6 Classic Custom Myths About Cabinetry


ORIGINAL AUTHOR: Catherine Whitney. Catherine is a Wood-Mode designer and studio manager at South End Kitchens in Charlotte, NC. She has 30 years of experience in both renovation and new construction projects within the kitchen and bath industry and has extensive knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the project, including cabinetry, appliances, flooring, lighting, countertops, backsplashes and more. She has designed homes in Connecticut, New York, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

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Some homeowners are well-versed in construction terminology and the ups and downs of new construction or renovation. Others have never been involved in a home project that is as complicated as the design and execution of a custom kitchen or master bath. In my conversations, I often hear many myths. As a professional with over 30 years of experience, I feel that it’s my duty to help educate and inform prospective clients about everything they will encounter. Here are some of the most common misconceptions:

  1. Myth: A local cabinetmaker can produce my cabinetry in less time than a custom factory that is located out of town.
    Fact: High-quality custom cabinetry takes time. The average lead time for quality custom cabinetry is likely a minimum of six weeks, but could be as long as 10-12 weeks, depending on the complexity of the finish and construction materials.
  2. Myth: If I buy locally, it will cost less money.
    Fact: The price of your custom cabinetry is consistent with the quality of materials, design and craftsmanship of the product. If the price is too low, ask questions so that you can make informed decisions that will leave you confident with your purchase. Remember, this is fine furniture for your home!
  3. Myth: There isn’t much difference between one painted finish and another.
    Fact: Quality painted cabinetry should receive high-quality sealer, primer and catalyzed color coats to ensure beauty and lifetime durability. Extensive hand sanding is performed between each catalyzed color coat, ensuring a satin smooth surface. A lifetime warranty should be extended on the best finishes.
  4. Myth: Particleboard is bad.
    Fact: Similar to wood selection, there are many levels of quality in manufacturing particleboard. Particleboard or engineered wood must be made with the right kind of wood fibers, compression, and manufacturing techniques in order to produce high-quality material. Some of the high-end cabinet manufacturers extend a lifetime warranty to include particleboard just like the plywood options that are available. Engineered wood is more resistant to moisture and has minimized expansion and contraction issues, compared to solid wood. This increased stability means it performs better than plywood and is considered a superior product for painted or opaque finishes.
  5. Myth: I will save money if I install the cabinets myself or hire my own carpenter.
    Fact: It’s possible that you will save money, but you will miss a great opportunity to have the experience of a trained cabinet installer. If you’re going to pay someone, it’s best to use the cabinet supplier’s handpicked installer. This ensures the oversight and management of your designer and cabinet supplier, beginning to end. Your kitchen doesn’t have to cost a fortune. An experienced cabinet installer can make or break your kitchen design, so why not let the professionals who designed and sold your product install it, too?
  6. Myth: I will save money by acting as my own general contractor and decorator.
    Fact: Construction and design are sequential processes that require careful planning. When you hire a general contractor or decorator, you are hiring experience and a deep network of trade labor and products. As the homeowner, these relationships benefit you greatly. These professionals can organize the process and coordinate your project. Everyone wants the best price and quality and since “time is money,” your project will run most efficiently and cost effectively.
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Edison Heights by Wood-Mode [video]


Edison Heights represents an urban environment that weaves a rich fabric of cultural, educational, and economical opportunities for younger professionals who are calling it home. They are beginning to update existing homes in residential city neighborhoods with the latest technology and materials while retaining many of the architectural details of the original building. This blending of traditional elements and modern amenities embraces a neutral color palette paired with tasteful color accents. Their concern for the environment is reflected in the use of recycled and natural materials. For many of them, they want their home to be a work of art and in particular they see their kitchen as art.

For busy young professionals with children, urban living is both convenient and cerebral. The remodel of this Edison Heights home provides the opportunity to incorporate an open floor plan with decorative and functional lighting, as well as the latest cooking technology, including multiple appliances to accommodate multiple cooks during meal preparation and clean up.

Parents can now work in the kitchen while helping kids with homework or observing play. The open kitchen and living space offers the ability to adjust the ambiance of the space with well-placed lighting for memorable entertaining and socializing with family and friends. Tall cabinetry provides easy access to storage that is well lit for supplies and small appliances. The refrigerator, freezer, steam oven, and warming drawer are integrated into the built-in wall of cabinetry.

A large island with a stainless steel top allows the cook to interact with guests or family members. One side of the island is designed for food preparation activities with illuminated specialty storage options while the other organizes dinnerware, serving pieces, and table linens for maximum visual accessibility. Rounded corner pieces soften the size of the island. This detail is repeated on the wet bar area and the breakfast nook.

Architectural details in the window and door trim, coffered ceiling, and fireplace preserve the historical heritage. Mirroring many of the details of the fireplace, the hood over the induction range incorporates pull-out storage for spices.

Both frameless European style cabinetry and traditional inset front frame construction are featured in the kitchen and living areas. The Park Avenue (Design Group 84) and Murray Hill (Design Group 42) door design is the same with only slight dimensional differences dictated by the cabinetry construction methods. Both feature a one-inch thick frame with a flat center panel. State-of-the-art LED lighting is integrated into both types of cabinetry and offers functionality and ambiance.

Glazed opaque finishes in Bright White and Silver Mist play off the soft neutral color scheme while the sandblasted white oak on the island, nook, tables, and mantle center panels has a look and texture of recycled wood. Large slab ceramic tops and backsplash provide easy maintenance. On the wet bar, a metal coated countertop uniquely contrasts the vintage white base cabinetry, while sliding doors with beveled glass inserts on the center wall cabinet reveal an antique mirror backsplash, lending a touch of vintage elegance. Reinforcing a sense of history are the brass and black iron light fixtures which feature state-of-the-art LED efficiency.

Medallion Cabinetry: Awaken Your Senses [video]



Medallion Cabinetry features refined craftsmanship and details unique to each of their product lines: Platinum, Gold and Silverline.