We know, the idea of doing a kitchen remodel in your home probably seems like an overwhelming project to take on. Fortunately, if you’re feeling like your kitchen could use a facelift, you may not need to do much more than updating your kitchen cabinets. Today’s homeowners have a virtually endless selection when it comes to new cabinets. You can choose a stock cabinet, make them semi-custom or have your cabinets made to your completely to your specifications! Here are a few things you should think about.
How much storage do you need?
More than just basic doors and drawers, kitchen cabinet options can include slide out storage racks, hide-away recycling bins, a built-in lazy Susan, open shelving concepts, sliding spice racks and much more.
What is your project timeline?
Stock kitchen cabinets, which can be very high quality, may be able to arrive and be installed first, but may not fit the specifications you need for your kitchen. Custom cabinets will be made perfectly to fit your space, but may take longer to complete and have installed.
What type of materials do you prefer & what is your budget?
Sometimes it’s easier if you decide which feature is most important – the cabinets or the counter tops? Specialty storage or a tile backsplash that can be added later? HGTV has a great photo gallery which may help you decide what you like best!
Some of your material choices will be; particle board, Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF), plywood, and solid wood. More options include metal, thermofoil, laminate, or melamine which provide the widest selection of colors available.
If you want solid wood, you’ll need to decide what type; oak, maple and cherry the most common. Do you want a stained finish so you can appreciate the beauty of the wood or is a painted finish more your style? If you want a very modern look, you could go with metal cabinets. Do you like overlay or inset doors? Decide if you prefer a simple design, a more elaborate design or something in between.
The final touch: you’ll need to decide on the new hardware for your new kitchen cabinets. There are drawer slides, drawer pulls and door hinges. Pay close attention to how kitchen cabinets are joined together. Are they glued or stapled? Are they nailed or even dovetailed? All of these different methods vary in price – so it helps to be diligent in your research and partner with reputable contractor to make sure you understand all variables that go into quality cabinets.
Once you’ve decided what your kitchen cabinet needs are, your contractor can advise you on how to get the most from your budget. Home builders like us will recommend the highest quality cabinets you can afford. It’s a significant investment, but usually pays off in durability and longevity.
We have years of experience with all remodeling projects and planning, and we specialize in kitchens and bathrooms! With our help, you’ll soon have the kitchen of your dreams. Call us (978-790-4881) or send us an email to start the conversation!