Kitchen Cabinet Idea
Kitchen Cabinet Idea:
Do Your Homework & Save
- Here are some Tips
You know it. Your kitchen and bath cabinets, along with
corresponding appliances, make your kitchen and bath the most expensive rooms to
finish in your entire house.
There is really no way around it, they will be the most
expensive - but just how expensive?
There are a
million different ideas, choices, and options to consider. Just one good
kitchen cabinet idea that works for you will make
those rooms less costly while also making them the most beautiful and rewarding
in your home. It can be done.
If you need new cabinets, you will have to spend some money. But, just how much?
(The kitchen pictured above right is one we built and installed. Our customers SAVED around $2,000 over factory built. It can be done, and throughout this website we give you pointers and tips as to how).
REFINISH, NOT REFACE, YOU KITCHEN:
If you already own your home and can update your kitchen
by refinishing your cabinets, you may save some money, but you will invest time and labor (unless you hire a professional, and there again, it will cost).
Notice I said REFINISH your cabinets. Refinishing
may be a great kitchen cabinet idea for you, especially if you can do-it-yourself. Re-facing usually isn't.
Re-facing is actually quite expensive. It's sold
to the public as being less expensive than buying all new cabinets, but we've
found that usually isn't true. In our custom cabinet shop, we bid out
re-facing and building new, and every time it was less expensive to build new.
WHY IS RE-FACING OFTEN MORE EXPENSIVE THAN
PURCHASING NEW (EVEN CUSTOM) CABINETS?
- Re-facing is labor intensive and much
of it must be done on site. For a custom shop to just build new product
in their shop it will actually take less man-hours than to re-face your
- When you reface correctly, you are
replacing everything but the interior of the cabinets. No matter what
material your interiors are built out of, they are the least expensive part of
- 90% of a kitchen's cost is in the
front 3/4". That's right. Your frames, doors, hardware, most of
the staining and finishing are all in the last little 3/4", and that is what
get's replaced or redone when you reface.
With re-facing you still have the same old problems.
If you have a blind corner you don't like, you'll still have a blind corner you
don't like. Building new, you may be able to change your layouts and your
ANOTHER GOOD KITCHEN CABINET IDEA: DON’T OVERLOOK CUSTOM KITCHEN AND BATH CABINET SHOPS - YOU MAY FIND ONE THAT
WILL BE A PLEASANT SURPRISE
If you need to purchase new cabinets, don’t fall prey to
the idea that all custom kitchen and bath cabinets are out of your pocket-book
range. There may be cabinet shops out there that are actually less expensive
than many factory cabinets – my husband and I owned and operated such a shop for
15 years. We got the job pictured above because we were a couple thousand
less than factory cabinets (and, no, we didn't cheat on materials, as a matter
of fact, they were far superior and the kitchen has a solid surface countertop
as well). Shop around for the best bargains, you may be pleasantly surprised.
RESEARCH A LITTLE AND THINK: BEING SAVVY WILL SAVE YOU TIME AND MONEY!!
You may have hear of Wallace Wattle's book "Think and
Grow Rich", well, "Think and save money on your cabinets."
There's more than one kitchen cabinet idea to think
about before you change
or purchase new cabinets. Don’t be
intimidated by our list below. It is well worth your time to consider any
kitchen cabinet idea, especially before you meet with a cabinet salesperson.
You'll save money by making sure everything regarding
your cabinets has been dealt with. No one likes to get to the end of a project
and realize they forgot something and now have cost overruns. You can rarely
count on cabinet salespeople to ensure your kitchen has everything you need and
want. That might sound cynical, but it's true.
Savings example: We built the maple bath vanity pictured
at right. It features a "flat" marble top. You can get the look of solid surface countertops in
your bathroom for a lot less money by ordering a regular marble top with a
"flat" finish. It cost's more than a regular marble top, but a lot less
than a solid surface countertop, and it really looks like solid surface. For more
information about countertops, link from our
Cabinet Idea page to our Compare Kitchen Countertops page.
You can also check out our
Cultured Marble Countertops page for ideas.
KITCHEN CABINET IDEA: BE SAVVY - 20 THINGS YOU MUST
CONSIDER BEFORE YOU BUY:
Layout of your kitchen
Design of your cabinets
Appliances you do or don’t want to include and their
How you are going to be using your space
Are you going to have a soffit above your cabinets?
How tall do you want your upper cabinets to be? Are
you going to stagger heights?
Do you want a valance above a window area?
Door and drawer styles
Any glass doors?
Do you have to change your flooring? To what?
Don’t forget: you will probably need to paint walls,
maybe patch them too.
What options do you want your kitchen to have
(appliance garage, garbage rollout, drawers, bread board, rollouts, etc.)
Do you want wood, and if so, what kind?
What stain color, if any?
Would you rather have laminate?
Sink and faucet styles
Countertops (what type, edge style, color)
Handles (if any)
If you follow the above guidelines, you will be a savvy
consumer. Remember, there is more than one kitchen cabinet idea. You will find useful information throughout our
entire website – so check it out!!
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For many other related, more in-depth topics (and you might find a new kitchen cabinet idea!), please see below.
And remember - HAVE A HAPPY
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