Custom Vs. Stock Cabinets: Your Definitive Guide

Cabinets may seem simple on the outside, but they can accomplish a lot within your home. Aside from providing valuable storage place, cabinets can also help pull the design of a room together. While most of us will come into a home that already has cabinets on the walls, sometimes we need a little renovation to help accomplish the look we want.

However, renovating a space takes a lot of effort, and even something as seemingly simple as replacing your cabinets requires proper attention to detail to do correctly. This basic kitchen fixture comes in many forms, which will be the first point you want to consider when deciding on what cabinets to bring into your home. Stock, custom, and even semi-custom cabinets can all be suitable for different purposes.

Custom Cabinets

Custom cabinets are just what they sound like: cabinets made for you can meet any specifications that you want. Shape, width, depth, material, and design are yours to decide on. If you’re trying to build your dream kitchen, this sort of flexibility can be a great boon. Whatever specifics you can think of, a cabinetmaker who can build them is out there. If you want to take an existing cabinet design and tweak it to your preferences, that’s possible, too.

Custom cabinets are excellent for people who are trying to create a design that’s all their own.

They provide an option for people who have unusually sized and shaped rooms that standard cabinets won’t easily fit. This enables you to maximize storage space, without any gaps in space between cabinets. And because of the near unlimited options when it comes to materials, color, and other design elements, you’ll be able to find the perfect look for your space.

However, one of the caveats of custom cabinets is that they can quickly become expensive, especially if you want to use higher end materials. Depending on the level of detail that you want, the cost may not fit into your budget.

Another con is that, unlike stock cabinets that are ready for installation at any time, a custom cabinet can take much longer to complete and bring into your home. A custom project could easily take weeks or months to complete. Those wanting custom cabinets should plan their renovations accordingly. However, once you have the custom-build, it’s easy to get repairs from your local cabinetmaker as opposed to waiting for a part to come in through delivery.

Stock Cabinets

Stock cabinets are essentially the opposite of their customizable options. Stock cabinets come pre-manufactured and readymade, coming from a long line of other mass-produced cabinets.

Unlike customized units, a stock cabinet will come in set sizes with no room to adjust to fit your space. This can lead to gaps or even buffer strips between cabinets during installation, making you lose out on storage space.

You may also have a difficult time finding a stock cabinet that looks the way that you want it to.

You may find a design that happens to have the color, shape, and wood type you want, but the style doesn’t fit the look you want. While you may find variations, they won’t always match what you need. This process can quickly become frustrating if you’ve been searching for a while.

However, stock cabinets are easily the best option when it comes to pricing. Because there’s no extra tweaking you can do, the cost of a stock cabinet will be affordable. You can still see variations in cost depending on the exact model, but it will be much less than you’ll pay for a custom cabinet. Even so, you don’t want to pick out a stock cabinet that’s too cheap, as they may not last due to shoddy materials or construction.

Quick delivery time is another benefit of stock cabinets. Likely, the cabinet will be ready to purchase and install the moment you pick it out. Even if it’s not available right away, stock cabinets also offer timely delivery, meaning that you can quickly update the look and style of your home without any trouble.

Semi-Custom Cabinets

Semi-custom cabinets fall between the two categories. These cabinets are usually stock cabinets to which you can add extra detailing options. The sizing options often have the same restrictions as stock cabinets, but you have a bit more flexibility in the dimensions and drawer options, which can help better fit the space you’re working with.

The most significant benefit of semi-custom cabinets is that you can amend the design in ways that you can’t with regular stock cabinets. Sometimes even a few tweaks to a stock cabinet design can make the perfect addition to your home. Working with the right cabinetmaker can help with turning minimal changes into something fantastic.

The cost of a custom cabinet will depend on what sort of changes you want to make. If you only want to make a few changes, you can easily get the look you want without needing to invest in an expensive custom option. However, if you add too many customizations, then the cost might quickly outpace making a custom cabinet design from scratch.

Timewise, though, a semi-custom option will be much faster to complete. While you won’t have the same immediate delivery time as a stock cabinet, adding customized touches to an existing product is a faster process than waiting for a custom unit. Overall, semi-custom cabinets serve as a way to get the benefits of both options.

Things to Consider When Picking Out Cabinets

With the different cabinet types available, you have some decisions to make while shopping for cabinets. While custom cabinets can give you some of the highest quality in terms of design and storage, not every renovation project needs that level of investment. Some projects will work well with semi-custom or even stock cabinets. To pick out the best type of cabinets for your project, consider these elements:

How Long Will You Be in Your Current Home?

If you know that you’re in your forever home, you’re going to take a different approach than someone who’s in a rental space. For those not planning on staying in their current home, you want to keep your home up-to-date with any market standards that might impact the price of resale. If you’re in a home you plan to stay in, the investment in a fully custom cabinet update may be much more worth it than if you know you will be moving in the future.

What Sort of Budget Do You Have?

Replacing old cabinets can be an investment. For content, in a complete kitchen or bathroom remodeling project, cabinets can easily account for half the costs. The different types of cabinets give you some flexibility in how much you’ll need to spend, but you still want to set a budget to know what your limits are. You don’t want to find a design that you love but you can’t afford.

How Much Storage Do You Need?

Without proper storage, your kitchen or bathroom can become cluttered. Updating your cabinets can be a prime opportunity to fix that problem, but you need to assess how much storage you need. Oddly shaped room layouts can benefit from cabinet sizes that stock units can’t accommodate. For lower cabinets, you’ll also want to consider if you want open cabinets or drawers for layout. Mapping out where everything will go can help you decide on the best layout.

What Sort of Scope Does Your Project Have?

Cabinets that are still sturdy and give you enough storage space may not need a complete replacement. Instead, a few tweaks can give your room a whole new look. A fresh coat of paint or even replacing the door faces can spruce up your cabinets to match your renovations.

However, when you have layout issues or your existing cabinets are older, it’s time to invest in new cabinets.

What Size Is Your Space?

Whenever you get started on your project, you’ll need to measure your space first. These preliminary measurements will help you when speaking with cabinetmakers and salespeople, and they’ll be able to give you a much more accurate estimate of the cost of your project.

Knowing the size constraints of your space can also help you generate ideas.

What Door Style Do You Want?

The door is easily one of the most important aspects of a cabinet, since it’s what will always be visible. Changing out one door style for another can change the entire feel of your room and even the rest of your home, so you’ll want to choose wisely. Modern and classic are just some of the options you have, but you may not have luck finding the specific style you want with stock choices.

What Other Items Do You Need to Fit Into Your Space?

While cabinets are an essential part of your design and storage, they aren’t the only things that need to go into your kitchen or bathroom. Note where your utilities currently are and where they may move during any spatial reconfiguration in your renovations. You don’t want to accidentally cover up an essential vent or not have enough room for your appliances.

Sketching out your space can help you make the best design decisions in advance.

Do You Need Add-Ons in Your Cabinets?

A cabinet can be more than just shelves or a drawer. Pullout shelves, wine racks, vertical dividers, and pullout bins are some of the choices you may opt for to enhance your space.

Even stock cabinets can offer some of these extra options for you, but customized cabinets will give you more choices to work with.

What Color or Finish Do You Want?

The best color for your cabinets will depend on the rest of the design of your kitchen. Your personal style will also influence your decision. Paint, solid wood, and other types of finishes can help you find the exact look for your room. However, you don’t want to choose a color that will go out of style too quickly. Neutral colors usually work best for keeping your cabinets in fashion and maintain the value of your home. Grey, white, and black are popular choices.

What Hardware Do You Need?

Handles and knobs add the finishing touches to your cabinet’s look. Often, the best practice is to match the design of your handles to the cabinet doors. However, you may be able to have a contrast between your hardware and the door if it fits into the overall theme of your design. If the design of your cabinet has exposed hinges, make sure they match the other pieces of visible hardware on the cabinet.

What Amount of Space Do You Want in Your Room?

Cabinets may rest along the walls, but they can greatly impact how the space feels. Larger and more open spaces have become a popular design choice, especially in kitchens. If you want to create this effect, then you’ll need to arrange your cabinets carefully. Since that arrangement will ultimately affect your storage and layout, it helps to think about the overall feel of your room as you draft your design.

The Importance of Working With an Experienced Cabinet Company

Just as important as the kind of cabinet you purchase is who you choose to purchase it from.

Plenty of home improvement stores can provide you with cabinet choices, but they don’t always have the knowledge or guidance you need to make the best choices for your home. You want to work with a cabinet company that can give your project the attention it deserves.

Big box stores can give you options, but a small design-build firm can give you the guidance you need. Cabinets are a large investment for your home, and you want to make the right decisions for your space to bring the design together. Personal guidance on your renovations can help you understand what your options are and consult with you on what decisions are best for your plans.

A dedicated team can also assist with making the right decisions for your budget. You might have more choices when it comes to customization than you may initially think. With skilled guidance on your side, you can make the best decisions for updating your cabinets.

The right company is also essential for installing your cabinets successfully. Some businesses will sell you the boxes but leave it up to you to find someone to install them. The process of hiring another party not only adds to your costs, but also impacts the quality of your installation.

With the effort it already takes to find the right cabinetry for your space, you don’t want to add frustration to the process.

Instead, the company you purchase cabinets from should help you with the installation process as part of their services. That way, you don’t have to worry about any potential delays between your cabinets arriving and getting them into your home. And since the same company is working on both stages, they know what to expect when setting everything up.

An experienced cabinetmaker can give you access to all of your options – not just some. With stock, custom, and semi-custom choices available, you don’t just know what option will work best for you, you can get it when you’re ready to purchase. While your project may not require the work of a completely custom cabinet, it’s nice to have the option available if you want it.

The Best Choice for Your Kitchen Cabinets

No matter what your plans for your kitchen cabinets are, Bradco can help. We have the resources available to set you up with a suitable stock cabinet or develop a whole new design to fit the needs of your kitchen. You can count on us for the expertise necessary to create your ultimate cabinet setup, with the personal attention you deserve for your project.

We don’t just work in cabinets; we can help with every aspect of your kitchen, too. Whether you just need to add an extra cabinet, or you want to renovate the entire room, there’s a cabinet solution for you – and we can help you get there. Our professional team can serve as your very own professional consultant, helping you find the cabinet solution that matches your space needs, style, and budget.

As a small design firm, we focus our efforts on providing quality services on every end of the spectrum. Unlike a big box store, which generalizes in its offerings, we have a thorough understanding of what you need to have a great kitchen cabinet. Aside from helping with the design and building processes, we always help you install your cabinets after purchase so that you can have a smooth experience.

Choosing between custom and stock cabinets is a matter of choosing what best matches your home, and Bradco wants to help you do just that. Modern cabinet design allows for creative cabinet designs and arrangements that can help make your kitchen into a unique space in your home. See what possibilities exist for your cabinet plan at Bradco.

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Bradco Teams Up with Habitat for Humanity

Bradco Kitchens and Baths is teaming up with Habitat for Humanity for a good cause. It’s a project called ReStore that’s focused in the Los Angeles area and provides local communities with low-cost improvement materials for buildings and homes.

By compiling new, used, discontinued, or surplus materials, ReStore sells these donated items at reduced prices to the public. Proceeds made support Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles’ commitment to building and remodeling homes in collaboration with low-income families and individuals.

If you are wondering how these items are picked up, trucks are sent out daily to pick up resources you want to donate. You can arrange it by calling 866-SHOP-HFH, and all of your donations are tax-deductible.

To see what materials are accepted and more information on the Habitat ReStore project, click here: QScan02172012_110004

Do it Yourself of Not?

Many people like to be hands on with their home improvement. The general consensus is that when you do it yourself, you save money. While in certain situations this can be true, in most you may be losing money in the long run. If you aren’t certain whether you can do home improvement properly, you should hire a professional. Taking shortcuts can result in many problems down the road.

Here are some examples of situations where you would want to hire a professional:

Tiles – Tiles require correct underlayment, subfloor, and suitable subcountertop to install. The tile quantities that one needs for a job depend on the tile layout. Many DIY enthusiasts miscalculate quantitys and leftovers cannot always be returned.

Cabinets –  These might look easy to install, but there are a lot details involved. Cabinets need to be leveled so future counters can be leveled.  All these require specific tools that makes this project very expensive. Wall cabinets need to be securely and properly installed to assure that they will stay on the wall once loaded up with heavy plates.

Plumbing –  There are many costs involved when pipes are starting to leak. A major hassle with plumbing is the soldering of pipes. This takes a lot of time, preparation, and equipment. If you don’t do it right, you are risking leaky pipes which create mold that is very bad for your health and very expensive to remove.

Electrical Work –  You definitely want to hire a professional when working on electrical projects at home. If these aren’t completed the right way, the results can be life threatening.

This doesn’t mean you should bring in the handyman for some home improvement jobs. There are many you can do yourself. We actually encourage you to learn about your home and the proper maintenance it requires. Knowing how to do it yourself is a great quality to have.  There are many simple projects you can work on. Some possible DIY projects would be the demolition of existing cabinets (although dumping fees are still expensive), repurposing your garage, installing light fixtures, adding final decorative touches (ie: painting).

Being hands on with your home is great, but know when to call someone in. Save yourself long term money, time, research, and the inevitable headache. Hire someone you trust. Of course, you can always call Bradco. Bradco does not perform any contracting service, since it is a retail store. ONLY B&R Construction performs contracting work.

For more ideas on home improvements or help, contact Bradco Kitchens and Baths at:

Bradco Kitchens & Baths
6011 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035

Phone: 323.936.3457
Fax: 323.939.9354
Toll Free: 866 4 Bradco ( 272326 )

Kosher Kitchens in Los Angeles

In the case of many of our clients, kosher living and food preparation is the optimum lifestyle choice. We are taking this opportunity to make it known that we have designed many kosher kitchens, and we want to share our expert design knowledge with all of you to help facilitate staying kosher in your homes.

When preparing food that is kosher, cleanliness and halting cross contamination of all meat and dairy products are essential. To implement these values into kitchen design, we focus on counterspace, appliances, and storage space elements.  Implementing labels for separating stored food items such as dairy and meat are a great way to avoid confusion and help keep your kosher kitchen in tip top shape. Two sinks are recommended for a kosher kitchen however, if budget is an issue, there is also a budget friendly alternative. Double sinks are acceptable as opposed to two separate units. Stainless-steel sinks and steel or granite countertops are the recommended options for those who cannot have distinct discrete areas for meat and dairy.

Function and style do not have to suffer when you opt for stainless steel appliances for your kosher kitchen since they are ideal for cleaning up. Two of each appliance are the epitome of koshered options such as two ovens, two sinks, two dishwashers, etc. However, that is not always an option when you’re looking for a budget friendly selection. All appliances you will need for your kosher kitchen are all available from Bradco.

While there are different rabbinic opinions concerning countertop materials that have the ability to be kashered from milk to meat, vice versa or for passover, we can supply you with your desired countertop material, be it granite, composite stone, etc. Any and all countertops need to be thoroughly cleaned by boiling water in between all meat and dairy operations. No matter what your daily use is, keep in mind that cleanliness is fundamental in keeping kosher.  

Often times an extra set of dishes, utensils, cookware, and serveware are kept in a kosher kitchen. These items tend to be used often because they are utilized when meat or dairy dishes are served. The storage of these extra items is vital and naturally, extra cabinets are necessary for the storage of these items. We can help you design seamless and beautiful storage options to maximize storage. There are a variety of options such as replacing standard shelves and drawers with modular wire shelves and baskets that could be configured in a variety of ways so that the available interior cabinet space is expanded and used to it’s full potential. 

Of course, if there are any questions that arise during the design of kosher kitchens you should seek rabbinic guidance and after that feel free to contact us.

Bradco Kitchens & Baths
6011 West Pico Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90035

Phone: (323) 936-3457
Fax: 323.939.9354

Why Choose Green Cabinetry?

Green Cabinetry in the kitchen

Green cabinetry is on the rise and as the world strives to reduce it’s carbon footprint, it’s only going to get bigger. People are becoming more conscious of the environment every day. The great thing about green cabinetry is that it’s good for your health!

So what is it all about? When someone says they want green cabinetry, they are looking for cabinetry with the least toxic materials possible. The cabinetry should also be built from sustainable materials. It’s important to go through the process of FSC certification for your cabinetry especially if you’re trying to build a project that gets lead points (think points from government and tax incentives).

FSC stands for Forest Stewardship Council, and their mission is to promote the environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world’s forests through standards development and certification. This organization has been around since 1993 as a market-based conservation tool to promote responsible forestry. As a business, it’s especially important to have your products FSC certified because they fulfill corporate social and environmental responsibility goals when it comes to green cabinetry. It shows your support for responsible forest management in the eyes of customers, businesses and the public.

Purebond Plywood

Most non-green cabinets contain a very dangerous chemical: urea-formaldehyde, generally found in the glue or preservation of cabinets. The presence of urea-formaldehyde will seep harmful fumes into your household for years. Not only can it can cause runny eyes and nose, but it’s also been proven to cause cancer. This is why you want to buy cabinets compounded from urea formaldehyde-free plywood called PureBond from Colombia Plywood. This product also has low to no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC),  which otherwise could cause asthma or other severe health complications. These VOC chemicals are especially dangerous for children and animals because they sink to the ground and are very difficult to get rid of.

Another option of green cabinetry would be to make your cabinet doors from recycled wood. A factory can have other green components such as recycling sawdust created in-house.  You want to be conscious of all these options to make your green cabinet search as non complicated as possible. The closer the cabinet maker is to the job site, the less carbon footprint there will be on your cabinetry work.

Lyptus Cabinets

So what type of wood products are best to use for green kitchen cabinets? You generally want to use fast growing lumber or grass. The most popular materials would be bamboo, Lyptus (fam of eucalyptus), Alder, European beachwood, etc. All lumber should be readily available and NOT from something like a majestic hundred year old oak tree, which serves better as a tree than your kitchen drawers. For “finishing” your cabinets, you want to use VOC-free stains or water-based stains and paint. Today’s water based stains are more durable than oil based and they don’t turn yellow!

There is virtually no difference in appearance or design between green and regular cabinetry. Be wary of some companies that will try to overcharge you; they’re only slightly more expensive than regular cabinets. They also take the same amount of time to install. You’re getting the same look and process without harming the planet or your body. All of this makes green cabinetry a no-brainer. Start making positive changes in your house by going green and choosing green cabinetry.

For more information on the benefits of green cabinetry or to find out about purchasing this type of material contact us at Bradco Kitchens & Baths
6011 West Pico Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (424) 209-2309
Fax: 323.939.9354

Free Cabinet Installation in Los Angeles

If you have been starving for a sign to help you decide whether or not to make some remodeling improvements to your kitchen, sink your teeth into this:

Bradco is announcing our new promotion beginning November 1, 2011 through November 15, 2011 of free, yes that is FREE, cabinet installation! Cabinets can be selected from five different designer lines.

Wouldn’t it be great to have new cabinets in your kitchen, especially when you are going to end up paying a fraction of the regular price?

At Bradco, we know that running deals and promotions are a great way to give you that extra nudge of incentive to go ahead with creating the kitchen of your dreams. That is why we at Bradco are more than happy to offer you this early holiday treat.

For the fine print and details click here.

At Bradco Kitchens and Baths there is something for everyone. Whether you have traditional or contemporary taste or are working with a small or large budget, our professional designers will tailor your kitchen to fit your style and your wallet.

Mr. & Mrs. Rick Fritz

A few weeks back your company helped repair our kitchen cabinents.The work done along with the services we received was prompt and courteous. The workmanship of the repair was excellent also. Knowing that Bradco backs up their merchandise and sends quality firms such as yourselves out to their customers will have us returning to your store.

Thank you. Happy Holidays to everyone at Bradco and B&R Construction. Kindest regards.

A Chat With an Interior Designer

Here is your opportunity to get some insider perspective straight from Bradco Designer, Joanne, who took the time to answer a few specific questions:

1. Let’s say I’m a new home owner starting to work on my cabinets. How do you choose the right style and color to accommodate a kitchen?

“First and foremost, know the style of your house. The style of the kitchen should be based on the style of the house. The two themes should go hand in hand so that the designs flow together. This tip is not only an important cosmetic feature but also a money saver. Consider this: It’s more economical to work with a pre-existing kitchen base and make specific stylized adjustments than it would be to start from scratch. Work with what you have and make the improvements from there; a few key changes can make a huge difference in the finished product.”

2. How would you select colors that best suit my space?

Choose kitchen colors based on your floor.

“Kitchen colors should be chosen based on the floors. Generally we suggest complementing color schemes. For instance, dark wood floors go well with light furnishing choices and light-colored tile floors go well with dark-colored furnishings. These scheme tips help to make unique shades more prominent. As always these suggestions are dependent upon personal preference and/or budget. To echo the previous answer of working with your home’s existing style, you could always pick a specific architectural feature that you want to highlight and make that element more prominent in the kitchen. For example, if your home has many beams or unique crown moldings replicate those aspects in handle choices or decorative elements. Keep in mind that if there is already a large amount of wood in your home and your goal is to tone down that element; a simple solution is to paint the cabinets. Earth tones are usually a good stand-by choice for any home.”

3. How do you establish a budget and how would you accommodate someone on a low budget?

Modern kitchen with alternating colors and tile back splash.

“What is your home worth? Budgets are derived from the value of the home and your cash flow. If money is tight, make a list and put major priorities on top to make sure those items are taken care of before anything else. It is advisable to set aside twenty percent of your budget to handle the unexpected to be more safe than sorry. There are always budget saving options available such as: using maple butter blocks, countertops made from recycled material, or utilizing tile for a back splash in place of the more expensive marble options.”

4. How long does the kitchen remodeling process usually take?

If you want custom cabinets they should be ordered first since they take the longest to make.

“Generally the time can fluctuate depending on how much work needs to be done on a particular kitchen. Keep in mind that if you decide to choose custom cabinets, they should be the first item ordered since they take the longest to make. An average job can take two months so prepare your meal options accordingly.”

5. Do you incorporate eco-friendly aspects in your design and what are you favorite products? Are you an advocate of eco-friendly solutions?

Countertop made from recycled material, by Vetrazzo.

“Double yes. I can truly get behind the eco-friendly products and often suggest this option to clients. There have been many advancements in price alternatives these past years making eco-friendly a more viable option for everyone. My most recommended options are countertops made from recycled materials and formaldehyde-free plywood for cabinets. Plywood is my choice because it’s easy to work with and good for people who have allergies.”

6. What are some new trends that have been popular in 2011?

“Definitely functionality over design is a major trend that has played into this year. More clients are not over-designing and less over-stylized concepts are currently being applied to kitchens. Less bells and whistles sort of speak.”

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If you have any questions about any products or services of Bradco Kitchens contact us at:

Phone: 323.936.3457
Fax: 323.939.9354
Toll Free: 866 4 Bradco ( 272326 )