Kitchen Redesign: Choosing New Kitchen Cabinets
August 31, 2011
New York City kitchens are unique spaces. They are often smaller than the chef in each of us may desire, and they are also – in many ways – the heart of our homes. When guests are over, many will inevitably convene in the kitchen – and often, without a true dining room, we serve our guests in the kitchen as well. Therefore, it’s especially important, when designing or redesigning your New York City kitchen space, to pick the most attractive, most functional, and most impressive cabinetry for your home.
As with any major home improvement project, the most important thing you can do for a successful redesign is to prepare and plan. Really understand what you want out of your redesign. What about the current setup of the kitchen is working for you? What isn’t working? How can the functionality of the space be improved? Having a clear understanding of what you want and what will improve your space will ultimately lead you to long-term happiness with your results.
Now that you are aware of what you want out of your kitchen cabinets, it’s time to start choosing what kind to buy. There are three major groups of kitchen cabinets to choose from: stock, semi-custom, and custom. Your budget and your specific needs will be major determining factors in which group you essentially go with. Stock cabinets, the most affordable option of the three, come in generalized size options and can be purchased from any local store selling cabinetry. With semi-custom cabinets, you will be able to make some alterations to the size and style of the cabinets, but will still remain within the constraints of certain stock options. With custom cabinets, which are the most expensive option, you have complete control over the size and style of your cabinets.
In terms of kitchen cabinet style, there are two major choices for style: face-framed and frameless. Face-framed, the most common cabinet option in the United States, are wood cabinets set in a frame of wood with doors on that frame. With frameless construction, more common in Europe, cabinets are made individually, like boxes. Doors on frameless cabinets generally have a small gab between them.
Once you have decided on the size and style of your cabinets, it’s on to accessories. Like accessories to any outfit, accessories to your cabinetry are the jewelry that make your cabinet identifiably “you”. Here, you have the opportunity to pick features for your cabinets that will specifically cater to your needs, such as built in spice racks, spaces built especially for wine and wine glasses, and even display spaces for special plates and other items.
Beyond accessories, you also have the opportunity to adorn your cabinets with hardware, such as specialty knobs, that reflect your sense of style.
While you’re amidst your kitchen redesign, now might also be the time to consider your countertop. Does your counter reflect your personal style? Does it complement your brand new cabinetry? If not, it may be time to continue the redesign and pick out the countertop that will make your kitchen the most perfect space it can be!