Custom Kitchen Cabinets

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Custom Kitchen Cabinets

Custom Kitchen Cabinets

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By: Sean McEvoy

There are many reasons homeowners choose custom kitchen cabinets over pre-built or semi-custom options. The configuration of a kitchen may require a custom design, the homeowner may have a very specific style in mind, or the options for semi-custom cabinets locally available may be limited. If custom kitchen cabinets are in your plans, you'll want to keep a few helpful hints in mind.

Smart Storage in a Kitchen Remodel

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Cramped Beginnings

When Thomasene and husband Stephen Collins bought their ranch house they recognized the house's urgent need for renovation to suit their lifestyle. The original kitchen and dining areas suffered from a chopped-up floor plan, which, although large, still managed to be inefficient.

A Floor Plan Fix

Opening walls at both ends of the kitchen brightened the entire space. It also allowed convenient access to utility areas that had previously been closed off.

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A Need for Easy Cleanup

Thomasene likes to maintain a "10-minute tidy-up" rule for her house, so she can get things company-ready in a flash. "I wanted everything to have a place," she says. "We entertain a lot and often spur of the moment, so I wanted to be able to clean it up quickly."

Smart Storage

Plentiful storage was a priority for their renovation, but it needed to be right at hand. A new square island, which is table-height, provides a spot for homework, projects and dining, with storage built in to the cabinet base. Bookshelves hold cookbooks, textbooks and homework. Drawers hold table linens. An extra trash built into the table speeds Thomasene's cleanup and eliminates multiple trips back and forth to the kitchen trash.

Placing Appliances

Thomasene and Stephen worked together to place appliances in a thoughtful manner. "We went through our list of appliances," says Thomasene, "taking into consideration that we did want the kids to be able to reach the microwave, but not the knives and other dangerous elements."

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A Charming Ceiling

Thomasene chose a warm wood paneled ceiling, which gleams with light from the newly brightened kitchen.

Cohesive Cabinetry

The mudroom connects visually with the kitchen by way of built-in cabinetry holding household files, charging stations and cleaning tools. Well-organized drawers corral the takeout menus and school communications that fill family life. A bank of cabinets disguises the inner workings of family life, including a corkboard installed behind a faux cabinet door.

Mudroom Storage

A bench and hooks just inside the back door give children a place to drop shoes, jackets and backpacks. "The lockers for the kids greatly help with being able to clean up quickly for company," says Thomasene. "I specifically wanted doors on them so that they would always look neat — we just don't let the guests open them." Cubbies above and drawers below hold seasonal items. A pretty Oriental runner softens the space.

A Workstation

Beyond the mudroom, a desk built into a niche provides the family with a mission-control center, with a sense of peace and quiet conducive to work. Financial and household papers get filed away in file drawers. Son Clayton surfs the Web on the family laptop.

Custom Drawers

Sarah modified a drawer beneath the desktop to hold the printer close at hand without hogging valuable counter space. A dark paint scheme defines the desk area, and task lighting lets Thomasene take care of business after hours.

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First, make sure you have a plan. Planning custom kitchen cabinets can now be done easily online, using a variety of planning tools available from large home design and home improvement retailers. The last thing you want to do is show up at the carpenter's without an idea of the style, design and layout you want for your kitchen cabinets, so be sure to do this homework up front.

One of the chief concerns when considering custom kitchen cabinets is price. By far, custom cabinets are the priciest option—with semi-stock and stock cabinets both generally costing much less. There are ways to make sure you don't go over budget on custom cabinets, though, including focusing on essential design elements and cutting out extras like glazing, intricate word working or specialty storage features. And when you're budgeting, be sure to price out the cost of labor, and round up—cabinets can often run over scope and over budget due to unforeseen installation issues or incremental additions to the job.

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