FAQs

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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FRAMED OR FRAMELESS?

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Framed cabinets are the more traditional cabinet construction type, with rails and stiles forming a "frame" at the front of the cabinet box. Frameless cabinets, sometimes called "full access" cabinets, do not have a face frame at the front of the cabinet box.

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WHAT ARE INSET CABINETS?

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Inset cabinets are a type of cabinet construction that fits the doors and drawers inside the face frame openings, giving full view to the frame with only minimal spacing/gaps between components.

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I’M CONFUSED WITH ALL THE DIFFERENT MATERIALS THAT CABINETS ARE MADE FROM. CAN YOU GIVE ME A BREAKDOWN ?

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Some cabinets utilize various wood materials to provide strength, durability and consistent quality. For example:

Particleboard – Board made from a mixture of real wood shavings and binding material such as resin, refined and bonded together, and then compressed with high heat and pressure.
Plywood – A panel made from an odd number of wood veneer layers that are bonded together with the grain of each layer running at right angles to the next.
MDF – Board formed by breaking down hardwood or softwood residuals into wood fibers. Heat and pressure are used to form a homogeneous board excellent for machining and painting.
Thermofoil – Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) foil pressed onto a medium density fiberboard (MDF) core using a heated, flexible membrane. Thermofoil cabinets are available in high-gloss finishes or high-gloss wood grain.
Eco Veneers – Eco cabinet veneers are thinly sliced sheets of solid wood that are applied to a furniture core panel, providing the warmth and beauty of real wood with more consistent grain and color characteristics.

This is just to name a the more popular ones on the market that you may have seen or read about.

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How do I clean my cabinets?

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A soft cotton cloth dampened with warm water is usually sufficient to clean your cabinets. If more thorough cleaning is required, please use a fresh solution of mild hand dish-washing liquid mixed with warm water. After cleaning, wipe all surfaces with a clean, damp cloth. Dry immediately using another soft, clean cloth.

AVOID THE FOLLOWING!

-Harsh detergents, strong soaps, abrasive cleaning products such as tub and sink cleansers, scouring powder, scouring pads, steel wool or self polishing waxes.
-Sponges or dish cloths. They may contain particles that could scratch your cabinets, or they may contain food and oil residue or remnants of harsh cleaning solutions.
-Solvent-based or petroleum-based products such as mineral spirits, nail-polish removers or paint thinners.
-Bleach or cleaning products that include bleach.
-Silicone-based cleaning, waxing, or polishing products.

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How should I prepare for my appointment?

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To make our meeting even more productive you can consider some of the following:

-What do you and your family like and dislike about your current kitchen. Bring a rough floor plan of your kitchen with you.
-What general styles you like;contemporary, traditional, transitional or eclectic.
-What designs have caught your attention-bring photos or magazine tear-outs of your favorites.
-When you want your new kitchen to be ready.
-A budget for your new furniture.
-Any questions you have about the designer’s work and about the remodeling process in general.

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Once a deposit is given what will happen next?

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-Visit your home to take measurements.
-Create design and draft perspectives, elevations, and a floor plan.
- Order products and materials.
-Coordinate work with construction, painting, and other contractors.
-Oversee the installation and placement of the cabinets and other design elements, if       indicated on contract that we are doing the installation.

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What are the finishes and will they be finished on site or in shop?

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Shop-finished cabinets are preferred. Having someone in your home to spray finishes with VOCs and chemicals is not recommended at all. A shop sprayed pre-catalyzed lacquer is the best finish.