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Turning Up The Heat: 3 Must for Your Summer Kitchen Remodel.

Summer has arrived and is quickly approaching its end, but it still isn’t too late to start your summer kitchen project to get ready for those busy holidays ahead. The Rugrats are about to go back to school and you are going to have more time on your hands to tackle some projects at home while they are away. The kitchen is the one room in a home that can instantly increase the value of any home, so we recommend you don’t let it go untouched for too long. Here are a few musts for your modern kitchen remodel.

  • Add Space! Living in a cramped kitchen is no way to perform your daily cooking task and certainly is not the way to entertain your guest. Adding space, by knocking down a wall or adding an extension may not always be a viable option for you or your home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add space. Your kitchen could have 10 different layouts, you just have to get creative. You can always make your space feel larger by brightening it up with a white shaker style cabinet and you can utilize the wall space you already have to convert your kitchen into a cooking paradise.
  • Add a large island! A large island or peninsula in your kitchen is absolutely a must have. This is a gathering point for anyone who enters your kitchen, the bigger the better. This area of your kitchen isn’t just somewhere to sit, it can also be used as prep space, a buffet style table, and the underneath cabinetry adds a tremendous amount of storage space.
  • An appliance garage. You don’t always have to stop your cabinetry where the back splash meets it. Extend your cabinetry all the way down to your countertops for even more increased storage. This will allow you to keep some of your larger amenities out of your base cabinets and hidden on your countertop. No more bending over to pick up that heavy mixer!

All of these musts are to help make your kitchen the best possible space it can be, weather its adding more space to gather with friends and family or adding more reachable storage to increase the productivity of your daily cooking, you certainly can’t go wrong.

John Morgan, Jr.

Check out St. Louis’ Premium Cabinets

Call us today at  314-499-8800  to schedule an appointment.

How to Make Your Kitchen Cabinets Attractive

Are you curious about what you add on your kitchen cabinet to make it more attractive?  A while back people used put microwave, electric can opener and much more placed under the wall cabinets as a form of art, but these days everything has changed and now you can attach maybe your smart phone and tablet plus other added decorations to hide unnecessary outlets like electric wires and so forth. Below are attractive add-ons that could work well in your cabinet, check it out:

Lighting: This will work for you especially if you are a minimalist, you do not have to leave your cabinets clear and void. Under cabinet lighting illuminates the area for food prep, particularly during evenings.

The most appropriate lighting to use is the LED strip light, keep in mind to always consult with your electrician for the most suitable lighting application because they keep on evolving over time.

Power: Likewise, you should try to make your outlet inconspicuous; it does not make sense spending all your money installing the perfect backsplash tile with unattractive power cords creeping out.

An under cabinet power outlet strips is definitely the way to go, nonetheless, seeing your electric cords hanging down from underneath your countertops is not attractive.

Tablet mount: An under cabinet tablet mount works out for anyone who is on the move, you might want to watch a cooking video, check your emails or have a personal Skype call. It is important to remember that if you have multiple devices that you want installed in your kitchen, always check out the lighting system so that they could use the same power outlet, it makes your kitchen seem so modern and technological.

Knife block: Consequently, this adds a little oomph to your cabinet, whoever came up with the knife block is a genius! It is slim and convenient; through the touch of a finger you can just swing the knife in and out.

Jar opening: You do not need to struggle with opening your bottles and jars, a jar opening is easy to install and it works best with people who have arthritis or if you need assistance with opening tough lids.

Stemware rack: Under the cabinet is exactly what you need for this stemware design, a perfect gift for anyone who like hanging out in the kitchen, it is functional and store a large number of glasses on a small amount of space. Nonetheless, if you do not use glasses more often you won’t need these beauties as they attract grease and dust.

Bottle holder: Subsequently, this wine bottles work well with the stemware but it should be at a range where the bottles will not feel the kitchen heat, the perfect way to optimize the space underneath your wall cabinet.

In conclusion, there are some ways that you might have used to make your kitchen more attractive and beautiful which you might want to share, feel free to contact Premium Cabinets.

5 Things to Consider When Designing Your Dream Kitchen

Top 5 things to Consider When Designing Your Dream Kitchen

  1. Apron/ farmhouse sink

  • Apron sinks can add a great decorative look to your kitchen. Many companies are creating and designing these sinks to fit in with traditional, modern, and contemporary kitchens with many different colors and materials to choose from.

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  1. Grey

  • Grey is one of the hottest trends in kitchen design today but don’t forget that trends come and go. If you love the idea of grey cabinets then maybe consider accenting your white cabinets with a grey island or vice versa.

  1. Glass Accents

  • Don’t be afraid to show off what’s inside of your cabinets, try accenting a few cabinets throughout the kitchen with a glass feature.

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  1. Built in amenities

  • When designing your dream kitchen try to remember how it’s going to function on a day to day basis. Built in amenities, such as trash can units, nested cutlery, or even spice racks can really help out with the functionality of your new space.

 

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  1. Island

  • The island is the center piece of your kitchen. This is where family and friends will gather, so don’t be afraid to give some extra attention to detail when designing your island. Having an Island is also a great opportunity for extra storage and additional seating in your space.

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Thank you,

John Morgan, Jr.

Premium Cabinets

tel:314-499-8800

PremiumCabinets.com/st-louis

 

Want to Sell Your Home for More Money? Here’s 5 Ways to Make It Happen

(One of those ways is of course to upgrade your kitchen)

 

A kitchen serves as both the place we have our food and also as the family’s gathering point. We do not only eat but also we have fun. Consequently, it is crucial that every member of the family feels comfortable with the interior of the kitchen.

Good kitchen cabinets should be all-wood having soft close drawers. In fact, kitchen cabinets define the features of a kitchen.  And when considering a kitchen remodel, the cost of kitchen cabinets and countertops is about 50% of the average kitchen remodeling project cost. Therefore, it is important to know the  options available.

However, both the aesthetics and functional factors should be considered before embarking on kitchen cabinets remodel.

The first step in kitchen cabinets remodel is choosing a style, Victorian or contemporary simplicity. Before you decide a cabinet style, you need to consider the overall theme and décor of the home and ensure that your choice should complement the existing theme of the entire house.

The second step is to consider spacing and measurements. Expanding the kitchen or remodeling the existing space will determine how much space you can allocate to the kitchen cabinets.

If not professionally or correctly done, a kitchen cabinets remodel can be a big mess and/or head ache. Some people believe that a kitchen cabinets remodel requiring the demolition of the old cabinets and making of new ones, has to be very expensive.

Methods such as cabinets striping, cabinets scraping, cabinets refacing, and cabinets full overlay have been considered efficient and inexpensive ways to remodel the kitchen cabinets. Quite a large number of people firmly believe in those methods and adopted them in remodeling their kitchens.

However, there is another option that is the same price or less, less strenuous, more convenient, and time-efficient than the methods highlighted above. It adds more beauty and value to your kitchen. In fact, the process involves new all-wood cabinets with soft close drawers in the style of your choice.

How can that be.  Traditional logic says that new cabinets will be very expensive.  That was true in the past.  But, these days we have  new options.  Manufactured cabinets are doing to custom cabinets what the manufacturing process has been doing to every other industry for years.  Creating quality products at great value.

The remodeling option in question is simply kitchen cabinets replacement. Yes, REPLACEMENT. Replacing your existing cabinets is far more profitable than going through repairs and refinishing. However, there is a secret to this method, and that is PREMIUM CABINETS.

Premium Cabinets is a company that specializes in the sale of highest quality cabinets at the best price. It is incredible that you can get brand new kitchen cabinets at our company for less than people can reface or refinish them for you.

How is this possible?

  1. We work directly with the factory; therefore, we eliminate the middlemen and their markups.

  2. We keep our overhead low.

  3. The cabinets are made to common sizes avoiding the high cost of labor for the production process.

Cabinets not only increase the value but also help a home sell faster. At Premium Cabinets, we guarantee the best value in cabinets today. Contact us on at www.premiumcabinets.com.

 

Thank you,

Randy Lorensen

Premium Cabinets

512-731-8778

randy@premiumcabinets.com

www.premiumcabinets.com

Country Linen Premium Kitchen

A Country Linen Kitchen You Would Want to Raise Your Family In

Brandi had a vision to have a warm, comfortable kitchen to raise her family and her vision came through with this Country Linen cabinet. She decided a farmhouse sink, an under the counter microwave and prep sink would provide the most functionality to this kitchen. The touch of a wood tile floor, butcher block counter and pressed metal ceiling gives this whole kitchen the country feel that Brandi really wanted. Premium Cabinets St. Louis helped create another beautiful kitchen.

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Country Linen Kitchen

Country Linen Sink Wall

John Morgan
Premium Cabinets St Louis
1645 Headland Dr
Fenton, Missouri 63026

Re-Facing Versus Replacing

10 Reasons to Re-place vs. Re-face

You have grown tired of your old “golden oak “cabinets from 1982. They need to go, but what to do? Re-face or Re-place? Decisions…decisions…decisions…

Maybe you have been told re-facing will be less time and money. Sometimes, that is the case. Sometimes not.

Here are 10 reasons re-placing may be the better option.

  1. Costs as much to reface as replace.
  2. Your 40 year old cabinets are in great shape inside and out. Really?
  3. Paying for labor when you reface, paying for cabinets when you replace
  4. Bigger mess in home during refacing. Trust me on this one.
  5. Many more interior cabinet options today, then when your kitchen was installed.
  6. Fixing problems (leaks, etc.) not just covering them up.
  7. Layout can be changed to reflect current lifestyle, tastes, needs, wants, etc.
  8. And no, it does not necessarily cost more to change your existing bad layout.
  9. More availability of finishes, styles, etc. when you replace.
  10. To summarize; if you could paint your 20 year old car, or buy a new one for the same price, what would you do.

If you need more convincing, go on-line to businesses that do re-facing and read the comments. I have one “mega national chain” on my news feed with some very un-happy clients who opted for re-facing. Many have an issue with veneer peeling off and having to replace old cabinets after all, which costs even more.

At Premium Cabinets, we want to educate our clients, so they can make the best decision for their family, their finances and their life style.  After all we want our clients to always,  “Love where they Live!”

Leslie Allison

Premium Cabinet Studio

9214 Nieman Rd

Overland Park, KS  66214

‘A Custom Look Without the Custom Price!’

Home Improvement Season

Tis is the Season!

Home improvement season, that is.

Since Spring is upon us, our neighborhoods are starting to fill up with lawn services, contractors landscapers, painters and re-modelers.

If you are lucky enough to be remodeling your kitchen, you may need to consider new flooring, new cabinets and probably new counter-tops.

Here is a Guide to Six Popular Counterops, the pros and cons, to help make your selection.

 

Leslie

Premium Cabinet Studio

9214 Nieman Road

Overland Park, KS 66214

‘A Custom Look Without the Custom Price’

Preparing for a Kitchen Remodel

So you think you want to tackle a kitchen remodel? The first thing that needs to be planned is the budget.  When working with clients, sometimes they are reluctant to share exactly what their budget is.

It makes a huge difference in getting the look and quality that you expect.  Here are a few things to take into consideration:

  • The first is what can you afford? On average the kitchen is the most expensive room in the home and kitchens sell homes. Call your local realtor if you need some advice on your project. Think about how you will pay for your remodel? Home equity loans are usually the source, but often retailers will offer financing. Savings, credit cards work a tax refund or if a dearly departed loved one left you a “little something”.
  • How long are you going to live there?  If this is your “forever home” design it the way you want it.  If 5 years or less, keep it general enough to appeal to the masses.
  • Is your neighborhood modest or up-scale? You don’t want to have a gourmet chef’s kitchen in a middle-class neighborhood. If so you will lose money.  Be careful not to over improve.
  • Know the cost break down. Labor will cost about 20-35% of remodel costs. The kitchen typically is the most expensive room in a home with cabinets being the biggest chunk of it.  Here is a breakdown of the costs on average:
    • 35% cabinets
    • 20% labor
    • 20% appliances
    • 10% windows
    • 5% fixtures
    • 3% fittings
    • 7% other

Always tell your designer / remodeler what your budget is.  Never be embarrassed to share that number with them. They should be aware, so they can give you the look you want, with the function you need, all within your means.

After all, they want you to be happy and “Love where you Live!

 

Leslie Allison

Premium Cabinet Studio

Overland Park, KS

Kansas City

Love Where You Live

The kitchen is the heart of your home.  Cabinets need form and function.  They can be a major expense when remodeling your kitchen.  With thoughtful planning and design, you’ll enjoy them for years.  A few things to consider:

Kitchens sell Homes!  The Kitchen is not the room to “skip on.”  According to Home Advisor most home owners spend between $11,194 and $28,646 on a kitchen remodel.  You can expect to recoup 67% to 93% of your remodel cost depending on your local real estate market.

What’s Your Type?

Typical cabinet types: stock, semi-custom, and custom.

Stock cabinets start around $70 per linear foot and usually have limited colors and styles.  They are sold assembled or RTA (Ready to Assemble) and immediately taken home for installation.  Often they are made of MDF (particle board) to keep the cost down.

Semi-custom cabinets cost $150 to $250 per linear foot and can be configured to your space, allowing a more precise fit for your kitchen.  Lead time for these cabinets may be 4-6 weeks delivery.  These may be made of MDF (particle board) or solid wood.  Be certain to ask exactly what the cabinets are made of.

Custom cabinets are usually the most expensive option with costs of $500 and up per linear foot.  These could take 2-3 months depending on the cabinet maker schedule.  This option includes added features and exact specifications.

Features to Look For:

Solid Wood Construction

For durability and moisture resistance, components including shelves and drawers should be furniture grade wood such as birch, maple and cherry.  “All Wood” can be MDF (particle board) be certain to ask what the cabinets are made of.

Dove-tail Construction

Dovetail Joints create a strong, square, true, long lasting joint.

Soft Close Drawers and Doors

The drawer/door is eased to the closed position, gently and quietly by hydraulics.

Full Extension Drawers and Full Overlay Doors

Many cabinet drawers only extend about 80%.   Quality cabinet drawers extend completely.  Full Overlay Doors simply make your cabinets/kitchen more attractive.

Hidden 6 Way Adjustable Hinges

Cabinets with no visible hinges that can be easily adjusted in seconds to perfectly line-up the doors.

A little research to compare manufacturers, retail sites, showrooms, websites and catalogs will save you time and money.  Above all, trust your taste.  It’s your kitchen and it should complement your personality, your family needs and the rest of your home, so choose what works for you.

 

Leslie Allison
Premium Cabinet Studio
Overland Park, KS
Kansas City