December 20, 2022

The cost of kitchen cabinetry can come as a shock for many Oakville homeowners who are renovating their homes for the first time. Kitchen renovations can become costly when cabinet design is involved, and it will be responsible for a significant part of your budget. There are options available to homeowners that can fit almost any budget, and knowing those options can help you to make choices that will fit your needs best and help you get the most out of your renovation budget. Here are some options to consider.

New Cabinets vs. Refacing Existing Ones

Refacing your cabinets can save you 25%-50% less money when it comes to remodeling your kitchen. This process would replace the front part of the cabinets and even the hardware while keeping the base of the cabinets there. It will not reconfigure your storage like new cabinets might, but it will give your kitchen a brand-new look.

As a downside, older kitchen cabinetry often is not the most functional and it may not maximize the storage space available in your Oakville kitchen. Many homeowners want to update the functionality or increase the storage space they have, which means they will need new cabinetry or additional cabinets.

Custom or Semi-custom vs. Stock Cabinets

Of course, every homeowner dreams of having completely custom cabinets, but that will not always be within the budget of every kitchen renovation. If you have a smaller budget, you may find that you are able to do more with your budget if you select stock cabinets, but you may be limited on the materials, colour, and layout options available with this type of cabinetry.

If completely custom is not in your budget, there are several manufacturers that carry a semi-custom line that will come with pre-fabricated cabinets. Semi-Custom cabinets still offer quite a bit of choice in terms of colours, materials and finishes.

Natural Woods vs. Engineered

The idea of saying you have solid oak cabinets in your kitchen is appealing; however, the luxury of natural wood adds to the cost. Additionally, engineered materials are built to be more durable to heat and moisture than natural wood.

Typically engineered materials, like MDF and particle board, are budget friendly and last longer than natural wood. MDF cabinets can be painted if you decide to change the colours of your kitchen in a few years. Natural wood doors require cabinet refacing, a process where the doors are sanded down and restained.

Traditional vs. Contemporary Doors

The base of your cabinets is likely going to be similar no matter what the doors or drawers look like. However, when choosing the style of door you want, you will need to consider the look and feel you want your kitchen to have.

Furthermore, if you are thinking about an ornate design for the doors of the cabinets this can greatly increase the cost of your kitchen’s cabinetry. Simple, shaker-style doors give a more contemporary look and are within most budgets. If you are refacing your cabinets and picking out new doors than you may have more budget to work with, however detailed designs for traditional-looking cabinets will require a higher budget.

Contact Trends Wood Finishing Today

Are you planning a renovation for your Oakville kitchen? The team at Trends Wood Finishing can help you select options that are right for your tastes and budget. Call us today to learn more.

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