We’ve all heard the saying, put your money in your kitchen and bathroom for maximum return on your investment. However, before you buy cabinets for your new kitchen or bathroom remodel, you should consider some important things.
If you are doing a remodel, on average, cabinets account for 40 to 50 percent of your remodeling project’s total cost. Therefore, setting (and staying on) a budget will be one of the first things you should do. Additionally, since the cabinetry you select will play an essential role in setting the tone and aesthetic for your kitchen or bathroom, you will want to make sure your design choices match your budget availability.
When selecting the style of your cabinets, take some time to peruse magazines, websites, and design inspiration websites to find a style that not only blends well with your overall decor and architecture but that will fit your current and projected needs. There are almost unlimited options with regard to natural wood finishes, paints, stains, and laminate finishes.
This one can be a little tricky as you always want to watch your budget and ensure that if you are spending the money on a remodel, you are getting a good quality of product. Cabinets should have solid frames, closed backs, door and drawer fronts, and reinforced corners. Since the drawers and doors of cabinets will be opened (and closed) often throughout the day, they must operate smoothly and quietly.
Since cabinetry is such a large portion (both budget and space-wise) of any remodel, it is worth having a professional come and offer their advice and confirm your measurements. However, as you are doing your initial planning, it is always good to have your own measurements on hand to assist with the design and budgeting processes.
Stock, Semi-Custom, or Custom
In order of investments, stock cabinets are the least expensive, followed by semi-custom cabinets, with custom cabinets coming in at the higher end of the budget spectrum. Stock cabinets are constructed in standard shapes and sizes and are available in a limited range of woods or styles. Typically stock cabinets have few options other than drawers and cupboards.
Whereas semi-custom cabinets, although they are factory-built in standard sizes, are offered with many options for design, style, and storage. True to their name, custom cabinets are just that, entirely custom for your home. Both semi-custom and custom cabinets offer almost endless options concerning your storage needs.
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