Cabinet Pricing: It's all about the context and options
For those of you interested in a "price list", I thought I'd show you why my spec book for even a medium grade cabinet line is about 3" thick. It's all about the context and options for those cabinets. I haven't even really scratched the surface here, as this is only one line, in one wood and only 2 cabinets out of the thousands possible.
A maple mid priced door style right in the middle of the pricing spectrum. Partial overlay solid wood raised panel, with the option of a 5 pc drawer front instead of the standard slab drawer. Plain no upcharge stain. Standard soft close doors and drawers.
600.27 zero options, unfinished sides, furniture board construction.
634.68 add the 5 pc drawer
664.69 add all plywood construction
797.82 finish & flush L plywood side to match the front.
976.23 Integrated finished ends that match door on 1 side
1065.40 Matching interior and door cut for glass for upper
1338.42 Mullion door and antique glass instead of open frame
1527.01 Do a 3 drawer base instead of a door and drawer
1704.66 add toekick drawer
1816.12 add ext. stile so side against wall can be scribed
2028.55 add cutlery drawer and 4 safety glass shelves
2186.01 Do a painted finish instead of a std stain
2226.49 Do a full overlay instead of partial (solid wood center)
2401.68 add glazing and distressing to the paint
2521.09 go to the most expensive raised panel door in the line.
Pricing cabinets isn't like buying crackers off the shelf at the supermarket. It's beyond apples and oranges to even start comparing without the context that creates the option list. Think of it like you are shopping in a large urban produce market. You have to decide which orange you want for your fruit salad, and which one you want for tomorrow's juice, and which one you want for zesting, and which one you want as a snack in your lunchbox tomorrow, and which one you want for crafting the clove ball to go on your tree. Then there's the lemons.... and apples.........and 70 different kinds of melons.......and fruit you've never even heard of before and have no idea what to even do with!
There are so many details that even KD's have a hard time figuring out things some times. I haven't even scratched the surface of what's possible in this one mid grade cabinet line with those 15 different choices for only 2 cabinets. Multiply the average 20 cabinet kitchen times the 1200 different possibilities in a more upscale semi custom line and you have 24,000 options for one kitchen in one door style and one wood in one cabinet line. Who even has time to read the 24,000 different possibilities, much less understand them? Except for KDs.
Unless you are doing the absolute most basic of kitchen in a line that has no real options, you do not know what you don't know about the possibilities in front of you. And, it's why pricing "just" a couple of cabinets can be so difficult for everyone. It's not about just the cabinets. It's where they are in the design that dictates the options that they need. And it's what takes a "simple" 2 cabinet coffee station from $600 to $2500. In a medium priced line to boot!