Hey peeps! Wow, exciting things are happening at the flip these days. The kitchen and den aren’t going to know what hit them by the time things are through, that’s for sure.
Speaking of the kitchen, I seem to remember that I promised you guys a little series about tricking it out with cabinets from a big box store!
Let’s get started, shall we?
We’ve done plenty of fully custom kitchens (5 of them so far!), but we’ve lusted after the Martha Stewart line of cabinets from Home Depot for awhile and we thought it was high time to give them a whirl. Martha’s cabinets are semi-custom – in the world of cabinetry, they fall somewhere in the middle in terms of cost and customization.
If you’re thinking about using big box cabinetry in your kitchen remodel, here’s how to get started!
1. Scope out your options. There are a few big box retailers out there, from Home Depot to Ikea, etc., that offer semi-custom cabinetry. Do your homework and check out all the different product lines and finishes that they offer. You may find that you really love the options available at one retailer over another. In my case, I’m in love with Martha’s line, so my search was short and sweet.
2. Make sure it works with your budget. We all know that cabinetry prices can vary wildly between custom, semi-custom and off the shelf. But did you know that even in the narrow category of “semi-custom cabinetry from the Martha Stewart line at Home Depot” there are huge price variations? Tis true.
As a general rule of thumb, cabinets are priced per linear foot, and that price includes standard-sized uppers and lowers. The price also depends upon the door style that you choose – in Martha’s line, the price ranges from $79 for the most basic door to $200 for the fanciest door. The doors that we liked best ranged from $106 for the Wainscott to $178 for Skylands.
The “price per foot” of cabinets seems to be just a guide, though – somehow the price manages to go up, ha!
3. Scope out the other goodies. Cabinets are lots of fun, but cabinets + counter tops = even more fun. :) I knew that Home Depot carried marble, granite and other solid surface counter tops, but I didn’t know that they only charged for their material by the foot. That’s a HUGE deal! You see, stone yards charge by the slab – that means that you have to pay for a full slab, even if you only use a little tiny bit of it. You can get around that issue by buying a remnant piece of counter top from a fabricator, but then your selection is really, really limited. (If you more info about this topic, read this post.)
This is an especially good deal if you need bathroom counter tops which require just a few feet of material, or if you want a kitchen island in a contrasting material with “wow” factor. Can you tell that I’m excited about this?
4. Make an appointment with the big box kitchen designer. You can absolutely design the kitchen by yourself – goodness knows you can’t stop me from doing it! But . . . and this is a big “but” . . . you really do need the expertise of the kitchen designer. The designer knows all the ins and outs of the product, and has access to a handy binder with all the available options. You have no such binder. So by all means, have a vision of the finished kitchen in your head, have drawings, make a diorama, whatever – but remember that you need the kitchen designer to actually make it happen.
5. Make an appointment to have your kitchen measured. Home Depot knows that you can’t be trusted with a tape measurer, so they have a licensed and insured contractor come out to your home and take the measurements of your kitchen for you. Hallelujah! You can have them measure before or after the existing kitchen is demo’d – the final round of measurements won’t be taken until any changes being made to the shell of the kitchen have been framed out. In our case, we wanted to speed the process up and had the first round of measurements taken while the kitchen still looked like this:
However, they’re coming to take the final measurements this week, now that the kitchen looks like this:
(That’s the kitchen on the right.)
6. Prep for your appointment with the kitchen designer. Start scheming. Schedule the wrecking ball. Pull out the graph paper and get to drawing.
That’s all for now -stay tuned for the second installment, and for more updates on the flip!