Use Stock Cabinets in Customized Ways

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    LESLIE: Steve in Maryland has a question about built-in cabinetry. What can we do for you?

    STEVE: Any special place to go to get some custom-made bookshelves and wall cabinets and things like that?

    TOM: That’s a very local question, Steve.

    STEVE: OK.

    TOM: In the sense that that’s something that involves the craftsmanship and handiwork of a local pro.

    STEVE: OK.

    TOM: That being said, Leslie and I, not too long ago, had needs for some very custom cabinetry for a makeover project that we were doing and we actually bought the cabinetry at IKEA

    STEVE: Aha!

    TOM: … and then assembled it in our own way. So we were able to find a way to use stock cabinets in a very, very creative way. So sometimes, with cabinetry, you have to kind of think outside the box – no pun intended. In this case, we bought – was it 30-inch base cabinets? – 30-inch wall cabinets and we used them as base cabinets because we wanted …

    LESLIE: (overlapping voices) Yeah, because we needed a certain depth.

    STEVE: Oh, OK.

    TOM: Yeah, we wanted cabinets that were only 12-inches deep. So we bought wall cabinets and then added feet to them – sort of modified them in the field – and they became the base cabinets for like sort of like a buffet along a wall.

    STEVE: Exactly. Right, because usually the base cabinets I think are like 24 inches and the uppers are like 12.

    TOM: Right.

    STEVE: You’re exactly right.

    TOM: Right. Right, but you can buy 30-inch uppers and you can also buy 36-inch uppers. So you can buy upper cabinets but mount them down on the floor level and kind of get that narrow approach.

    STEVE: Gotcha. OK, well thank you, guys.

    TOM: You’re welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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