Get the Pros Involved
A kitchen conversion is a big deal-not to be addressed premickly. So before you visit a showroom or meet with a professional, read our tips for remodeling experts on the kitchen and advice on how to create the cooking area you’ve always been looking for.
Make Cents Out of Your Remodel
Worth the shine
1) Second sink: Place it outside the main cooking and cleaning zone so a second chef can prepare food, wash hands for dinner or wash the bartenders during parties.
2) Cladding cupboard ends: These decorative panels, which are essentially oversized doors attached to the exposed sides of the cabinets, give your kitchen a custom-made, furnishly like look.
3) Drawer gliders with full extract and soft clock function: Installed under or on the sides of a drawer, they can be pulled out of the cupboard completely so you can achieve anything inside. They also eliminate the strike.
It’s not worth it for the excitement
1) glazed, disturbed and cracked surfaces: These can increase cabinet costs by up to 30 percent and start to appear outdated with changing trends.
2) Pot filler: Facilitates filling the pasta’s pot, but it doesn’t help with the far worse task of bringing boiling water into the sink when the fettuccine is ready.
3) Wine fridge: Do you really need 18 bottles of pinot within reach and exactly 55 degrees?
Designer’s Cheat Sheet
To create a comfortable and handsome kitchen, consider these remodeling tips for installing cabinets, countertops and lighting.
The easiest way to save a lot is to maintain your current layout. Taking off walls and moving gas pipelines, water connections and electrical cables will cause your budget to deteriorate significantly.
Three Ways to Save on Cabinets
1. Choose a manufacturer that offers the desired door style and finish as the default option, at no extra charge.
2. Don’t pay for factory or custom organizers. Aftermarket partitions, rollout trays and back of the door spice shelves cost only a fraction of the cost on sites such as www.organisa.com and cabinetparts.com.
3. Avoid custom configurations. You can often use standard wine organizers, cubby units, and even device panels to fill in uncomfortable spaces for which you might otherwise need to purchase your own cabine
How the Factory’s Cabinets Beat the Woodshop’s
The big boys may not offer the customization you get from a local craftsman, but factory cabinets have the following benefits:
- Guarantees of up to 25 years on housing, accessories, processing and internal hardware.
- Controlled environment that results in more stable wood, which later avoids faults and crevices.
- Computer-aided cutting tools that provide more precise carpentry than anything done by hand.
- Caked surfaces that are more durable than the air-dried locals. Dust-free closing rooms also provide a smooth surface.
Which Under-Cabinet Lighting?
For task light, pick one of these low-voltage strips or pucks.
XENON Accurate color, wide beam, and dimmable, but can get hot to the touch. Widely available at home centers and kitchen showrooms. $25–$125 for a 24-inch cabinet uninstalled
LED Energy-efficient, long-lasting bulbs; so thin you don’t need much of a lip to hide fixtures. Can have a bluish tint unless rated at 3,500 or lower on the Kelvin scale. A new technology, so pricier and harder to source. $75–$190 for a 24-inch cabinet uninstalled
Best Practices for Open Shelving
Everything stored on exposed shelves collects dust. Therefore, consider them only for:
• Everyday items such as coffee cups and cereal bowls, which you wash frequently
• Cookbooks that show no dust and are usually kept outdoors anyway
• Oversized foods such as soup terrines and platters, in case you don’t mind rinsing them off briefly
• Wine shelves as bottles in wall cabinets don’t fit behind the doors
If you’re unable to create your dream kitchen with the budget, don’t compromise. Do it in phases.
Where to invest now:
Layout: This is the time to open the floor plan, add the island and rearrange the river.
Infrastructure: Set up the framing, underfloor, windows, water installation and electrics correctly, or all new surfaces and appliances don’t work as expected.
Cabinets: High-quality construction, first-class gliding and hinges and as many cabinets as you can afford.
Countertops: Conventional wisdom can lead to a phase in upscale countertops, but demonstrating the old ones and installing new ones can damage your cabinets and piping.
What to wait for later:
New devices: If you don’t change their size or configuration, your old stove and refrigerator will work well until you get your next tax return.
Expensive lights: Use cheap placeholders while you have the electrician on hand. You can simply replace the lights yourself once the wiring is complete.
Water suitable tap: You can get a decent one for less than $75 that overwhelms you for months or even years. Just make sure the holes in your worktop match the configuration of your future tap.
Backsplash: Paint the walls above your counter with a washable semaproliloss to protect them while saving for this glass mosaic. By holding on, even new cabinets leave time to sit down, avoiding mortar and inhibited problems at the seam where the backsplash hits the counter.