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Considering Quality Cabinets For Your Project

One of the major changes to today's kitchens is that the countertops are very different from years past. There was a time when countertops were relatively inexpensive and replaced when needed. Formica or tile countertops were very common. Now that granite, marble and quartz countertops are the common choices a consumer would be wise to consider just how important a role quality cabinets play in protecting the overall project investment. It will likely be difficult to wear out that stone counter. It could last your entire lifetime and beyond. So it makes sense to glue that stone counter top onto quality cabinets that will extend the life of the countertop and the entire remodel for that matter. Whether you are building a brand new home or remodeling one, it makes sense to consider how many years might pass before you have to replace your new kitchen.

Dickinson Cabinetry offers several types of cabinet construction including:

Frameless or Euro Construction

This construction requires no face frame. This type of construction is very popular for two reasons. First, the presentation is found pleasing to the eye due to the fact that all of the doors and drawer fronts are spaced only 1/8 inch apart and cover nearly the entire face of the cabinet. Whether creating a modern or traditional kitchen this is the most popular choice. The second reason is the storage advantage. When the frame is not included it allows for larger drawers and shelving inside. Interior storage is maximized while the exterior is made beautiful. This style of construction requires either a handle (knob or pull) or a touch latch. There is such a tight gap between the cabinets you cannot fit your finger in to operate it with a finger groove. We at Dickinson Cabinetry are very proud of our frameless cabinet construction. We use ¾ inch plywood for the entire cabinet. Even the back is ¾ inch thick. Yes this is unusual. It is one of the reasons our cabinets are unusually strong.

Face Frame Construction

Many of us grew up with this style. It means a frame is fastened to the face of the cabinet and the doors and drawers overlap the openings of the frame. Many gaps between the doors reveal the frame behind them. There was a trend for many years to put finger grooves on the doors and no handles or knobs. The gaps between the doors gave us room to slide our fingers in and open the door.

Flush Inset Construction

A face frame is installed on the cabinet face. The doors rest on the same plane as the frame and fit inside the frame openings. This is a beautiful look but you do sacrifice a bit of storage capacity.

Beaded Flush Inset Construction

This face frame construction includes a beaded detail on the inside edge of the frame.

Door Style Construction

Cabinet doors are made in different ways that produce different results. Traditional cabinet doors consist of a frame (4 pieces) and a center panel for a total of 5 pieces. The frame and panels can each be made in different ways.

Cope & Stick Door Construction

Cope & Stick Door Construction

The seams on the door frame are vertical and you can see the joinery pattern on the top and bottom edges of the door.

Flat Doors

Flat Doors

Flat doors are typically veneer or laminate. These are for modern kitchens and are almost always done frameless in this era.

Mitered Door Construction

Mitered Door Construction

The door frames are connected at a 45 degree angle in each corner. It looks like a typical picture frame.

These links will help you explore door style possibilities. We are not limited by these choices. This is merely a sample of what is available. Glass doors of any type and style are available.