One of the most important choices when building a custom home is selecting the cabinetry. A home’s cabinets are the built-in furniture in the home, and the style, color and features of the cabinets can really set the tone for the entire home.

Like the lighting and flooring in a luxury home, the custom cabinets create the character of the home and truly make it different from the cookie-cutter house. Cabinetry defines the look of a room and often influences the feel of an entire home. There are several things to consider when making this selection:

Set the Budget:

Cabinets fall into three categories: stock, semi-custom, and custom. When building a custom home with Colby Construction, custom cabinets will likely be your selection, and a carpenter will be creating them to be exactly what you want. They will be crafted to the exact specs and can include many personalized features.

Select a Style:

The big decision will be choosing between framed and frameless. Framed cabinets consist of a box and face frame, to which doors and drawers are attached. Frameless cabinets, often referred to as European-style, eliminate the face frame; doors and drawers attach directly to the cabinet box. This will provide greater accessibility and a more contemporary look.

Frame Styles:

Frame styles can be further broken down: there is the inset cabinet, where small hinges are mounted right on the face frame (the visible frame around the cabinet opening) or just inside it. With this style, the hinges are often visible when the door is shut. The face of this drawer or door will be on the same plane as the cabinet box itself. Inset style offers less drawer and cabinet space.

Next there is a partial overlay. Partial overlay cabinet doors offer a modern upgrade from inset, partial overlay doors. The drawers are mounted over the face of the box, covering the opening completely and partially covering the finished face frame. This construction also makes it possible to install more functional hardware, though the face frame still reduces the amount of accessible space inside the cabinet. Partial overlay is the most traditional style and the easiest to construct. It is also the most affordable.

The third option is the full overlay or Euro-style cabinet doors. The most modern option is a full overlay, meaning that the door or drawer face completely overlays the box, completely covering the entire face of the box. There is no visible face frame with these cabinets when the doors are closed, which means hinges are utilized that allow the doors to open without hitting adjacent doors and drawers. The advantage of the overlay door is that there are very small gaps between doors and drawers, creating a consistent and continuous appearance.

Door Shapes and Inserts:

Cabinetry doors can dominate the look of an entire room. Consider which door shape, insert and finish suit your home when choosing your cabinetry. A square-style door shape works well in a modern or traditional-style kitchen. A rounded cathedral design or a soft arch at the top makes a cabinet door feel a little more traditional than a square design. This style works well in a cottage or country kitchen, and in kitchens with lots of detailed woodwork and molding.

Slab cabinet doors are made of a single piece of wood. They have no panel in the middle like the other styles. This kind can be used in traditional or contemporary kitchens, but is most often found in more modern homes. Door inserts also change the look of any shape of cabinetry by changing the panel insert. Raised panels, such as the cabinet doors in this kitchen, stand out from the door frame and offer a traditional look. Recessed panel inserts in a cabinet door offers a clean-line look, which also works well in contemporary kitchens. The style can further be changed by adding decorative molding to the cabinetry. Other inserts can include bead board and glass panels

The final decisions that truly create the look, of course, is the color and hardware. We will look at these endless features in an upcoming blog.

Check our Pinterest page to see many different cabinet options.

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