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Kitchen Cabinetry Selection Guide: Understanding Your Options

Kitchen Cabinetry Selection Guide: Understanding Your Options

Kitchen CabinetsSelecting kitchen cabinets is one of the most important decisions to make when planning a kitchen renovation. We find that there are four factors that homeowners and builders need to consider when selecting kitchen cabinets:

  1. Budget
  2. Quality
  3. Functionality
  4. Form (look)

Kitchen Renovation Budget

Cabinets are the largest expense in a kitchen renovation, representing approximately 50% of the cost of a kitchen remodel, according to industry surveys. Cabinet budgets are affected by a number of factors. The type of drawers, finishes and options selected will affect costs. We work with every client to help ensure that the budget is sufficient to minimize surprises and to help achieve their goals.

Factors Affecting Cabinet Quality

There are three types of cabinets offered from a kitchen and bath showroom:

  1. Stock (good)
  2. Semi-Custom (better)
  3. Custom (best)

Stock cabinets are pre-manufactured in set sizes, usually in 3-inch increments. Stock cabinets do not have many custom features or options and come in a limited range of styles.

Semi-custom cabinets also are pre-manufactured but generally offer more sizes and options than stock counterparts.

Custom cabinets are built to order without restriction on size, features, finishes or materials.

Another factor influencing quality and price are the materials used to manufacturer kitchen cabinets. These include particle board, medium density fiberboard (MDF), plywood, solid wood and laminate/melamine which is laid over a substrate. Particle board is the lowest quality material, and we do not often recommend it because particle board is not moisture resistant.

Additionally, quality is influenced by the type of construction techniques used to manufacture the cabinet and the durability of the finish which we explain the differences during the selection process.

Kitchen Functionality

A well-designed kitchen is an organized kitchen. A great first step to create an organized kitchen is to write down everything you like and don’t like about your existing kitchen. Most semi-custom and all custom lines provide an array of storage and organizational options for most commonly used kitchen items from food stuffs to cutlery.

Cabinet Forms

There are two types of cabinets: framed and frameless. Framed cabinets have a wood frame that outlines the front of the cabinet box. Hinges and door runners attach to the frame.

Frameless cabinets don’t have a frame. Hinges and door runners attach to the inside walls of the cabinet box. There are benefits to both cabinet types. Frameless cabinets provide more storage area and generally are associated with modern design motifs. Framed cabinets are typically associated with more traditional or transitional designs. 

The Number One Cabinet Storage Solution

The Number One Cabinet Storage Solution

Kitchen Cabinet Storage SolutionsPull-out waste and recycling bin cabinets were the top-rated storage solution in a recent Houzz.com survey of homeowners undertaking a kitchen renovation. This does not surprise us because of the heavy lifting recycling and garbage bins perform in a well-designed kitchen. Many of our customers prefer pull-out options to floor standing alternatives for the following reasons:

  • Aesthetics: When bins are hidden inside a cabinet or drawer, they are out of sight but easily accessible. We have yet to find garbage cans and recycling bins that improve the look and feel of a new kitchen nor do most bins that fit under the sink provide the functionality that our customers need and deserve.
  • Flexibility: Pull-out containers can be incorporated in any design motif. Recycling and refuse containers fit seamlessly into a deep drawer. When closed, there is no evidence that the space is being used for rubbish and recyclables. Depending on kitchen size, we may recommend more than one pull out cabinet for waste and recycling containers.
  • Functionality: Pull out bins are easy to use. Plus, many of our clients appreciate when we place the pull-out drawer below a butcher block insert or designated prep area that allows home cooks to easily sweep waste into a garbage or compost bin. A great idea for smaller kitchens is a drawer above the pull-out cabinet that has a cutting board insert with a hole in it that allows home cooks to sweep waste directly into the bin and hide the cutting board away when not in use.
  • Environmental efficiency: Pull out drawers makes it easy to recycle or compost. We’ve specified pull outs with multiple bins used for paper, waste, glass and metal.
  • Odor control: Leftover cooking and kitchen product waste and containers can produce unpleasant odors, especially if our client indicates a preference for a composting bin. In those cases, we will recommend bins with lids and models specifically designed for compost.
  • Budget friendly: There are systems that can be custom designed depending on cabinet selection, plus there are opportunities to incorporate pull-out containers in any underused space in the kitchen.

We understand that you might not place recycling bins and garbage disposal at the top of your priority list when you envision your new dream kitchen. That’s why we ask our clients lots of questions relating to how they plan to use their new kitchen, how often they cook and entertain and their environmental preferences, among others to help assure that our recommendations not only result in a beautiful new space but one that is equally fun and easy to use.

 

Kitchen Remodeling Costs: Budget Breakdown

Kitchen Remodeling Costs: Budget Breakdown

Cost of Kitchen RemodelOne of the first questions we get from homeowners here at Sea Pointe is – “How much will my kitchen remodel cost?

Home remodeling is similar to purchasing a car—with so many options available, prices can range drastically. Although this is a very difficult question to answer briefly, we will try to help you understand some general pricing guidelines when considering a kitchen remodel in Orange County.

Based on Sea Pointe Construction’s more than 30 years of remodeling experience, we’ve listed below the three greatest drivers in kitchen remodeling costs.

Kitchen Cabinetry

Generally speaking, kitchen cabinets and installation can account for 40 to 50 percent of kitchen remodeling costs. When it comes to cabinetry, simply put, you get what you pay for. Outlined below are the key considerations associated with your three major options.

Refinishing Existing Cabinets:

  • Least expensive option
  • Involves lightly sanding and or stripping the old cabinetry finish and applying new stain or paint
  • No upgrade/alterations to cabinet quality and functionality
  • Depending on the size and complexity of the kitchen, costs fall between $2,500 to $25,000

Refacing Existing Cabinets:

  • Involves adding a very thin veneer to the outside of the existing cabinets and installing new doors and moldings
  • No upgrade/alterations to cabinet quality and functionality
  • Depending on the amount of cabinetry, costs fall between $15,000 to $35,000

Semi Custom or Custom Cabinetry:

  • Wide range of quality & finish options
  • Unlimited size modifications, maximizing storage and functionality
  • Freedom to mix/match wood species, finish stain or pain, door style and grazes.
  • Wide range of storage inserts and accessories
  • Each design decision will affect cost, but this option typically starts at $30,000.

Countertop Material

Countertops are another large ticket item that is typically surprising to most homeowners. The amount of counter space you have in your kitchen will affect how many pieces of slab materials you will need and the labor needed to fabricate the material. The cost of countertop slab materials such as quartz or natural granite can also have quite the range in pricing based on the design, quality, accessibility and where it was mined from.

Removing Structural Walls

Removing a structural wall is absolutely not an “as seen on TV” process. Structural engineering can also become necessary if you are relocating or adding a window or door in a new location. When incorporating a structural aspect to your project the cost for construction plans required by the building departments will increase as will the construction costs mostly in foundation and framing. These costs depend on the structure of your existing home and how small or large your project is. Plan on these costs starting at $10,000 to your remodel budget to include the additional construction documents, foundation and framing work needed.

Relocating Appliances and Plumbing

The space plan and layout of your kitchen also plays a large factor into the cost of a remodel. Relocating plumbing and electrical to accommodate a new kitchen appliance or sink layout can be labor intensive. Starting in the 1990s, most Orange County homes were built with a post-tension slab foundation. We proactively x-ray the slab to avoid any issues and then precisely trench concrete in preparation for the new plumbing or appliance relocation. For homes built on a raised foundation, the process is much less intensive and can keep some money in your pocket.

As a design/build company, we pride ourselves on working closely with our clients to design with them and make suggestions that give them their dream kitchen while making them feel comfortable with the investment they are making in their home.

 

Design Materials Worth a Second Look

Design Materials Worth a Second Look

Sea Pointe Design ElementsWhen planning any type of home remodel, it all comes down to design. There are certain design elements that will always evoke luxury and style; who hasn’t swooned over a fabulous marble or granite countertop at one time or another? Admired an exotic tigerwood hardwood floor or coveted unique architectural craftmanship in a home? We all have!

These types of design elements are MEANT to be admired. However, beautiful and luxurious design isn’t limited to only a few select materials. With today’s modern technology we are seeing some newcomers that are working hard to steal the show!

Quartz Reigns Supreme

It took a while for quartz countertops to make their way into the kitchen. The lack of color and finish variety was a major drawback for many homeowners. However, quartz is now easily and readily available in a wide range of colors and patterns, making it a highly sought-after product for high-end kitchen countertops. Quartz is anti-microbial, a breeze to maintain, extremely hardy and can last virtually forever.

Flooring Options

Hardwood floors are still the most popular choice when remodeling a home, but close on its heels is ceramic tile. No, we are not talking about your mom’s ceramic tile from back in the 80’s, but modern gorgeous ceramic that doesn’t even look like ceramic tile.

Thanks to technology, you can get ceramic tiles that look exactly like hardwood flooring, but with a material that is easier to maintain. In addition to wood, ceramic tiles can be designed to resemble a range of other materials as well, including natural stone. Even the surface texture is changed to mimic these materials. The sky is truly the limit when it comes to ceramic tile options, from unique patterns to countless sizes, we see why ceramic is becoming so popular.

We hope these newcomers will help inspire your own ideas for your home renovation. From functionality to aesthetics, today’s modern homes are the ultimate in luxury, and we can help make this a reality for you and your family.

How to Update Your Kitchen Design for 2018

How to Update Your Kitchen Design for 2018

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There is no arguing that the kitchen is the focal point of any home – it’s the one place that brings everyone together, whether for entertaining purposes or just as a gathering spot after a long busy day. Once upon a time, kitchens were considered just functional spaces where meals were prepared, and dishes washed. Not anymore! Today’s modern kitchens have evolved into the central hub of the home, brimming with updated technology and fabulous design style.

Oftentimes, when considering a home remodel, the kitchen is the very first place homeowners look to start. A gorgeous, multifunctional kitchen design can set the tone for the rest of the home. We have seen many kitchen design trends over the years, but the trends for 2018 are shaping up to provide us with even more incredible kitchen spaces.

Smart Kitchens

One of the biggest trends going into 2018 is the smart kitchen. Technology has made a grand entrance into the modern kitchen, and not just in the form of high end appliances and fancy gadgets. We are seeing technology being integrated into every function and appliance. From motion sensor faucets to refrigerators that can alert you to when your groceries are running low, technology is making a splash in a big way. There are even gadgets that can monitor your eggs and can tell you which ones are the freshest!

If you are replacing your cabinets during your kitchen renovation, consider adding a drawer or two that are equipped with power outlets. This ingenious design allows you to charge all your electronic devices, safely tucked away, without the unsightly mess of cords and equipment strewn all around the counters.

Your smartphone or tablet is also able to link to many of today’s kitchen appliances. There are ovens that can be operated right from your device, refrigerators that will allow you to peruse their items and even lights that can be controlled right from your phone.

Playing with Color

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White and grey cabinets continue to dominate as the top cabinet colors going into 2018. As with any modern design trend, clean and simple styles have become favorites for homeowners. They are beautiful, timeless and easily integrated into most kitchen design styles, which is why homeowners continue to love them.

Adding some contrast and interest however, another color palette is slowly making its way into the kitchen. Dark jewel tones, such as navy, emerald green, black and even plum are popping up all over. It might surprise you, but these dark colors, either in cabinets or as accent colors, work amazingly well to enhance a kitchen space and give it a dramatic and luxurious feel.

The importance of Project Planning When Remodeling

The importance of Project Planning When Remodeling

KEY POINTS TO CONSIDER

Sea Pointe ConstructionProject Planning for home remodel believes that attention to details and meticulous planning are essential to a successful design and residential remodel. Accounting for specific construction logistics before starting a project is something the Sea Pointe Construction team prides ourselves on. This extra effort is also what keeps a project on schedule and within budget. The same careful planning and consideration applies to homeowners thinking about a residential remodel. We find that prioritizing a remodel according to the following factors help homeowners though decisions that affect cost, lead time and aesthetic.

Needs vs. Wants

First, we advise homeowners to call out those areas of the home where they would like to see the most change versus those spaces that can do without a major modification. In other words, what spaces are fine with a “remove and replace” style remodel, and what spaces need a reworked space plan? Itemizing your remodel in such a way will help to keep you focused on results. It is easy to get caught up in all the “pretty & fun” elements of home remodeling, but a prioritized list will help to keep a project’s scope of work realistic.

Timeline

Everyone craves instant gratification but before ripping out your kitchen, be sure you have all plans and materials for your kitchen remodel ready to go! This is especially important when working with specialty design materials which may have longer lead times, such as tile or cabinets. Sea Pointe Construction schedules demolition days in accordance with material delivery dates.  Not planning accordingly will lead to unnecessary stress and an unexpectedly long project. Although you may be eager to get the job done in record time, do not start until all your ducks are in a row.

Design

The Sea Pointe Construction design team understands that clients are eager to jump into the design phase. After all, material selection and color renderings are arguably the most exciting part of any home remodel. However; before spending time with your designer in our showroom, we advise clients to research design styles and elements on websites such as Houzz and Pinterest. Being prepared with a broad design aesthetic helps your designer to understand your style. This can save time during design, moving your construction start date up on the calendar.