What is your process for new custom cabinets?
Initial Project Meeting - When you reach out, we will gather basic information about your job, introduce ourselves and set up a time for an initial onsite project meeting. At this project meeting, we listen to you and gather information to help us understand your project fully. We will walk you through our available options and recommend ways to improve usability based on your lifestyle and how you plan to use the space. Using the information we have gathered, a preliminary estimate will be prepared outlining door style, finish, and custom options as well as installation charges if applicable.
Authorization to Proceed - When you receive your detailed quote, you can accept it and get your job on our schedule by signing the quote and making a deposit.
On-site field measurements - Before any production begins, we will meet you onsite to finalize design and take accurate measurements. For new construction, it is imperative that interior framing and plumbing rough-ins are complete prior to the measure. You will need to provide your final decision on paint/finish colors, appliance selection, hardware and speciality features you may want at this time.
Design - We will use sophisticated design software to create detailed accurate plans with 3D renderings that will provide you with a comprehensive view of your project. We encourage your questions and feedback when you review these drawings, and we will request your final approval on the drawings before construction starts.
Construction and Installation - We will call you to update you on our anticipated installation date during construction so you know exactly what to expect. If you are wondering, call us! We are always glad to answer your questions and we promise to return your messages. One of our primary goals as a company is to meet the time frame we agree to in our estimate. What we do is often dependent on what other contractors are doing on your job - so communication is key for us and for you! Installation may take place over a few days depending on the size of the job, plumbing, appliance and other installations. Final payment is due upon completion of the project.
What is your process for cabinet painting or refacing?
Initial Project Meeting - When you reach out, we will gather basic information about your job, introduce ourselves and set up a time for an initial onsite project meeting. At this project meeting, we will listen to you and gather information to help us understand your project fully. We will walk you through our available options and recommend ways to improve usability based on your lifestyle and how you plan to use the space. Using the information we have gathered, a preliminary estimate will be prepared. The cool thing that comes with this service being handled by a custom cabinet shop is the access you will have to options beyond a quality paint job. Option such as:
refacing your cabinets with new doors
making custom modifications like adding unique vent hoods, wood island tops, and trim changes
improving hardware to include things like slow-close hinges
adding storage features like spice racks and trash-can pullouts
reconfiguring inefficient layouts
making modifications for new appliances
adding more cabinets that match your existing cabinets
On-site Preparations - We have a speciality painter on staff that will spray paint your existing cabinets using highly durable products that will provide smooth and long-lasting results. Before his scheduled arrival, you will need to move all items from the work area and from your cabinets. We will mask off the room from the rest of your home. Completion times vary depending on the size of the job.
What kind of finish do you use?
We are really proud of what we do with our finishes because we have stepped out of the typical solvent-based lacquer finish used by most cabinet makers, and offer a warterborne lacquer finish. Here’s why:
It is better for you, better for my employees health, and better for the environment - Typical solvent-based finishes off gas chemicals like Formaldehyde for almost a month. We think it is better not to have this in your home if we can avoid it! Environmental benefits include reducing the harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) including toluene, xylene, ethyl benzene, and methyl ethyl ketone that solvent-based paints release into our environment.
It is a more durable finish - solvent-based finishes essentially melt the previous layer to adhere with each new layer applied, so if you get a chip it will likely go down to the wood layer because each layer of paint is adhered to each other so strongly. With a waterborne lacquer, the layers build making is difficult to chip the finish off. It is also harder to scratch (ask to see an example). It takes more skill to apply it and a little more time. But we think the end results are worth it.
It is less prone to yellowing when exposed to UV rays - traditional solvent-based finishes yellow with age making your cabinet’s finish hazy and faded with time. Our waterborne lacquer finish is more resistant to this keeping your finish clear and vibrant for years to come.