Builder's Corner: Choosing cabinets

2014-02-01T10:15:00Z Builder's Corner: Choosing cabinetsMichelle Krueger Times Correspondent
February 01, 2014 10:15 am  • 

When it comes to choosing the best cabinet type for your kitchen and bathrooms – whether building new or remodeling – it’s important to consider all your options and keep an open mind.

According to the pros at HGTV, well-built, inexpensive cabinetry can look spectacular and may be well suited for many applications. That being said, constructing and installing cabinetry can be tricky so it’s best to leave it to skilled professionals unless you are an experienced DIYer.

For cabinet quality grade (ready-to-assemble, stock, semi-custom or custom), it’s best to decide upfront what your budget or allowance will be so you can determine the cabinetry lines and options that work best for your situation. Typically, cabinetry prices are measured in lineal feet, ranging from around $50-$500 per lineal foot (installation costs may be included but are often separate) and there multiple options to consider in most price ranges.

With four basic types of cabinets to meet all your needs, it’s best to stick with standard sizes whenever possible:

• Standard base cabinets measure 24 inches deep and 36 inches tall and usually rest on a four-inch recessed riser called a toe kick for ease of use. Depth may be increased up to 27 inches on some semi-custom and custom applications.

• Upper cabinetry is generally 12 inches deep but can also be increased to 17 inches on some semi-custom and custom applications.

• Tall cabinets are typically 83.5 inches in height, serving as pantry space/broom storage.

• Specialty units that maximize square footage and organization include corner cabinets, sink/cooktop fronts, suspended units, specialized pullout drawers, hutches, bottle racks and appliance garages.

While the design and aesthetics of cabinetry typically define the overall appearance of kitchens and baths, there is also great emphasis on function. The recent growth in readily available specialty units, as well as universal design elements that appeals to people of all ages with special physical needs are prime examples to consider when designing or redesigning these high traffic areas of your home.

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