Kitchen Cabinets are one of the most important investments in your new, or existing home. Most Real Estate authorities agree that putting money in the Kitchen is a great investment, and that adds to increased property value.
There are literally thousands of choices when you are shopping for cabinets, so I am not going to try to influence you as to style or design, but I can offer some advice on how to get the most for your money when you are selecting and buying cabinets.
My wife and I took a considerable amount of time at home centers and cabinet shops looking at designs and styles to get a good idea what we wanted. We made sure we had a picture or a brochure of the cabinets that we were interested in.
If you are anything like us, your top choices will always be the most expensive. Don’t despair, this is all part of the process, just keep looking until you are satisfied that you have a good idea of what you want.
After you finish looking, sit down and sort out all the pictures and brochures, narrowing it down to three or four that you really like. When we reached this point, we started looking for a good trim carpenter that could do our trim work in the house, and build our Cabinets.
Pre-Made vs. Custom Made Kitchen Cabinets
Many people assume that pre-made Cabinets are cheaper than custom-made cabinets. This is not necessarily true. If you select plain cabinets, pre-made cabinets are usually cheaper, but when you add dimension and design to your cabinets, the price for pre-made cabinets goes up fast. I suggest you explore both types of cabinets to make sure you get what you want, in the right price range.
Custom Kitchen Cabinets
Finding the right trim carpenter to build your kitchen cabinets will take some time, but you need to be very selective. For more information on selecting and finding good qualified contractors go to the Building Contractor.
When you meet with your Trim Carpenter, you need to view his or her samples of doors and pictures of kitchen cabinets that they have built. Then you can show them your collection of cabinet pictures and brochures and discuss the features that you really like. If you find at this point they are not open to what you want, keep looking for another carpenter to build you cabinets. You don’t need another headache!
Find at least three trim carpenters that can build your kitchen cabinets, and select the one that is price competitive, and you are comfortable using. If the person seems argumentative, or artsy, perhaps you don’t want to work with them.
Choosing the Right Kitchen Cabinets
We looked at cabinets and interviewed trim carpenters for weeks. I know it sounds like we spend too much time, but it was worth it! We had all the information that we needed to make a good decision. On one of our earlier houses, we put in pricey, custom kitchen cabinets, and on the house just prior to this one, we put in pre-made cabinets. So, we had some comparisons to work with. We wanted something in between, and thankfully, we got it! My wife loves her kitchen one that no builder could ever deliver!
It all boils down to what your taste is and what you can afford. Everybody’s situation is different. So take your time and get the most for your money.