Does it work to reface cabinets, or should you start over with a complete kitchen remodel?

Our homeowners had just bought this home in a beautiful central Phoenix neighborhood. They were very happy to find a home that would work for their growing family. They could see that the home was in move-in condition except for one thing. They hated the out dated laminated kitchen cabinets, butcher block, and Corian counter tops. What they wanted was the warmth of wood cabinets complemented by solid surface granite counter tops.
After buying the home, all new kitchen and dining area cabinets were not going to fit into their budget. Our solution was to reuse the majority of the existing cabinets by refacing the cabinets with new doors and drawer fronts. We renewed the mechanics of the cabinets and drawers with new drawer glides and hinges. We also added a built in trash cabinet to hide the trash can and sliding shelves in the pantry for accessibility.
What do you think about our budget kitchen remodel?
Our goal was to minimize the cost of this kitchen remodel while creating maximum value to our clients. We replaced a minimum number of the cabinets for practical reasons such as relocating the microwave to its new location over the stove.
New owners called for a new look and functionality for this outdated kitchen in central Phoenix. Our clients wanted the warmth of natural wood to replace utilitarian style, white laminated cabinets, and the worn butcher block counter tops.
Adding new doors and drawer fronts coupled with the new granite counter tops made this kitchen an inviting part of their new great room that includes both the family room and spacious dining area.
We replaced the worn out shelving and reversed the door swing to create more comfortable access to the refaced pantry.
The addition of a built-in trash cabinet eliminates the need for the previous trash can in the traffic pattern.
Another attractive feature of this kitchen remodel included creating this built-in look for the refrigerator and the unified look of the refurbished pantry.

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