Welcome to part 3 of our Kitchen remodel series. Be sure and check out part 1 and part 2, if you haven’t already read it!
In this series, we’ll discuss four very important selections when it comes to the design of your kitchen:
PART 3: Cabinetry
Cabinets can be the most expensive part of your kitchen project. There are so many options from the variety of wood, to the finish (painted or stained), the trim options and then the hardware (or kitchen jewelry as I like to call it) that tops those beauties off!
When selecting stained cabinets, remember some woods like maple have a very soft, flowy texture and others like Alder, can be very knotty looking. You will see this texture very vividly through a stain. So, when a cleaner, more consistent look is desired, painting may be a better option.
It’s important to consider the layout of your cabinetry. Really think about how you use your kitchen, what you need at hand when you’re at your stove or sink. What cabinets or drawers would be convenient to have close to the dishwasher for unloading? More and more clients prefer additional deep drawers in their kitchens’ lower sections as opposed to so many cabinets with doors. You can never plan too much when it comes to this step. Look at millwork drawings so you’re sure to understand how everything will lay out and don’t be afraid to be picky!! The things that seem little now, will really bother you after living with them for the next 10-20 years.
Then, think about the mechanics of your cabinetry. Soft close door/drawers are extremely popular, pullout shelves on lower cabinets are space and back savers, Lazy Suzans use otherwise wasted space in corners and “garage door” cabinets on tops of counters can hide unsightly appliances.