I’ve sold more than 12 different cabinet lines during my time as owner of this company and over the years I’ve seen my clients struggle with making sense of the myriad lines out there. Most of the people I’ve met weren’t concerned with the brand of the cabinet line so much as with making sure they were getting a good quality cabinet at a competitive price that met their needs in style and function.
My team and I are on top of what’s trending and know which products we need to produce gorgeous kitchens and baths. With respect to cabinetry we need lots of standard paint colors (including several shades of white); some interesting wood species like walnut, mahogany, pecan and alder; the ability to customize the cabinetry when necessary; lots of storage and organizational accessories; and competitive pricing. Last, but certainly not least, our cabinet vendors must offer an excellent support system to the designer. This is crucial to ensure the cabinetry arrives on time and in mint condition. And when something arrives damaged or made incorrectly we need a replacement delivered quickly. If this isn’t offered by a vendor then we’re not interested.
The rest is all about great design. My team and I have each been designing with cabinetry for at least 15 years and we love what we do and are excited about every opportunity to bring to life a client’s vision for their home.
Below is a description of the many types of cabinetry we offer.
A sturdy product with fewer options for customization and a quicker turn-around time – usually 4 weeks – our stock line delivers style and value. To keep the price point and lead time low the number of door styles, finishes, accessories and modifications is limited. The cabinets are made with the industry standard dimensions of 3” increments and the designer uses fillers to make up the difference in the lay-out. The installation cost will be higher because the cabinet installer has more to assemble. For example a tall pantry cabinet with roll-out shelves will arrive with the shelves loose for installation on site.
When we decided to offer stock cabinetry we did our research and chose a line that has what we need to meet the style and budget needs of particular projects. That combined with our experience and creativity can produce a stock kitchen that looks like a million bucks!
Over the past several years the line between semi-custom and custom cabinetry has blurred. There are very few limitations when designing with semi-custom cabinetry so we find that more and more of our clients are choosing to go with this option.
The broad offering of finishes, door styles, modifications and accessories make this line of cabinetry easy to get excited about because it meets the needs of our clients and delivers great value. And if by chance they don’t offer something we need we can submit a sketch of a unique piece or a sample of a non-standard finish and have it custom made for us. Rarely are we unable to get what we need from our semi-custom cabinet lines.
Our custom cabinetry is made locally by a small company that creates one kitchen at a time. They use the best quality materials available and produce cabinetry that resembles fine furniture. There are no size restrictions or style limitations. The designer and cabinet maker work together to ensure that the final product is precise and is made to fit with very few fillers. Many of the cabinet boxes are combined together as one which gives a seamless and fitted installation.
Another factor to consider when looking at price and style is the cabinet construction – there are 2 types: Framed and Frameless
With “framed” cabinetry there is a solid, hardwood face frame that is applied to the front of the cabinet box. It is considered a more traditional cabinet style with several variations.
Framed Overlay Construction
Doors and drawers sit on top of the cabinet face frame. The doors and drawers are larger than the openings so they “Overlay” the frame – hence the name. Doors may be partial overlay where more of the frame is exposed or full-overlay where the frame is mostly obscured.
Door and drawer heads are fitted inside the frame of a cabinet to create a flush look so the entire cabinet frame is exposed. It’s often associated with a more “furniture-like” appearance. Due to the intricate nature of the construction and the level of craftsmanship needed to construct inset cabinetry they tend to be higher in cost.
“Frameless” cabinetry is also referred to as European style or Full-Access. As the name suggests there is no face frame to the cabinet. The ends of the cabinetry are finished and flush. Since there is no frame to contend with it allows for maximizing storage within the cabinet. No lost space. Frameless cabinetry allows for a more flexible design sensibility and can be used to design both traditional and modern spaces. Frameless cabinets have an overlay door style so there is a seamless look to the doors and drawers.