Most designers (and homeowners) would agree that the kitchen is the center of the home today. And the kitchen cabinets are (generally) the focal point of the kitchen. They take up the most space (both literally and visually) and they tend to define the overall look and feel of the room.
Your cabinets are also likely to be the single biggest material expense in your kitchen-remodeling project. Of course, you have a wide variety of options from which to choose, so how do you choose wisely?
There are essentially three types of cabinets from which you can choose:
are the least expensive (ranging from approximately $75 to $400 per linear foot). As the name implies, these are cabinets that are carried in stock at major home improvement stores. While there is some variety, they pretty much come in standard sizes—so you’re limited in what you can do with them. The biggest advantage is that there is generally no waiting for these cabinets, since they are pre-made and (generally) in stock in the stores.
are the next step up in both quality and price. While these cabinets are also pre-fabricated in standard sizes, they offer a considerable amount of flexibility when it comes to style, materials, finishes, and even sizing. You can expect to pay in the range of $150 to $900 per linear foot for these cabinets. You’ll also have to order the cabinets ahead of time (approximately 12 to 14 weeks) because they include some customization.
are exactly what they sound like. These pieces (which range anywhere from $500 to $1500 per linear foot) are made to your exact specifications. If you have a custom kitchen or want to do something truly different with your cabinets, this is the way to go. Custom cabinets don’t have to be outrageously expensive. Much of that depends on the materials you choose (and you can choose whatever you want!). And an additional benefit is that these cabinets can actually take less time to manufacture than semi-custom cabinets.
So which cabinets are right for your Naples kitchen remodel? It depends on what you want—and what the rest of your kitchen (and home) looks like. If standard sizes and finishes work for you it’s possible to get what you want out of an in-stock cabinet. But if you want to customize things to your own specification (and have the budget and timeframe), semi-custom or custom cabinets are probably your best bet.