The truth is that kitchen cabinets that are in stock, on the shelf and ready to sell have far superior delivery logistics over cabinets that need to be fabricated, stained/painted, inspected, packaged, etc. In stock kitchen cabinets pretty much originated with the Kitchen Kompact style of unassembled cabinets also known as flat packs. The efficiencies of warehousing a ready to ship inventory of cabinets was slow to catch on. Consumers were quite leary of the limits in sku, limited color and finish. With no modifications or semi custom choices, there was severe limits to acceptance, even into the new construction and low end of the remodel market. As the housing boom of the 90s began heating up, a demand was building for a quicker, more efficient cabinet package. With Chinese imports ramping up and the demand for factory cabinets was pushing manufacturers to the very limits of production, It was obvious that the time was right for a change in the cabinet industry. Of course now we know them as RTA Cabinets or ready to assemble cabinets. Containers full of Chinese RTA Cabinets have proliferated into just about every niche of the cabinet business. What started out as a small segment at the low end of the market is now pretty much a mainstream, “American Cabinet”. You can now walk into any Home Depot and select from Factory Made (semi custom) cabinets with a 2 month lead time or you can select from the RTAs and walk out the door with a Kitchen in a Box!
Do It Yourself Projects are not about just saving a few dollars. OK, the money might be the biggest draw in the beginning but here are certainly many more advantages for DIYers. Total control over the project comes to mind. Cutting out the contractor or middleman does eliminate some of the expertise and of course their associated cost but it also allows a person to inject there own individual personality. Freedom to customize every detail can be quite rewarding and educational. As you begin your how-to research, your natural creative juices will start flow. Your initial visualization of the finished project may begin shift as you imagine more possibilities.
A DIYer can also be quite flexible when it comes to gathering the required materials. With the ability to plan weeks ahead and with no set finish date, you can research literally thousands of suppliers to find just the right items at just the right prices and coordinate deliveries for your target dates or simply purchase your materials over time to ease the strain on your finances. The point being, you are not tied to a single dealer or supplier and will not be forced to endure the endless sales pitches of why you must use one product over another.
There is another benefit that most beginning do-it-yourselfers don’t see until the project is completed. The psychological factor…. The satisfaction factor. The feelings of accomplishment and the confidence in ones own abilities will stay with you long after the memories of the actual work. The educational value as well as the knowledge gained can go far beyond the dollars saved.
We’ve labeled some of the benefits of DIY Projects: saving money – personalize – eliminate middlemen – wider choices of materials and design – accomplishment, confidence and confidence, etc. We should identify costs. Beyond the money spent on the actual materials there is typically another major cost factor. Your Time. For a successful DIY project you will need to invest your time. The time involved is probably why many people shy away from larger DIY projects and simply hire a contractor. The professional you might hire may be able to deliver, install and be gone from your life before you even consider doing it yourself. A contractor will have materials and tools ready to go not to mention know how and the little tips and tricks.
Bottom Line is that for a Successful DIY Project, you will need to invest some time. Some time researching how to, some time shopping for and acquiring materials and still more time applying your knowledge, installing your materials and finishing your project.
My wife and I sell kitchen cabinets online and one of our main marketing target groups is DIYers. While many may consider a kitchen remodel to be the grand daddy of all DIY Projects, we’ve found kitchen remodels can be broken into several sub projects that just about any novice can handle. Again, those that invest the time and effort are rewarded with far more than the thousands of dollars in savings. Over the years, we’ve found that the prospective customer who ask lots of questions (and listens to the answers) will be far happier and much more likely to refer us. The clients that simply demand a kitchen like they saw in a magazine are more likely to be struggling with the remodel. I hear “I didn’t realize that my new refrigerator needed that much space” or “why won’t my 36″ sink fit inside a 36″ cabinet?” I do sympathize and understand the aggravation involved even though I know that 9 out of 10 remodel problems are avoidable with a little research and planning.
Few projects are more satisfying to bring to completion than a kitchen remodel. New cabinetry
, fresh paint and shiny hardware are kitchen elements that you’ll be able to enjoy for many years to come. However, a successful remodel requires some forethought and planning.
The most common kitchen remodel mistakes include:
Inadequate ventilation over your range or microwave.
Not including enough storage space for dishes, pots, pans, utensils and other kitchen supplies. A safe bet is to leave 48 to 72 inches each for dishes, cooking supplies and pots and pans, plus extra storage space wherever it will fit.
Making the island too big.
Consumer Reports recommends no more than 48 inches deep and a maximum of 120 inches wide. There should also be at least 42 inches between the island and any surrounding cabinetry.
Inadequate or inappropriate lighting. Lighting fixtures are a concern, but also be aware of the amount of sunlight you want in your kitchen. For maximum sunlight control, add curtains or Blindster shades.
Forgetting a spot for trash. Be sure to leave space for two 30-quart containers for trash and recyclables.
Kitchen color blending
Any of these mistakes can put a damper on a kitchen remodel. However, knowledge is power. Now that you’re aware of these pitfalls, you can avoid them.
Another all too common blunder when remodeling a kitchen is choosing a color
scheme that just does not work. How and why does this happen? Usually it’s as a result of poor planning, a lack of expertise or eye for color, or moving ahead with a color palette before you are sure it’s right for your kitchen space.
Here are five
tips to help you avoid selecting the wrong color scheme for your kitchen remodeling project:
1. Become aware of the moods and emotions conveyed by colors. Be sure to educate yourself about what
moods and emotions each color represents. While warm colors tend to create a cozy vibe and cool colors a more serious tone, reactions to colors are highly individual. One person may love the idea of bright yellows in a kitchen; another may cringe.
2. Decide what sort of atmosphere you want in your kitchen. Based on your awareness of the moods and emotions conveyed by colors, decide what sort of statement you’d like your kitchen to make. Are you going for soothing and serene? Pair shades of green with accents of white. Bright and airy? Go with yellows, golds and citrus hues. Contemporary and sleek? Dark blues and grays, with stainless steel appliances, should do the trick.
3. When in doubt, stick with a versatile color.
While it can be tempting to pick a flashy color scheme or add a dramatic element like an accent wall or bold color floor tile, there’s always the chance it might not work. If you are in doubt about what colors to choose, especially for any major element in your kitchen remodel, go with a tried and true neutral color. This way, you can rest easy knowing it will work harmoniously with all of your other elements.
4. Be aware of the effects of lighting.
Remember that lighting (or lack thereof) is going to change the way color looks. View your color choices in both daylight and artificial lighting to verify your choices.
Test color combinations. Use a color wheel when considering color choices, and choose colors that are opposite one another on the wheel. Perhaps the best advice in terms of color is to try before you buy.
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