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Kitchen Installations

Custom Kitchen Installations

The term "custom kitchen" refers to any kitchen that is specifically designed to fit the homeowner's specifications. Some features of a custom kitchen may include a wine cooler, a warming pan, a six-burner stovetop, or almost anything else imaginable. Most people are a little more reluctant to have something like this done right now, which is understandable. A truly custom kitchen could cost over $100,000. There are some less expensive alternatives available to the total custom kitchen as well. Let's look at what's included in a custom kitchen installation and some more affordable alternatives as well.

What's included in custom kitchen installations?

Custom kitchen installations should include everything; design advice and planning, product and material selection and of course, installation and labor. Often kitchen design centers offer package deals where if you spend so much with their company, the installation charges are reduced or waived. Watch, though, that you're not trading savings on installation for higher prices somewhere else. The person or people you choose to work with should not only help you find the right products for your needs, but also install most of the major components in your kitchen remodel. The only parts of the job that may be handled by sub-contractor might be electrical or other utility work. A brand-new, top-of-the-line custom kitchen could cost you $50,000-$100,000 at least. If that is not in your budget, here are some alternatives.

Alternatives to custom kitchen installations

You would be surprised at the number of affordable alternatives to custom kitchen installations. The first way to save money, of course, is to replace only what is non-functional or energy inefficient, and re-invent the rest, such as cabinets. Instead of replacing them, consider repainting or refinishing them, or even putting on new cabinet doors and drawer fronts. Another alternative to the custom kitchen option is to hire a contractor to install new countertops and maybe an integrated sink. Integrated sinks are built into the countertop so there is absolutely no crack to get food stuck in. Though they are more expensive than drop-in or undermount sinks, they could conceivably last forever.

By choosing to upgrade only the most necessary items and re-inventing the rest, you can give yourself a look similar to a custom kitchen, but without the cost.

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