Surprising Things About Philadelphia Custom Cabinets

Much has been written about custom cabinets in Philadelphia.  However there are still some facts that I think will surprise many people.  Here is my list._SB29257


  1. Most Philadelphians cannot tell the difference between custom, semi-custom and stock cabinets.  There are a few reasons for this.  One is that on the outside cabinets look a lot alike.  It is not until you open the drawer or the cabinet door that you might see the difference.  The hardware is one obvious difference.  If it is not self-closing it is probably not a Philadelphia custom cabinet.  Two is that the key difference is in the options available and without the manufacturers catalog you will not know that.  Finally, it is what the cabinet is made out of that count.  Most cabinets, custom, semi-custom and stock are mainly engineered wood.  The difference is in the quality of engineered wood.  The base level is essentially Elmer’s glue and paper.  The highest level is furniture grade.  No one can tell the difference once the cabinet is assembled, not even those in the cabinet making biz. (more…)

Cost of Bathroom Remodeling in Philadelphia


Whenever anyone thinks about remodeling their Philadelphia bathroom, the first question is how much will it cost.  Well I have the answer.  According to Remodeling Magazine’s annual cost vs. value report at  the 2015 cost of bathroom remodeling in Philadelphia will be $59,363 for an upscale remodel and $19,792 for a midrange remodel.Perlman PR W1


Cost of Kitchen Remodeling in Philadelphia

4Every year I like to report on how much it costs to do kitchen remodeling in Philadelphia.  I get this information from Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost versus Value report .

This report looks at two different kitchen remodels, midrange and upscale.  The midrange assumes a 200 square foot kitchen that is outdated with 30 linear feet of semi-custom wood cabinets, laminate countertops, standard double sink and standard faucet.  This includes a wall oven, cooktop, ventilation system, built in microwave, dishwasher, disposal and custom lighting.  Floors and paint are included.  The quality would be considered Lowes’ or Home Depot’s higher end or Teknika’s bronze level. (more…)

Key Decisions to Make when Remodeling Your Bathroom in Philadelphia

When you have decided the time has come to remodel your Philadelphia bathroom, what are the major issues that must be decided on?  Here is my top 5 list for bathroom remodeling in Philadelphia.Perlman MB W1

  1. Pick a word or two words to describe how you want your bathroom to look and feel.  For example is could be relaxing, fun, elegant, or whimsical.  There are a zillion words, but what they will do for you is narrow your choices and guide you in what products to choose. (more…)

What are Going to be the Latest trends in Philadelphia for Kitchen Cabinet Design?

So what is happening in kitchen cabinet design in Philadelphia in 2015?  In general, trends move a little slower in kitchen design than interior design so first let’s talk about what trends are continuing from 2014.  uptown loft 8

Why Buy Philadelphia Custom Cabinets

Buying custom cabinets in Philadelphia is an investment.  Is it worth the extra time and money?4

In terms of time, custom cabinets take anywhere from 4 weeks to 12 weeks,  depending on the degree of customization.  The more say you have in how the cabinets are built and the more options you have to choose from, the longer it will take to make your cabinets.  If you choose stock cabinets, you can have them the same day.

The price follows the same trend.  The more choices you have, the more expensive the cabinets will be.  Philadelphia custom cabinets can be anywhere from an extra 10% to 500% more than stock cabinets. (more…)

Bathroom Remodeling in Philadelphia: How To

So you have decided that you need to remodel your Philadelphia Bathroom, now what do you do?

Below are a few steps to take to help you through the process.Meade MB W3


Step One:  Decide on the look and feel of your new Philadelphia bathroom.  Do you want a serene spa retreat or a fun whimsical environment?  Do you want a neutral bathroom or is there a color you love and want to see incorporated?  To help you decide and give you ideas, is a great place to start.  Every designer across the country saves their best designs to put on Houzz.  You get the benefit of their great ideas.


Step Two:  Think about your budget and if you can afford help in designing or installing your new bathroom.  If your budget is minimal, you might need to do it all yourself, a much more time consuming and difficult prospect, but financially prudent in the end.  If you have a little wiggle room in your budget, I would suggest hiring a great contractor unless you have a lot of experience with plumbing and tiling.  These are two of the hardest remodeling projects.  If you can afford more help, I would hire a bathroom designer since they can make recommendations based on their experience with bathroom remodeling.  Finally if the sky is the limit on the budget and it is important to have a cohesive look throughout your home, you should investigate hiring an interior designer along with the contractor and kitchen designer. (more…)

How to Get the Right Kitchen Design in Philadelphia

So is there a right kitchen design in Philadelphia?  Yes there is or at least there are some guidelines that should be followed.  The guidelines are published and publicized by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).  There are a total of 31 guidelines for Kitchen Design in Philadelphia or in any other city.

What are some of these kitchen guidelines for kitchen design?  Here are some of my favorites.

  1. The doorway should be a minimum of 32” wide.
  2. In a kitchen with 3 work centers or triangle (cooking, refrigeration and sink) the sum of the these traveled distances should total no more than 26’ with no single leg of the triangle measuring less than 4’ nor more than 9’.
  3. kitchen-work-triangleThe width of a work aisle (space between counters parallel to each other) should be at least 42” for one cook and at least 48” for multiple cook.  Measure between the counter frontage, tall cabinets, and/or appliances. (more…)

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