinets designed to fit a space with limitless options when considering style, finish, material, and hardware. Custom cabinets are built to order and, therefore, will have longer lead times than both stock and semi-custom. While you might be waiting a bit longer for your cabinetry, this type of cabinet is meant to last a lifetime – many people who opt for custom cabinets enjoy their cabinetry for over 20 years – as the quality of this cabinet far surpasses every other cabinet on the market. Homeowners with custom cabinets will have a space that is unique to their home and a team of expert designers, cabinetmakers, and installers to help them throughout the design and build process.

Overall, custom cabinets are best suited for those looking for long-lasting cabinetry made from scratch by professionals with the expertise to execute the perfect end result.

In conclusion..

All cabinet types have their merits and downfalls. Deciding on what type of cabinetry best suits you is key in being happy with the final product. Remember to consider your budget, needs, design style, and expected lifetime of the product when looking at cabinetry. And don’t be afraid to reach out to one of our showrooms if you need a little more info!

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Employee Spotlight: Mike

Mike

With 12 years under his belt, Mike is an integral part of the Braam’s team. As the plant manager, his daily tasks involve ensuring the shop maintains its production levels, the shop adheres to delivery schedules, and overseeing our many shop employees. In short: Mike is there to help make the shop floor run as smoothly as possible so that our clients receive their cabinetry on time and with the high level of quality that is expected of Braam’s.

Mike’s interest in woodworking started when he was just 14 years old. With a father that had his own garage shop, Mike was able to gain knowledge from a young age on what craftsmanship was all about and came to appreciate the process of turning nothing into something. While he originally thought about getting into the agriculture industry – having grown up in a farming community and taking agriculture business at University of Guelph – Mike ended up falling into woodworking and wound up working at Braam’s.

During his ongoing tenure at Braam’s, Mike has been able to try his hand at just about every part of the cabinetry building process – even having experience with the difficult task of installing cabinets in a home. With every day being a little different than the day before, Mike is always learning new and innovative ways to implement materials and finishes into a project. After over a decade with the company, the unique combinations of materials and finishes that designers plan for our clientele still surprises him in how stunning the final product ends up being.

Thank you, Mike, for your hard work over the past 12 years. We appreciate everything you do at Braam’s and can’t wait to see where you will help take the company in the future.

Now let’s get to the fun questions!

Lightning Questions

What would you name the autobiography of your life?

Mikey Can Do It

If you could learn anything, what would it be?

Learn to fly like my father who has his pilot’s license

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

I would buy some property in the country and build my own house

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

Batman

What is your favorite thing to do outside of work?

I like to play hockey, spend time with my kids, and build and fly remote planes

What chore do you hate doing?

Cleaning

What three words define you?

Loyal, dedicated, hardworking

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

Jim Carrey or Bryan Baeumler

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

Stick with it. I see a lot of people come in here and think they want to get into woodworking and not getting it and giving up. It isn’t something easy you can jump into and learn everything in two days. It takes a lot of time to learn things and the tricks of the trade. If they enjoy doing it, stick with it and don’t give up.

Missed other #BraamsFamily posts?

Click to read our post on our General Manager, Dave.
Click to read our post on our Special Projects Manager, Gord.
Click to read our post on our Designer, Taral.

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Birmingham Showroom Grand Opening

In early June, Braam’s was proud to officially open our doors at our new Birmingham location with a Showroom Grand Opening Celebration.

A cornerstone in Birmingham, Michigan Braam’s has now moved into a much larger space at 2010 Cole Street in Unit 1. With June 6th, 2019 marking the opening for the new space, Braam’s cannot wait to reacquaint ourselves with Birmingham homeowners, builders, designers, and architects.

With many Birmingham residences and businesses in attendance, Braam’s Showroom Grand Opening was a huge success. We were happy to meet everyone and hope to see attendees – and more – in the near future!

We want to give a special thank you to Nostimo Kitchen for supplying the delicious food for the evening. Everything was incredibly tasty and our guests couldn’t stop raving about it.

Didn’t get a chance to stop into the Showroom Grand Opening? No worries! We would be happy to give you a walk through of our new showroom and design center. Just hop over to our Contact page and to write in and schedule a time with one of our talented designers. We would be more than happy to assist you in any custom cabinet projects you have in mind.

Lastly, Braam’s wants to thank everyone who came out to see our new space. We cannot wait to continue to bring our beautifully crafted, high quality custom cabinets to Michigan. Through this new location, we aim to better serve our clients with more samples, more displays, and a roomy new meeting area. Thank you for coming out and supporting us!