If you’re looking at remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, one of the biggest percentages of your budget will be your cabinets. You want your cabinets to look great and last, but you don’t want to pay too much. When you’re looking at cabinets, one of the first decisions that you’ll need to make with your remodeling company is whether to choose custom, semi-custom or stock cabinets. Understanding what the differences are can make your decision easier.
If you’re more concerned with options and quality craftsmanship than cost, then custom cabinets may be the option you want for your home. When you choose a custom cabinet, you can have exactly what you want from materials to door design, an experienced cabinet maker will create your cabinet to exact detail that you specify, both inside and out. Rarely do these craftsmen use anything other than actual hardwood in their work so you have a higher quality and stronger cabinet. The downside, other than the expense, is the lead time as you’ll need to wait for the custom construction of each cabinet.
The remodeling company you choose likely works with a few different semi-custom cabinet manufacturers. Semi-custom cabinets vary between manufacturers. Some may offer a large selection of paint colors and just a few stain choices while others may specialize in stain with just a few paint options. Most semi-custom manufacturers offer a wide variety of sizes of cabinets, interior options, door styles and cabinet depths.
There are still downsides to semi-custom cabinets. They include:
- Lead time for the build of your cabinet.
- Higher cost than stock cabinets.
- Not ever manufacturer offers every option so you may have to compromise with style or interior features.
- You may or may not get to choose the materials which means some parts of your cabinets may be pressboard rather than actual hardwood.
Most kitchen and bath remodels today have semi-custom cabinetry.
If you go to your local home improvement store you can see many examples of stock cabinets. You’ll notice they’re available in just a few colors and styles and only a few different sizes. The cheaper the cabinet the more likely it’s pressboard which won’t last as long or look great. They are the least expensive cabinets and there are many levels of stock cabinets. Some cabinet manufacturers sell both semi-custom and stock cabinets that appear similar but use different materials and have few interior options.
The key to finding the right cabinets for your kitchen or bath remodel is to know your budget, work with a quality remodeling company, and ask the right questions before you select a type of cabinet. There are benefits and drawbacks to each. If you are still looking for a remodeling company, consider using one of the many NARI remodelers in your area. You can find them by searching here.