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Buying guide: Kitchen cabinets

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Karl Lohnes

Custom, semi-custom or stock? Find out which cabinets are best for you.

We're replacing all the cabinets in our kitchen and I'm confused as to my options. I've heard of custom-built, semicustom and stock cabinets. Which option should I use?
--David Rhodes

A There are many places to go when looking for kitchen cabinets. You should have a budget in mind, which will determine what type of cabinetry you purchase.

Stock cabinetry is available at DIY centres. The cabinets come in standard widths, between nine and 48 inches, in three-inch increments. These are the most affordable of all cabinetry, but you have to arrange the layout, ordering and installation yourself (although some places will do this for you).

Door styles are limited, and so are the finishes. You can find this type of cabinetry at The Home Depot, RONA Home & Garden, Home Hardware and other reno centres for between $1,000 and $3,000 for 10 linear feet of upper and lower cabinets.

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