Category Archives: cabinetry

How to Choose the Right Cabinetry for Your Remodel

Through the 39 years that I have been in the Cabinetry business, I have heard many different opinions on how and what cabinets should be made out of. Cabinets like any products come in a variety of materials, mainly to accommodate different price levels for different buyers. I like to divide them into 3 levels; Stock, Semi-Custom and Custom. Stock cabinets were introduced in the 1960’s. They were designed for the price conscience consumer. Typically they are massed produced in a large factory in materials such as particle board and solid wood. The frames, doors and drawer fronts are made…

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Understanding the Kitchen Remodel Process, Part II

So, you have gone through the first stages of the kitchen remodeling process. It’s time to move on towards getting the final decisions and ordering going. Making sure that you decide on what is right for you is a very important step in the process. As I say in my book Dream First, the decisions that you make at this stage are so important to your happiness over the many years ahead living in your space. Too many people make bad decisions here because of costs so they end up going with less quality products and or options that they…

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Lake Retreat

When David and Cameron Marzelli decided to move back east from their home in San Francisco, tearing down their old cottage home on a popular lake in Lakeville became their inspiration for a serene way of life where they could entertain family and friends. They turned to John Scanlon of Scanlon Construction to help make their dream come true. The result is a very open but cozy space where they can entertain and also sit back in a comfy chair to take in the wild life and beautiful water that they call their back yard. Home plans were drawn up.  The…

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What does it take to design a kitchen?

I think I am going to need a book for this one! Here are a few things that are necessary: Budget An idea of the “look” you want What type of appliances Time frame Let’s take this one by one. First, the budget: for most people this is the scariest part of the process. Why? Many people feel if they let the designer know this figure they will spend all their money. Truth be told, that is a guideline for us. We need to know where to start. Let me give you an example. Let’s say you want a new…

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When You are Looking for Down Home Reality in your Kitchen

In today’s economy, more and more people are looking for the best deals that they can find to help stretch their money. Good deals are a good thing unless you sacrifice quality or sacrifice what you are truly looking for. It’s easy to compare prices on the same model car or TV.  When it comes to cabinetry and counters, there are way too many manufacturers and designers to pick from that vary tremendously. I recently had a client walk into our showroom looking for a quote for her kitchen. She was honest from the beginning and let me know that…

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Kitchen Cabinets: an aha moment

Ever wake up one day and say to yourself “you know this place really needs sprucing up.” Everyone has that wake up moment. I recently had that moment and I do this for a living! I am so consumed with helping clients with their needs that my own needs are put aside. That “aha” moment usually comes when you are about to give a party and things just look tired. Okay, what do you do now? Do you read all you can via the internet? Do you watch HGTV? Do you ask your friends what to do? Hmm, sounds like…

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Cabinets aren’t Only for the Kitchen

It has only been 20 years since cabinets were only used for the kitchen and baths. It was in the mid 1990’s that people started to use cabinetry for other parts of their home more often. Rooms like libraries, laundry, home offices and family rooms were either built in place by finish carpenters or people went to furniture stores to buy furniture that filled the needs of these other rooms. The problem many faced was furniture was very limited in styles, colors and sizes. Occasionally, people had us design hutches to match their kitchen cabinets. This way they had many…

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Cabinet Fever

I am writing this right after the storm Nemo dumped large amounts of snow on the New England states. Nemo was thirty five years (almost to the day) after the Blizzard of 1978! Oh how I remember that! I was a new kitchen and bath designer and I remember it took me well over three hours to get home. (The drive was normally thirty minutes.) The governor of Massachusetts called a state of emergency that lasted a week. That meant we all stayed home and bonded. Because we couldn’t drive, a lot of neighbors, family and friends gathered and cooked….

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CHOOSING YOUR CABINET HARDWARE

Believe it or not, this step of the kitchen remodel project can be a tad bit overwhelming. Based on the common questions I hear from my clients, I know you’re probably thinking a couple of things right now. “Do I have to use the ones that come with the cabinets?” or “What goes on the doors, handles or knobs?” or “How do I know which color to choose?” Before I answer, keep this in mind. Think of kitchen cabinet hardware as being the “Jewelry” of the kitchen. Jewelry is worn to complement and complete the outfit. Outfits and kitchens are…

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How do I Clean my Wood Cabinets?

I know its 2 months away, but spring is really “just around the corner”! We all know that along with the warmer temperatures comes “Spring Cleaning”. The kitchen is at the top of that list. Spring cleaning in the kitchen means opening the windows and releasing the winter air. The next step is the inside of the cabinetry. Start with the can and dry goods. Are they expired and ready for the trash? Or, are you ever going to use it? If you’re not going to use it, now would the best time to donate it to your local food…

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