While the rest of the country has been experiencing fallout from the over-heated housing market of the past few years, San Antonio's housing market remains strong as people continue to move to Alamo City. This makes major home remodeling projects both easy to finance and justify. Still, a full-scale kitchen remodel will put your kitchen out of service for as much six weeks. This can be a huge inconvenience for many San Antonio homeowners. A great alternative is to have those aging San Antonio kitchen cabinets remodeled, breathing new life into them and your kitchen as a whole.
San Antonio Kitchen Cabinet Remodeling, Refinishing, and Re-facing
Kitchen cabinet remodeling in San Antonio, or anywhere else for that matter, is mainly composed of two types: refinishing and re-facing. Cabinet refinishing is exactly what it sounds like, removing and reapplying a finishing agent to re-create the shine that new cabinets have. A cheap alternative to refinishing is to simply paint your wood cabinets. While cabinet refinishing can be dramatic, it often doesn't compare to cabinet re-facing. Re-facing involves a fairly comprehensive process in which cabinets are stripped, sanded, cracks and holes are filled with putty, and then refinished. This process can take pretty tattered cabinets and make them "like-new" again. Re-facing solid wood cabinets can frequently cost more than new, stock cabinets. Though it seems like a paradox, these refaced wood cabinets can create higher-quality cabinets than new wood veneer cabinetry.
New San Antonio Kitchen Cabinets
Of course, no cabinet re-facing process is going to allow you to redesign your kitchen cabinets. If you need additional kitchen storage or don't like your current configuration, new kitchen cabinets are really your only option. Stock and semi-stock cabinets are built in a factory. They're considerably cheaper, but also lack personalized dimensions and the quality of a skilled craftsman cabinet builder. This can be a difficult choice for any homeowner as stock cabinets can't really compete with custom cabinet building; but, if you can make stock cabinetry work, you can use your budget in other areas of your kitchen remodel. Talk to your San Antonio kitchen cabinet contractors about your options. If you're still uncertain, a San Antonio interior designer is an impeccable source for kitchen design, and may have ideas you wouldn't have considered otherwise.
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Cost of San Antonio Kitchen Cabinet Remodeling
ServiceMagic compiles data on the home improvement projects we process, including a number of different San Antonio kitchen cabinet projects. By looking at these raw numbers, you'll be able to gain some initial expectations for your projects, and you may be able to begin to get some traction about which project might be right for you and your remodeling budget.
San Antonio Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing: $2,500 (average), $1,000-$5,000 (range)
San Antonio Kitchen Cabinet Re-facing: $7,000 (average), $3,000-$15,000 (range)
New San Antonio Kitchen Cabinets: $6,000 (average), $2,000-$25,000 (range)
Project Length of San Antonio Kitchen Cabinet Remodels
Depending on what you decide to do with your kitchen cabinets, your project can take anywhere from less than a week to just over three weeks. Of course, new cabinets also usually mean a full kitchen remodel that can take up to six weeks. If you're going to replace your below-counter cabinets, you pretty much have to rip out most of your kitchen, anyway. It might be possible to refinish/re-face your below-counter cabinets and install new kitchen wall cabinets with the same finish to retain matching cabinetry. This is something you may want to inquire about if you don't have the resource for a full kitchen remodel. You may be able to remodel your cabinets this year, and do the rest of your kitchen next year. Again, you probably won't be aware of the full range of options you have until you talk to a San Antonio kitchen remodeling contractor about your specific kitchen.