Remodeling your kitchen or installing a new kitchen for your new home can be expensive and confusing. Many factors are involved, which include some pitfalls. Your kitchen, by far, is the most expensive room in your home. Appliances, countertops, and cabinetry can easily add up to 10% to 20% of the value of your home. The investment in a new kitchen can be substantial and requires diligent investigation before you proceed.
Buying well known brand name appliances is a good start. You don't want to be replacing appliances after 5 years because you opted to save a little money for an inferior product. Countertops, whether you choose a stone or laminate should be installed by reputable professional. If installed incorrectly, stone can crack and laminate can become unglued. Your cabinetry is the most expensive item in the kitchen and should be researched extensively.
When buying cabinets, many factors should be considered to insure that your investment will stand the test of time. Cabinet construction varies greatly from one manufacturer to the other, and each manufacturer may offer different levels of quality. Many cabinet brands offer a contractor grade cabinet and a premium grade cabinet, make sure you know which one you are getting before you buy.
Contractor grade cabinets usually have particle board boxes, unspecified wood species for the face frame or even MDF, doors and drawers may also contain MDF. MDF stands for Medium Density Fiberboard, this is not wood and will swell and crumble if it gets wet, this is also true of particle board.
Premium cabinets will never contain any particle board or MDF in their construction. The face frames will usually be made of Oak, Birch, or Maple and the boxes made of 1/2" furniture grade plywood. Premium cabinets will also offer many more options and accessories which allows you to create the unique look and functionality you desire.
Before you purchase your cabinetry, ask the cabinet dealer specific questions about the construction and materials used in their cabinets. Your kitchen is the biggest investment in your home and you need to make sure you are getting what you are paying for.
Whether you're planning a full-on kitchen renovation, or just shopping for new appliances or furniture these simple steps will help you get the most accurate measurements to help you achieve your goals.It is important to note that you shouldn't include any obstructions like tables and chairs, but do complete the whole room. This helps so that later [...]
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Measuring your kitchen accurately is the first step in designing your kitchen. Mistakes or omissions can result in a lot of unnecessary problems when installing your new cabinets. Your measurements are used to determine the size and height of your cabinets, location of plumbing and appliances etc. Regardless of the shape of your kitchen the steps [...]
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