Transforming Your Kitchen with Stock Cabinetry: Design, Select, and Install for a Custom Look at the Right Price

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Make Your Dream Kitchen an Affordable Reality

With so many attractive stock cabinetry designs available, creating the kitchen of your dreams no longer involves the budget-busting price tag of custom-made cabinets. In fact, you'll be amazed as cabinetmaker Jonathan Benson shows you how to beautifully - and affordably — transform your kitchen by using money-saving stock cabinetry and a well-thought-out plan.

With extensive input from his wife, ...

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Overview

Make Your Dream Kitchen an Affordable Reality

With so many attractive stock cabinetry designs available, creating the kitchen of your dreams no longer involves the budget-busting price tag of custom-made cabinets. In fact, you'll be amazed as cabinetmaker Jonathan Benson shows you how to beautifully - and affordably — transform your kitchen by using money-saving stock cabinetry and a well-thought-out plan.

With extensive input from his wife, Sherry, a former executive chef and restaurant owner, Benson takes you through the planning process that will help you create a kitchen space that meets the needs of your entire family. And, by working as a team, the Bensons show you that a kitchen remodeling effort can go smoothly, even when opinions differ and your life has turned into a construction zone.

Transforming Your Kitchen with Stock Cabinetry will arm you with everything you need to know before going cabinet shopping as well as show you how to install them once they've been purchased. Plus, you'll get the pros and cons of various countertop materials. If you want to get a custom look at the right price, join the Bensons as they put you in the heart of their own remodeling project and ultimately guide you to dream kitchen success.

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Editorial Reviews

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It is a step by step "Layout your design, go to Lowes, buy cabinets and we will show you how to do a total make over of your kitchen from tearing down the dry wall to setting the door handles. So, as some of you know Mike and I just moved to a new home (almost a year ago). So I am browsing through this book and Mike is waiting for his turn to look at it. So my smile is getting bigger and bigger as I look through the ideas and instructions. So Mike finally gets the book in his hand, flips through the pages and then turns to me saying, "DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT" .... grin ... I didn't tell him it was too late ...

The book teaches readers how a custom look can be achieved by installing stock cabinetry from a local home-improvement center and stores like Ikea as it follows the authors through their home kitchen makeover. Truth be told, there are a lot of great money-saving tips, especially on countertop and appliance selection. The authors certainly know their way around a kitchen - Sherry is an executive chef and Jonathan is a licensed general contractor - and they've owned a restaurant.

I started flipping through this book, Transforming Your Kitchen With Stock Cabinetry, without any vision of redoing my kitchen, but just after a few pages I was inspired and hopeful!

The book, by Jonathan Benson (a cabinet and furniture maker) and Sherry Benson (an executive chef), not only shows a variety of different styles and layouts of kitchens, but also walks the reader through the "how-to's" of redoing a kitchen using ready-made cabinets.

Throughout the pages, tips are given as to what to do and what "not to do", ways to reduce the costs, and how to ensure you have a workspace that is conducive to your needs as well as being functional regarding actually using the space.

For home-owners who don't have the ability to make their own custom cabinets or the finances to have some made, this is a perfect alternative - installing the ready-made variety. With the inspirational photos and the step-by-step directions, the idea of a new kitchen space is definitely a possibility!

My Ratings of The Book
Layout and Appearance: Good balance of inspirations, tips and how-to photos and directions. Thumbs Up!
Instructions: Very clear and detailed. Thumbs Up!
Overall: Thumbs Up!

Library Journal
Professional furniture maker Jonathan Benson (Woodworker's Guide to Bending Wood) and his wife bring together their woodworking and kitchen expertise. The book begins with inspirational, beautifully shot photos of kitchens, but the construction images are less glamorous. The authors offer good instruction on modifying and installing cabinetry, with practical tips and techniques. This original book fills a niche and features great pro/con lists.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565233959
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 954,970
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Benson is a professional furniture maker who specializes in contemporary curved pieces with extensive veneer figures. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he has won numerous prestigious design awards and is the author of Wood Art Today. He lives in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1: Inspiration Gallery

Chapter 2: Stock Cabinet Kitchen Transformaions

*Manhattan Makeover

*A Complete Update

Chapter 3: Lessons In Design

*Likes and Dislikes

*Budget

*14 Ways to Save Money

*Work Triangle

*Kitchen Layout

*Universal Design

Chapter 4: All About Cabinets

*Three Categories of Cabinets

*Materials

*Pricing

*Face Frame vs. Frameless

*What to Look for in Cabinets

*Door and Drawer Fronts

*Standard Cabinet Dimensions

*Special Cabinets

*Getting Organized

Chapter 5: Tear Out & Construction

*How to Live in a COnstruction Zone

*Tear Out

*Soffits

*Ceilings

*Order of Work

Chapter 6: Cabinet Installation

*Tools

*Finding Level

*The First Cabinet

*Leveling the First Cabinet

*Adding Cabinets

*Filling Voids

*Base Cabinets

*Altering Base Cabinets

*Crown Molding

*Handles and Pulls

Chapter 7: Countertops

*Pricing and Pros/Cons

*Granite and Granite Tile

*Engineered Stone

*Ceramic Tile

*Plastic Laminate

*Solid Surface

*Wood

*Cast Concrete

*Stainless Steel

*Countertop Height

*Countertop and Backsplash Installation

Index

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  • Posted April 21, 2011

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    decent introduction to kitchen design for the DIY

    Jonathan Benson's Transforming Your Kitchen with Stock Cabinetry: Design, Select, and Install for a Custom Look at the Right Price was written to help home owners remodel their kitchens using affordable cabinets found at DIY home improvement stores. The book gives quite a few tips about kitchen layout and design appropriate for those remodeling a kitchen or building one from scratch. It's a good starting place for anyone looking to learn more about kitchens, especially on a budget. Written in a critiquing commentary between Benson and his wife which I found rather annoying, there were still many well made points to consider.

    Disclaimer: A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher.

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