We are meeting with the cabinet makers on Wed to discuss kitchen and bathroom cabinets. ONe of the things I want to ensure is that all lower cabinets have pull out drawers or shelves as we want to grow old(er) in this home and with bad backs, bending gets tougher every year. :) I heard recycling and garbage in one cabinet is good... anything you are dying to tell me before I meet with the makers would be great to hear.
There are so many add ons that you can put into cabinets! Offerings vary from manufacturer and then there are aftermarket items like rev a shelf. Some that come to mind for your situation might be a toe kick release for the trash base, a "mixer lift", and possibly a microwave shelf to lower it down to an easier to manage height. Just some thoughts along the lines of aging in place. You are really going to benefit from a good designer who can address the particular needs of your situation, and who has a good understanding of the products. Quality really does vary greatly in cabinetry. I am an advocate as well for spending the money to buy a well constructed product.
Thank you for all the suggestions about cabinets. We got loads of answers. Now I have another question about finish. I want a white kitchen... do you suggest thermofoil or painted cabinets? I had no idea there were so many different kinds of everything. I did select a super pretty quartz for my kitchen countertops.
Overall & in general I would say painted means more upkeep while thermafoil is easier to keep clean. With that said I would go with a solid stain or painted wood cabinet over thermafoil as most thermafoil cabs are made of particleboard & once water gets under it - its all over in many cases. With that and as Paul brought out - quality varies & a decent thermafoil style will stomp a poorly made solid / plywood cabinet - go with what you like & will meet your needs not only now but in the future
Thermafoil? I wouldnt do it. I have been in the kitchen/bath cabinet business over 24yrs .. and factories claim they got it right every year. They have a life span, like anything ... but at least with wood (or even painted wood) you can refinish/repaint! I just moved into a home with 10yr old cabinets -- the foil has come loose in several areas. ARGH! hate the stuff. Its "cheap", for good reason.
Definitely painted. You usually pay a little more vs. a stained finish, but you will have lots more color options, and in the end, a better looking kitchen. If you are looking around at different manufacturers, there are varying price increases for painted finishes, and even with glazes. For instance, we work some with Shiloh and Sequoia cabinets, and they offer a free glaze, where other lines would have an upcharge. So, that is a point to consider when weighing what lines you like. In another example of comparison, we also use Brookhaven and Wood Mode cabinetry, who offers full extension, maple dovetail drawers, and slow close doors and drawers as a standard, where another line might be an upcharge.