Blog – November 2015
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Kim has been in the design business for 18 years. She earned her degree as an Electronics Engineer at Carleton University. After working in high tech, she elected to pursue her passion in Interior Design. She has been designing kitchens for 11 years and became a member of the Deslaurier team in 2011. She enjoys working with her clients to realize their desires for projects big or small, in kitchens, baths, and anywhere that beautiful cabinetry enhances living spaces.
What's In a 'Linear Foot'?
The concept of “price per linear foot” is common in the construction industry. It applies well to fencing, lumber, and trim, just to name a few. For these examples, you can then more or less multiply by the total linear feet and get a pretty good estimate of the material cost and even labour costs as well.
Linear foot pricing is used in the kitchen industry as well. However, when it comes to cabinets, it is not quite as straight forward as it is in other parts of the industry. Kitchen cabinet linear foot pricing is based on a simple 10×10 kitchen layout, similar to that pictured here. The cabinets are basic and include a sink base, a single bank of drawers, a standard fridge cabinet, 30” uppers, and takes into account that a kitchen will have open spaces or voids for a range, a fridge, and a dishwasher. The total cost is then divided by 20 linear feet. The resulting number is useful for stock cabinetry. It provides a means to compare one basic kitchen to another, such as a Cherry kitchen to a Maple kitchen, or to compare a Shaker door style to a Raised panel door style. So unlike dimensional lumber, it is not simply a multiplication to get to the total cost. Ultimately when designing a kitchen you are faced with a multitude of options, all of which can impact that average price to one degree or another. Some of these options are:
- Door & cabinet material selection – Wood, MDF, Melamine, HPL, …
- Door style – Shaker, Slab, Raised Panel, …
- Drawer glide style & construction
- Features & accessories
- Countertop material
Once we have a layout, style, and design for the kitchen, we need to consider embellishments such as glass, crown molding, light valance, and hardware.
The options are almost endless. Each element can be an important part of the final product and contributes to making your kitchen both functional and beautiful. It important to consider each element when making a wish list. Prioritizing will help you get the most out of your budget.