There is a lot to think about when planning a remodel. One question that we see often is: What are the benefits of different types of cabinetry? Today, homeowners are looking to improve the functionality, organization, and overall aesthetic of their homes. Most home remodeling plans include new cabinetry, especially for a kitchen or bath. Semi-custom cabinets are beautifully built, customizable, and remain durable for many, many years. Here are our top reasons why we recommend semi-custom cabinets.
Designed & Built for Your Space
The single biggest reason to choose semi-custom cabinets is that it’s the only way to get cabinetry made for your specific space and design. “Stock” cabinets, cabinetry purchased “off the shelf,” or “builder-grade” cabinets are made in 3” increments which may not accommodate your desired layout. If they don’t fit perfectly, the installers must use fillers and scribe molding for the uncovered areas.
“Coordinating a beautiful design within the limits of 3” increments almost never works in all but the most basic of kitchen designs,” Christine Jurs, one of the owner/operators who’s been designing kitchens for more than 25 years, said.
Semi-custom cabinets are built to any size and meet any designer’s requirements. This means every inch in your renovation is maximized. “Additionally, the options for cabinet configurations and specialty items are standard in catalogs of semi-custom cabinetry, so it’s easy to get a completely ‘custom’ look to your kitchen without the limitations that typical builder-grade cabinets face,” Christine added.
These homeowners in Huntley, IL, used semi-custom cabinets to transform their dark, dysfunctional kitchen into a welcoming, bright, and practical space. They replaced classically stained oak cabinets with bright white, semi-custom cabinets with shaker doors, renovating the space into something spectacular.
“Our new kitchen has this warm, almost cozy feeling that our old kitchen never had. It’s just a space that I love spending my time in now,” the homeowner Meghan said.
More Finish & Style Options
One of the most significant advantages of semi-custom cabinets is how personal they can look. There are typically many more options for styles, finishes, and colors available compared to stock cabinets. Do you want raised or recessed panels? Slab or five pieces door fronts? Do you want painted or stained cabinetry, or a combination of both? You get to decide! You can make your renovation genuinely unique.
Working with a skilled designer like those at Advance Design Studio allows you to coordinate a tasteful and stylish combination that works with your taste and your home. “Stock cabinets are alright for a very basic kitchen or even a bath that needs no modifications or special details. To make your kitchen unique, semi-custom cabinets are our go-to,” Project Designer Nicole Ryan said.
More Consistent Finish Quality
Quality control is typically better in semi-custom cabinets. Wood lots are kept consistent within orders, and the raw material quality is usually better. Finishing practices in semi-custom cabinetry are hi-tech with 13-step conversion varnish paint and stain finish systems or high-quality pre-catalyzed lacquers. High-quality finishes won’t chip or peel and will last a lifetime if taken care of properly.
Project Designer Anna Leimann recommends semi-custom cabinets because of their durability and finish quality. “Higher quality is worth the wait! There’s more that goes into the finishing process resulting in a finish with depth and character. Customized cabinetry means your new kitchen or bath will be just to your liking. When you work with me, you won’t find the same anything at your neighbor’s house!” Leimann said.
Better Construction Options
It’s all in the attention to detail. Built-in upgrades come standard with semi-custom cabinetry. This includes dovetail solid wood drawer boxes with full-extension self-closing guides, well-built ¾” panel-wall construction (which safeguards against box twisting), and solid wood front frames. Better quality finishing makes for a longer lasting cabinet that still looks great ten years after installation. Also, semi-custom cabinets give you the ability to match doors or parts if something becomes damaged years later. Most come with extended warranties, some lasting up to a lifetime.
Semi-custom cabinets give you the ability to create your dream renovation without looking like a cookie-cutter home. Design options are nearly limitless, they have more high-quality finishes, and semi-custom cabinets are simply built better. Make the most out of your custom cabinets by utilizing the talents and skills of a professional designer and hiring an experienced artisan to install them properly.
“Without a doubt, the workmanship was outstanding! When we start another project (and I am sure we will), we will want our same team! However, there is no doubt in my mind that all of the designers and craftsmen at ADS are equally superior. The skill, creativity, and artistry of our team, and the results they produced in our home, was truly amazing,” former kitchen and first-floor renovation client Michelle Dixon said.
Ready to start your renovation? Don’t wait any longer! Incorporate semi-custom cabinets in your remodel. With our “Common Sense Remodeling” approach, the process of renovating your home has never been easier. Contact us today at 847-836-2600 or schedule an appointment.