Ask yourself, How much am I willing to spend? Look at the current state of your kitchen. If your cabinets are sturdy, and you like the existing layout of your kitchen, then a face-lift may be all that you need. New doors, smart hinges, glides, and fresh paint goes a long way. A cosmetic makeover updates your kitchen and keeps expenses low. If your cabinets lack structural strength, then it is probably time to replace them. Replacing old cabinets will most likely result in higher expenses, but is an exciting endeavor that will breathe fresh life into your kitchen space! Best of all, they may even pay off in the long run when you decide to sell.
Are you renovating your kitchen to sell or rent? If a high ROI is important, “Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report” suggests that minor renovations tend to do better than major remodels, averaging 81% recouped costs. Updates for short-term uses means you probably don’t want to invest in the highest quality cabinets. New stock cabinets are a budget-friendly option to quickly enhance the appearance of your kitchen. On the other hand, if this is your home for the long-term, you want cabinets that will last. Semi-custom or full-custom cabinets will provide you the durability to last many years and the appeal that will keep you happy to look at them day after day.
You can choose to restructure your entire kitchen or use the same layout you have. Look at your existing kitchen design. Measure out your space; write down the dimensions of windows, doors, and appliances. Keep in mind electrical outlets and water connections. For our budget-friendly remodelers, it’s important to know that moving around your plumbing generally drives up expenses. After measuring, you will know what size of cabinets you need. If you are stripping and replacing all your cabinets, consider a total kitchen remodel. You don’t want new, fancy cabinets with old countertops and buckled floors.
- Most affordable cabinets
- Easy to order online or in-store
- In-depth research can result in a good product, at low cost
- Limited style, design, and accessories
- Material quality/ Durability issues
- Measurement issues/ Difficult DIY Project
- Works well for most homes
- Reasonable price for quality cabinets
- Improved storage solutions, depth, and measurement options
- Many styles and designs
- Not truly unique in design or material
- Some semi-custom cabinets are essentially stock with minor alterations
- Price, features, and quality vary greatly
- Highly durable materials
- Countless design options
- Many accessories: well-built drawers, smooth gliders, dovetail joinery, and soft-close features
- Most expensive $$$
- Niche, very unique, or non-matching designs can hurt resale value