Special Results With Both Stock & Custom Cabinets

Stock and custom cabinets can both be used to create specially fit spaces and furniture. For the bath, above, we used a local cabinetmaker because we wanted a special fit and a custom color. None of the sizes of any of the components — width, height or depth are standard stock sizes. While, with a semi-custom cabinet line, we could have specified non-stock sizes, we would have had more trouble specifying the niche in the tower cabinet facing the vanity. This niche allows the homeowner to stow out of sight many of the items that can clutter up a countertop. By using a local cabinetmaker, we were able to specify unusual sizes and configurations at a cost that was only slightly above what we would have paid for mid-range stock cabinets.
We faced a similar situation for the media room cabinets, above. While all components of the kitchenette cabinets could have come from a stock cabinet line, that’t not true of the entertainment cabinets that required specialized sizes, hinges, and ventilation.
Most commercial cabinet lines offer stock, semi-custom and fully-custom lines. With select door styles and finishes, you can order some components from each line and end up with a cost-effective, customized cabinet solution. We could have done that for the bath, above. I chose to use a local cabinet shop, though, because it can be a greener solution (less shipping) and because it helps the local economy. It turns out that another reason it was beneficial to the project is because our initial design — to have the towel bar attached to the underside of the countertop — pushed the towel bar farther back than the client preferred. So we were able to make a change to the order (adding the small apron piece onto which the towel bar is installed) without delaying the order.

Stock uppers, lowers, drawer unit, trim and wood furniture legs used for specialty cabinets.
I also often use stock cabinet components — finished or unfinished — to create specialized furniture.¬† That’s what I did in for the 2 end cabinets, above, and for the furniture, below. With a knowledge of typical stock components, trim, and accessories such as furniture legs, cabinet pulls, and hinges, it can be much less expensive to use a of-the-shelf components and a finish carpenter, than to buy highly customized furniture.

Stock wall cabinet¬† and stock furniture legs (cut down) used as base for client’s display case.

Unfinished cabinet boxes, unfinished drawers, stock furniture feet, custom stain.

Stock uppers and lowers with custom side panels used for hutch,
Images courtesy of Braitman Design/Build
Please help us get out the word