Monday, April 18, 2011

Spring Renovation Projects -- Cabinets

Welcome to the Stone Wood Outlet exclusive blog series, “Spring Renovation Projects”. This week we’re looking at one of the biggest kitchen, dining room, or bathroom remodeling projects a homeowner can face: cabinets. Cabinets are a versatile renovation project – they are a perfect first step for larger remodeling projects but can also be worked on singularly. The following is some basic information you’ll need when starting a cabinet installation or renovation project. Enjoy!

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Types of Cabinets
The first step in a cabinet installation project is picking the type that best suits your home décor. When it comes to cabinets, Portland homeowners have many different options: ready-to-assemble, stock, custom, and semi-custom are some of the main choices. While ready-to-assemble and stock cabinets may be inexpensive, they can be difficult to match with existing design schemes. Custom cabinets, on the other hand, are created with your specific room in mind. They fit perfectly with whatever décor you have planned for the room. They are also made with a higher level of craftsmanship and care, meaning they will last much longer than the stock cabinets you can find at big box stores.
For more information on the difference between custom and stock cabinets, read “Kitchen Cabinets: Custom vs. Stock”.

Design and Installation Methods
Now that you’ve chosen custom cabinets you can begin the design process. There are many different cabinet features to choose from and each complements a different room style. The best way to decide on a design style is to meet with a professional, look at samples, and discuss the different options available. Not sure if you’re dealing with a professional? One way to be sure is to ask them about the technology they use to design their cabinets. Seasoned professionals use industry-leading computer aided design (CAD) software to help you design the cabinet system of your dreams. If the company you’re dealing with does not, look elsewhere.

Cabinets are one of the most neglected parts of the home. Dirt, germs, grease, and food particles can collect over time and lead to very unsanitary conditions. Once your new cabinets have been installed, you will need to make sure you keep them clean. Use a high-quality wood cleaning product and soft cloth, making sure to test an inconspicuous spot before washing visible areas.
For more information on cabinet maintenance, read “Tips for Cleaning Kitchen Cabinets”.

Of course, there is a lot more to cabinet installation or renovation than we can cover in one blog posting. For more information, or to view the different types of cabinets Portland has to offer, visit one of Stone Wood Outlet’s four locations or call 877-996-9663.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

SWO Featured on KOIN 6 News

Spring is the perfect time to start planning your home renovation projects. Watch Tigard store manager John Lyons explain to KOIN 6 News all the wonderful hardwood flooring, tile flooring, cabinets, and decking products we have to help get you started.