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Choosing and Installing New Kitchen Cabinets

by Allison Beatty

Tired of hunting for your favorite spices or wasting time digging through your dated kitchen cabinets looking for the stockpot or frying pan? You're not alone.

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Whether you're tired of the disorganization or just want to upgrade the look and feel of your kitchen, installing new kitchen cabinets could be the answer you've been looking for. Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to selecting your new kitchen cabinets.

New Kitchen Cabinets: Custom, Semi-Custom, or Stock?

There are three primary kinds of new kitchen cabinets: custom, semi-custom and stock. New custom kitchen cabinets are made to your exact specifications, exclusively for you; however, they can be quite expensive. That's why many homeowners opt for either semi-custom or stock kitchen cabinets. While semi-custom cabinets will give you slightly less flexibility than fully-custom cabinets when it comes to size, shape, finish, and design, they offer more flexibility than stock cabinets which are built to standard sizes.

Cabinet Refacing: An Affordable Option

While installing new kitchen cabinets may be a necessity in some cases (i.e. your current cabinets are literally falling apart or off the walls), if you don't like the idea of spending all of your kitchen renovation dollars on a replacement job, one affordable option is to consider cabinet refacing. With cabinet refacing, your contractor will give your kitchen a whole new look by replacing the doors, drawers, and hardware and applying a new veneer to your existing cabinet boxes, all for just a fraction of the cost of replacement. Furthermore, when you choose cabinet refacing, you'll be able to install many of the handy organization and storage solutions that come with new cabinets, including lazy Susans, spice racks, and rolling storage drawers.

If you're looking to give your kitchen an upgraded appearance and greater functionality, without the cost of installing new kitchen cabinets, cabinet refacing could be the affordable solution for your kitchen renovation project.


Defining Your Cabinet Options, Better Homes and Gardens

About the Author

Allison E. Beatty is a syndicated real estate writer. She has been a writer of home improvement columns for 15 years. Her articles have appeared in numerous national newspapers and magazines, and on home improvement web sites.

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