Seattle Kitchen Cabinet Remodeling

by Marcus Pickett

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For homeowners in Seattle, kitchen cabinets can play an extremely important role in the overall look and function of the kitchen. This is why so many Seattleites who don't want a full kitchen remodel turn to cabinet upgrades to breathe new life into their kitchens. The broad range of looks, materials, designs, and even installations available in kitchen cabinetry is a bit of a double-edged sword, however. Though there is no shortage of choices when it comes to new kitchen cabinets, Seattle is full of so many cabinetry options that it can be very difficult to decide which is the best choice for your situation! If you've been considering installing new cabinets, here are a few things to consider and a little advice on how to make the best choice for your situation.

Seattle Kitchen Cabinets: Custom and Stock
Whether you're remodeling a condo downtown or fixing up your new home in Ballard, in and around Seattle, kitchen cabinets are often the ticket to a more impressive, better functioning space. However, just how much function and value this project brings depends heavily on the material, construction, and installation of your new kitchen cabinets. Seattle homeowners have three basic varieties of cabinets to choose from: Stock, semi-stock, and custom. Each is appropriate in numerous situations, but only one will be the best choice for you!

Stock cabinets are manufactured rather than crafted; by using mass production techniques, stock cabinetry can be purchased at a very low price. Semi-stock cabinets refer to companies that offer pre-ordering services to increase your design options. These cabinets are effective, beautiful, and allow a bit more wiggle room than the stock alternatives at a price that is relatively affordable.

Both stock and semi-stock cabinetry are great for homeowners who want a quick facelift in the kitchen for a reasonable price; no stock cabinetry, however, can match the craftsmanship and design of custom kitchen cabinets. Seattle is full of interesting people and unique settings, and custom cabinetry can fulfill the requirements of both. Serious coffee drinkers, for example, can design a nook and cabinet for their coffeemaker, coffee, grinder, filters, and espresso machine. Of course, coffee nooks are just the beginning when it comes to installing custom cabinets in a Seattle kitchen. Cabinets can be designed for trash cans, pantries, spices, and the entire catalogue of kitchen storage, and the custom fitting a skilled cabinet maker can bring will ensure not only a great looking kitchen, but one that meets all of your needs, no matter how specific.

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Cost of a Seattle Kitchen Cabinet Installation or Build
ServiceMagic keeps track of every project we process, including Seattle kitchen cabinet installation. When we examine the numbers for custom kitchen cabinets, Seattle's stats can be a bit deceiving. Our records indicate the average cost of custom cabinet projects is around $4,800 in and around Seattle. Kitchen cabinets are hardly ever this cheap. The reason for the low average is that custom built cabinets are often used for unusual spaces, so it's not uncommon for Seattleites to have only a one or two small cabinets custom built. Don't be fooled! Brand new custom kitchen cabinetry can run $20,000 or more!

To install a full complement of stock kitchen cabinets, Seattle's average is about $7,000. Many homeowners think of stock cabinets and run to their local home improvement retail store. Beware that you may not be getting the best price by taking this avenue. Despite the low sticker prices you may find in such settings, these stores are notorious for charging outlandish installation fees (however, if you plan on installing the cabinets yourself, this may very well be your best bet). It is often best to price new cabinet installations from an independent cabinet installation contractor, as well as these chain stores.

Seattle Kitchen Cabinet Remodeling Contractors
Whichever way you go, get multiple estimates from different contractors, and if you don't have your mind made up, feel free to get a few estimates from the same contractor on various cabinetry options. The best relationships tend to stem from contractors who are willing to listen to a homeowner's vision, but homeowners who can utilize a contractor's expertise and experience will also benefit from this resource. Of course, your first priority will be to ensure you find a friendly and reliable contractor. ServiceMagic prescreens all our contractors, but you'll also want to check out our customer ratings section.

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.
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