Type 1: Ready-to-Assemble
If you're short on cash but long on DIY savvy, then ready-to-assemble units can provide the most bang for your buck. These units have frameless cases and full-overlay doors, which allows you to mix and match door styles and hardware easily for a more customized look. Many ready-to-assemble cabinets have excellent options for interior features, such as drawer organizers or lazy Susans. Be prepared for a potentially lengthy assembly and installation process, though—what you're saving in cash, you'll be spending in effort.
Note that casework is frequently finished onsite (along with your home's crown moulding, chair rail, baseboard, door and window casing etc...). Here's a YouTube of a kitchen that was honored with an award at the International Woodworking Fair in August 2012:
Here's another YouTube that shows various types of cabinetry and the benefits of customization:
- Rhoda Fry
Love this! Very bright with the lighter cabinets! Inviting and organized! Makes me want to start cooking !