Face Frames aren't that easy
One of the features of inset framed cabinetry is the continues run of cabinets for as long as the job site permits. I would say that is the main distinction of true inset face frame cabinets. Let me explain:
When there is a space 75" , a proper inset job would be to build 1 face frame cabinet with three 23" wide sections with 1 face frame. Ofc it makes it very difficult to build, finish, delivery, and install - that's why the extra cost, but it worth it.
How much face frame kitchen cost?
A midsize framed kitchen cost around $40,000-$50,000 but depending on the features can go up much higher.
Frames for kitchen cabinets
Here on the picture is a frame that is a separate part and on the other picture the frame is attached to the cabinet. The frame is spray-painted separately. This method of construction is very time consuming and requires exceptional precision and accuracy with 3/32" tolerances. There's no adjustments for the doors - so everything must be perfect or it won't fit.
It's not that one is better then the other - it's just 2 completely different styles.
You can read my resent blog post about frameless vs framed kitchen cabinets.
Inset Framed Kitchen Cabinets
What is a Face Frame cabinet
Inset face frame is a style that goes beyond standard classification. It is a different animal. It could be modern/ transitional or classic - depending on the design.
It has a face frame
The doors are flush (inset) with the frame
It takes time to build it
How face frame cabinets built
A face frame kitchen consists of 2 major parts: Cabinetry and face frames.
A very simplified production schedule would look like that:
First we make the cabinets and install drawer glides, pull-outs etc.
Than we make face frames (removable) and attach it temporary to the cabinetry.
After than we make doors and make sure it fits with 3/32 tolerances.
Than everything is disassembled and doors with frames go the the finishing area.
After everything is spray painted (or stained) all the parts we put together at the shop