Are you in desperate need of a kitchen refresh? The signs are there, from outdated cabinetry designs to dysfunctional drawers. You probably already know the answer because you use your kitchen every day, but here are some telltale signs you need to remodel your kitchen cabinets in Santa Ana.
A big complaint among homeowners who lack cabinet space isn’t just that there’s not enough – it’s because the whole flow of the cabinets doesn’t make sense in that space. With custom kitchen cabinets in Santa Ana, however, you don’t have to accept traditional sizing configurations. You can switch up the height, depth or width of the cabinet based on your needs so everything flows smoothly.
If your countertop is housing more items than your cupboards, you have a problem. Your countertops should be open and free for meal preparation and only the most basic of necessities, such as coffee makers or a cookie jar. Additional cabinets can increase your storage capacity exponentially so you can re-claim your counter space.
Where your cabinets are located in the kitchen can make or break how efficient you are. They should be configured to accommodate your storage needs, but also designed in a way that makes working in your kitchen easier. Having a cabinet for your pasta pot across the room from your stove can be very inconvenient. Likewise, having your cabinet of glasses well away from the refrigerator can also pose a logistical problem.
Are you constantly failing the full-hands test? Let’s say you have a package of chicken in one hand and a can of spaghetti sauce in the other… is it easy to open and close your cabinets to get what you need? Or do you have to put something down to do it? Your cabinets should be able to open and close with ease, without sticking and giving you trouble. Plus, with today’s modern options, from hardware to smart features, you should be able to operate your cabinets with the slightest touch.
If your kitchen is sooo 1985, it’s time to get modern with cabinets that are more reflective of today’s designs. From Wide Shaker Espresso Cabinets to Mitered Charcoal Kitchen Cabinets, it’s easy to bring your kitchen smoothly into 2019 and beyond.
Cabinets aren’t what they used to be: simple cupboards that housed dishes and cups. Today’s options give you features like mini-wine racks, a modern spin on the Lazy Susan, oversized drawers, stemware racks, glass display cabinets, built-in spice racks, drawer organizers and oversized drawers for baking sheets. No sense in cramming your odd-sized pots, pans, accessories and spices in places they don’t fit. Customize your cabinets to what you want!
One of the biggest reasons homeowners decide to upgrade their cabinets is because their old ones are suffering from wear and tear. From creaky, rusting hinges to faded exteriors, your old cabinets are dragging down the appearance of your kitchen – even if the rest of the space is semi-modern. With your new cabinets, consider the quality of hinges, doors, drawer systems and finishes.
We all expect to clean our kitchen every day. Crumbs accumulate, things get spilled, etc. But when you find yourself constantly wiping down cabinets on top of your standard cleaning tasks, it could be time for an upgrade. For example, the stainless steel-lined cabinets you loved when you first moved in as a newlywed have become a cleaning nightmare now that you have toddlers who leave handprints all over them. In this case, you may want to upgrade to treated wood for easier cleanup.
Especially if you have a small kitchen, too many bulky cabinets can quickly overwhelm the room. In order to streamline the space, ditch the clutter and add just a few materials, such as tall, dark cabinetry offset by limestone backsplashes and a stainless steel counter to maintain a feeling of openness.
Before tackling a big kitchen remodeling project, there are many things to think about, from style and flow to color and function. Consider these factors before doing a makeover of your cabinets in Santa Ana.
First, think about who will be using the kitchen the most and for what purpose. If it’s you, because you love to cook, bake and entertain, make most of the decisions in regards to cabinetry, flow, features, appliances, and storage. If you’re like most homeowners, you have to work within a budget, so deciding where to splurge and where to save should be one of the first considerations. Consider saving on RTA kitchen cabinets at wholesale prices instead of custom cabinetry and installation.
For longevity and durability, go with solid wood and steer clear of particle board. Likewise, the shelves should be made of solid wood too, so as to avoid sagging and warping. That’s what we offer here at Summit Cabinets, along with concealed and adjustable hinges, and soft-close door hinge hardware. Try going with contemporary ready-to-assemble (RTA) kitchen cabinets, which significantly cut down on your installation time and labor. They typically take about 10 to 20 minutes to install, using only a flathead screwdriver.
Keep the new kitchen’s style consistent with the style of the rest of the home. Think about your kitchen’s work triangle and make sure you have a smooth-flowing, triangular path from the refrigerator to the stove to the sink. Design your cabinetry around that flow and incorporate plenty of storage options.
If you need more chopping, prepping, eating and storage room than your current space allows, an island makes a great compromise for more space, without having to knock down walls. A leggy island, for example, will give you an open, spacious feel; or, you could opt for a space-saving island that holds the dishwasher, sink or stove. Leave enough space around the island so you can easily move around, or open the fridge or a door.
When selecting countertops, keep in mind that light-colored countertops give contrast against dark cabinetry and vice versa. You may be looking at granite, which comes in a wide variety of colors and veining, or perhaps you would like to try soapstone, for a smooth appealing texture in deep dark grays. From concrete to ceramic tile, the option you choose here must match the style and color of your cabinetry for a more cohesive look.
If you have the tools and skills, doing some of the work yourself will save you money. Just be sure you calculate the costs beforehand and make sure it won’t end up costing you even more by the time you invest in the tools and materials. Buying wholesale kitchen cabinets in Santa Ana is a big way you can save cash.
If you realize it’s high time you renovated your kitchen cabinets in Santa Ana for 2019 and beyond, call Summit Cabinets at 909-980-0700 or fill out our online form for a Free Kitchen Design today.