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Cheap Cabinets, No Thanks! I'll Take Inexpensive Cabinets Please.
Horror stories of kitchen remodeling add a new twist - cheap cabinets. If you want cheap cabinets, be prepared to pay big money in your near future..
You hired a professional designer, one with some skin in the game, meaning that they probably provided quality cabinets and installed them...what's that? The cabinets were installed by your less expensive contractor? Oops. Moving on, your contractor is licensed and insured...well, he gave you a license number that turns out to be, well, who know, it's not him! There too many nuances to this story to trouble you with, but here's a new one: Cheap cabinets.
Cheap cabinets should not be confused with inexpensive cabinets. In the sad story above, your hapless victim at least bought quality. That means after the "heebie jeebies" of their contractor wears off, they will have - mostly - a nice kitchen for years to come. Enter the newest hazard to your dream kitchen cheap cabinets.
What makes a cabinet cheap, and not just inexpensive?
Which brings us full circle to inexpensive cabinets, what does an inexpensive cabinet have that a cheap cabinet does not? The primary difference is longevity. An inexpensive - and an expensive cabinet for that matter - should outlast your desire to look at it. The finish should perform for years and years. As your home settles and life happens, your cabinets should retain their structural integrity allowing your doors to swing freely and close without scraping and dragging. Your drawers should slide in and out effortlessly and accurately on glides that stay securely fastened under a load for many many years. In short, once your cabinets are installed they should be a faithful servant that tirelessly does their job and look good doing it for the rest of your life, if you want. They should not shortly become a new twist in a contemporary nightmare, becoming a poltergeist locked beneath thousands of dollars worth of custom granite.
After 20 year of experience designing and installing kitchen, I have found two cabinet lines that meet all of the requirements of an inexpensive cabinet; Columbia Cabinets and Omega Cabinets. I’m sure there are others too, but since I require a furniture kitchen design these two lines meet all of the needs of my clients. They are affordable cabinets and they are richly designable.
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Everett Lakoduk is owner of Kitchen Enthusiast in Los Gatos California located in the south silicon valley of San Jose. He is a kitchen designer and licensed contractor since 1984 and has designed and remodeled hundreds of kitchens – ALL of them successes. You are invited to see our cheap cabinets (NOT) our inexpensive cabinets and our affordable cabinets