If you are doing a kitchen remodel and you plan on buying new cabinets, you are probably wondering what the exact cost is going to be. To be honest, its varying. You have to consider who you will be buying them from, how big they will be (how many), what material, what type and even where you are located! However, I have found quite a few useful sites over the years that really help you figure out a budget so you sort of know what to expect when you go to buy cabinets or have them made. This gives you the ability to not be so shocked when the manufacturer or company says a specific amount. One Kitchen Designer I have always liked is http://homedecoratorscabinetry.homedepot.com/kitchenestimator They have a thing right on their website that lets you choose the shape, measurements, cabinets and then they give you a real time quote. Its pretty useful. For example, if you go to http://homedecoratorscabinetry.homedepot.com/kitchenestimator and you select:
Reddish Brown Cabinetry
Monaco – Cherry
38 Inch High Wall Cabinets
12 Inch Deep Wall Cabinets
Linear Footage: 36
They also show you WHY the price went up
Simple Kitchen Designer – Just cabinets, handles, doors, etc the usual
Enhanced Kitchen Designer – Drawer base cabinetry and/or E-Z Reach corner base (if applicable), Top frame molding, under frame molding, single waste basket pullout
Deluxe Kitchen Designer – Roll out trays in bases, Light rail molding, Crown molding, double waste basket pullout.
But there are plenty of Kitchen Designer websites out there that give you auto-estimations
On the other hand, if you aren’t looking for estimations right now and you simply want to “design” your kitchen online so you can get a better handle on what you like, what looks good, what works for your specific kitchen, you can also find style software, design websites and more. A few that I can personally recommend are:
This one is very versatile and easy to use. You can either choose to start from scratch or you can use their templates. You can add literally every single detail of your kitchen from actual objects to flooring materials, islands and materials, wall color and more. Its very involved, but one thing I really like is when you choose things like cabinet, flooring and wall options it actually has some texture to it. A lot of the other websites let you choose “wood” flooring, but its just a color, it doesn’t actually show planks or grain textures.
For the Ikea one, you can and should expect a lot of options and some very good tech in choosing different materials, textures, colors and of course objects. I like this one too because while you can work on your plan in the main screen there is a 3d rendering box in the corner and you can move the thing in the main square to make certain things show up in the 3d rendering box. The camera becomes super useful when you want to build your room, but you want to also visually see a 3d rendering as you are working. Also unlike some other websites out there, ALL options are available – none are locked. Plus, you don’t even have to sing up to preview or set the room up. You do have to sing up to save it though so that’s something to remember.
This is another one I really like, its much like the Ikea option – every single item, object, style, flooring, etc option you can think of and its all free to use however you want. For example, wood flooring – there are something like 140 options available. Dark wood, light wood, parquet, chevron, plank style and then different wood materials, different stains. Surely this would be useful to you in picking out not only cabinets but the whole entire kitchen.
Just because you use these designers does not mean you have to buy their stuff though. You can just as easily go to another site that offers better prices or quality and purchase it there. The whole point to these sites above is to just have a nice visualization for your designs.
Software is another option. This will need to be purchased, but it will have even more options than the designers above and you can make as many designs as you want. if you plan on doing more than just your kitchen, or you have various kitchen designs you want to try, buying software might be the better option for you to be honest. These are some of the better pieces of software out there right now for designing your kitchen.
Home Designer Essentials 2018 – PC Download [Download]: Home Designer Essentials is fun & easy home design software for DIY home enthusiasts. Created by Chief Architect, so you can enjoy the same type of tools that the professionals use for home design, interior design, and outdoor living. Home Designer Essentials offers intuitive design and smart building tools for your home projects. Home Designer Essentials makes it easy to design and visualize your ideas with smart building and powerful design tools. The tools have commonly accepted defaults for most building practices to assist you in your home design projects. Home Designer automatically creates a 3D model as you draw the walls. And, in 3D you can continue design work – adding cabinets, placing furniture, painting walls or just visualizing your project. An extensive 3D Library of over 5,000 architectural objects make it easy so that styles, finishes and other design details can be accurately visualized. Get started quickly with easy how-to videos that offer step-by-step instructions; and free technical support. All Home Designer products include a 30-day money back guarantee.
Home Designer Pro 2014 [Download]: Chief Architect Home Designer Pro 2014: Home Designer Pro is professional quality home design software. Enjoy the same tools that the professionals use for home design, remodeling, interior design, decks, landscaping and cost estimation. Home Designer Pro offers advanced design, building, and tools with the ability to create framing plans, roof plans, to produce construction documents. Home Design and Remodeling. Home Designer Pro has all the same great features as our other Home Designer Products plus additional advanced design tools that allow you to design like a professional. Use the automated building tools to assist you in the design process or use the advanced manual tools to create highly customized designs. Interior Design: Give your home the exact look and feel you desire-visualize new styles, colors, wall coverings, flooring, and other materials. Plan your space with 3D models, virtual tours, and advanced design tools. Kitchen & Bath Design: Design the kitchen or bath of your dreams! Create virtually any cabinet style with the Cabinet Designer tools.
Chief Architect Home Designer Pro 2016: Home Designer Professional, by Chief Architect, is professional home design software for the serious DIY home enthusiast. Enjoy the same type of tools that the professionals use for home design, remodeling, interior design, outdoor living, and cost estimation. Home Designer Pro offers advanced design and smart building tools to produce detailed construction drawings. Home Designer Pro makes it easy to design and visualize your ideas with smart building and advanced design tools. The tools have commonly accepted defaults for most building practices to assist you in your home design projects. There are automatic and manual building tools for framing, foundations, roofs and stairs. Create accurately scaled floor plans that automatically generate 3D models in minutes. Whether you are creating a single room or an entire house, Home Designer automatically creates a 3D model once you draw your walls.
Kitchens & Baths
– Choose from over 1,000 cabinet combinations – easily change door, drawer, and hardware styles.
– Create custom cabinets in minutes by choosing your own colors, counter tops, door styles, backsplash, counter edge, crown molding, base molding and hardware.
– Plan the new layout of your bathroom with custom cabinets, sinks, showers and tubs.
– Choose from a Library of fixtures and appliances and place inside or adjacent to cabinets.
– Smart cabinet objects know how to bump, merge counter tops, and create automatic cabinet fillers.
– Create custom shaped counter tops.
– Choose from thousands of appliances, sinks, fixtures and pre-designed kitchen islands.
– Elevation camera tools for details and technical views.
– Choose from a variety of latest interior items—including cabinets, chairs, tables, sofas, fabrics, and accessories. Resize, change colors and materials.
– Import your own symbols from 3D file types including SKP, DXF, OBJ and 3DS.
– Material Painter allows you to customize the color and material of any object in your design – cabinets, counter tops, walls, and flooring.
– Choose one of many name-brand colors, including Sherwin-Williams, Benjamin Moore or Behr, and apply as a stain or solid color.
Home Designer Suite 2015: Home Designer Suite is 3D home design software for DIY home enthusiasts. Created by Chief Architect, so you can enjoy the same type of tools that the professionals use for home design, interior design, and outdoor living. Home Designer Suite offers intuitive design and smart building tools for your home projects. Create Your Dream Home Today.
Kitchens & Baths
Create thousands of cabinet combinations, change your counter top material, add appliances and fixtures, create custom colors and materials, and more.
Choose from over 1,000 cabinet combinations
Plan the new layout of your bathroom with custom cabinets, sinks, showers and garden tubs
Choose from a wide variety of appliance styles for your kitchen
Choose from several floor types such as hardwood, stone, tile or carpeting
Import your own favorite objects, materials, colors or textures from a photo or website
Use the Color Blending tool to stain a translucent color or apply a solid colors
The most important thing when you pick a software is to make sure that it works for your specific laptop, that it has good reviews and a high rating, but also that you make sure it has the designs you need for the rooms you need. All of the software products above do kitchen things, but the two I listed with the kitchen description are my 2 favorites because they have a ton of options available. I mean being able to use Sherwin-Williams, Benjamin Moore or Behr in your design is great because chances are you will be using one of these 3 brands for paint or stains because they ARE established in the remodeling and design business as being 3 of the top companies for homes.