If you are in need of a complete kitchen makeover, it will likely start with the kitchen cabinets. This can be a difficult choice with so many options from which to choose – but it’s easier than you might think. Let us help you to realize the kitchen of your dreams with a budget that won’t give you nightmares!
Custom, Semi-Custom or Stock
While custom cabinetry offers the greatest freedom in terms of design, as it is made to complete specification, it is also more costly and has the greatest lead time. Often, semi-custom or stock cabinetry can afford nearly the same design at reduced budget. Semi-custom cabinetry offers a wide variety of finishes and styles from which to choose, and is made in many incremental sizes to fit your room. Stock cabinetry is not customizable, but manufacturers tend to create stock cabinets in a variety of popular sizes, styles and finishes – and may be perfect for your new kitchen.
Start with the Basics
The first step is to select a general color and material choice for your main cabinetry. Make decisions between solid color or wood grain first. Then narrow down finish – selections include painted, stained, glazed, antiqued and distressed surfaces. Light or dark finishes can be appealing in nearly any kitchen.
Add Some Interest
Add a contrasting island, glass doors, open shelving for cookbooks, or a wine rack – this is a great way to mix and match cabinetry options and stretch your budget. Adding a contrasting semi-custom island or wine-rack to a stock cabinet kitchen makes the best use of your budget while giving you design freedom to make it your own. Think of all the ways you will use your new space and build it for your lifestyle. Consider overhanging countertops with pull-up stools for casual meals and morning coffee time or overhead cabinets with lighting to display your collectibles.
Build in Convenience
You might be surprised at the convenience offered by today’s cabinetry manufacturers. Pullout drawers for pots and pans, oversized drawers for baking sheets and designated cabinets for trash and recycling are some examples. Accessories like Lazy Susans, built-in spice racks, drawer organizers and other cabinet extras make the kitchen a much more efficient and enjoyable place. Consider everything in your kitchen today and make sure you have a place for it in your design.
Get Ideas and Stretch your Budget
We offer discounts for a full complement of kitchen cabinetry manufacturers. From stock to semi-custom to full custom cabinetry, choose the color, door style and material to make your kitchen reflect your personal style and flair. We’ve added links to the cabinet galleries of our manufacturers on our contractor discount page
. Browse through the galleries and discover your style.