If you are like many people, you look through home improvement magazines and books for ideas on what can be done to improve your home’s kitchen. However, when you do an internet search for an item you might want to include in your remodeling project, you may be faced with ‘sticker shock’ over the exorbitant prices of most of the objects in the magazine. Here are some ideas on how to find high-end kitchen cabinets, counters and accessories on a budget using semi-custom cabinetry.
Not only is the furniture in your kitchen the first thing people notice, but it is also the most expensive investment you will make. The cabinets in your kitchen create the foundation of every other part of the room. From personality, tone and character, the wood, stain and style of each cabinet and shelf make a statement about who you are and what you like. Contractors claim that about 50% of your kitchen budget will be spent on cabinets, shelves, and counter supports – that means it is a huge investment.
Although you may love the look of a custom cabinet line by a particular designer or manufacturer but can’t afford the price of the units, you may be surprised to find there are also semi-custom cabinetry designs that nearly mimic the custom look. The semi-custom line still allows you to specify size, fit and depth, but each unit is offered at a much more affordable price than the custom line by the same manufacturer.
You can also find discounted trims, moldings and shelves to match the cabinets. With the same distinctive decorator panels and curves, your contractor can blend the units and accessories for a high-end look at an affordable price.
When you redo your kitchen, ask your contractor or architect about what semi-custom cabinetry is available in your area. You may be surprised at how many choices you have that are still within your budget.