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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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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