For many individuals who live in homes that are starting to show their age, the opportunity to remodel a room or two can sometimes seem cost prohibitive. The expenses involved with renovating the kitchen, in particular, are enough to stop homeowners in their tracks. Many just shake their heads and wonder if they will ever be able to afford a “new” kitchen, given the price of items like flooring, tile, countertops, and – of course – cabinetry.
That’s why, more and more, savvy homeowners are turning to cabinet refacing when it’s time to give their kitchen a facelift. Cabinet refacing is a true money-saver and there are many attractive aspects to choosing this method of remodeling over a complete kitchen gut and re-do.
The technique known as cabinet refacing has been around for quite some time and has been saving homeowners money for decades. Here’s how it works.
A professional kitchen expert arrives at your home and removes the doors and drawer fronts of your existing cabinets. Once that step is complete, the cabinet “boxes” – which will not be removed – will be covered with a new laminate to match the doors and drawer fronts you’ve chosen from a huge array of possibilities. Then, the new doors and drawer fronts are installed. You can also choose new hardware for your cabinets, something most homeowners do when refacing.
It’s that simple!
There are countless reasons why refacing is a logical choice over completely remodeling your kitchen with new cabinets and other elements.
First, if you like your kitchen layout or are unable to change it due to space and configuration constraints, there’s no need to trash your existing cabinets unless they’re in poor condition. If the layout is not going to change and/or if you’re not installing any additional cabinets, cabinet refacing can cut your cabinet costs by as much as about 60 percent, depending on your choices.
Many homeowners are hesitant to have their lives interrupted by weeks and weeks of renovation work. This is especially true these days as more and more people continue to work from home because of the pandemic. A complete kitchen remodel can take as much as six weeks, sometimes more, depending on the availability of the materials needed. Conversely, a cabinet refacing job usually takes somewhere between 3 and 5 days, sometimes more or sometimes less depending on the size of the kitchen. This means little interruption to your daily life.
Honestly, it’s often hard to tell the difference between refacing and newly installed cabinets. You’ll find that refacing options are many and you’ll choose from a wide variety of materials, designs, and colors. These are long-lasting and should wear as well as a new cabinet made of the same material. But you’ve only paid a fraction of the cost!
And just as with a complete kitchen remodel, you will see a return on your investment when it’s time to sell your home. If you maintain your new cabinet doors and drawer fronts in good condition, you can expect to experience a return on investment of at least 50% or more, depending on the market at the time of sale. Buyers don’t want to face the prospect of remodeling a kitchen, so when they see your kitchen is pristine and of excellent quality, it’s an automatic plus.
In addition, when you save money with cabinet refacing, you’ll have extra left over to improve other elements as well. That means you might consider new countertops, a new floor, a creative and interesting backsplash, lighting innovations like under-cabinet lights, new appliances, new sinks, and more. Saving thousands on cabinets means the possibilities are endless if you have the budget for additional improvements. And if you don’t, you’ll know that cabinet refacing provided you with the best deal possible for your kitchen remodel.
At KCR, we’ve been perfecting the art of cabinet refacing for decades and we’re eager to assist you in choosing the right style, design, and materials for your kitchen. For more information or to schedule a no-obligation consultation, visit https://kitchencabinetrefacing.com/.