Remodeling the kitchen and bathrooms, or even adding on to the home seems to be the dream of most homeowners. When a homeowner is remodeling, especially when remodeling a kitchen, the question is always asked, “What are my options for cabinetry?” Cabinetry is a significant cost factor in remodeling or adding on to a home. Whether remodeling a kitchen, home office, family room, master bathroom, play room, child’s bedroom or bathroom, your design plans probably include cabinetry. In a kitchen remodel, cabinets can account for as much as half of the total cost.
If you decide to undertake a large remodel project and you want new cabinets, you have two options: stock cabinets or custom cabinets. Custom cabinets are built to the specifications of your room. Custom cabinetry by Cedars Woodworking is crafted and finished at the Cedars location, then installed when complete. Custom cabinetry gives you the greatest flexibility with your kitchen design and in getting the features / accessories in cabinets that you desire. However, stock cabinets can also be an option. Stock cabinets are available in a wide variety of sizes and shapes, made of most any kind of wood you could want, with various moldings on the doors and glass panels.
If your existing cabinets don’t meet your needs, if your cabinets are showing significant signs of wear and use, if they are made of composition board, or if they simply make things inaccessible, new cabinets are probably a good idea. If you need new cabinets and your budget is limited, Cedars Woodworking can assist with purchasing and installing stock cabinetry that fits your needs.
If your cabinets are functional, in good shape, and of good quality, there are many things you can do to revitalize them. Particularly in older homes, you may have solid wood cabinets that are far better than many economy cabinets available today.
Painting existing cabinets is an option, particularly if the cabinets are functional but need to be lighter and brighter. Another option is to remove the cabinet doors, sand or strip all surfaces and refinish/re-stain them. This gives an opportunity to repair damage and put a fresh face on the cabinets you already have. The option to refinish flat cabinet doors and add matching moldings to create the look of finely molded woodworking also exists if you’d like to simply spruce up your existing cabinetry.
When working with existing cabinets, remember they can also be resized as necessary to accommodate new appliances. While this takes some time, Cedars Woodworking can certanly assist with this process if you like the cabinets you have.
Finally, consider the difference new hardware can make. Changing the hinges and door/drawer pulls can give older cabinets a very fresh appearance.
As you renovate, you might also want to consider adding features that make your cabinets more functional. There are many cabinetry features available that can be placed in existing cabinets or built into new cabinets that will improve functionality, such as trash drawers, adjustable shelving, deep drawers, and more.
If you are unsure whether to keep your cabinetry, purchase stock cabinetry, or engage in a fully custom cabinetry remodel project, Cedars Woodworking can help you. Working with a Cedars Woodworking designer can stimulate your imagination, all while finding ways to achieve the highest quality and functionality within the available budget.