First Things First
Over the past decade a number of TV shows that focus on remodeling and renovation have gained a large viewing audience. One of the most important lessons to be learned from these shows is the role of a professional designer. It’s simply a fact of life that we all have our specialties, and a lot of us missed out on the design gene. The ability to take a normal space, such as a kitchen, and create a functional and attractive finished area is a gift few of us have.
When it comes to those kitchen spaces, professional design must be the starting point to achieve both the look and the practical use that is desired in this all-important part of the modern home. That design will first and foremost focus on the cabinets that are selected and installed. Any homeowner can tell you the importance of this primary element for a kitchen that works or fails the test.
The really good news is that both professional designers and quality, customized cabinets are affordable for any budget, home design and lifestyle. In fact, the customized cabinet industry has matured to the point that experienced, professional firms now have significant technology and talent to make their businesses a real boon to the homeowner.
New Construction or Replacement Cabinets
Professional real estate agents will tell you that one of the first things that potential buyers want to see is the kitchen. In that room, the cabinets are one of the most scrutinized elements. They play a major role in deciding whether the entire home is a possibility for purchase. Older homes often have cabinets that were constructed and installed without the benefit of today’s technology and materials. However, even these cabinets can be modified and upgraded to add utility and attractiveness.
For new construction, quality builders today appreciate the role of professional cabinet design and construction. Cabinets are no longer an afterthought; they serve as the focal point of how the entire kitchen is built out. Making cabinets a priority is a key selling point of many home builders.
Adding the Personal Touch
If you are considering the design of a new home or remodeling an existing kitchen, here are a few tips that will ensure you get the cabinets that you will appreciate for years to come.
1. Choose a cabinet maker that is first and foremost a qualified carpenter.
2. Work with a firm that provides professional design services to maximize your storage area and fit with appliances and available space.
3. Take time to evaluate the materials and modern conveniences offered, such as sliding storage accessories.
4. Check the firm’s installed work and referrals.
5. Set a realistic budget for your needs and expectations.
6. Make sure the installation is done by professional carpenters.
7. Have a clear and definitive contract with progress payments and guarantees.
You can have the cabinets that you want and will enjoy. Professional custom cabinet firms are available to provide cabinets that are attractive and functional.