In review, what are we looking for?
One, start with a kitchen dealer that has a good reputation.
Secondly, ask a lot of questions, inspect displays and samples, check reviews of the products you are considering.
Thirdly, if budget allows semi-custom is a great option with more finishes more modifications, and better build quality than stock or import cabinets, and remember you usually get what you paid for, don’t expect high quality from low cost options, they will always disappoint you.
And above all, In the long run if your building your dream kitchen, or plan on living in your home longer than seven years consider semi-custom or custom cabinetry, the actual additional cost will be worth it, think about a twenty thousand dollar kitchen cabinet cost over a fifteen year period, it would be $1,333 per year for a stock cabinet, a semi-custom cabinet would be approximately $1,867 that’s only a slightly higher cost per year on a cabinet that will last and give you all the options and value you want at an affordable price.
The fifteen-year mark
Is considering the time that most people will upgrade their kitchens or move to a new property.
Will give you a lower cost by twenty to thirty five percent, it does come with some limitations.
Has more finishes more door styles more modifications, better accessories and in many cases better build quality. And let’s not forget the kitchen designer, smaller dealers offer a better buying experience and more talented designers working on your kitchen, and a personal service unmatched by the big box stores. I would say cabinets are not perfect, despite cost and brand name they are still assembled by humans, near perfect is a very high standard to reach due to woods limitations, and factors beyond the control of manufacturers and suppliers, but there are some very good options available in today’s marketplace.
Is one of the most important factors, A good installer makes the kitchen look great, an average installer can make a high price custom cabinet look cheap and poorly made, look for companies that offer cabinet installers that only install cabinets, not jack of all trades who may only install kitchens a few weeks out of the year. You wouldn’t let the local gas station work on your high-end European car, that’s not their strength, so don’t let companies that don’t specialize in cabinetry installation, work on your brand new twenty-five-thousand-dollar kitchen because they were slightly less than your kitchen dealer’s price. It does make a big difference in the quality of the installation for your very expensive investment.
I hope this helps getting you started in finding your best cabinetry solution for your home and remember to ask questions and research your brands.
I have been in the cabinetry industry for over twenty years, this is an opinion based on personal experience and client feedback and the information from various sources available throughout the industry.