Kitchen Remodeling Advice from UAKC

[ 0 ] June 1, 2014 |

Three kitchen remodeling tips that can save you money

Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center (UAKC) is not just Southern California headquarters for major appliances and plumbing fixtures. Their professional staff will help you avoid costly mistakes by assisting you in purchasing appliances that will fit in your kitchen and work with your surrounding cabinets and countertops.

Here are three remodeling tips and some advice on saving money by getting the right appliances for your kitchen remodel:

  1. Tile under your dishwasher. If you are installing a new floor in the kitchen make sure that you install flooring underneath the dishwasher. Installing flooring in front of the dishwasher, but not under it will likely mean that you won’t be able to remove the dishwasher without pulling up the floor in front. This is a common problem that can be avoided if the flooring is installed under the appliance. This advice holds true for other undercounter appliances such as trash compactor, refrigerator drawers, etc.

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  2. Double check appliance clearance dimensions. It’s not enough to determine just the width and depth of your appliances. Review door swings and clearances to make sure that the appliance will open fully without hitting adjacent countertops, cabinets or walls. If your refrigerator has an adjacent wall, make sure that the refrigerator door will swing wide enough so that you can fully extend any interior refrigerator drawers.

  3. Be aware of corner cabinet drawers. Many cabinet drawers these days are full extension. Since most kitchen cabinets are at least 22 inches deep, you should verify that when extended the drawers will not bump into anything like a dishwasher or range handle.

When shopping for appliances you may be able to eliminate or mitigate some of the installation concerns above. If an appliance is to be located near a corner of your kitchen, make sure that the appliance does not have an extruding handle. Most dishwasher manufacturers have models with recessed handles. See Bosch dishwasher below:

Bosch Dishwasher

Bosch Dishwasher

Also, you can often get handy specs online that show appliance clearances and door swings. GE Appliances has very helpful “Quick Specs” that can be downloaded.

 GE Quick Specs

GE Quick Specs

When you’re ready for appliances, take all your dimensions, photos, and specs to Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center and meet with one of their expert sales associates for help in getting the appliances that will fit your kitchen and your budget.

Two locations to serve you – Calabasas and Studio City:

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