Today is the day that you are going to meet with a contractor to discuss remodeling your kitchen cabinets. Like any other contractor you’ve had doing work in your home, you want to sit down with a knowledgeable and experienced cabinet maker who will make you feel comfortable with your decision before your sign any contract. You’ll want to have the confidence that the job will be done in a professional manner with hands-on experienced staff so you’ll be happy with the results and glad you choose this particular company.
Before you set up your face-to-face meeting, there are a number of questions that you should prepare in advance. By doing so, you will gain the exact answers you require to make an informed decision. You will also want to see pictures of a variety of current completed projects, including references from their customer list.
This is a big and expensive endeavour you are about to embark upon. Don’t leave anything to chance; get your questions answered and follow-up with reference calls. Cabinets have infinite options and design possibilities and are the most expensive part of your new kitchen; therefore, prepare yourself in advance so that there are no surprises down the road.
Since it’s always wise to know what you are talking about, here is a list of definitions for you to review regarding the components of cabinets. These will help you with your questions further along on the page.
Solid wood core plywood for the boxes and solid hardwood for the face frames are a must for longevity.
Glued and pocket screwed for strength and pocket screws for face frames.
Shop-finished cabinets are preferred because of toxic sprays and chemicals. A shop sprayed pre-catalyzed lacquer is the best finish. Cabinets with glass doors or no doors should be stained and finished inside to match the outsides.
Dovetailed drawers are the standard of strength. Solid wood sides are best.
Under mount soft-close are the best. With good hardware, you will find that doors and drawers open and close with ease every time.
Raised panel and Shaker doors? Inset or overlay frames?
This is a super important question so be certain you completely understand every aspect of the drawings.
This includes the number of shelves, slide out drawers, trash bins, and many other items.
Also, ask if the knobs and pulls will be installed as well.
You should be welcomed to see how they work and the environment in which the work is done.
Once you have familiarized yourself with all of the terms and asked all of your questions to your satisfaction, relax, enjoy the process and get excited about your beautiful new cabinets!
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