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REMODELING YOUR KITCHEN? HIGH-QUALITY MATERIALS MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE In the days of HGTV, Pinterest, and Houzz, we've seen kitchen design ideas not only explode, but become easily accessible to everyone, regardless of design taste, budget, or where they live. But with these treasure troves of design concepts and makeovers comes an oft-misunderstood relationship with the cornerstone of these kitchens...the materials. Quality materials are essential if you want a timeless, well-structured kitchen that will last for the long haul. On many TV shows, lower-quality materials are used in order to "flip" homes for high profits, or speed up timelines significantly. However, we've seen firsthand how long these materials hold up over time...or, rather, how they don't. Cabinetry is usually the top cost for a kitchen remodel, accounting for about 1/3 of the overall budget. So naturally, this is where people want to attack the dollars and get that number down. But, there are a few things you should know. Lower-quality cabinets can be cheaper on the front end, but may wind up costing you more long-term. When you buy off-the-rack cabinets, you truly cannot beat the cost. However, the limitations in style, size, and interior storage features will require you to do a lot of legwork if you're acting as your own general contractor. Furthermore, after years, or even just a few months, of regular wear and tear, you're likely to see that lower quality begin to show. Lower-quality cabinets are put together with things like glue or nails, versus custom and semi-custom cabinetry that use joints like dowels or dovetails. Along with being built to last, custom and semi-custom cabinetry offer more flexibility for the design elements you'll think about, like color and door style, as well as the ones you probably don't, like fitting your kitchen precisely to the millimeter, or providing you accessible storage in your blind corners. Most cabinets of this type stand up to day-to-day beatings of cooking, serving, sliding, and more, for decades, and can even be refaced ten years down the road when the trends are sure to shift. Investing in your cabinetry is your best bet for a longstanding, timeless kitchen. High-quality countertops are equally as important to consider during your design process. Do you love the look of reclaimed wood and how it warms the feeling of your kitchen's design? Maybe. But do you love how wood performs against day-to-day kitchen tasks? And how it needs to be sealed time and again? Quartz is the true leader when it comes to standing up against the elements, and offering multiple design options for color, texture, and finish. OHD DESIGNING A TIMELESS KITCHEN Saturday, July 20 at 10 a.m. (847) 541-4848 oUR HOME MPROVEMENTS Are you ready to design and build a timeless kitchen? Our team of expert designers and craftsmen have been helping Chicagoland families get the homes they've always dreamed of since 1900. Visit our showroom and experience the difference of high-quality materials, and talk to one of our designers about how we can make your vision for a timeless kitchen a reality. i 2019 Readers Choice Dally Herald FOR MORE KITCHEN INSPIRATION, COME TO OUR SHOWROOM ON JULY 20 TO LEARN HOW TO DESIGN A TIMELESS KITCHEN, OR VISIT www.CONTACTOHI.COM REST Or THE REST REMODELING YOUR KITCHEN? HIGH-QUALITY MATERIALS MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE In the days of HGTV, Pinterest, and Houzz, we've seen kitchen design ideas not only explode, but become easily accessible to everyone, regardless of design taste, budget, or where they live. But with these treasure troves of design concepts and makeovers comes an oft-misunderstood relationship with the cornerstone of these kitchens...the materials. Quality materials are essential if you want a timeless, well-structured kitchen that will last for the long haul. On many TV shows, lower-quality materials are used in order to "flip" homes for high profits, or speed up timelines significantly. However, we've seen firsthand how long these materials hold up over time...or, rather, how they don't. Cabinetry is usually the top cost for a kitchen remodel, accounting for about 1/3 of the overall budget. So naturally, this is where people want to attack the dollars and get that number down. But, there are a few things you should know. Lower-quality cabinets can be cheaper on the front end, but may wind up costing you more long-term. When you buy off-the-rack cabinets, you truly cannot beat the cost. However, the limitations in style, size, and interior storage features will require you to do a lot of legwork if you're acting as your own general contractor. Furthermore, after years, or even just a few months, of regular wear and tear, you're likely to see that lower quality begin to show. Lower-quality cabinets are put together with things like glue or nails, versus custom and semi-custom cabinetry that use joints like dowels or dovetails. Along with being built to last, custom and semi-custom cabinetry offer more flexibility for the design elements you'll think about, like color and door style, as well as the ones you probably don't, like fitting your kitchen precisely to the millimeter, or providing you accessible storage in your blind corners. Most cabinets of this type stand up to day-to-day beatings of cooking, serving, sliding, and more, for decades, and can even be refaced ten years down the road when the trends are sure to shift. Investing in your cabinetry is your best bet for a longstanding, timeless kitchen. High-quality countertops are equally as important to consider during your design process. Do you love the look of reclaimed wood and how it warms the feeling of your kitchen's design? Maybe. But do you love how wood performs against day-to-day kitchen tasks? And how it needs to be sealed time and again? Quartz is the true leader when it comes to standing up against the elements, and offering multiple design options for color, texture, and finish. OHD DESIGNING A TIMELESS KITCHEN Saturday, July 20 at 10 a.m. (847) 541-4848 oUR HOME MPROVEMENTS Are you ready to design and build a timeless kitchen? Our team of expert designers and craftsmen have been helping Chicagoland families get the homes they've always dreamed of since 1900. Visit our showroom and experience the difference of high-quality materials, and talk to one of our designers about how we can make your vision for a timeless kitchen a reality. i 2019 Readers Choice Dally Herald FOR MORE KITCHEN INSPIRATION, COME TO OUR SHOWROOM ON JULY 20 TO LEARN HOW TO DESIGN A TIMELESS KITCHEN, OR VISIT www.CONTACTOHI.COM REST Or THE REST