Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing
Does cabinet refacing require a kitchen designer?by Shannon Lee
Face Your Kitchen Columnist
In some cases, kitchen door replacement is simple enough that it can be done in a weekend, with little forethought or planning put into the project. But in most cases, cabinet refacing is not quite that easy. You have the endless questions: Which doors look best with the existing cabinet boxes? What should I do about that corner space? Which type of veneer is best or easiest to handle or lasts the longest? What kind of hardware will make this kitchen space "pop" with life?
Reasons to hire a kitchen designer
When those important questions roll around, a kitchen designer is trained to help. These skilled professionals don't just work with a blank canvas and create a kitchen from the ground up. They also take on smaller projects, like your cabinet refacing.
A kitchen designer can transform your space, even if your vision started out with a simple change in the doors. One of the most important elements designers bring to your table is their ability to eek significant storage solutions out of even the tiniest of spaces. A good designer might be able to work with your existing cabinets to find space you didn't know you had, or create new cabinet solutions out of dead countertop space.
In addition, a kitchen designer can suggest colors, styles and finishes that make your new cabinets stand out from the neighborhood crowd. A good designer can turn you on to techniques and ideas you hadn't considered, thus giving you a unique look you can't wait to show off.
The cost of refacing cabinets with a designer
The downside of hiring a kitchen designer is the cost. If a designer is handling the project for you, expect their fee to be between 5 and 10 percent of the project cost. If the designer is simply a consultant who can help get you started, they will likely charge by the hour. Expect to pay anywhere between $40 and $150 per hour, depending upon the complexity of the project and the experience of the designer. Some designers might also ask for a retainer fee, so that if you choose not to use them for the final project, they will still be compensated for their time and effort.
The kitchen designer can take your kitchen door replacement from a simple, ho-hum kind of weekend project to a gorgeous, versatile and exciting new look and feel. If you're serious about making that cabinet refacing work to your advantage in the kitchen, a designer can help you make the most out of the new space.
About the Author
Shannon Lee has written professionally for two decades on a wide variety of topics, including medical and health issues, home repair, education and relationships.