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Kitchen Cabinet Buying Guide: Tips on Purchasing Cabinets


Kitchens / September 30, 2015

A kitchen cabinet buying guide is useful whether you’re constructing a new kitchen or remodeling. It is important to consider a lot of factors when choosing the right cabinet wood type, design and cabinetry for your kitchen. If it’s your first time to have a major home improvement project such as this, here are some tips coming from a local cabinet maker in Nashville to serve as your guide in purchasing cabinets and hiring a woodworker.

Plan it out.

Renovating or constructing a kitchen costs money. It’s a major undertaking and a thought-out plan is definitely a must. Almost 40% of kitchen remodeling or creation is spent for the cabinets alone. So if you’re looking to make the investment, make sure to plan it out. Here’s some considerations and a set of questions to help you out:

  • Before investing, how long can you see your family on your home?
  • What are the other key kitchen areas you’d like to improve other than cabinets? New countertops, backsplash, flooring perhaps?
  • Do you prefer ready-made commercial cabinets or custom?
  • Will you be using the same kitchen appliances or will you buy new ones?
  • How much budget are you willing to put into this kitchen cabinet project?

Because every kitchen renovation is pricey, the questions above are some of the things you may want to consider before coming to a decision. Always talk to your contractor if you have more questions.

Designing the area layout.

Once you’ve decided to proceed with the project, you need to consider every detail about your kitchen floor. Consult and collaborate on your design with your chosen contractor. They can give recommendations  and strong advice on what best fits your budget. Make it a point to be proactive. Relay to them what kind of style (modern kitchen, transitional, classic) you’re aiming for so they can materialize it for you.

Wood type and style.

There are a lot of options when it comes to kitchen cabinets. First, there are different cabinet types to choose from that ranges from stock, semi-stock and custom. Stock cabinets are usually the ones that are massively, commercially manufactured that can be seen in Home Depot and IKEA. If you’re in a shoe-string budget, you can go for stock or semi-stock, make sure to research reviews online to checks its durability and quality.

If you can, go ahead and invest in custom-built cabinetry. The pros of having custom cabinets outweighs its cons. Not only will you have a unique set of cabinetry, custom cabinets are strongly built.  Plus, having an efficient kitchen will be a joy for years to come since every detail has been planned strategically.

If you’re planning to hire a kitchen remodeler in the Nashville area, we offer a complimentary consultation. You can email us your questions or phone us at 615-244-6094.



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