Kitchen Remodeling: An Epic Breakdown Part 2
In the first part of this series, we talked about how to save money on your kitchen remodeling project. We will continue with the same tips and tricks in this part, but add a twist. In the second part of this series, we are going to give you advice on how to purchase the items for your kitchen. By reading our tips, you will learn how to save money on your kitchen improvements, and about ways to make your kitchen remodel go smoothly.
So, you’re remodeling your kitchen…
If you are embarking on a kitchen remodel by yourself, take these few moments to pat yourself on the back. Though a DIY kitchen remodel will save you money, the road ahead of you can be long and arduous. And, if you don’t have the right knowledge before remodeling your kitchen, you could make big mistakes. This blog series is meant to help you through the process of your kitchen remodel and offer you ways to save money, time, and stress.
Don’t go with custom cabinetry.
Trust us, though the allure of custom cabinetry can be evident, the expense of it can be daunting. Local craftsmen have to pay for their time and labor. Because of this, custom — well, anything — will be more expensive. It is hard to admit but factory, made-to-order cabinets are the best, most affordable option for you. Instead of paying for the materials and the labor of the cabinets, with factory-made cabinets, you are only paying for the materials of the cabinet. Also, with factory cabinets, you get to have warranties of up to 25 years on any cabinets, accessories, workmanship, and internal hardware. With custom craftsmen, you, as they say, “get what you get.”
By relying on a factory-made cabinet, you get computerized cutting tools, controlled environments, and baked-on finishes to your product. With craftsmen, their workshop is less precise and can have areas that warp or splinter the wood of your cabinets before you even receive them. Also, since your custom cabinets are handmade, they are more prone to inconsistencies with the cut. With factory products, you never have to wonder about the quality of the item or if the lines of the wood will be precise — you know they are.
Lastly, it is a little-known fact that factory-made cabinets have finishes that will last longer. The finishes are the protective coating of each cabinet, and they ensure its protection after years of use. Both factory-made cabinets and custom cabinets will have a finish on the final product; however, factory, baked-on finishes are far more durable and last a lot longer.
Under-cabinet lighting is a must! If you want your backsplashes to ‘pop,’ lighting is a key ingredient to the perfect kitchen. Though you should think about the lighting of the overall kitchen, under-cabinet lighting is another factor to include as well. With this style of lighting, you will typically have two choices: Xenon and LED. Both of these are great options for lighting; however, they can be slightly expensive, especially based on which type of lighting you go with. LED lighting, though the most popular, can be the most costly. Today, this type of lighting ranges from $75 to $190 for a 24-inch cabinet uninstalled.
Though under-cabinet lighting can be a more expensive option for your kitchen, it cannot be denied that it amplifies the look of your kitchen and showcases the color or design of your kitchen’s backsplash.
At Miami Best Contractor, we can offer you high-quality kitchen remodeling services. Instead of braving your new kitchen remodeling project by yourself, hire a professional to help you through the process. Contact us today.