Quality stands the test of time

6 things you should know about kitchen cabinets

Planning to invest in stone countertops or other permanent elements?

Make sure that the quality of your new cabinets, that will support these heavy counters, will stand the test of time.

  1. Wood doors expand and contract with humidity but paint does not. Paint requires a more stable substrate than wood. High-density fiberboard (HDF) is inert. It is not affected by the humidity in  kitchens or bathrooms, making painted high-density fiberboard (HDF) much more durable than painted wood. HDF comes in several grades, the higher the density the better.
  2. HDF needs to be sealed before painting and door fronts and backs require multiple coats of primer and finish to build-up otherwise fragile edges.
  3. Cabinet strength comes from the back and method of construction. Backs vary from 1/8” to 5/8” thick. Less than ½” is not great. Best construction is glued mortised joints with mechanical fasteners such as screws.
  4. Cabinet interiors, shelves & drawer bottoms are wear surfaces. A premium grade of Melamine like Hardrock Maple wears better than lacquered plywood.
  5. PVC edge banding will avoid yellowing over time.
  6. Hinges and drawer glides make cabinets work. Buy the best and you will get a positive feeling of quality every time you use your kitchen.

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Start with a “Wish List”

A “Wish List” is the first step in getting your best kitchen design

We all use our kitchens in different ways so kitchen design is a personal process. Before engaging the aid of a kitchen designer, take time to list things you want the new kitchen to do that the current one doesn’t.

Don’t worry about the design just focus on the wants and needs.

For example: what things would you like to have?

  • Accessible storage for the things now on the countertop (list items),
  • more working counter space for (e.g. baking),
  • storage and or access for small appliances (list),
  • replace the table with some sort of eat-at facility,
  • take cabinetry to the ceiling, etc.

Interior of brand new custom kitchen with island

Engage family and friends to participate. This is the dream stage so it doesn’t matter how long the list is.

However, at some point the budget will likely require compromises so prioritize the “must haves”, “would be nice to have” and “like to consider”.

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