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The scoop on cabinetry

Cabinetry today is better than ever. The quality of the finishes are superb. The hardware is exceptional. For the most part, it is safe to select cabinetry based on the style and price range you are comfortable with. Years ago, it was very important to pay attention to the brand of cabinetry. Finish qualities and hardware systems varied greatly. That is not the case today. The luxury end cabinet lines are often overbuilt and you pay for unimportant features. Think about the features offered and convert them into benefits for you.

Custom verses Stock cabinetry or Semi custom cabinetry

Custom cabinetry is generally a luxury. Keep in mind, the cost is significant and a good designer can often give you a similar look with semi-custom cabinetry. Stock cabinetry will be the least expensive, as it is generally warehoused. Your designer should assist you in selecting the right type of cabinetry for you.

This is what I have discovered over the past 10 years or so. The Semi Custom cabinetry lines are built as good (for the most part) as the factory made custom cabinets. I believe this is where you get the most bang for the buck. If you can find a style and finish you like in a semi-custom cabinet, that is what I would recommend.


A discussion on locally made custom cabinetry. Most local shops do not have the ability to provide a catalytic or conversion varnish. In my opinion, that is critical. An accidental swipe with a mild solvent on locally made cabinetry may remove the finish. Catalytic or conversion varnishes are solvent proof. Do check, if you are considering local cabinetry, to see what kind of finish they use. 

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