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Cabinet Conundrum

Cabinet Conundrum By Laura Horwitz
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

During kitchen remodeling, you want to pay particular attention to your cabinets because they can consume your budget. But remember, paying for quality now can save you time and money in the future. And with some advanced planning, you can easily have the perfect cabinets to complete your kitchen remodel.

To Reface or Replace?

This should be your first decision. If your cabinets work for you, and are in good condition, you can simply go with cabinet refacing - replacing the doors and drawer fronts and adding a new veneer. This takes far less time than installing all new cabinets, but it can still cost a sizeable chunk of money. Up to 70% of a cabinet's cost comes from its door. However, that's still a possible 30% or more savings for you if you choose refacing over replacing, especially if you're happy with your current cabinets and where they are positioned in your kitchen.

If you opt for a new layout, and decide to replace your cabinets, you have several more decisions to make.

Custom or Stock?

With custom cabinets, you determine the exact specifications in terms of design, materials, and style. But this will cost you the most money and time.

Stock cabinets are those you buy pre-made in a variety of standard sizes, and are the easiest and most affordable option for new cabinets. Select carefully to ensure you get good quality.

Or, in the middle, go with semi-custom cabinets. These can be made to suit your size requirements, but the manufacturer still produces them in predetermined increments. You won't have as many choices as you would with custom, but certainly far more options than going with cabinets already in stock.

You also want to make sure to get at least a 5-year warranty on whichever cabinets you decide to buy.

About the Author
Laura Horwitz has worked as a freelance writer and researcher for five years in both London and the US. She had a monthly landscaping and tips column for the Sussex County magazine RH Review, and her articles have also appeared in Film Focus, 6 Degrees Film, and BizBash magazine.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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