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Custom Built Cabinets vs Factory Built

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In the evolving landscape of home building, particularly in custom homes, a significant trend we’re witnessing at Fairmont Custom Homes is the shift towards on-site, job built custom cabinets over factory-built options. This movement oscillates as trends evolve, but currently, there’s a strong inclination towards cabinets constructed directly at the job site. Let’s explore the reasons behind this trend and the pros and cons associated with it.

Advantages of Custom Built Cabinets

Customization: One of the most compelling advantages of custom built cabinets is the ability to tailor them to specific sizes, designs, and features. This flexibility allows homeowners to achieve a truly customized look that fits their space and style preferences perfectly.

Quality Control: Building cabinets on-site gives us complete control over the materials and labor used, ensuring that every piece meets our high standards. This hands-on approach guarantees that the final product is of the highest quality, crafted with precision and care.

Reduced Lead Time: Unlike factory-built cabinets that often come with long lead times due to manufacturing and shipping processes, job built cabinets can be constructed in sync with the home’s build schedule. This integration significantly cuts down on waiting periods, making the overall project timeline more efficient.

Ease of Repairs: When cabinets are built on-site, any potential damages can be addressed more swiftly and easily. Repairing or modifying cabinets that match the exact materials and style already used in the home is simpler when everything is done locally.

Challenges of Custom Built Cabinets

Cost Considerations: Generally, custom built cabinets can be more expensive. The cost varies significantly based on the materials chosen, such as paint grade versus stain grade wood. However, the customization and quality often justify the higher price tag for many homeowners.

Specialized Skill Required: Achieving a high-quality and durable finish on site-built cabinets requires skilled painters who specialize in cabinet finishes. Unfortunately, finding qualified painters who can meet these standards can be challenging, as not all possess the necessary expertise for such specific tasks.

Time Investment: While on-site cabinet building allows for a smoother integration into the build schedule, it also requires more time during the construction process. This is a trade-off for the benefits of customization and quality control.

At Fairmont Custom Homes, we believe that the benefits of custom cabinets often outweigh the challenges, especially for clients seeking a truly bespoke home. The ability to customize, coupled with the assurance of quality and efficient timelines, makes on-site cabinet construction an appealing choice for many of our projects. While it may come at a premium, the value added to the home is undeniable, providing a unique, personalized touch that factory cabinets simply cannot match.

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