Cabinet Refacing in Your Kitchen: Deciding When It’s Worth Saving Your Old Cabinets

Cabinet refacing is a project that can spruce up any kitchen, particularly ones with old design cabinetry. Refacing is a cheaper alternative to replacing your entire cabinets. But while the steps in refacing are worth doing, you have to find out if it’s really right for your kitchen based on inspection of your cabinets.

Refinishing or Painting Over Existing Cabinets

This refacing process is the simplest because you don’t have to replace the door over the cabinet. Re-painting is recommended typically if your door design is still modern enough for your kitchen. A new color, though, can change the whole look of your kitchen and make the possibly retro design of your original doors look contemporary.

Replacing the Doors

If the design on your kitchen cabinet doors is too outdated for your taste, then refacing with new wood or laminate veneer is still an easy option. A hired contractor can help you choose the right cabinet facing you want. Afterward, the contractor will take the time to measure your cabinets so the new facing can be fitted correctly. Then a separate day will have to be scheduled for installation of the new doors. It could take up to several days, depending on how many cabinets you have in the kitchen.

The Savings

HGTV cited an owner of a cabinet refacing franchise with a reminder of how much savings can be had doing refacing compared to replacing kitchen cabinets. Some customers saved up to 50% when doing a refacing option. At the same time, it saved those customers from having their kitchen being unusable for weeks while cabinets were replaced. Refacing allows you to still use your kitchen for most tasks while the work is being done.

When it’s Time to Replace the Cabinets

Check the quality of your kitchen cabinets before considering refacing. If they’re very old cabinets, the chances are that they’re simply too deteriorated to make refacing an option. However, the same can be said of newer ones that were poorly built. The general surrounding frame of your cabinets has to be solid or your refacing project could end in the entire cabinet falling apart.

Here at Bradco Kitchens and Baths, we’ll make sure your kitchen cabinet refacing is done right. We’re a design and build firm with a strong history of quality and meeting deadlines. Contact us for a consultation on your kitchen remodeling or any design and building project you need.

Remodeling Tips for your Small Kitchen

It’s common knowledge that the kitchen is the gathering spot in a home. Families spend time eating and talking there, and dinner guests have a tendency to congregate in the kitchen. The kitchen is used as an office, the place where kids do homework and the spot where exciting plans are made. Your kitchen is a meeting place, but if it’s small and cluttered you may not enjoy the time spent there. Maximize storage space and make the kitchen the most desirable room in your home with these remodeling tips for your small kitchen.

Lighten Up

Rooms with a lot of light feel bigger and more open. Include can or recessed lighting and, if practical, a skylight in your remodel plans. Also choose light colors for your walls and cabinets. Lighter colors make a room feel more spacious.

See Clearly

Consider glass doors and open shelves for some or all of your new upper cabinets. Reduce eye clutter by storing clear and light colored glasses, dishes and bowls in these cabinets, saving large platters, pots, pans and kitchen accessories for bottom cabinets with solid doors.

Keep it Simple

Choose simple designs for cabinets, lighting, window coverings and décor. Large appliances and ornate cabinet styles may be appealing in a large space but have no place in a tiny kitchen. Also, select a simple flooring style with flow such as large ceramic tiles or laminate, and consider having it installed at an angle; giving the illusion of a bigger room.

Add Storage

For extra storage incorporate a small island, extended cabinet or additional shelving above your refrigerator into your remodel plans, and have a pot rack installed. For odd shaped corners you may want to include a cabinet with a turntable or lazy Susan to keep utensils within reach. Remember, clutter makes a space feel smaller and will detract from your kitchen’s appeal.

Don’t let your petite kitchen keep you from entertaining friends and family. To turn your small space into the kitchen of your dreams, contact us for a free estimate. We have been serving Los Angeles and the surrounding area as a fully insured, General Contractor for over 20 years.

The Challenges in Using Remodeling Services to Spruce up Older Kitchens and Bathrooms

Newer homes are easier to remodel.  It won’t take long to change bathrooms and kitchens from dull to beautiful because the home is up to date.  However the materials used to build older homes are outdated.  Renovating kitchens and bathrooms in older homes need special care.  There are challenges older homes have that newer homes don’t have to worry about.  All you need is good remodeling services and you’re all set.

Protrusions and Out of Square Walls:  Some older homes have walls that are bumpy, lumpy, pointy and rounded.  When interior walls have bumps, it is hard to build on top of it without crookedness.  In order to install cabinets, the walls have to be flat from the inside out.

Out of square walls meet at a right angle, but the angle is crooked.  Building on top of the wall is not going to look right because the right angles on the walls must be cut with accuracy.

Sagging Floors:  Floors are built to last, but it doesn’t last forever.  Older homes have floors that sag.  It usually sags where heavy items are idle for a long time or where floors leak.  Either support columns are needed to hold up the floor or replace the floor completely.

Foundation cracks:  Foundation cracks are visible in older homes.  That comes from the foundation of the home not aligning with the rest of the home.  Depending on when the home was built cinder block may have been used as foundation material.  If so the block wasn’t sealed properly causing the cracks to show up.

Electrical problems:  Electrical breakers and wiring in older homes is outdated and out of date.  It cannot handle enough electricity to power up today’s household items.  In addition the wiring could be located near moisture or made of aluminum; both are no-nos in today’s homes.

Windows:  Windows in older homes erode and rot.  Because of this those windows are less insulated, less protective from natural elements, and less energy efficient.  Windows are also made of odd shapes, different sizes and materials not used today.  Windows in kitchens and bathrooms must be replaced.

Mold and Mildew:  Behind kitchens and bathroom sinks and walls mold and mildew can lurk.  Mold and mildew comes from water damage, and this can delay the remodeling process.

You’re often told that older homes aren’t worth renovating, but you don’t have to listen.  The good news is that your kitchen and bathroom can be renovated.  Contact us to see what we can do for your kitchen and bathrooms.  Our professionals like a challenge.

Why You Should Include A Sunroom In Your Home Remodeling

Enjoying the sunlight, warmth and view are often the major attractions of having a conservatory, also known as a sunroom.  Sunrooms are usually built on one side of a house so that the residence can enjoy the sunshine while having their own private relaxing oasis year around.  Since sunrooms are so multifunctional they often get used in home remodeling as playrooms, home gyms, studies, dining rooms or even as a greenhouse if the climate is warm enough.

In colder climates, the use of a screened in sunroom may become limited. If you live in a cool area and plan to use your conservatory every day, you can be sure that Bradco Kitchens and Baths Inc. will promise your glassed in sunroom contains enough insulation to protect from winter chills or the heat of summer. If you choose, you may even decide on a insulated sunroom roof. Switching to an insulated conservatory roof means that you lose having a glassed in ceiling for your sunroom, but in trade, you get a room that is easier to heat to use year round for your family.

The reward of having a personally designed insulated conservatory far outweighs the cost of the remodeling. The insulation ensures that you have a cooler room in the summer that is additionally warmer during the winter.  This leads to lower heating and cooling bills and makes your home more energy efficient.  If asked Bradco Kitchens and Baths will use special prepared insulated glass in your sunroom that reduces sun glare on your furnishings leading to less fading of furniture and flooring. The reduced glare reduces eyestrain, and the roof helps protect your skin from damaging UV rays. Furthermore, insulation reduces rain noise allowing you to relax in your conservatory even in a downpour.

Contacting a licensed and insured design/building firm that has an outstanding record of accomplishment and many happy customer reviews can help you feel satisfied that your remodel will be done within deadline while sticking to your budget. Bradco Kitchens and Baths will be with you every step of the way from designing your dream sunroom to admiring the finished gleaming project. Furthermore, a sunroom additionally increases the overall value of your home by giving you more square footage that is used as living space to your existing home and adding that “this is my dream room” factor for buyers if you ever decide to sell. Contact us at Bradco Kitchens and Baths with any questions about remodeling your home.