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Wise Kitchen Remodeling: Cabinets

Remodeling, redesigning, or renovating the kitchen has the potential to breathe a new life into your kitchen. However, you should always go into a room remodeling project with a solid idea of what you want to accomplish, how you’re going to accomplish it, and how much you’re willing (and able) to spend.

For many homeowners, the cabinets are what gives the kitchen its character, and changing, updating, or replacing the cabinets can make the room feel as good as new. There are several different levels of kitchen cabinet updating that one can take on, of course.

If your kitchen cabinets are functional, sturdy, and are in good shape, there may not be reason to get rid of them just because you do not like the look of them at present. A new coat of paint or a new stain on the surface can really make a difference. Changing the color of the cabinets has a huge effect on the kitchen at large, particularly because cabinets tend to take up so much space in the kitchen. They often extend all the way to the ceiling, meaning that the hue on them can really have an impact. If the room is feeling small or cluttered to you, for example, try a light color on the cabinets and see if it helps to open up the space.

There are also smaller adjustments that you can make to the cabinets to give them a new life, too. Try installing new knobs, pulls, and handles. These little pieces can really change the overall look and feel of the kitchen. It’s all in the details.

Of course, sometimes we need to face the facts: we need new cabinets. If this is the case, then it’s good to know the options that are available out there for you. Kitchen cabinetry comes in three distinctions – custom, semi-custom, and stock.

Custom Kitchen Cabinets

Custom cabinets are constructed to specifications for your home at your request.
Because they are custom-made, custom cabinets offer the widest range of options
by way of style, materials, and size. Custom cabinets are also the priciest option when it comes to new kitchen cabinetry.

Stick Kitchen Cabinets

Stock cabinets are the least expensive option when it comes new cabinetry. These are pre-made cabinets that can be bought from a store or showroom, which have been constructed in common sizes.

Semi-Custom Kitchen Cabinets

Semi-custom cabinets are a combination of custom and stock cabinetry. Semi-custom cabinets are built to the size specifications given by the client. However, they are not built to order. Rather, they are manufactured in increments, which are pre-determined. Sometimes, if the sizing of the increments does not line up perfectly with the available space in the kitchen, a faux-cabinet will be installed to conceal the fact that the space is going unused.

Regardless of which type of cabinetry you decide you should work with, you should consider what type of style cabinetry you prefer for your kitchen space. The major style choice when it comes to kitchen cabinets, beyond the materials, is whether you would like framed or frameless cabinets. Framed cabinets are more traditional, where frameless tend to have a more modern, European-inspired look.