MANUFACTURED VS CUSTOM SHOP-BUILT
When deciding to remodel your kitchen and bathrooms, your choice of cabinetry is a major priority. After all, cabinetry accounts for a very large part of your total budget. Among the types of cabinet manufacturing and manufacturers you have a huge choice among stock cabinetry, semi-custom cabinetry, and custom shop built cabinetry. So let’s try to help your decision making.
We’ll start with the elimination of stock cabinets.
Stock Cabinets are factory made units that come in the most common cabinet width and depth sizes. Typically they are manufactured as sets of cabinet boxes, which restricts how they can be assembled in any given space. They can be very well made. However, they are built inmass quantities and have no customizations. They are affordable and ready to ship and with a reasonable delivery time. But your options with respect to size, color, finish, style and configuration are very limited.
In fact, in a properly planned, scheduled and funded remodel project, there is no need to settle for the stock cabinet. So this leaves you with the choice between semi-custom and custom cabinetry. This also brings us to the reason we have carefully selected our preferred suppliers for Cabinets of the Desert. Our four Cabinet suppliers provide semi-custom cabinets.
Semi-Custom Cabinets are a hybrid of stock and custom cabinetry. Compared to stock cabinets and depending upon the manufacturer, they come with many more detail, dimension, wood, finish, drawer and hardware options. With semi-custom cabinets and a good design you can create a custom look at a very reasonable price. In our opinion, our cabinet suppliers are the first in the field among semi-custom cabinet manufacturers, especially with respect to its construction tolerances, green manufacture, and design and finish options.
Custom Shop-Built Cabinets provide limitless options with respect to material, design, construction, finish, hardware and accommodation to a specific space. However, a custom shop-built cabinet will almost always be considerably more expensive than the semi-custom cabinet. It will likely also be slower to produce.
There are other differences for you to consider and check out between our suppliers of semi-custom cabinets and local shop-built cabinets. Here are some of them:
Design: A local shop typically has limited cabinet design training, experience and capability. While we have a professional designer available to us plus the design options and resources of a large and established cabinet manufacturer.