Basic cabinet material, style, and finish options and the advantages of each type:
- Stock Cabinets - pre-made and finished boxes and pieces in specific sizes and styles.
- Semi-custom – made to order boxes, and pieces (moldings, etc.) More options in door styles, finishes, and accessory pieces are available. Often offered with glazed and distressed finishes. Cabinets can be modified to a certain dimension to better utilize space. In some cases, custom cabinets can be made to order.
- Custom – Fully custom cabinets are made to order in any wood species, and finish. Custom cabinets are designed and built to fit your room or space.
Countertops have major impact on your overall design. Our qualified kitchen and bath designers will explain the durability and advantages of the many options available.
- Solid Surface –. A good variety of color and pattern is offered for Solid Surface material. It is easy to clean and repair, with inconspicuous seams. You are able to use an undermount or integral sink. Some caution is needed since it is not stain resistant or heat resistant.
- Quartz – Often called Engineered Quartz or Engineered Stone, this material is a good compromise between Granite and Solid Surfacing. Natural quartz chips are crafted with resin and tinted with color at times to imitate the appearance of marble. It is an easy care maintenance free option. The layout will determine the presence of seams.
- Marble – The ultimate choice for luminescence and luxury, it stands up to heat but is susceptible to staining. For this reason we often use marble in one area, like an island, where its perennially cool nature performs perfectly as a pastry or baking station.
- Granite – A unique quality is inherent to all natural stone surfaces. Every slab will have an artistic quality characteristic to the region of origin. It is a porous surface that can come pre-sealed or should be sealed yearly.
- Laminate – The most affordable of all surfaces, laminate has been a kitchen mainstay for decades. The freshest designs are available in endless colors and edge treatments, at times even mimicking stone. Be aware that a seam is often visible and this material does not lend itself to repairs.
Appliances – Many built-in or higher end appliances require exact construction specifications. This is especially true of exhaust fans with built-in hoods. Your designer has access to the unique requirements for each appliance with showroom displays featuring Sub-Zero and Wolf to help you evaluate many features during the design process.