Planning a Kitchen Renovation: Part 1 – Cabinets

Kitchen remodeling will increase the design, function and resale value of a home.

Kitchen Reno HansonWhen shopping for a home, most people start in the kitchen. It’s the most important room from a functionality and design standpoint. If you plan to sell within 3 to 5 years, focus on a small kitchen renovation that updates a few main areas, such as the cabinets and the counter top. If you plan to stay for 7 to 10 years, you may want to add in appliances and some new tile.

Here are some quick tips to consider when planning your kitchen Renovation: Start with your Cabinets as they are usually the most expensive item in a kitchen remodel. You have several different options depending on your budget and style including: Stock, Semi-Custom, or Custom. Framed Versus Frame-less, Accessories & Hardware.


Stock, Semi-Custom, or Custom:

Stock Cabinets are either immediately available or can usually be ordered for delivery within a few weeks. Quality ranges widely, so check their features and workmanship.

Semi-Custom cabinets, in stock sizes, let the customer choose different doors and drawer styles and finishes. They usually take about six to eight weeks for delivery.

Custom cabinets’ biggest issues are price and long lead times and are cabinets built specifically for your home, usually by hand by a specialist cabinet builder.


Framed Versus Frame-less:

With framed cabinets, the frame shows around the doors. Frame-less cabinet doors cover the frames for a sleeker look. Framed cabinet construction provides more stability than frame-less units. However, the resulting smaller openings affect the size of drawers and roll-out shelves.  There are some framed cabinet designs that can give you a frame-less look, this can be called a full overlay.

Frame-less cabinets form a box, don’t require a front frame for stability or squareness and have larger door and drawer openings. The drawbacks are the need for careful planning (and sometimes the use of fillers) to make sure you have proper door clearances.


Types of Cabinets, Accessories & Hardware: When you order cabinets and/or draw up a plan, you’ll be defining the type of unit and showing its location and special features.

Cabinet types include base, wall, corner, peninsula corner, appliance garages, microwave cabinets, and pantry cabinets.

Accessories include draws (with cutlery/silverware trays, bread boxes, and spice rakes); pull-out shelves, cutting boards, tow racks, and bins (wastebasket, recycling, vegetable, etc); lazy Susan’s; tilt-out trays (at sink front); plat and wine racks; special shelving (opening and on inside face of cabinet doors); glass doors; extended stile (to fill extra space between wall and cabinet); moldings; and matching panels for appliances.

Remodeling is a rewarding and yes stressful process. Besides adding value to your home a good kitchen remodel will increase the functionality your house and make your home more enjoyable.

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Almar Building & Remodeling Co (Hanover Ma). As a third generation family owned and operated company for over 50 years Almar Building has all the benefits of a small company with the options of a larger company. From Additions, Kitchens, Bathroom, Basement Renovations, Siding, Windows, to Doors Almar services the entire South Shore of Massachusetts including: Hanover, Hingham, Pembroke, Norwell, Scituate, Cohasset, Duxbury, Hanson, Abington, Rockland, Holbrook, Braintree, Weymouth, Milton, and many more towns.


Craig Guido

With 20 years of remodeling experience both in the field and working in collaboration with homeowners to develop remodeling projects designed to fit your lifestyle.