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S|365 Designer Lab – Materials & Finishes: Cabinetry

Amanda KratochvilKitchen and bath cabinetry if often one of the most impactful and complex elements of designing a new space.

This week, S|365 shares insights on cabinet design & installation considerations. We’re excited to feature our very own in-house residential designer Amanda Kratochvil.


Think about layout, function & needs.

Are you changing a layout and why?

What are your specific goals?

What are your storage and organizational needs?

Space plan, space plan, space plan!

Choose appliances and fixtures in advance.

Review storage & organization options available. Think Lazy Susan, rollout shelves, built-in trash/recycling station, spice drawer, appliance garage, and more.

Account for all needs before ordering = no costly change orders, no delays, no regrets.

Determine if standard or custom cabinetry is best for your project.

Standard = available immediately in fixed sizes, but skimp on quality.

Semi-Custom or Custom = 6-8 week lead time, customized sizes, and built to last.

Kitchen islandCabinets add up fast. Leverage options to control cost & quality.

Invest in plywood cabinet box construction for durability.

Raised panel doors, beaded detail & mitered corners add expense.

Choose stain over painted or glazed finishes to save even further.

Less material = less cost.

Don’t forget the hardware.

Self-closing hinges reduce friction, prevent cracks or dings & prolongs life of cabinet.

Full extension drawer slides allow drawer to clear the cabinet, enabling full use & access to interior space.

Knobs or pulls? Your choice! Knobs offer subtly to a design, while pulls provide ease of use and wide selection.

Cabinetry can be one of the most complex and costly elements of renovation and construction.  With good design and planning, you can be assured lasting results & value.

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Special thank you to our guest contributor, Amanda Kratochvil!