Every home has a kitchen and Australians renovate their kitchens more often than any other room in the average house. This makes kitchen cabinet making
both in demand and highly competitive. Kitchen cabinet makers run the gamut from small one-person backyard operations to national and even international kitchen manufacturing chains. Who will give you the best value for your money?
Choosing a Kitchen Cabinet Maker
Many kitchen builders have large workshops with modern equipment to streamline the cabinet making process. Others may be small, local operations that compete with the larger services by having lower overheads. Quality, price and service will depend on the kitchen cabinet maker you choose, not necessarily the size of their business. Any kitchen builder you get a quote from should offer:
- A choice between a wide variety of kitchen benchtop materials
- A variety of door and drawer front materials
- Installation, including electrical and plumbing
During the design stage, pay attention to the service you receive from your kitchen designer. Do they give you good design ideas? Are they willing to help you stay within your budget? A good kitchen designer is there to help you get the best possible kitchen without breaking your budget.
If you're building a new kitchen or doing a complete kitchen renovation, you might also need the services of a licensed carpenter or builder. If so, your job will probably go more smoothly and cost less if you choose a kitchen cabinet maker who also has a builder's licence.
If your dream kitchen is outside your budget, consider buying a flatpack kitchen
and having a local cabinet maker
install it for you. IKEA
sells flatpack kitchens and can arrange to have them installed for you. Doing it this way can be quicker and less expensive than hiring a custom kitchen builder.
How Much Do Kitchen Cabinet Makers Cost?*
A basic kitchen renovation can vary in cost from $5000 to $15,000 and the cost spread for a new kitchen can be even greater. The only way to find out how much your kitchen is going to cost is to get quotes from kitchen cabinet makers and compare them. To be sure you're getting truly comparative quotes, choose your preferred benchtop and door front materials first and get quotes for the same kitchen design and materials.
You will probably find that quotes even for identical kitchens can vary considerably. Before choosing the lowest quote, find out more about the quality of construction. Better quality cabinets, hardware and other fittings will make your kitchen more pleasurable to use and last longer.
When you compare your quotes, make sure they are itemised and include everything, including plumbing and electricity. The quote should also include start and completion dates and a payment schedule. Reputable kitchen cabinet makers do not require a final payment until the job is completed to your satisfaction. This is your best guarantee of getting the kitchen you expect to get for your money.
*Cost and prices in this article are indicative and should only be used as a guide. They also vary locally and are subject to market forces. This article was updated 20 May 2015 to reflect current market pricing.