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by Marcus Pickett

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Homeowners looking to improve their homes on a budget, or at least to get the most bang for their buck, should look at areas of their home where small improvements can make a big difference. A new deck or a fully renovated kitchen can't be topped for transforming the look and enjoyment of your home, but these projects demand an enormous investment in time and money. Bathrooms, by contrast, are used every bit as much as kitchens, despite their smaller area. Of course, a full bathroom remodel, including a new tub/shower installation, countertop, and bathroom fixtures is no small project, either. Installing new bathroom cabinets, however, can usually be done out of pocket without the need for home financing that will be eating at your monthly income for years.

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If you're looking into bathroom cabinets, you probably already know the answer, but the first question you must ask is whether your cabinets look tattered, don't provide sufficient storage capacity, or both. To increase your bathroom storage, you need a new cabinetry design. This can mean installing larger cabinetry in essentially the same place as your old cabinetry, or it can mean putting in additional cabinets in a different location. Adding new cabinetry can be a potentially dangerous move, especially in a smaller bathroom. If at all possible, you don't want to create additional storage space only to make your bathroom feel cramped.

The best idea is to look into the plausibility of installing built-in cabinets. Even shallow built-in cabinets can often create sufficient storage without muddling your bathroom space. Another useful idea is to move your bathroom storage out of the bathroom. Even when your bathroom walls don't have space for new cabinetry, often bedrooms for master baths or hallways for other bathrooms will have the ability to accommodate built in cabinets. Nearly everyone has medicine, cleaners, and other bathroom supplies that can be stored near their bathroom, instead of in it.

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While you might think that once you have plans for the layout of your new cabinetry, your project is set to begin. Yet, just as involved as the design of your cabinets is the type of cabinets and installation you'll want. You're probably aware that Internet-based manufacturers and huge chains such as Home Depot sell pre-manufactured cabinets, called stock cabinetry. You might, then, think that the old-fashioned craft of building cabinets from scratch is for DIYers. In fact, the exact opposite is true. Stock cabinets can be installed by DIYers, but these cabinets don't have the same craftsmanship, life expectancy, or design options as can be provided by professional cabinet makers. Stock cabinets may simply be implausible for homeowners who need customized storage units, such as built in cabinets, corner cabinets, etc. On the other hand, if you're generally happy with storage capacity, but need to do something about dinged about wood cabinets, the best answer might be having your cabinets refinished, not replaced. That said, stock cabinets certainly have their place, and if you need a fairly generic-sized cabinet, these cabinets can't be beat for cost. Houston Bathroom Cabinetry Contractors
Even if you believe stock cabinets are what you need, there are still some very valid reasons to seek out the services of Houston bathroom cabinet contractors. The contractors may be able to advise you on which cabinet manufacturer to choose. They may also be able to open up the possibilities of semi-stock cabinetry, which is essentially pre-ordering stock cabinets with specific dimensions. Plus, unless you plan on installing the cabinets yourself, you're going to need someone to install the cabinets, anyway. Chain stores often make a significant part of their profits by jacking up the price of installation. By seeking out an independent Houston cabinetry contractor, you'll be able to safeguard against any over-charging practices these companies may employ. In the end, your Houston bathroom cabinet remodel can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand. Simply put, you can't beat DIY stock cabinets for cost, and you'll never match the design options and craftsmanship of a custom cabinet maker, but there's a good chance you'll be able to get the most from your money by seeking some form of middle ground.

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Marcus Pickett is a professional freelance writer for the home remodeling industry. He has published more than 600 articles on both regional and national topics within the home improvement industry.