The role of cabinetry in the overall look and function of a kitchen is crucial to the usefulness of the design and the amount of enjoyment you’ll get spending time there. And considering that up to 40 percent or more of a typical kitchen's cost is invested in the cabinetry, selecting the perfect cabinets is one of the most important decisions you’ll make in your custom kitchen design. Cabinetry sets the tone, feel and aesthetic of the space. Because cabinetry is a significant investment, you'll need to sift through the available style, type and finish options in order to make your selection with confidence. Here's how:
Choose Your Type
The type of cabinet construction you choose is the first consideration when it comes to kitchen cabinet design and pricing. The three top types are stock cabinets, semi-custom cabinets and custom cabinets. Stock cabinets are typically prefabricated and sold as units at home improvement centers, are the least expensive, and can generally be brought home the same day or ordered for pickup within a few days. They are also the least flexible, are available in limited designs and finishes, and are the lowest quality. Semi-custom cabinets are a step up. They allow for slightly more homeowner customization but typically require more time to build. The top of the line in cabinetry and the most preferred type for homeowners installing an up-scale kitchen are custom cabinets. They are made by hand to fit the homeowner’s exact specifications and are the highest quality of construction, featuring dovetail joints, and mortise-and-tenon or dowel techniques.
Choose Your Style
Framed or frameless? In addition to type, you’ll need to choose your cabinetry style. Framed cabinets have a box and face frame which the drawers and doors are attached to. Frameless cabinets, also called European-style cabinets don’t have a face frame, and the drawers and doors are attached directly to the cabinet box. Frameless cabinets have a more contemporary look and easier interior access, but the lack of a face frame can undermine its rigidity. Quality custom cabinetry will compensate by using a thicker box made of plywood rather than particle board. If you have framed cabinet but love the European look, opt for a full-overlay door that covers most or all of the face frame.
Choose Your Hardware
Unless you are opting for a sleek, hardware-less aesthetic, you’ll be choosing cabinet hardware as well, and the choices are limitless. Adding pulls and knobs can add needed function and beauty. The kitchen can be a messy place, and knobs and pulls help keep the mess off your cabinet surfaces, which extends the life of your cabinet finish. You can select knobs or pulls, or a mix of both. Typically knobs are used on doors, and pulls are installed on drawers that can get heavy with pots, pans, dishes and utensils. While you can match your cabinet hardware to your faucet finish, you don’t have to as long as the finish complements other design finishes such as lighting or appliances.
Choose Your Accessories
When it comes to kitchens, it’s hard to be too useful. Try to fit in as many accessories and conveniences as you can, because it can be tricky trying to add them later. Some useful features include appliance garages, spring loaded lift-up shelving for heavy appliances such as food processors and stand mixers, pull-out pot shelves, lazy Susans, a built in charging station and a pull-out trash can. For better lighting, install under-cabinet LED task lights.
Designing your custom dream kitchen should be an exciting experience. Whether you are planning a new construction or considering a kitchen remodel, let Owens Construction take some of the headaches away by helping you design the perfect kitchen for your family’s unique needs. Call us today for a free estimate.