Designing Your Kitchen for Your Budget

 


Article by: Karen S. Weiner

"How come it costs that much?" That must be one of the questions that I hear the most often when I submit price quotations for kitchen , The Practicalities of Walk In Bathtubs cabinetry to homeowners. Although it is true that cabinetry can be designed to be low-budget, middle-range, or high-end, there are so many factors involved that can easily push an intended low-budget project into a higher price range.

The place , Can't Find Anything in Your Closet? A Closet Organizer will Solve Your Problems! to start when designing kitchen , Why Would I Consider Installing Roofing Shingles in Cold Weather? cabinets for a specific budget is doors. , Types of disposable wipers sold in the current cleaning and health markets. There are more door , Garage Flooring, Floor Coverings, Floor Material, Epoxy, Concrete Floor Paint, & Floor Coatings options available than most people realize, and each option will affect your over-all budget. From least expensive to costliest, door , Out Clocks - Variety and Choice styles are available as follows:

1)Melamine. These are flush doors , How Your Light Fitting Could Save You Money! (no panels or profile details), and are available in a wide range of colours , Wicker Patio Sets and patterns, from solid colours , Toxic Mold Syndrome - Also Known As Sick Building Syndrome to imitation wood, , Marble Fireplaces and countless others. The newer "thermo-fused melamine" doors , Hardwood Versus Laminate Flooring - The Truth! have a very thin layer of melamine paper applied to a substrate panel-style door. , Linoleum Flooring: The Truth about Today's Linoleum They are inexpensive and not very durable. These should not be used near sources of water , Fight Mold the Safe and Natural Way or heat, , Welding Basics For Beginners or where frequent washing will be required.

2)Wood veneer. These are flush doors , Pergo Floors - Pick Model Right for You made with a thin layer of wood , Important Issues When Purchasing A Ladder over a substrate material. Birch, maple, oak, and ash are all in the same price range, while any exotic or more rare woods , Mr. and Mrs. Do-It-Yourselfers (mahogany, cherry, walnut"¦) will increase the cost. These are often found in modern style kitchens. , Marble Fireplaces

3)Wood frame with veneered panels. These doors , Pergo Floors - Pick Model Right for You have frames made of solid wood, , Can't Find Anything in Your Closet? A Closet Organizer will Solve Your Problems! and recessed flush panels made of a veneered substrate. A common style among this type of door , 10 Things to Consider When Remodeling Your Kitchen is Shaker. The wood , Types of disposable wipers sold in the current cleaning and health markets. species chosen will affect the price.

4)Plastic laminate. , Linoleum Flooring: The Truth about Today's Linoleum Looks much like melamine doors, , The Changing Face Of DIY Stores but of higher quality, and much more durable. Wider range of patterns and colours , Welding Basics For Beginners available. Laminates , Linoleum Flooring: The Truth about Today's Linoleum have a dark brown core, so depending on the colour , Effects Of Water Softener Discharge on Septic Systems of the laminate , Planning Permission Tips UK - How to Avoid Boundary Disputes when Extending or Redeveloping a Site chosen, you may see dark brown lines at all the joints - at each edge of each door, , Engineered Hardwood Flooring: Reliable Floors to the Core and so on.

5)Wood frame with wood , Best Air Mattress, Your Magic Carpet To Slumberland! panels. These have frames and panels made of solid wood. , Building a Backyard Play Structure The panel usually has a raised detailing. These are often found in traditional style kitchens. , The Changing Face Of DIY Stores Again, the choice of wood , Heat Pump Buying Tips affects the price.

6)Wood or lacquer painted frame with panels of another material. These doors , Best Air Mattress, Your Magic Carpet To Slumberland! have wood, , The Changing Face Of DIY Stores or lacquer painted, frames and another material used for the panel. The other material can be anything, and it is this other material that will greatly affect the cost. Common panel materials include glass, , The Changing Face Of DIY Stores painted finishes, plastic laminates, , The Changing Face Of DIY Stores metal , Factors that Constitute a Quality Laminate Floor (perforated, brushed, hammered, etc.), cork, and even wall , The Changing Face Of DIY Stores coverings (such as grass-cloth) applied to a substrate.

7)Thermoplastic. These doors , Toxic Mold Syndrome - Also Known As Sick Building Syndrome are not manufactured by the average cabinetmaker; they are factory-made. Thermoplastics come in a variety of colours , Can't Find Anything in Your Closet? A Closet Organizer will Solve Your Problems! and finishes, but the most common are still the glossy white, , How To Choose Air Purifiers and the imitation wood. , Best Air Mattress, Your Magic Carpet To Slumberland! More durable and more attractive than melamine. About the same price range as wood doors. , Building a Backyard Play Structure Some manufacturers , Why Would I Consider Installing Roofing Shingles in Cold Weather? are now advertising "thermo-fused melamine" - be careful because the two are not the same at all.

8)Lacquer painted. These doors , Fight Mold the Safe and Natural Way are usually lacquer painted MDF, but it is the lacquering work that increases the cost because more labour , Heat Pump Buying Tips and specialized painting , Fight Mold the Safe and Natural Way equipment is involved. These are not "painted" cabinets. Lacquer is applied in the form of a spray, over a sprayed-on primer, and no brush marks or other irregularities are visible at all. If you choose a special finish, such as glazing, the cost increases a bit more.

9)Stainless steel. These doors , Planning Permission Tips UK - How to Avoid Boundary Disputes when Extending or Redeveloping a Site are usually not made by a cabinetmaker's shop, but are subcontracted out to a metal , How To Choose Air Purifiers shop. They are, without a doubt, the most expensive of your door , Effects Of Water Softener Discharge on Septic Systems options.

Because the finished sides have to match the doors, , Fight Mold the Safe and Natural Way your door , Can't Find Anything in Your Closet? A Closet Organizer will Solve Your Problems! selection affects the cabinetry itself. So the cabinetry for lacquered cabinets will be costlier than for melamine. The finished side panels to match any wood doors , Planning Permision Tips UK - 6 Common Design Mistakes When Extending a Residential Property are veneered; solid wood , Pergo Floors - Pick Model Right for You would not be as dimensionally stable (it would warp or bow), and would be astronomically priced. Then you have to consider the interiors , Basement Floor Heating: Q&A of your cabinets. The standard is white , The Changing Face Of DIY Stores melamine on the inside , Building a Backyard Play Structure of cabinets, unless something different is requested. The most economical choice, if you do not like the idea of white, , Building a Backyard Play Structure is melamine to match the doors. , An Overview of Solar Cells Through The Years Using a more expensive material inside , Toxic Mold Syndrome - Also Known As Sick Building Syndrome the cabinets is not advisable: why spend money on wood , Conventional Steam Saunas vs. Infrared Saunas veneer or lacquer that is more likely to be damaged by pots , How Your Light Fitting Could Save You Money! or dishes being scrubbed against the surfaces? And why put a pricier material that you would then want to protect with shelf-liners, so you would then never see the wood , Why Would I Consider Installing Roofing Shingles in Cold Weather? or lacquer anyway?

The countertops are the other major price-affecting selection. The truth is, there are really only two price groups for counters. The plastic laminate , How to change the mood and atmosphere in your home with lighting counters are the economical choice, and not a bad choice as they are very durable and are now available in some amazing textures and patterns, plus they can be dressed up with wood , Sewing Machines - Quick & Easy Sewing One Stitch At A Time or solid-surfacing edges. All other counter materials tend to be comparable in cost - granite, solid surfacing (Corian, Silestone, etc"¦), concrete, , Air-Purifiers Breathe Easy In Fresh Air and stainless steel. Concrete , Air-Purifiers Breathe Easy In Fresh Air countertops are quite expensive because of the fact that they are still relatively uncommon, and therefore a specialty-item - you cannot go purchase these just anywhere. Ceramic tiled countertops are the only real mid-priced option. They require a high-quality tile , Building A Home: 6 Things Your Builder Will Not Tell You be used, otherwise chips and cracks will be unavoidable. The grout also has to be high quality and safe , Marble Fireplaces for food , Factors that Constitute a Quality Laminate Floor preparation areas, and it must be sealed. Marble, which tends to be a bit less expensive than granite, should not be used in kitchens, , The Changing Face Of DIY Stores as it is porous and prone to staining.

What people find most surprising is that the final touches can become very expensive as well. Handles and knobs range in price from about $2 each all the way up to over $30 each. Kitchens , Welding Basics For Beginners commonly require about 25 handles, so that creates a price difference of $700 right there. A reasonable amount to plan , Garage Flooring, Floor Coverings, Floor Material, Epoxy, Concrete Floor Paint, & Floor Coatings on for handles is $5 to $8 each. The other "budget buster" is the accessories. , Should You Choose A Window Awning? Built-in spice racks, garbage cans, drawer dividers, pull-outs, and the like tend to be quite costly. Some of these gadgets are incredibly practical though, so try to determine which you would need and which appeal to you mostly because they are just really neat add-ons.

There is one aspect that you should never scrimp on just to save , Kitchen Faucet Buying Tips a few dollars, and that is installation. Imperfect installation of even the best-made cabinets will result in doors , Engineered Hardwood Flooring: Reliable Floors to the Core and drawers that do not close properly, or that look poorly constructed. A good rule-of-thumb is that you should have anything custom-made installed by the specialist that fabricated the item.

Cabinetry for the average sized kitchen , Factors that Constitute a Quality Laminate Floor can cost anywhere from about $7,000 all the way up to significantly over $30,000. It is often said that a home's kitchen , Best Air Mattress, Your Magic Carpet To Slumberland! (including appliances, cabinetry, flooring, , Best Air Mattress, Your Magic Carpet To Slumberland! lighting, labour, , Toxic Mold Syndrome - Also Known As Sick Building Syndrome and more) should cost about 15% of the value of the house, , Important Issues When Purchasing A Ladder so a $250,000 home's kitchen , An Interview with Design Psychology Expert Jeanette Fisher should cost about $37,500 if you want to go by this method of budgeting. There are a few things to consider with this: the size of the kitchen , Types of disposable wipers sold in the current cleaning and health markets. plays a major role in determining the budget - of course a larger kitchen , Planning Permission Tips UK - How to Avoid Boundary Disputes when Extending or Redeveloping a Site will be more expensive to redo than a small one; a home , Toxic Mold Syndrome - Also Known As Sick Building Syndrome built in the 1900's will likely be costlier to renovate than a home , Linoleum Flooring: The Truth about Today's Linoleum built in the 1970's; your preferences will affect the budget; and this is a figure that was developed as a guideline to some extent - it is not necessary to follow it. Based on projects handled by Idealspace Design, , Mr. and Mrs. Do-It-Yourselfers we have seen that the cabinetry (including countertops, handles, and installation) usually equals about 30% of the total renovation budget of a kitchen. , The Changing Face Of DIY Stores These figures are to help you develop an idea of the budget range you should be expecting, they vary greatly from one project to the next.
Karen S. Weiner is the owner and principal interior designer , The Practicalities of Walk In Bathtubs of Idealspace Design. , Remodelling Your Bathroom On A Budget Established in 1997, Idealspace Design , How Your Light Fitting Could Save You Money! offers a full range of interior design , Sewing Machines - Quick & Easy Sewing One Stitch At A Time services to home- and business-owners alike. Serving Montreal (QC) and surrounding areas. http://www.idealspacedesign.com

Brendon Sawatzky is the owner of Pointe-Claire Cabinets Inc. and has over 13 years experience in the kitchen , Basement Dehumidifier Basics and cabinetry industries. Pointe-Claire Cabinets offers custom-made cabinetry for kitchens , An Interview with Design Psychology Expert Jeanette Fisher and washrooms to home-owners in and around Montreal. They also manufacture custom entertainment units. http://www.pointeclairecabinets.com

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