Lucette Gallois. Kitchen Cabinet. January 05th , 2018.
So how do you handle picking out the right cabinetry for the kitchen? The easiest way is to call a professional design firm. Kitchen and bath design professionals are a tremendous resource to homeowners shopping for just the right cabinetry — and to the builders and remodelers who need product selections completed.
Understanding cabinet qualities and the performance of various types of cabinet construction materials is the first thing to embark upon. Based on that, evaluate the price as it relates to the quality of the product. Because cabinetry typically dominates the cost of a new kitchen, homeowners should contact a kitchen professional to learn about the differences in cabinet quality grades.
Wood is more expensive than any of the composite cabinet materials available, and solid wood doors and drawer fronts are typical in high-quality cabinets. Examples of the more luxurious woods used in quality cabinets are cherry, mahogany, chestnut and cypress. These woods are durable, naturally beautiful, less common and therefore significantly more expensive to use. When considering the quality of your kitchen cabinets, the insides matter as well. The boxes of cabinets themselves are often made of particleboard or even medium-density fiberboard (MDF). These compressed-wood options are often used by cabinet builders to reduce the cost of the project. In high-end cabinetry, you might find solid-wood cabinet frames as well as doors; however this drives up the cost of your cabinets significantly. Regardless of the material used, the insides of high-quality cabinets should be smooth, not rough to the touch, with shelves at least three-quarters of an inch thick. Dovetail construction is recommended over glued joints to provide cabinets that hold up to heavy use. This mortise-and-tenon or dovetail joinery is seen in the highest-quality cabinets and will definitely drive up the cost of your remodeling project.
Kitchen cabinetry can take up over thirty percents of the average kitchen renovation budget. If you want to keep expenses down, consider alternative options such as laminate kitchen cabinets, which typically cost much less than wood.
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