Needless to say, the kitchen is an integral part of your home. Chances are no matter your cooking skills, you spend some time there every day. Many homeowners even prefer to eat in the kitchen. Today's home parties are often hosted right in the kitchen with everyone gathering around the countertop or table as homemade appetizers are prepared and mouthwatering dishes are shared.
Whether for yourself or for guests, it's important that your kitchen looks and feels like it is truly your own. This can be more difficult than other rooms in the home, which you can dress up with throw pillows or a nice new chair. How would you dress up a kitchen? Obviously getting new cabinets and countertops is the way to go. But before you run out and start buying, there are a few do’s and don’ts to remember about custom countertops and cabinets. Keeping these points in mind will help you save yourself money as well as time and effort.
The Do’s of Choosing Custom Countertops and Cabinets
Accounting for Quality
With proper maintenance, both custom countertops and cabinets can last a lifetime if they’re made of high-quality materials. You surely don’t want to end up having to replace them after five years or so. As such, it’s important to always account for quality regardless of your budget.
While stock cabinets that you can find at big box stores are typically lower on the price spectrum, they don’t always match the quality of custom — or even semi-custom — cabinets. When you’re shopping for kitchen cabinets, always make sure to keep an eye out for details like hinges. floating panels, and drawer slides. Side-mounted drawers, for instance, are often the best option.
As for countertops, it helps to consider the advantages and disadvantages of different materials. Marble, for instance, lends a luxurious aesthetic but is susceptible to stains and scratches. Custom butcher block countertops tend to be affordable but are also high-maintenance. In any case, quality should always be a priority. Your best bet is to buy countertops and cabinets from a reputable provider who always guarantees quality — even with economical options.