Monday, March 31, 2014
Storage plays a huge role in every home. Whether you have a big or small space, an effective storage system can help you make the most of your space. Cabinets and drawers are typical storage must-haves for most rooms, particularly for kitchens, entertainment rooms and walk-in closets. When building these storage systems, homeowners usually have to choose between modular cabinets and custom cabinet carpentry. Weigh up the pros and cons of each storage system to help you make a better decision.
Offering limitless options for designs and details, custom carpentry can be more difficult to pull off. The key is finding good carpenters or a reliable contractor who can execute your design.
When it comes to custom carpentry, the kitchen carcass and countertop is usually made of poured concrete, topped with your chosen material, most commonly natural stone. This provides a more stable foundation and resistance to wear and tear.
It may also be best to hire an interior designer who can maximize the functionality of your storage space and create a custom design to be followed by the carpenters. Molding may be applied for a more traditional or country design, while prints and patterns may also be incorporated with wall decals and murals. More modern finishes, mechanisms and handles may also be used.
A great option for those on a budget, custom cabinets are usually cheaper than modular cabinets. However, it takes more effort on the owner or designer’s part to communicate what they have envisioned for the design and oversee the construction to ensure the quality of the workmanship.
On the other hand, the more expensive modular cabinets are usually supplied by a one-stop shop for finishes, handles, mechanisms and organizers. Modular cabinets are pre-cut and pre-fabricated elsewhere and installed onsite with minimal construction work. For those who don’t want the headache of dealing with carpenters or the cost of hiring a designer, this option may be worth exploring.
There is a wide range of finishes, from melamine and HPL to graphic coat glass and frosted glass. Mechanisms may be awning type, sliding or swing out, among others. Some modular cabinet suppliers also have showrooms you can visit to see their craftsmanship, choose among swatches and discuss with their in-house designers.
While these suppliers have many finishes and textures to choose from, it still can’t beat the limitless options of custom carpentry. The expensive price may also be a deterrent for some homeowners, as the price may go as high as two or three times the cost of custom carpentry.