Beacon September 2014
By Wendy Manley, CKD
Replace or Re-face? It’s a question that many homeowners ask when contemplating a kitchen or bath remodel. There are several key factors to be determined when deciding how in depth of a project to undertake. Replacing just the doors and facing on cabinetry, called “Re-facing”, often works for a quick facelift. But are the boxes of the cabinets in good shape? Are the drawer systems in good working order? How long will the boxes and drawer systems continue to remain in good condition? Does the layout of the kitchen work or would it be better to relocate appliances, sinks and cabinetry layout? And the most important question, which of the two is the more economical choice?
Obviously, if the cabinet boxes are falling apart and the drawer systems are not working well, re-facing the doors and drawers will only be a temporary “Band-Aid” fix the situation. Replacing the cabinetry with brand new materials will be your long term solution. If the layout of the kitchen/bath isn’t working for you, the re-face option won’t do much to help that. Meeting with and redesigning the room with a Certified Kitchen/Bath designer would be your best bet to get […]