Dec 8, 2014
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Finding the right Cabinet for You

With the number of home sales dropping, and the tighter restrictions in the mortgage industry, many homeowners are finding it harder than ever to sell their homes and upgrade to a larger home. Because of this trend, home renovation projects are on the rise as homeowners are finding ways to make their current homes more livable, while adding value to their home at the same time. The easiest way to add value and create the feel of a new home, is to renovate your kitchen.

In a kitchen renovation, the kitchen cabinets represent the largest expenditure in your remodeling budget. Since they are the centerpiece of your kitchen, many of the other decisions about your kitchen will be based off of your cabinet choice. Your countertop, appliance, and hardware decisions will depend on the style and layout of your kitchen cabinets.

The biggest issue with traditional, store bought cabinets is that it could take 8-10 weeks before delivery, so it is very important to make your cabinet selection prior to do starting any demolition or remodeling of your kitchen. There are cabinets available on-line, that could be delivered within 2-3 weeks, but it will depend on what style and construction you are looking for. We will talk about the differences in cabinets later on in the article.

Before looking at cabinets, it is important to come up with a target budget and a basic floor plan or layout. With the average kitchen remodel costing $40,000-50,000 it is important to accurately calculate all of the expenses involved with your project. While it may seem like a challenging project, even a DIY Homeowner with minimal experience can design and layout their own kitchen with accurate measurements and a couple of templates. This could save you a significant amount of money by not using a kitchen designer.

In the event that you think this is a project that you are comfortable tackling, you can either use a kitchen designer or go to one of the home improvement centers and take advantage of their free design services.

There are several factors that are going to affect the cost of your cabinets: cabinet brand, construction, wood type, and features. It is important to research all of your options. What you will find is that a higher price doesn’t always correspond with higher quality, and some of the lesser-known cabinet lines will actually have a stronger construction.

There are however, a few general kitchen cabinet buying tips that may help you in your kitchen cabinet research.

Kitchen Cabinet Wood Choices

Whether you are buying custom made cabinets, stock cabinets, or RTA cabinets, they will all offer a wide range of wood choices. Solid hardwood cabinets, such as Cherry, Maple, Birch, Hickory and Oak typically cost much more than laminate or veneer finished cabinets.

Face Framed Kitchen Cabinets

Face framed kitchen cabinet construction is the most prevalent kitchen cabinet construction type in the United States and usually it is lower cost. This construction technique involves the building of a kitchen cabinet face out of hardwood pieces. Typically the cabinet face is constructed using several 1″x 2″ vertical and horizontal hardwood pieces. The face frame is then married to the front of a particleboard or solid plywood kitchen cabinet box. It is highly recommended that you try to find cabinets that use solid wood or solid plywood for the cabinet box.

Particleboard and Fiberboard will have a tendency to sag or warp over time from moisture. Even mid-priced RTA cabinets are available that are made from solid Plywood sides. Hardwood or veneered/laminated cabinet doors and drawer faces, are then attached via hinges and roller mechanisms to the face frame and cabinet box.

Frameless (European-Style) Kitchen Cabinets

Frameless kitchen cabinet construction is becoming increasingly popular today as frameless kitchen cabinets are considered to be more contemporary. With frameless cabinets there is no face frame. The kitchen cabinet doors attach directly to the sides of the cabinet and are secured with pins and dowels. The advantages of this type of construction, is that there is wider access into the cabinet space and the hinges are completely hidden. Typically “ready-to-install” kitchen cabinets are constructed in this manner.

Kitchen Cabinet Finishes

There are many Kitchen cabinet finishes to choose from when using natural woods. Cabinet finishes include stain, paint and glazing options. In addition there are my types of distressing techniques that can also be employed on kitchen cabinet surfaces. Some options include Rasping, Antiquing and Rub-through.

There are also many types of laminates that you can choose from.

Kitchen Cabinet Sizes

Kitchen cabinets come in a variety of standard shapes and sizes, however custom sizes can also be easily specified and manufactured – at a price. Standards kitchen cabinet sizes, known as stock cabinets, are usually much more affordable then custom or semi-custom cabinets and usually have shorter lead times. Most manufacturers, unless custom built, stock universal sizes so if you have a kitchen designed at supply store or by a designer it will usually be transferable to another cabinet line.

Kitchen Cabinet Quality

If you plan on living in your home for many years, do not skimp on your kitchen cabinets. They are constantly used and abused, and only the sturdiest will stand the test of time.

The best kitchen cabinets employ solid frames, doors and drawers and are fully self-contained (closed backs), with reinforced corners. As I mentioned before, it is important to look for cabinets that have a plywood box versus particleboard or fiberboard. This is why it is important to look at all of the cabinet lines that are available, even cabinets that are sold on-line.

I have been able to save thousands of dollars on discount kitchen cabinets by buying RTA cabinets If you are interested in finding out my secrets, go to my Kitchen Cabinets article at Hubpages

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Dec 3, 2014
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Quality Cabinets FAST! American Made Cabinets

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LKN Cabinets and Remodeling — is a locally owned and operated kitchen and bath remodeling company.

We have an unbelievable pricing on several lines of cabinetry that is stocked locally. The cabinets come in the varied sizes needed to replace your kitchen cabinets. Some stocked cabinets are even allwood plywood cabinets with either birch or maple doors. These are top of the line cabinets stored and ready for immediate shipment. This means cabinets can be delivered usually in about a week anywhere in the greater Charlotte area! Pricing is normally 50% off what big box stores would charge you for comparable cabinetry. For a 10 ft x 10 ft kitchen our stocked cabinet price would be on average $2,959 for all new cabinetry- with installation and other services being extra. Pictures below are just some of the cabinets you could get.

Please see our website for more info http://www.LKNcabinets.com or call Brian at show contact info for an appointment or just a question

Nov 12, 2014
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Cabinets Protection Saves in the Long Run

Of all the fixtures installed in a home or business during remodeling, wood cabinets are one of the most expensive. Because these cabinets can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars, builders must be very careful to prevent surface damage which can occur from dropped tools, paint splatters, and other construction accidents. Stained wood cabinets can be manufactured from both soft and hard woods with varying degrees of durability however all wood cabinets can be scratched. Using temporary surface protection to protect fine cabinetry and millwork can save residential builders, commercial builders and remodelers thousands of dollars in replacement and repair costs.

There are several types of cabinet protection currently available. Cardboard protection with tape or plastic fasteners is designed to protect cabinets during transport and construction and is made from fluted cardboard. This type of cabinet protection is not ideal for protecting cabinets that have already been installed, as it is not resistant to liquids and tends to need reattachment during longer periods of use. Also, the cardboard cabinet protection is heavy and expensive to ship.

Adhesive Films are also available through a few select vendors. These thin, 2.0 mil films are applied by rolling out the film and then providing surface pressure to hold the film in place on the cabinet. In addition to easy installation, these films also provide some degree of scratch protection. Unfortunately, these films do not have a good reputation in the industry as they are noted for leaving adhesive residue on cabinetry and have been largely discontinued. Adhesive residue can be extremely difficult to remove and obviously results in low customer satisfaction ratings.

Adhesive foam protection is another option for protecting fine cabinetry and millwork. The impact-resistant polyethylene foam protects against dings, scratches, and even some dents caused from construction activities. It provides easy installation as it is also applied by applying pressure to the adhesive side and rolling out the foam. It is commonly sized at 30″ and offers perforations every 12 inches so that no cutting is necessary. Although this method of protection is more expensive than other methods, it offers the highest rating in customer satisfaction.

Although there are pros and cons for each of these temporary surface protection methods, protecting newly installed cabinets is ultimately less expensive than leaving them unprotected. To learn more about your options for protecting fine cabinetry and millwork, contact your local surface protection experts.

Heather Ley is a product specialist for Builders Site Protection, a temporary surface protection and lead containment supplier. To contact Heather, email sales@buildsitepro.com or visit the Builders Site Protection website at http://www.buildsitepro.com

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