Are you in the market for new cabinets? Here’s a tip you should keep in mind when selecting the type of wood the cabinets are made out of:
No matter which wood type you choose for your new kitchen or bath cabinetry, no two pieces of wood are exactly the same.
Stains are likely to exaggerate the difference between open and closed grains and other markings in wood. Grain variation and color change should be expected. As hardwood ages, it will darken when exposed to different types of light. Color differences or changes in wood can also be caused by exposure to harsh chemicals, extreme heat, or other contributing external conditions. In addition, wood species exhibit other defining characteristics, such as mineral deposits/streaks, knots, sap runs, pin holes, and wormholes. These markings make the wood unique and contribute to its enduring beauty.
Check out the kitchen remodel video below. It’s a time-lapse video that starts with the tear out of a dated kitchen, and ends with a beautiful kitchen that will make your friends drool.
Andon Martin is a highly experienced design consultant with a BS in Housing Studies from Oregon State University. His collaborative style helps developers, builders and homeowners meet their individual goals on design and budget.
There are an infinite number of cabinet design combinations available, which can make the selection process a bit daunting. This article highlights three popular cabinet designs and provides readers with a head start on finding the right kitchen cabinets to fit their needs. The design experts at Parr Cabinet Design Center are well versed in cabinet designs from modern to traditional, so schedule a free design consultation today to start your project.
In the past, kitchens weren’t prominent rooms in our homes. Instead, they were often hidden away and simply considered places to prepare food. Until the late 60s, home design favored separating the kitchen from the main living area with at least a door but often a full hallway. Even more extreme were the layouts of English manors, such as those seen on Downton Abbey, where the kitchen was located on a completely different level than the main living areas. Homeowners wanted guests to see an orderly and beautiful home rather than the mess that was required to prepare the meals. Today, this concept is about as popular as wearing a bustle and as practical as employing a valet.
With a booming housing market and nation-leading housing price gains, Portland homeowners are remodeling their homes, especially their kitchens. Kitchen design elements continue to evolve from the trends that were popular over the past few years and kitchen cabinets are at the center of that evolution. The designers at Parr Cabinet Design Center regularly expand and reinvent their design repertoires. As a frontrunner in the industry, here are some of the major kitchen cabinet trends that Parr has been tracking and implementing this year:
If you are interested in learning about Universal Design or considering the concept for your custom home or remodel project, Parr Cabinet Design Center is an ideal resource. We can explain the products and concepts that make Universal Design an efficient, affordable, and long-term benefit for your next construction venture.
Though kitchen remodels are among the most popular, rewarding, and valuable home improvements, without the proper plan and guidance they can be very expensive and risky. According to the 2015 Remodeling Impact Report from the National Association of Realtors, a complete renovation of a 210-square-foot kitchen has a national median cost of $60,000 and can recover 67% of that cost at selling time. Recognizing the cost and value of a kitchen remodeling project can help minimize the risk and save time and money. Parr Cabinet Design Center can help you determine a budget, design the layout, choose a contractor, select the right kitchen cabinets and countertop, and avoid some of the common pitfalls.
In the market for kitchen cabinets? Aesthetics are important, but here’s a quick guide to help you recognize key elements of cabinet construction and quality.
The stability and durability of a kitchen cabinet depends on the quality of its box construction. So how do you determine whether or not a box is built to last? Look for how it is reinforced. The box is most commonly made from particleboard, MDF, or plywood. Look for triangular braces in the corners of the box or a beam brace that runs in a dado slot along the inside of the side panels or along the back. These methods will ensure the box remains rigid and stable.