• How to Organize Your Pantry to Perfection

    If the kitchen is the heart of the home, the pantry may be the brain of the kitchen. When your pantry’s a mess, everything suffers, from meal planning to grocery shopping to the ease with which your kids can grab a snack. On the other hand, with a well-organized pantry, your kitchen runs like a well-oiled machine. How do you achieve pantry perfection? We’ve got some tips.  

    • Make the most of vertical space. Don’t just look at your pantry’s width and depth. Rather, use undershelf baskets, shelf inserts, or even a cake plate with small items stacked above and below, to create extra storage within your shelf space.  
    • Lazy Susans keep things from getting lost in the back. Use a lazy Susan to organize canned goods or other items that can easily be overlooked if they get shoved to the back of the pantry. A simple spin, and you can easily view and access everything you need. If you’ve got the space, drawers and pull-out shelving can serve a similar purpose.  
    • Don’t forget the doors. Doors are an often overlooked space, and you can find creative ways to use them. Install a rack, and you can use the doors for lid storage. Put in some hooks or hanging bins, and you have a great place to hang utensils or store soup packets. Want a cheap and simple hack? A shoe organizer hung on the inside of the pantry door, is a surprisingly versatile organizing tool.  
    • Bin, basket, and box it up! One way to keep your pantry, and your family, organized is to use containers. Storage bins and baskets help you sort items by type, clear boxes and jars store things uniformly and in plain sight.   
    • Go a little label crazy. When everything is clearly labeled, it’s easy for your family members to find whatever they need. To keep your pantry looking well-organized, make your labels uniform. It’s easy to find templates online for pretty, consistent labels.  

    At Bay Home and Window, we offer custom designed closet systems, including made-to-order pantries. Our expert designers will work with you, taking stock of your space and your lifestyle in order to create the perfect configuration to meet your needs. For custom pantries and closets in the San Francisco Bay Area, created to meet your needs, call (925) 264-6746 or contact us for a free in-home design consultation.  

  • How Plantation Shutters Compare to Others

    Window treatments make a big difference in the look of a room, and if you’re looking for an update, it’s time to consider plantation shutters. Less expensive than custom draperies, plantation shutters give you control over privacy, light, and energy use in a room, while also adding aesthetic appeal. What’s more, plantation shutters are an investment in your home that’s made to last.  

    • Durable: Built to last, the shutters we offer come in a variety of materials. You can choose lacquered or stained natural wood, exotic woods, composite, poly-core, vinyl, or even commercial grade materials, for maximum durability.  
    • Practical: When closed, these shutters provide maximum privacy, as well as protection from the sun’s heat. This translates to savings on your energy bills, as well as an updated look for your home. 
    • Versatile: Plantation shutters on windows enhance the beauty of any room by allowing natural light to pour in and accentuating the view. However, they’re also a great choice for doors and can be used on patio doors, interior doors, French doors and glass panel doors.  
    • Beautiful: We can customize your plantation shutters, to beautifully complement any style of window. Archtop, semi-circular, angled top, and open pass-through windows can all be accommodated, and we work with windows of any shape and size.  

    At Bay Home and Window has the largest selection of plantation shutters in San Francisco Bay Area, at affordable prices, with quality service and free installation.  With twenty years of excellent service and an award-winning design team, we’re committed to improving the way you live, by helping you to create an elegant, sophisticated, and practical home environment. Call (888) 771-5056 for a free in-home design consultation.  

  • Creating a laundry room you’ll enjoy! Design and Transformation Tips

    Does anyone really enjoy doing laundry? The sorting, spot-treating, washing, drying, folding, putting away seems like an unending cycle of chores that must be done. It might not be fun, but there’s something comforting in knowing that you’re not alone: everyone has to do it. If you’re going to spend so much of your life doing laundry, though, it’s a good idea to have a laundry room that’s a pleasant place to be. With the right design and a little bit of ingenuity, you might even create a laundry room that you can enjoy.  

    • Make laundry easier by using your laundry room space efficiently. Consider the tasks you need to complete in your laundry room, dividing the space into wet and dry zones. Your laundry room should have a logical flow that makes it easy to go from washing to drying to folding, so if you’re designing your space, try to arrange appliances in a way that facilitates the process. If you’re just looking for ways to make your existing laundry room more functional, look for places where you can put shelves to store the things you need, within reach of where you need them.  
    • Consider counters. If you have space, counters are great for folding clothes as soon as they come out of the dryer. If there’s not room, consider a cart or table that can be rolled in and out or folded away as needed.  
    • Space for hanging makes air drying a breeze. Built-in is better, but if that’s not an option, a rolling clothes rack is also handy. Don’t have that kind of space? Consider a fold-down clothing rack that fits behind the door.  
    • Make it durable, and keep it well lit. When you’re choosing finishes for a laundry room, consider all they’ll need to withstand. When installing lighting, think about the time you’ll spend in that room caring for your family’s garments. You need to be able to see what you’re doing, and your space needs to feel bright and cheerful.  
    • Whatever the size, make your laundry room yours. You may have a huge space, with room for counters, a sink, a full sized washer and dryer, and maybe even a crafting area or desk. On the other hand, your laundry room might be a tiny closet, with stackable washers and no room for much else. Whatever it is, look for ways to build with convenience in mind and stamp it with your own style.  

    At Bay Home and Window, we’re experts in custom design, and we can help you create the perfect laundry room. Our expert designers will work with you, taking stock of your space and your lifestyle in order to create the perfect configuration to meet your needs. For custom pantries and closets in the San Francisco Bay Area, created to meet your needs, call (925) 264-6746 or contact us for a free in-home design consultation.  

  • Give Your Garage a Makeover with Bay Home & Window

    Garages are traditionally used as a place to keep your vehicles securely parked. While many people also use their garages for storage, it can be difficult to keep the space organized. Utilizing the right tools including custom cabinetry can make your life much easier when it comes to using your garage for storage.

    When it comes to your garage, clutter is not your friend. Garages are all too often a catch-all for all your stuff that doesn’t seem to belong anywhere else in your home. Over time that stuff accumulates and can really pile up, making it a tremendous chore to get it organized. One of the first things you can do is start sorting everything out into categories like sporting goods, garden tools, items that can be donated or recycled, holiday decorations, and more.

    Determine which items should stay in the garage. Items like sporting goods, garden tools, and holiday decorations are reasonable items to keep in your garage, but they could also be kept in a storage unit to free up space. You’ll want to store similar items together and use shelving units or cabinets for each category. Custom solutions can help make your garage manageable and get you organized. Other solutions you can utilize include storage bins and boxes, hanging storage systems, and bicycle hangers and storage.

    Bay Home & Window specializes in home organization and can provide the garage solution you need. We want you to love where you live, and that includes your garage. Don’t let your garage just be a wasted space where you pile up junk or park a car, let us help you reclaim your space. We can help you reduce clutter so you know where everything’s at. Give us a call today at (925) 264-6746 to learn more or schedule a free in-home consultation.

  • Love Where You Live and Where You Work! How to Convert Your Home Office into a Sophisticated Workspace

    Whether you have the luxury of working from home or just like having a dedicated office area to handle your personal business, workspaces are a hot commodity in homes. One of the biggest reasons why you wouldn’t have a home office is because you simply don’t have enough space to utilize one. We know that homes are expensive so buying a home with extra rooms can really add to your mortgage and make it difficult to afford.

    The good news is that you can convert any room in your home into a home office and you can even use certain rooms for more than one purpose. Even a bedroom can become an office during the day thanks to certain clever and convenient solutions like wall-beds. There are plenty of questions to ask yourself before getting your ideal home office set up and ready to go.

    You’ll want a home office that’s ergonomically correct so you can be comfortable and supported. If you don’t have the right chair or desk you’ll be more likely to suffer from back pain and other problems. Decide if you’ll have natural sunlight in your home office or you’ll need to invest in some artificial lighting.

    If you are lacking in square footage, you’ll need to get creative with organization and storage. You can utilize both vertical and horizontal storage. Another thing some people like doing is utilizing wall space by hanging magazine racks to keep track of papers. Add an indoor plant to clean the air and boost your spirits.

    Bay Home & Window can help you turn one room into two or three by combining guest rooms with offices. Our expert designers will work with you and provide a free in-home consultation. We utilize 3D design software that lets you see what your space will look like ahead of time. Give us a call today for more information at (925) 264-6746.

  • The Benefits of Plantation Shutters

    The Benefits of Plantation Shutters

    If your home’s windows or doors could use an upgrade, plantation shutters may be just what you’ve been looking for. Bay Home & Window offers a variety of plantation shutter materials, construction, and price points for both windows and doors. They also look great on patio doors and French doors.

    There are several benefits of having plantation shutters installed, including added privacy and light, and reduced energy costs. Our expert designers can help you choose which options will work best for you so you don’t have to worry about making the wrong decision.

    Window Shutters

    Plantation shutters will enhance the beauty of any room and can allow in natural light. They also offer maximum privacy when closed and protect your home from the summer heat to reduce energy costs. Our shutters are constructed out of the finest materials and can be customized to fit any type of window including archtop, semi-circular, angled top, and more.

    Door Shutters

    Plantation shutters are also great for doors and can increase privacy and protection while decreasing energy costs. These shutters are easy to open and can be customized based on your choice of high-quality materials and styles. Door shutter styles include patio doors, French doors, glass panel doors, and interior doorways.

    Choosing plantation shutters from Bay Home & Window means you’ll be receiving high-quality products, world-class installation, affordable prices, and custom design. Give us a call today at 888-771-5056 to learn more.

  • How to Make Your Chaotic Closet Organized

    Chances are that your closet could be classified as at least a bit chaotic and cluttered. It’s easy to allow closets to become disorganized over time, but a custom closet design from Bay Home & Window could be the solution you need.

    As the Bay Area’s custom closet design experts, we are happy to provide a free in-home design consultation and you’ll also be saving 20 to 30% over retail outlets. Our custom closets can help unclutter your life and include:

    • Cabinet Space
    • Drawer Systems
    • Hanging Solutions
    • Hidden Keep-Safe Storage
    • Jewelry and Accessory Organization
    • Shelving Areas
    • Shoe Storage
    • Tilt-Out Baskets

    We specialize in turning chaos into calm through a combination of the previously mentioned solutions. Even if you need another closet, we can create an extra built-in wardrobe on any open wall. Our expert designers use state-of-the-art 3D design software and will inventory your needs and lifestyle to be sure to create a space for all that clutters your world.

    Make your closet and life less chaotic and cluttered with a customized closet solution from Bay Home & Window. To learn more or schedule your free in-home consultation, give us a call today at 888-771-5056.

  • Raise Your Property Value the Easy Way with New Shutters

    Home renovations are great if you’re wondering how to increase your home value. In a buyer’s market, where the number of properties for sale exceeds the number of prospective buyers, you want to stand out from the competition. Installing plantation shutters is one way to do this. They can let in natural sunlight, provide a shield against it, and insulate your home against window drafts.

    More on these later. Here are some other home improvements that increase value:

    Make it more spacious : This Old House puts this at number one from a broker’s perspective in increasing value. Opening up the space by knocking out walls can help, while kitchen islands can be great but unnecessary if there’s sufficient cabinet storage.

    Beautify the landscaping : The exterior is the first thing potential buyers see, so an eye-catching design, greenery, walkway, or fountain can have positive impacts. Even pruning trees and bushes can be more valuable than you realize.

    Fix the bathroom : A replaced/re-finished tub and a fresh coat of paint can boost the appeal of your home. To provide a sense of space, update the cabinetry or replace an old shower door.

    Kitchen updates : You don’t have to go all out. New paint or tiles can spruce things up, but more thorough upgrades such as stainless steel appliances, islands, and even new pots and pans can be effective.

    Care and maintenance : Fancy upgrades aren’t the only ways to increase home value. Fix the plumbing, replace drafty windows, inspect HVAC/furnace/septic systems, and get new rain gutters. A pristine, functional home is more likely to sell and can do so at a few thousand dollars higher.

    Best Home Improvements for the Money

    If you’re thinking shutters and doors, you’re right on the money. These are great for boosting value. Other products from Bay Home & Window to consider include:

    • Walk-in closets
    • Reach-in closets
    • Home offices
    • Wall beds
    • Garage upgrades
    • Entertainment centers

    Plantation shutters, however, are powerful in that they create a sense of brightness, space, and warmth without changing very much. There are many styles, as well, including vinyl plantation shutters, wood shutters, and products in composite materials. These capture the essence of just what you need, in terms of what adds value to a home appraisal.

    These shutters aren’t only effective as window treatments. Plantation door shutters are great for French and patio doors because they’re easy to open and close. A closet shutter door eases access to the space and makes a stylistic statement as well. Shutters are available in many materials, styles, and colors, so you can easily freshen up any space by installing these on a closet, patio, or any other type of interior door.

    Our Home Solutions Add Value

    Are you investigating what home improvements add the most value? Contact Bay Home & Window about plantation shutters, a simple way to add charm, sophistication, and value to your home. Our products are available at wholesale prices to the public, and we offer free in-home consultations across the San Francisco Bay area. Schedule a visit today by calling us at 888-766-5919.

  • New Year, New Home: Dress Up Your Home with These Trendy Window Treatments

    As you are taking down your holiday and Christmas decorations, you might start to feel a sense of the post-holiday blues. You really enjoyed all those sparkling lights, the tree, ornaments, and other decorations that made your home feel warm, cozy, and inviting. Rather than go back to the same old, boring look after New Year’s, why not consider giving your home a new look with different trendy custom window treatments ?

    Why Plantation Shutters Are All the Rage

    One of the top trends that has remained consistent in regards to dressing up your windows are plantation shutters. Unlike other trends that come and go, this style of shutters is highly sought-after by homeowners, as well as prospective home buyers. They are more durable than other types of treatments, and they last.

    What Colors Are Trendy for Window Treatments?

    Even though colors can change as trends change, one thing that is not going to change is the impact color is having on the real estate market. Did you know that houses that have walls painted in the latest trendy colors, along with complementary plantation shutters, are selling at higher prices compared to homes with plain white walls and white coverings on their windows?

    Aren’t Plantation Shutters Just for Rectangular/Square Windows?

    When you think about shutters, what normally comes to mind are rectangular or square-shaped shutters used on the same style of windows. What you probably do not know is that this is not the only shape available with this style of shutters, thanks to your ability to customize the shutters specifically for the windows in your home, including:

    • Rectangular Windows
    • Square Windows
    • Archtop Windows
    • Angled Top Windows
    • Semi-Circular Windows
    • Open Pass-Through Interior Windows
    • Windows of Any Shape and Any Size!

    Won’t Custom Shutters Cost More?

    Anytime someone drops the word “custom” alongside some form of home improvement, it is natural to think it is going to cost more than if you just used an “off-the-shelf” solution. While this can be true some of the time, it doesn’t have to apply to getting custom shutters for your windows.

    Fortunately for you, here at Bay Home & Window, we offer direct wholesale pricing to the general public. Many of our customers are surprised to discover they can get custom designed window treatments for their homes that are comparable to purchasing an “off-the-shelf” solution.

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    In addition, we offer FREE in-home consultations to discuss your needs and objectives. Our designers help guide you by showing you samples of different shutters and helping you create and design each custom shutter for every window in your home. You are free to choose from:

    • Stained Natural Woods
    • Composite Materials
    • Vinyl
    • Lacquered Natural Woods
    • Poly-Core
    • Exotic Woods

    No matter what you decide, all of our shutters are made from commercial-grade materials to provide you with maximum protection and years of enjoyment, thanks to their robustness and durability. Best of all, we are happy to install your new custom shutters for FREE since we do not charge for installation.

    Don’t Forget to Dress Up Your Doors

    You can also incorporate custom plantation shutters into the design of the doors to give them a new look, such as:

    • French Doors
    • Patio Doors
    • Sliding Glass Doors

    All of the shutters for your doors can be customized using the same choice of materials available with our window shutters.

    For colored doors or glass doors that have colored trim, whites are often a popular choice and never go out of style. If you are using colored shutters on your windows, this little bit of white helps make the room “pop” more than also using the same color of shutters on your doors.

    Other Places Where People Are Using Plantation Shutters in Their Homes

    Aside from your doors, there are certain interior areas of the home where you may want to incorporate plantation shutters into the room’s design and décor. One of the newer trends in interior design is the use of sliding panels to easily alter the size of rooms or provide privacy.

    To make the sliding panel less boring, people are having shutters installed onto the panels, much like they would a door. Plus, if the panels are made of glass or have glass panels, the shutters help increase the amount of privacy.

    Another way people are using shutters is in place of the sliding panels over interior doorways. For instance, if you wanted to close off the entrance between the dining room and living room, you could use foldable shutters. Plus, you can adjust the shutters to allow light in, unlike solid sliding doors that block out all light.

    You may even be surprised to learn people are using this style of shutters as a door on their built-in shelving and entertainment centers. The shutters are more attractive and add appeal because you can have them open or closed, as well as adjust the blinds so you can still show off your collectibles or hide the TV from view.

    Another trend with custom shutters is using them as wall art over a mural, wall painting, or other types of wall decoration, like vinyl stickers. For instance, you could create a “window box” looking out at the beach and ocean. Once you have the backdrop on the wall, you have the custom shutters installed over it, add some lighting around, and you have just created a new piece of art!

    Shutters even work great to hide away whatever is stored on open shelving, like the shelves in your garage or basement. Who wants to look at laundry detergent, boxes of holiday decorations, tools, seasonal items, and so on, when you can have great-looking shutters to look at instead?

    As you can see, there are many different popular and trendy uses for custom window and door plantation shutters. You could even use them to create barriers between rooms for your pets to control where they have access within the home when you are away. Not to mention, shutters are not just for the windows, doors, and entryways in your home!

    Remember, at Bay Home & Window, we offer direct wholesale pricing that can save you as much as 20 to 30 percent, access to a wide array of top-quality materials, custom sizing, and free professional design and installation services!

    Besides custom window treatments, we can also help design custom closets, including walk-in closets and reach-in closets, as well as other custom built-ins, such as:

    • Built-in shelving
    • Built-in entertainment centers
    • Built-in wall beds
    • Built-in storage spaces
    • Built-in garage solutions

    If you are ready to give your home a new look for the New Year or are interested in learning more about customizable shutters and built-in solutions , please feel free to contact Bay Home & Windows at 888.766.5919 today to schedule your FREE in-home consultation.

  • What to Do for a Laundry Room Remodel

    The laundry room probably isn’t the most exciting room in the house. That doesn’t mean it can’t be the most useful. Right now it might only be a home for the washer and dryer, but it can be turned into a storage area with simple changes like built-in storage units . See why a laundry room remodel is just what you need to get the most out of this room.

    Neglected to Effective

    Most people think of their laundry room as nothing more than the place where they do their laundry. They don’t do anything to make it more useful or more attractive. Little do they realize this space can be so much more. A laundry room can be organized, efficient, and labor saving.

    Layout

    Whether the room is big or small, its layout can be slowing you down. Is your folding table far from the dryer? Perhaps the storage location where you keep your detergent, softener, and dryer sheets is out of reach, and you need to grab a stool, bend and twist, or walk across the room. Be more productive by changing your layout.

    Laundry Room Remodel in Pleasanton, CA

    Start planning a layout that simplifies your routine. Plan counters, storage, sinks, and other amenities to make optimal use of the room. Consider your method and what may speed up your work. Make sure that the most needed items will stay within reach. Baskets or organizers will help you keep things organized. If you don’t have countertops, create a folding station to round out your space. The idea is to create your ideal area to get your laundry done without a hassle.

    Storage

    Now that you’ve planned your layout, you can design your storage. Remember, this room doesn’t just have to be the place you do your laundry in. It can be your go-to utility and storage space, filling in where other rooms don’t cut it. A good start is to utilize pedestal drawers for your washer and dryer . They’re a great place to store your supplies while you’re not using them.

    We suggest you go beyond a few drawers, though. Whether you’re doing a laundry room remodel on a budget or money’s no object, storage is key to making this room beneficial to everyone in the house. Built-in storage shelves (especially in unused corners) will allow you to add a convenient spot to store anything from detergent to those winter sheets. Hang a wire storage rack on the wall to make dryer sheets and other supplies readily accessible. For an added bonus, choose a rack which features hooks so it can double as a drying rack.

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    Get creative with your room and add over-the-door hanging storage. Anything from a shoe organizer to a bathroom hanging wire rack can double as storage to place small items like garbage bags, cleaning supplies, and more. Maximize cabinet capacity by placing baskets inside. Place hooks on the walls to store brooms and mops out of the way. With a little ingenuity, you can take advantage of any space you have.

    Bay Home & Window can help you make the most of any room with our storage products and design services . Call (925) 846-3400 to schedule your in-home consultation today!

    Sources

    1. http://www.hgtv.com/design-blog/clean-and-organize/10-laundry-room-storage-ideas

    2. https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/read-you-redo-your-laundry-room