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The Best Ways to Stretch Your Kitchen Budget – Lee Turner

Most people want to find ways to stretch their kitchen remodeling budget, while still getting all the features they need or want. Many think that getting their cabinetry from a big box store will be less expensive, but in the long run it could cost you a lot more. Anything can be made to look good in a picture. But you don’t live in a picture. If the cabinet boxes are not constructed well, they won’t hold up over years of use. Then they would need to be repaired or replaced. If you design the kitchen layout yourself, you could very well end up finding that the layout doesn’t work well for your needs. You don’t want to make an investment in your home and later say to yourself “I wish I had thought of (fill in the blank for your situation).”  Trained kitchen designers bring experience to these decisions and can advise you on the best way to meet your needs for function and aesthetics.

Dynasty by Omega Kitchen Cabinets

Dynasty by Omega Kitchen Cabinets

The Kitchen Views design team specializes in providing quality cabinetry that is durable as well as pretty. Money can be saved by staying away from painted cabinets, appliances that need matching cabinet panels and very specialized cabinets. One exception is that I believe no kitchen is complete without cabinets for trash and recycling. Having waste receptacles strategically placed makes chores so much easier, and the room looks better. These are just a couple of examples explaining why having a knowledgeable designer is so important.

Working with a Kitchen Views designer won’t cost you more; it will actually be the most economical way to get the kitchen you love that will stand the test of time in everyday life. We love what we do, and are excited to help you create a kitchen you will love to live with for years to come.

Lee Turner
Kitchen Views at National Lumber
15 Needham St, Newton, MA 02461
617-244-8020
Email: lturner@kitchenviews.com
Web: www.kitchenviews.com

Roll Out Trays: A Cautionary Tale

Base Cabinet with Roll Out Trays

Base Cabinet with Roll Out Trays

I have felt for a long time that the roll out tray is one of the best things to happen to a base cabinet. Recently, I have had some customers who have called or visited my showroom with cabinet doors that are cracked or broken along the hinge side of the door. After examining these doors, I noticed scuff marks on the backs of the doors. This helped me figure out what has created the issue.

Customers have been using their cabinet doors to push their roll out trays into their base cabinets. In doing so the doors experience a lot of pressure on the vertical joint, which is also called the rail-stile connection. The corner of the roll out tray creates a fulcrum and the leverage on that point stresses the door over  time and eventually leads to failure of the joint.

first-class-lever

First Class Lever

Cabinet doors were never designed to be part of the closing mechanism of a roll out tray. I strongly recommend that homeowners push their roll out trays all the way into their cabinets before closing the doors. If the roll out trays are equipped with soft close mechanisms and the two to three second wait as they finish retracting into the cabinet is too long, these mechanisms can usually be disabled. Investing a little extra effort and a few seconds of time will extend the life of the cabinet doors and save expense and lead time in getting cabinet doors replaced.

rail-stile-connection

Rail Stile Connection

John Allen, Showroom Manager
Kitchen Views at National Lumber
15 Needham Street, Newton, MA 02461
Phone: 617-244-8020
Email: jallen@kitchenviews.com
Web: www.kitchenviews.com


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