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Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

Kitchen Cabinet Costs in San Diego

by Allison Millar
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Construction and material costs have risen steadily in San Diego in recent years, making remodeling a more expensive proposition. If you're thinking about replacing your kitchen cabinets, consider the costs and alternatives.

Cabinet Refacing and Replacement Costs

Cabinet refacing typically costs about one third to one half of the price of new cabinets. San Diego's high construction costs can make a full kitchen cabinet replacement project an expensive endeavor. Cabinet replacement can range from $20,000 to $50,000 or more and involves:
  • Demolition and disposing of old cabinets.
  • Installing new cabinets.
  • Possibly rerouting or adding electrical and plumbing lines.
  • Patching wall or floor damage caused during cabinet demolition.

Cabinet Refacing: Great Style For Less

Cabinet refacing is a much more economical alternative, as it costs $2,000 to $4,000 on average. If your cabinets are in good shape, this method of replacing just your door and drawer fronts can be ideal. The work takes just a few days, compared with several weeks or months for a cabinet replacement project.

There also are many styles of wood, laminate or veneer options with cabinet refacing. A sampling includes:
  • Traditional wood with arched door fronts.
  • Contemporary laminate in white or off white.
  • Shaker style door fronts with recessed panels.
  • Upscale cherry or mahogany wood or veneers.

Before replacing the cabinets in your San Diego home, investigate the cabinet refacing options. The selection and value are a great combination for many home owners.

About the Author
Allison E. Beatty is a syndicated real estate writer. She has been a writer of home improvement columns for 15 years. Her articles have appeared in numerous national newspapers and magazines, and on home improvement web sites.

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