“One of the reasons we at YourSquarefeet love what we do is that our Kitchen Design makes such a huge impact on our customers lives. It’s not just a matter of having a new, beautiful kitchen. A new Design will make your space function better and improve the way people interact with their space, and subsequently with each.”
You want the best possible Kitchen Design for your Home and your cash investment…
Consider the impact of a great Kitchen Design to your Home in terms of Financial Value and Aesthetics. Kitchens are the most important space in a Home. In the Real Estate world, Kitchens are also the most valuable rooms in the Home. Investing in the right Designer can make the difference between a successful project or something else entirely.
A Certified Kitchen Designer at Your Squarefeet can help you re-evaluate your home for proper Design in relationship to the family’s needs, traffic patterns, spatial relationships, adaptive use of space, function, and of course – architectural and style considerations.
Not only does Kitchen Design involve careful planning, but also extensive research and building knowledge. Certified Kitchen Designers are tested to rigorous and relevant standards, much like certified public accountants or financial planners are tested for their industry competencies.
One of the primary reasons a homeowner turns to Your Squarefeet is to translate your vision—and often your unstated or unrealized needs—into a design that maximizes the functional use of space, desired resources and budget. We often hear from clients: “I never knew that was even an option to consider.”
Have a Your Squarefeet Design Expert create your Visions today.
Investing in the right Kitchen Designer is investing in you Home’s Value
One of the reasons we at Your Squarefeet love what we do is that our Kitchen Designs make such a huge impact on our customers lives. It’s not just a matter of having a new, beautiful Kitchen. A new Design can function better and improve the way people interact with their space, and subsequently with each other.
Kitchens + Baths + Home Modifications + more…
We are Design and Remodeling Professionals for those of you who want the right Designs, Construction Services, and Information about the Real World of Remodeling. We will help you with full scale Remodeling Services from Design thru Management.
Or we can Design your project and help you brave souls that have the ambition to take on all or part of a remodeling project, but also have an idea of just how dangerous the remodeling world can be without the right advice that comes from the experienced Remodeling Professionalsat Your Squarefeet. We understand the Remodeling world can be confusing in many ways, from Installation techniques to Product selections and more.
Just explain your Project and what you need, and we will be happy to find a way to help you.
Good Designers can save you time, money, and best of all,
give your Home the beauty and efficiency you want. All increasing the Value of your Home.
A good Certified Kitchen Designer, (CKD), can take quality, moderately priced items and and improve the value of your home with great design both in function and beauty.
Kitchen Design is a unique and detail oriented profession that must balance the architectural commandments of form and function to the highest degree. It is the juxtaposition of fine design against working functionality that must be blended to create a beautiful, and practical, Kitchen for Today’s Lifestyle.
A kitchen can typically involve as many tradespeople as building an entire home. A Kitchen Designer must be experienced with all trades that are involved in construction as well as constantly keeping up with all new products for the Kitchen and Bath Industry.
However you choose to remodel your Kitchen, always consider the value of a CKD Designer, (Certified Kitchen Designer). The right Design and the right products can optimize your return on investment, in some areas, as much as 100% or more the first year, (see Cost vs Value for your area). With the right Kitchen Designer, your Kitchen Remodeling, and your Home, will reap the benefits.
We would like to offer you a Free Initial Consultation on your Kitchen, Bath , or Home Design/Remodeling Project. We will need to spend a bit of time with you, at least an hour or more. We will be exploring ideas and possibilities for your project, and understanding all your “must haves” and “would love to haves”, while guiding you through realities of construction and products. We know everyone has a “Wish List” for their project and we do our best to make that happen. Great Design is the key to a successful project. A good Certified Kitchen Designer can even make a project with a very modest budget something special. If you decide you want to proceed with our Design Services after your consultation,we would enter into a Design Contract. (Our Design Fee Schedules are posted within this website).
Are you sure you know the very basics of how kitchen cabinets differ from each other in both price and construction?
It all starts with the box construction, framed or frameless. The American version has been framed for a very long time. Framed is a pretty descriptive term, there is an actual frame overlayed on the box from which the door is attached and the drawer is mounted. Frameless is typically the European version. No frame, the door is attached to the box itself, as is the drawer glides. There are differing opinions about which is best for which application depending on which door style and which box construction, etc., etc., etc. The key to this decision is back to actual box construction material. You will want to find out if it is “all wood”, (by the way – there is no such thing, its really plywood), or which type of particle board or MDF – the types can vary depending on which price point you are in. You also need to consider Door and Drawer styles. There are different construction methods as well as different hinging and glides that truly make a difference in both appearence and function. All of these factors determine how kitchen cabinets wind up in different pricing structures, ie., Custom Cabinets, Semi-Custom, Stock.
Kitchen or Bath Remodeling is something you only do every 15- 20 years or so. You want to make sure you get it right. Your best resource is a Certified Kitchen Designer. Visit our website page about Kitchen Cabinets for a full review.
Exterior natural stone tiles are being used for several decades now and they are getting more and more popular these days. This is because many people have started to understand that these floorings come with a wide range of benefits that cannot be missed…
So it has come to my attention that some people don’t realize how much design potential there is for Kitchen Backsplash tile by using simple subway tiles using Herringbone Patterns. Herringbone patterns go back a long way, even in fashion, and are always classics, as well as can be contemporized depending on the use of materials. Glass subway tiles can make a very traditional pattern something very contemporary. Even inserting the smaller pieces with deco tiles to make the herringbone pattern can creat a whole new effect. Whatever you are looking for, can be achieved with the simple subway tile!
For another great Kitchen Design Idea, try some new Lighting for your Kitchen Cabinets!
From Belwith Keeler: Belwith-Keeler has released Light Integrated Trim (LIT) for indoor and outdoor applications where design, finish and lighting functionality are essential to the decorative element. The patent-pending housing strips and connectors can be used to achieve a contiguous strip of any length while maintaining uniform light intensity. LIT is ideal for crown moulding, decorative trim, baseboard, cabinet and backsplash, stair railings, cove, recessed ceilings, and porch and deck railings.
Your Squarefeet present your Kitchen Design Concepts and Final Layouts with CAD Kitchen Design precision and graphics. We want to make sure you understand what the final product will look like as closely as possible.
YourSquarefeet offers you a sample CAD Kitchen Design drawings and some Line Drawings. Keep in mind, CAD Kitchen Design programs have nothing to do with teaching you how to be a good Designer, they are merely a tool for Designers to use to convey the proper layouts, function, and ideas for your particular project.
All about Kitchen Cabinets – Different Boxes, Construction, Door Styles & Price Points
Quality Types of Kitchen Cabinets
All Kitchen Cabinets fit into one of the these categories. What you need to know first is why they are in their particular section and is there a reason you should or could switch.
Custom Kitchen Cabinets
Custom Kitchen Cabinets
Fantastico! A dream come true. Most custom cabinets companies will do anything you can imagine. We had a client that wanted 24-karat gold pinstripes on her kitchen cabinets, and she got them!
We also use custom cabinets because some manufacturers can be competitive in their prices against some semi-custom cabinets depending on what their standard no charge upgrades are vs semi-customs charging for certain upgrades you may want. Custom cabinets work well with room additions for library and bookshelf cabinets as well as built in home offices. Many custom companies have also developed semi-custom lines but still keep their finishing processes, (typically hand finished), the same on both lines which gives you the benefit of a superior finish rather than a production finish. Definitely consider the quality of cabinetry since the life span of new cabinets for anywhere in your house is usually twenty years. Consider these cabinets an investment, just as you would furniture. Look to your Designer for guidance on Custom Cabinets that have a good reputation in your area. Adelphi Kitchens and Cabinetry has been a favorite for many years for custom cabinets as well as their semi-custom line. They are a privately owned company and very proud of their reputation and customer service. No matter what the issue, they have always satisfied us and our customers, not to mention making a beautiful product.
Semi-Custom Kitchen Cabinets
A wonderful alternative to going full custom. They typically have all the bells and whistles for the interiors that custom has, and you can usually pick and choose your upgrades according to how you live with your cabinets. When remodeling kitchens, this is the number one choice. This field has many different price points, since many Stock cabinet companies have developed Semi-custom lines and Custom cabinet companies have their own Semi-Custom lines. Find out the origins of your Semi-custom line, and if it has developed from another line, find out what processes came along with it, (ie, finishes, clips, etc.). Nice Semi-Custom lines can be a good money saver, and best of all it can look very custom if you have the right Designer. Bridgewood has one of the best lines we have seen. Their semi-custom line is so versatile and complete that you can pretty much do any style possible. They also have one of the biggest selections of stains and paints and glazes that we have seen, especially on their semi-custom line. Also a great price-point, and with this cabinet line, you can go up or down in the line depending on what you need or the budget you need to be in.
Stock Kitchen Cabinets
A great solution for the budget conscious, and especially for those with a need for speed. Stock cabinets pretty much mean what they say, they are usually in stock at your local Big Box store. ( There is another even less expensive version – the kind you assemble yourself…you’re on your own for both advice and allen wrenches.) Stock cabinets can be great, nothing too fancy, limited sizes, but with the right design and a few Designer touches, nobody but the pros would ever know. Make sure you know what quality you are getting and if that will satisfy your project. Even if some of the bells and whistles are not available from the manufacturer, you can buy them aftermarket at the Big Box stores.
We think Diamond Cabinetsis one of the better stock cabinets sold by the Big Box stores. We dealt with them long before they made the decision to leave independent dealers and go to the Box stores, and they were a good product with a solid reputation. So now they have a special stock line for the Box stores, and for “off the shelf” it’s a nice product for the price.
Types of Box Construction of Cabinets
Framed or Frameless Kitchen Cabinets
Framed Box is generally the typical American cabinet that is a box with a face frame opening where the hinges are set for the door to attach. This allows for any overlay door.
Frameless Box is a box with no frame (frameless) and the hinges are set on the inside of the box for the door to attach.
(Frameless boxes always have a “Full Overlay Door”. This door type is generally considered a more custom look, and in most cases more expensive)
All Wood Cabinets– No such animal, that I know of anyway, in the manufacturing world. Maybe if you have your own woodworker you might have a chance, but the term “all wood” is loosely used. It is typically accepted to mean hardwood doors and frames while the box of the cabinet is plywood. Most of the time even the shelves may be a particle board with an upgrade to plywood. The exposed sides are usually veneered in your chosen wood. The drawer boxes are typically maple. Wood species is a wide variety, but most common is Cherry, Maple, Birch. Stains are endless, especially in the Custom world. Glazes on top of stains is still very popular giving the color a deeper look. Paints, and glazes on paints are also still prominent for European and Country styling. Of course, combinations of paints and stains ultimately gives the most unfitted look, something William and Kate would be proud to have. Particle Board Cabinets – it’s not your mother’s particle board anymore. Today’s particle board is much denser than years ago. Most people’s concerns are – “will it warp under the sink if it get wet” – well…yes, but so will wood or plywood. The other issue years ago was the screws stripping out of the frames of the doors. Since most manufacturers make the door frames out of hardwoods, this is no longer a problem. When you are in a semi-custom cabinet line, the drawer boxes usually are maple. We typically don’t recommend a particle drawer box unless it is going to get light usage. Wood species and finish treatments are the same as “All Wood” with one big exception. If you are having any special treatment like glazes or paints, make sure any exposed ends can be wood veneered rather than what may be a typical vinyl decal.
MDF, Medium Density Fiberboard, Cabinets– usually reserved for laminating or thermofoils, and sometimes painting. Laminate cabinet are making a resurgence. We have seen a comeback of the very High Gloss Laminate cabinets in some great colors.
Thermofoils– are still popular, mostly in baths – they do really well with moisture since they are basically a plastic wrap over the MDF. Painting works out well on MDF since there are no seams to split with expansion and contraction.
(1) Inset Doors– when the door fits inside the frame of the box, considered a higher end look. Watch that the reveals, (open space), are equal around the door.
(2) Full Overlay Doors – covers the box almost completely, probably the most popular door style today.
(3) Regular Overlay Doors – when you see about an inch or so of frame exposed. There are many size variations on this theme.This choice is a little more than just aesthetics. Current style trends dictate the popularity of these door types. Regular overlay is the least popular. Full overlay is the most popular, and Inset in considered the most chic.