What do you need in a cabinetmaker? It depends on many factors, such as where you live, your style, your budget and any unusual aspects of your home or kitchen.
For starters, will your cabinetmaker also install your cabinets? If so, make sure they are properly certified, licensed and insured in your state. Ask for copies of their insurance and any certification/license numbers — this is often your best and only form of protection against fraud and subpar craftsmanship.
Check reviews, and know that a professional who’s affiliated with a brick-and-mortar establishment may give you more peace of mind than a random individual you find on Craigslist. However, knowing that they’re established and that others love their work isn’t enough. After all, you want a cabinetmaker who’s flexible and whose vision ideally meshes with yours.
Style for Style
Cabinetmakers like it when customers know exactly what they want, or provide photos of cabinets they like. A great cabinetmaker is more than happy to work with you and walk you through the process — but know that if you don’t have a clue, they’ll likely suggest the most popular options (which may or may not be what you’re looking for).
For example, right now white, Shaker-style cabinets that extend all the way to the ceiling are in demand.
When looking at cabinetmakers’ websites, take a look at their portfolios (a good cabinetmaker will always have one). Either look for a style that speaks to you or a portfolio that’s diverse. If 99 percent of the portfolio is of a style that’s just not you, that might be a sign that that cabinetmaker isn’t a good match.
Also, gauge their customer service skills early — how quickly do they reply to emails and phone calls?
Choosing Your Professional
A kitchen with custom cabinets instantly has a higher resale value compared to a kitchen with pre-fab cabinets. Custom cabinetry is specifically designed for your kitchen’s dimensions and style. The cabinetmaker has considered options for you, such as a built-in Lazy Susan for corner cabinets, special recycling bins, soft-close doors and more.
Plus, with custom kitchen cabinets, you can pick out the wood, stain/paint and hardware yourself.
Kitchen cabinets can take time to craft and install, which means you might be working with your cabinetmakers for several weeks. Beyond their professionalism, reputation and style, you want to make sure their personality gels with yours, too.
Get a head start on connecting with the best cabinetmakers in town by calling AWA Kitchen Cabinets today!