Of all of the home updates that you can make on your house, investing in custom made cabinets is one of the most effective. If you are remodeling your home to resell it, you probably already know the look and feel of the kitchen and bathrooms are the most important selling feature of a house… And having custom made cabinets is a great selling feature of your kitchen or bathroom. If you are making updates to your home just to love it a little bit more, installing custom made cabinets makes the whole home feel higher-quality, especially if you have an open concept floor plan that is so popular these days. If you are ready to make the leap and invest custom made cabinets, here are a few considerations you’ll need to make:
- Cabinet Material
Solid wood cabinets are the winning choice; it is timeless, and won’t go out of style if you decide to put your home on the market in ten or 15 years. If you want a more modern or industrial look, stainless steel or metal cabinetry are nice options to consider. We recommend spending the money on good quality cabinet material; your investment is not going to be worth as much nor look as good if your cabinets are made out of cheap particleboard with veneer glued on top.
- Panel Style
The style of the cabinet doors that you have installed on your custom cabinetry can be made to match whatever your taste is. Whether you like the clean modern feel, or the traditional look, or country style cabinetry, these styles all come from the style of the panels used in your cabinets. A few tips while picking out cabinet doors that you should keep in mind:
- The more elaborate the wood detailing on your cabinet doors, the more expensive they are, and the harder they are to upkeep. Your fancy raised panels will not look as nice if they’re dusty and caked with grease.
- While you should definitely pick cabinet doors that you love, try to avoid getting too trendy, as trends go out of style and then become considered unattractive. In the 90s, it was popular for cabinet doors to be made out of oak (or oak-looking material), now that same yellowish oak cabinetry is considered outdated and detracts home buyers.
- Cabinet Door Mounting Type
The mounting options that you use for your custom cabinet doors will determine how it opens and closes. Commonly, doors are overlaid to cover the cabinet casing, so that only the frame of the cabinet case is visible. Otherwise, you could opt for a full overlay mounting, where nothing but the doors can be seen. Sometimes modern style cabinets use inset doors that are flush with the frame, for more minimalized look– this style is less common than others though.
- Cabinetry Finish
In the likely event that you opt for cabinets made out of wood, you will need to decide the finish of them. You can opt to have the natural wood exposed with just a sealant for protection. You can choose to have it stained, which gives you the option of making it look like a more expensive type of wood. You can even choose to have your cabinets painted. If you really what a unique look, you could opt for a decorative finish such as distressing to make it look aged, or tinted glaze. The finish you choose for your wood cabinets will have a huge impact on the aesthetics of it. Of course, as we previously mentioned, we do not recommend going with the finish that is too trendy or conspicuous, as it will be more obvious once it is goes out of style.
- Cabinetry Door Hardware
The hardware used on the hinges, knobs, and handles of your cabinetry will have a big impact on the final look, as well as the efficiency of them. You can choose cabinetry hardware that gives it a more contemporary, traditional, country, or industrial look and feel. The nice thing is that as your styles change, it is pretty easy to change the hardware out down the road.
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