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Contrasting Perimeter/Island Cabinets

One of the most common ways to create a two-toned kitchen is to have a contrasting finish on the island while keeping the all the perimeter (wall) cabinets the same. We recommended keeping the perimeter cabinets light as they provide a neutral backdrop for the island finish. The kitchen island, the centerpiece of your kitchen, should be the show stopper! For a more traditional look, you can go for a warm wood stain for the island finish and pair it with a white or similar painted cabinet on the perimeter to finish the look.

Changing up the Upper and Lower Cabinets

Recently, we have seen contrasting finishes between the upper and lower cabinets. It’s a great twist to this kitchen cabinet trend! For balance, our designers recommend keeping the upper cabinets lighter in color, such as white, oyster, or light gray painted, and have the lowers be a darker shade. If you do the opposite, it looks like the upper cabinets are too heavy for the space.

Same with the design of contrasting perimeter and island finishes, you can have fun with the finish combinations. We see a lot of light painted finishes selected for the top with a darker paint or stain for the bottom cabinets, but you can also switch it up with stained finishes for a more traditional look.

Pairing Cabinets and Countertops

 

 

Matching your kitchen cabinets and countertops can be a tricky task. There are hundreds of possibilities for each, which means thousands of different possible combinations. All of these options may get a bit overwhelming, so we’ve assembled this handy guide to walk you through some of your options.

Modern Minimalism

If you prefer a more modern, minimalistic look in your kitchen, you probably want to go with a frameless cabinet with a full overlay type door style that is not too ornate. Or, perhaps a slab door style with a laminate or an exotic veneer. Depending on your preferred color palette, you can go with a solid painted door or go with a wood species with a calmer grain pattern with a stain. Your modern countertops should be something subtle with clean edges blend in with the simple lines of the cabinetry. Choose some sleek stainless steel appliances to go with it, and your new modern kitchen will be complete!

Keep it Traditional

If your tastes tend to be a bit more traditional, you would possibly like framed cabinets with inset doors. Darker woods such as oak, cherry, mahogany, and walnut will add warm tones to your traditional kitchen for that classic feel. A traditional kitchen design involves careful attention to details, such as more ornate door styles and moldings. For your traditional kitchen’s counters, granite, marble, wood or patterned engineered stone will help complete the look.

Best of Both Worlds

If you can’t decide whether to go modern or traditional, your design taste lies somewhere in the middle. Transitional style is a beautiful combination of modern and traditional that is sure to create a beautiful kitchen. Before starting on your transitional kitchen design project, it is important to have a clear theme in mind. It may help you to search for design ideas on the internet and print pictures of elements that you like from both modern and traditional. Allow your designer can help you figure out how to put them together.

Our designers and free design process here at Cabinet Factory Outlet are ready to help you find the perfect cabinet and countertop pairing.

What Cabinets Should you Pick?

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.

Solid Wood Countertops

Aesthetics.

  • The wood countertops will grant your kitchen that natural warm appearance you always longed for. The wide variety of wood species that we offer translates into a similarly wide variety of colours and shades, allowing you to find the perfect match for your kitchen and home. Expressions of the Mother Nature’s play, individual variations in colour and grain patterns or individual marks will further add personality and make your top quite unique. Unlike many other materials that are heavily promoted by diverse fashion trends and then sooner or later enter a shadow cone, the solid wood, due to its friendly and familiar glow, remains a choice that will always be in fashion, no matter how the interior architecture will evolve. There is no man-made material that can compete with the hardwood’s naturalness, variety and beauty, neither there is another material that can better grant us that sense of “home comfort” the way the wood does. Needless to say, hardwood surfaces blend naturally with wood cabinetry and hardwood floorings, visually tying the kitchen together in a harmonious whole. Our designers are here and willing to help you find the right wood top with our free kitchen design service. 

Functionality.

  • Despite its hardness, the wood surface does not dull the knife-edges; and because it represents a natural material, with a minimum of chemical, synthetic components, it is extremely safe in contact with foods. The wood countertops become, thus, the Chef’s favourite option when it comes about cutting, slicing and chopping, for preparing and rolling dough, as well as for many other kitchen duties. The feedback we got from many customers, contractors and business partners suggests that no other countertop surface can offer a similar multi-functionality. The hardwood surfaces considerably attenuate the clatter even in the noisiest houses and provide a surface much gentler with porcelain, glass and crystal items than most other materials.

 

Durability.

  • If cared for, there is no reason your countertop wouldn’t last a lifetime. As a matter of fact, not only it is likely that your children will be using it, but, as it ages, the wood will get a more attractive look. The European beech, the oak and the maple that we proudly supply are counted among the most durable wood species available. Each and every lamella you can see within our wood tops was carefully selected before being processed into butcher block-type panels. Beside this fact, our full warranty against delamination will further reinforce the warranty for your countertop life span.

 

Easy maintenance.

  • The mineral oil that we recommend for finishing offers a fairly good overall protection. Most of the stains that might occur can be removed by using a moist cloth, while the persisting stains, scratches and scars will be easily removed by sanding the area where they occur. A new coat of oil will make your countertop look new again; in fact, the wood countertop represents the only renewable area from your entire kitchen.

Hygiene.

  • Scientific studies proved that the wood surfaces are much less prone to bacterial colonization than plastic, laminate or stainless steel surfaces. The studies, aiming at micro organisms such as Escherichia coli, Staphylococus aureus, Campylobacter jejunii, Listeria monocytogines, Salmonella sp. that constitute the cause for the most frequent food diseases found that while the great majority of solid surfaces (including polyester plastic, laminates and granite) allowed the bacteria to persist and multiply (although they were easily cleaned and disinfected), the wood surfaces killed the bacteria within 3 minutes, without any external intervention. These bactericide properties the wood chemical structure strongly exhibits are likely to promote the wood tops as the first choice of a health-conscious person.

Versatility.

  • Not only the wood countertop does allow a wide variety of options regarding the edge profiles, but it also matches the most integrated kitchen solutions (like granite insertions, stainless steel grids, drain boards or knife slots or holders, etc). Hardwood surfaces can be used as an island top, as a section of countertop, as an inserted kitchen cover or as a butcher block hidden under the countertop that can be pulled like a drawer. Your imagination will surely find plenty of other interesting, nice-looking applications.

Price.

  • The average price for wood countertops falls far below the prices of granite, marble, solid surface, tile, concrete or steel tops. As long as don’t want to spent your entire kitchen allowance on countertops, but you also want something different than laminates, than look no further; since the solid wood appears to be the most affordable material you can use. If we are to define the quality as a specific blend of aesthetics and functionality, then we strongly believe that the solid wood countertops would offer the best price/quality ratio. This is a fact that we tried to emphasize in the table below, by listing very briefly the most relevant pros and cons for the main materials you might consider for your kitchen tops

Reface or Replace?

If you’re tired of your old kitchen and want to give it a facelift, you have two options. You can replace your cabinets which can be a considerable expense when you factor in demolition, replacing the cabinets, replacing the hardware and fixing any damage done during the installation. If you’re completely remodeling your kitchen, this is the recommended choice. It allows you to start fresh, and redesign your kitchen changing the layout. This can cost you some serious money, but you end up with a new kitchen.

The second option is to reface your cabinets. This consists of using the existing cabinet boxes, occasionally including the doors and hardware, and upgrading your kitchen cabinets. This is much more budget friendly and when well, can give you a beautifully updated kitchen.

Let’s look at the pros and cons of replacement vs updating old kitchen cabinets, including exactly what the refacing process entails and the best circumstances for each option.

Updating Old Kitchen Cabinets: The Refacing Process

Refacing kitchen cabinets consists of installing new drawer fronts and cabinet doors and covering the face frames of your existing cabinet boxes with wood or plastic veneer. The entire process takes between two and four days to complete. If you are keeping your existing doors and drawer fronts, they are roughed up and refaced. The boxes are then covered with veneer and then any nail holes are filled. The cabinets can then be stained or painted if desired.

Refacing is an option if several criteria are met. First, your existing cabinet boxes must be of good quality and condition. If you live in an older home, wood cabinet boxes were generally made of higher quality than today’s cabinets. These can be good candidates for refacing. Next, it makes sense to reface your cabinets if you are happy with your current kitchen layout. Finally, refacing your cabinets is a great choice if you have a modest budget and are looking for an update at a moderate price. In fact refacing costs about 1/3 to 1/2 the price of replacing your cabinetry.

Updating Old Kitchen Cabinets: Replacement

If you’re doing a complete remodel, or if funds and time aren’t a major consideration, updating old kitchen cabinets by replacing your existing cabinets offers a great deal of flexibility and many design options. Today, there is a huge selection of both stock and custom made cabinets. The variety of materials for new cabinetry is wide ranging.

If you choose the replacement option, pay special attention to the construction, quality of materials, door and drawer hardware, and interior accessories. Costs and options can vary widely. You also need to be aware that replacement can take significantly longer and be a more involved project than a simple refacing. You will need to allow time for ordering and delivering, or if you are having cabinets custom made, build time. The process of installation includes demolition, replacement and then repairing any damage cause during the removal and installation process. In addition, your access and use of your kitchen may be impacted and extremely limited during the course of the project.

An average replacement cost is two to three times as much as refacing, but in the end, you can have exactly the kitchen you want. Replacing cabinets is a great option if you have the budget and time is not a problem, and also if you are seeking to rearrange or add to your existing layout. Finally, if your existing cabinets are structurally damaged, or you’re looking for new features like soft closing doors and drawers or a properly fitting knife block, replacement is a better option.

Whether you choose refacing or replacement for updating old kitchen cabinets, make sure you hire qualified, experienced professionals to do the work. Both options give you the opportunity to improve the look and functionality of your kitchen. While replacement offers more options, refacing offers convenience and savings, but only if the work is done correctly by a professional cabinet installer.

 

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Pros and Cons of Common Kitchen Floor Plans

Every kitchen remodeling is unique regarding the aesthetic needs of the homeowner. Cabinets, appliances, flooring, tile, and countertops may be specific to each home, but kitchen designers typically stick to design templates concerning kitchen floor plan layouts.

These floor plans have become standardized specifically because they offer homeowners the most efficient use of space for their particular remodeling situations. Of course, there are often design variations within specific plans, but for this topic, let/s explore the pros and cons of the five most common kitchen floor plan shapes.

The L-Shaped Kitchen

The L-shaped kitchen is a well-established design whose ergonomics make it a sensible and popular choice for many homeowners. What makes it work is that it supports the kitchen work triangle with specific preparation, cooking and clean-up areas. The L-shape is a perfect choice for smaller kitchen spaces that cannot fit an island into the design or are not large enough to accommodate a “G-shaped” design.

The L-shape design is timeless and works well in any aesthetic style or décor. The shape refers to the floor plan layout where the kitchen design is built into a corner where two walls form a perpendicular angle, where one wall is at least twice as long as the other.

G-Shaped or Peninsula Kitchen Floor Plan

The G-shaped or peninsula kitchen is the term used to describe a situation where cabinetry includes a prep-area peninsula and four walls of storage. It got its name because this design resembles the letter “G” on a blueprint grid.

This design is an extension of the “U-shaped” kitchen and is often a logical upgrade for those homeowners who already have the U-shaped kitchen cabinetry installed. A G-shaped kitchen increases the number of base cabinets included in the design, and this increases storage space along with a more streamlined cooking area.

This design is popular not only for the increase in storage but also the facility offered to the home chef, surrounding them with a variety of close countertop options for prep and immediate access to cooking tools and supplies. The extra counter space is reachable during the entire food preparation process and can make preparing complex meals more efficient. It’s a great design for prep, cooking, and clean-up with all stations conveniently accessible to the central area of the kitchen. The peninsula or G-shaped kitchen offers a tighter countertopconfiguration that is perfect for larger kitchens.

The U-Shaped or Horseshoe Shaped Kitchen

The horseshoe or U-shaped kitchen features cabinets and appliances lining three walls. It’s an efficient design that is perfect for freeing up floor space in the kitchen.

The U-shaped kitchen maximizes wall space by using the walls for cabinets and appliances. The nature of the design makes it easy for the home chef to access various areas of the kitchen without needing to cross the room. If the existing kitchen doesn’t allow for three walls to be used, an island can serve the same function. The U-shaped kitchen works in many different kitchen styles, and the size of the space is not a determining factor. When designing the space, make sure to place your most used appliances within a single working triangle. This will allow you to use the space efficiently.

One Wall Kitchen Floor Plan

This design is built along a single wall. It’s typically found in smaller homes and efficiency or studio apartments and is used to conserve floor space and lower construction costs.

A one wall kitchen has all of the cabinets, countertops, and appliances built along one wall. This means that the homeowner must perform all of the tasks associated with cooking in a single space. Because of the limited space, a one wall kitchen will often contain smaller appliances like a compact refrigerator or range. These appliances are typically separated by the sink. Modern one wall designs will often feature an island located directly across from the wall which allows the chef more space to work. While this design does offer limited options, it does have benefits. A one wall kitchen allows the homeowner to prepare, cook, and clean-up in a single compact space which is very convenient. This layout has become more popular recently with owners who have plenty of space, yet want their kitchen to have a more open feel.

Galley or Corridor Kitchen

A galley kitchen is perfect for homes with a smaller space for a kitchen, which features more length than width. Regarding space, galley kitchens are economical but can be inefficient if not thoughtfully designed. This style is found in many apartments. While most homeowners would prefer more space, it’s important to understand that the galley kitchen is the choice of most restaurants and professional chefs because it can be an extremely efficient design if a proper kitchen triangle incorporated.

A galley kitchen works best when outfitted with open shelving and less cabinetry. Closed cabinetry can visually shrink the space and give it a more confined look and feel. A popular addition to the galley kitchen is a pass-through window to facilitate moving food from the kitchen to the dining area efficiently. Galley kitchen designs are cramped, but the can be incredibly functional if you carefully plan your design.

Your kitchen designer or design-build team can offer you more options regarding layouts for these five favorite designs. It is important when planning a kitchen remodel and choosing a floor plan, that you make sure to take your lifestyle and space needs into account. Chances are, you’ll find your perfect floor plan design in one of these five popular options

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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!

Corner Sinks for Saving Kitchen Space

At Cabinet Factory Outlet Plus in Omaha, we do more than kitchen cabinets. In fact, we can help provide the cabinets, countertops, sink and hardware to get you your dream kitchen. Our staff is also not only knowledgeable about our quality products, but are experts in the field of design. Designing your home’s kitchen for beauty and function is what we’re here to do.

One key component for kitchen design function is the placement of the sink. Your sink location depends on the placement of the kitchen cabinets, fridge and stove range, sink placement is between the fridge and the range. But often in smaller kitchen spaces, this isn’t ideal for maximizing space. When there is limited kitchen counter space in your Omaha home, our kitchen designers often place the sink in a corner. Corner sinks fill less useful corner kitchen countertop space with a useful function.

Incorrect planning of your kitchen layout will reduce the effectiveness of kitchen design. The decision for a corner sink should be taken at the design stage so that the right calculations are made. The sink is the place where most of the kitchen activities take place – from washing hands to food preparation – it’s critical to design it’s placement must be appropriate.

Allow our experts to assist in selecting kitchen cabinets, countertops and hardware, and consider our advice on kitchen design. Our education is pertinent to the success of your design, keeping in mind proper clearances and function. Getting the most out of your investment includes quality products and service, so let our Omaha kitchen design experts help with your dream kitchen.