Choosing new kitchen cabinets can be a difficult decision for many homeowners. Stock, semi-custom, full custom, local custom. What does it all mean? And where to start? Some of the following information can help you sort through the terminology and give you a good idea of what’s right for you.
Let’s start with the cabinet terminology that we kitchen professionals are likely to throw at you the first time we meet. Cabinetry is commonly graded on the basis of how flexible the manufacturer is in their willingness or ability to make modifications to their standard product offerings.
In ascending order of both the flexibility to make changes, and the cost of the final product, the list looks like this: stock cabinetry, semi-custom cabinetry and custom cabinetry . Yet another option is local custom, a separate category which although is custom-made, does not fall neatly into this hierarchy due to wide variations in cost and quality.
No doubt, there are many things to consider when planning your new kitchen: countertops, appliances, flooring, lighting and of course cabinetry. An outstanding layout and design along with a mastery of all technical aspects regarding how the many parts and pieces of the kitchen come together are critical to a successful project.
Unquestionably the most important decision you will make is which kitchen designer to work with. Most new kitchen and remodel projects take several weeks or even months to complete and cost several thousand dollars no matter how much you shop. Once you are committed to investing the money in your home, doesn’t it make sense to choose a professional kitchen designer you know you can trust and who will have your best interest in mind?
Believe me, you will require expert and patient help with the numerous decisions throughout the many weeks it will take to complete your project. For that reason, the first thing you should shop for is the right kitchen designer. Plenty of experience, great references and an excellent reputation are all prerequisites you should insist upon.
You must also make certain that your personality “clicks” with that of your kitchen professional so you will both feel comfortable working closely as a team in making the heart of your home a truly special place.