Macy Guillemot. Kitchen Cabinet. December 03rd , 2017.
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.
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.
Water-resistance is the name of the game when it comes to outdoor cabinets. Your best options are stainless steel, marine-grade polymer, and teak. "Whichever type you choose, evaluate the quality by looking inside the cabinet unit," says Russ Faulk, vice president of product development for Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet. "Look at whether the cabinet has a full box around it, or if it‘s open at the top."
In general, the quality of the cabinets you choose will be determined by your overall budget for the project. There is a wide range of cabinetry available in the market today, from the highest-end custom cabinetry to the ready-to-assemble or stock kitchen cabinets you can pick up at your neighborhood retailer. Materials and labor go a long way in determining cost, as do the additional features and accessories you add to your cabinetry. The highest quality kitchen cabinets are typically a combination of high-end materials, quality workmanship, and unique finishing touches. Materials used to create quality cabinets tend to be the more luxurious ones found on the market.
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