Wood countertops have been making a comeback in recent years. Many of our clients love the idea of using wood countertops for warmth and contrast in design. And it’s a great idea! We most often recommend wood countertops for an island or even a portion of the island as a focal feature in the kitchen.
Why do we recommend wood countertops?
We recommend wood countertops for three reasons. Wood countertops are more sanitary than you may think! Some species naturally inhibit bacteria growth, while a quality clear coat finish seals the wood for an easily cleaned surface. Secondly, wood countertops are a durable surface for hard-working kitchens. Thirdly, wood offers warmth both visually (the color) and tangibly (in contrast to cold stone surfaces) and a gorgeous, natural style.
What types of wood species are available for countertops?
Countertops are offered in many wood species such as cherry, maple, hickory, walnut, teak, or sapele mahogany. After you choose a wood species, you can choose a stain color and a finish. A natural finish will benefit from a regular application of food-grade mineral oil to keep it from drying out and seals the wood. Or a quality clear topcoat will seal the wood for easy clean-up and protection against water.
Why are designers using two different countertop materials in one kitchen?
A well-designed kitchen uses a combination of materials to provide both strong and subtle contrasts. Contrast is distinctive and is necessary for a well-defined space. But blending textures using wood countertops creates a harmonious balance which makes us think: “there is something so inviting about this space.”
What other tips can you give us?
If you use your wood countertop as a cutting or chopping surface, be willing to accept cuts and scratches on the surface. A redeeming quality of a wood surface is the scratches can be sanded out!
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While there are a wealth of details in cabinet design styles, they all fall into two main groups: framed and unframed. Framed cabinets, with a raised panel of wood circulating the perimeter of the face of the cabinets, offers a warm, traditional look. If you’re looking for a warm and inviting style that fits with traditional aesthetics, then framed cabinets are the way to go. Unframed cabinets, consist simply of single, sleek panels as the faces of the cabinets. These types of cabinets are excellent for conveying a modern and sophisticated style.
After you’ve decided whether you want to go traditional or modern, the next step is to choose the material your cabinets will be constructed from. If you’re looking at wooden cabinets, then maple, cherry, oak, and pine are all gorgeous choices that won’t put too large of a strain on your wallet. If you have a bigger budget, then you may want to consider ebony, walnut, or bamboo for a more custom look. Many modern frameless cabinets are made of synthetic materials. Materials like glass, laminate, and lacquer. These materials offer more flexible and unique styles. If you’re looking to create a modern kitchen that stands out and impresses your guests, then looking into these modern materials will be beneficial.
Many homeowners do not require any sort of custom design in their kitchens. However, there are many others who find that the design of custom kitchen cabinets fits their lifestyle better and makes working in the kitchen much easier. Of course, custom kitchen cabinets will cost more than the regular stock cabinets, but if you have room in your budget, it’s definitely worth the expense for all the trouble it will save.
It is recommended that you clean the interior and exterior of your kitchen or bath cabinets once a month with a clean cloth and dry immediately with a cloth. Any spills need to be wiped up as they occur, they could soak in and leave permanent damage or discoloration to your cabinet’s finish. It is advisable to dust or vacuum panel ledges, use caution around the edge profiles and use vacuum attachments that are soft.
Paper towels are often not recommended because of their abrasiveness. The best option for wiping kitchen cabinets is a clean, soft cloth. Avoid using your dishcloth to clean or dry cabinets because they could have remnants of grease or harsh detergents. Always dry the interior and exterior of your cabinets with a clean cloth using light pressure. A common cause for damage to cabinetry is over scrubbing during maintenance which can raise the gloss and destroy the original finish.
Avoid using harsh detergents, strong soaps or any cleaners that have abrasive additives, bleach, or ammonia in them. If food or grease gets on your cabinets dampen a clean cloth with a mild soap and water mixture. Following the cleaning, rinse and wipe any existing moisture off the front and back doors of the cabinets. Liquid waxes and self-polishing waxes contain cleaners or silicone and can cause deterioration on the cabinets finish. Furniture polish can be used if waxing is preferred. Make sure to wipe off any extra polish to avoid buildup.
Since starting in 1999 Koch and Co continue making improvements to their kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Keeping up with the times is important to the company. Here’s some of the things they’ve been doing to stay on trend. The finish is now applied flat lined. This results in a thicker, more durable application that’ll outlast the competitions. Since the cabinets are made in their factory making changes to keep up with current door style trends is easy to do versus those who outsource. Koch has been able to simplify cabinet construction while keeping it stronger with a ½” back, making it more durable than competitors at similar price levels. Getting rid of the middle style on wall cabinets has not only added more space and accessibility, but looks much cleaner. As far as hardware goes Koch now offers plenty of premium upgrades. Self-closing drawer guides, under mount drawer guides, concealed hinges, and soft closing hinges just to name a few.
We’re proud carry such an innovative cabinet line!
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With all of the recent natural disasters occurring, we here at Cabinet Factory Outlet, Plus are taking action to relieve these areas affected. Wildfires in the west and hurricanes in the south and east have taken a toll on the landscape. Here in the Omaha metro we’re having our trees destroyed by the worst infestation of the Japanese beetle ever according to the Omaha World Herald. Being in the cabinet industry we like to keep a close eye on the issue of deforestation and do our best to make sure we’re doing anything to help.
We’d like to invite you guys, the customers to do the same. The Arbor Day Foundation is a fantastic organization helping combat deforestation in communities across America that need it most. Visit https://www.arborday.org to make a donation and get a tree planted in your honor or for a loved one. Under the “Donate” tab on their website you’ll find multiple ways to have your donation count.
Amber and Dana have recently joined our kitchen design team! We’re happy to have them aboard, here’s a bit about them:
Amber Evenson grew up in Wisconsin where she went to school and graduated with a degree in Interior Design. After traveling the world, she has settled down making Omaha her new home. She enjoys cooking, traveling, and the outdoors. Her favorite part of kitchen design is helping people understand how they use their space, and creating kitchens they will love for years to come.
Dana graduated from Iowa State University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interior Design. She has made her career in kitchen and bath design for over 35 years. She enjoys keeping up on trends in the industry through the educational articles and programs provided by the National Kitchen and Bath Association. In 1995 she received her Certification as a kitchen designer from the NKBA, since then she has actively participated on the board of officers for the Nebraska/Kansas Chapter of NKBA. Dana’s attention to detail transforms dreams into reality, you can be confident that your project will be efficient as well as beautiful. “I love kitchen design, because every case is different and poses new design challenges to overcome.”
According to homeadvisor.com the national average cost of a kitchen remodel is $21,658. With this in mind you could shoot for above or below that price. Here’s a guide to paying for your remodel and what to expect with your budget. Many people under estimate the cost of a remodel. Kitchen cabinets are only approximately 30% of the total cost for a kitchen remodel. Other costs can include: design fees, install, lighting, countertops, appliances, flooring, walls, ceilings, and plumbing. For lower cost kitchens here are a few tips for keeping your costs down.
- Re-use your appliances.
- Save on design fees by utilizing our totally free kitchen design service.
- Switch out granite or quartz for a laminate top
- Pick something that works with your existing layout and flooring.
- If possible, complete the project in phases
Unavoidable expenses would mostly be those of the cabinets, which can vary in price. Also, the cost of installing them is usually an expense you don’t want to skip out on. Installing your own kitchen cabinets can be risky or hiring a low cost contractor can lead to less than desirable results. The average cost for a good contractor can be up to $60 an hour. For your Omaha kitchen remodel we have a list of contractors we can refer you to and find one that’s appropriate for your budget.
Above all, it’s important when going into a project this big that you have an extra few thousand dollars for security. Projects of this scale have a lot of components and it’s not uncommon to tear things apart and need to update some of the bones of the house. Planning an exact number for a kitchen remodel is unrealistic in itself so give yourself a window of a few thousand dollars.