According to real estate experts, the most important room in a house is the kitchen, and in the kitchen the most important feature is the kitchen cabinets. The kitchen typically ends up being the main gathering place in the home. It's the place where everyone either stops to chat, eat or get ready for their day. It's also the room where company tends to mingle when you are entertaining. Aside from its social perks, the kitchen is also the one room in the house that offers the most value for your home. It's the first room that homebuyers typically look at, because if the kitchen doesn't meet their needs, then it's likely that the rest of the house won't either.
Kitchen cabinets are the first thing the eye sees when a person enters the kitchen. Kitchen cabinets take up the most space, offer storage and also set the mood for the décor in your kitchen. If you are remodeling your existing kitchen or building a new kitchen, you typically have three options when it comes to cabinets. You can build cabinets from scratch, refinish or reface existing cabinets, or update/replace the hardware to give your kitchen cabinets a whole new look.
While building your own cabinets sounds overwhelming, it's the one way to get the exact look you have in mind. If you are handy enough, you can build your own kitchen cabinets and save yourself thousands of dollars over buying cabinets which are already made. If you aren't quite that handy, or aren't willing to take on such a large job, hiring a contractor to custom build your cabinets would still save you money and would also guarantee you get the exact look that you want to achieve.
Refacing existing kitchen cabinets is also a large undertaking, but isn't quite as costly. Refacing your kitchen cabinets can transform an old boring kitchen into a chic, modern kitchen in a flash. Refacing your cabinets involves disassembling the cabinets, refacing all sides, doors and drawers, staining the interiors and finishing them off with polyurethane. Refacing kitchen cabinets doesn't require as much handywork as building them from scratch; it just requires time and patience.
The third option, updating and replacing the existing hardware, is the easiest way to give your kitchen a face-lift and also the least expensive. You can choose to shop at local hardware stores for a modest selection of hardware or there are hundreds of retailers online that sell gorgeous hardware for kitchen cabinets. Replacing the hardware simply requires the removal of the existing hardware, if there is any, and replacing it with the new hardware.
Whether you build your own cabinets from scratch, reface existing cabinets or simply change the hardware, not only will you have a whole new look in your kitchen, you will add immense value to the price of your home.