Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing
3 ways to customize unfinished kitchen cabinetsby Shannon Lee
Face Your Kitchen Columnist
The budget is often a top consideration when choosing new kitchen cabinets. Prices for ready-made, semi-custom, or custom kitchen cabinets are often a large chunk of the bottom line for your kitchen remodel, so it pays to explore all the options and choose wisely.
When purchasing ready-made cabinets, expect to pay between $4,000 and $5,000 for base and top cabinets in a 10-by-12 kitchen. Semi-custom cabinets allow you to choose from a limited number of options, and cost about twice that of stock cabinets at $8,000 to $10,000 for a typical kitchen. These prices do not include installation.
Having custom cabinets built for your home allows you to choose everything about them--woods and other materials, finishes, sizes and more--but you pay a premium price for the luxury. Expect custom cabinets to cost between $16,000 to $20,000 and up. If you choose to have the cabinets built on-site, there could be an additional cost for labor.
Unfinished kitchen cabinets offer possibilities
For those homeowners who want a custom job but prefer to pay less than the going rate, there are a few options that offer a nice compromise. When you choose a custom job but ask for unfinished cabinets, you might be able to get them for a cheaper price. You can also take the opportunity to truly customize your unfinished cabinets with a look that is entirely yours.
Choosing unfinished cabinets can save money while giving you a license to be creative. With custom jobs, the possibilities are endless.