What is your service area?
Our service area typically falls within Central Virginia. However, we're willing to deliver our services to areas outside of our typical service area.
Do you use particle boards or other engineered wood panels?
Yes, we use particle boards as a substrate for plastic laminate countertops, as well as MDF (medium-density fiberboard) for many painted door panels. However, in our standard cabinet construction, we don't use particle boards. Instead, we use ¾ inch thick maple plywood with a domestic veneer core (either poplar or fir). Each sheet is prefinished with a UV finish that will retain its beauty and durability through the lifetime of the cabinets. We believe that only the best materials make the best cabinets.
What door styles do you offer?
We offer a wide variety of door styles. A simple rule of thumb is if you can find a picture of the style that you want, then we can match it.
How do you determine the price of your cabinets?
Cabinets are often priced by linear foot. The footage price is determined by factors such as wood species, hardware options, door styles, finish, and the amount of applied molding and trim. Countertops are always priced separately from the cabinet footage price and they are often priced in square feet.
Do you paint cabinets?
Yes, we paint cabinets. We'll apply any finish that is specified for your project whether it's paint, clear coat, stain, etc.
Do you use a design software?
Yes, we use a design software, manufacturing software, and CAD/CAM software.
What's the difference between “factory” cabinets and “custom” cabinets?
Factory cabinets are built to predetermined sizes and design specifications which means that your choices in finish, door style, and hardware are limited. As factory cabinets are only built to certain sizes, many installations require joining separate boxes together and then using “fillers” to cover the remaining opening. Factory cabinets are often sold through third party design firms (or “Big Box Stores”), making the company that built the cabinet not the company that you'll be dealing with during the design and purchasing phase. Installation is frequently handled by yet another third party company, meaning that during each phase of a project, factory cabinets are passed along from one company to another with each company only assuming partial responsibility for the final product. The costs associated with passing a factory cabinet through three separate businesses are relayed to the client. Unfortunately, the costs are often twofold. Consumers are often forced to pay large markups and the quality of the product is diminished in order to meet the manufacturer’s intended profit margins.
Custom cabinets are designed and built with only one goal, to meet and exceed the needs and expectations of the individual client. Sizes are specific to the client’s space and the client has limitless options regarding finish, wood species, door styles, molding, etc. In many custom shops, the person you make initial contact with is often the person who will be seeing your project through completion. Pricing is often “turn key,” meaning that there are no hidden fees or third party markups.
What are my countertop options?
Our countertop options include granite, quartz, solid surface, plastic laminate, cultured marble, wood, and tile.
Do you install your cabinetry?
Yes, we install our own cabinets. By installing our own cabinets, we're able to guarantee the highest degree of quality throughout the entire process.
What's the average lead time for a project?
Lead times can be difficult to estimate for many different reasons and will vary from project to project. Some examples of factors that will impact lead times include the scope and size of the project, the amount of design complexity, the timeliness of final specification decisions, the availability of materials, and the coordination of installation with other subcontractors such as flooring, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, etc.
What species of wood can I use?
Any species of wood can be used in cabinet construction provided that it can maintain the structural integrity, it has been dried and kilned to the correct moisture content, and it accepts adhesives, fasteners, and finishes. Wood species that are normally used to build cabinets are cherry, oak, mahogany, hickory, bamboo, alder, ash, cedar, pine, birch, and walnut.