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Types of kitchen cabinet hinges

In previous blogs, we’ve talked about the cabinet hardware you have to think about when deciding how you want your new kitchen to look. From knobs and handles to colours and finishes, there are multiple choices that you need to make when designing a kitchen remodel. One other choice that often gets overlooked is the type of hinge used. There are many types of cabinet door hinges on the market and, although they are basic is design, they do require some thinking before making that decision. Depending on the style, the material, the size, and the colour, you may be looking at numerous options. Here are the five basic hinges to think about: Flush These hinges are inset into the cabinet, which means that the installer has used a router or chisel to create a ‘hole’ in the wood to place the hinge. The only part of this hinge you’ll see is the knuckle (the place where the hinge ‘bends’). Wrap Around These hinges are placed on the outside of the cabinet, each part of it visible. Often they are inset into the door and frame. Side This is probably the most common, sitting on the outside of the cabinet. These are usually very decorative and provide an extra bit of style to the remodel. Full Extension If you need the doors of the cabinet to open wider, in an almost 300 degree arc, these are the hinges to use. European This is most commonly used with an unframed cabinet and is entirely concealed within the wood on the inside of the door. These hinges often are self closing,...

Which stone countertop is best for me?

Choosing the right countertop can be a very difficult decision. There are many factors to consider, such as price, look, resale value, aesthetic, and installation. For each family, each home, the choice may be different. Remember that the final decision is yours – so the choice that’s best for one person may not be right for another. Here are a few things to help you decide which counter is right for you: Quartz Counters Quartz counters are non-porous and never require any sealing. Spilling liquids will not result in staining and they just require a quick cleanup. They are almost completely no-maintenance and are very durable. Quartz usually has more colour options and the colour can be more consistent. Since a quartz countertop is made from crushed quartz that is mixed together, the manufacturer can control the patterns and colours. They can, however, be discoloured by sunlight. If one part of the counter is exposed to a lot of sunlight, it may change colour over time. Quartz is usually the cheaper option, but not always, depending on the countertop you have chosen. Granite Counters Granite kitchen counters offer a more natural look, since they are basically a piece of rock that has been dug out of the ground and cut into the shape of a counter. Many people love that “back to nature” style, which accounts for its popularity. With that natural look comes some aspects that some may consider drawbacks while others consider advantages. Granite counters are not uniform in colour. There will be variations throughout the rock. In fact, the sample you see in the store may...

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