Ready-to-Assemble Vs Assembled Cabinets, Which Should You Choose?

Cabinets hold their place inside the home as the go-to place for storage. But they also play a role in bringing a space to life. Whether it’s the bathroom, the living room, or the kitchen, cabinets loom large and selecting them takes foresight and savvy. One of the biggest questions that have to be decided in today’s world of cabinets is whether they should be ready-to-assemble (RTA) or assembled. The decision that is taken can have a profound impact on the space itself, your time as well as your bank account. Here then is a quick breakdown of the advantages and disadvantages of selecting each type.

RTA Cabinets: Advantages
One of the leading advantages of buying and using RTA cabinets is that they can be ordered and delivered to your home very quickly. Most local retailers will stock them so if you are looking to get something in place quickly, RTAs serve this purpose very well. Another leading advantage is the cost-savings attached to RTA cabinets. Where you’d spend anywhere from $40 – $800 per linear foot for an assembled cabinet, RTAs will typically cost you no more than $5,000 at the top end. On the cost side there is a further advantage in the form of assembly. Typical RTA cabinets are delivered broken down with the aim that it will be assembled by the buyer. Where labour cost-savings are a consideration, you can apply your DIY skills to the task.

RTA Cabinets Disadvantages
What makes RTA cabinets worth having, also offers a few negatives on the flipside. The cheaper price for a fully unit also presents the problem of shortcuts by manufactures. Typically this takes the form of a limited number of materials. The number of colors and styles that you have to choose from will also suffer because of this cheaper price point. You’ll also have to cope with the complexity that can come with assembling something as bulky and complex as a cabinet. This is especially true of cabinets that are headed straight for the kitchen. These have to be positioned properly and fitted so getting your measurements wrong can be costly to fix. But let’s say you don’t have the DIY skills but still want to order some RTA cabinets. Assembly will then have to be undertaken perhaps by an expert and this will cost money – another layer of cost that has to be considered when going the RTA route.

Assembled Cabinets: Advantages
The biggest advantage with assembled cabinets is the wide selection of choices available to you. Unlike RTA cabinets, assembled cabinets come in a board range of styles, materials and colors. This gives you the flexibility to match your cabinets well with the space they’ll eventually be fitted. Accessories are also more liberally added to assembled cabinets. These can include options such as trash pull-outs and Lazy Susans for added ease and convenience. Assembled cabinets arrive at your door fully formed, so to speak. All the work needed to size, position and assemble the cabinet is carried out at the factor, freeing up the time you’d otherwise spend fitting the pieces together yourself.

Assembled Cabinets: Disadvantages
Like RTA cabinets, assembled cabinets also come with their downsides. One of those downsides is the cost issue mentioned previously. The extra work that goes into making and assembling these types of cabinets can often place a premium on prices. For the really trendy and in-demand styles and materials, that premium can be considerable. You’ll also have to wait significantly longer for the delivery of your assembled cabinets. This extended lead-time between order and delivery can have negative knock-on effects where delivery has to be coordinated with a home remodel. And although assembled cabinets come to your door put together, installation is still a consideration especially when they are destined for the kitchen or bathroom. Here the problem of DIY skills or an outside hire become the issue. Naturally the DIY skills needed in the case of assembled cabinets are not as intensive; but an extensive kitchen install of cabinets of any type is bound to presents its own challenges.

Ultimately your goals will be the deciding factor in what type of cabinets you select for your project. Where costs are not a major consideration and speed is the ultimate goal, assembled cabinets are your best bet. If you are on a budget and can afford to spend a little extra on potentially hiring an expert to fit the whole thing up, then ordering RTA cabinets may very well serve you better. Of course it helps to have a friend in the matter and this is where we can help. By taking a good luck at your needs, spacing and layout requirements, we can help guide you along the path in selecting the right cabinets.

8 Must-See Color Trends for 2018

Color is perhaps the most important element in producing a living space that inspires, soothes as well as comforts. But you have to know what colors to pick and you have to know what the trends are. Having this knowledge is a practical matter: select the wrong color and you could end up searching extensively for a paint supplier that has it in stock. What’s worse, a poor selection could push you out of step with what’s trendy, leaving you at the mercy of your guests as they turn up their noses and criticize. To avoid that you need to put yourself in the know and the following color trends will help you achieve just that!

Cavier Black
2018 is seen as the year when edgier colors reign supreme. Gone are the tamer, more neutral colors of 2017; this year it’s about making bold statements and keeping the home vibrantly lit with color. One color that is tipped to become a favorite of remodelers this year is Caviar Black. Not quite as dark and rich as charcoal, Caviar Black provides that deep and edgy contrast to lift your darker hues to the delight of the senses.

Marigold
Marigold, that mustard-like yellow color that is dominating the conversation on craft sites and Pinterest is expected to become a big part of interior design scene in 2018. Some believe the catchy tone of marigold will help it to stay a favorite among decorators well into 2019. We agree, the throwback, 70’s ambience generated by this lively color is bound to keep designers interested well beyond this year.

Penelope
Penelope is warming hearts and getting homeowners excited about its potential. The color is a reminiscent of the rose-tinted neutral movements of years gone by with a resurgent whiff of neutrality that is one again becoming a focal point of interior design. Expect chic layouts and accented motifs to walk hand in hand with this exciting color in 2018.

Ultra Violet
When designers were polled at the start of 2018 for their most breakout color they chose Ultra Violet. Unmistakably bold with a deep stunning personality, Ultra Violet is expected to set the pace for homeowners looking to add vigor and life to their interior spaces. Small spaces are accented well with this color so expect heavy use in apartments and those areas of the house that require color to develop character.

Caliente
Caliente isn’t red and red isn’t Caliente. That’s how designers are looking at the color that is destined to be the choice of the passionate in 2018. The proper designation is Caliente AF-290; it’s a shade of red that is bursting out of the straightjacket of the association. Nothing subdued about Caliente, it is bound to be a favorite for 2018 and beyond given its native capacity for lifting the contrast in any living space.

In The Moment T18-15
Bedrooms are havens from the hustle and bustle of the world and the color that is expected to dominate the calm and peace in 2018 is a shade of blue dubbed “In The Moment T18-15.” This is no ordinary blue and according to color experts, it is capable of delivering that cuddle that only a serene blue can offer in a bedroom. It’s calming and neutral effect is gentle on both the senses and the spirit.

Millennial Pink
Pink has been shaded and graded for much of the last 25 years but that hasn’t stopped color aficionados from given the color another treatment. For 2018 the pink most sought after is dubbed “Millennial Pink,” a neutral blush that delivers that rich blend of good taste with functionality. Millennials are, after all, masters of selecting function along with taste. This pink is an excellent choice for the bedroom.

Autumn Maple

Don’t let the autumn in ‘Autumn Maple” (AM) trick you into believing this is a color worthy only of that time of year. This is a color that can freshen up any living space at any time of year. The deftly meshed orange color adds color, earthiness, and a dash of Mediterranean charm to any space. Kitchens are especially partial to this color and you can add some charm to a study with it, too. AM is a truly versatile color that is comfortable in most decorative spaces.

There are of course a few other colors that stand out in the design sphere for 2018, but these are the pick of the bunch. Each color on this list gets our seal of approval and we utilize them regularly with our clients. Should you need a hand making one a part of your next project we’d be more than happy to help.

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Kitchen Remodeling For The Functional & Modern Home

Remodeling a kitchen can be a big undertaking and the process from start to completion can pose problems for a homeowner uninformed or unprepared. Often the biggest issues are related to design, layout, and the choice of fixtures and appliances. We hope to show the right way to achieve a functional and modern kitchen so that any remodeling project can work out wonderfully.

It All Starts With Design
Think of design as the scaffolding for creating a functionally remodeled kitchen. Get the design wrong and all the thinking in the world won’t help to create that functional look and feel in the kitchen. The two choices here are traditional vs modern. The traditional design layout was based on the triangle. Three sides of the kitchen were devoted to the work-activities found in the typical kitchen. Read more

Bathroom Remodeling or Redecorating, Which Are You Really Doing?

We get a lot of customers who are unsure whether they should go for a full-scale remodel or redecorating of their bathroom. Often they are unsure what their needs are; they know they want something done but scope of work is often quite fuzzy in their minds. Our best experience tells us that the solution to the dilemma lies in knowing the difference between a remodel and redecorating. The difference, often, means lots of work and lots of money. Let’s clear things up below.

Remodeling vs Redecorating
Bathroom remodeling is quite like what it sounds like. It’s the altering in a significant way, the way an area is modeled. In the case of a bathroom this process is quite extensive and involves often, replacing not just fixtures and fittings, but altering the layout of the bathroom itself. A full scale remodeling often will involve removing the toilet, bathroom counter, shower or bath base and completely re-positioning them. Read more

The Essentials of the Most Popular Wood Types In Building Design

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Having an intimate understanding of the different types of wood is a good place to start. Knowledge arms you with the subtle hints that can make the difference between something ugly and something beautiful, and functional. Wood, after all, has far more natural beauty than say stone.
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5 Kitchen Design Trends That Will Dominate 2018


The kitchen, some say, is the most valuable room in the home. When one considers the sheer joy of cooking, family moments, and the delight of sharing with friends and family, it isn’t hard to see why this is considered the case. But kitchens are ever-changing; news styles and trends come in to replace the old, and this provides the opportunity to add a bit of modern flair to any kitchen space. These are the top 5 design trends that are to dominate kitchen design in 2018 and beyond.
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7 Critical Questions To Ask Before You Hire A Contractor


The decision to engage a building contractor is a big one. It therefore helps to get the screening process right from the outset in order to save yourself headaches later on. No job should escape the need for the thoroughness of scrutiny. Whether you are looking to renovate, remodel, or build from scratch; finding the right contractor with the right credentials is a vital part of a successful project. The best way to tackle the vetting process is to pose a few important questions to any contractor you are thinking of hiring. These questions should instantly shine a light on the contractor’s credentials, their ability to deliver, and your chances of having a good experience with them. Here are the top 7 questions you should ask before you hire any contractor.

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