Kitchen Cabinet Refacing vs. Replacing
Cabinets play an important role in the kitchen and take up a large part of the space. They largely determine the appearance and functionality of the room. Because of their importance, chances are you won’t love your kitchen if you don’t love your cabinets. “Sometimes it’s really easy,” says Joe Maykut, product manager at Sears Home Services. With many viewing the kitchen as the heart of the home, updating its look and feel is often high on homeowners’ to-do lists. However, the effort and expense of intestinal rehabilitation can get in the way. Fortunately, according to Maykut, “there is a trade-off between doing nothing and giving it all”.
Since they “essentially run or destroy the kitchen”, upgrading the cabinets can be an inexpensive way to get effective results without the high cost and inconvenience of a major renovation. Homeowners looking for a new look for their closets usually weigh two options: redesigning the closet, adding new doors and drawer fronts to the existing cabinet frame, or replacing the cabinet. Refacing is the less invasive (and less expensive) of the two options, but despite the higher price tag, replacement “makes most sense in certain situations,” Maykut said. For more information on each approach, as well as the differences between the two, read on!
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For the budget conscious homeowner, closet redesign offers what Joe Maykut of Sears Home Services calls “tremendous value”. Because the finished project gives the kitchen a completely new look, but the work is limited to the cabinet doors and drawer fronts. The cabinet frames – the boxes that contain the shelves and drawers – all stay in place. By strategically focusing on the doors, you can save “a small fortune in labor and material costs,” Maykut says, but ultimately the scope of the project depends on how you – and all the professionals involved – decide how to handle the doors .
There are a number of approaches. One possibility: If you don’t like the style of your existing cabinet doors, but you don’t like the finish, you may be able to apply a new coat of paint or a new stain. “Traditional refinishing isn’t always possible,” Maykut notes. “It depends on what material the cabinets are made of.” For cabinet fronts made from a material that cannot be painted or stained, many homeowners consider adding a veneer. Others opt to install new cabinet doors, especially if the existing doors are damaged or go out of style. Regardless of the route, Maykut finds that your kitchen doesn’t have to be out of order for several weeks.
For all its merits, cabinet redesign is not the right choice for every homeowner. For example, if you don’t like the current layout of your cabinets, “a makeover would be secondary,” Maykut says. A new look for the cabinets would not change or improve their usability. If your cabinets are poorly designed or compromised in some way, Maykut believes that paying to redesign them would be “throwing good money after bad.” To find the best approach for your needs, Maykut recommends meeting with a contractor who can advise you on your options. Call for quotes from contractors in your area or contact Sears Home Services for a free consultation at your home.
While the redesign only affects the look of your cabinets, the replacement opens up the possibility of fundamentally changing the layout and functionality of your kitchen. Of course, you can always replace new cabinets in the place of the old set. Homeowners who choose to have a replacement usually do so for reasons beyond aesthetics, Maykut says. “They want a kitchen that reflects not just their style, but the way they cook and eat and entertain.” In other words, new cabinets can transform the kitchen to better suit your family’s habits and needs.
The more improvements you plan, the larger and more complex the project becomes. In the kitchen in particular, where so many components fit together closely, renovations often require the orchestration of a number of separate but interrelated projects. For example, Maykut explains, “If you remove the base units from part of the kitchen, you have to add flooring to where they once stood.” Similarly, once you have decided where to look for new countertops, you might be tempted to look for new countertops. to install new cabinets. One thing leads to another, which means that replacing the cabinet, which is already more labor-intensive and expensive, can result in significantly higher costs than reworking.
While some homeowners are considering rethinking a home improvement job, for everyone but the ambitious, cabinet replacement is a task best left to the professionals. But whichever route you choose, even if you leave the heavy lifting to the contractors, you need to make the final design decisions. A little guide along the way can smooth the process. In fact, one reason to choose Sears Home Services is because the company can walk you through an otherwise potentially overwhelming process right from the start. Of particular value, Sears stands out by “bringing the showroom into your home” according to Maykut, so that you can “see the products in the environment in which they will be installed”.
The kitchen plays a central role in the life of every household. Here you pour your first cup of coffee in the morning, conjure up casual family dinners and lovingly prepare celebratory meals. Rebuild it and you will live with the result for years to come. Don’t you want to be sure that your kitchen will become a space you will love? Contact Sears Home Services for a little peace of mind. The company even backs their work with a satisfaction guarantee so your relationship with Sears is just beginning at the very moment your local contractor may be saying goodbye.
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