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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.

 

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 Ultimate Tile Guide

The Ultimate Tile Guide

Surface Selection 101Sea Pointe Stand Out Tile

Tile allows for originality and creates that wow-factor in kitchens and bathrooms. With endless options and possibilities, clients oftentimes have a hard time making a decision. Courtesy of the Sea Pointe Construction Design Team, below are some of our favorite tile options, combinations and applications.

Sophisticated Stone

For a client seeking an elegant and understated tile that doesn’t compromise on design and style, we suggest employing a marble mosaic. When an ultra-stylish design feature, such as a mosaic, comes together with an elegant and timeless design material, such as marble, the results are stunning.

Vibrant Variety

“When it comes to mixing and matching tile, harmony is key” says Sea Pointe Designer, Georgia Clarke. Indecisiveness is inevitable when it comes to tile selection, and we always encourage our clients to think outside the box. Limiting a kitchen remodel or bathroom design to one or two simple tiles is ordinary. At Sea Pointe Construction, we believe every design can be unique!  With professional design guidance, featuring four different tiles in a shower can be stunningly seamless!

Retro Reinvented

Subway style tile has been a staple of design since its inception. That being said, there are so many ways to take this classic design element to the next level. Utilizing materials such as metal or glass, will bring a breath of fresh air into a subway tile feature. Consider alternative patterns, such as herringbone, when using glass tiles.

Percaline Perfection

Porcelain tile “wood” planks have been pushed to the front lines of flooring options. Available in various colors and sizes, this is a great option for homeowners who love the wood floor aesthetic, but have concerns about durability and longevity. Not to mention, porcelain tile wood planks keep perfectly cool in our Southern California climate. But why limit this versatile design material to flooring? Explore the option of porcelain tile wood planks on walls for a stylized design aesthetic. You won’t be disappointed!

Distinctive Design

Don’t shy away from unconventional designs!  Any type of home remodeling is a large investment of not only time, but also money. When it’s all said and done, a newly remodeled space should be a reflection of the homeowner. We encourage clients to select materials that excite them and bring life into a space. We want every client to feel like a “kid in a candy shop” during the design process and it’s our duty to translate that excitement into a beautiful design.

Time Conscious & Budget Focused Remodeling

Time Conscious & Budget Focused Remodeling

Sea Pointe Budget Conscious RemodelingHome remodeling projects are typically a large investment of not only money, but time. The most important thing you can do when considering a remodel, is planning your project from start to finish. If a kitchen remodel is not planned upfront, you can easily become overloaded and stressed throughout the process. Consider reaching out to a professional to help take the load off. Below are some tips and tricks we share with our clients during the planning phase to help make their projects more manageable.

Needs versus Wants

Make a list of those areas which you want to see the most change, versus those where you can do without a major modification. Itemizing your remodel in such a way will help keep you focused on results. It is easy to get caught up in all the “pretty & fun” elements of home remodeling, but a priority list will keep your project on track and within budget.

Create a Timeline

Everyone craves instant gratification, but before you rip off your backsplash, be sure to know when the replacement will be arriving! Not planning for material selection, lead time and installation properly, is a common oversight when scheduling a remodel. Not planning accordingly, will lead to unnecessary stress, a lengthy job and costly expedited shipping fees. Although you may be eager to get the job done in record time, do not start until you’re confident in your game plan.

Update Hardware & Fixtures

So, you want to give your cabinets a new look without ripping everything out and starting fresh. How about replacing your fixtures and hardware to give your kitchen a brighter, more updated feel? For those kitchens with old-school oil rubbed bronze knobs & pulls, finding a replacement knob to match the design style of the space might be challenging. Consider changing the look of your kitchen by changing the hardware color to gold or brass. That color palette is beautiful for hardware and is coming back in a big way!

Remnant Stone

For those smaller areas of the home, like a secondary bathroom vanity, or bar top area where you’d love to have a natural stone detail, you can ask your slab yard if they have a remnant stone! These hidden gems are usually pieces of stone leftover from larger jobs, but can be used in smaller applications for a fraction of the price! And the best part is, no one would ever know the difference.

Remove & Replace

For those kitchen or bathroom remodels working within a tight budget, we recommend a “remove & replace” type remodel. This means that there are minimal or no alterations made to the plumbing within the home. Remove and replace is for those clients who need general updates to the space and is not for those clients who have a problem with the actual layout of the space. Remove and replace significantly cuts costs of the remodel, which may give a client the freedom to splurge on another area of the home like a fabulous backsplash or killer flooring.