Cantor’s Corner: How To Choose the Right Cabinets
Presented by Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel
by Gregg Cantor
Resident Expert, The Home Pro Show
President, Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel
Cabinets come in many different designs, wood species and finishes depending on your style, function and budget goals. Common cabinet construction types are flush, flush inset and European were there are no face frames. Typically, the type of cabinet is chosen base on your personal style and budget. Types of cabinets include, custom, semi-custom or modular. Use the following to help you choose the right cabinets for your needs.
For the most part, custom cabinets are fabricated locally and made to order to fit your space requirements. The advantage of going custom is that one company handles everything from building the cabinets to installation. Custom cabinets are a cost effective option for most home remodeling projects because they maximize the usable space and the door, wood and finish options are nearly unlimited. In San Diego, see who we recommend for custom cabinets.
Manufactures of semi-custom cabinets are usually outside of California. The advantage of semi-custom cabinets mostly is in the finishing. Due to our stringent EPA requirements, it is hard and expensive to apply the higher-end finishing locally. Semi-custom cabinets are typically more expensive then cabinets manufactured locally when you consider shipping and installation cost, but allow you some options not available locally.
If you are a do-it-yourselfer, modular cabinets, also called knock down cabinets, are a good option. Modular cabinets come in standards sizes, so usually filler strips are required. There are many different modular cabinet lines available at big box stores and home centers. Depending on your storage needs, modular cabinets can be a very cost effective choice.
When deciding which cabinet option is right for you, I recommend comparing each option in regards to how it maximizes your storage and final installation costs, including all fillers and/or shipping costs