Apr 22, 2017
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Kitchen Remodeling: The Cabinets

Home remodeling is at an all time high. In fact, remodeling bathrooms and kitchens has almost become a national obsession. A significant cost factor in remodeling or adding on to a house can be the cost of cabinets. Whether remodeling or adding a kitchen, home office, family room, hobby room, play room, child’s bedroom or bathroom, your design might include new cabinets. In a kitchen remodel, cabinets can account for as much as half of the total cost. So it seems important to think carefully about new cabinets and remodeling.

If you happen to have the luxury of planning a remodel with no budget constraints, and you want new cabinets, you have two options: stock cabinets or custom cabinets. Custom cabinets are built to your specifications for your room. These might be built on site, or they might be built elsewhere and installed when complete. This option certainly gives you the greatest flexibility with your kitchen design and in getting the cabinets you want. If, however, you want to complete your remodel faster or you want to save a little bit of money, stock cabinets are a very good option. Stock cabinets are available in a wide variety of sizes and shapes, made of most any kind of wood you could want, with various kinds of moldings on doors and glass panels. You can purchase these completely built, or in precut and pre-finished pieces that you assemble.

If your existing cabinets don’t measure up to your needs or expectations, you might need to buy new cabinets. If your cabinets are showing significant signs of wear and use, if they are made of composition board, or if they simply make things inaccessible, new cabinets are probably a good idea. Choosing the stock cabinets that will fit your remodeling design should be reasonably easy. If you need new cabinets and your budget is limited you might want to look for recently discontinued cabinets or buy very plain cabinets to which you can add decorative moldings. This could save a lot of money.

If your cabinets are functional, in good shape, and of good quality, there are many other things you can do to revitalize old cabinets into a style that accents your new room design while saving money. Particularly in older homes, you may have solid wood cabinets that are far better than many economy cabinets available today..

Finally, consider the difference new hardware can make. Changing the hinges and door/drawer pulls can give older cabinets a very fresh appearance. If, for example, you have pine cabinets with black hinges and door pulls, you can create an entirely new look by painting the cabinets white and changing the hinges and door pulls to brass or brushed nickel.

As you renovate, you might also want to consider adding features that make the items in your cabinets more accessible. There are many items available that can be placed in existing cabinets or built into new cabinets that will make them more accessible, such as lazy Susans, drawers, drop-down shelves, and the like.

The possibilities for new cabinets and remodeling are limitless. Just use your imagination to find ways to achieve the highest quality with the available budget. The rest is a matter of creative thinking and some effort.

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Dan Fritschen, the author of this article, is the founder of the websites http://www.remodelormove.com http://www.remodelestimates.com and http://www.remodelingorganizer.com He is the author of three books on home remodeling.

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Apr 21, 2017
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Stocked Affordable Cabinets

If you are like the rest of us, you are probably spending more time at home than normal because it just is not feasible to leave your home as much as we all did a few years ago. The economy has played a huge role in how we watch out pennies and what we spend those pennies on. Since we spend a ton of time in our humble homes, we start to find that we all re-invest into our largest investment. Our homes.

One of the largest expenses is the kitchen. We all spend a ton of time in our kitchens and yet we dread spending a ton of money to make it feel new again. I have done plenty of research on suppliers of kitchen cabinets and have come across a growing breed of cabinets that sparked my interest. Aside from your big box store cabinets, there are custom and semi-custom cabinet lines that are all well made, but you are going to pay for it. The increasingly popular RTA Cabinets are very interesting to me. RTA means ready to assemble. I wanted to look deeper into these cabinets and see if I could find a pitfall. I also noticed that if you look for a pitfall you will find one in no matter what you are searching. I will explain what I mean. I searched for types of RTA Cabinets and found different suppliers, different manufacturers, and different materials. Of course I found the largest similarity, price. They all seem to be very low in price. This reason being a standard cabinet line that is assembled and delivered to your door, you pay for the man hours it takes to assemble the cabinet and you pay for the empty internal space that the cabinet takes up on a delivery truck as the delivery companies do not just rate the shipment on weight but density and cubic feet that the shipment takes up compared to a solid shipment. Also they tack on a little for shipping damage (as there is a ton) and packaging man hours and material. You see where this is going. Feel free to pull out the calculator and the check book because this will get pricey. You then have to pay for a contractor who is qualified, insured and bonded to take out your old cabinets. Now mind you, this can be done by you with a few simple household tools.

With RTA Cabinets, they come flat packed. As stated earlier, this means you pay a ton less for shipping and packaging, less for freight damage allowance, less for man hours to put them together and less for handling. You put them together with the same simple household tools.

There are RTA Cabinets that are made extremely cheap that the cabinets don’t stand up to a home with children or even just shear use. I have found if they are made of all wood hold up just as well as the semi-custom lines. I have also broken up a list of reasons why to buy Ready to assemble Cabinets.

1. Price – By assembling and even installing RTA cabinets yourself, it can take the average kitchen remodel from $15-20,000 with name brand cabinets, to around $2-5,000 with RTA cabinets or ready-to-assemble cabinets

2. Ease of Assembly and Installation – RTA cabinets are extremely easy to put together. Some are cam-lock and some go together with L-brackets. It all depends on the cabinet manufacturer.

3. Delivery Lead Time – If you buy cabinets from a big box home supply store, you generally will wait 4-8 weeks for delivery, then another 1-2 weeks for an installation scheduling. When you buy RTA cabinets you normally will see your complete order by 3 weeks the latest. Normally they are in route to a customers delivery location within 1-2 weeks.

4. Quality Materials – A large majority of cabinets are made of particle board or fiber board. With RTA cabinets, solid wood frames and doors and plywood interior boxes is a standard. RTA Cabinets come in many forms: maple kitchen cabinets, oak kitchen cabinets, cherry kitchen cabinets, particle board cabinets, MDF cabinets, and high quality all wood cabinets.

After reviewing a few of the top online stores for RTA Cabinets, I have found many sites to be very helpful when looking to buy RTA Cabinets when you are looking for reliable all wood cabinets. I also recommend searching for blogs and complaint boards to check for vendor reliability. It is bad enough that we question a product, you need to trust the source just as well.

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Apr 20, 2017
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Choosing Cabinets Tips

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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