Kitchen Remodeling

At CR Remodeling & Plumbing, we know that the best hosts have a kitchen that welcomes guests. We invite you to talk to our designers about creating a remarkable place to call home. Our streamlined process will have you enjoying your new kitchen in no time. With a wide-variety of choices and craftsmen that believe in an old-fashioned work ethic, you will be pleased and proud of your new Kitchen. 

       Remodeling your kitchen is a great way to update the interior look of your home and make your kitchen a better fit for your lifestyle and personal needs. Since there are several steps to a kitchen remodeling project that can become complicated, it is important that you make detailed plans before you start. When it comes to kitchen remodeling, careful and detailed planning is a must.

 

Kitchen Countertops

Kitchen countertops are a main part of your kitchen, aesthetically and practically. Countertop material and color options are endless, so make sure to take your time and choose what is best for your kitchen remodel. Here are a few of the most popular kitchen countertop materials:

 

Natural Stone

  • Options include -- granite, marble, soapstone, and limestone.

  • Granite is the strongest and most commonly used stone in kitchens.

  • Available in a wide variety of shades and finishes.

  • Can be expensive, but cost depends on color and finished stones origin.

  • Must be sealed periodically because it is porous.

  • Stone is better used in low traffic areas.

 

Solid Surface:

  • Allows for integral sinks.

  • Easy to clean.

  • Available in countless colors.

  • Is seamless, stain resistant and scratches are easily buffed out.

  • Can be harmed by hot appliances.

 

Laminate:

  • One of the most affordable materials.

  • Comes in a variety of colors and designs.

  • Requires little maintenance but can be damaged by hot appliances.

 

Concrete:

  • Allows for full customization of your sink and countertop.

  • Colored pigments can be added to concrete.

  • Maintenance includes resealing and waxing a few times a year.

  • Can be discolored by damp washcloths or towels if they are left for a long period of time.

 

Wood:

  • Subject to water damage, so not recommended for high traffic areas.

  • Natural and traditional look.

 

Engineered Stone:

  • Available in a wide variety of colors.

  • Durable and requires little maintenance.

Kitchen Cabinets

 

Your cabinets have a significant impact on the appearance of your new kitchen. With tons of choices in colors and styles, you can find almost any look to create the kitchen of your dreams. One of the things you need to consider is whether you want to re-face or completely replace your cabinets. Also consider the amount of storage room you need and your budget.

When deciding whether to replace or re-face your cabinets, you should first think about the condition of your current kitchen cabinets. If changing the color or overall look of your cabinets is what you need, re-facing may be best for you. Re-facing is also good for faded or worn cabinets.

On the other hand, if you want to increase storage space and or redo the layout of your kitchen, you should probably replace your kitchen cabinets. Also, if your current cabinets are broken or falling off the walls, cabinet replacement is a must.

You want to start by familiarizing yourself with the different cabinet materials. Here is a look at two of the most popular choices in cabinet materials on the market today:

 

Cabinet Materials

Solid wood is made entirely of natural wood, these cabinets are very sturdy and last longer than many other cabinet materials. Wood cabinets have a natural beauty and can be found in most colors and stains. Solid wood cabinets tend to have a higher price tag than other cabinet types, but their beauty and strength are hard to match. The wood used to make these cabinets is usually ash, birch, oak, hickory, cherry, maple, pine or poplar.

Solid wood cabinets have many attractive features including strength and durability, natural beauty, availability in various shades and stains, and the ability to update its look by re-staining at a low cost.

Laminate is often used for kitchen cabinets because it is affordable, durable and very easy to maintain.  Its surface cleans well with only soap and water.

Laminate is made of several layers of stacked PVC plastic and topped with a decorative layer that may have a color or pattern embedded into it.  It is available in a wide variety of colors and patterns.

 

Cabinet Types

Stock cabinets are available in standard sizes and shapes. Stock cabinets are the least expensive but your choices are limited when it comes to cabinet design and function. Since these cabinets do not come in special sizes, they may require filler strips to close gaps between a cabinet and a wall.

Semi-Custom Cabinets are the middle-of-the-road choice. They come in a wider variety of sizes and shapes than stock cabinets and offer more colors, including a wider variety of wood types and staining.

Custom Cabinets give you endless choices and flexibility when choosing kitchen cabinets in design, style, color, wood type, etc. Although they are more expensive than the other two types, they are well made to fit your individual kitchen and give you a unique look.

 

Cabinet Styles

Cabinets do not only come in a variety of colors and materials, they also come in a variety of styles to match your kitchen. Since cabinets are a major part of your kitchens look, carefully consider the overall look you are trying to create before choosing a cabinet style. You can even mix styles to create a unique look.

Here are some options when choosing a style for your kitchen cabinets:

  • Country

  • Modern

  • Southwestern

  • Victorian

  • Traditional

  • Rustic

  • Contemporary

 

 

 

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