Should You Use Custom Cabinets in My Kitchen or Bathroom Renovation?


Brad with Home Love Construction answers a frequently asked question: do you need to use custom cabinetry in your kitchen when renovating it? Brad explains that the answer is it depends on the space and the goal of your remodel. There are two types of cabinetry in the world: ready to assemble (RTA) or semi-custom and fully custom. RTA cabinets are made in standard sizes and depths and come pre-assembled, but there are limitations to the size and modification of the cabinets. Custom cabinets, on the other hand, are made to order, have no limitations on size or modification, and are made from raw plywood.


Custom cabinets are the “mac daddy” of kitchen remodeling, but they also come with a hefty price tag, typically 60 to 80 percent more expensive than semi-custom. However, custom cabinets allow for more flexibility in terms of design and every little detail can be customized to the client’s liking. With semi-custom cabinets, there are more limitations and changes to the design come with a cost increase.


In the end, it comes down to the client’s specific needs and the space they are working with. If the kitchen is small and they need to maximize space, semi-custom cabinets may be the better choice. However, if the client wants more flexibility in terms of design, custom cabinets are the way to go. Brad’s company, Home Love Construction, offers both options and their job is to determine which type of cabinetry is best for each client’s unique needs.


In conclusion, the choice between custom and semi-custom cabinetry in a kitchen renovation depends on the client’s specific needs and the space they are working with. While custom cabinets offer more flexibility in terms of design, they come with a higher price tag. On the other hand, semi-custom cabinets are more limited in design but offer a more cost-effective solution for those who need to maximize their kitchen space.

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