Starting Fresh

Starting Fresh

Starting over always comes with a range and roller coaster of emotions. It can be an exciting and exhilarating opportunity. It can be daunting and overwhelming. It can be both at the same time. The best part about starting fresh is that you know more. Experience is the best teacher and your best friend when it comes to design. A new home is a  blank canvas, and it’s the best place for you to create the best parts of your home and then some.


 

Stage Fort Park Beach Clean Up

Grand Banks is hosting a Stage Fort Park Clean Up! Together with our partners at Annisquam Landcare and Provia, we’re going to keep our shores beautiful, naturally.

Join us this Saturday, May 15 @ 9:30!

Stage Fort Park is one of the most visited spaces in Gloucester, and for good reason. It’s beautiful and it provides fields, playground and tables for everyone to enjoy. To protect this incredible resource, we need to do our part. So we are hosting a cleanup to keep Stage Fort beautiful. Not only will this help keep the space clean, but it will prevent the trash from getting blown out to sea, and polluting our harbor and the ocean beyond. Join us for you chance to help.

We’ll provide gloves and trash bags. After you collect the trash you can leave your bag of trash with us. We’ll also have coffee and pastries incase you need some fuel to keep you going.

We are so lucky to live in a place with such beautiful places to spend with our friends & family. And it’s important for us to take care of them. Join us for a cleanup of Stage Fort Park to help keep our shores beautiful.

Bring the Outside In

Summer is coming, and it’s a cause for celebration as we all start spending more time outside. The days are getting longer, and more and more windows are staying open throughout the day. For many of us, we don’t have the opportunity to spend as much time outside in the sunshine as we’d like. Perhaps, we should focus more on bringing the outside into our homes. By eliminating the barriers between outside and in, we can bring a little more light into our lives.

Marvin Scenic Doors

Marvin Scenic Doors are designed to do just that. They are a combination of wall, window, and door that maximizes the amount of light you can bring into your home. In reducing the barrier between inside and outside, you can get more of the Vitamin D we all crave.

Marvin Scenic Doors

Often when we think of Scenic Doors, an image of a spectacular view of the ocean or mountain vistas comes to mind. But you don’t need that at all. Scenic Doors can help make a space feel bigger, by letting in more light or incorporating a deck or patio with your indoor living areas. Even if you don’t have an epic view at your home, you can still open up to let the light in. At Grand Banks, we’ve experienced this ourselves.

Marvin Scenic Doors at Grand Banks

In the remodel of our showroom at Crafts Road, we incorporated a Multi Slide and Bifold on the front of our building. Not only to showcase these beautiful doors but to let more light into our space.Creating the opportunity to bring more light into the showroom, and making everything brighter. 

Monica Banks

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Stage Fort Park Beach Clean Up

Grand Banks is hosting a Stage Fort Park Clean Up! Together with our partners at Annisquam Landcare and Provia, we’re going to keep our shores beautiful, naturally.

Join us Saturday, May 15 @ 9:30!

Stage Fort Park is one of the most visited spaces in Gloucester, and for good reason. It’s beautiful and it provides fields, playground and tables for everyone to enjoy. To protect this incredible resource, we need to do our part. So we are hosting a cleanup to keep Stage Fort beautiful. Not only will this help keep the space clean, but it will prevent the trash from getting blown out to sea, and polluting our harbor and the ocean beyond. Join us for you chance to help.

We’ll provide gloves and trash bags. After you collect the trash you can leave your bag of trash with us. We’ll also have coffee and pastries incase you need some fuel to keep you going.

We are so lucky to live in a place with such beautiful places to spend with our friends & family. And it’s important for us to take care of them. Join us for a cleanup of Stage Fort Park to help keep our shores beautiful.

Great Marsh Brewery, Stage Fort Clean Up + Oragami

Driving through Essex, MA it’s hard to take in all the beauty. As you wind along on 133, you are at time surrounded by the marsh. The incredible landscape has turned Essex into more than just a destination for clammers. It’s a place to spend the day, to take in the beauty of the world, and to gather with your friends.

Great Marsh Brewing Company, Marvin Signature Windows

The latest addition to Main Street is the Great Marsh Brewing Company. The dining room on the second story offers a more elevated view of the surrounding marsh. In creating the building, we wanted to ensure that the view would be obstructed as little as possible. Windows with a 2 over 2 divided lites allow for that, while still maintaining some of that classic New England Style. We used Marvin Signature windows to achieve the sleek lines and large glass size. 

Great Marsh Brewing, Marvin Signature Windows

There are few things finer than gathering with your friends and family to share a meal. With the beautiful landscape of the surrounding marsh, this is more than just a building. It’s a part of the town and the community surrounding it. The stories shared and memories made here will be remembered forever, and the marsh will be behind it all.

Great Marsh Brewing, Marvin Signature Windows

Monica Banks

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7 Projects for Spring Cleaning From Grand Banks Building Products

Warmer weather has arrived, and we are not mad about it. Now that daylight savings has given us our evening sunshine back, it’s time to start cleaning out our closets. And disinfecting them. This is the opportunity to tackle all the projects we’ve been putting off. 

Spring Cleaning comes as a response to the shift in seasons. As we begin to put away the heavy layers of winter and break out the spring/summer wardrobe, we start to reorganize our closets and our shelves. We start to evaluate the shape of our homes and how they fared through the dark and cold winter months.

Spring signals more than just cleaning out your closet, it’s a time for new growth and rebirth. Spring Cleaning is a time to look around you house and decide what you can work on, what you can improve. Even if you aren’t making any big renovations, fix up the small things that are going to make the precious few summer months that much more enjoyable can make a big impact.

broken screen

1. WINDOW SCREENS

There are few things as good as the feeling of open windows in the summertime. Opening your windows can transform your home into big, bright, good-for-the-soul spaces.  Screens can make all the difference. However, they have a bad habit of being damaged by branches, pets, people and any number of things. This year, while you’re taking out the storm windows and putting the screens in, take a good look at them and see if any of them need replacing. You may even want to consider using a product like ScreenEze to upgrade your porch to the screened in porch you’ve been dreaming of. 

screened in porch

2.   SCREEN DOORS

Many screen doors double as storm doors in the winter. As we transition from glass to screen, it is important to inspect your doors and see if the weatherstripping has been damaged or they need to be replaced. If you have pets that are continuously scratching the door or ripping the screen, think of replacing yours with one that allows your pets in or out on demand.  You may also consider a door that’s solid on the bottom to prevent future pet damage.

home insulation

3. INSULATION

It’s not just for the cold winter months. If you’ve skipped the insulation step last winter or just saran wrapped your windows, consider fixing your drafty areas. This can help keep your home at a comfortable temperature when things really start to heat up outside. If your windows aren’t shutting tight, considerreplacing the hardware. Remember: AC bills can be just as bad as heating bills. Proper insulation is the gift that keeps on giving. Done right, it will help lower your heating/cooling bills for years to come and keep you comfortable at the same time.

4.  DECKING

Decks, patios, porches or outside sitting areas can often be damaged in winter storms. With 3 big Nor’ Easters in March alone, it’s a good idea to inspect yours for damage. Check for any broken railings, boards or stones before the prime outside entertainment months hit. Take into account the finish on your deck and consider adding a coat of paint or stain. It won’t just make your deck look better, it adds another layer of protection and will help you get more life out of it. Don’t miss out on any of the sunshine because you were procrastinating your outdoor projects.

porch furniture

5. PATIO FURNITURE

Did you leave it outside this winter? We’ve all been there, maybe you even did it on purpose because you are ready for an upgrade. No judgement, just be sure you have a comfortable place to sit when the time comes.

outdoor shower

6. OUTDOOR SHOWER

Is it a luxury? Yes. However before you write this glorious feature out of your life, look around. It can be quite possible with a small bit of fencing and water spigot. Creating a simple enclosure can allow you to hang a sun shower up and avoid the extra plumbing. Just imagine your house as a sand and mud-free zone before you close the door on your outdoor shower dreams. A few pavers and small bit of fencing can make all the difference. Be creative and enjoy it!

outdoor fireplace

7. OUTDOOR FIREPLACE

They are not just for keeping cozy in the cold months. Get yourself an outdoor chiminea or standing fireplace if you don’t already have one. A fire is a great place to gather, can take off a summer chill and is great for roasting marshmallows or even searing a steak. Go ahead, everyone deserves a bit of luxury.

chiminea

The possibilities are exciting, but be careful not to overwhelm yourself. For a really effective Spring Cleaning this year, make a list and prioritize your projects. Deciding what is important to you and your home can make projects feel more manageable. If you are feeling like you don’t have the time or budget to make big changes right now, don’t despair. Making small changes can often do a lot for your space, and don’t be afraid to get creative. Tackle your Spring Cleaning improvements around the home and enjoy the golden sunshine in months ahead.

Monica Banks

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Designing a HGTV Farmhouse Fixer Home

Designing a home is always a challenge. And when you’re doing it on TV there are some extra pressures on top of the million little details. It makes the challenge all the more exciting. While a lot of the process is similar to designing for regular clients, there is one huge difference. The homeowner isn’t involved in most of the decisions.

Photo by Jared Kuzia

When Jonathan Knight and Kristina Crestin came to us with the opportunity to work on an HGTV kitchen, we were thrilled. It’s been a really exciting opportunity. Kristina and Jon had such a great vision and the way they brought these homes to life was really unique and special to the homeowners. As professionals, this is what we do, and there is no better feeling than when a design comes together. Being able to create a home for someone that brightens their life is an incredibly special opportunity. I think that’s why so many people love to watch it come together on HGTV.

Kitchen Sink Medallion Custom Color Cabinetry
Photo by Jared Kuzia

After meeting with the homeowner and finding out a bit about her, Kristina set off on her way to create the space. Baking was a driving force in this kitchen. That’s where she generated a lot of her joy. And Kristina wanted to create a bright space that reflected that joy. Color was a really important element. However, it wasn’t until she came across the perfect wallpaper that it all came together.

“Every design has to start somewhere. Jon and I were having a hard time finding out where exactly the story of this home started. But when we saw that wallpaper we immediately knew. And everything started to come together after that.” Kristina said.

Blue Stove Medallion Custom Color Kitchen Cabinetry

Photo by Jared Kuzia

Once Kristina had her vision, she gave us a basic layout and told us what her priorities were. From there, our designer Leah Bonarrigo was able to find the right pieces to bring her vision into reality. She was able to use her product knowledge to connect all the dots. Medallion Cabinetry Kitchen Pantry

Photo by Jared Kuzia

Part of that vision, included creating a pantry separate from the pantry. It’s not a large space, so it felt counterintuitive at first. Kristina knew that she would be able to create more usable space, and keep an intimate feel in the kitchen by doing so. She was right. HGTV Farmhouse Fixer Kitchen with Medallion Cabinetry Periwinkle Custom Color

Photo by Jared Kuzia

Color was a huge part of this design theme. We needed to go with a custom color for the kitchen cabinetry to make it all work. Being able to do that with Medallion Cabinetry made all the difference on this project. Time and budget constraints are huge on a project like this, and the custom painted finish really tied all the elements together.Monica Banks

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How to Choose Your Kitchen Hardware From Grand Banks Building Products

Whether you are looking for a quick refresh, or starting from scratch, choosing your hardware can help you complete the look in your kitchen. With so many decisions to be made, there is a tendency to overlook the hardware decision. But it’s an opportunity to make a big impression. Sometimes, it’s the small details that make the biggest difference. Like most of the decisions in your kitchen, there are no right and wrong answers. The best answer is the one that feels right to you, the one you feel completes the space in the best way for you and your family.

Here’s a step by step guide to get there.

Cabinetry Hardware Knobs and Pulls

STEP 1: KNOBS OR PULLS

The first choice you have is knobs or pulls. You can go with all knobs, all pulls, or a mixture of both. Knobs have a smaller profile, and can be used on either doors or drawers. They can also be easier to install since they only require one screw to attach it. Pulls are larger than knobs and might provide an easier grip. While they tend to have a larger profile than knobs, they still come in all shapes and sizes, so you can get a minimalist look. Their linear shape works well with drawers, but can also be applied to doors. Pulls come in a variety of shapes, but generally boil down to either a handle or a cup. 

Knobs

KNOBS

Pulls

PULLS

Knobs + Pulls

KNOBS + PULLS

Whether you choose a knob, pull or mixture of both, take into consideration how it feels in your hand. Pulls can be either a handle or a cup. Make sure that you can fit your hand in and around it. You don’t want to have it all installed and realize it’s something that just doesn’t fit well in your hand. 

White cabinetry with satin chrome knobs

STEP 2: FIND YOUR STYLE

You don’t need to choose an exact piece here, but decide which style you like best, one that suits your kitchen and your home. There are an infinite number of hardware options, so it’s important to go into this decision with a direction. To best find what you like, platforms like Pinterest can be really helpful. Find a few kitchens you love and look for what the similarities and styles are.

Emtek cabinet hardware warm tones

STEP 3: CHOOSE YOUR FINISH

Hardware can make the biggest impression when it adds an element of contrast or color to the room. Look at your larger color themes. What color are you cabinets, appliances, and fixtures? Take the ‘temperature’ of a space. Are you using warmer soft traditional tones? Or are you tending towards a cool modern and contemporary feel?

Don’t be afraid to mix your metals here. While going with one finish can tie a room together, picking 2 or more can help make an impression and add variety and depth to your design. Again, there are no wrong answers, only what you like.

Inset cabinetry with knobs and pulls

STEP 4: SIZE IT UP

Choosing the right size for your cabinetry is important. In general, pulls should be approximately ⅓ the size of the cabinet door or drawer width.

Small Drawers

Small Drawers that are 12” or less often work best with a pull that is 3” to 4” long or a knob that is 1” in diameter.

Medium Drawers

Medium Drawers that are between 12” to 30” work well with a pull that is between 4” to 8” long or a knob that is between 1” to 1.5” in diameter

Large Drawers

Large Drawers that are 30” to 48″will require a pull that is longer than 8″ or a knob that is 1″ in diameter or greater. Using two pulls or knobs for a large drawer can be a great option.
Plain & Fancy Cabinetry White w/ Chrome Hardware

STEP 5: MAKE YOUR CHOICE

By this step, you should know if you want pulls or knobs, what style, finish and relative size you’re looking for. So it’s time to make your choice. Once you know what your looking for it’s easier to find. This is not to say you won’t come across a piece of hardware that you weren’t expecting, but you absolutely have to have it. Sometimes, you can do all the work to narrow your choices and end up with something completely different. It can be hard to accept but that’s just the way the process goes. Sometimes, the work you do leads you in a completely different direction than you planned. 

To look at hardware samples for inspiration and to narrow down your choices, you can make an appointment in our Showroom. We have an abundance of hardware for you to see and feel, and know what right for your home. Monica Banks

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