When most people think of cabinets it’s only natural that kitchens and baths come to mind, but there are actually many other areas of your home where they can be put to good use. One place that you might have never considered it to create a small gardening area for you or your significant other. Whether you live in a rural area with several acres or in a subdivision with a ¼ acre lot, gardening can be a very relaxing hobby and may even add value to your home by increasing its curb appeal.
All it Takes is a Few RTA Cabinets and a Countertop
What do you need to set up shop for your very own garden center? Well, that depends on how much time you plan on devoting to the hobby and just how serious you intend to get. Most families can get by with just using a corner of a walkout basement or perhaps the rear wall of the garage. If you happen to have a detached storage building, shed, or barn, an unused area in there may work as well.
Hobbyists just starting out might want to limit their expenses until deciding if horticulture is as much fun as it appears – especially these days when household budgets may already be stretched pretty thin. If that sounds like you, try starting with just a few RTA kitchen base cabinets and a generic laminate countertop available from most home improvement stores. RTA cabinets are durable enough to hold up to the rigors of most gardening projects, but inexpensive enough to fit most budgets. If you think you might want to add a sink and faucet in the future, make one of the cabinets a sink base that can also provide lots of storage space.
Keep in mind that plumbing requires a conditioned or heated space unless you plan on draining the lines every winter or happen to live in a warmer part of the country. If you discover someone in the family has a Green Thumb, your gardening area can be expanded in the future by adding additional base cabinets and you may want to install a few wall cabinets for organizing smaller items and storing gardening tools. Base cabinets are available in many sizes and configurations so you’re sure to find a combination that fits your available space wherever you plan to set up shop.