Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Types and Styles
Filed Under: Cabinets By: Cabinet Connect on May 15, 2023
When you type “types of cabinet” into Google, you’ll get an array of words such as “styles,” “grades,” and “types” used to describe the same thing in some places and different in others. It can be exciting to choose cabinets for your kitchen, but with so many concepts and options where do you begin? While it is great to have choices, it can be overwhelming without an understanding of all the options available and how to use them to make the kitchen of your dreams. This guide will help you understand these terms better. But remember, we do free design consultations to help you get the most out of your kitchen space!
Cabinet Quality Grades
There are three different grades of cabinets: stock, semi-custom, and custom. You should decide on your budget for your cabinets upfront before you peruse the choices available.
Stock cabinets are a basic, economic option that are pre-sized by their manufacturer. They are mass-produced and available in fixed sizes. However, our phenomenal install team can sometimes make modifications for that custom look. These cabinets are constructed on-site. They are primarily constructed of plywood sides and backs with wood doors. Stock cabinets offer an economic style with a beautiful design.
These cabinets mark the mid-range option in price point. They have a broader selection in both style and material and allow for some size adjustment. Semi-custom cabinets usually offer a range of styles, materials, finishes, and accessories. They are one of a kind with tailored sizes. While the design possibilities are infinite, these cabinets are harder on the budget. However, you will also get exactly what you want.
On the high end, custom cabinets are completely made to order and offer the widest range of styles, materials, finishes, and accessories. They are one of a kind with tailored sizes. While design options are limitless, these are definitely high-end cabinets.
Basic Types of Cabinets
When choosing cabinets, you’ll need to consider all the types you will need for your kitchen remodel. There are four different types of cabinets: Base, Wall, Tall, and Specialty Units.
Base cabinets are the heavy lifters of cabinetry. They provide most of the storage space and sit on the ground beneath countertops. These cabinets create new possibilities throughout the kitchen. Standard base cabinets are usually 24 inches deep and 36 inches tall. They are used as kitchen storage and islands, window seating, and bathroom vanities.
Wall cabinets or the “upper” cabinets provide much-needed storage space above the countertops. Upper cabinetry is typically 12 inches deep. They are the most important for the remodeling process as they are the most visible and carry the looks. These cabinets have many uses beyond food storage. They can serve as entertainment centers, laundry room storage, and dish storage.
Tall cabinets or pantry cabinets top many other cabinets in terms of height and storage. They start from the floor and extend to the ceiling and are available in sizes up to 96 inches in height. These cabinets are used for pantry and utility storage. They can give the kitchen a dramatically vertical look.
Specialty units are the most important for the kitchen’s functionality and design. They add square footage and organization. Specialty cabinets include corner cabinets, sink and cooktop fronts, bottle racks, and microwave base. These cabinets add function and style.
There are six different types of cabinet styles that we offer: Shaker, Specialty Shaker, Maui, Raised Panel, and Glass Panel. The style of your cabinets can make a space look contemporary and chic or more traditional. Your cabinet style should always tie the look of your kitchen together.
Shaker is the most popular style of kitchen cabinets. They have a recessed center panel with clean lines and are used in modern and traditional styles. The framing of the recessed panel with sleek lines of the full overlay door is a unique, chic design. The shaker line is available in the colors white, antique white, gray, and espresso.
Specialty Shaker is a variation on the traditional shaker cabinet door. The specialty shaker tends to have extra detailing on the door either through double edging or extra molding. These cabinets are offered in white, french vanilla, richmond stone, and richmond white.
Our Maui cabinets are also a different take on the basic shaker door. The Maui has a larger center panel and extra detailing around the door and the drawer. The Maui is available in espresso, pebble gray, or white.
The Raised Panel cabinet provides an additional dimension to the door design. The panel which is in the center of the frame is actually raised creating more depth and character. These types of cabinets also have increased amounts of molding and details that tend to look best in transitional or traditional kitchens. We offer these cabinets in Casselberry Saddle, Casselberry White, Torrance White, Classic White and Dark Chocolate.
Glass Panel cabinets can be used in most kitchen cabinet installations. A glass panel is an open framed door with a glass insert. You can include a few to show off beloved glass collectibles, or to lighten up your kitchen. Glass panel doors reflect light and can be useful in dark kitchens as well as smaller ones to create an open feel.
If you have any questions, please consult our team of experts to receive more information. We have everything you need from cabinets to countertops. We have over 15 years years of experience and have mastered multiple kitchen styles and installations. When you are ready to design the kitchen of your dreams, contact us for a free in-home estimate!
Quartz vs. Granite vs. Marble: What is the Best Option in 2023??
Filed Under: Countertops By: Cabinet Connect on April 21, 2023
Ready to replace your countertops? This is one of the most important decisions a homeowner can make because your countertops are the center of your design and can add more value than you realize. There are so many materials available that the choice can be daunting. Granite, Quartz, and Marble are three of the best quality and sought-after stone countertops on the market. Granite is a popular choice due to its affordability and durability, while marble countertops have been the centerpiece of homes for centuries. Quartz on the other hand has become somewhat of a phenomenon recently with its marble-like features and unmatched durability. The question is which one is right for you? To help you decide, here is a guide comparing the similarities and differences between each material.
Granite is an igneous rock that consists of feldspar and quartz. Since many homeowners prefer a more natural-looking stone, it’s a popular choice for both traditional and contemporary homes.
Granite is one of the most durable stone countertops. It is scratch-resistant, heat-resistant, and stain-resistant. One of the best reasons to choose granite countertops for your kitchen is that the material is so durable that it resists chips and scratches under normal use. These are just some of the qualities that make it the perfect choice for many homeowners.
Granite is also a gorgeous material. Each slab is unique. It has a seemingly endless array of colors and finishes to choose from. Explore color options of white, yellow, gold, blue, grey, and black and its patterns of solid, marble, and speckled for a perfect focal point for your space. Granite’s finish options include polished, honed, leathered, and flamed.
Since granite is a natural stone, it is porous and needs to be sealed to maintain its beauty and longevity. It also has a more limited color selection compared to quartz. However, some sealants last for 25 years, and granite has much less maintenance than its other natural stone counterparts.
Marble is a metamorphic rock made up of recrystallized carbonate compounds formed with an immense amount of heat and pressure. Though it is available in an array color options, classic white marble is the most sought after choice of homeowners.
Marble is a classic choice for not only countertops but walls, flooring, and some of the world’s most famous statues and architecture. While there are numerous options for countertops, many feel that there are none comparable to the timeless beauty of marble.
Like any other natural stone, marble is quite porous and needs a little more maintenance. It needs to be professionally resealed a few times a year to ensure its longevity. Acids will etch marble leaving a white mark behind. While it does have more upkeep, marble has unsurpassed beauty and can withstand a lot of heat because of how it is formed.
Quartzite is the most widely distributed mineral on earth. It along with resins and recycled materials is used to engineer quartz countertops. Many manufacturers may have their own method to engineer quartz countertops with varying percentages of quartzite and added metallic flecks for aesthetic purposes.
Quartz countertops are gorgeous and add a luxurious feel to any space. Quartz kitchen countertops have become an increasingly popular choice, and it is not difficult to see why. Quartz countertops are more scratch and chip resistant than granite. They have the widest array of finishes and colors since it is an engineered stone. Quartz’s finish options include polished, honed, rough, suede, concrete, and volcano.
Since quartz countertops are a man-made product they are not only durable but sealed from any bacteria. This is a nice advantage over natural stones as those need to be sealed to prevent staining and bacteria from seeping down into your countertops.
While quartz countertops are durable and low maintenance, they are not entirely heat-resistant. If you overexpose quartz countertops to heat they will melt and leave a burn mark on your countertop. This is the only area where quartz does not surpass other options. Its durability, beauty, and affordable price point all lend itself to being the perfect option for many homeowners.
Which Should You Choose?
When choosing your countertops, you want to make a decision that will make you happy and add the most value to your home. The choice you make will depend on what you prioritize whether it be uniformity, organic movement, maintenance, affordability, or durability. While you have to make the final call, hopefully we will be able to help you make the final decision.
If you prioritize variability in colors, durability, and low maintenance, granite countertops are perfect for you.
If you prioritize timeless beauty, organic movement and heat resistance than marble is a great choice for you. As long as you don’t mind the added maintenance, marble is a excellent choice for homeowners who love to bake.
If you prioritize customization, low maintenance, uniformity and unsurpassed durability, quartz will be a great fit for you. Just be sure to be careful to avoid burning the surface.
Regardless of whichever material you choose for your countertops, we have everything you need with hundreds of slabs to choose from. When you’re ready to design the kitchen of your dreams, contact us for a free in-home estimate!
5 Reasons To Design Kitchens With Shaker Cabinets
Filed Under: Cabinets By: Cabinet Connect on April 13, 2023
Shaker cabinets are one of the best choices for timeless kitchen design. These cabinets are a versatile design choice, working well for transitional, contemporary, modern, or traditional designs. Shaker style emphasizes simplicity and functionality.
1. Timeless Style
Shaker cabinets create a modern, clean, inviting style. These cabinets will not go out of style. Shaker cabinets have been popular since the mid 18th century when the Protestant sect named Shakers created them. The understated elegance and versatility can explain their ongoing popularity.
2. Classic White Shaker
White kitchens continue to be popular with homeowners. Shaker cabinets are a popular choice for all kitchen styles. The clean lines and sleek design make these cabinets an excellent choice for contemporary and modern design. Stainless steel appliances and modern decorative accents complement white Shaker cabinets well. However, they can just as easily be used with a traditional classic kitchen style. Adding the right countertops and hardware can definitely give Shaker cabinets a more traditional feel.
3. Shaker Cabinets Pair Well with Statement Countertops
The sleek design of shaker cabinets complement a more engaging statement piece for your countertop. The key is to find the right balance between the two design elements. You do not want your cabinets and countertops to be competing for visual interest. Open shelving is also an excellent design element to pair with Shaker cabinets.
4. Easy to Clean
Cabinets with embellished detail are beautiful, however they can be a cleaning nightmare. The simplistic design of Shaker cabinets mean they attract less dust and grime, making them easier to clean. To clean your Shaker cabinets use a mild cleaner and a damp cloth to wipe down.
5. Simple, Calming Design
Shaker cabinets are built with a flat center panel with square edges and minimal detailing. This is a practical design with clean symmetry. This type of design creates a visual calming effect. If you are looking to create a low-stress environment, Shaker cabinets are a great choice.
Does A Kitchen Renovation Increase Your Home Value?
Filed Under: Cabinets By: Cabinet Connect on March 30, 2023
The kitchen is the center of your home, where families gather for meals and celebrations and memories are made. The kitchen is the focal point of your home and updating this space can make the most impact. You can add your personal style with a beautiful kitchen renovation while also adding value to your home. Remodeling projects that offer modern upgrades typically result in a higher resale value. What features add the most value in a kitchen remodel?
Kitchen cabinets are one of the most versatile and customizable feature in a remodel. There are many designs and colors you can choose to add your personal style. Blues and greens are becoming a very popular choice to add some interest to your space. New cabinets also add improved functionally and storage with many organizational options now available, such as pull out drawer for trash cans, pull down rack for spices, pull up stand for mixer, and many other options. Adding new hardware is a great way to dress up your cabinets and create the finishing touch.
Door Styles - These are some of the most popular door styles. You may see variations on each of these styles.
These cabinets get their name because their center panel rests inside a center frame. These cabinets are typically called Shaker cabinets and are probably the most popular with homeowners. The pared back design works well in modern and traditional design styles. Recessed panel cabinets are an affordable option in a kitchen remodel.
On this cabinet door, the center panel is raised instead of recessed. These type of cabinets are more frequently seen in a traditional kitchen. Raised Panel cabinets have a varying degree of detail depending on which one you choose. Raised Panel cabinets tend to cost more than recessed because of the increased amount of detail.
Slab/ Flat Panel
Slab Panel cabinet doors are a very modern choice. Their door panel is completely flat with a very simplistic design with no trim. Because of their design it makes them very affordable and easy to clean.
Open cabinet paneling exposes the interior cabinet shelving. Adding mullion glass doors is also an option. However, these can be used completely open. The open cabinet is a great choice if you have dishes, or glasses you would like to display. Pricing depends on choice of glass doors chosen.
Countertops are an important investment and one that makes a huge impact in the appearance of your kitchen and its resale value. New countertops give an instant “facelift” to your kitchen and will definitely attract buyers. Upgraded countertops can give your kitchen an upscale modern feel. There are a lot of kitchen countertop options on the market right now, but the most popular and profitable for resale are granite, quartz and marble.
Granite countertops have long been the most popular surface chosen by homeowners. It has been considered a luxury countertop option for decades. Granite is a favored choice because it is a natural stone that has many variations in colors and designs. There is nothing as stunning as a natural stone, and each granite slab is unique. There is a huge amount of granite slabs to choose from. Granite is beautiful, durable, and has an organic charm.
The popularity of quartz countertops have definitely been on the rise. Quartz is an engineered material that is made of crushed quartz mixed with resin. Because of this quartz countertops are non-porous and don't require a sealer, making them very low-maintenance. They will not harbor bacteria and are scratch and stain-resistant. As a man-made material, quartz countertops have a vast array of color, veining, and pattern options. One of the most popular quartz varieties you will see is white quartz created to look like marble. These quartz countertops look great in most design styles and will create a timeless appeal.
Marble countertops are one of the most luxurious updates you can add to a kitchen. It is definitely one of the most sophisticated, elegant, timeless materials you can choose. Marble is also a natural stone and is known for its rich color and deep veining. Nothing surpasses the natural beauty of marble. Marble countertops are often a great choice for a kitchen island. Marble countertops are softer than granite or quartz and will require a sealer. Marble naturally stays cool. They are a great choice for bakers.
No matter what material you choose, to add the most value to your home, find an experienced fabricator to cut, finish and install your new countertops. Countertops that are not properly installed are more likely to chip, crack, or stain. And as always, working with an experienced professional who can get the job done right will add the most value to your home! Remember, we offer free in home estimates for countertops and cabinets!
How To Match Your Backsplash And Countertop
Filed Under: Tile By: Cabinet Connect on April 13, 2023
When it comes to designing your dream kitchen, there are two major decisions you will have to make – the type of backsplash and countertop. In order for your kitchen to look clean and cohesive, you need to make sure your backsplash and countertop complement one another. This guide will go over everything you need to know about how to ensure your kitchen is arranged perfectly.
Where to Start…
Where do you start such a project with so many choices, styles and colors? Similar colors aren’t always the key to a perfect match. You must also consider the amount of movement and finish of your countertop to create a look you will love. We recommend that you create a vision board that incorporates the colors, materials and style you are envisioning. This will help you visualize your new space.
It is common practice to select your countertop first because it is a more significant investment than your backsplash. From a practical standpoint, your countertop is also installed first. Once it is installed, you can then take home sample backsplash tiles to see how they look with the rest of your design.
Color and Movement
The aesthetic of your countertop will play an important role in choosing your backsplash. Consider using a color wheel to decide which colors will complement your kitchen design. It is common practice to choose a backsplash that has a color matching the movement of your countertop or at the very least aligns with the color palette of your kitchen.
You also want to consider the amount of movement in your countertop. You don’t want your backsplash and countertop to compete with one another. For example, if you have a quartz countertop with uniform movement, you have the option of either choosing a minimalistic approach of a neutral backsplash or amp up your selection with a more intricate design.
Another popular option is to use the same material as your countertop for your backsplash. This creates a sleek, modern look that can also be a more cost-effective option if you have extra countertop material left over.
Maintenance Of Your Backsplash
Your backsplash serves two purposes both to amplify the look and feel of your kitchen and function as a barrier against grease and stains. This is important to keep in mind when choosing your materials.
Make sure whatever material you want can be cleaned easily. Larger tiles have less grout, which means fewer joints and easy maintenance. It is important to note that some backsplashes require more maintenance than others. For example, natural stone will need to be cleaned and sealed repeatedly.
In summary, think of your backsplash as an extension of your countertop. They should complement one another. If you have any questions please consult our team of experts or another design professional.
We have everything you need from cabinets and countertops to backsplashes. With over 15 years of experience, we’re ready to give you a free design consultation or free in home estimate!