The kitchen is the heart of your home. Cabinets need form and function. They can be a major expense when remodeling your kitchen. With thoughtful planning and design, you’ll enjoy them for years. A few things to consider:
Kitchens sell Homes! The Kitchen is not the room to “skip on.” According to Home Advisor most home owners spend between $11,194 and $28,646 on a kitchen remodel. You can expect to recoup 67% to 93% of your remodel cost depending on your local real estate market.
What’s Your Type?
Typical cabinet types: stock, semi-custom, and custom.
Stock cabinets start around $70 per linear foot and usually have limited colors and styles. They are sold assembled or RTA (Ready to Assemble) and immediately taken home for installation. Often they are made of MDF (particle board) to keep the cost down.
Semi-custom cabinets cost $150 to $250 per linear foot and can be configured to your space, allowing a more precise fit for your kitchen. Lead time for these cabinets may be 4-6 weeks delivery. These may be made of MDF (particle board) or solid wood. Be certain to ask exactly what the cabinets are made of.
Custom cabinets are usually the most expensive option with costs of $500 and up per linear foot. These could take 2-3 months depending on the cabinet maker schedule. This option includes added features and exact specifications.
Features to Look For:
Solid Wood Construction
For durability and moisture resistance, components including shelves and drawers should be furniture grade wood such as birch, maple and cherry. “All Wood” can be MDF (particle board) be certain to ask what the cabinets are made of.
Dovetail Joints create a strong, square, true, long lasting joint.
Soft Close Drawers and Doors
The drawer/door is eased to the closed position, gently and quietly by hydraulics.
Full Extension Drawers and Full Overlay Doors
Many cabinet drawers only extend about 80%. Quality cabinet drawers extend completely. Full Overlay Doors simply make your cabinets/kitchen more attractive.
Hidden 6 Way Adjustable Hinges
Cabinets with no visible hinges that can be easily adjusted in seconds to perfectly line-up the doors.
A little research to compare manufacturers, retail sites, showrooms, websites and catalogs will save you time and money. Above all, trust your taste. It’s your kitchen and it should complement your personality, your family needs and the rest of your home, so choose what works for you.
Premium Cabinet Studio
Overland Park, KS