Face Your Kitchen
Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

Kitchen Cabinet Options and Styles

by Amy Fanter
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Running out of storage space in your current kitchen cabinets? Could your kitchen cabinets use a style make-over? Here's a review of three primary types of new kitchen cabinets: stock, semi-custom and custom.

New Stock Kitchen Cabinets

Stock kitchen cabinets come in a limited number of styles with finishes that mimics popular species of wood. These kitchen cabinets offer basic storage elements such as lazy Susans and pullout trays. They are mass-produced and built to standard sizes in 3-inch wide increments, so to ensure a seamless finish, matching wood filler strips are sometimes used to cover spaces between these new kitchen cabinets and your old ones. The cost for typical L-shaped kitchen runs from $11,100 to $14,800.

Installing Semi-Custom Cabinets

In some ways, semi-custom cabinets offer the best of both worlds. This type of kitchen cabinet allows you more flexibility in style, height, function, design, and finish, but they're more affordable than fully custom cabinetry. You'll pay more, up to $15,000 for a typical kitchen, but for many homeowners the quality and style options are worth the price.

Top of the Line: New Custom Kitchen Cabinets

Custom kitchen cabinets offer complete flexibility with prices ranging from $16,700 to more than $20,000 based upon your needs. However, when you work with a cabinet maker you can expect to get exactly the kitchen cabinet you want in the exact shape, shade and style you want it to be in!

Save Money, Choosing Refacing over New Kitchen Cabinets

Installing new kitchen cabinets can be expensive. If the cost sounds overwhelming, and your existing cabinetry is in good working order, you might want to consider refacing instead. By refacing you can update your kitchen cabinet's style without breaking the bank.


About the Author
AJ Fanter is a freelance writer based in Reno, Nevada.

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