How to Decide Between Using Custom, Semi-Custom, or Stock Cabinets for Your Kitchen or Bathroom Remodeling Project…

When creating a new kitchen or bathroom design, your cabinetry choices will play a large part in your layout and your budget.  When selecting your cabinetry, you have 3 basic purchase options…

Custom Kitchen or Bathroom Cabinetry 

Custom cabinetry gives you the widest range of choices to best fit your room and vision (style/motif, size, material, door type, handle/knob, etc.) You can start with your designers ideas, or bring your own notions via samples that you’ve seen in homes, magazine, or your dreams.

Semi-Custom Cabinets 

The semi-custom cabinet route comes with fewer choices and some additional limitations, primarily in size, as they do come in pre-determined dimensions. But they’re set up to give you much more options than you would initially think.

Stock Cabinets

If your budget dictates that you’ll have to use stock cabinets, don’t worry because  there are still a wide availability of attractive choices and styles that you can choose. These days, the variety in stock cabinets is much greater than in the past.


What Price is Right? 

New cabinetry, whether custom or not, usually means investing in not only a whole new look, but a possible whole new set of functionality that could include: counters, wall treatments, flooring, appliances and electrical wiring and fixtures. Cabinets are typically the biggest part of any given renovation budget, averaging about 65% of the total cost of your new kitchen or bathroom.

Naturally, custom cabinets are often the most expensive with stock usually costing the least. And while the choice may ultimately be determined by budget, you can always move your money around the room, figuratively. Want or need the cabinets to do things that semi-custom or stock just can’t provide? Transfer some funds from flooring or other areas if can do without compromising the overall room’s objectives.

Let’s Talk Custom

Why? When you’re starting from scratch, when you go from wondering to notions to sketches to plans to prints, your cabinetry can take multiple forms to fit your kitchen or bath. OR, it can take the lead around which your room takes shape.

You can go with a few different build/design approaches. Consider frameless cabinetry, also known as European-style. This category presents a clean look, with the maximum width of each cabinet being fully utilized. Frameless cabinets can be used with any door style, offering a wide range of design, from contemporary to traditional. Face-framed cabinets are the most prevalent, traditional style of cabinetry. Inset cabinets, where faces and doors are flush with the frames, is a more deluxe and pristine high-end approach.

From these building blocks, choose the styles that can go with the design approach you’ve selected. Then, artfully arrange and place cabinets wherever you want/need them to go per your blue prints.

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  1. Initial Client consultation – The design process begins with a consultation at our showroom or in your home to obtain the necessary information needed to design your dream kitchen, bath, or space.
  2. Design –  We carefully design the space, keeping your desires as the foundation of our creativity.
  3. Feedback / Design Approval – Working with you, using your feedback to get final design approval.
  4. Installation Meeting – We meet with the installers, prior to installation, to go over ALL the details.
  5. Post Installation Follow-up – We follow-up with you to make sure everything went well during installation.

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