A: Unfortunately, this is not a service we provide. The best value for your home is either to replace or renovate your cabinets. It is important to evaluate the integrity of your boxes before making this decision. For refinishing, all components must be in good condition, including the doors, drawer faces, and cabinets. For refacing, it’s okay if the doors and drawer faces are damaged or outdated because they’ll be replaced.
No matter which option you choose, the cabinets and drawer boxes will remain when refinishing or refacing, so they must be in sound condition and good working order. Use this checklist to determine if your cabinets are a good candidate for refinishing or refacing.
- Inspect the inside of each cabinet for signs of structural damage, such as cracked side panels or loose joints. Poke around inside the cabinet with an awl or pocketknife. If you discover any soft, spongy areas, that could be an indication of wood rot or water damage.
- Be sure the upper cabinets are securely fastened to the walls and to each other.
- Check base cabinets for water damage, especially under the sink. The bottom of the cabinets should be firm and flat, not sagging or dislodged.
- Be sure that all fixed shelves are securely attached and not cracked, loose, or warped.
- Check each drawer to ensure it rolls smoothly, opens fully and closes completely. Remove the drawers from the cabinets and inspect the structural integrity of each one. The corner joints should be tight and strong. The drawer bottoms must be secured within the drawer box and not cracked or sagging badly.
- The drawer slides—whether made of metal or wood—must be firmly attached and in sound condition. Check the slides for loose or missing fasteners, and damaged or worn-out parts.
Once you’ve assessed your cabinets and determined they’re in good shape, you can consider refacing or replacing your existing doors otherwise all your hard work will be wasted.
A: Refacing involves replacing the old doors and drawers faces with brand-new ones as well as adding applied panels on exposed edges and possibly re-edging certain cabinet boxes.
Refinishing cabinets involves removing existing doors and drawers faces, sanding, or stripping off the old finish and applying a new paint or stain to the doors, drawers faces, side panels and any exposed cabinets.
Whether you are thinking of either refacing or refinishing, cost comparison is suggested. Get a quote for anew kitchen, refacing and refinishing and make the comparison of what works best for your family.
Of course, due to its complexity, kitchen renovations can be among the most expensive. Learn how much you can expect to pay for your kitchen renovation. Remember that a kitchen renovation is one of the greatest home improvement projects you can do in terms of return on investment (ROI). According to a widely quoted assessment by the Appraisal Institute of Canada (AIC), a kitchen renovation will boost your home value and give you an ROI between 75 and 100 per cent of what you spend. Keep this fact in mind as you go about setting your budget.
Q: How much should I budget for a new kitchen?
Before you can start planning your kitchen renovation, you need to have a clear budget in place. Having a budget will help to determine how much you can accomplish, the materials you can afford, how much professional help you will need and what the final product will look like. Moving ahead without a budget could result in your project being left half finished or you are going into debt to finish it.
Depending on the scale of your renovation, you can expect to roughly spend the following:
• Minor: $13,000 to $19,000
• Mid-range: $20,000 to $39,000
• Major: $40,000+
You should also set aside 15% to 20% of your total budget for any unexpected problems. This could include issues such as plumbing, electrical, structural, and/or pest or toxic material problems.
A: Painted finishes are solid, opaque colour applications on both wood and/or MDF that do not reveal any grain characteristics.
Due to the natural expansion and contraction of solid wood doors, a painted finish may emphasize the joinery whereas an MDF door will remain consistent in overall appearance.
A: Our designers always love to get a feel of a space firsthand. Not only does it give them a sense of your personal style and home it provides them with a concrete visual of your space. Although, it is not essential in the consultation process, quotes do not require an at home visit.
A: Consultation and quotes are free
A: We have the greatest showroom in the north and believe it to be inspiring as we showcase so many options, from doors styles and materials to various finishes and accessories. Walks in are always welcome, however, if the goal of your visit is to speak with a designer, we encourage you to call in and make an appointment that way you are sure to optimize your time.
We proudly manufacture our own cabinets in our state-of-the-art manufacturing plant located in Val Caron Ontario.
We welcome you to come take a tour, meet the individuals working within our facility and see firsthand how we fabricate your future cabinet project.
Our supplier BLUM have created an APP to help you ensure things stay aligned.
EASY ASSEMBLY app
You’d like to assemble and adjust Blum hinges, lift systems, pull-outs and other fittings systems quickly and efficiently? The EASY ASSEMBLY app for smartphones and tablets answers any questions you may have about the assembly and adjustment of Blum fittings. The app includes assembly instructions and assembly videos for all Blum products.
Here are also some videos that you may find useful
Recommended temperature would be approximately 21-22 degree Celsius or 70-degree Fahrenheit with a humidity level of approximately 35%-55%. The main objective when addressing moisture content in wood is to keep it from entering the home and to balance content within the building itself.
We strongly believe in staying current with the happenings of our industry that is why we are and have been long standing members of numerous professional organizations such as: NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association); CKCA (Canadian Kitchen Cabinet Association), Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, etc.
Yes, Yes and Yes! We have various options available to you. Ask a member of our design team, they will guide you properly according to your needs and budget.
The more you plan and the more knowledge you have going in, the less stress and the fewer problems you will encounter. There is no ideal time span for planning your kitchen renovation. It really boils down to what works best for your family and present living conditions.
Here are other things to ponder:
- Self-leading the renovation or hiring a general contractor (need a contractor? We can help)
After 40 years in this industry we have seen it all. Call, email, contact us… we are here for you!
Our design capabilities range from Modern to Craftsman, Farmhouse to Traditional, Industrial to Eclectic. Whatever your design preferences, La Cuisine is your source for high quality cabinetry and design. Our professionals will help you determine which of your plans are achievable and warn you of potential issues before you start your project. Remember communication is key in any design project.
There are numerous platforms to explore…HOUZZ, Facebook, Websites, showrooms, magazines, etc. Getting a sense of what you like and may need, is a great starting point. When it comes to functionality of space and materials is where we come in. From the original concept to a 3D rendering and installation. We work with you at every stage of the process to create a purpose and vibrant living space that captures the essence of your living style.
Here are some tips on how to plan the perfect space:
Plumbing and Electrical
- Redoing any of the plumbing of electrical?
- If you are not planning on moving the water and drains, the location of these appliances will already be decided for you. you would like to move them, then be prepared to have plumbing and electrical costs. Consider the following:
- Your sink requires a potable water supply as well as a drain
- Dishwasher requires a hot water supply and drain access
- Modern fridges also may need water supply
- Your stove will require either a 220-volt electric or gas hookup
Placing your stove, whether electric or gas, against an exterior wall allows for simpler installation of your ventilation system. However, if you are set on having a gas range in a central island, this is possible, but will just mean additional ventilation costs
Distance and Clear Paths
Working in a cramp space is far from Zen, it is important to keep a flowing path surrounding your kitchen
Keeping the distance between appliances in mind is also a great tip as you don’t want to be walking half a mile from your counter prep space to your fridge every time you need something. Our goal is creating a space that optimizes your room utilization and your quality of motion.
Installation timelines vary pending on the size and customization of your kitchen space. A standard kitchen with laminate installation typically is complete within 2 days.
Here are a few things to consider in the installation process
The following checklists will help prepare and keep you on top of the installation process.
Prepare your home before the installers arrive
- Pack all your kitchen items. For pieces like appliances or large furniture items that cannot be removed from the room, ensure they are protected.
- Remove old cabinets.
- Make all plumbing, heating and electrical changes ahead of installation.
- Complete any replacement, relocation or removal of windows, doors and walls.
- Repair walls and ceilings.
- Remove old floor covering.
- Repair or replace sub-floor.
- Remove all furniture and accessories from room or cover them for protection.
- Remove appliances from room.
- Cabinets delivered.
- Cabinets installed.
- Final measurements for countertops (laminate)
- Cut outs for sinks, cook-tops & wall ovens.
- You are responsible for supplying the correct template (there is a surcharge for call backs).
- General clean up and final adjustment of doors.
Completion of Project by Homeowners- post installation
- Plumbing fixtures installed by plumbing contractor.
- Light fixtures, appliances and trim installed by electrical contractor.
- Finish coat of paint applied by painting contractor.
- Finish floor installed by flooring contractor.
- Final cleaning of interior and exterior of cabinetry, prior to use
If you selected a wood alternative such as TFL, Polyester, Thermafoil and Acrylic any cleaning solvent will do the trick…just spray and wipe. If you selected a wood, painted or stained door, cleaning will require a little more attention. Using a gentle detergent, wet cloth in soapy water and proceed to clean product. It is important to swiftly dry door afterwards, water should not sit on any product. Please note, ammonia should not be used on any product.
Pending on the product selection, the warranty varies. – please refer to our warranty (insert link)
Consult with your Designer for exact timelines and stipulation on the product and finish you selected.
Once all final selections are made and your designer sends the order to our manufacture, you are looking at 6-8 weeks for production and installation. Our service and installation coordinator will contact you and together select a date of installation that best suits your needs and the availability of one of our professional cabinet installers.