Important questions to ask before starting a kitchen remodel

Important questions to ask before starting a kitchen remodel

Planning a kitchen remodel?  As the president of Elegant Cabinets, I know that getting started in this process can be a very exciting time and most folks can’t wait to start leafing through design magazines and collecting images of their favorite kitchen designs.  But before you dive into the dazzling world of aesthetic options, you’ll want to have a good understanding of what your needs are regarding the functionality of your new kitchen.  By answering the questions below, you’ll avoid some of the common mistakes people make by neglecting to have a firm understanding of this first. It’s just so easy to get distracted by the myriad of amazing choices you’ll be making, especially when working with designers and contractors.  After all, a kitchen remodel is often the biggest investment a family can make into a home, so you’ll want to make sure you get the most out of your work!

 

One of the first questions you’ll want to ask before starting a kitchen remodel is, “How do I want to use my kitchen?”  Well, of course, you’re going to cook there! But how will you cook?  Are you a budding chef who will spend a lot of time cooking and cleaning up after making your three-course masterpieces?  You’ll need a stove top and maybe two sinks, which will affect the flow of the kitchen and you’ll need to take this into account.  If this is your style, you’ll likely do some entertaining as well, so maybe a kitchen island is something that is non-negotiable for you.  That way your guests can enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres, and conversation while you cook.  If you’re more into convenience and simplicity and maybe prefer cooking to be a private affair, then a smaller kitchen with a tighter workspace may be just fine for you and the extra space can be allocated for a purpose better suited to your personal style of living.

 

Which brings us to the question, “How many people will likely be using the kitchen at the same time?”  The answer to this question will help you and/or your designer create a layout with an optimal workflow for your kitchen. If you have a large family who often all prepare separate meals at the same time, you’ll need space for everybody to cook and clean up independently without stepping on each other’s toes. Maybe you’re single and you love to have friends over for cocktails. A custom bar with an ice machine and a built in wine rack might right up your alley!

Important questions to ask before starting a kitchen remodel

One of the very important questions to ask before starting a kitchen remodel is, “What do I typically cook?”  I know this sounds strange, but this has a big impact on how your kitchen layout should be arranged to maximize your space.  If you have a busy family that eats a lot of prepared foods, chances are you’ll need a lot of fridge and freezer space and a large amount of pantry storage with tight shelving.  If you typically stick to fresh foods, you will likely need less dry goods storage but maybe two deep stainless sinks and an island chopping block for washing and prepping. Maybe now is the time to install that garden window you’ve been dreaming of so that you can grow herbs indoors year-round! If you’re an avid baker, you’ll need storage for your appliances and proper workstations for your craft. Maybe you’d prefer marble countertops and would like to consider a built-in extendable stand-mixer shelf that folds down behind a cabinet door once you’re done baking. If most of your cooking is done on the stovetop with high-heat, maybe an overhead range hood would be a valuable addition as opposed to a downdraft vent.

 

Which brings us to our next question, “How do I feel about countertop appliances?”  Consider what appliances you have and how often you will use them. Which appliances will be stationed on your countertops? Answering this question will help you and/or your designer determine how much countertop space you will need to designate for them. Then you’ll need to take into consideration how much storage you will need for the appliances that you would like to be stored out of sight.  In many cases, the dimensions of the appliances will need to be considered, too.

 

Lastly, ask yourself, “Where will I dine?”  Some prefer to have the dining table in the actual kitchen area in place of an island, some prefer an open concept design with a separate dining area but with no wall between the two spaces.  If you’re dining area has access to the outdoors, consider how the two spaces relate to each other.  Maybe now is a good time to upgrade the windows or install some patio doors or even a reclaimed sliding barn door!  Of course, you’ll want to consider how many people will typically be dining together to help you come up with the best layout here. If you have a large family and you entertain often, maybe you’ll need two dining areas, like a kitchen island and an open concept dining area. Or maybe your family unit is small, say one or two people and a separate dining area is a bit much.  A simple dining nook might be all you need, perhaps tucked into one end of a kitchen island or maybe you’d like to consider a banquette with cozy cushions.  

 

Important questions to ask before starting a kitchen remodel

A good kitchen should fit you like a glove. Not just the style, but the function as well. So start with what you need the kitchen to do for you and then enjoy the process of choosing your kitchen’s look.  At Elegant Cabinets, we are experts at combining form and function, so you never have to feel you are compromising one for the other.  Let Elegant Cabinets help you achieve your very best kitchen.
Give us a call at 920-499-4444 and we’ll walk with you from start to finish.

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“No One Else Delivers the Same Quality as Elegant Cabinets”

-No One Else Delivers the Same Quality as Elegant Cabinets-

To whom it may concern;

Throughout the past twelve years, we have had three different cabinet companies do a custom cabinet for different rooms in our home and none of those company’s cabinets have the quality of construction that we observed with the cabinets from Elegant Cabinets. Even Showcase Kitchen’s cabinet used chipboard in the shelves. The cabinets from Elegant Cabinets only used plywood with the type of veneer that we had selected. Other companies would add an additional cost for that addition internal wood quality. 

The cost (using higher quality wood) was similar to the other companies (using some chipboard) involved, but we were able to get our cabinets installed at an earlier timeframe using Elegant Cabinets. The deal maker for us was the quality of construction and cabinet install timeframe. 

The install crew was also very careful with our newly painted walls and new flooring that was installed just prior to the cabinet installation. 

That last point I would like to make surrounds the exceptionally high degree of customer service. The company owner, Dustin Devroy would go to any length to stand behind ensuring the customer is completely satisfied with any aspect of the quality of build and install. 

My wife and I would highly recommend that you seriously consider using Elegant Cabinets for your new or remodel projects. 

Steve & Faith Seehawer
Allouez

 

If you’d like to discuss your custom cabinets, give us a call today. 920-499-4444 we’d love to hear your ideas.

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We’re Not the Cheapest Cabinet Shop in Town.

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Seasoned homeowners will tell you that it’s not about finding the cheapest contractors in the area. When it comes to new home builds or renovations, it’s about finding experienced craftsmen who prize quality materials with quality craftsmanship. When it comes to cabinetry you’re going to live with for a long time, you’ll want to go with quality over affordability. Cheap cabinets are almost always built without soft close hardware which reduces the lifespan of your cabinets by twenty years when made with inferior materials. All of our cabinets are made with sturdy high-quality woods, paints, stains, and hardware to last for multiple generations.

We’ve been outbid on serval projects over the years and still landed 90% of those jobs because of our high standard of materials and work that surpasses our competitors every time. We genuinely enjoy what we do and it shows in our work. Let us know what we can build for you. 920-499-444

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Who Makes the Best Kitchen Cabinets?

Who Makes the Best Kitchen Cabinets in Green Bay? We do! Elegant Cabinets has the experience to create any kind of custom kitchen cabinet you can dream up. Whether you’re looking for a corner cabinet to have a built in lazy susan or a pull out with shelves we can do it all. All of our cabinets are built with high-quality materials by experienced craftsman. That means you’ll never have cabinets that’ll warp, doors that’ll fall off, drawers that break, or laminate that bubbles. We use only the best wood, stains, paints, countertops, and hardware to build you cabinets that’ll last!

Who Makes the Best Kitchen Cabinets?

Who Makes the Best Kitchen Cabinets? Say it with me, Elegant Cabinets is the best place in Green Bay for custom cabinets. With the experience and desire to build you custom cabinets you’ll love to show off, we strive to be the best. Check out our kitchens display page for more examples of our work. Kitchen Cabinets

Who Makes the Best Kitchen Cabinets?Who Makes the Best Kitchen Cabinets?

If you’d like to discuss new cabinets for your home give us a call today! 920-499-4444 Ask for Dustin.

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Custom Bathroom Cabinets

When Green Bay residents want durable but elegant cabinets for their bathroom they call Elegant Cabinets. We’re local, reliable and we know how to make custom cabinets that are nothing short of elegant. We can design and build anything you can dream of! Just check out a few of our previous jobs.

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We can work with our ceramic specialists to find you unique sinks…

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or more modern contemporary.

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You may choose a bathroom design that optimizes every inch of your sink space.

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We’ve done everything from elegant to rustic and everything in between. If you’re thinking about renovating your bathroom or you’re looking for a contractor to work with your homebuilder, give us a call. 920-499-4444

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The Best Place in Green Bay for Kitchen Cabinets

The Best Place in Green Bay for Kitchen Cabinets is Elegant Cabinets and here are 3 reasons why.

The Best Place in Green Bay for Kitchen Cabinets

  1. We care about our client’s kitchen design. You may be unsure of the exact design you’re after and we’re here to help. We won’t use any confusing technical terms or confusing diagrams. Everything is black and white with us. It comes down to function and convenience while keeping your budget in focus.
  2. There are no hidden fees with us. NEVER! What you see is what you get! If we quote you $4500 then the total will be $4500.
  3.  We have the capability, experience, and confidence to design, produce, and install the kitchen of your dreams.

The best place in Green Bay for kitchen cabinets is Elegant Cabinets. If you’re looking for an estimate or just have questions about your cabinets don’t hesitate to call us! 920-499-4444

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Green Bay Custom Cabinets

Green Bay Custom Cabinets is the SEO nickname for us, Elegant Cabinets. We take great pride in our work, being among the best in Green Bay and beyond. I say beyond because nearly 45% of our work is produced for homes as far south as Chicago and as far West as Minniapolous. I guess you could say our reputation is regional. We work with with a few amazing designers in those areas that call us in time after time to produce unique cabinets and the additional noncabinet piece. Since we’re not a cookie cutter cabinet shop and our portfolio is filled with beautiful and rare cabinetry creations these designers enjoy working with us. In the image below you’ll find some classic contemporary style cabinets but above the cooking space, you’ll find a large black frame for some recessed kitchen lighten. Details like this often accompany the cabinets we produce.

green bay custom cabinetsBelow is a one of a kind hideaway cabinet we made for a client. They came to us some a combination of ideas from Pinterest and their own vision. We worked together on clarifying the vision and immediately got to work on creating this. It required specific dimensions for their mini fridge but that wasn’t hard to accommodate.

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Elegant Cabinets (Green Bay Custom Cabinets) is more than cabinets too. One of our favorite custom projects was the massive kitchen table a client hired us to make for their Thanksgiving gathering. We created a bench to accompany this piece as well. The table was about nine feet long and made of hefty oak which made for a large project in its own right.

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Elegant Cabinets (Green Bay Custom Cabinets) can do it all! Whether you’re looking for traditional cabinetry or very unique, we can do it all. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box because we can build that too.

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If you’d like to discuss your custom cabinets, give us a call today. 920-499-4444 we’d love to hear your ideas.

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When is it time for new cabinets?

Custom cabinets are a matter of personal taste. Just yesterday I was visiting a friend who has some very cool two-hundred-year-old cabinets in her home. She noted how much she loved her antique cabinets but she’s been thinking about having them replaced. She’d like them moved to the guest house and have some modern cabinets with under lighting and some sort of high tech interface in them. That conversation got me thinking, when is it time for new cabinets?

cool cabinets There are two distinct times when you may consider new cabinets.
1. The first is the most obvious. If you have cabinets that are falling apart, they’re cracked, coming away from the wall, or they’re just ugly. It’s hard living with cabinets that force you out of the room because you can’t stand looking at them.
2. You’re updating your home to sell it! I wrote yesterday how a client of ours chose to match their kitchen island with the external color and feel of their house. This is a great idea for your kitchen whether you’re installing a new island or new cabinets. It’ll impress potential buyers to use your kitchen to tie everything together.

Back to my friend’s cabinets and the idea of removing those two-hundred-year-old treasures. I really wanted to convince her to use various elements from her old cabinets but add new elements to it. I could think of three or four ways to update the old classic but she is set in her decision.

 

new cabinetsWhen you think about your kitchen cabinets, what would you change about them? Would you replace them, modify them, or just leave them alone?

If you’d like to talk about the possibilities of your cabinets, give us a call today. 920-499-4444

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Custom Kitchen Islands

Custom kitchen islands are more than a trend these days. They’re mandatory! For many younger families, the kitchen island is the newly designated kitchen table. It’s where they eat, do crafts, and have their together time. Kitchen islands are making things less conventional than usual by giving the sink a new home, taking it away from the walls.

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Custom kitchen islands are a big part of what we do. You may have seen our video on the 3,000 lb kitchen island [if not click here] where we shared the details of the production process. We worked closely with the client during the design phase and produced the island they were dreaming of.

Custom kitchen islands don’t necessarily match your kitchen cabinets. One of our recent clients tied the inside and outside of their home together by matching their kitchen island with their siding. Kitchen islands are commonly the focal point of the room and sometimes the entire home.

How can you create an amazing design for your custom kitchen island? Consider the following!
1. How much time will you be spending in the kitchen?
2. Will you need an island that’s designed for someone who loves to cook?
3. Does your island design need to seat the entire family?
4. Are you an avid wine drinker?

If you have difficulty creating your own design, don’t worry. Elegant Cabinets has the experience to help your vision come to life. We’ll take the entire journey with you; everything from measurements through the installation. We’ll assist you with wood selection, countertop choices, and everything in between.

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If you have an upcoming project you’d like built by a team of experienced professionals, call us today! 920-499-4444

 

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Custom Kitchen Cabinets

Is time for custom kitchen cabinets?

Recently I paid a visit to a $300k house and while I was there I took a quick look at the kitchen cabinets to see what sort of quality they were. I was shocked to find some incredibly cheap cabinets. I would expect a house that cost that much would have some high-quality cabinetry. They certainly did not have custom kitchen cabinets like ours. What they had were factory made junk that was probably shipped in from an assembly line in China. This reminded me of how most new builds come with such inferior cabinets.   Custom Kitchen Cabinets

When I looked closely I could see that these cabinets weren’t square, they were barely made with real wood, and by the way they would thud or crash when I closed them I’d say they’ll last maybe two years before they need to be replaced. The most common reason for this boils down to having a cheapskate contractor. Most builders want to make as much money as they can which is a typical business practice but not always great for the future homeowner. Eventually, the homeowner would call Elegant Cabinets and replace the original ones with our superior product.

How can buyers of new home construction save money on their cabinets?

The best recommendation I can make is to speak with your contractor early in the process. Ask them about only installing high-quality cabinets from Elegant Cabinets before they think about cutting corners on one of the most important parts of your future home. If you think about it, buying cheap cabinetry will cost you more over the course of three to five years as they’ll need to be repaired multiple times or just replaced altogether. Why go through the whole process more than once when you can have it done right the first time?

 

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