Cabinet Constructs and More

The end result from any professional cabinet design is to have created fully functional, high-end looking furniture grade pieces that stand the test of time and family! Kitchen cabinets get used as much or more than any other permanent fixture in the home and older stock or builder-grade cabinets may not be made or finished very well, and the show signs of abuse more quickly than high quality custom cabinets.As a general preference, cabinets should match the styling of the home and consumer’s furniture choices –making it livable and a reflection of the family’s personality.  However, traditional and functional are still the mainstays when choosing the right cabinets. The functionality of the modern kitchen, regardless of the style selected, will make the “wow” factor last much longer than the first impressions.  If you really want the “wow” factor in your kitchen, let’s talk cabinets.WOOD TYPESOne of the first questions you have to ask yourself when considering replacing cabinets: what type of wood do I use? Maple is still a highly used wood, especially in the production cabinets because it is readily available, consistent and can be stained any color. Because of its clear, subtle wood grain and its versatility, maple remains a top choice. Maple has and always will be among the top selections by people with adequate expectations concerning the quantity of cabinets they are purchasing coupled with how much they are willing to spend. Cherry -- with the darker stains and a few glazes – is popular with the customers with reasonable budgets. Ash and oak are still the choices of folks on a limited budget or those with unrealistic expectations concerning the costs of replacing a whole house full of cabinetry.Sustainable woods – like bamboo or lyptus – are up and coming. A rustic wood-like hickory is popular in some markets. Poplar, which can be stained and finished to be practically identical with the darker cherry and maple, is gaining in popularity and may replace maple in the future. The natural characteristics of wood and using contrasting types of wood in color and grain can make a kitchen quite different without compromising function. Exotic hardwoods are a great way to get a unique look also. Using a naturally dark wood like Walnut and bleaching it white or grey is something that is also done.Cabinets are definitely part of the “wow “ factor in any kitchen remodel but all the bells and whistles of hardware and finishing touches also add to the “wow”….we’ll discuss that in our next blog…About Us: The Viking Craftsman Inc, award-winning contractor, combines true craftsmanship with personalized service. Specialties include additions, kitchens, bathrooms, home theaters, and outdoor living spaces in Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Richardson, Allen and Dallas, Texas.