One of the choices that can most affect the design outcome of a new kitchen build or remodel and make the difference in the functionality of its features are the kitchen cabinets. You can go very basic or get popular ceiling-height cabinets with all the bells and whistles. High cabinets allow storage for items that are not used as often and prevent the need for cleaning the tops of the cabinets. However, it helps to understand the different types before planning your project.
The most budget-friendly of kitchen cabinets are stock cabinets. Stock cabinets are certain sizes, styles and finishes that are always kept in stock but are not customizable. The room layout may need to be adjusted to suit available sizes, and you will need to order extra fill strips, crown molding or other accessories separately. You will likely not be able to get high cabinets but the result is a handsome and functional kitchen.
Semi-custom cabinets are basically standard cabinets, but you have choices when it comes to depth, color and style. These changes can add a bit to the cost, but they allow for a more creativity in planning. Ceiling-height cabinets may be an option as long as you have adequate space between the bottoms and the countertop.
Custom cabinets are built from scratch and are the most flexible and limitless type of cabinetry, especially for those who want high cabinets. They can be built in any shape, dimension, or finish, including glass insets and can include as many unique features as you can imagine. Rollouts, pullouts, automatic closing doors and drawers, and even lighted cabinets are available. With custom cabinets, you are certain to have a one-of-a-kind design.
The process of choosing sizes, door styles, handles, knobs, finish color, special features and function can be overwhelming. Some people can become frustrated with all the decisions. If you choose to hire a professional to help you with the design and installation of your cabinetry, then you can benefit from their wealth of knowledge and experience. It can turn a stressful project into an enjoyable one.