Myths vs. Facts

Myth: A kitchen remodel pays for itself.

Fact: Not entirely. According to the 2010-11 Cost vs. Value Report (a joint study from the National Association of Realtors and Remodeling magazine), a minor kitchen remodel will recoup 72.8% on the cost, on average. A mid-range kitchen remodel will pay back 68.7% of the remodeling cost, while a major kitchen remodel only returns 59.7%. So it's important to consider how long you plan to stay in your home, as well as the value of an improved kitchen to you personally, regardless of the ROI.

Myth: It's cheaper to reface cabinets than to replace.

Fact: If your existing cabinets are in poor shape or have water damage, re-facing is not a good option. You'll have to spend money fixing the old cabinets before you can reface them. In addition, re-facing doesn't allow you to change the layout of your kitchen. If you want to improve the "flow" of your kitchen's workspace or add some of today's newer kitchen options, replacing is your best bet.

Myth: I can't afford cherry cabinets.

Fact: Don't narrow your options too soon. You can often get cherry wood—or other high-end wood species—in a less expensive door style. At American Woodmark, we offer a wide range of door styles and wood species to help you match your vision to your budget.

Myth: Custom cabinets are more durable.

Fact: Not necessarily. All cabinets have a degree of hand construction, so the quality depends on the skill of the craftsperson making the cabinet. At American Woodmark, we make all of our cabinets in our own manufacturing facilities so we can vouch for their skill and expertise.

Myth: I'll save money if I reuse my old countertops.

Fact: Probably not. It's difficult to remove old countertops without damaging them. And new cabinets may not match the structure of your old ones. One more caveat: old countertops often look even older when set against brand new cabinets.