Kitchen Remodeling vs Refacing

Kitchen Remodeling vs Refacing

Kitchen Remodeling vs Refacing: Which Makes More Sense For Chicagoland Homeowners?

And What Is Refacing,


Refaced kitchen with white cabinets and dark counters

Many Chicagoland homeowners are, right this second, looking at their kitchens and thinking, “Meh.” They’re unhappy with the tired, drab look of the room and really wouldn’t mind a more modern feel to the space. Most would make the mistake of thinking that only a full remodel will give them the kitchen they want, and most would be wrong. You actually have two choices: a full remodel or just refacing the kitchen.

The Full Kitchen Remodel

A full kitchen remodel is an extensive reimagining of your cooking space from the ground up. Your kitchen is stripped down to the subfloor, and all new cabinetry, plumbing, electrical, and appliances are installed in a new, modern floor plan for maximum efficiency. The process can take over a month, during which you won’t have access to your kitchen.

Kitchen Refacing

Refacing is about a lot more than just your cabinet doors. When your kitchen is refaced, you keep the shells of your cabinetry and give them a new look with modern DuraCore doors, fresh hardware, and new features like soft-close rails or slide-out shelving. You can also rearrange your cabinetry to create a better flow to your kitchen and even install new counter space and new countertops. This process can be accomplished in as little as three days.

Comparing Kitchen Remodeling With Refacing

We’re the first to acknowledge that a full kitchen remodel can yield amazingly beautiful results, but so can refacing your kitchen. In terms of practical, day-to-day usage, most homeowners wouldn’t notice much difference between the two methods.

Before we get into the differences, let’s talk about what’s the same with either option. In either kitchen remodeling or kitchen refacing, you can:

  • Pick from a wide array of colors and styles
  • Replace the flooring
  • Add modern conveniences like a lazy susan or slide-out shelves
  • Rearrange the cabinetry
  • Change the location and type of appliances
  • Add an island
  • Replace the countertops
  • Improve the flow

All of the above changes are possible no matter which method you choose to update your kitchen. Now, let’s look at some of the differences between remodeling and refacing.

Kitchen Remodeling

With a full kitchen remodel, you may have to live without your kitchen for up to a month or even longer, and the cost is up to twice the cost of refacing your kitchen. There is also a good chance that you will have to deal with multiple contractors throughout the process with such a major undertaking.

Also, the cabinet materials, unless you have them custom-made, will almost always be of a lower quality than what you had removed. New cabinets just aren’t as durable as the ones they made even as little as 20 years ago.

However, you can completely change the floor plan of your kitchen, even moving your plumbing to accommodate a modern flow. You can even include things like new windows in new locations if that’s your desire.

A kitchen remodel is a blank slate with only the shape of the walls and the size of the space hemming in your imagination. And, in truth, walls can be moved, too. It’s just a question of how much money you want to spend and how long you can stand to be without your kitchen.

Kitchen Refacing

Kitchen refacing can create just as dramatic a change in your kitchen as a remodel will, but without throwing away those old, better-built cabinet shells. The only place a refacing falls short is that most contractors don’t want to do any serious plumbing or electrical work, which takes moving your sink out of the equation.

During the refacing, your cabinet doors will be replaced with DuraCore doors that are remarkably strong and almost impervious to heat and grease. While you get to keep the old, better-made shells, you don’t need to keep the old tech that came with them.

Modern tech, like soft-closing glides for the drawers and other easy-access features, can be added to your old cabinets to go with their new, modern look. Also, all the hardware can be replaced, and you can even change from visible to hidden hinges if you’d like. In short, you get all the looks and modern conveniences of brand new cabinets, but without their high price tag and lower build quality.

The top two features of kitchen refacing are the short build time – as little as three days – and the lower cost – from 30-50% cheaper than a remodel.

So What Does It All Mean?

All of the above comparisons offer us a few conclusions.

  1. If you are looking to move windows and get rid of walls, remodeling your kitchen is the way to go.
  2. If you don’t mind that the sink, windows, and walls will stay where they are, refacing is worth serious consideration.
  3. If time and money are important factors in your decision-making process, then refacing your kitchen is the way to go.
  4. The end result of refacing or remodeling your kitchen will provide a dramatic and beautiful change and will feel about the same in function.

If you think refacing the kitchen in your Chicagoland home is the choice for you, contact us at Krumwiede Home Pros for a free quote.

Cost of Refinishing Cabinets vs Refacing

Comparing Refacing Kitchen Cabinets With Refinishing

What Is The Difference And Is Refacing Worth The Extra Cost?


Beautiful Refaced Kitchen

It is the rare homeowner who is satisfied with the look of their older kitchen cabinets. Tastes change over the years and what looked good a decade ago now looks dated and dull. The cabinets themselves, however, are often in good shape and well designed.

In fact, the cabinets from 20 or 30 years ago are often of superior construction to what you can buy today at any price. Happily, you can update the look of your kitchen without getting rid of your old cabinets. Refacing or refinishing your cabinets will give your kitchen a brand new look at a fraction of the cost of total replacement.

What Is The Difference?

While refacing and refinishing sound similar, they are not the same process. Each will give your kitchen a new look, but only one of the two offers a new feel. Refinishing offers a skin-deep update, while refacing can bring your kitchen’s function up to date.


Refinishing your cabinets involves placing a new surface on your old cabinet doors, drawers, sides, and exposed frames. That surface can be stain, paint, vinyl, or a veneer. Depending on the surfacing product you choose, you can create almost any look you want in any color you can imagine.


Refacing is a more involved process that allows for greater change, including hardware, doors, drawer fronts, and modernizing the cabinet interiors with soft close rails for your drawers and lazy susans in your cabinets.

Each door and drawer front is replaced with better materials, with the doors being made from DuraCore products. These new doors are much more resistant to wear and tear, moisture, and grease. Both the doors and drawers will come in a design of your choosing, along with new hardware. The exposed framing is made to match the design or contrast if such is your wish, and even new counters or islands can be installed to complete the new look and feel.

Time And Money

Most of life’s decisions boil down to time and money. Updating your kitchen is no different. Whichever process you choose, you will lose the easy use of your kitchen until the job is complete and the job needs to fit into your family’s budget.

How Long Will It Take?

The happy news is that neither option will kick you out of your kitchen for weeks or months, as often happens with a full remodel. Both refinishing and refacing can be accomplished in as little as three days, with your kitchen remaining functional during most of that time, if not all. When the workers go home each night, you’ll be able to prepare meals without any trouble.

How Much Will It Cost?

The price range will differ significantly depending on the choices you make. Some refinishing products cost more than others, and the same goes for refacing. Refacing will cost more than refinishing, which only makes sense since refacing is a much more complete updating process and can fully modernize your kitchen cabinets if you so choose. To put it all in perspective, we include the cost of replacing your cabinets as well.


Replacing your cabinets, including any wiring and plumbing that needs to be done, costs at least $30,000, depending on your choices and the size of your kitchen. Custom cabinets would bring that cost above $45,000 with ease.


Refinishing starts around $4,000, depending on the finish you choose and the size of your kitchen.


Refacing, being the next best thing to replacement for modernizing your kitchen, costs from $7,000 to $15,000, depending on your choices.

Which Is The Better Bargain?

Refinishing is obviously the less expensive choice but is also the least complete update. It is less an update than it is a makeover. You will have the same difficult-to-open drawers you had before, but with a new face. Your cabinets will look nicer but will retain the function they had before anything changed. If all you want is a surface-deep alteration of your kitchen’s look, then refinishing is a viable and inexpensive choice.

Refacing can cost as much as double refinishing, but the result is a much more significant change in your kitchen. It will function better, storage will be more convenient and organized, and you will no longer have to fight with your drawers to get them to open and close. You can also expect the new features of your cabinets and drawers to come with warranties. Often the doors and drawer faces will come with a lifetime warranty, if of a good enough quality.

The decision is yours and should be based on your needs. Do you simply want an updated look, or are you more interested in a more modern kitchen? Is your goal short-term, or do you plan to stay in your home for years to come? Let your answers to these questions guide you to the choice that is right for you.

If you feel it is time to update your kitchen in the Greater Chicago area, contact us at Krumwiede Home Pros to schedule your free estimate.

Kitchen Cabinet Re-Facing Is Very Cost Effective

Do You Suspect That Most Home Remodeling Warranties Are B.S.?

You’re Right.

Expect To Dance The ‘Warranty Waltz’ With Most Contractors And Manufacturers

Not many home remodeling contractors will talk about it, but the truth is most warranties have WAY too many loopholes, exclusions, and fine print.

Homeowners are often skeptical about home improvement warranties and think a lot of them are B.S. – because so many are.


The 4 Most Common Excuses For Not Honoring A Home Improvement Warranty

There are some surprisingly common “reasons” for denying warranty claims. Here are the 4 homeowners hear the most:


Warranty Excuse #1: Workmanship Is Not Covered 

Often times when you start having a problem with a home improvement product (like windows, roofing, siding, etc.), the manufacturer will tell you the problem is not with the product, it’s with the installation.

And since most manufacturer warranties do NOT cover workmanship, you’ll be told you’re out of luck. 

Even worse, the manufacturer will sometimes go so far as to tell you that improper installation voids the warranty altogether. 


Warranty Excuse #2: Declining Coverage

Many times homeowners are told they have “lifetime” warranty coverage, but when you read the fine print you find out that the true amount of the coverage actually declines significantly over time.

So while technically it may be a “lifetime” warranty, the truth is that in most cases you’ll actually only get reimbursed for a small percentage of the cost of the claim. These pro-rated warranties can leave you with a big bill if something needs repaired or replaced.


Warranty Excuse #3: Too Many Loopholes

Another issue with these warranties is how much fine print they have. Because of the legalistic language, a manufacturer basically can usually find a reason to deny a claim if they want to – and they often do. 


Warranty Excuse #4 The ‘Warranty Waltz’ (Also Known A Finger-Pointing)

Here is probably the most common experience of them all. Let’s say you have a problem with something installed by a local contractor here in the Chicagoland suburbs. Your first call is likely going to be to the contractor that installed it. Then, after you explain the issue, most of the time the contractor tells you to call the manufacturer.

So then you call the manufacturer. You fight through a phone tree to finally talk to a person, and most of the time they will blame the installation and tell you to call the contractor.

So begins the ‘Warranty Waltz’ – where everyone dances you around, but no one actually seems to want to take responsibility. You’ll ping-pong back and forth and the sad truth is that most of the time the homeowners give up out of frustration.


Krumwiede Home Pros Is Different

Our approach is the opposite: we WANT you to call US if there’s an issue with any product we’ve installed on your home. We’ll come out and inspect the problem.

If it has ANYTHING to do with our workmanship, we just take care of it. We guarantee all our workmanship for as long as you’re in your home.

If it’s a product defect, we’ll work with the manufacturer to resolve the issue – you won’t be passed around in the ‘Warranty Waltz’ with us. In other words, we take care of it without finger-pointing.

And our reputation demonstrates that you can trust what we say: we’ve been in business for 68+ years, have an A+ rating with the BBB, and have lots of great online reviews.


We Benefit, Too

You might ask – why would we do this? Does it really make any business sense for us to offer such a strong lifetime guarantee?

Well, even if it didn’t, we still believe in being honest (we like to sleep well at night!).

But the truth is it’s also good business. We have a lot of different products and services, and we want to earn more of your business with the other products we offer. We know if we stand behind everything we do, you’re more likely to call us again for a new project in the future.

In short, when you do the right thing, everyone wins.


Do We Sound Like Your Kind Of Company?

If you like the idea of doing business with a home remodeling company that stands behind everything we do for as long as you’re in your home, then reach out to us for a quote. Krumwiede Home Pros gives free quotes on windows, kitchen cabinet re-facing, roofing, siding, doors, and gutters in the Chicagoland suburbs.



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