If you’ve ever built a home or renovated an entire room, you understand how complicated and cumbersome the process of selecting, buying, and installing cabinets can be. Cabinets make up a significant portion of a renovation budget as well as a significant portion of the actual space in your kitchen. Therefore, all decisions have to be thoroughly considered.
Many homeowners find it more efficient to hire a kitchen and bath designer, as opposed to doing everything on their own. A designer possesses knowledge and expertise that will help prevent mistakes or delays. They serve as the project manager for the renovation.
Whether you use a designer or not, there are a handful of things to consider when ordering cabinets for your new space. The kitchen is the most utilized room in a home. It’s where memories are made, so you want to make sure it’s exactly as you’ve envisioned.
Factors to consider when purchasing new cabinets
Budget: The most important first step in any renovation, whether it’s the kitchen or another room, is the overall budget. As with anything in life, the experience will go smoother and be less stressful if you stick within a budget and do not overspend. With that being said, most renovations go over budget, so figure in some wiggle room. You’ll be so happy you did.
Quantity: Measuring the space for the number of cabinets is obviously a necessity. Whether you hire a contractor, designer or a cabinet consultant, make sure measurements are taken prior to placing the order for the cabinets. You don’t want to get to the installation phase and realize you have too much or not enough cabinetry.
Quality: Your budget will be significant in determining the quality of cabinets you ultimately select. The good news is that all types of modern cabinets are beautiful and well-made, so even if you purchase stock cabinetry, they are going to look lovely in the space. Granted, custom and semi-custom cabinets may be heavier, sturdier and more unique, but don’t sweat it if you’re budget simply can’t handle a high-end variety.
Design: Once you’ve decided on the type (stock, semi-custom or custom), you then have to think about color and style. There are numerous types of cabinetry on today’s market. This is another area where a designer can be helpful. If you’re looking on your own, it can become overwhelming. One helpful piece of advice is to look at magazines, websites and Pinterest boards to get some ideas prior to visiting a cabinet store or meeting with a designer. The more homework you do, the easier the selection.
Storage type and capacity: Storage is another factor one must consider when deciding on cabinetry. Today’s cabinet makers offer numerous storage solutions. From pull-outs to drawer organizers to lazy Susans and pantry inserts, there are a plethora of items that will make life easier and more enjoyable as you navigate your new kitchen.
Hardware: The final touch of cabinet design is deciding on the hardware. Again, this is an area where a designer can help sort through the many options until you land on one that works with the look and feel of your particular space. Some things to think about are the color of hardware and the type (knobs vs. handles).
The thought of new cabinetry is very exciting, especially when you’re sick of your old kitchen and ready for an upgrade. While it’s fun to think of your new space, it takes some deep thought and consideration when selecting cabinets that fit with the function and design of your home. If you’re ready to get started on your dream kitchen, contact Braemar today so we can connect you with one of our expert designers.