Get the Custom Kitchen You’ve Always Wanted, Designed to Fit Your Home AND Your Budget
Distinctive Kitchen Cabinetry, Built by a Master Craftsman and Made to Fit You Perfectly
Should you get stock or semi custom cabinetry, or have custom kitchen cabinets made? How much will it cost?
Most importantly, which will give you the best results for your investment?
When I meet with homeowners who are weighing their options, I tell them truthfully that there’s no one right choice for everyone; it really depends on your needs. That said…
Here are 7 Reasons to Invest in Custom Kitchen Cabinets for Your Home:
- You Get a Kitchen Designed Just for You and Your Family’s Lifestyle.
- The kitchen is the heart of the home. When you spend so much time in one room, the smallest details make a huge difference because you use your kitchen every single day. With custom cabinetry, cooking and living in your kitchen will feel effortless, because it’s all been built around you. When you hire me, I’ll start by carefully listening to you and understanding your specific needs, your expectations, your concerns and your budget. Then we will custom tailor a solution for you.
- You Can Squeeze Every Last Inch of Storage Space Out of Your Kitchen.
- Stock and semi custom cabinet installers mix and match different size cabinets and then use filler panels to make up for extra space between the cabinet and the wall. That’s wasted space! With custom cabinets I can plan every inch of space in the room to make sure that you get all the storage and counter space you need.
If you have an older home with irregular walls, it can be very difficult to install stock cabinets. The cost of working around the irregularities can add up to more than you would spend with custom cabinetry designed to fit your kitchen perfectly.
Get All the Storage Space You Need
Narrow spaces can be turned into extra storage space for spices, utensils or anything else you need handy. Don’t waste potential storage space with filler panels!
- You Get the Highest Quality Cabinets, Built to Last for Generations.
- I use the best materials for your budget, and I never cut corners. It’s quality you can see and feel every time you open a cabinet or pull a drawer.
See the Difference in Quality!
Some companies skimp and use 1/2 inch plywood on the body of their cabinets. I use 3/4 inch plywood. It makes for better joinery and will last longer. Some cabinet manufacturers use hot glue and staples to join pieces together, but I screw each piece together for better durability.
A lot of store-bought cabinets are made using lesser quality wood for their face frames, doors, and for fronts. For cherry cabinets, they’ll take lower grades of cherry with defects and sap wood rather than heartwood, and they’ll stain the wood really dark to hide these defects. Or they’ll use poplar, the softest of the hardwoods, which is only slightly denser than pine and dents easily. I use only the best quality, hand selected hardwoods, sourced from M.L. Condon Co, a 100-year-old company right here in Dutchess County.
Even when they use clear finishes, many manufacturers won’t take the time to match the wood grains and tones. You wind up with a “butcher block” effect where nothing matches, and you can see where they joined narrower boards together to make wider ones. I take time to match grain patterns in wood tones, so all the wood looks like it came from one solid board.
Some manufacturers use the veneer tapes to cover raw plywood edges. These tapes always peel off; sometimes they start to peel as soon as they are applied. They also offer no strength to prevent the shelf from sagging under the weight of whatever you put on it. I prefer to use solid wood edging which won’t peel off and reinforces the shelves against sagging.
Most of the store-bought drawers I’ve seen are really sloppy with the fit and finish of their dovetail joints. I can see daylight through the joints and the joints are uneven. I purchase my drawer boxes from a local company that meets my high expectations for quality, with perfectly tight end even joints, so you can get the strongest, most durable drawers.
- You Can Have Any Style of Cabinet Door and Drawer-Front.
- You won’t be confined to what’s in stock or in a catalog. Because I handcraft your cabinets, I can accommodate any style of cabinet face.
When designing your kitchen, we’ll go over your ideas and any inspirational photographs you have. Once you choose a style, I’ll provide you with drawings of the design. To help you visualize it, I can even mock up the cabinet front so you can see it and hold it in your hands. When it’s all done, you’ll get exactly the look and feel you want for your home.
Whether Your Home is Modern, Eclectic or Cottage Chic…
…I Can Build a Kitchen to Suit Your Style.
- You Get an Unlimited Selection of Hardware to Choose From.
- When you buy ready-made cabinets, typically you can only choose from certain hardware styles that are meant to go with that style of cabinet. But when I custom build your cabinets, you have your choice of hardware. I like to use Blum and Accuride drawer slides because they make reliable products, but it really depends on the application. I take the time to explain to you the pros and cons of the different options, so you’ll be able to make an informed choice.
I can also show you unique options such as concealed undermount drawer slides, which hide the sliding drawer mechanism so that the finished piece looks less like a kitchen cabinet and more like custom furniture. It’s a small detail, but it feels luxurious.Choosing the Right Hardware
Make the most of your cabinet space with hardware that allows for clever storage solutions.
- You Get Personal Attention and Care From a Woodworking Expert Who is On Your Side.
- I’ll work with you every step of the way to help you decide things like layout, styles, what type of wood to use, and how to get the most out of your budget. Some builders are great craftsman but act like longshoremen — I know, I’ve been around builders since I was a teen. But I believe in treating others how you want to be treated. I always make it a point to be respectful, professional and courteous to my clients.
When you hire me to build your kitchen:
- You’ll never get the runaround. I return phone calls the same day that I received them.
- You’ll never have to worry about sketchy big-box store contractors with unknown credentials or laborers tramping through your home. I’m fully licensed and insured, and as owner of my company, I take great personal pride in giving you the best service.
- You’ll never have to worry about costly mistakes from one person measuring for your cabinets and another person doing the installation. I personally do every step of the process, for the highest quality control.
- You won’t be waiting around for a long distance truck to deliver your cabinets cross-country, only to find that they are damaged. You’ll never have to worry about getting an early delivery of cabinets you aren’t ready to install yet. You won’t have to worry about timing at all, since I oversee everything from start to finish.
There’s nothing worse than a dissatisfied customer. I work very hard to make my customers happy. Sometimes i’ll even turn jobs down when I know I’m not a good fit with a client.
- Your Kitchen Will Be Done On-Time, and On Budget.
- Each kitchen is custom and each customer has different needs, so the price will vary depending on several factors, including:
- The size of your kitchen
- What kind of when you want to use, and whether it’s paint-grade or stain-grade
- what design you want for the doors and drawer-fronts
- What type of hardware you want to use
I’ll lay out all of your options so you know what to expect and can make the best decision for your your needs. I often end up using a combination of materials to give the best overall finished product for your budget.
“Mike is really meticulous and his work is beautiful!”
“I wasn’t 100% sure what I wanted when we started. Some of the ideas that I had and shared with Mike were not doable, but he came up with some really good ideas about what products to use to get the room I wanted, within my budget.
We had to work with another contractor as well, so timing was important… but Mike got everything done on time and within budget.”
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