You have done the research and saved the pictures for your dream cabinets for the kitchen or bath, or perhaps a gorgeous built-in entertainment centre, home office or fireplace surround? Now what? We explore the benefits of using a custom cabinet maker.
Why should homeowners consider going the custom route rather than buy off-the-shelf stock cabinets?
Custom cabinet makers allow a greater degree of flexibility in design. Non-standard sizing means that better utilisation of available space and a more realistic filler panel sizes. You also have access to a greater variety of material finishes and types.
Custom design also means that the kitchen designer can interpret your needs from a fresh perspective so that the finished space reflects your homes unique character.
Another plus is that Custom cabinet manufactures use superior materials and hardware and employ superior construction methods. You will pay a bit more, but they will stand up to wear and tear and a normally backed by better guarantees.
Anyone making cabinets in their garage can be considered a custom cabinetmaker. What’s more important is which factory you are purchasing from. The quality, stability, reputation and consistency of the factory are important for a homeowner to consider more than custom versus stock.
What can custom cabinetmakers do? Kitchen are not the only areas where their expertise comes into play.
Joos Joiners have worked on a variety of projects ranging from furniture-style bathroom vanities to swinging bookcases that conceal hidden rooms, arts and craft rooms, master closet organisation and storage, custom-tailored wine cellars, entertainment and wall units, fireplace surrounds, wall paneling , laundry rooms, bookcases, and dining tables and sideboards.
Custom Cabinet Makers use technologies (design rendering etc.) that can help clients visualise the result? Something clients wouldn’t get with ready made?
There are several types of design and manufacturing software which are used for giving clients detailed floor-plan and elevation views of their project. This software also enables manufacturers to create photorealistic renderings for our clients.
Joos Joiners use software from the 2020 suite that best meet our requirements.
What should potential clients know before hiring a custom cabinetmaker?
As when hiring any professional to work in your home, do your homework. When you meet with the owner or salesperson of the custom cabinet shop, try to get a feel for his or her passion about their craft and ability to provide you with what you are looking for. You’re paying for more than superior materials and hardware, but also for better service.
A visit to the showroom and manufacturing facility will also give a very good indication of the size of the company and the quality of their work. Joos Joiners has a well-appointed showroom facility which we encourage all our clients to visit.
How can homeowners know if a cabinetmaker is well qualified? What should we be looking for?
The homeowner can look at the years the company has been in business in the community; the more years in business, the more experience in the industry. Joos Joiners have been in the business since 1971.
Also referrals, photos, scheduled site and/or shop visits, and accreditations and affiliations. Joos Joiners are members of the kitchen Specialist Association (KSA).