Refacing Kitchen Cabinets
Courtesy of Nashville Home Inspection | May 2015 Monthly Tip
How do you go about getting your cabinets a new face? Refacing means covering the exposed cabinet frames (boxes) with a veneer of real wood or plastic laminate. Doors and drawer fronts are then replaced to match or compliment the new veneer, and new hinges, knobs and pulls complete the face-lift.
There are a number of benefits to refacing such as a cost savings of half or more over replacing cabinets. It is also quicker to do, and infinitely less messy than tearing out or cabinets and installing new ones. And it can be an environmental-friendly gesture, because the old cabinets remain in place instead of adding to a land-fill.
There is no shortage of refacing options, with veneers available in a wide variety of colors, patterns and textures. Some options include rigid thermofoil (RTF) doors, which feature a durable plastic coating over fiberboard, along with plastic laminates and real wood veneers in style including oak, cherry and maple. (Wood veneers are the most expensive option and need to be sealed to protect against moisture).
In addition to choosing the style of materials and hardware, homeowners need to decide whether to hire a professional installer or to tackle the job themselves over a couple of weekends.
Here are some other questions that will be important to think about before starting the project – will the backsplash or countertops be replaced at the same time? Will anything else in the kitchen be changed such as appliances or lighting?
Once homeowners have a good handle on the scope of the project, the next decision will be determining if refacing is a viable option. It won’t be worth the investment unless the refaced cabinets will hold up for at least another ten years of life. If the cabinet boxes are sagging, water damaged or won’t hold up to refinishing, they may have to be replaced.
If the cabinets can be refaced, the cabinet doors must be measured accurately to determine the amount of veneer required, and the correct sizes and quantities of doors and drawer fronts that need to be replaced and ordered. It should be noted that doors and drawer fronts may take up to two weeks or more for delivery.
Regardless of who handles the work, the first steps include removing the old cabinet door and drawer fronts and washing the exteriors of the cabinets with a degreaser. The finish on the boxes needs to be lightly sanded so that the new veneers will adhere correctly. The veneer is then applied and then the new cabinet doors, drawer fronts and hardware is mounted.
Refacing an average kitchen with laminate is estimated to cost between $1,000 and $3,000 installed, and $2,500 to $5,000 or more for real wood veneers. Wood veneers can range even higher, depending on the wood that is chosen. Replacing kitchen cabinets completely can easily run double or triple the cost of refacing cabinets.
Source: John Watkins, Nashville Home Inspection, May 2015 Monthly Tip, 052015 eblast distribution
12 Most Popular New-Home Amenities in 2015
Article by Daily Real Estate News | May 18, 2015
Master bedroom walk-in-closets and a laundry rooms are the top features that builders are most likely to include in a new home this year, according to a survey of builders conducted by the National Association of Home Builders.
“Both features speak to improving organization and storage characteristics of new homes,” according to NAHB on its Eye on Housing blog.
Greater energy efficiency amenities also were ranked more important, with low-E Windows coming in No. 3 on the most likely amenity list on new homes. Energy-Star rated appliances and windows as well as a programmable thermostat also rated high.
The following were ranked as the most likely features and amenities to be included on an average single-family home in 2015:
- Walk-in closet in master bedroom
- Laundry room
- Low-E windows
- Great room (kitchen-family room-living room)
- Energy-Star rated windows
- Ceiling height on the first floor of 9 feet or more
- 2-car garage
- Programmable thermostat
- Granite countertop in the kitchen
- Central island in the kitchen
- Bathroom linen closet
- Front porch
On the other hand, the features identified in the survey as the most unlikely to be included in new homes this year are:
- Outdoor kitchen (cooking, refrigerators and sinks)
- Laminate countertops in the kitchen
- Outdoor fireplace
- Two-story family room
- Media room
- Two-story foyer
- Walking/jogging trails in the community
- Whirlpool in the master bathroom
- Carpeting as the flooring on the main level
Source: “What Builders Are Building,” National Association of Home Builders Eye on Housing Blog (May 13, 2015); REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 051815
Remodeling Jobs—Baths Edge Kitchens Again for Top Spot
Article by Paul Emrath | May 1, 2015
The results show that kitchen and bathroom remodeling remain the two most common types of projects, as they have been consistently since NAHB started asking the question in 2001. Through 2009 kitchens were was slightly more common than bathroom remodels, but this tendency flipped in 2010, and in 2014 bathroom remodeling finished first again, but only by the narrowest of margins. Bathroom remodeling was cited as one of the most common remodeling projects In 2014 by 78 percent of NAHB Remodelers, compared to 77 percent for kitchen remodels.
Other types of projects trail kitchens and baths by a wide margin, but window and door replacements, whole house remodeling, room additions and repairing property damage were each cited as a common project in 2014 by at least 30 percent of remodelers.
Whole house remodeling continues to recover from its low point during the depths of the housing downturn. Prior to 2010, whole house remodeling was a common project for over 40 percent of remodelers, but the share fell to 21 percent in 2010, before posting solid gains in the next three surveys and coming in above 40 percent once again in 2014.
Source: “Remodeling Jobs – Baths Edge Kitchens Again for Top Spot,” National Association of Home Builders Eye on Housing blog (May 1, 2015)