Ask Valet: How do you make overnight guests feel welcome in your home?

Posted by Tracey Lee Davis on May 9, 2017 7:20:26 AM

This is part of a series of "Ask Valet" blogs featuring tips for your home from the design team at Valet Custom Cabinets & Closets.

We asked a few designers at Valet Custom Cabinets & Closets what they felt all guest rooms should have to ensure the comfort of their overnight guests. Here’s what they had to say:

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Topics: Custom Wall Beds, Guest room, Guest Rooms, Ask Valet

San Jose Book Lovers Combine Custom Home Libraries with Guest Rooms

Posted by Larry Fox on Jul 14, 2016 3:56:22 PM

Many literature-lovers are transitioning to e-readers and tablets (even I use them occasionally), but physical books retain their allure. There’s something about sitting down with one—the smell of the ink, the crisp sound of a turning page, the physical weight in your hand. Clients in San Jose know what I’m talking about. You folks ranked in the top 20 most well-read cities in the US, and you’ve got all sorts of intriguing bookstores. I’m partial to Recycle myself, although I hear great things about Hicklebee’s from parents.

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Topics: Custom Cabinets, Guest room, San Jose, custom home library

Make the Most of Your Menlo Park Redesign by Using Cabinetry to Combine Your Office and Guest Room

Posted by Larry Fox on Mar 29, 2016 2:15:35 PM
Whether remodeling your classic Menlo Park house or rebuilding on the lot, using custom designed space-saving techniques helps you maximize the room in your house without filling your entire lot.
Image: Flickr CC user Dawn Endico

Today Menlo Park is at the heart of a new California migration, both from inside the state and from outside. It attracts new people to the area all the time--people in tech, in equity, in finance, and in capital.

The problem that some of these transplants have is the housing market. With home prices so much higher than in other areas of the country, new residents often end up settling smaller lots with older homes and less square footage than their previous home. Then they have a choice: do a teardown and rebuild, or do a redesign. Many of these houses are smaller, and can’t fit modern needs. So in order to get the space modern buyers require, they are choosing either to build a new house or plan a significant remodel for what they have. With the average price for a home sale in Menlo Park at around 2.1 million dollars, the key is getting the most out of your land.

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Topics: Custom Home Offices, Guest room, menlo park, renovation, redesign, rebuild

A Guest Room Stitched Together Thanks to Valet Custom Cabinets & Closets

Posted by Tracey Lee Davis on Jul 3, 2015 10:13:00 AM

Our featured project this month was designed by Ward Wildanger, a senior designer at Valet Custom Cabinets & Closets. He is a recent finalist in the “Garage” category for his project “The Dream Garage” in this year’s National Top Shelf Design Awards presented at the 2015 Cabinets & Closets Conference and Expo in Schaumburg, IL. Ward brings over 25 years of design and engineering expertise to his work, and it shows in his projects, like this one in Los Gatos. Chris wanted a room that would do double-duty as a guest room and sewing room. 

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Topics: Custom Cabinets, Custom Sewing Room, Guest room, Los Gatos


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