Cabinetry 101

According to the National Kitchen & Bath Association, cabinetry accounts for about 35 percent of the cost of a typical kitchen remodeling project. Perhaps the most visible element in a kitchen, cabinets largely define the look and style of the entire room. Good cabinetry also offers an assortment of organizing options, making your kitchen more efficient.

Kitchen cabinet doors can certainly enhance the beauty of any kitchen; in fact, you can completely change the look of your kitchen simply by changing your cabinet doors. The look of kitchen cabinet doors, however, depends entirely on the quality of construction. Quality cabinet design is also important if you desire optimal storage use - and this should also be the design goal of any kitchen.

Cabinets can be grouped in four main categories, depending on the way the cabinets are manufactured and sold.

Custom cabinets, as the name implies, are custom-built from scratch to a designer's precise specifications. Custom cabinets are not limited in terms of size or style, but they are the most expensive cabinet choice, and any kitchen remodeling project that includes custom-built cabinets may take longer to complete.

Semi-custom cabinets are made-to-measure by a large cabinet company at a price that is typically lower than custom-built cabinets. The height, width, and depth of the cabinets can be modified to your specific needs, and the design options, styles, and color choices are virtually unlimited. Because of their versatility and reasonable price, semi-custom cabinets are the most popular choice of cabinetry among today's homeowners.

Enterprise Home Remodeling, a full-service home remodeling company, offers homeowners a huge selection of semi-custom kitchen cabinets from five leading kitchen cabinetry manufactures: Dura Supreme Cabinetry, Decora Cabinetry, Diamond Cabinetry, Ultracraft Cabinetry, and Aristocraft Cabinetry. Each of these manufacturers is well known for the high quality of their products, solid cabinetry construction, a wide range of custom options, and a truly amazing variety of door styles and finishes - all delivered on time and complete.

Stock cabinets are pre-assembled and mass-produced. Stock cabinets come in a variety of standard sizes, but with a limited choice of colors, styles, and finishes. The quality of stock cabinets varies depending on the manufacturer. Stock cabinets are often available on the spot where they are sold, or can be delivered quickly to any kitchen remodeling project.

Knockdown cabinets are the most economical kitchen cabinet choice. Stock cabinets that require assembly, and are usually shipped flat from China and other countries, knockdown cabinets typically also arrive unfinished. The variety of styles is limited, but you can add personality to your cabinets with a special finish and carefully selected kitchen hardware.

Kitchen Cabinet Wood Species
Kitchen cabinets can be made from dozens of woods, including oak, maple, pine, cherry, hickory, poplar, lyptus, beech, alder, and birch. Hickory and oak are the hardest and the heaviest woods. Cherry, birch, and maple are the best-suited for quality cabinetry. Less expensive and more plentiful woods, such as alder and poplar, work best with glazed finishes like those used in "antique" looks. Pine and alder are considered "soft woods" and can be more prone to dents and scratches.

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