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  • Tips For A Better Home: Replacing Your Cabinets

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    Sometimes the most cost effective way to update your kitchen is simply replacing your cabinets. Instead of buying new counter tops, paint or a floor, changing your cabinets can make all the difference. Mark Feirer from This Old House discusses more:

    All kitchen cabinets need replacing, eventually. Whether they're falling apart after years of hard use or standing in the way of that work-triangle overhaul you've been planning, a coat of paint or new wood veneers simply won't save them.

    With so many door styles, finishes, and bells and whistles, such as built-in spice racks and pull-out pantries, to choose from, investing in new cabinets can be exciting. But with a lot of money at stake—cabinets account for about half the cost of a typical kitchen renovation—it can also be nerve-wracking. To get the most bang for the buck, it's important to focus not just on good looks but also on the quality of materials, the type of hinges and other hardware, and the joinery that holds the cabinets together. Those factors determine whether your cabinets will hold your affections for the long haul or soon force you to start shopping again.

    New, custom-built cherry cabinets echo the expertly fitted and handmade look of millwork in the rest of this 1904 Craftsman-style home. Flat-panel door with beaded detailing in varnished cherry; available from Frost Cabinets

    With the exception of drawers and a toekick, an upper and lower cabinet share the same basic elements.

    Carcass. Cabinet box; supports weight of countertop and items on its shelves.
    Corner Braces. Keep carcass square during transport and installation.
    Door. Four types: flat panel (shown), raised panel, slab, and glass front.
    Drawer. Moves on metal glides fitted to the sides or bottom.
    Face Frame. Stiles and rails that stiffen the carcass and provide a mount for hinges. (Not present with full overlay doors.)
    Hinge. Can be visible or hidden, depending on door type.
    Toekick. Closes gap at cabinet base and provides a recess for feet.

    Read more at This Old House

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