Benefits of Custom Cabinets Over “Box” Options

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If you’re on the hunt for new kitchen cabinets, you’ll have several tiers of cabinets within which to look. Two distinctly opposite poles within this scale are box cabinets and custom cabinets – the former refers to cookie-cutter, often low-quality cabinets purchased in stock sizes and designs, while the latter involves full customization of the cabinet by the manufacturer.

At Swirl Woodcraft, we’re proud to be a longtime provider of high-quality custom cabinets that hold several distinct advantages over their box format counterparts. From modern kitchen cabinets to traditional and even rustic options, we’ll work with you on every little detail to provide you with the precise cabinet setup you desire from top to bottom. Here’s a primer on some of the issues with box cabinets and related products, plus why custom cabinets are the best choice for the vast majority of kitchen cabinet needs.

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Box Cabinets and Their Limitations

Box cabinets, so-named because they’re generally sold by big box stores, are wholly unremarkable and plain in several ways. They’re generally made from lower-grade materials than the high-quality woods we use for our custom cabinets, for one, and they’re made in standard size formats – they cannot be customized to fit a given space, only selected in their templates and worked with as best you can.

This leads to several issues, including space concerns and resulting storage problems. Many also find the quality simply isn’t acceptable, especially over a period of years once lower-quality materials begin to wear down. In addition, you usually have to build and install these cabinets yourself, rather than many of these areas being covered by woodworking professionals.

Semi-Customized Options

There are certain box stores that will allow for some upgrades to their box cabinets, such as size upgrades, improved wood quality or a higher-quality finish. Here’s the thing: It will cost you an arm and a leg to get these kinds of upgrades. These kinds of stores will throw in massive increases to your budget when you begin talking about these kinds of upgrades, including reaching cost levels where you might as well simply pay for custom cabinets, which offer far greater benefits.

Fully Custom Cabinets

If you care about things like long-term quality, proper space considerations and the needs of those using your kitchen cabinets, fully custom cabinets are the way to go. They allow you to maximize your space with cabinets that fit perfectly, plus blend in to whatever aesthetic you’ve designed your kitchen around. There will be enough space for all your required storage plus easy movement around the kitchen, and the space will look fantastic compared to clunky, out-of-place box cabinets.

For more on the issues with box cabinets and why you should generally go with custom kitchen cabinets, or to learn about these, our bathroom vanities or any of our other woodworking products, speak to the staff at Swirl Woodcraft today.

Understanding Wood Characteristics for New Cabinets

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When it comes to cabinetry in your home, there are several reasons why wood is by far the most popular material used. There are numerous wood types generally found in home cabinets, all highly durable and easily customizable to a variety of characteristics.

At Swirl Woodcraft, we’re proud to offer only the finest custom wood cabinets and other woodworking items. Our cabinet selection ranges from classic traditional cabinet choices to modern and rustic options as well, plus numerous customization areas that bring you the exact design and practical uses you require for your new cabinets. What are some of the broad characteristics you should be considering in wood as you choose the optimal style for your home? Here’s a quick primer.

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Wood Grain

An important factor to keep in mind while considering which wood to choose for your cabinets is the grain involved. Grain will vary widely between various species of wood – some are tight and close together, running in a parallel design that’s great for those who enjoy symmetry, while others are more varied in terms of their groupings and distances.

Be sure to look at a few different wood species to get an idea of their common grain patterns during your search. Taking the time to visualize some different options will help you understand whether you gravitate toward a consistent pattern or something a bit more varied.

Heartwood Vs. Sapwood

Another interesting area to consider, one that some buyers aren’t aware of at all, is the location of the wood from the tree that was used to create it. Wood closer to the surface (known as sapwood) will look very different from wood at the heart of the tree (heartwood). Be sure to ask about this factor and consider which pattern and characteristics you prefer.

Wood Color and Staining

When it comes to wood color for your cabinets, there are two parallel tracks to consider. The first is differences between various wood species in terms of color – woods like alder or maple are usually white or beige, while cherry or oak wood is generally orange or reddish and walnut comes with a rich chocolate aesthetic. These must be considered closely.

The second is the stain you choose for your wood cabinetry, which will have a major impact on the natural wood color. It’s important to note, however, that just because you plan to stain a given wood for your cabinet choice does not mean you shouldn’t consider the base species color – this will still be a very important factor for both the staining process and other elements.

For more on evaluating wood characteristics while choosing new cabinets, or to learn about any of our custom woodworking products, speak to the staff at Swirl Woodcraft today.

Increasing Space and Storage Through Cabinet Installation

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There are numerous elements that may play a role in a kitchen remodel, and one of the most common is space. Every kitchen remodel is done with slightly differing space qualities and requirements, and those performing them must think carefully about spatial concerns when designing and completing these jobs.

At Swirl Woodcraft, we’re happy to offer a wide variety of custom kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities and other woodworking products to help define space and storage considerations for several rooms and remodels in your home. Many homeowners are specifically looking to maximize their cabinet and related storage space during their remodel – here are a few specific products or add-ons we can recommend to assist you down these lines.

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Floor-Level Cabinets

In many cases, homeowners planning out their kitchen remodel tend to focus on traditional cabinet placement. This is eye level or slightly below – many of our most commonly-used items will go in these cabinets, naturally, as they’re easiest to access.

However, maximizing your space during a remodel means also thinking about other height levels for their installation. One such theme is floor-level cabinets, which often fill space that isn’t being used for anything else – they can be placed both in traditional cabinet areas and on kitchen islands with ease. Floor-level cabinets are great for storing items or products you perhaps use less frequently, such as a crock pot or your family’s stock of bottled water. Particularly for individuals or families who use the kitchen to store several long-term items or themes, this is a great approach.

Above-Stove and Above-Fridge Themes

Down similar lines, look for ways to infuse cabinetry into higher areas of the kitchen that make practical sense. One common area utilized here is above the stove – these are usually shorter cabinets, meaning they’re often ideal for things like boxed foods and related items.

Another good option here is to utilize the space above the fridge. Many leave this area bare, but you can utilize it for uncommon item storage as long as at least one person in the home can reach that high.

Adjustable Shelving

Another great theme to consider if storage is a top priority while installing new cabinets is adjustable shelving, such as pullout shelves we offer on all our cabinets. Adjustable shelves come in several different formats, all of which help you arrange the space in intelligent ways to allow your valued items to be stored and retrieved easily. You might be shocked just how much additional storage space you can drum up by using adjustable shelves, helping the kitchen seem larger and also improving functionality.

For more on how to increase space and storage in your kitchen with proper cabinet installation themes, or to learn about any of our custom cabinetry or woodworking, speak to the staff at Swirl Woodcraft today.

Themes and Tips for Periodic Medicine Cabinet Cleaning

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In addition to the finest custom kitchen cabinets you’ll find in Utah, we at Swirl Woodcraft are proud to offer several other custom woodworking items, including bathroom vanities. We create beautiful traditional vanities, modern vanities and even rustic vanities for you to choose from, all with high-quality materials meant to stand the test of time.

We know bathrooms are not only a sanctuary for many people, but also a central location for self-care and even health areas. Specifically, the vanity and commonly-attached medicine cabinets are vital locations for several materials, from medications and vital ointments to various beauty and other products. With this in mind, here are a few tips our pros can offer on periodic cleaning of your medicine cabinet – why it’s valuable, plus some basic approaches to take.

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Benefits of Cleaning a Medicine Cabinet

The simplest and most obvious benefit of cleaning your medicine cabinet regularly is to remove clutter and keep things organized. Especially for those who store medications or other healthcare products in these spaces, being able to access them easily – without any potential confusion or mix-ups – is very important.

To get a bit more specific here, though, many such medications require specific conditions for storage. Such conditions tend to include cool and dark locations, plus those that are not overly humid, as this may damage the medication. In these cases, it’s vital that medicine cabinets be kept in order so that too many items don’t accidentally force them to remain slightly ajar – this might allow humidity or light in that will damage the medication. This is a practical reason why it’s important to keep your cabinet cleared so it stays properly closed at all times.

Expired Items

Another simple area to observe during your medicine cabinet cleanout is getting rid of any items that have expired, whether we’re talking about medications or others. Expired medications or supplements can be dangerous to take in some cases, while products like lotions or cosmetics often build up fungi or bacteria if they’re left to sit past expiration.

A note here: When disposing of any such items, be sure to do so safely. If you have children or pets, be sure you dispose of potentially hazardous items in areas they cannot access, such as your outdoor trash bin.

Keeping Essentials

During this same process, take stock of the items you truly need versus those you can be rid of. For instance, even the most decluttered medicine cabinet will still likely contain toothpaste and a toothbrush.

For more on cleaning a bathroom vanity medicine cabinet, or to learn about any of our kitchen cabinets or other products, speak to the staff at Swirl Woodcraft today.

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.

Timeliness

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.