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Minimizing the Cost of Kitchen Cabinets
Many homeowners agree that the kitchen is the heart of the home. Kitchen cabinets can make the room warm and welcoming or sleek and modern, so a cabinet overhaul can go a long way in expressing your personal style. Moreover, a kitchen facelift can add to the value of your home. However, the cost of kitchen cabinets can easily run into the thousands. For homeowners who aren't careful, such a project can easily become more and more expensive. Avoid sticker shock by doing your research first. There are specific options you can choose from to minimize the cost of kitchen cabinets.
Go to the home improvement store in your local area - or, if you know you want a custom job, to a cabinet maker - to find out your initial options. Don't commit yet, just browse to get a good feel for the prices. Establish your budget, which will usually determine whether you can afford to get new cabinets or stick with refurbish your existing cabinets.
You can minimize the cost of kitchen cabinets by choosing unfinished cabinets instead of ones that are already finished or custom-made. The style and material of the cabinets will also greatly affect cost. Ask yourself whether a top-of-the-line material or extra design ornamentation is worth the additional amount you'll pay. Simpler cabinet designs tend to be cheaper, but perhaps you can jazz up the look with relatively inexpensive drawer pulls and door handles.
Semi-custom kitchen cabinets are also more cost-effective than fully custom jobs. You may be surprised to find that stock cabinets, which are even cheaper than semi-custom cabinets, can meet your specifications and style preferences.
Do your homework first before searching for your kitchen cabinets to make a practical and informed decision while still keeping within your budget.