Q: Can my existing kitchen cabinets be refaced?
A: It is best to have a refacing professional make an in-home inspection of your cabinets. If they qualify, you can save a considerable amount of money and time over an all new kitchen.
Q: What is the cost of a new kitchen?
A: In a recent survey, it showed that the average cost for a new kitchen was around 15% of the value of the home. National associations recommend if you are considering a new kitchen, spend no more than 10% of the value of the home to obtain the maximum return on investment when selling your house.
Q: What is the cost of cabinet refacing?
A: Depending on the extras you might want to add, such as special counter tops and extra cabinets, you can expect to save as much as 50% over a new kitchen.
Q: How long does it take to install a new kitchen?
A: Depending on the amount of new construction, the cabinets you select and the factory delivery dates, the average start to finish with a professional designer is four to six months from start to finish. Compare this to the average of about a week to completely reface your cabinets.
Q: How can refacing take only one week?
A: The basic cabinet box and lay out is already in place. When the custom sized doors and drawer fronts along with the cabinet surfacing material arrives, all that is required is to resurface your existing cabinets and install the new doors and drawer fronts.
Q: Why does a new kitchen take so long?
A: Kitchen designers and major retailers do not stock all of the cabinet selections that are available. Ordering them can take 16 weeks or longer before they arrive. Then you have to remove all of the old cabinets, flooring and walls, if you are changing your layout.
When completing a total kitchen remodel, some local city regulations require that the homeowner update existing plumbing and electrical service to comply with new codes. In addition, add several weeks for new plaster or drywall work, painting or wall papering, new fixtures, new flooring, and countertops that can only be measured and ordered after the cabinets have been installed.
The final and most important items that are never mentioned is the missed time from work and the extended disruption to your family life style.
Q: What about the ads from major retailers advertising a new kitchen as low as $1,599.00?
A: These are usually “loss leaders” that are used to spark interest for kitchen remodeling. In most cases their pricing is based on a few base and wall cabinets that will not fit into your layout. They have plain doors and drawer fronts and are unassembled in flat boxes that you have to take home and assemble. Their advertisements, however, usually show fancy layouts with premium doors. In fine print, “Actual cost may vary, depending on your specifications and options”. One major retailer, published a Kitchen Bath remodeling book, and stated that the cost of major kitchen remodel would start at $15,000.00.
Q: Why don't major retailers or kitchen designers offer cabinet refacing?
A: Basically, the larger the sale the more money they make. They want to sell you everything new, cabinets, countertops, flooring, wallpaper, painting, lighting, sinks, faucets and appliances plus profit on the complete installation.
Q: How do I go about finding a reputable company?
A: Most homeowners do not discover that they are working with a disreputable company until the job is in trouble. Ask potential contractors for a list of past customers and also have them provide proof of liability insurance. Call their suppliers, past customers and the Better Business Bureau to check on their performance.
Q: How long has LeMica Corporation been in business?
A: LeMica Corporation was established in 1975. It is the largest cabinet door production facility that is entirely dedicated to manufacturing for the cabinet refacing industry. Every door series produced comes with a long-term written warranty.