When it comes to specifying products and finishes for your custom home, there exists an extensive list of priorities which varies between each client. At the top of everyone’s list, however, are cabinets. This element dwells in our kitchens, laundry/mudroom, and bathrooms, the most utilized areas of every home. In turn, they become an anchor to set the tone for the rest of your design intent. There can be an overwhelming amount of cabinet styles, species, and finishes to choose from, but a seasoned professional will make easy work of narrowing down your personal style and functional requirements.

Let’s take a look at some of the options to consider when sourcing custom cabinetry:

Door and Drawer Styles

From Flush Panel to Skinny Shaker, we have installed all types of door and drawer styles. Each one sets the tone for the desired ambiance and becomes a statement piece to tell the story of the atmosphere our homeowners intend to create.

Skinny Shaker Drawer Front
Raised Panel Door and Drawer Style
Shaker Door and Drawer Style
Flush Panel Door and Drawer Style

Cabinet Frame Styles

When deciding how much to elevate your cabinetry, it is important to consider Inset vs. Overlay. An Inset cabinet door or drawer sits flush with the face frame of the cabinet allowing for a clean and orderly appearance. An Overlay door or drawer sits on top of the face frame and can either conceal it completely (Full Overlay) or show the cabinet frame between the doors (Partial Overlay). The inset application will come with a heftier price tag than overlay, but the result is always worth it.

Inset Cabinetry
Inset Cabinetry
Overlay Cabinetry
Overlay Cabinetry

Paneled Appliances

For a true integrated look, some appliances can come “panel-ready”. This means they are able receive a cabinet door that matches the rest of the kitchen allowing them to seamlessly nestle into the surrounding casework. This integration is the most elevated way to incorporate appliances into the space and softens their often harsh and cold appearance.

Paneled Range
Paneled Refrigerator
Paneled Refrigerator Drawers


The choice between painted and stained cabinetry is purely personal preference. Depending on the species of wood, stain grade cabinetry can price lower than a painted finish. Then there is the addition of distressing, glazes, and sheen levels which can add to the cost as well.

Painted Finish
Painted Finish with Distressing and Glaze
Stained Finish
Stained Finish

Accessories and Construction

Soft close hinges and drawer slides are an easy decision specification and are standard in the custom home building industry today. Extras like drawer pegs for plates, utensil organizers, spice racks, and roll out garbage cans help to streamline functionality and create an efficient workspace. Drawer boxes have evolved from dovetail to a stronger metal assembly creating a sleek and sturdy look. Finally, the cabinet hardware used to operate the doors and drawers come in a variety of styles and finishes themselves and can add as much character as they do function. Some other fun and functional elements include coffee cabinets, appliance garages, wine racks, and even secret passageways.

Wine Storage
Specialty Drawer Box
Coffee Cabinet

When it comes to selecting cabinetry, it is important to keep your design goals in mind and engage a professional for guidance. The only way to achieve your overall vision is to think in terms of holistic aesthetic harmony and optimal functionality.

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