Katrina Cummings Base Cabinets January 16th, 2018 - 10:31:07
In planning your kitchen remodeling, the kitchen cabinets will give immediate eye appeal, provide functionality but can also be the biggest cost. Regardless of what your remodel budget is, the cabinet could easily be one half of that expense. As we wander through the cabinet section of the store, it does seem these are just big boxes with doors. Nevertheless we are amazed at the cost. Making cabinets does require skill to have tightly fitted corners and joins. If one part is off, some other part wont fit properly. The type of wood used and the finish on the wood all have a price tag. Nevertheless, you need to get the best cabinets possible for your budget. Here are some ideas on what you can find.
Typically, stocked cabinets are offered in extremely limited sizes, and while most cabinets are offered in 3" increments, some stock cabinets may only be available in 6" increments. This is important when it comes to the overall layout of your kitchen remodel, because stock cabinets are mass-produced to the same size and specifications with no regards as to where they go. You will usually need fillers and end panels to create a finished look when using stock cabinets. The end of each cabinet that is exposed, on both the upper and the base cabinets, will need to be finished to match the front of the cabinets. This will include cutting and fitting finished panels onto the cabinet carcass itself. Keep in mind that if you are running your cabinets wall to wall, then finishing the ends is not important since the wall will hide the ends.
In straight-run base-cabinets, one consideration that should be a priority is, if at all possible, to include "roll-outs" (variably called roll-out shelves, trays, etc.) factory-installed inside them; this is because "roll-outs" provide much better accessibility to items stored there (but, if your budget will only allow one roll-out per cabinet, be sure to place it on the cabinets bottom level). But, in case you happen to not be replacing perfectly fine base cabinets which do not have "roll-outs", all is not lost; that advantage can be added later via "inserts". And, if you are then unable to find "inserts" from a manufacturer, they can be self-built and installed.
For cabinet backs you will typically see 1/2" thick material, with thicker areas specifically manufactured for mounting screws. The tops will always incorporate a countertop fastening strip at the front and rear of base cabinets, which you wont see in stock cabinets. As far as design and aesthetics go, the only limitations are your imagination and budget. Almost anything is possible because your cabinets will be made specifically just for you. You have complete access to options such as pull-out slides, trash organizers, limitless hardware choices, pantry organizers, and much more. The cabinetmaker will often install these cabinets themselves too, saving you the headache of doing it yourself. While obviously more expensive, you can design and get exactly what you want, instead of settling for what you can find.