Are custom cabinets worth the extra cost? Sure, there are many cheaper alternatives on the market – but, do they offer the same customization and design features? No. Will they last as long as custom-made cabinets? Not likely. Will my home achieve the same premium if I decide to sell it? It will not.
Custom cabinetry offers more value than what meets the eye. You can pick your box material, door material, door style, hardware manufacturer, construction method, finish and sizes – as long as they can fit through the door of a house.
What really separates custom cabinetry from mass-produced is the level of customization available: there is much more attention to detail in the design phase as well as having the ability to seamlessly match millwork, trim, or furniture pieces with the custom cabinetry. True custom cabinets offer customers the ability to have complete flexibility in their project designs. Special sizing constraints, uncommon wood types or finishes, and complicated design elements are not an issue when choosing a custom cabinet and millwork shop.
From a product standpoint, custom shops use superior materials, hardware and construction methods. You will pay a bit more, but they will stand up to use, whereas the cheaper materials and hardware used in many off-the-shelf cabinets will break down much faster. For instance, a soft-close drawer may work fine for the first year or so, but in cheaper products, it takes about a year for the compression piston to fail, which then results in a faulty slide.
When hiring a professional cabinet maker to install custom cabinetry in your home, it’s important for you to do your homework. When you meet with the owner, or salesperson of the custom cabinet shop, try to get a feel for his or her passion about their craft and ability to provide you with what you are looking for.
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