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Kitchen cabinets are intended to be functional, but few design professionals or homeowners leave the choice simply at that. Otherwise, cardboard or plywood boxes might suffice.
Instead, kitchen cabinet choices have become hotly debated as the options have grown. This is true whether for a kitchen, bathroom, library, family room, bedroom, basement, wine cellar, closet or any space in a home.
A major impetus has been the realization that kitchen cabinets can add an important aesthetic cache to the kitchen, thanks to the wider variety of styles, materials, trims, hardware and pulls available.
They've become part of the jewelry of a house--what makes a house a home. We are putting in an inordinate number of cabinets in all rooms these days, even in window seats because they increase space. But how much you pay for all your cabinets can vary greatly.
A higher-priced custom cabinet can easily consume 50 to 60 percent of the cost of a kitchen budget, for example. While custom kitchen cabinets may last longer, come with a longer warranty and better fit into all those nooks and crannies, you don't always need to spend the most, particularly since many remanufactured or ready to assemble kitchen
cabinets will look and work as well. Or, you can opt for mostly stock ready-made kitchen cabinets and add some custom pieces for hard-to-fit areas or unusual demands.
How do you decide? Your decision should be based in part on how much you put into the building or remodeling of your entire home and the room in question, so that costs are proportionate. You also should weigh how long you think you'll stay put in that home.
If you're there for many years, you don't want to have to replace kitchen cabinet doors within five years. If, however, you intend to remain only a few years, you can cut costs by replacing knobs or pulls for a fresh look.
Kitchen Cabinet Possibilities