Remodeling takes off in the springtime as people receive their income tax refunds –
Now is the time to plan. Figure out what your budget will be, what you want to spend and the absolute, outside limit of what you can spend. Take into consideration what your home’s value is and then use the five to 15 per cent guideline. Spending less than five percent may mean that the choices you limited to may devalue your home. Spending more than 15 percent will mean that you’re overbuilding for your home’s market value. Of course, if this is the last home you plan to live in, you can fudge that top-end rule to get products and features you’ll want or need as you age.
Cabinets – The cabinets will probably cost more than you expect. It’s pretty easy to price appliances, flooring, even countertops, but the combination of cabinets you’ll need for your kitchen will never be standard and no one can give you an accurate “ballpark” figure without measuring and generating a quote. In order to get an idea of the cost, take some measurements to a kitchen designer at a local showroom or a big-box store and he or she will ask you to choose things like a door style, finish and storage options and have them break out any extras into separate line items so you can see how much they add.. The designer will then be able to do a quote and that will give you a more realistic idea of the cost, something you can plug into your budget and make adjustments accordingly.
So what drives the price?
Door style. The selection can be baffling. There are many different styles: there are doors with flat panels, raised panels and some with applied molding around the panel or on the edges. Because of this, prices vary widely. Part of it is the construction of the door, part is the ornamentation.
The illustration at left shows stile and rail doors mitered doors: While they both perform similarly, stile-and-rail doors are usually less expensive than similarly-styled mitered doors. This stile-and-rail construction technique is standard; mitered cabinet doors are fairly new and making them takes a few extra steps, adding to the cost. But find out for sure if it pushes the total above what’s in your budget; a designer can give you a price on both styles without too much trouble, so if you like a mitered door, don’t hesitate to include that.
How a door is styled and put together
Construction techniques are another factor that can affect the price. Standard construction consists of furniture board sides back and bottoms. Good cabinets have been made of furniture board for decades and it’s a perfectly acceptable material, but standard construction also speaks to how it’s put together. Does it have corner blocks to stabilize the cabinet (good) or I-beam construction, where the stabilizers run back to front? Does it have furniture board drawer (good) boxes or are they made our of solid wood with dovetail joints? Drawers take a lot of abuse and in cabinet lines like the Merillat Classic and Merillat Masterpiece, they’re offered as standard features. What’s the warranty like? If the cabinets you choose have a five year warranty then you’ll get five years of reliable use out of them, because a the warranty term is a reflection of how long the cabinet company thinks their product will last. and after that, you’re any hinge that breaks or door that discolors because cabinet makers establish a warranty for however long they think they will perform without problems. Merillat offers the Masterpiece line with a limited lifetime warranty and the Classic line, which has a 25-year limited warranty. The best rule of thumb: Buy as much quality as you can afford.
The finish you choose can also have an impact on the bottom line. Typically, there’s no extra charge for a stained cabinet, but painted finishes often add 15-20 percent more. expensive but get the finish that’s right for you because you’ll be living with it every day.