cabinet design - the basics

In any renovation involving cabinetry, its design will likely dominate much of our discussions. With so many options available this is often the most creative part of the design process.

Here are some of the initial considerations for cabinet design:

Stock vs. Custom

This decision may be based upon price, by lifestyle or by the space itself, but is always heavily influenced by the needs of your kitchen.

Stock cabinets – Ready made and mass produced, they are sold in specific sizes, colors and materials. Often the quickest and most cost-effective way to redesign your space.

Semi-custom – While also readymade, allows a level of customization. The options, sizes and finishes are considerably greater than stock cabinetry but without the price point of custom cabinets.

Custom – built entirely to meet your needs and designed to your own specifications.  This is a more costly and time consuming option, however, it is one that affords the ability to create a completely unique design and provides the highest quality of construction.

Regardless of either choice, you can take comfort in knowing we will find the best option to meet your needs.


Face-Frame Cabinets are the more traditional construction type consisting of vertical ‘stiles’ and horizontal ‘rails’ that cover the cabinet box and remain visible behind the edges of the doors.

Frameless (Euro Style) Cabinets are constructed without the stiles and rails. They are becoming increasingly popular due to their more modern, seamless look.

A wide variety of doors exist for each choice and the feel of your kitchen is going to be more affected by the look of the door than by the choice of its construction, however it is an important first decision.

Door Style

Door style is arguably the main influence in the design and appearance of your cabinetry.  Fundamental to door style is whether you have chosen custom, semi or stock cabinets.  

With custom cabinets, of the wide array of choices available, you can consider each.  Semi custom and the choices become more limited but still abundant.  With stock cabinets, the choices significantly narrow and are influenced more by price point than anything else.

Flat panel is extremely popular right now, especially when combined with Euro Style cabinets.  Both Raised and Recessed doors remain a firm favourite due to the variations and design freedom it offers, so there is no scarcity of choice with either.  

Many options exist and there is virtually no end to the possible design combinations.  As such, something will be found to suit your style.


Whatever your preference, whatever style you decide, there are materials available to best realize your design.

Wood remains as popular choice as ever, simply due to its versatility and abundance of types. Thermofoil and laminate also come in an extensive variety and offer a huge selection of shape and style, especially when designing a space of non-standard size.

Like every choice, we will help you choose the colour and finish that best reflects your personal style and compliments the other colors and materials in the room such as the floors and countertops.


Similar to the choice of material, the finish of the cabinets is an opportunity to either make an impact or to blend them in with the room.  This is also the chance to mix design styles, for example, modern cabinets with a professionally glazed and distressed finish can create an intentionally aged effect.


Hardware provides the finishing touch. This is your opportunity to really personalize the space. You can be trendy and creative, really express yourself, or chose options that align with the overall style and add that touch of class.

Take the chance and be extravagant, but remember, all hardware has a practical use and these are the elements that will be handled and bare the opening and closing forces day in day out. Soft close hinges have become a staple, or for those with young families, safety latches can be built in so to not spoil the overall use and aesthetic of the final design.


Lack of storage options is a frequent complaint and often something that takes a backseat to design, however, we make sure practicality is not lost and will present options to help you use your space to its full potential.

To organize a kitchen we consider everything including dividers, racks and pull out storage options that can help even the most disorganized of spaces.

If storage options are an issue, more drawers and better designed cabinets can be considered. Today, the choices available are ever changing and our goal is to provide style and function and present options which will suit your needs.

In all cases we map out where everything will go in your finished kitchen so that we can ensure you’ve got enough storage and that it caters for your exact needs.

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