The kitchen is the heart of any home. A well-designed kitchen can accommodate all of your daily and special-occasion needs, from providing accessible storage to giving you space to truly entertain in.
As you plan for a kitchen renovation, one of the most important decisions you'll make is your choice of cabinets. In addition to all the colors and materials cabinets can come in, you will also find stock, custom, and semi-custom cabinets.
In this blog, we discuss five advantages semi-custom cabinets have over stock and fully custom models.
1. Better-Fitting Cabinetry
Stock cabinets come with set dimensions that cannot be altered unless you wish to handle alterations yourself once your cabinets arrive. In many cases, stock cabinets require filler pieces so that there are no gaps between the boxes.
Semi-custom cabinets allow for small dimension changes, usually one to one-and-a-half inches, to create a seamless fit. As a result, semi-custom cabinets can provide you with the precise height, width, and depth your kitchen storage calls for.
2. Enhanced Design Flexibility
Because semi-custom cabinets come with alterable dimensions, they provide you or your hired interior designer more flexibility for the entire kitchen space. For example, you can choose oversized or industrial appliances that would be too wide to fit beside stock cabinets.
Semi-custom cabinets also come with more cosmetic options. These options can allow you to put a personal touch on a room that might otherwise look sterile and cookie cutter.
3. Greater Variety of Door Styles
Most semi-custom cabinets come with multiple options for the door style. For example, a semi-custom cabinetry set might allow you to choose from flat, shaker-style, glass front, or raised panel doors.
Each of these door styles makes a kitchen space look different. For example, flat cabinet doors look sleek and modern, while glass fronts turn cramped spaces into open and airy rooms. The variety of door styles also allows you to choose a hardware style you love rather than settling for one that suits a stock cabinet door.
4. More Materials to Choose From
Stock cabinets generally come in one material and perhaps one to two finishes. For example, a stock cabinet set may only be available in oak and come in either a dark or light stain. If you wanted a color other than these two options, you would have to strip the cabinets and re-stain or paint them yourself before installing them.
If you choose semi-custom cabinets, you have a much wider range of materials. Many semi-custom sets even include the option to choose a more exotic material or a statement color. The fact that you get to choose your cabinet material also helps ensure that you're happy with the quality of the final product.
5. Simpler Design Process
When you choose custom cabinets, the process essentially begins from scratch. You and your manufacturer must decide on every element of the cabinets, from dimensions and materials to finishes. This process can be exhausting, especially for homeowners who don't feel strongly invested in every single step.
With semi-custom cabinets, you can personalize your kitchen without having to make a huge number of decisions along the way. You start with a set of cabinets you already like and can make small cosmetic changes so those cabinets fit your space and style perfectly.
Consider opting for semi-custom cabinet designs to make your current kitchen your dream space for cooking, family bonding, and entertaining. At Julie Williams Design, we offer a wide range of cabinetry. Many of our cabinet collections are semi-custom so that you can take advantage of all the benefits listed above, while knowing that you're getting a high-quality product we fully endorse.