Same Space, Better Kitchen
Smart design and clever techniques drive this remodel.
Synopsis: Frequently, a kitchen remodel is a project with a big price tag attached. For a couple of cost-conscious homeowners, Connecticut cabinetmaker Brent Benner crafted a new kitchen that proved to be the exception to that rule. To save money, Benner and the homeowners worked within the existing footprint of the house and enlarged the kitchen by annexing an adjacent closet. The homeowners opted not to replace the stone floor and two appliances (the refrigerator and dishwasher); also, they chose paint-grade materials for the new cabinets. To enhance value, the new cabinets, which include floor-to-ceiling units to maximize storage space on a 9-ft.-tall wall, are made with quality hardware. This article includes five tips for smart construction and installation: using integral doorstops; beading the doors one at a time; separating the cabinet and its base; customizing stock moldings; and using a French cleat to hang cabinets.
I knew the homeowners were fed up with this kitchen the moment I saw its drooping white particleboard shelves and cabinets that looked like they held the weight of the world. A drawer front had fallen off and rested in a void between the base cabinet and the wall; it was the final straw.
In today’s economy, everyone is trying to do more with less. Here, the homeowners wanted high-quality cabinetry that maximized storage without the costly expense of expanding the kitchen’s small footprint.
The line between budget and value
It’s a challenge for many people to get the kitchen remodel they dream of at a price they can afford, so inevitably, they compromise. On this job, the homeowners and I made a number of cost-saving decisions that led us through the maze of this project.
First, we decided to work with the existing space and footprint, maximizing a tall…