"What your cabinets are made of determines how they look and how they'll stand up to daily use. To help you strike a balance between style and structural support, here's a look at the most common cabinetry materials.
Most cabinets are made from hardwoods, but to reduce costs, these hardwoods are often applied as veneers over a substrate, such as plywood.
Wood warps easily as its moisture content changes. That's why it's important that the wood be finished on all sides before it leaves the factory. Unfinished cabinetry should be finished on-site as soon as possible to prevent warping. Veneered cabinets are more stable than solid lumber in high-humidity areas.
Features to Consider
Cost GuidelinesWood or wood-and-plywood cabinets start at about $80 per linear foot, especially in the stock and semicustom realm. The cost can rise to well over $165 per linear foot for the rarest woods, custom designs, and so on.
Features to ConsiderAvailability. Laminate and Thermofoil cabinets are readily available at home centers and even some assemble-it-yourself home stores. If you need new cabinets in a hurry, and don't have a lot to spend, this is a good choice.
Durability. The construction of particleboard-substrate cabinets is not as strong as other options. The joinery on the least expensive options is likely to be staples, which are not as sturdy as other construction options.
Door style. Your choice is likely to be limited to flat front, although the laminate and Thermofoil processes can accommodate the curves of raised-panel doors.
Cost GuidelinesThis is the lower end of cabinetry options, compared to wood or wood veneer. Expect to pay $50 to $75 per linear foot for wall and base cabinets chosen from a stock selection. High-pressure laminates are more expensive than lower grades but are also more durable (though also hard to repair). Thermofoil will vary in cost from $35 to $45 per linear foot.
Manufactured wood products known as substrates are hidden behind laminate, vinyl film, or wood veneers. Here are the various types used:
BHG.com, "Understand Cabinet Materials." Better Homes & Gardens. Bhg.com, n.d. Web. 20 Mar. 2014. <http://www.bhg.com/kitchen/cabinets/styles/kitchen-cabinet-material-types/>.
"More than just storage for pots and plates, cabinetry defines the look of your cook space. The experts at This Old House help you pick the right style for your budget and your needs
Cabinetry Rules of ThumbWhile cabinets can be configured in myriad ways, they're typically built and installed using well-established dimensions. Follow these guidelines during the planning stages to imagine how your kitchen will look and function.
1. Distance between countertop and upper cabinets: 18 inches
2. Upper cabinet depth: 12 inches
3. Lower cabinet depth: 24 inches
4. Countertop overhang: ¾ to 1 inch
5. Countertop height: 36 inches
6. Kickspace: 4 inches high, 3 inches deep
Feirer, Mark. "All About Kitchen Cabinets." This Old House. Thisoldhouse.com, n.d. Web. 19 Mar. 2014. <http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0%2C%2C20413909%2C00.html>.
"Kitchens of every size should be outfitted with both style and function. See how these wow-worthy kitchens live large with smart layouts, luxe materials, and professional-grade appliances.
Modern Medley: Island
The kitchen is often the hub for the everyday hustle and bustle of family life. A sleek furniture-style island in the center of this narrow kitchen makes the most of the limited area and helps the hardworking kitchen space feel more livable. The island fuses modern hardware with utilitarian conveniences to create a space that’s suited to both cooking and entertaining.
Light & Livable: Expansion
Reconfiguring existing space is less complicated and costly than adding on. Here, a slice of space stolen from the garage gave this narrow galley kitchen room to grow. The kitchen now features a spacious center island and a slender floor-to-ceiling pantry wall, adding style and function where it was lacking before.
Peick, Annika. "Dreamy Space-Smart Kitchens." Better Homes & Gardens. Bhg.com, n.d. Web. 17 Mar. 2014. <http://www.bhg.com/kitchen/styles/dream-kitchens/small-dream-kitchens/>.
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Fun Facts about the Irish
34 million Americans have Irish ancestry, according to the 2003 US Census. That’s almost nine times the population of Ireland, which has 4.1 million people.
Nine of the people who signed our Declaration Of Independence were of Irish origin, and nineteen Presidents of the United States proudly claim Irish heritage -- including our first President, George Washington.
Some American towns have “Irish” names. You could visit: Mount Gay-Shamrock, West Virginia; Shamrock Lakes, Indiana; Shamrock, Oklahoma; Shamrock, Texas; Dublin, California and Dublin, Ohio.
The harp is the symbol of Ireland. The color green is also commonly associated with Ireland, also known as “the Emerald Isle.”
The Irish flag is green, white and orange. The green symbolizes the people of the south, and orange, the people of the north. White represents the peace that brings them together as a nation.
The name “leprechaun” has several origins. It could be from the Irish Gaelic word “leipreachan,” which means “a kind of aqueous sprite.” Or, it could be from “leath bhrogan,” which means “shoemaker.”
Fun Facts about Clovers
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the highest number of leaves found on a clover is 14.
One estimate suggests that there are about 10,000 regular three-leaf clovers for every lucky four-leaf clover.
Legend says that each leaf of the clover means something: the first is for hope, the second for faith, the third for love and the fourth for luck.
Wsaw. "Fun Facts about St. Patrick's Day." WSAW RSS. Http://www.wsaw.com, 15 Mar. 2014. Web. 14 Mar. 2014. <http://www.wsaw.com/seasonal/misc/40129602.html>.