Kitchen cabinets take center stage in determining the way your kitchen looks, functions and fits in with your lifestyle. If you’re thinking of remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, you may have some basic cabinetry questions. As the top provider of kitchen cabinets in Mission Viejo, we get asked this question every day;
What are the basic cabinet types?
There are three basic cabinet types to consider: in-stock, semi-custom, and custom. Here are some of the basics that are important when choosing your cabinets.
The most economical choice of the three, but also the least flexible. That said, the base level of cabinetry has come a long way in recent years, taking a prime spot in the market due to availability and ease of installation. When budgeting for in-stock cabinets, a good range is $75 to $400 per linear foot. Why the huge range? Well, some pre-made and pre finished cabinets are higher quality than others. Some come pre assembled, and others arrive flat packed. Pre-made, in-stock cabinets come in fixed measurements ranging from 12 to 36 inches wide, often in 3-inch increments. Many require infill panels to cover gaps after installation. One more important item to note is that most in-stock cabinets are designed to meet the industry standard 36" height for countertops. Should you desire custom height, this may not be a good fit for you.
This option usually averages $150 to $900 per linear foot and offer more options in terms of sizing, styles, materials and finishes than in-stock cabinets. Semi-custom cabinets are a great option for those homeowners looking for something that stands out, without spending the majority of allotted money on cabinets, leaving little in the budget for other needed items. Often, semi-custom cabinetry is available with structural advantages such as dove-tailed drawers, and upgraded hinging.
Options such as these are important to consider when thinking about the longevity of your upgrades. One should note that semi-custom cabinets are still inspired from existing designs and pre-fabricated off-site, thus limiting the potential customizability. Another important consideration is the increase in lead time as many manufacturers operate overseas and all plans will need to be finalized prior to ordering. This can translate into a 12 to 14 week delivery date.
The choice of custom home builders and the discerning home owner, custom kitchen cabinetry is prized for its unlimited flexibility and material combinations. The options are endless, and anything is possible. That said, the ability to choose everything comes with a pretty hefty price tag. You should expect to pay between $600 to $1,400+ per linear foot and the lead time is often much the same as semi-custom cabinet choices. The final investment depends on the hardware you choose.