Frequently Asked Questions
Q: "I’ve heard that there are Custom Cabinets and Semi-Custom Cabinets. What type of cabinets does Cabinet Resources make?"
A: Cabinet Resources is a Custom Cabinet maker.
"What are some of the differences between Semi-Custom and Custom Cabinets?"
A: Semi-Custom Cabinets are factory built in mass quantities by national manufacturers to standard stock sizes, typically in 3” increments in width and in two or three different heights. Fillers are used to make up for any leftover space.
Custom Cabinets are designed and built specifically for your project to an exact fit. The cabinets are designed for each space and hand built by local craftsmen.
A: Semi-Custom Cabinets most often utilize inferior materials such as melamine or particleboard for their case construction and veneered components for faces, ends, doors and drawers. In many instances, thinner ½” materials are used.
Custom Cabinets are all wood, constructed of furniture grade 3/4” plywood cases and solid lumber faces, ends, doors and drawer fronts.
A: Semi-Custom cabinets are mixed-and-matched from a catalog to make up the layout and design of your Kitchen, Baths, and Built-ins. If it’s not in the catalog, the design may not be achievable, or if the manufacturer does allow some customization, it will be costly.
With Custom Cabinets, virtually any layout and design can be accomplished. Incremental changes to width, height, and depth are part of the process since there are no stock sizes.
Q: "What is the difference between Framed and Frameless Cabinets?"
A: American cabinet manufacturers have traditionally built cabinets using “framed construction”. With framed construction, rails and stiles form a 1-1/2 to 2” inch “face frame" on the front of the cabinet case. Framed construction uses the terms “overlay” and “inset” to describe if the doors and drawer fronts will sit on top of the frame and cover the frame opening or sit inside the frame opening.
Frameless cabinet construction, also called Full Overlay is a European style construction method. With frameless construction, no face frames are used. The front edge of the cabinet case is taped with a wood veneer which the doors and drawer fronts fully cover. With frameless cabinets each cabinet opening is a separate box and the boxes are assembled next to each other creating very tight margins between the doors and drawer fronts for a very flat uniform look.
Q: "Why choose Custom Cabinets?"
A: When planning to build or remodel, cabinetry is a significant part of the investment as well as one of the most visible aspects of the finished project. Custom Cabinets utilize the finest materials and have unlimited design capability. In today’s world where the Kitchen is the main hub of the house, Custom Cabinets will not only increase the value of your home, but increase the years of enjoyment you’ll have from a space specifically designed to fit your lifestyle.
Q: "Do I need an Independent Designer to design my cabinets?"
A: Cabinet Resources has full in-house design capabilities with over 50 years of design experience within the team. For the past twenty-four years we have provided exceptional custom cabinetry for many of Atlanta’s finest builders, architects, designers, and homeowners.
However, we have worked with many Independent Designers and Architects and will be happy to work with any Designer you may be working with.
Q: "Why choose Cabinet Resources?"
A: Cabinet Resources’ professionalism and service is just as important as the products we design and craft. From initial consultation, conceptual design, final layout, manufacture, installation, and final punch, our team will be there with you through the process and to answer your questions. We will deliver beautiful cabinetry of the highest quality to make your house a custom designed living space you will be proud to call home.
Q: "Will my Cabinet Resources cabinets have soft-close drawers and doors?"
A: Cabinet Resources uses Blum full-extension, under-mount, soft-close drawer guides, and soft-close hinges. Blum products are widely considered to be the best in the industry.
Q: "Will my Cabinet Resources cabinets have Dovetail Drawer Boxes?"
A: Cabinet Resources offers two drawer box options:
1. 5/8” thick solid Maple dovetail boxes
2. 1/2” taped plywood boxes.
Q: "What is the difference between a factory finish, a shop finish, and a site finish, and what are the pros and cons?"
A: Factory finishes are typically applied with high speed automated spraying equipment. Many Semi-Custom manufacturers will use the term “Factory Finish” and “baked-on” as a selling point, but it’s mostly hype. It’s a way for them to push more product through at a lower cost. Additionally, Factory Finishes usually come with a fixed color palette.
A Shop Finish is just that, a finish applied to the cabinets in the shop vs. on the job site or in a big manufacturing site. The term Shop Finish is used with Custom Cabinets and is typically sprayed by hand vs. automated equipment. The selling point Custom Cabinet makers use for a shop finish is that it’s done in a more controlled environment and therefore implies that it is better than a site finish. If you’ve seen many of these shop finisher’s operations, controlled environment is not the first thing that comes to mind.
Site Finishes are also done on Custom Cabinets and sprayed by hand using the same process as a shop finish. With site finishes the cabinets are installed unfinished, and the nail holes and seams are puttied, caulked, and sanded before application of the finish. Many in the building industry believe that a site finish provides the most uniform and seamless end product. With advances in modern day finish technology, Site Finishes meet the same performance levels and industry standards as Factory and Shop Finishes. With Shop finishes and Site finishes, you can choose any color. While Cabinet Resources can have your cabinets Shop Finished, we believe Site Finishing to be the superior process.