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Aug 5, 2019
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Kitchen Cabinets – Kitchen Remodeling

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.

One option would be to “reface” your cabinets. Re-facing cabinets is a matter of putting a new exterior “face” on existing cabinets and keeping the existing frames and cabinet boxes intact. Cabinets can be refaced with laminates, veneers, or high-quality wood to give the appearance of new cabinets for a fraction of the cost. The cost savings come from lower cost for both materials and labor.

Painting existing cabinets is another option, particularly if the cabinets are functional but need to be lighter and brighter. White cabinets are very popular. Yet another option is to remove the cabinet doors, sand or strip all surfaces and refinish/re-stain them. This gives you an opportunity to repair damage and put a fresh face on what you already have. Yet another option is to refinish flat cabinet doors and add matching moldings to create the look of finely molded woodworking.

If you want to work with existing cabinets and give them a facelift, you can also consider adding decorative trim with paint. For example, you can add a design on white cabinets to give them pizzazz, or you can paint trim on stained cabinet doors.

If you are working with existing cabinets, remember that they can also be resized as necessary to accommodate new appliances. This may take a little bit of work, but it can certainly be done if you like the cabinets you have.

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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Jul 31, 2019
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Kitchen Cabinet Design is the Key

When you are about to undertake a kitchen remodeling project, you may want to consider teaming up with a professional kitchen cabinet designer. He can be the valuable key to the success of your remodeling task. The experience and knowhow of an interior designer is very essential particularly if the renovation is a complex one. For a perfect and flawless design layout, designers use a special kitchen cabinet designing software to do the job. With the software, you can view how the cabinets would be like after the renovation. If your resources can warrant getting a designer consultant, it is a wise action.

A professional kitchen cabinet designer together with his team will get all the necessary information from you with regards to your kitchen needs, objectives and preferences. A complex cabinet design project will entail a lot of attention to detail, design creativity in combining functionality with elegance and beauty in style. The cabinet design team’s expertise in programming will cover maximum use of the salient features of the software package to come out with a perfect kitchen cabinet design layout.

In working on the design, you have to understand that it is not easy. It is an intricate and systematic procedure. All the measurements, dimensions and specifications must be accurate. Any calculation mistake will be costly. This is where the value of the software is really appreciated. Without a cabinet design software, the job of designing will take a lot longer and will be more vulnerable to mistakes and alterations as the work progresses.

Using the software package, your kitchen design consultant team can come up with alternative conceptual layouts of the cabinets. All they need to do is to click on the software menus for cabinet design, positioning of shelves, drawers and doors at specified points. The software also has features to provide openings for the plumbing, drainage and electrical systems. It is easier to select the ideal position for placing the cabinets in your kitchen. The software also allows any last minute changes to the design for instant viewing. In effect, all the intricate details can be finalized and customized based on your coordinated ideas, taste and preference with your kitchen cabinet designer in a jiffy.

In preparation, your designer consultant will confer with you and give you a guided kitchen tour via a full photo and video collections of cabinets in various styles, finishes, and designs. They will orient you on the different cabinet styles. Supposing you prefer your kitchen cabinets to be traditional, your designer will brief you about the different kinds of styles like the Victorian, Georgian, Early American, Edwardian, Neoclassical, Federal, Regency, and Italianate styles.

You will be exposed to the type of moldings and trimmings these elegant looking traditional cabinets would have. You will also pick the type of solid woods to be used such as cherry, walnut, mahogany, etc. Whatever preference or taste you may desire, whether traditional or modern, all you need to do is to open up with them during the designing process and not when construction of the custom built cabinets is about to begin or has already begun. When you do it after the layout is finalized, it means additional cost on your part.

Your designer consultant will coordinate and monitor the implementation of the final kitchen cabinet design plan with the cabinet contractor. For your chosen customized layout design project, all the bolts and nuts rest on the shoulder of your cabinet designer. To protect his integrity, reputation and industry standing, the kitchen cabinet designer cannot afford to commit any blunder. His professionalism is reflected in the dedication and commitment of his team towards the success of the remodeling endeavor. Ultimately, if your finished custom built kitchen cabinets turn out to possess an international show room “star” quality, your designer may request the courtesy of your consent to have its photo or video featured in their website’s kitchen cabinet galleries and display rooms.

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Jul 28, 2019
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Stocked Cabinets Fast Ready Quality

Selecting cabinets for a new kitchen or a remodel involves many choices. One choice, with a significant effect on your budget will be manufacturing styles. Stock kitchen cabinets will be one of the manufacturing styles you can choose.

Cabinets are sold in several manufacturing styles. Your choice of one of four manufacturing styles will directly affect the cost of your new kitchen. The cabinets account for 40% – 50% of the total cost of your kitchen.

Knock-down (KD) cabinets are the least expensive. They are in stock in most cabinet or home improvement stores and can be taken home immediately. In many cases, homeowners are able to install the knock-down cabinets without the assistance of a professional.

Stock kitchen cabinets are mass-produced in a factory. This achieves the greatest efficiency in production because they are always made only in standard sizes. Stock cabinets are also available in only limited styles and finishes.

Semi-custom cabinets are also available only in standard sizes. They are, however, available in more finishes and styles than stock cabinets. They also offer options for the interiors, including organizational devices and some accessibility options.

Custom cabinetry is sometimes available from cabinet companies. More often, however, custom cabinet are built to order by local cabinet makers. Custom work allows you to get exactly what you want in terms of wood, finish, measurements, sizes, interior options, customized door designs and more.

Stock cabinets are an economical option for most homeowners who cannot afford to install custom cabinetry but want cabinets in one of the more popular styles and kitchen design motifs. If they are made well, they can be a wonderful option.

Stock cabinets are available in standard sizes. What does this mean?

  1. The standard height for a floor-mounted cabinet is 34½ inches. With a countertop added, the work surface is 35 inches above the floor.
  2. Wall-mounted cabinets are between 12 and 30 inches high, depending upon the space available. Your choice can also be influenced by whether you want the cabinets to go to the ceiling.
  3. Floor-mounted cabinets extend 24 inches deep. Wall-mounted units are 12 inches deep.

The standard units available in “standard sizes” are:

  • Base unit
  • Drawer base
  • Sink base
  • Blind corner base
  • Corner base
  • Corner carousel
  • Drop-in range base
  • Wall unit
  • Tall cabinet (oven, broom closet, pantry)

The width of cabinets ranges between nine and 48 inches, in increments of three inches. This enables homeowners to choose stock kitchen cabinets for most projects.

Stock cabinets are generally available in only a few different wood choices. Often a mid-range wood will be used to make all cabinets. The finished cabinetry is then stained to reproduce the color of a more expensive wood or it is painted white or black (sometimes other colors).

A somewhat limited number of door panel styles are available. For example, there might be only one style of frame and panel, one style of raised panel and one style of flat panel.

The most important characteristic of stock kitchen cabinets is construction. Before you buy cabinets, it is important to check for several markers of solid construction:

  • The best construction will use dovetail drawer and cabinet corners (no nails, glue or staples).
  • Drawers should be sturdy enough to support at least 75 pounds.
  • The case of the cabinet should be ½ inch thick or more.
  • The interior of the cabinets and drawers should be finished.
  • Adjustable shelves need to be 5/8 inch thick or more.
  • Good hinges.

Check construction of the cabinets, measure your kitchen carefully and look for the finish and style you want for your kitchen. You might find that well made stock kitchen cabinets are the perfect choice for your new kitchen.

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 how to buy stock kitchen cabinets 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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