Sooner or later, every kitchen needs to be upgraded. Done properly, a kitchen renovation offers an excellent return on your investment, often 80 to 100 percent. The key element is to make your renovation seem as if it’s always been that way. You need a solid plan before you begin to make it blend with all the other rooms in the house. If space is an issue, consider cabinets that extend to the ceiling. Check the flooring to make sure it extends under the existing cabinetry, if you want to keep the same flooring. Look at kitchen makeover magazines to find the style of cabinetry that best suits your home and your family. Above all else, choose cabinets that are pre-assembled. Not only will they be properly put together, but they will save you tons of time during the installation process. Here are some things to consider when shopping for assembled kitchen cabinets.
What to Consider
- Look for a company who offers a free in-home consultation, and who can handle every aspect of the renovation, from interior design to hiring the proper contractors for plumbing and electrical upgrades.
- The company should have a store front, so you can see how the cabinets will look in a kitchen environment. The company needs to have been in business for a number of years and offer testimonials from satisfied customers.
- In addition to being a member of the Better Business Bureau (BBB), the company should also belong to at least one professional organization, such as the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), which keeps its members informed on the latest industry trends.
- Working with the company’s interior designer, you need to select the type of cabinetry you want. Cabinets range from simple painted fronts or a common wood like oak, to a more pricey cherry or alder wood finish. A traditional kitchen will have warm, natural tones and materials, such as wood and granite. Modern kitchens present a cooler look, with a minimalist design and sleek white cabinets, with heavy emphasis on stainless steel and possibly quartz countertops. A transitional kitchen will encompass both styles. Whatever style you choose, make sure it blends with the rest of the home.
- Regardless of the style of cabinetry, you want to have dovetail drawers, a handcrafted product made in the United States, wood grains that run horizontally on drawer fronts and vertically on cabinet doors. These are all things to consider when selecting fully assembled kitchen cabinets.