Enter any kitchen and your eye will naturally land on the cabinets before it sees any other component. Whether they are basic cabinetry or more elegant, the cabinets form the single most important design element of any kitchen. So, when it's time to build or renovate yours, you'll spend quite a bit of time searching for the perfect composition and style to suit your end goal.
Because the options for kitchen cabinets are vast, you need to determine a place to start your quest. It goes without saying that your budget will make the ultimate decision, so here are the four cabinet options from the least expensive to the priciest.
Stock Cabinets Ready to Install
Many cabinet manufacturers sell pre-made cabinets that are fully assembled and ready to be mounted. These will save you a substantial amount, as well. Your contractor will need to build the kitchen around the ready-made cabinets, though. Once installed, you may have gaps between the cabinets and walls or appliances. But a good carpenter can create custom pull-outs for you if the gap is large enough. If not, then the contractor will consult with you about the best way to cover the spaces.
Ready to Assemble
With ready to assemble (RTA) cabinets, you place an order with the chosen supplier who usually cuts the boxes in incremental sizes, like every 3 inches, to come as close to your size measurements as possible. The cabinets arrive as a kit, your contractor assembles and installs them. RTA cabinets may not offer much in the way of customization, but they're still far less expensive than most custom-built cupboards.
If you have a comfortable budget for your kitchen remodel project, semi-custom cabinets can be the way to go. The factory can build standard boxes from your choice of wood products, then offer several types of doors and drawer faces that they can finish to your exact stain or paint specifications. With semi-custom cabinets, you have a larger range of options, but you'll pay more for some of them.
Custom cabinets can be built from scratch in your kitchen or created elsewhere and brought in. Your design ideas have no limits. You can have custom cabinets built to fit your space exactly with any kind of facing that you can dream up. Of course, there likely will be no cost savings at all since you'll be working directly with the artisan. However, one of the main benefits is that every square inch of your kitchen can be put to good use. With a plan customized to your tastes, you can go as contemporary, classic, retro, or country as you wish, or design a style that may become the very next fad in kitchens. You're hardly limited to wood for either your base boxes or faces. You can apply mirror fronts, stained glass, stainless steel, enameled sheet metal, copper, or even solid gold, if you like (and if your name is Melinda Gates).
Owens Construction can help you design and create the perfect kitchen for your budget. Our expert construction and interior designers will work closely with you to create and execute a great kitchen remodel whether you wish to reface your current cabinets or install all new. Contact us today to schedule a meeting for a free estimate.