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Built-In Versus Eclectic Custom Cabinet - A Side-by-Side Comparison in Dallas
Thanks to some of the top local kitchen cabinet remodelers in Dallas for weighing in with their opinions on how homeowners looking to do custom kitchen work should go about the process. As a general rule, a built-in kitchen is easy to buy. Any good kitchen company will offer you a range of custom cabinets and fixtures at different prices and in different materials, so that you can select a kitchen that fits your budget, circumstances, and personal preference. Many will also offer help with planning the layout of the kitchen, and most will build it for you. With their formula of standard kitchen cabinets, these kitchens are easy to install and work well in both small and large kitchens. On the downside, however, any kitchen will have that formulaic look about it, it will be structured, functional and utilitarian. Also, once it is installed you will probably be able to take any of the elements away when you move to a new home.
If your kitchen is a non-standard size or shape, you have two remodeling options. One is to employ a skilled carpenter or cabinetmaker to design and build the custom kitchen for you. This will obviously be more expensive than using mass-produced cabinetry, but you should end up with a kitchen that suits your needs and taste. The other option is to go for an eclectic kitchen, one composed of freestanding pieces and appliances. For an unstructured and very personal look, combine store-bought cupboards with reclaimed finds- an old farm sink, perhaps, or an old armoire to use as a pantry. Adding unexpected furniture to the mix will help make your kitchen feel less utilitarian - an asset if you are planning to use it for dining and entertaining, too.
An eclectic kitchen won't look as streamlined as a built-in one and may cost you more, but it can make for a warmer and more interesting space, as a general rule.
Advantages of built-in custom cabinets: It is easy to buy and install, it makes best use of space in a small kitchen, it will look neat and organized.
Advantages of eclectic kitchens: Will give a more personal, unique look to your kitchen, it allows you to mix and match different kinds of furniture, and you can take elements away if you move to another home in the Dallas area.