Something for everyone
Whether cash-and-carry or made-to-order, new cabinets should fit your kitchen accoutrements and renovation budget.
There's nothing quite as exciting as a cabinet shuffle, particularly in the kitchen, where innovations in cabinet design and accessories have made it easy to create a space that's as functional as it is beautiful.
Most of the kitchen renovating dollar is spent on cabinets, so with choices that range from stock cabinets sold in standard sizes at building supply stores, to custom units made by skilled cabinetmakers, it's essential to establish a budget you can live with. "Budget helps me steer my clients toward the appropriate line of cabinets," says Mary Stewart, a kitchen designer with Home Depot in Halifax. Stewart is regarded by many of her colleagues as the diva of kitchen design.
Thanks to a general preoccupation with kitchen renovations, many entry-level lines of cabinets now come with features that were previously limited to custom-made cabinets. The entry-level lines may not be made entirely of wood, and they may require some assembly, but brands like Mill's Pride are now available with a range of amenities that include wine racks, recycling centres and pull-out pantries.
Although it's possible to purchase the Mill's Pride cabinets for an entry-level kitchen for as little as $5,000, the majority of Mary Stewart's clients are opting for mid-range to high-end lines like Thomasville, at prices that fall between $12,000 and $30,000.