July 01, 2012
Kitchen cabinets account for over half the cost of a remodeling project according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Making price driven decisions, can sometimes lead to shoddy cabinet selections. Kitchen cabinets are at eye-level and can consume a good portion of kitchen space, making them a valuable design feature in the kitchen, emphasizing the importance of selecting quality cabinets.
Quality is subjective, every homeowner has a different set of expectations they are looking for in kitchen cabinets. “I know I like to get the best products money will buy, but I often have to settle with what I can afford. I still try to buy the best quality even when it will cost a little extra, it is worth it because of the longevity of the product,” said Toby Leary, Owner of Toby Leary Fine Woodworking.
Consumer Reports conducted a survey regarding the quality of kitchen cabinets, stock cabinets versus custom cabinets and found, “Readers we surveyed who bought the least expensive kitchen cabinets were likelier to have problems down the road.” This supports the truth behind the cliché, “you get what you pay for.”
When selecting kitchen cabinets homeowners must consider the pieces that will go into each cabinet. Make sure cabinet materials are solid and withstand the pressure of items that will be placed inside, like heavy plates and serving dishes. “Wood materials will hold up better to wear and tear,” warned Toby. A homeowner does not have to be an expert in woodworking to discern quality cabinets. Thicker materials will prove more support than thinner materials. Thinner materials can bow under the pressure of heavy cookware.
Investigate construction of the cabinet box. Look for how the joints are constructed, where the side and back panels meet on the cabinet...Kitchen cabinets are opened and closed frequently and endure a certain amount of abuse. Decide if the materials used for brackets and glides are satisfactory.
“Custom cabinets will offer features you cannot always find on stock cabinets, like soft close or full extension drawer guides,” said Toby. Feel the finish, a good finish can make a difference in how much humidity and grease a kitchen cabinet can sustain and will greatly affect the look a homeowner is trying to achieve.
Does size matter? Measure the space dedicated for cabinets. “Basic stock size cabinets ready to purchase from the store, don’t offer a lot of size options,” said Toby. Specific measurements for wall and floor cabinets can limit choices from a store, which tend to carry only standard sizes.
For more information about this company, call (774) 836-5571, or visit their website at, http://www.tobyleary.com.
About Toby Leary Fine Woodworking
Toby Leary Fine Woodworking is a full-service design, construction and building company specializing in high-end finish trim and custom casework. Established in 2003 by Toby Leary, the business has grown and is now operating out of an 11,000 square-foot facility at its headquarters in Hyannis, MA. Toby Leary Fine Woodworking is the area’s direct source for fine architectural and woodworking services. The staff includes designers, construction supervisors, custom furniture and cabinet makers, and highly skilled finish-trim carpenters. They have an A+ rating with the BBB and serve Martha’s Vineyard, Hingham, Osterville, Cohasset, Weston, Wellesley, Newton, Wayland and Chatham.
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