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Help Selecting Kitchen Cabinetry



Selecting kitchen cabinets is one of the most important decisions to make when planning a kitchen renovation. We find that there are four factors that homeowners, Remodelers& Builders need to consider when selecting kitchen cabinets:

Form (look)


Cabinets are usually the largest expense in a kitchen renovation, representing approximately 50% of the cost of a kitchen remodeling, according to industry surveys. Cabinet budgets are affected by a number of factors. The type of drawers, finishes, and options selected will affect costs. We work with every client to help assure that the budget is sufficient to minimize surprises and to help achieve their goals.

Factors Affecting Cabinet Quality:

There are three types of cabinets offered from a kitchen and bath showroom:

Stock (good)
Semi-Custom (better)
Custom (best)

Stock cabinets are pre-manufactured in set sizes, usually in 3-inch increments. Stock cabinets do not have many custom features or options and come in a limited range of styles.

Semi-custom cabinets also are pre-manufactured but generally offer more sizes and options than stock counterparts.

Custom cabinets are built to order without restriction on size, features, finishes or materials.

Another factor influencing quality and price are the materials used to manufacturer kitchen cabinets. These include particle board, medium density fiberboard (MDF), plywood, solid wood and laminate/melamine which is laid over a substrate. Particle board is the lowest quality material, and we do not often recommend it because particle board is not moisture resistant.

Additionally, quality is influenced by the type of construction techniques used to manufacture the cabinet and the durability of the finish which we explain the differences during the selection process.


A well-designed kitchen is an organized kitchen. A great first step to create an organized kitchen is to write down everything you like and don’t like about your existing kitchen. Most semi-custom and all custom lines provide an array of storage and organizational options for most commonly used kitchen items from food to cutlery.


There are two types of cabinets: framed and frameless. Framed cabinets have a wood frame that outlines the front of the cabinet box. Hinges and door runners attach to the frame.

Frameless cabinets don’t have a frame. Hinges and door runners attach to the inside walls of the cabinet box. There are benefits to both cabinet types. Frameless cabinets provide more storage area and generally are associated with modern design motifs. Framed cabinets are typically associated with more traditional or transitional designs.

If you would like additional guidance on the factors that influence a kitchen cabinet’s style, cost, durability, and functionality, please give us a call at 630-214-9775 or visit our showroom at 2422 West Main St. St. Charles, IL.

Kitchen and Bath Industry Show 2017

We are attending The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show and The International Builders Show in Orlando this week. We have found new products from almost every vendor but here are a few new plumbing products from our preferred vendor Danze. Black finishes are becoming increasing popular and the first photo is the Mid-Town Lav faucet in the black finish followed by polished nickel finish. Also pictured are two new Kitchen faucet series The Foodie and Selene, then the redesigned Opulence.











Our Process Steps Involved in a Kitchen Renovation

        To help you better prepare to renovate your kitchen, reduce your anxiety and familiarize yourself with the remodel process, our showroom typically uses a five-step approach to a kitchen renovation. Step 1 is the initial meeting in our showroom. We want to get to know you, what you like (and what you dislike about your present kitchen),…

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Making the Most of Your Kitchen or Bath Investment

Making the Most of Your Kitchen or Bath Investment


Our Transitional Display

Our Transitional Display



A kitchen or Bath remodel is a big deal – it is a significant financial investment and also requires a lot of time and energy. We work very hard to give our clients a continuous return on their investment and recommend capitalizing on the following trends to build value that will stand the test of time.

  • White is it. White kitchens could not be hotter right now. Two thirds of National Kitchen and Bath Association members report that white is their number one choice for cabinets. That’s an increase of 20% from two years ago.
  • Stainless steel is everywhere.  While you can’t go wrong with Stainless appliances, manufacturers are producing black stainless and white glass like appliance panels.
  • Once granite counter tops were considered a luxury, now they are commonplace, and we’re seeing counter tops in a variety of other materials that include quartz, soapstone, concrete and glass.
  • There’s a revolution going on in lighting. The price of LED lamps continues to fall, providing a perfect combination of form and function.
  • Hands free faucets continue to capture client attention. Imagine how great it could be when you hands have been kneading dough and your faucet automatically turns on without have to dirty the handle?
  • Transitional designs continue to dominate. This marriage of traditional and contemporary furniture, finishes, materials and fabrics results in a classic and timeless look.

Kitchen and Bath Industry Show

We go to the annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS)  to keep our fingers on the pulse of what’s happening in our industry and to help assure that we can present to our clients the latest and greatest products and solutions for their kitchen and bath projects. There are more than 600 head-turning exhibits of everything you could possibly imagine for your kitchen or bath. Here’s what we saw trending at this year’s KBIS.

Cleanliness:  A number of manufacturers are producing products that help keep your kitchen in pristine condition. Antimicrobial paint by Sherwin Williams, hands-free faucets that help deter the transfer of germs while cooking and cleaning and self-cleaning showerheads prove you can have an immaculate kitchen and bath without compromising style or beauty.

Health and well being:  Many appliance manufacturers were showcasing steam ovens that make healthy cooking easy and quick.  We saw commercial water filtration systems now designed for the home to provide healthy water for cooking and for drinking and new kitchen faucets with built in filtration systems.

Smart design:  Manufacturers are producing products that eliminate clutter and are easier to use.  Hafele showcased a dog feed area with a toe-touch opening. Another really cool innovation was Masterbrand’s hidden knife block and storage cabinet.  These provide the clean countertop appearance that many of our clients crave. Appliances are becoming smarter too. Dacor offers ranges with a built in Android that allows you to program start times and automatically text family members when meals are ready.

Evolution of tile:  Artisan tile stood out with an almost unlimited array of colors and textures, including copper that changes as it ages.

Concrete comes of age:  Concrete is being used in new and innovative ways in both raw and unfinished forms as backsplash, countertops, wall tile and even concrete tubs.

Finishes:  Matte black and black stainless inspired by matte black car finishes are hot trends. Matte, champagne gold and pewter in a new and modern approach were top faucet finish trends.

We would love to talk to you about other trends from KBIS and how you can take advantage of them for your next project. Stop in or give us a call 630-214-9775

Kitchen and Bath Design Store

1950 West Main St.

St. Charles, IL 60174

K cup Storage

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New Hardware and Finishes

New Hardware and Finishes

Dacor 36" Discovery dual fuel range.

Dacor 36″ Discovery dual fuel range.