Cabinet & Countertop Inspirations

Today's cabinets come in numerous styles and finishes. There is a wide range of prices, allowing each budget to find that perfect fit. Cabinet options, construction, and pricing are major considerations when planning your renovation in order to make a wise investment in your home. Both the space and budget in which you're working will help determine whether your choice of cabinets is stock, semi-custom, or custom.

If you are working within strict time and budget parameters, stock cabinets can be an excellent option for you. They are pre-manufactured and mass produced in a factory, so they tend to deliver quickly. They come in standard measurements, so there is minimal modification to width, height, or depth. What you see is basically what you get with stock cabinets. They come in a variety of door styles, wood choices, and finishes, but your  options will be limited. While the face frames and drawer heads are primarily made from solid wood, your cabinet doors may or may not be depending on the manufacturer. Features such as dovetail joints are considered options and are not standard in stock cabinets.  The picture below shows a kitchen completed with stock cabinetry.


With more flexibility and options, semi-custom cabinets offer you choices in sizing and design not available with stock cabinets. For example, you may be able to alter the width, height, or depth of your cabinets in 1" increments, something that cannot be done using stock cabinets. Face frames, doors, and drawer heads are typically solid wood. Drawers are usually made from solid maple, joined with dovetail joints. Delivery times, though not as quick as stock cabinets, are shorter than custom cabinets, allowing faster completion of your home improvement project. Semi-custom cabinets were utilized in the kitchen remodel shown below.


The greatest number of options is found in custom cabinets. Built to your specifications, you have complete freedom in design. You are limited only by your imagination! Custom cabinets can be designed to match existing designs and colors, or fit unique sizes. Solid wood is used for face frames, doors, and drawer heads. The drawers feature maple dovetail construction with soft close hardware. The finishes can involve up to 25 steps to prepare, stain, and seal the wood for a lasting finish. Much work goes into creating such a detailed product, meaning not only increased time needed for delivery, but also increased price. From a cost perspective, custom cabinets are the most expensive. Below is a refrigerator designed to look like a piece of furniture using custom cabinetry.


No matter the budget or time frame, the perfect cabinets for you are found in one of these options. Whichever you choose, you are sure to end up with a room you will enjoy for years to come. 


When it's time to choose the perfect cabinets for your kitchen, one of the decisions you will have to make is whether to choose painted or stained cabinets. Maybe that decision is one you have already made, and you know exactly which you will choose.  Perhaps you are still debating which option suits you best. If so, this information will hopefully make your choice a little clearer.

First, it is important to understand that there is no right or wrong choice. Both painted and stained cabinets are excellent options and provide you with years of satisfaction. It really comes down to personal preference and what you are looking for in your kitchen.

Painted cabinets will have a smooth and uniform finish with no variations in their appearance.  Because the paint adheres to the cabinet's surface, only the color of the paint will be noticeable. In contrast, stain is much thinner than paint. This allows it to be absorbed into the wood, showcasing the wood grain and other unique features of your cabinet's particular wood species.

Paint works well on cabinets made with wood or MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard). Once painted, it can actually be difficult to differentiate between the two materials. If you go with stain, keep in mind that it can only be used with natural wood cabinets.

Even in the most careful of environments, inevitable nicks and scratches occur. Touching up a stained cabinet is relatively easy thanks to the wide variety of touch-up markers available. Painted cabinets can be a little more difficult to touch-up due to the fact that the paint is generally sprayed on, not brushed. This is what gives painted cabinets their smooth appearance, but it is hard to recreate that look when trying to repair nicks or scratches with a paint brush.

The last factor to consider, and perhaps for some the most important, is the cost. Painted cabinets are typically 15% more expensive than stained cabinets, so there is an upcharge for the clean, sleek look of paint.

Making the choice between painted and stained cabinets does not have to be difficult if you know your preferences and the look you want to create. If you make your decision based on this information and your personal style, you will achieve the space you desire. 


We recently completed a kitchen and master bathroom remodel in conjunction with Glenn Gareis at GMG Architects, Tom Vriesman of Design Studio Vriesman, and Randy Green of Green Trade Contracting. The clients purchased a home in Indianapolis' Meridian - Kessler neighborhood and made substantial updates to the home's layout and finishes throughout the home.

Overall, the homeowners' objective was to open up the layout of the living areas, update the look and functionality of the kitchen, and create a more spacious master bathroom with additional linen storage.

Working through the project details, specific appliances, and cabinet accessories, Linley, our kitchen designer worked through the design process to create a final design to best fit the clients' wishes. To help our clients' visualize the end result, our designers create elevations using 3-D design software. The final elevations shown below are all computerized renderings.






Out of several cabinet lines we offer, the homeowner chose a line to best balance price and quality. They selected a white painted finish and a clean Shaker door style. Square chrome pulls were used throughout the kitchen to give a nice, clean transitional look. Countertops were a complementary colored granite. The homeowners also chose to incorporate a number of cabinet accessories, including a cutlery divider, double waste basket pullout, baking tray dividers, and rollout shelves.

The final result was a stunning success. After all the dust and coordination of construction was complete, we took these pictures of the finished space.



Decorative columns were placed on both sides of the sink to create a more balanced feel to the space.

Our designer stacked the crown molding and took it up to the ceiling to make the room feel bigger and to support the clean, fresh lines of the modern, Shaker style.



The wall oven cabinet includes a lift up door over the ovens for convenient storage.

Note the under cabinet molding used to provide a nice, finishing touch and allow the wiring/lights to remain unseen.

Built-in cutlery organizer keep utensils from scattering throughout the drawer.

Double waste basket pullout ... one for trash, one for recycle materials.

Tray dividers to keep cookie sheets and baking pans neat and orderly.

Deep rollout trays to help organize storage and ease access to items at the back of the cabinet.

Our staff can bring this same level of design and functionality to spaces in your home.  Give us a call to talk about getting started on updating your spaces.


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