FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Unfortunately, no, we cannot. We have found that in most cases the existing boxes are not able to successfully be refaced like this. Our experience with this is that the completed project does not meet our standards. We can refer you to several local companies that offer this type of service.
In most cases, yes, we can. If you are trying to put a cabinet in place of a dishwasher you no longer use or would like to add a pantry or island to your kitchen, we would be happy to give you an estimate. We can build cabinets, doors and drawer fronts in many different styles. Wood stain, paint and tinting lacquer can all be options to aid in getting the color a close match.
We offer several lines of hardware in the shop for purchase. If you purchase your knobs/pulls through us during construction, we can install them for no charge during assembly. You are also welcome to purchase replacement knobs and pulls to install on your existing cabinetry.
We build every door and drawer here in our shop. No products are ordered from the mainland to be shipped here. Our Shaker doors are traditional, 5 piece doors like the one shown here:
The Rails and Styles are solid hardwood, that we have shaped to fit together like puzzle pieces. When assembled, the center panel is locked into place and provides a very stable, long lasting door.
We also offer a solid wood slab door. We domino and glue together hardwood to create beautiful slabs that can be crafted into grain matched doors and drawer fronts. Like this:
Figure 1 Teak being glued up
Figure 2 Grain matched Slab doors
We also can make slab doors using plywood, which we cut so that the grain can match on your cabinet fronts and then wrap the edges with hardwood.
Figure 3 White Oak Plywood with solid wood edge
We find that the quality of domestic, veneer core plywood is superior to imported products. The glues used by the imports also seem to be more attractive to our island pests, and that does not prove a smart choice for a long lasting cabinet box. Using CARB compliant plywood ( when available ) assures your family the safest, longest lasting product. We do not approve of particle board, pre finished or plastic taped edges – ever.
We use Blum soft close hinges and undermount glides as a standard. We find them to be a durable, easy to operate product line with an excellent history. We also have available, products from Hafele, Richelieu, Salice and Rev-a-Shelf. We carry Berenson and Christianson knobs and pulls and have catalogs for Amerock and Liberty available on request.
Yes, we offer a free site visit and estimate.
As a general rule, we do not offer renderings of our designs with our estimate. Once you have reviewed your estimate and decide to work with us, we will prepare an agreement and collect a deposit. After that agreement is received, we will prepare drawings for your review. It takes several hours to several days to create quality renderings and we cannot offer that as part of our free service.
We offer delivery, for a nominal fee, depending on your location. We also offer shipping to outer islands. At this time we do not offer installation, but can refer you to several quality contractors that can work with you on your project.
We use solid hardwoods to build the front support on our cabinetry. These ‘faces’ are what you see when you open your cabinet door. Historically, this type of construction is more durable than none face frame designs. The European style cabinet uses plywood or particle board for the box construction and then applies a tape product to the ends. The result is a sleek, easy to access cabinet and the doors cover the entire front of the cabinets. We use a hybrid method that offers the strength and support of a face frame, without blocking access to the cabinet box with mid styles and our doors can be full overlay allowing the doors and drawers to have very small gaps. We can do European style cabinets as well.
From initial meeting, measuring, estimating, renderings to final delivery can be from 6-12 weeks. Variables include the size of your project and the amount of work currently in production.
We can have your custom color made to suit – the sky is the limit. We also enjoy working with many different finish options including waxes, epoxies and oils.
There are basically three types of cabinet manufacturing: Stock, semi-custom and custom.
Stock cabinetry comes in standard sizes that are made and sitting in STOCK in a warehouse. Usually, they come in 3” increments; so a base cabinet can be 12”, 15”, 18” 21”, 24” 27”, 30’ or 36”. If your space is 25 ½”, you use a filler piece between cabinets. Stock cabinets offer a wide range of options, each with a price. They are a perfect fit for a budget job, rental property, doing a fast remodel preparing for the sale of a property or in a lesser used area like a guest bath or the garage. This is your least expensive option and will last the least amount of time.
Semi-Custom cabinetry begins as stock cabinetry, but it is not assembled until an order is received. Some amount of customization is available during the order process for an added fee. The construction methods and materials are the same as stock cabinets, as well as the life expectancy of the finished product. The cost is more than stock cabinets and often times is comparable with custom pricing.
Custom Cabinetry is truly that. When your order is placed, each cabinet box, door and drawer is listed to be fabricated. The materials for your job are ordered, because large amounts of materials are not stock piled. You are not limited to a standard height, width, depth, stain, finish – anything. The quality of cabinetry can vary from shop to shop, so it is always a good idea to visit and ask questions. Look at the joinery, feel the drawer boxes and see the materials and tools. A quality, custom cabinet will last a lifetime. They do require more lead time, can be more expensive and require a knowledgeable installer, but your finished product will be worth the effort.
A quality built, custom cabinet should last as long as you own your home. We offer a limited lifetime warranty, as do many other builders of fine cabinetry.