Jul 26, 2019
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Different Cabinet Options

When starting a kitchen remodeling project, you want to make sure that you are familiar with the different materials and products available. Knowing what is out there allows you to make the best possible choice for your needs and budget. Replacing your kitchen cabinets will make an impressive impact on the appearance and function of your room. Familiarizing yourself with the various options for cabinetry will help you choose kitchen cabinets that are best suited to your lifestyle, design preferences, and budget.

When choosing cabinets for your home, there are a few choices available. Custom cabinets are created to specifically fit your kitchen layout and design. Stock cabinets are mass produced and available at most home improvement stores. Semi-custom cabinets are pre-made cabinets but offer a variety of modifications and style options that allow the kitchen designer much more freedom to create a layout that is tailored to the specific needs and tastes of the consumer.

Custom Cabinets: Custom cabinets allow homeowners to fully customize the size, shape, design, hardware, and any special features that you would like your cabinets to have. These cabinets can be created to fit into any kitchen, no matter the shape or size. This makes them an ideal choice for rooms that have an irregular shape, unusual storage needs, or specific design requirements. Most cabinetry professionals use high quality materials and construct their cabinets with the utmost care and concern. Better materials and craftsmanship means that your cabinets will add value to your home and will withstand many years of use.

Because custom cabinets are made from scratch, you will need to allow plenty of time for them to be created and installed. Homeowners who want their cabinets replaced quickly should make a different choice. Also, these cabinets are generally more expensive than other options. The high quality and customization of this cabinetry can make them much more expensive than other stock or semi-custom cabinets.

Stock Cabinets: The biggest advantage of stock cabinets is that they are readily available for installation. Many home improvement stores and big box retailers sell stock cabinets that can be picked up or delivered within a week or two. Manufacturers of these cabinets offer a variety of styles and colors that will match your home décor and compliment your style. Homeowners like these cabinets because they are very affordable and easy to find.

These cabinets are a one-size-fits-all solution to your kitchen storage needs. If you have an irregular room or need modifications, these cabinets may not be the best choice for you. Typically, stock cabinets are made from lower quality materials and will not last as long as custom cabinetry.

Semi-Custom Cabinets: These cabinets are a good compromise between custom and stock cabinetry. Semi-custom cabinets are stock cabinets that a consumer can modify to meet his or her individual needs. There are a variety of size and style options available that let the homeowner create a kitchen layout that caters to his or her tastes and lifestyle. With so many options and modifications available, the consumer can create the kitchen of his dreams that is unique and personalized for his family.

Because of the modifications available, these cabinets are not constructed until the order has been placed. As a result, it may take longer to receive these than stock cabinets, but not as long as custom cabinets. The cost of semi-custom cabinets depends greatly on the options you desire. The consumer has a lot of control in determining the style and layout of these cabinets.

When choosing cabinets, you want to make sure that you are getting a high quality product at a fair price. Shop around until you find a cabinet retailer that is knowledgeable and experienced.

Travis Parrish is the owner of Distinctive Designs, Inc. in Greensboro, NC, a full-service cabinetry design firm that specializes custom cabinetry design and installation.

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Jul 23, 2019
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Kitchen Cabinet Installation

Now that you have your new kitchen cabinets, you are ready to move on to the next big step…..Installing your kitchen cabinets. While the actual installation of the Kitchen Cabinets isn’tall that hard, the critical first step is measuring and marking out where the cabinets will go. By placing layout markings on the walls and floors, it will not only help you with kitchen cabinet placement and stud locations, but it will also help you locate where adjustments and shims will be required. Before we get started there are a couple of items that you will need for the project:

Pencil

Level or Laser Level

Drill

Tape Measure

Stud Finder

Clamps

1″ x 3″ Piece of lumber (6′-8′ in length) or an Inverted U-shaped frame (see notes below)

Shims

Screws (long enough to go 1 1/2 into the studs)

Utility knife or chisel

Marking Compass

An extra set of hands (you may have to bribe one of your friends)

As I mentioned above, you have the option of using a piece of 1′ x 3′ lumber for the installation or building a frame to support the cabinets (I have included a picture of a sample frame below). This can be made out of 2′ x 4’s and should be tall enough to support the bottom of your wall cabinets. If you plan on installing more than one kitchen, then I would suggest the frame, but a piece of lumber will do just fine if this is a one time event. In either case, you will need another set of hands to help with the installation.

In this case we bought (RTA) Ready-To-Assemble Kitchen Cabinets from RTA Kitchen & Bathroom Cabinet Store. Now the kitchen cabinets are assembled, we are ready to start marking out our layout lines. Some people start with the base cabinets, but we are going to start with the wall cabinets first. There is no right or wrong way to start, I just prefer to start with the upper cabinets first.

1. Use a level and a pencil to draw a parallel line across the wall about 3 inches up from the floor. Measure down from this line, to the floor, and find the floors high point (if it has one), and mark a line at that point. From that high point, Measure up 34 1/2 inches and draw a level line across the wall to designate the top of the base cabinets.

2. Now that you have the top of the base cabinets marked, measure up another 19 1/2 inches and a level line across the wall to indicate the bottom of the wall cabinets. Lightly mark each cabinets’ dimensions and placement on the wall to make sure that your original layout is correct.

3. Use a stud finder to locate the wall studs. Use a pencil to mark the stud locations at least 6 inches above and below the line for the bottom of the wall cabinets. Draw straight vertical lines between the top and bottom marks to indicate the center of the studs.

4. If you decided to go with the piece of 1′ x 3′ lumber, now is where you will use (if you decided to go with the U-shaped frame, it will come into play after all your lines are laid out). Screw a temporary 1′ x 3′ support rail to the wall, aligning the top edge of the rail with the line for the bottom edge of the wall cabinets. Attach it by driving 3 or 4 two inch screws through the rail into the wall studs.

5. Now that we have all the lines marked, it is time to start installing your kitchen cabinets. We are going to start with the corner cabinet (here is where your helper’s extra set of hands will be needed). Place the corner cabinet onto the temporary support rail and have your helper hold the corner cabinet in place. Drill pilot holes through the sturdy cabinet back or its support rail and into the wall studs. Screw the cabinet into the wall using two screws that are long enough to penetrate the studs by at least 1 1/2 inches. Check the top of the cabinet for level and the front of the cabinet for plumb. If you have to correct the position, just back the screws out a little bit and top shims behind the cabinet at the stud locations. If it is plumb and level, drive the screws all the way in and add several more into each stud to ensure that the cabinet is secured tightly to the wall.

6. Now we are going to move onto the cabinets on either side of the corner cabinet. As you install each one, use the clamps to secure each cabinet to the neighboring cabinet and then check it for plumb with your level. On faceframe cabinets, it is a good idea to drill two 1/8 inch pilot holes through the sides of the faceframe and use screws. In this case, with frameless, ready-to-assemble kitchen cabinets we are going to screw through the plywood sides and use shims in between the cabinets to ensure a tight fit and make sure that the cabinet faces are plumb.

7. After all the wall cabinets are in place, install the corner or end base case cabinet. Use shims where needed to level the cabinet and raise it up to the line which indicates the high point of the floor. Be sure it is level from front to back and from side to side, then screw it to the wall studs. If you don’t have a diagonal corner cabinet or blind base cabinet in the corner, push the adjoining cabinet into place and clamp the two units together. Add a filler strip if needed to allow the doors and drawers enough clearance to open and close properly. If necessary, tap shims under the cabinet and behind it to adjust for plumb and level.

8. Drive screws through the cabinet back (and shims) into the wall studs. Trim any excess material from the shims with a sharp chisel or knife. Continue to add adjoining cabinets in this manner, joining them the same way you connected the wall cabinets in step 6.

9. If your cabinets end up butting against another wall, you may need a filler strip to make up the last few inches. If you have custom cabinets, they should have been built to fill this gap, but if you are using stock or RTA Kitchen Cabinets the filler strip may be needed. If you do need to use a filler strip, leave the last cabinet detached from the other cabinets. Clamp a straightedge to the face of the nearest installed unit, extending far enough for you to put alignment marks on the end wall. Allow a 3/4″ offset behind those marks (for the thickness of the filler piece) and fasten a cleat to the wall. Then install and fasten the last cabinet and measure the gap between its face frame and the wall.

If the wall is flat, simply rip the filler board to the required width and fasten it in place. If the wall is irregular, you’ll have to scribe-fit the filler board. Start by setting a marking compass to the width of the gap, then place a strip of 1″-wide masking tape along the filler board in the area where it needs to be trimmed. Clamp the board to the end cabinet’s face frame, then trace the wall contour with the compass. Remove the board and cut along the scribe line with a jig saw, then reinstall it to check the fit. When it’s right, drive screws through the adjacent face frame into the edge of the filler board. Screw or nail the other side to the cleat.

At this point, your kitchen cabinet installation is complete. If you purchased matching crown molding or any other details, these should be easily installed now. Depending on whether you had to use shims under the base cabinets, you may have to install some trim pieces by the toe kicks to cover up the shims or any gaps at the bottom of the kitchen cabinets.

I hope this helps make your kitchen cabinet installation as smooth as possible. If you need any help with cabinet selection, kitchen layout tips, or ideas for cabinet styles, check out RTA Kitchen & Bathroom Cabinet Store

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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Jul 20, 2019
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New Cabinets will Raise your House Value

If the idea of updating your cabinet design to enrich your surroundings doesn’t motivate you, what about doing it to enrich your bank account? There are plenty of everyday benefits to cabinet design makeovers, from adding convenience to staying consistent with design themes in adjacent rooms. But as motivating mental images go, it’s hard to beat the dollar sign.

The longer you stay in your present home, the more improvements you’ll need to make. As long as you’re investing your precious time and effort in the process, why not make the investment really pay off? By getting strategic with your cabinet design in concert with other modifications, you can enhance your home’s form, function and finances in one fell swoop.

Requesting a Window Seat

Assuming that a “win-win” proposition is a good thing, a “win-win-win-win” proposal should be twice as good. For example, consider converting a regular window to a bay or bow window with a built-in window seat. Not only will you produce a greater sense of space, but you’ll increase the room’s natural light and create a cozy reading spot. And with the right cabinet design below, you’ll have a perfect spot for books, blankets and other items.

It’s something that you and your family can enjoy as long as you live there and a great selling feature when it’s time to move on. With so many winning elements involved, what have you got to lose?

Storing More Brings Buyers Galore

Maybe it’s not the sexiest aspect of an open house, but ample storage can go a long way in closing the deal to your satisfaction. There are many ways to achieve this, including the efficient use of kitchen corner space through proper cabinet design. By installing a Lazy Susan or spice rack as part of your cabinet design, you can reduce countertop clutter while keeping frequently used supplies within easy reach. It’s bound to make your life easier and, just as importantly, do the same for prospective buyers.

Money Laundering (in a Good Way)

At one time, realtors showing homes would treat the laundry room like that uncle with the tasteless sense of humor: Acknowledge its existence; then move on.

These days, it’s a space that could tip the scales for a purchaser torn between two similar properties. In most case, they’ll be seeking the same things that you are from this area. After checking the age and quality of the appliances, they’ll look for sufficient counter space to fold clothes and cabinet design that keeps detergents and other cleaning supplies out of sight. As a bonus, appropriate cabinet design will also improve a buyer’s first impression of the laundry room by making the area tidier and easier on the eyes.

Pondering a Pantry

For the ultimate cabinet design clutter buster, it’s hard to beat a pantry. Cabinet design involving smaller spaces like cupboards are a good start, but pantries are the ultimate for storing items you buy in large quantity such as soft drinks or pet food. If it’s feasible, you might even opt for a walk-in pantry. This larger cabinet design offers convenience and practicality that home buyers will love.

Certainly, updating your cabinet shouldn’t be all about attracting offers and boosting re-sale value. At the end of the day, it has to suit your tastes and your lifestyle. But given all the benefits it brings, including more space, less clutter and greater house value, it’s a move that’s bound to put a spring in your step. And if it also puts dollars in your pocket and drives more buyers to your door, who’s going to knock it?

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