Kitchen design and remodeling your kitchen can be a complex work of art. With so many options to choose from and so many elements to consider, the task of creating a space to please both the eye and the cook is not always easy. Out of a good kitchen design comes greatness. It is the ability to skillfully combine form and function, art and mechanics, logic and aesthetics into one dazzling room. It also demands how to utilize this space by incorporating homeowner’s priorities into a functional work place.
Whether you’re planning to sell or stay in your home for years to come,the final outcome of your kitchen can be an expensive investment, but not necessarily all the time. There are ways to cut your cost by more than half. Alternatives to spending thousands of dollars and waiting months to have your kitchen upgraded. One such way is to invest in ready to install kitchen cabinets.
Stock cabinets can be bought at any kitchen cabinet manufacturer or distributor. Leading distributors have showrooms where you can view hundreds of designs and patterns in many colors and surfaces, and they also offer design planning services and installation as well. Although the designs of ready to install or prefabricated cabinets may not stack up against the uniqueness of custom made ones, there are certainly advantages to them.
Some of these advantages are the ability for you to shop around and inspect the cabinets before purchasing. At this stage, you can identify any flaws or poor workmanship, calculate dimensions, choose your patterns and colors and consult with on site experts on kitchen design. Another main advantage is, manufacturers have highly sophisticated machinery for mass production. Their quality assurance puts the cabinets through high tolerance stress tests to ensure proper workmanship and durability. By doing this they provide consistency to the quality of the product, so you can shop with peace of mind.
Have a professional company come in and measure your kitchen for proper dimensions. Go to their showrooms and inspect the product. Once the decision has been made and installation takes place, you have very little recourse to rectify mistakes.
Refacing your kitchen cabinets is another great alternative. There are many businesses set up to do the job easy and affordable. They will come out to your home, get dimensions of your kitchen cabinets and build the cabinet door fronts and draw fronts. They will also incorporate any additional features you would like, such as sliding draws or roll out shelves to name a few. Once production is done on your new doors and draw fronts, installation takes place in a day without all the mess that can occur with a complete kitchen renovation. Veneers are a very popular way of refacing your cabinets. They are available as an adhesive product. If you’re the kind of person that likes the DIY kind of projects, you can buy the veneers and install them yourself saving on labor cost. The veneers are heat applied, so you may have to invest in a heating tool to do this. You can pick this up at any hardware supplies store. Some experts suggest that a hot clothing iron can do the job just as good.
Painting your kitchen cabinets offer another good cost savings option. It is a quick, inexpensive way to give your cabinets an upgrade. Wood veneers, solid wood and metal surfaces take paint well, but plastic laminates or thinner melamine plastic covered surfaces do not. They unfortunately cannot be painted, because paint does not bond well to them. Satin enamel paint is probably your best choice as it covers well and is easy to clean. Remove all doors and empty out all draws before painting anything. It just makes painting them so much easier. Remember to remove all hinges, cabinet knobs and pulls as well, and label everything. This way you’ll know which items belong to each door and draw and your paint application would look professional. You don’t want to see paint on the hinges and knobs from a lazy approach to painting your cabinets.
Your kitchen is at the fore front of your house. Your eyes are immediately drawn to this space so it needs to look its best. Home buyers will pay top dollar for homes with a modern and functional kitchen. It is one of the best selling attributes of your home. Whether you decide to have your kitchen cabinets custom made, or you decided to buy ready to install cabinets or just want to give them face lift by having them refaced or painted, the investment is worth it every time.