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Sep 10, 2019
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Choosing Kitchen Cabinets

Whenever you need to make a major purchase if you are budget-conscious — by choice or by necessity, the best (I would say, only) place to start is by accumulating as much information as you can about the available possibilities. When buying cabinets, an extremely important consideration is to be sure that the measurements you are working with of the involved area(s) are accurate. You certainly do not want to learn too late that your cabinet choices and/or the resulting layout of them might have better met your needs.

In straight-run base-cabinets, one consideration that should be a priority is, if at all possible, to include “roll-outs” (variably called roll-out shelves, trays, etc.) factory-installed inside them; this is because “roll-outs” provide much better accessibility to items stored there (but, if your budget will only allow one roll-out per cabinet, be sure to place it on the cabinet’s bottom level). But, in case you happen to not be replacing perfectly fine base cabinets which do not have “roll-outs”, all is not lost; that advantage can be added later via “inserts”. And, if you are then unable to find “inserts” from a manufacturer, they can be self-built and installed.

If you are remodeling your kitchen (or building anew), you may need to choose a corner cabinet although not all kitchens need them.For example, a “galley” kitchen is called that because the walls (holding cabinets and appliances) that make up the kitchen face each other and, therefore, preclude the need for corner cabinets. Another possible arrangement in this vein would be an “L-shaped” kitchen with a straight-run of cabinets along one wall and another straight-run of cabinets on a wall that is perpendicular to it but separated from it by a doorway or floor-to-ceiling window. Cabinets installed in a straight run do not pose the variety of choices that corner cabinets do; therefore, if your new kitchen, bathroom, or office needs a corner cabinet, having a list of the types of corner cabinets currently available should help you make an educated choice in their shape and size.

Beginning with base corner cabinets, we have: (1) the symmetrical easy reach — this cabinet is the same length on each side of the corner and contains either shelves along its rear walls or a carousel with shelves “pie-cut” to accommodate the doors (a center hinge allows opening either the first door or both); (2) the asymmetircal easy reach — this cabinet is a little shorter on one leg (if it includes a carousel, that diameter will be the length of the cabinet’s shorter leg); (3) the revolving — this cabinet is like cabinet #1 but its doors revolve with the carousel shelves; (4) the diagonal-front — this cabinet allows a full-circle carousel; and (5) the blind — this cabinet looks like a straight-run cabinet but it extends into the corner along the side of an adjoining cabinet, structure, or appliance thus making its “buried” shelves accessible only from the front door (to allow better use of the “blind” corner cabinet, some manufacturers have cleverly created a cabinet with a first section which, on opening the door, pulls out and pivots to the side to expose roll-out trays which can then move forward to present their contents). Finally, there is a sink base corner cabinet that can be either an “L-shaped” cabinet to hold a butterfly sink or a diagonal-front cabinet with a regular straight-line sink — a caveat whenever a corner sink cabinet is used: be sure that adequate standing area (for loading and unloading the dishwasher) is created by placing a 12-inch wide regular cabinet between the dishwasher and the corner cabinet’s side.

Wall corner cabinets include: (1) the diagonal-front — this cabinet has a modified pentagon shape (this is the one most frequently chosen for this position); (2) the easy reach — this cabinet appears to be two adjoining wall cabinets (it has a center hinge to allow opening the first door or both and allows direct access to the contents on the shelves); and the blind — half of this cabinet is buried in the corner itself and can be accessed only by the front door of the cabinet — this cabinet is the unfortunate choice in instances where structure or an appliance allows no other option.

In conclusion then, when choosing cabinets in general and wall or base corner cabinets in particular, your best choices will depend on the size and shape of available space, your budget and the items that you plan to store there. Additionally, you really should make every effort to: (a) be as fully informed as possible about your cabinet options and (b) carefully review all of your decisions before ordering any cabinets — whether or not you have bottomless pockets.

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Aug 22, 2019
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Kitchen Remodel Increase Home Value

Kitchen remodeling is among the most popular of remodeling projects each year, as kitchens have become the center of activity in the home. Kitchen remodeling is the home improvement job that adds the most value to your house. Because kitchens have become the center of activity in the home, kitchen redesigning is among the most popular of remodeling projects each year.

A kitchen remake is one of the most desirable home improvement projects for many Houston area homeowners. A Kitchen remodeling is one of the best investments you can make when it comes to home improvement and often adds more than the cost of the project to the value of the home. Specifically, a kitchen remodel provides the highest return on value of any form of remodeling. Kitchen remodeling is a lot of work, but the results can be spectacular.

Remodeling Projects

Remodeling your kitchen can be a very large job, and there are many important aspects to take into consideration when remodeling. By remodeling your kitchen you can add value to your home, and at the same time save money with energy efficient kitchen appliances, or by replacing your drafty kitchen windows. Redesigning your kitchen can be expensive, especially if you hire a contractor to the work, but a new kitchen can greatly increase home value. Remodeling costs will vary depending on the number of new appliances (and their price level), and price quality of cabinets, type of counter tops, and labor to do the job. Remodeling any room of your home takes a lot of creativity and commitment.

Remodeling your kitchen can not only add to your home’s value, it can give you additional storage and work space. Remodeling your kitchen is no small task and there are many important considerations, but the end result is worth the commitment especially if you make wise choices along the way. Remodeling your kitchen is a great way to give your home a face lift.

Real Estate Value Enhancements

A real estate agent can be a good resource when considering how extensive a kitchen remodeling project to undertake. Even if you are not considering moving, but rather want to remodel for your own satisfaction, Real Estate Agents are usually quite aware of how much previous clients have spent on remodeling and how much the value of the home increased as a result, and how much would be too much. In the past, “home remodeling” simply meant repair jobs, but modern trends and increased home improvement options have fueled a demand for homes that are customized to individual needs.

Contractors

Contractors usually charge by the hour for their labor plus the cost of materials. Contractors that understand the business know that fulfilling the needs of the customer is what gets the deal. Contractors can eat up a large portion of your budget. Contractors that specialize in kitchen remodeling are far more experienced in working with the kinds of plumbing, gas, and the electrical issues that can arise during a kitchen remodel.

Appliances

Appliances are expected to blend in with the rest of the room and to work diligently but quietly. By remodeling your kitchen you can add value to your home, and at the same time save money with energy efficient kitchen appliances, or by replacing your drafty kitchen windows. Appliances usually come in fairly standard sizes, so they won’t be difficult to replace once your kitchen remodeling is done and you’ve had time to save up some more money. Appliances can be one of the most costly items to replace in a kitchen so it is a good idea to look carefully at what features are of greatest importance to you. Appliances today are sleek, flexible, and offer more convenience than ever before.

Budget

You will want to make sure you are choosing the right kitchen remodel for your home and your budget. Depending on your needs, your wants, and your budget, the costs can vary widely. Budget kitchen remodeling is a challenging task that requires you to have a creative bent of mind and come up with your own innovative ideas that also suit your pocket. A kitchen planner/designer’s focus should be to design for the way a person lives, and asking the right questions will ensure your finished kitchen fits you and your budget. Whatever your budget, there is a large variety of cabinets and counter tops available that will fit your taste and budget.

Conclusion

Kitchen remodeling is worth your expense, provided your kitchen is in hands of experienced kitchen contractors. Kitchen remodeling is a great way to help transform your house into your dream home. Kitchen remodeling is limited only by imagination and your budget. Kitchen remodeling is one of the best investments you can make in your home.

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Aug 20, 2019
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4 Basics to Cabinet Design

Kitchen cabinet design offers abundant options for every re-modeler to find the perfect cabinets for their new kitchen. Understanding the basic elements of design will help you narrow the array of options and simplify the decision. Some of these basics relate to the quality of construction and others are a matter of kitchen style and personal taste.

Let’s consider each in turn. Two of the basics of kitchen cabinet design are quality issues. The other two are about style and taste.

1. Material. What material will be used to build your cabinets? Material is one of the most important decisions you will make because the design and style of your cabinets are the major factor determining style and design of the entire kitchen. You have several choices: 

  • Metal (stainless steel, aluminum). Metal can be both expensive and heavy to hang. Some metals – especially those used in the past – were subject to rust. Metal can be available in colors or it can be painted. These cabinets also show any dings or dents if they are accidentally hit with a pan, and they will show scratches. For these reasons it is not a popular choice in kitchen cabinet design.
  • Wood combinations. Some cabinet makers use less expensive wood, such as plywood or pine, to build the cabinet case and then use doors and exterior panels of better or more expensive wood. Some also use particle board or other composite materials. Any wood cabinets can be painted in the color of your choice. You can use a glossy finish or a matte finish.
  • Solid wood. These cabinets are built entirely of finished, high-quality wood, such as hickory, oak, maple or more expensive woods like cherry or walnut. Traditional kitchens and some country-style kitchens might use a dark wood, such as cherry, mahogany, walnut or ebony. Contemporary kitchens tend to use lighter color woods such as birch or maple. You will want to consider the color, the grain of the wood and the finish applied to the wood. Better cabinets are finished with several coats of polyurethane to protect the wood. Solid wood is currently the most popular kitchen cabinet design choice.

2. Construction. Low quality cabinets are often put together with glue or with nails or staples. This is not a good idea (if you have the choice) because under the heavy use of kitchen cabinets and drawers, they will not last. High quality cabinets will be joined with dove tail construction. This is one of the most important aspect of kitchen cabinet design.

3. Door Style. There are many types and designs in cabinet doors. The door style is the primary determiner of kitchen cabinet design. For example, a contemporary kitchen would almost demand a flat panel door design. Raised panel design, on the other hand, is the preferred door style for a traditional style kitchen. Other cabinet designs include these door styles: reveal-overlay panel, frame and panel, beaded frame and panel, square raised panel, curved raised panel, bead board panel and cathedral panel.

4. Accessories are the final basic element of kitchen cabinet design. Accessories include knobs and handles, organization customizations, accessibility options and specialty modifications. Knobs and handles should match both the style of the kitchen (rustic, worn, sleek) and the other metals used in visible places in the kitchen. For example, brushed metals work very nicely with stainless steel appliances. There are many devices and gadgets that can be installed in drawers and cabinets to organize the contents. Many custom or customized units have these items built in. Accessibility items include things like sliding trays or spinning units (lazy Susan, for example) to make things in the cabinets easier to reach. Specialty modifications are changes made to any cabinets to make them function over refrigerated drawers or bar refrigerators, etc.

By understanding these basics of kitchen cabinet design, you will be better informed, better informed to ask questions, and better able to limit the number of cabinet styles you need to consider in order to choose the cabinets you will use in your kitchen remodel.

Scott Dostal is the President of Kitchen Cabinet Value, LLC, Clinton Township, MI, serving homeowners and real estate investors throughout SE Michigan. His company specializes in modifying structurally sound inexpensive kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities to look like cabinetry found in high value homes. To find out more about kitchen cabinet designs that contain the quality and look of expensive custom cabinets at a fraction of the price, get his free report at http://freereport.kitchencabinetvalue.com.

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