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Do custom cabinet makers also provide countertops?
Yes, most custom cabinet makers can also provide countertops, but the price of cabinets does not automatically include the countertops.
Are custom cabinets available for areas other than the kitchen?
Yes, custom cabinets are available for basically any room in the house: bathrooms, bedroom, breakfast room, den, home office, library, and even laundry room.
How are custom cabinets priced?
Custom cabinets are priced by the linear foot. When building out a quote, the cabinet maker will factor in material cost, additional cost for special features, molding and trim, and the labor cost, including installation.
How long does it take to make custom cabinets?
The time window for making custom cabinets varies according to how many workers are on the job. An efficient two-person shop should be able to build five or six cabinets per day. Some will outsource certain components, such as doors or rails, for greater speed. Regardless, woodworkers or cabinet-makers who know what they’re doing aim to finish build and installation within nine to 12 days. That said, many cabinet makers will give a four- to six-week time estimate because they’re also working on other projects, or they want to give themselves a cushion to complete the job.
This timeframe does not account for the time needed to design, build the quote, and order any special materials.
Types of custom cabinet finishes
Custom-cabinet finish types include stain, varnish, paint, and glaze. Stain and paint are both options for base coats. Varnish and glaze are options to use as topcoats over paint or stain. Acrylic and laminate finishes are used to create a glossy, shiny contemporary look atop engineered wood cabinets.
How much more expensive are custom cabinets?
Custom cabinets are anywhere from five times to as much as eight times more expensive per linear foot than the cheapest stock cabinets. Stock cabinets still need to be installed, however, and that tags an additional $2,000-$6,000 to their cost. The happy medium is a “semi-custom” cabinet, which is a stock cabinet that can be modified by the manufacturer, semi-customized in the dimensions and design details. Semi-custom cabinets typically cost half of what custom cabinets do per linear foot--but that’s without the cost of installation.
What are flush cabinet doors?
Flush-mount cabinet doors are the same as inset doors. When the doors are properly shut, they are flush with the frame instead of closing on top of the frame as overlay cabinets do. There is a further distinction, which is “flush inset” vs. “beaded inset.” Beaded doors feature a raised and rounded perimeter border, while “flush inset” are smooth and fit cleanly into the frame for a uniformly flat look.
Are custom cabinets superior to the store-bought options?
Custom cabinets may be superior to store-bought, ready-made cabinets in the sense that they’re usually made of higher quality materials and measured to seamlessly fit the space. However, they are more expensive, and require homeowners to make long-term design decisions. If you’re just trying to add a cabinet unit to a closet or pantry for convenience, store-bought might be the easiest solution. For the main kitchen, custom-made cabinets usually look better and last longer.