Kitchen Remodel Items to Avoid for ROI Purposes

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At Swirl Woodcraft, value is one of our chief tenets for all of our custom kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities and various other woodworking projects. We’ve helped numerous clients remodel one or more areas of their home in ways that add not only beauty and aesthetics, but also great return-on-investment for those who have home value atop their minds.

Part of this process includes advising our clients on various elements of the remodel, from our high-value products to many others you might be considering during this process. Let’s take a standard kitchen remodel to use as an example: While many of the common errors you’ll hear about when it comes to such a remodel have to do with themes or avoiding cheap products, there are also a few that relate to the selection of certain specific additions to the kitchen space. Today’s blog will detail a few kitchen remodeling themes or items that, while you may desire them, generally don’t hold good ROI and should be avoided in favor of more direct-value items like cabinets.

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Wine Fridge

For those who regularly imbibe and like to enjoy cooled wine somewhat often, the wine refrigerator may seem like a great convenience item. And while it’s true that such a fridge could indeed make your wine experience simpler and more convenient, many real estate professionals would strongly recommend against this addition if home value is a priority for you.

Why? Well, primarily because such a fridge takes up major space that could be used for other purposes, namely storage. Storage is a theme homebuyers tend to prioritize heavily – by comparison, only a tiny fraction of buyers will have any interest in a wine fridge. Unless you plan to live in this home for the long-term future, consider more high-value options like cabinets or countertops.

Pot Filler

For starters, one of the chief reasons we recommend against a pot filler installation is the price tag it tends to come with. If your home does not have the proper plumbing connections – and many homes don’t – these will have to be installed on top of the actual filler, an enormously expensive project.

And when it comes to recouping this value later on? Good luck. Just like a wine fridge, only a small segment of buyers will have real interest in a pot filler, and those who don’t will view it as a waste of space and water that actually could lower your home value.

Window Additions

Finally, especially if your budget is on the smaller end for your remodel, new windows are an extremely expensive item you might be best avoiding. Consider new window treatments instead if you’re looking to change up the way your windows look.

For more on the kinds of kitchen remodeling items we might recommend you avoid if home value is a top priority, or to learn about any of our custom woodworking products, speak to the staff at Swirl Woodcraft today.

How Cabinet and Other Professionals Help With Remodeling

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At Swirl Woodcraft, one of our most common project types we work with clients on is a home remodel of some kind. Whether for our traditional and modern kitchen cabinets, our bathroom vanities or any of our other custom woodworking products, our materials often serve as the foundation for a major remodeling project within the home.

When it comes to such a remodel or a renovation in your home, some might be wondering whether they can accomplish this process without the assistance of professionals like ours. And while there are cases where minor upgrades or installations can be completed on a DIY basis, we highly recommend working with our pros for more detailed projects where multiple cabinets or other woodworking pieces will be installed. Industry professionals completely understand all the ins and outs of a remodel, including some details you may not have the skills to coordinate on your own. Here are some specific areas outside the purview of their initial products where professionals are valuable assists during a home remodel.

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Budget Concerns

The more complex your remodeling project gets, the tougher it can be to stay on top of all the distinct areas of your budget. Many who are not properly organized during this process find themselves going way over their budget without even realizing it, then being forced to try and find ways out of it down the line.

By working with professionals in several areas, you limit or eliminate these concerns. When it comes to cabinets, for instance, our team will keep you completely straight on your initial budget, how your needs fit into it and whether you even need to utilize all of it to complete your project needs. We’ve helped many homeowners come in well under budget for their remodel, in fact.


Another issue that often arises from disorganization is remodeling projects that are completed far behind the desired timeline. This is often due to a lack of knowledge from DIY homeowners, who miss a step or otherwise jam up the process and spend the rest of the remodel trying to make up for lost time. Professionals, on the other hand, have been through hundreds of these processes and will help you ensure you don’t skip any steps.

Turning Concepts Into Reality

Finally, a common issue among home remodelers is turning their dream design into a reality. The remodeling theme in your head may be grand and spectacular, but now you have to translate it into practical methods and steps that actualize your concepts. This gets more challenging the more detail is involved, but again, professionals have years of experience here and know the steps to take.

For more on why it’s valuable to include professionals in your home remodeling process, or to learn about any of our custom cabinets or woodworking products, speak to the staff at Swirl Woodcraft today.

Importance of Regularly Cleaning Cabinet Doors

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At Swirl Woodcraft, we’re proud to offer a huge range of custom kitchen and bathroom cabinets, from our modern kitchen cabinets to traditional vanities and numerous products in between. We offer everything from versatile product designs to high-level expertise and advice on all our products and materials, from which will be best for your given kitchen or bathroom design to the maintenance required on any of our cabinets.

Within this latter area are several important themes for homeowners to consider. Like other areas in your home, cabinets can become dirty over time – particularly their doors, which absorb the brunt of the exposure to dust, dirt and other contaminants. Today’s blog will go over some general tips on cleaning cabinet doors, including why it’s important and the benefits that come with some regular attention to this minor upkeep area.

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Cabinet Doors Get Dirty Quickly

Especially if you haven’t cleaned them in a while, chances are your cabinet doors are dirtier than you may have thought. Many homeowners only clean their cabinet doors by wiping them down or removing obvious smudges or dirt marks – it’s far rarer for actual cleaning to be done.

However, it’s important that such deeper cleaning be done every now and then. This is because cabinet doors pick up and hold onto germs and grime, especially on their handles. Kitchen cabinets for instance, are exposed to smoke, grease and oils regularly, plus soap scum and whatever happens to be on the hands of people opening and closing the doors. Many cabinet doors are also close to the ground, meaning they may pick up dust, pet dander and other contaminants.

Cleaning Cabinet Doors

There are several specific benefits of regularly wiping down and cleaning your cabinet doors with approved cleaning products:

  • Sanitation: For starters, such cleaning keeps the area healthier and more sanitary. Ensure you and your family, particularly any young children in the home, are not exposed to growing bacteria and germs that can fester on uncleaned cabinets.
  • Lifespan: Did you realize that dirt and grime will wear down your cabinet door finish and even the wood underneath it over time? It’s true, and this is another major reason to clean regularly – you will add to your cabinet lifespan.
  • Fresh appearance: Finally, cleaning cabinets regularly helps the room feel and look cleaner and fresher, with color accents truly popping.

Replacement Time

Even if you clean and otherwise maintain cabinet doors and interiors perfectly, there may come a day, years down the line, when it’s time to replace them. When this time comes, be sure to call our pros for the best recommendations and the highest quality cabinet products.

For more on cleaning cabinet doors, or to learn about any of our cabinets, vanities or other woodworking projects, speak to the staff at Swirl Woodcraft today.