Qualified Remodeler Magazine

OCT 2018

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sale and the results of the nished project. Most manufacturers who do nishing also oer touch-up kits to match the particular nish you are working with. Be sure to order these kits along with the cabinets. Many local shops are regulated by envi- ronmental issues that make oering cabinet nishing an expensive proposition, so they just don't do it. In that situation, the nish will have to be applied either at a nishing shop before delivery or applied on the job. If on-site nishing is going to be the case, considerations will have to be made about fumes, space for the painter to "spread out" so he can nish the doors and drawers, and the weather when the nishing is scheduled. If the budget will allow, this should be a last resort. It is impossible to apply and achieve the same nish available from a quality cabinet manufacturer with the facilities in the plant. CABINET ACCESSORIES Many interior storage accessories are available for both face-frame and frameless types of cabinets. Most often these features are ordered with the cabinets, but it doesn't mean you can't add some of these items after the fact. Any local cabinet shop should be able to order specic items if you don't have a relationship with a hardware wholesale house. Cabinetry products are constantly chang- ing, as are the tastes of your clients. Developing a solid relationship with your supplier in ad- dition to reading the latest kitchen and bath industry journals is a "must do." If you design and lead sales, an in-depth knowledge of cabi- net styles and sources is an absolute must. | cabinet repair business as well as installation. In face-frame construction, doors are mounted to the frame and can t one of three ways: ƒush with the frame (inset), partially inset or completely overlaid. Overlays can be described as traditional or full overlay. Traditional overlays expose ¾ to 1 inch of the frame members of the cabinet and do not require handles. Full overlays nearly cover the frame members of the cabinet and require handles for opening and closing. FRAMELESS CONSTRUCTION Frameless cabinetry is simply a box with no frame. ‹e front edges are covered with either wood veneer or PVC edge tape to match the cabinet fronts. ‹ere may be a full top or a front and back stretcher bar, and vertical and/or horizontal dividers to dene storage options. In frameless construction, doors are mounted to the walls of the cabinet and can t one of two ways: ƒush with the frame (inset) or completely overlaid. ‹ese cabinets are almost always made of ¾-inch material, although some are made from ⅝-inch stock. Studies have shown that frameless cabinetry can allow 10 to 15 percent more useable storage space than face-framed cabinetry in the same layout. Advantages of frameless construction are the total accessibility to the case interior and the clean, simple design statement made; but some concerns exist regarding the stability of this type of construction. ‹ere is a tendency for frameless cases to "rack," and also there is the additional planning expertise required to ensure proper clearance detailing. CABINET FINISHES Finishes are another area that will determine nal cost and the quality of cabinetry selected for a project. ‹e nish can be the selling point between one cabinet line and another. Once again, a little education in this area can mean a big dierence in the outcome of the electing materials for a kitchen or bathroom remodel can be chal- lenging. Clients will generally narrow options by describing their available budget, ƒoor space and lay- out. Managing client expectations is import- ant—many will research their project using the internet, catalogs and local showrooms. Armed with this knowledge, they may nar- row the options by expressing a desire for a specic brand, model, color or size. In some cases, clients may be set on a specic faucet or sink only to nd the model they want is only a pre-production model and will not be available for a year or more. Your options can further be constrained by supply in your area, the available products from your supplier, and building code requirements in your area. Even after applying the noted restrictions, you will be faced with an extensive array of options. Style, quality and budget will each play a role. For the sake of this article, we are focusing on cabinet selection. To eectively help clients make selections, you must have an in-depth knowledge of the products you represent and a basic understanding of the products you do not. While cabinets may seem to come in an unlimited assortment of styles, there are two ba- sic construction styles: face frame or frameless. FACE-FRAME CONSTRUCTION Face-frame cabinetry is the traditional style of cabinet, consisting of the cabinet box with a frame attached. ‹e frame can be congured in a variety of ways to achieve desired storage capacities. Almost all of the frames are made from ¾-inch solid stock, while the boxes can be many types of board products of varying thicknesses from ⅜ to ¾ inch. It is import- ant to take a close look at the cabinets before handling them. Some of the boxes on very inexpensive cabinetry pretty much depend on the frames to help hold them together. A little rough handling and you will be in the S S C H E D U L E NOVEMBER — CKBR: Materials, Part 2 DECEMBER — ARC: Operational Excellence CERTIFIED KITCHEN & BATH REMODELER Selecting Materials for Cabinetry 16 October 2018 QR QualifiedRemodeler.com PROFITS: NARI Recertification QR has teamed up with NARI to create a convenient way to earn credits toward your recertification. 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