How much does a new kitchen cost

Kitchen cabinets hardwood

Kitchen cabinets hardwood

Remodeling a kitchen can range anywhere from $5K for a makeover remodel to $100K for a new kitchen construction. It depends on the complexity of what you want done, will the remodel include flooring, an island or new state-of-the-art appliances and so forth. No kitchen remodel would ever be complete without addressing the kitchen cabinets. Does your budget allow for beautiful cherry cabinets, or will you have to settle for laminated or painted?

In most places, custom kitchen cabinets are usually less expensive than buying from the big name manufacturing companies for the same features and level of quality. The manufacturing companies are able to sell on their consistency and reliability, consumers are already well aware what they will look like. The finishes are durable and one can be comfortable that the paint stains and colors will match the samples presented. However, with custom made cabinets, there could indeed be more variation, perhaps the stain won’t exactly match the samples, the durability factor may not be there also. The manufacturers also have their limits on what they can or will do, the lead times tend to be longer, if anything is damaged via shipment, it can take 4 to 6 weeks for replacements. Good custom cabinet makers with high quality finishes can certainly compete with the big name manufacturers, however, it must be said that not all cabinet makers are created equal, find the ones that can exceed expectations. It’s important to think beyond the short term aesthetics, but consider the long term durability.

Modular kitchen cabinets

Modular kitchen cabinets

Another significant difference to point out is that the local cabinet makers may not charge you more for material for choosing the full height option. However, using manufactured for floor to ceiling cabinets and drawers with pullouts may substantially increase prices, in some cases may cost double what the local cabinet makers may charge. Homeowners underestimate the value of actually negotiating prices with the local cabinet makers. They usually appreciate your business and will be open to working with your budget especially during slower economic times. It’s possible to negotiate a great deal with the local cabinet maker who handles everything locally. The manufacturer has a middle man they need to pay and also has to account for shipping, all things considered, it adds to the overall price. Another huge advantage with the local cabinet maker, it’s easier to tweak things if need be, anything that needs fixing or adjusting can be done quickly without too much delay.

You also have the option of going with semi-custom cabinets which have been an excellent choice for homeowners too. Some semi-custom cabinet makers also offer great flexibility with a willingness to work with homeowners to get the finishes and styles that they desire. Some semi-custom cabinet makers may allow for reductions in height, width or depth with no additional charge.

It’s important to evaluate all your needs for future maintenance as well, there are simply things manufacturers will not guarantee that you may be able to get from your local cabinet makers. So it may cost 5% to 10% less ordering from the big name manufacturing companies, however, for future maintenance issues, the local cabinet makers may be more convenient and flexibly open to working with homeowners.

Kitchen Cabinets and Countertops Cost:

Laminate counter top

Laminate counter top


- modular cabinets (Ikea): $100 per linear foot
- laminate counter top: $165 per linear foot
- hardwood clear finish and granite counter tops: $240 – $285 per linear foot