Thursday, June 12, 2014

Kitchen Design Part 2: Guide to Cabinet Selections

Kitchen remodels are my favorite to manage and design. The mix of functionality and design is intriguing and the end result of creating a design that is both useful and beautiful is rewarding. When embarking on a kitchen remodel cabinet selections should be the first aesthetic item to consider.

Cabinets can tend to take up the larger part of the budget, and these carefully crafted wooden boxes will set the tone for the overall feel and function of the most important room in a home.

Overwhelming right? The first step is getting educated with the choices of construction, door styles and the details. Once familiar with the options, well formed decisions can be made that work best for the home.
Plus after the cabinet decision it always gets easier... well relatively.

Construction - since cabinetry tends to be the most costly portion of a kitchen remodel it is important for homeowners to educate themselves.

There are many different pieces that make up a cabinet, always ask what kind of material is used to ensure the best value for your money.

Standard construction is comprised of a particle board interior. (Particle Board - Is a composite material manufactured from compressed wood remnants). This form of construction is considerably less expensive. However, before cutting corners it is important to evaluate factors such as humidity levels and extensive use of the kitchen since particle board is likely to swell and warp due to moisture.

Full plywood construction is the preferred product for cabinetry. Plywood is naturally stronger and resistant from dimension warping and swelling. Plus many professionals tend to prefer to work with ply wood cabinetry.

However, this expense is not always a necessity for example part time homeowners whose kitchens aren't frequently used.

Cabinetry Styles

When it comes to design there is an array of techniques used to create an individual style. First and foremost one must identify which style they wish to display in their homes and cabinets can help execute the intended style.
4 Popular Cabinet Styles

1.) Shaker Style Door is reflected from the "Shakers style of furniture" which emphasizes simplicity and little ornamentation. This door style allows the woodworking to be the focal point with a recessed door panel. 

Because of the simplicity factor many rustic and craftsmanship styles utilize shaker style doors because they focus on clean organic lines. 

Trend --> Mixing styles with a shaker style door and modern accents.

2.) Inlayed cabinets are when the door sits inside the cabinet frame. It is a chic and classy look, versatile for many different styles. For a unique detail on inlayed cabinets the hinge hardware can be exposed

3.) Raised Panel door lends to a more traditional style. This detailed option coordinates with a more decorated kitchen.

4.) Slab style drawers are often paired with shaker style doors. Slab drawers are a flat solid piece ideal for smaller kitchens or letting the hardware be the focal point.
Slab drawers with an overlay

Slab drawers on an inlay


Putting thought into details like trim and hardware will ensure a cohesive design. 

1.) Trim is a detail worth considering. Many love the effect of extending cabinet trim to the ceiling. However, you can also get a great clean look without.

Cabinets with little trim

Cabinet trim extended to the ceiling trim

2.) Glass Doors to create a focal point

Glass doors are the perfect focal point, plus they are great for displaying finer china

3.) Hardware knobs and pulls are the final touch that really extend the style that was pursued. It ties in a rustic feel or elaborates on modern inspiration.

Tip - when making a budget for a kitchen remodel provide an allowance for pulls and knobs. Depending how big of a kitchen and how elaborate of hardware they can really add up.

When starting a kitchen remodel it is pivotal to spend time understanding the variety. Once the construction and style options are understood it becomes easier to make a decision based on what is right for your home. 

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