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10 Tips For Getting Through Your Kitchen Remodel

#1 Choose a contractor you feel comfortable with. Someone you can talk to and explains the process. Little things come up during the kitchen remodel. You’ll need to have good communication with the contractor

#2 Plan on a temporary kitchen in the area with your refrigerator, coffee pot, microwave, toaster, crock pot. Like your camping out in your own house. Where can you wash things up?

#3 While you have your current kitchen make up some easy meal plans. Crock pot meals, homemade casseroles, plan foil wrapped dinners and of course check out local restaurants.

#4 Don’t forget about your pets, demolition days you may want to plan to have a plan day away from the house.

#5 Depending on how much construction must be done this can be stressful to your whole family. Plan to spend time away from home and come home to see the changes. On intense demolition days you could plan a mini staycation  at a local motel and see your city like a tourist.  

#6 Safety first. Keep pets and  children from being a concern for contractors, keep small children out of work area and away from tools while the kitchen remodel is underway.

#7 Put away valuables and breakable, this keeps them safe, and clean.

#8 Plan on a good cleaning at the conclusion of the kitchen remodel. Kitchen cabinets will get dirty inside and out during the remodel process.

#9 Pack up things up according to when you’ll need them back in your new kitchen. Ornaments and such can wait, while a priority should be on functional items.

#10 It’s an exciting time, relax and go with the disruptions and have fun with the whole process. Although the process can be stressful just think off all the fun you’ll have in your new kitchen!

Cabinets and Humidity

When humidity conditions are high, which they can be here in Omaha, wood will absorb moisture and swell or expand. To avoid problems, it is recommended that relative humidity be maintained within a range of 35%-50%. Expansion and contraction of the kitchen and bath cabinetry often results from improper humidity levels during site storage, installation, or use. All solid wood is hygroscopic, meaning that when it is exposed to air it will release or pick up moisture until it is in equilibrium with the humidity and temperature climate. As humidity levels increase, wood products will expand due to moisture in the air. In a dry climate home with no humidifier, wood will shrink and expose gaps at the joints. Wood can expand and contract depending on the moisture content, but it does not always move equally or in the same direction. Larger cabinet doors are more prone to warping and center panels may also be affected by shrinkage. Although some cabinets have finishes on them, they will still take in moisture through contact with liquid or absorption through the air. This movement may cause hairline fractures in cabinets or drawers where the wood is joined.

Examples of humidity imbalance include swollen cabinet doors or drawer fronts, butt doors which no longer close properly, door or drawer front panel expansion or contraction, joint separation especially in mitered doors and bowing of rails and stiles. Some hardwoods, such as cherry and maple, are more sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity. Raw or unfinished wood can also show effects of humidity. Small lines in the finish may appear at joinery points if cabinetry is in unstable humidity conditions.

               The best way to balance humidity in your home is to make sure that you are consistently running air conditioning, dehumidifiers, and humidifiers if needed to help maintain proper levels of moisture; 35%-50%. During storage of your cabinets, keep them in a room temperature space with temperatures anywhere between 60 and 90 degrees. Before installing your new cabinets, bring them into the space they are going to be installed so the cabinets have time to acclimate to the temperature and environment. Check with manufacturer to ensure that you are keeping your cabinets at the proper level of humidity for their specific cabinets.

Cabinet Care

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.

Frameless Kitchen Cabinets

Often called “European style”, frameless cabinets have been becoming more popular in the US as of late. Typically the US market has praised kitchen cabinets with a face frame, but trends are bringing frameless into the lime light. Frameless cabinets are sometimes referred to as “full access” cabinets due to the fact that they offer up to 20% more storage space.

So how do they get away with this? Well frameless cabinets are built out of higher-grade case material. This keeps the cabinet strong while ditching the solid frame. Therefore, frameless kitchen cabinets are slightly more environmentally friendly as they use less resources. Although frameless cabinets tend to be the way to go for more modern looking kitchens they can also be used for more traditional kitchens while keeping that extra storage. Come down and talk to one of designers about making the switch to frameless cabinets!

Koch Cabinets Just Keep Getting Better!

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!

Benefits to Downsizing your Kitchen

When remodeling a few people are opting for a smaller space rather than typically expanding it. Downsizing has quite a few benefits. Opting for a smaller kitchen can promote a more intimate family experience, this can be said for all rooms in the house.  Another benefit of downsizing is kitchen organization. With less space to fill more of your budget could go into the cabinet organization. Here at Cabinet Factory Outlet we have plenty of options for your kitchen cabinets to become more functional. With companies like Rev-A-Shelf we can certainly deck out your kitchen cabinets with all of the bells and whistles to make your cabinets organized. Along those lines, another benefit of downsizing is the ability to buy higher quality kitchen cabinets you may not have been able to afford with a bigger space. Here at Cabinet Factory Outlet we have price ranges that are sure to fit your budget. Also, with less ground to cover opting for granite or quartz countertops over laminate could become a reality that might not have been before with a bigger layout.