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By Jemson Cabinetry, Jan 15 2019 04:54PM

On December 13th 2018, Jemson Cabinetry was awarded 3rd place in the Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the National Kitchen & Bath Association contest for kitchen remodels in the $40 - $70k range.

The event was held at the historic Star Barn Village in Elizabethtown, PA with up to 100 people in attendance. The judging panel from the Denver Chapter of the NKBA reviewed the entries and made their assessment for winning entries in each category. Jemson Cabinetry was awarded 3rd place for kitchen remodels in the $40,001 to $75,000 range. Other categories included Bathrooms, Powder Rooms, Outdoor Kitchens, Residential Cabinetry and Best Before and After.

Kitchen Remodel Overview:

“In this particular project, the homeowners desired not only a fresh look and finish, but also a major change in the layout and functionality of the kitchen.” Comments, David Palm, Owner & President of Jemson Cabinetry. “Also, to accommodate their growing family, they wanted a large island for storage and seating for at least 4 persons.

Additional storage was a very important need as well. Additional requests were for a built-in microwave, wood hood, and space for a TV.” Palm explains, “The existing kitchen had large built in pantry and attached powder room. Due to the proximity of the powder room in the adjacent laundry, this bath and the pantry were removed. This increased the kitchen floor space by 6’ allowing for the large island with plenty of room for seating. The existing plumbing was utilized for a small wet bar and refreshment center with under counter refrigerator and a great place for the microwave. Additional space was added by increasing the heights of all wall cabinets and the pantry units all have rollout shelves to maximize accessibility and storage.”

“The homeowners couldn’t be happier with the results of a complete upgrade to their main living space.” The entire project took approximately six weeks to complete.

See the award winning remodeling project Before & After photos on Jemson Cabinetry's Gallery

By Jemson Cabinetry, Dec 5 2018 10:15PM

Jemson Cabinetry has vast experience in helping you choose the right design, materials, cabinets and finishes for your bath and kitchen project.

You may say “What should I bring along to the showroom”. Here is a quick guide to help prepare for a visit and discussions about your project with a Jemson Cabinetry design consultant:

1. Pictures. Bring pictures. Gather them from magazines or from internet sites like Pinterest or Take some pictures of your project area to use as a visual reference. This will help guide the designer toward proper selections that match styles and tastes.

Collect pictures that include styles, materials, layouts, and anything that helps you to imagine your space.

2. Materials and Finishes. Bring along paint swatches, wood samples, or any items that would help to guide the designer and streamline the selection process.

3. Plans and Drawings. For a new home or addition, remodel or any project that involves plans, make sure you bring them with you. This helps for layout, sizing and spacing for your project.

4. Likes and Dislikes. Bring a list of what you like and what you don’t. From finishes, to cabinets, styles, colors, materials, etc. having a compiled list makes it easier during the selection process.

5. Budget Range. Try to develop a basic budgetary range that you are looking to invest in your project. Your Jemson Cabinetry designer will help to guide you in the right direction to keep your design and project on budget and show you where you can save money.

The Jemson Cabinetry showroom has a wide variety of styles, examples, materials, cabinetry, appliances, countertops, flooring and so much more. By putting together your pictures, finishes, plans, “likes and dislikes” and budget range, your project will be on-track for success when you walk through the showroom door.

Quick tip: Need some kitchen, bath and other remodel examples?

Check out Jemson Cabinetry’s Pinterest Boards

By Jemson Cabinetry, Oct 4 2017 04:15PM

How long does a full kitchen remodel really take? Don’t be turned off by a kitchen remodel because of the assumption that your kitchen will be out of commission for months on end. Most commonly kitchen remodels last up to 1 to 1 ½ months. Now, this is depending the complexity of your remodel. Here is a basic timeline of what you can expect when you go to remodel your kitchen.

Design: 1-3 weeks

The first step to your kitchen remodel is designing the layout of your dreams. From the initial consultation to the final design, the process might take up to a month depending on many factors and your ability to make selections and decisions. This is where our expertise can help in making the design and selection process easy and fast.

Ordering Product: 4-6 Weeks

Every product is different. This step depends entirely on product availability and satisfaction once the material arrives. Once your order is placed, products will begin arriving with cabinetry generally taking 4 weeks from ordering.

Structural Changes: 1-2 Weeks

If your kitchen remodel includes structural changes, this might extend your timeline by a couple of weeks. Removing cabinetry, flooring and prepping for remodel might be done in as little as a day or two.

Rough-in Utilities: 1-3 days

If you are reconfiguring the layout of your kitchen, roughing in utilities for a sink, stove, refrigerator or other appliances might add an extra few days to your remodel timeline

Painting: 1-3 Days

This part of the process is simple. When paint is applied prior to any install, this step should only take a few days.

Cabinet Install: 3-5 Days

Depending on the size of your kitchen the time frame for a kitchen installation varies. Jemson Cabinetry’s installation team completes the process in about 3-5 days.

Countertop: 1-2 Weeks

Once cabinets are installed, your Jemson professional will come out and measure your countertop and create a “template” when required. Once the measurements are taken, your countertop will be fabricated and installed. This typically takes up to 10 days post measurements.

Finishing touches: 1-3 Days

Decorative accents, paint touch-ups and other finishing details most commonly may several days to complete.

After just 4-6 short weeks your kitchen is completely transformed into the room of your dreams. Ready to schedule your kitchen remodel? Contact us today!

By Jemson Cabinetry, Aug 21 2017 03:34PM

For most, a kitchen remodel is an opportunity to update an outdated look with something more fresh and modern. If you want to update your look, but don’t know how, cabinetry is a great place to start.

Frameless European cabinetry is a popular way to give your kitchen a simple, modern look. What makes Framless European cabinetry different? True to its name, the biggest difference is the absence of a frame on the front of the cabinet box. Instead, the cabinet doors are attached directly inside allowing the doors to completely cover the frame, creating a sleek look.

This modern look removes the classic look where you can see the frame between drawer fronts or cabinet doors. Not only does this style introduce a modern look into your kitchen, but it also allows maximum access to the cabinet. Because of this, any drawers are also bigger due to not having a face frame attached to the front.

While frameless cabinetry originated in Europe, it has become mainstream and popular is in the U.S. Interested in giving your kitchen a new modern look? Jemson Cabinetry is here to help! Visit our showroom in Ephrata, PA and see for yourself the possibilities you have with Frameless European cabinetry. Contact us to set up an appointment, or just walk in.

By Jemson Cabinetry, Jul 12 2017 03:52PM

This year's Parade of Homes 2017 took place in June. Jemson worked with Merv Miller Builder Custom Homes on a home is Ephrata, PA.

The 2017 Parade of Homes Fulton Award Winner was awarded to Merv Miller Builder Custom Homes for best kitchen and master bath! Located at 51 Black Diamond Road in Ephrata, this 2,800 square foot home has 4 bedrooms, 2-1/2 baths and is a "truly custom home" with a first-floor master suite, too.

Jemson Cabinetry is proud to have provided Showplace Wood Products - Fine Cabinetry in this home's beautiful kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry room!

For more information on our products and services, please visit our products page.

By Jemson Cabinetry, Jul 6 2017 01:00PM

It’s time to treat your closet just like any other room in the house!

Step 1: Declutter

Using Discardia’s closet decluttering trick, you’ll find out what you actually wear and don’t

wear. Start by turning all of your hangers around so the hooks point towards you. Set a reminder in your phone for six months from the day you do this. When you wear something, put it back by hooking it the normal way. When that reminder goes off on your phone, any items on hangers pointing towards you should be discarded.

Step 2: Sorting/Organizing

Put your most used items at eye level, the lesser used items lower, and the least used items

in your closet up high. Purchase additional storage items for inside your closet. Hangers for suits and dresses, drawers for folded items, and boxes for odds and ends. Use Rubbermaid bins to store items from past seasons. Treat your closet like a small room. Keep it organized, keep it clean, just like you would your most used and occupied rooms of the house. A rolling cart with small storage boxes is an amazing option for those odds and ends.

Step 3: Finishing Touches

Add lights inside your closet so you can see and use what you’ve kept! For smaller spaces, remove doors and add curtains to your closet instead. Add hooks to the inner walls for items like purses, ties, or scarves.

If finding something to wear stresses you out every single morning, Jemson Cabinetry is a viable solution. Jemson will help you create an organized space to ease your mind, so you never feel like you “haven’t got a stitch to wear” again! Contact us today.

By Jemson Cabinetry, Jun 1 2017 01:00PM

Not all of us can afford the luxury of a spacious kitchen, and some of us have intentionally chosen to live simply in smaller spaces. Either way, organizing and decorating a tiny kitchen can be difficult to master. Here are ten tips on how to organize the most important room of your house.

1. Add very high shelving above cabinets. Store bulk purchases in wire/wicker baskets on these cabinets, or cooking/baking pans you rarely use.

2. Add floating window shelves for plants, etc.

3. Declutter everything. Only store what you need. Instead of 8 water glasses, keep 2 in your cabinet, and put the rest in storage.

4. Add hooks to shelves. This is perfect for hanging colanders, kitchen shears, ladles, etc.

5. Use a short “over the door” shoe organizer on the inside of your cabinet door under the sink. You can store rubber gloves, extra sponges, and cleaning sprays inside.

6. Install a wall-mounted sink caddy.

7. Install small rods or racks on the side of countertops for extra hanging storage—you can hang small appliances like pizza cutters, handheld graters, tongs, spatulas, etc.

8. Use magnetic containers for spices to free up shelf space—store on your fridge instead.

9. Purchase an over-the-sink rack for paper towels and dishwashing supplies.

10. If your trashcan must be visible, buy a fun one with a pattern or bright color so it looks more like an accent or accessory rather than the place you toss your food scraps.

Jemson Cabinetry will bring you the expertise you need for the kitchen of your dreams—no matter what the size!

By Jemson Cabinetry, May 11 2017 01:00PM

The kitchen is known as the heart of the home. There’s something significant about the creation of a meal in the most beloved room of the house that brings family and friends together, truly bonding them. It’s crazy to think that, at one time, the kitchen was the least desirable room to spend one’s time.

Now, we spend thousands of dollars making our kitchen look and feel sleek and organized. Many times, home buyers place the kitchen at the top of their priority list of what they’re looking for. If we don’t feel comfortable in the kitchen, many times we won’t buy the house. Technology has taken the world for a spin when it comes to kitchens. 

However, historically kitchens were not the focus of entertainment when hosting guests. They were dimly lit, dangerously predisposed to causing house fires, and filled with undesirable aromas and other messes. Kitchens were hot; they were uncomfortable to spend time in. Kitchens were built as far away from entertaining areas as possible! Can you imagine?

Jemson Cabinetry is ready to take on your dream kitchen project and to give it a little love. If you’ve been thinking about a makeover, contact Jemson at (717) 733-0540, or you can visit us online.

By Jemson Cabinetry, Apr 27 2017 01:00PM

1. Non-white. The new trend in cabinets is… anything but white. Gray is especially a hot color right now. Combine soft gray cabinetry with bold hardwood finishes for a top-notch look that’s super hot right now.

2. Add hydraulics. New solutions to functionality are in. Hydraulic doors fold up and out of the way, so you don’t have to worry about hitting your head on a swinging cabinet door!

3. Funky fixtures. You don’t need to choose an obnoxious wall color to make an impression. Choose bold statement fixtures instead! From sleek and sexy, to antique and delicate, you can show your personality through draw pulls and handles.

4. Mix materials. When it comes to countertops, why not mix wood with quartz? Wooden countertops (especially butcher block styles) are a hot trend right now, so if you like the look of both, why not mix them?

5. Build your “work triangle.” The three points of your kitchen work triangle are the range, the sink, and the fridge. Customizing your kitchen around this essential tri-station is a must!

Jemson Cabinetry is ready to make your dream kitchen a customized reality! Contact us online for more information on how we can make your dream kitchen a reality.

By Jemson Cabinetry, Apr 20 2017 01:00PM

Every time you make food, you’re frustrated with running back and forth for ingredients, prep tools, with very little counter space. Making food becomes stressful and a not-so-fun experience. The kitchen should be the place where you can throw on some music, pull out your ingredients, and have plenty of space to prepare a gorgeous meal for family or friends. Doesn’t sound like you? It might be time to remodel.

The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) compiled a list of questions for homeowners to ask themselves when considering a remodeling project.

1. Are you satisfied with the amount of space in your kitchen? That includes countertop, cabinet storage, and amount of floor space.

Did you know that small things such as the position of your fridge and the shape of your

counter could actually be taking away from your cooking ease? Remodeling creates more usable workspace, therefore less hair being pulled out from frustration.

2. Do you entertain? Do you usually have a so-called sous chef helping you?

If so, you may want to consider a more open floor plan for your kitchen, especially directing

traffic flow around the main workspace. This creates easy routes for entertaining and

cooking with more than one person in the kitchen. Jemson Cabinetry will help organize the

easiest flow of traffic when it comes to using your kitchen.

Do you have children? Are your appliances outdated?
Making sure your appliances are up-to-date is very important in the safety of your children.

Things like sharp corners on countertops and the overall outdated design of your kitchen can be hazardous to young children. Jemson Cabinetry will take this into account when creating a custom design just for you.

These are just a few of the questions you should consider. If you have said yes to any of these, Jemson Cabinetry can help ease your mind. Contact us today!