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Anaheim Kitchen Cabinetry Options
KITCHEN CABINETS are intended to be functional, but few Design Professionals or Homeowners leave the choice simply at that. Otherwise, Cardboard or Plywood Boxes would be all that was needed to house your Kitchen and Pantry Supplies.
Instead, Kitchen Cabinet choices have become passionately researched, debated, coveted, “vision boarded”, and “pinned” as the options for homeowners has grown exponentially. This is also true whether you are selecting cabinets for a bathroom, family room, bedroom, closet, or any space in your home, but the emphasis has been placed on the Kitchen Cabinetry as it has been realized that Kitchens can add a very important aesthetic value to your home with the greatest return on investment over and above any other home improvement project.
The Kitchen Cabinets represent a key component in the overall “WOW factor” of a house, and homeowners are putting an inordinate number of cabinets in all rooms these days, even in window seats because they increase space and storage opportunities, but how much you pay for all your cabinets can vary greatly.
Custom Cabinetry can easily consume 50 to 60 percent of the cost of a kitchen remodeling budget and while custom kitchen cabinets provide the highest quality construction and will generally last longer and make the best use of your available space by fitting into all those nooks and crannies, you don’t always need to spend the most. You can opt for a mix of some ready-made or customizable Kitchen Cabinets and add some custom pieces for hard-to-fit areas or unusual demands.
How do you choose? Your decision should be based in part on how much you put into the remodeling and upgrades throughout your entire home and the room in question, so that costs are proportionate. Since homeowners generally spend a large portion of their time in the kitchen, it makes sense to spend more in that space than in any other room in your home.
You also should weigh how long you think you’ll stay put in that home. If you’re there for many years, you don’t want to have to replace kitchen cabinet doors within five years. If, however, you intend to remain only a few years, you can cut costs by replacing knobs or pulls for a fresh look.
Kitchen Cabinet Options/Budget
Refinishing – A slightly more expensive option is to refinish fronts or replace them, though cost effectiveness will depend on the condition and look desired.
Size – Custom cabinets can be made in all sizes and shapes; stock cabinets typically come in fixed sizes, and customizable cabinetry can either come in 3-inch increments or flexible size parameters. Among an owner’s bigger decisions is whether to build them all the way to the ceiling for extra storage and a clean, crisp look or to leave a soffit above for displaying baskets and other decorative objects and not make high-cabinets hard to reach. The height of below-counter cabinets reflects a different decision. Many homeowners today opt for European-style 36-inch high cabinets so they don’t have to bend over the sink, as they do with the typical 32-inch ones, particularly for vanities in bathrooms.
Finish – Along with the detailing on the front of the cabinet, this choice will determine as much as three-quarters of the cost of the cabinet. At the low end, are laminates, common woods like oak, and medium-density wrapped fiberboard.
Detailing. Raised panels and molding will add to the cost of the cabinet front, but if rooms, both with cabinetry, open to one another, you probably want to be consistent in your design choices.
Interior hardware. Hinges represent an area of cabinetry where homeowners may think it’s fine to scrimp since it may not be visible, yet the pros know otherwise. The best hinges keep doors aligned, are concealed or partly concealed, made of chrome, nickel or brass, and adjust in every direction.
Exterior hardware. When it comes to knobs and pulls, endless choices abound, and you may decide to buy these separately rather than from your cabinet company.
Interior fittings. These days, you can outfit the interior of your cabinet with everything from rollout shelves to fancy spice racks, appliances and carousels. Again, every extra adds an expense, so you may want to discuss your options with a Kitchen & Bath Designer to better help with narrowing down your choices and prioritizing those items providing the greatest return on your investment.
How much cabinetry should you consider adding? A quick rule of thumbs is to measure in linear feet your existing cabinets and give yourself at least one-third more storage for future needs.
Remember…Having too much kitchen cabinet storage is rarely a negative.
You can always find something to put in it.