The Most Timeless Kitchen Cabinet Styles

If you’re renovating part or all of your kitchen, the choice of cabinet style will be a big consideration since they take up such a large amount of the visual real estate in your kitchen. If you’re going to the trouble of remodeling this room, you may as well use design elements that will stand the test of time. If you plan to sell your house someday, overly ornate or personalized cabinetry that you love may repulse prospective buyers. The following are some time-tested cabinet types that will still give you plenty of choice in crafting a kitchen you’ll love walking into every day.

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Shaker Cabinets

The door of this popular cabinet style consists of a vertical piece on either side and a horizontal piece on the top and on the bottom with a larger recessed panel in the middle. This style blends easily with other kitchen design elements such as various types of countertops, and it can even mix well with other cabinet types such as those with a flat front or glass front. Their relative popularity means they are commonly available, which also means that you should be able to get some for a good price.

Beadboard Cabinets

In appearance, beadboard resembles a series of vertical boards fitted together. In reality, however, the material for these types of cabinets is usually made as a single piece with vertical grooves throughout to make it look like separate pieces of wood fitted together. This style is definitely more detailed and textured than most other basic cabinet types and may not be for someone who’s shooting for a minimalist look for their kitchen. With all the grooves, they can also make cleaning a bit more of a challenge.

Plywood Cabinets

Plywood is a fairly common construction material if you’re going for a basic and natural look to your cabinetry that is warm and inviting. Its greatest benefit over lumber is that plywood will not shrink and expand with temperature and moisture changes, which are rampant in any kitchen. This means they won’t be prone to warping over the long haul. You can use a clear finish to preserve the visual appeal of its grain, or you can paint it any color you like.

Flat-Front Cabinets

As the name implies, this cabinetry style is about as minimalist as you can get with no framing or other panels to it. It can work well in a variety of kitchens including contemporary and modern, and as you can imagine, its completely flat surface makes cleaning a breeze.

Unfinished Wood Cabinets

This may not be the best choice for longevity since moisture can warp the wood over time, but it’s hard to beat this choice when going for a completely natural look to your cabinetry. This is also one of the cheapest options available for your kitchen cabinets.

Glass-Front Cabinets

The literal transparency of this style choice immediately makes it stick out from all the other options above. It could be considered impractical in the sense that glass can break more easily, yet it’s also very practical in that it lets you see what’s in the cabinet before you’ve even opened it. Given the potential breaking problem, you won’t want to use glass cabinets below countertop height. As an added benefit, they mix well with a shaker or flat-front cabinets that you can use in those lower areas where an inadvertent knee movement might take out a glass cabinet.

Read what HGTV has to say about kitchen cabinet styles

Custom Cabinetry for Your Home

If you live in the foothills of North Carolina, then Walker Woodworking is your one-stop-shop for all your custom cabinet and woodworking needs. Located 45 miles west of Charlotte, we’ve been producing locally-manufactured cabinetry since 1999. We can provide beautiful, custom storage solutions for any room in your home. If you’re looking for distinctive cabinets for your kitchen, then most of what’s available off-the-shelf at retail stores will not do. Contact us and we’ll find out how we can make your kitchen stick out from the ordinary at a price you can afford.

My Favorite Paint Colors for Kitchen Cabinetry

Our team of designers and craftsmen at Walker Woodworking have been creating beautiful custom cabinetry and accessories in the foothills of North Carolina since 1999. While the actual designing and craftsmanship part of creating cabinets rightfully takes most of our time when starting a project, we realize that the color of the final product will also be important to you.

Perhaps more than any other criteria, the finish and color of your custom cabinets will help determine how well they mesh with the rest of the décor and items in your kitchen especially major elements such as countertops, appliances and flooring. The following are three general color schemes that many homeowners doing a kitchen remodel choose among when trying to select just the right look for their cabinets.

Neutral Paint Colors

These are time-honored and safe colors to go with as far as not offending anyone else’s style sensibilities should it ever become time to sell the home. This includes colors such as cream, tan, light gray, dark gray and beige. They will blend in with most appliance finishes and countertop surfaces. In short, they are a versatile choice that will never go out of style, which is why so many people go with neutral colors.

Tuxedo Coloring

The fact that so many people do go with neutral colors might make them a less than ideal choice if you’re trying to make your kitchen stand out from the pack. If you find neutral…well…boring, then you might want to spice things up with this stylish two-tone color option.

Unlike an actual tuxedo, this kitchen cabinet coloring choice can be more than just white and black although that certainly would be the highest contrast option you could go with. You also have some choices about where to make the color contrast. A common approach would be to make the upper cabinetry one color and then lower cabinets either a completely different color for a high-contrast look or a different shade of the same color. You can also put different colors between rows of cabinets at the same level against different walls in your kitchen. One color for wall cabinets and another for those in an island in the center is yet another idea.

Bold Colors

Using bold colors is the ultimate personal statement in your cabinetry color. You may have a particular color or mix of colors you adore but you’re not sure if others would. If you know you’re planning to stay in the home a good long time, then you may want to throw caution to the wind, and go for a color choice that makes you happy. Remember that bold does not, and probably should not, have to mean bright or gaudy. Bold colors can be done quite tastefully, so you can reduce any potential downside if you do end up selling someday while still having a cabinetry color choice you really want.

Here for Your Cabinet Design and Finish Needs

The above color options are some of the more popular ones. This is, of course, in addition to the very widespread alternative of going with a wood finish. Whatever specific look you’re going for with your kitchen cabinetry, our designers and artisans at Walker Woodworking can turn it into a reality. Read what Benjamin Moore has to say about adding a splash of color the heart of your home.

With our showroom located in Shelby, North Carolina, we’ve been designing and installing cabinets that have helped homeowners have the kitchen of their dreams for two decades. For any of your custom or semi-custom cabinet and accessory needs, please contact us, so we can show you what we can do to transform your kitchen or another room in your home with our fine woodworking.

Located 45 miles west of Charlotte, Walker Woodworking is your one-stop-shop for all of your custom and woodworking needs. Nestled in the foothills of North Carolina, we’ve been producing locally-manufactured cabinetry since 1999. We can provide beautiful, custom storage solutions for any room in your home. If you’re looking for distinctive cabinets for your kitchen, then most of what’s available off-the-shelf at retail stores will not do. Contact us and we’ll find out how we can make your kitchen stick out from the ordinary at a price you can afford.

How to Choose the Right Kitchen Cabinet Materials for Your Project

There are many elements that have to come together in a successful kitchen remodel to transform this room into the one envisioned by the homeowner. One of these is certainly the cabinetry. They take up a large portion of the space in a kitchen and typically a hefty chunk of the budget as well.

At Walker Woodworking, our custom cabinetry craftsmen know that one of the most basic decisions about your kitchen cabinets is the material from which they are constructed. You certainly have a number of popular choices when it comes to this decision.

Your Cabinet Material

As appealing as solid wood may sound for some applications, it’s not a favorite when it comes to kitchen cabinets. There can be quite a bit of moisture in this room over time with steam rising from cooking pots and from hot water at the sink, and everyone knows that solid wood can contract and expand in reaction to moisture and temperature. The most popular choices in material for this part of your kitchen are medium density fiberboard (MDF), plywood, particleboard with melamine and possibly stainless steel.

  • Medium Density Fiberboard MDF is appreciated by homeowners because of how well it stands up to cracking and peeling. It’s also smoother than plywood and is easy to cover with a coat of any color paint you’d like for your cabinets to make them match the rest of your kitchen décor.
  • Plywood This is a popular material for manufacturers of cabinetry given its relatively low cost as well as its stability and resistance to moisture. When used in cabinets, the outer layer of particleboard will typically be covered in wood veneer or plastic laminate to provide superior durability and protection.
  • Particleboard This material will not generally be used in high-end kitchen remodeling projects. It basically consists of wood chips that have been glued together and fused into flat panels. It has the least structural strength of all the options.
  • Stainless Steel While appliances made of this material are frequently all the rage, using it for cabinetry is definitely an area of personal taste. Many people consider that there’s nothing quite like wood or at least wood-derived products like some mentioned above when it comes to a warm, natural-looking kitchen.

Choosing the Right Material for Your Kitchen

Several factors may go into your final choice of material for your kitchen cabinets. You want them to blend in well with other design elements you already have and budget will certainly be a concern for some. You might even end up with a different material for the doors as compared to the cabinet box. The doors are, after all, the most visible and style-setting part. If you’re looking for a natural wood look, you may not want to choose MDF since it can’t be stained. Solid wood might work well for doors that need to have a natural look to match the rest of your kitchen. See what Bob Vila has to say about kitchen cabinet materials.

Custom Cabinetry in the Foothills of North Carolina

If you’re looking for kitchen cabinetry that stands out from the crowd, our artisans at Walker Woodworking have been crafting custom creations since 1999. We can help guide you with regard to design, materials, and layout of the cabinetry in your kitchen remodel. If you need a custom fit for unique spaces or a one-of-a-kind look for refined interiors, we’ve got you covered. Whatever your custom cabinetry needs, please view the before and after gallery on our website to show you what we can accomplish for you, and then give us a call to see how we can help you realize your kitchen cabinetry goals with the material and design of your choice.

Cabinet Refacing: Should I or Shouldn’t I?

If your cabinets are looking worn or faded, they can bring down the appearance of your entire kitchen. It’s possible that there may be problems with other parts of your kitchen as well such as worn flooring, insufficient counter space or damaged light fixtures. In this case, a kitchen remodel might be a good idea. Our team at Walker Woodworking wants you to know that if it’s just your cabinetry that’s holding back the rest of the room, then refacing them might be a better option.

How Refacing Works

In the event you’ve never had cabinets refaced before, you may want to know what’s involved. Basically, the box and frame of your existing cabinetry are kept and the cabinet doors and the fronts of any drawers are replaced. In other words, it’s just like it sounds. You’re changing the outer appearance or “face” of your cabinetry but without physically removing the existing cabinets.

Enhancing the Cabinet Box

Just because you’re keeping the box of your cabinets doesn’t mean they can’t be spruced up as well. You can opt for painting them, or when a wood finish appearance is desired, you can apply a veneer.

When you decide to handle a cabinetry refacing project yourself, you want to be careful when applying the veneer. You can use either factory-finished or unfinished veneers. While unfinished veneers can be touched up later with staining, factory-finished veneers are difficult to touch up later.

Replacing Cabinet Doors and Drawer Fronts

In the event you’re refacing standard, off-the-shelf cabinets, you should be able to find replacement doors and drawer fronts that will fit without a problem.

If you are replacing custom cabinets or you want a unique look to your new doors or drawer fronts, you may want to have custom ones manufactured that have the size, design, material or finish that you desire. At Walker Woodworking, we’ve been designing custom cabinetry since 1999 for our neighbors in North Carolina and would love to take a look at your replacement project to see if we can help create what you’re looking for.

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Hardware and Measurements

Don’t forget the necessary hardware you’ll need to go with your new cabinet doors and drawer fronts. You’ll want knobs and pulls that blend with the hinges, or if you find particularly nice new hardware, you may just want to get new hinges that match them.

Ensuring correct measurements for everything is critical when refacing your cabinets. No matter how nice a cabinet door looks in a showroom, it’s not going to matter if you get it home and it doesn’t fit.

Going It Alone or Hiring a Contractor

Even if you’re fairly adept at DIY projects, you will at least need to find someplace to buy ready-made cabinets doors and drawer fronts or a place to create custom doors and fronts. Located west of Charlotte in Cleveland County, our team at Walker Woodworking has been creating custom cabinetry and other fine furnishings for residents in the North Carolina foothills for a couple of decades. If you are doing a kitchen remodel and need custom cabinetry, please contact us and we’ll see how we can help your project turn out just as you’d like at a budget that you can appreciate. Read what HGTV has to say about cabinet refacing.

Disclaimer – while cabinet refacing is an option, Walker Woodworking can only provide you with doors and drawers or all new cabinetry. We do not offer complete cabinet refacing. A contractor should be able to provide this service for you.

Located 45 miles west of Charlotte, and only an hour from Asheville, we are your one-stop-shop for all of your custom cabinet needs. We can provide beautiful, custom storage solutions for any room in your home. If you’re looking for distinctive cabinets for your kitchen, then most of what’s available off-the-shelf at retail stores will not do. Contact us and we’ll find out how we can make your kitchen stick out from the ordinary at a price you can afford.

The Benefits of Custom Cabinetry

When doing a kitchen or bath remodel, one major decision you’ll have to make will be whether you plan to go with off-the-shelf cabinetry or custom cabinets or perhaps a combination of the two. While pre-made cabinets will cost less, they also offer less flexibility in terms of matching exactly what you want to achieve from your remodel. The following are a few benefits of custom-built cabinets and reasons why you may want to go this route for your remodeling project.

1) Superior Appearance

One major reason that you would remodel a room in the first place is to get it looking a certain way. This is much harder to accomplish with off-the-shelf cabinets from a store. Your kitchen and bath are unique in certain ways, and you want the cabinetry in these rooms to match and reflect this uniqueness. If you have a special trim or a certain type of countertops, custom-built cabinets can be made to visually complement the color and shape you want.

2) Fitting Unusual Spaces

You may find it hard to locate pre-made cabinets that perfectly fill the row of available space for cabinets in your kitchen. This is probably even more likely if your home is older than most. You may end up having to put awkward spacers between cabinets to have them fill the horizontal space over counters and appliances that’s made for fitting your cabinetry. Custom-built cabinets solve this problem perfectly since they can be made to whatever width that will assure a smooth, uninterrupted row of cabinets across the entire available space, which should have the effect of maximizing your kitchen’s storage area.

3) Adding Personal Flair to Your Kitchen or Bath

Chances are, you’re not going to the trouble and expense of replacing cabinetry or doing an extensive remodeling of your kitchen or bath in order to make it look like everyone else’s. Off-the-shelf cabinets, make it more difficult to truly add a personal touch to your home. Perhaps you’re a wine connoisseur and want a cabinet that incorporates a wine rack. The aspiring or accomplished chef in you may want one that incorporates a spice rack and perhaps a couple of others with glass doors that show off some particularly nice china you own. With custom cabinets, your options truly are limitless.

4) The Importance of Professional Craftsmanship

When you have custom cabinetry made, you want it to last as long as possible. Most people will only do a major remodel once or maybe twice in their life. You want the job done right, so you’re enjoying your custom cabinets every time you enter the room they’re in.

If you’re anywhere in the vicinity of Charlotte, North Carolina, you should become acquainted with the fine furniture and quality custom cabinetry of Walker Woodworking. Located in Shelby, North Carolina, west of Charlotte, they’ve been locally manufacturing their cabinetry since 1999. They employ 28 people from Cleveland County and the surrounding area, and their craftsmen, artisans and designer will help you realize your dreams when it comes to incorporating the ideal cabinetry in your kitchen, bath or other room.

Twin Chimney’s Farmhouse Renovation

Twin Chimney’s Farmhouse Renovation Project


If you love old homes as much as I do, you will surely love the story of the Twin Chimney Farms renovation project. Travis and I were honored that the homeowners, Jack and Carole Arey trusted us and Walker Woodworking to be a part of this 18-month long project. These final results of his circa 1817 farmhouse rehabilitation project are truly amazing!

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After Photo of Kitchen

Planning and Preparation

Projects like this one can be very challenging due to the time it takes to properly plan and execute the complicated details for a renovation of this magnitude. Like most homeowners, we want to wrap up projects as quickly as we can. However, we knew this assignment would take a lot of time because the details were complex and the rules were extremely strict for a historic home rehabilitation. Travis Walker, President of Walker Woodworking,  and Brandon Fitzmorris, lead designer for Greenbrook Design, teamed up with Tony Brooks, the general contractor with Beam Edwards and Brooks as well as the interior designer, Wendi Gragg to see this project through to the end. We hope you enjoy this story and appreciate the craftsmanship involved to preserve the home. To skip the story and view the gallery click this link.  

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Before photos of the kitchen.

If these walls could talk, what a deep history they would speak!

If the walls of this home could talk I believe they would tell you how grateful they have been for the care and maintenance of the family that has owned this home for many years. Let me introduce you to the current homeowner, she is the great-great-granddaughter of Joesph Suttle; Meet Mrs. Carole Arey and her family history related to this home. Here’s her story:

History of Twin Chimneys

Twin Chimney's, Joe Suttle House

Twin Chimney’s farm, named for the Twins Chimney’s on this side of the home. There are actually four Chimney’s total in the home.

“The Joseph Suttle house, locally known as Twin Chimneys was built around 1817 for Minor W. Smith. Smith was born in England in 1784. He immigrated to Wilmington, North Carolina and then to Shelby. Joseph Suttle and his wife bought the property in 1854. Joseph Suttle died in 1861 at the age of 34. His widow and heirs sold the property in 1883. The house saw a long series of owners both in and out of the family until purchased in 1943 by J. L. Suttle Jr., a great-grandson of Joseph Suttle, and his wife Sara McFarland Suttle. It was listed on the register of ‘Historical Places” in 1980. The house is one of the best known antebellum residences surviving in Cleveland County.  Included on this property is a cemetery which includes the graves of Minor Smith and his wife Jane, and of Joesph Suttle and also other decedents.

Today Twin Chimneys is owned by my husband and I William Jackson Arey and Carole Suttle Arey. Our Architect Jerry McGinnis, who we have worked with on previous projects, was invaluable throughout this farmhouse renovation & rehabilitation. ”

“We appreciate every single person who worked with us on this project, we couldn’t be more pleased with the end result. Everyone that had a part in this venture was extremely patient with us and we thank you! Really, there is nothing we would change if we had to do it all over again.” ~ Jack & Carole Arey

Early Photos from the Suttle Home

Building a foundation

The two-story framed house blends Federal and Greek Revival characteristics with a Victorian influence. It is very interesting to see construction methods from the early 1800’s. As seen from the pictures below, most likely this was a timber-framed construction method with mortise and tenon joints in the floor joist. During our preparation to saw the reclaimed wood floor for the cabinetry, we found hand cutnails. These cutnails had been used in the flooring to fasten the flooring to the joist. You can also see the early foundations were made using field rocks.

“The kitchen floor was our biggest challenge. We leveled and added extra supports blending today’s materials with those that were 200 years old. Matching materials was also a challenge. I had a strategy planned out to match the rock for the foundation and had made various visits to rock yards across western NC. Nothing seemed to click until the Owner took me to the edge of the pastures where we found rocks that had been cleared from fields long ago. We even found some with live moss that made it into the foundation.”~ Tony Brooks, GC Beam, Edwards, and Brooks

During tear out photos. The original foundation was reinforced during construction.

Using reclaimed heart pine

Working with reclaimed wood presents its own unique challenges. Questions arise such as, “Do we have enough material to complete the project? Will we be able to find a suitable match if we do not?” These are just a few issues we faced from a production perspective”. The Arey’s were former clients of Walker Woodworking, we have collaborated on several projects and we knew this would be a ‘labor of love” to accomplish. Nevertheless, Travis Walker, owner of Walker Woodworking, was eager to take on the project.

“We mostly work with brand new lumber that comes in clean and ready to use. The majority of my employees had never worked with old growth pine and had only heard of it. I had the pleasure of educating them on exactly what old growth was and what the term meant. Some were fascinated by it and just knowing the deep history of the home made it that much better. The easy part was the nails and bolts we had to remove. We scanned the wood with a metal detector. The hard part was the amount of pitch and resin in the wood. This was tough on the knives, blades, and sandpaper, and very hard on my machinery. The end results show what can be accomplished by a talented and dedicated team. ” ~ Travis Walker, Owner Walker Woodworking

Old flooring was used for the construction of the cabinetry, and hardwoods in the kitchen and bedroom addition.

“I had the pleasure of picking up some of the extra reclaimed pine we needed to complete the project.  Some of it was resawn beams that came out of the old Double Shoals Mill near Lawndale, NC. Some of those beams were over 20 inches wide and 20 feet long, which means that the trees had to be 200-300 years old at the time of harvest.  If the mill was built in the latter part of the 19th century, that means those trees were growing in the early 1600’s or perhaps even the late 1500’s, the same time period that the famous Lost Colony was founded in NC!  I would certainly guess that English settlers had not made it as far west into North Carolina as Cleveland County when many of these trees started growing.”  ~ Justin Webb, General Manager, Walker Woodworking

Kitchen and Bath Design Challenges

Working with a historic home created a few design challenges for our design team at Greenbrook Design (LINK). The fundamental part of the floor plan had to remain close to that of the original home. Although the home had been updated several times throughout the years, we felt that we were able to keep the design as close to the original floor plan as possible also allowing the homeowners to expand cabinetry storage and function for a full working kitchen for the 21st century.

“The opportunity to work in a historic home was a unique endeavor that gave us the opportunity to be creative in establishing a new functional space. The challenge was for us to stay true to the character of the home. A great deal of family history and emotion was embedded in the project that remained as the foundation of collaboration between the contractors, designers, and homeowner. This allowed a narrow and specific route to achieve an outstanding design and allowed my team to diversify our skills in cabinet design.”  ~ Brandon Fitzmorris, Lead Design at Greenbrook Design

Completed Kitchen Remodel (renovation photo credits: Electric Films)

Interior Design Challenges

Wendi Gragg was involved in many components of this project collaborating with our the team meeting the requirements of the historical rehabilitation. The home remains listed with the registry of Historical Homes in North Carolina.

“The original architecture of the home was a mix of Federal, Greek and Victorian styles with several renovations throughout the years. I wanted to make sure the interiors remained rooted in a serene country spirit and that it retains the provincial charm that was indicative of the time. It was great to work with a team that you trust and depend on to meet the highest level of craftsmanship.”  ~ Wendi Gragg, Interior Design

Original Fireplace, Farmhouse Sink, New addition Master Bathroom.

We have many more photos that we would love to share with you, follow this link to view the full gallery.

For more design details about this project, you will find more detailed information in this link.

For more information about the home, here are available resources:  National Registry Listing

Are you ready to start your remodel project? Give us a call today and we will get the process started. Our process incorporates the time each project takes, a full design package, attention to detail and a partnership with you to ensure every job is even better than what you expected.  Contact Us

National Register of Historic Places, Joseph Suttle House

Wash, Sort, and Stack Our Best Laundry Rooms

Wash, sort, and stack: The inner workings of our best laundry rooms

Who loves to do laundry? Most people’s response to that question would be…..not me! However, the task of washing and drying is a never-ending, necessary chore to keep a home running smoothly. I can attest to this as a mother of two small children; it never ends. Since it does have to be completed so often, why not make your laundry room as cheerful and welcoming as possible? We chose a few of our favorite laundry areas to showcase and give you some ideas on how to make the task of laundry more enjoyable.

The key to maximizing functionality

Organization is key to making any room function well. This is exceptionally true in an efficient and productive space, and most certainly if you plan to perform more than one task there. We have designed many laundry rooms that double as mudrooms, closets, and wrapping stations (to name a few). If you’ll be performing different tasks, then varying work zones will need to be planned accordingly. Such is so in this quaint laundry room where we utilized even the smallest space making it a functional and beautiful wrapping zone. The stained, warm cabinets blend elegantly with the lighter wood floor and other painted cabinets. Behind the short swinging door sits the mudroom bench, which serves as a place to remove shoes and coats. Everything has its place here, which means it will all function well for the homeowner and family.

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Laundry room with gift wrap station.

 

Color is the new black

Maybe you wish to be daring and use a fun paint color? What better place to try it than in the laundry room. Gleeful colors can bring whimsy into the most mundane rooms. The cheerful shade used here is Spruce tint and it will make you feel anything but blue.

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Spruce tint – blue

Yellow isn’t your normal cabinet tone, however, these Elk Tan painted cabinets with a chocolate glaze brings a trace of character to this laundry room, which also features a standout sink.

Elk Tan with Chocolate Glaze

Another unique color is Rialto, which we show here in this classic lake house. This darker shade of blue with a thin chocolate glaze brings a soothing sophistication to the laundry area of this lake home. With so many appliance options to choose from, it is also easy to add a pop of color with your laundry apparatus.

Rialto blue cabinets with thin Chocolate Glaze.

 What works best for you?

Everyone has a different way of completing their household tasks. When planning your laundry room you need to consider what works best for you, and of course, the kiddos helping out. For example, my mother irons everything she needs to on one certain day of the week, whereas I do not even own an iron. If you do iron, we can build a custom door for your wall inserted ironing board, as you will see in some of our photos.

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Hidden ironing board built into wall.

 

In addition, many of our clients utilize multiple hampers for sorting out colors, whites, and delicates. Some people like to hang items straight out of the dryer, so we usually put hanging rods in their upper cabinets. The most functional laundry room we’ve ever designed was this grand master closet, which was featured in the Wall Street Journal. Putting this laundry pair inside their closet is the ultimate in functionality. The island features multiple sorting hampers and the large countertop space is ideal for folding and sorting.

Laundry Room Featured in Wall Street Journal

 

Especially relevant, ease of use is another key consideration to think about when designing the laundry area. Keeping the most important things in arms reach is crucial, especially for those of us who are vertically challenged. Aging in place goes hand in hand with functionality. You do not want to strain your back every time you do a load of laundry. Many of our clients request that we build laundry pedestals under their washer and dryer pair. Elevating the appliances is a simple solution that will help you be comfortable in your home longer.

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Elevated washer & dryer.

 

Do you dread the task of laundry? Sprucing up your laundry area is a small project that can make loads of difference in your home. If you’re ready to get started, we’d love to hear from you. Call us at 704.434.0823 to set up your design consultation.

 

 

Cabinet Basics

Cabinet Basics 101: Our Building Options

When clients first come to us at Walker Woodworking they are often overwhelmed by the different cabinet options offered from different sources. We always strive to educate our clientele on all the options they have during their custom cabinetry selection process. There are many options to choose from within the categories of build method, paints/stains, drawer/door fronts, moldings, and hardware. This article will focus on detailing our two building method options and highlighting the differences between them while describing common styles that they each lend to. Regardless of which building style or look you prefer for your cabinetry all of Walker Woodworking custom cabinetry will be built to the highest level of quality. You can see more about our quality here: Product Education. Keep in mind, this article will only discuss our build methods, so let’s get to it!

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Frameless Cabinetry Example

The only overlay build method that Walker Woodworking offers is a frameless cabinet style. When this build method is chosen the stiles and rail around the cabinet openings are minimized so that none of the face frame is visible. All you see when you look at the cabinetry is the front of the doors and drawer fronts. In addition to creating a streamlined clean look, this style also maximizes the storage capacity of the cabinets, especially the drawers. This style is can be paired with either an ornate or simplistic door style, depending on if you are wanting a more transitional style or a clean lined look. Popular design styles for this build method include; Modern, Contemporary, Industrial, European, and Transitional. As you can see in the above picture, the overlay build method showcases the door and drawer style as the cabinet detail, while helping the client get maximum utility out of the cabinets.

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Inset Cabinetry Example

Walker Wood also offers the alternative of an inset building method as an option for our cabinetry. The term inset describes the placement of the doors and drawer fronts since in this style of building they actually sit back into the face frames. This beautiful style has long been a staple in traditional high-end homes and is often used with a detailed door/ drawer design. When clients choose to use an outer bead on their door edges they can achieve the look of having a beaded inset look, at a fraction of the cost. We also have the ability to add the bead onto the face frames of the cabinets, but it is rarely needed since it is an upgrade in cost and the same look can be achieved with beaded doors and drawers. This building method is often selected for the following design styles: Traditional, Victorian, Arts and Crafts, and Transitional. As seen below in these images, you can see the entire face frame when using the inset build method.

Some people view the inset method as too busy visually, while others see it as having a timeless elegance and showcasing superior craftsmanship. There is no wrong or right direction to go, but we do want to make sure that all of our clients understand the differences and “pros vs. cons” of each style. You should also note that there is a small price difference to build an inset job over a frameless job. Each job is custom priced, but usually, the difference is about 8% – 10%, since inset jobs will be priced by the square foot of the face frames.

What’s your style?

Perhaps, you are still undecided about your style preference.  We suggest an in-home measurement consultation, followed by a design session and estimate. We are here to help you, and would love to speak with you to set up an appointment time. Please call us today. 704.434.0823~

Attention to Detail

Attention to Detail

We’ve all heard the saying “whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well.”  When Travis Walker founded Walker Woodworking in 1996 he used this saying as his motivation.  His business journey is detailed here: Travis Walker Page and it is really worth a read.  He will tell you himself “I don’t try to be an expert at everything.  We focus on one thing and we aim to do it right.”  Our company strives for excellence in our craftsmanship of each cabinet we build.  As a result, we use only the finest building materials, paints/stains, hinges/slides, decorative hardware, and installation crews to complete custom orders for our clients.  Here I will give you a glimpse of how Walker Woodworking pays attention to every detail of our fine furniture quality custom cabinetry.

Quality Cabinets

Building a custom hood.

Many cabinet builders use particleboard for the structural interior of their cabinetry.  They assume that the client only cares about the outer finish, door style, and the overall exterior beauty of the cabinet.  Thus, they use lesser structural materials and can sell their cabinets for cheaper, since they are inferior on the inside.  This is why we always educate our clientele at WW about the best building practices.  We know you care about the longevity and strength of this investment you are making in your home, not just the seen exterior.  We use all ¾” plywood for our interior cabinet boxes and each adjustable shelve.  All drawer boxes are made of 5/8” thick solid maple lumber and dovetailed on all four corners. These are constructed in our shop.

We mill all our moldings in-house and have a large selection of crown and decorative moldings in stock. If you prefer something that is not in our profile library, we can have the knives made or purchase the molding elsewhere.

Excellent Finish

Close up of finish.

We also strive for excellence in our finishing department, by using the finest paint and stain products, as well as, the best hand executed techniques for our exterior processes.  We see finishing as an art and while you can rest assured that the cabinets are structurally sound, more time is dedicated to the aesthetic completion of the cabinetry.  Our finish is a cured finish and reaches its maximum hardness level in about 8 hours.  Once completely cured the surfaces in virtually impenetrable and has scored 100% durability ratings across the board vs. common household stains and contaminants (ex: ketchup, mustard, milk, tea, etc.)  It is also guaranteed to be sunlight and UV ray tolerant (guaranteed not to yellow from sun exposure). 

Slides & Hinges

Double decker silver/utensil tray featuring Blum slides.

Hinges and slides are items that some cabinet manufacturers will cut corners on.  Using inferior hinges and slides can significantly shorten the working lifespan of your cabinetry, since they may have to be replaced eventually.  When faulty or cheap hinges and slides are used the doors/drawers may not function correctly, drawers may not support the ideal weight capacity, and the doors may fall off of the cabinet face.  This is another detail that Walker Woodworking does not overlook.  We use only Blum superior drawer slides and door hinges, ensuring that your cabinetry functions the way you need it to, every time.  All of hinges and slides are also soft closing which is a valued feature as well.

Decorative Hardware

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Hardware Detail

Cabinet hardware can seem overwhelming and endless.  The selection of handles and knob styles and finishes can be daunting.  At Walker Woodworking we will guide you through the hardware selection process painlessly, directing you toward styles that will compliment your cabinet selections.  We have chosen our decorative hardware brands for their quality, durability, pricing, and service.  We now offer the following brands to our clients: Top Knobs, Jeffrey Alexander, Schaub and Company, Berenson, Hafele, and Richelieu.  To view these resources online, visit our partner’s site: Decorative Cabinet Accessories.  Whatever style you select we will order the correct amount and proportion for your cabinet faces and they will be installed prior to the cabinet delivery (as possible).  Yet another detail to your job that cannot afford to be overlooked.  

Install

Walker Woodworking Install Truck

Last, but definitely not least is the major detail of the installation process.  All of our install crews are made up of true craftsmen who will take great care when installing your cabinets.  We streamline our installations by taking large loads and keeping open communication about our schedule prior to, during, and after the main install.  We can usually install the bulk of cabinets in a few days and then will return once “punch out” items are finished. Unforeseen job site challenges may occur, but we always work to find a prompt solution.  Construction is a messy business and we always take care to clean up after ourselves as well.

We cover the details

Custom pullout paper towel holder.

 

As you can see, there are many details that must come together to ensure your job is completed as designed.  At Walker Woodworking we take pride in making all of your job details merge for a successfully completed project.  If you are getting quotes from multiple manufacturers we would encourage you to ask questions about their details: materials, finishes, etc.  This will ensure that you are getting the most for your money since this is an investment into your home.  As Travis would say “We do one thing and we do it with excellence.” If you want to find out more about our building techniques or if you have design questions please call our offices 704.434.0823.

The Comeback Of Oak

The Comeback Of Oak

When you think of oak cabinetry what do you envision? Probably a kitchen in an older home with lighter toned cabinets and all of the “typical oak” graining showing on every door and drawer.  We have indeed torn out many of these older style oak kitchens to complete updated remodels in our client’s homes.  However, due to recent techniques we’ve developed for treating this durable wood, oak is making a comeback.  We will be featuring it in a variety of styles in our new showroom in uptown Shelby.  Oak has long been a widely used resource for cabinet building due to its hardness and strength.  It contains a high level of the chemical tannin, which makes it invulnerable to insect or fungal attack.  The grain of the wood makes it widely recognizable as well as desirable, especially when quartersawn.   As you’ll see here, the species can be used to encompass many different styles.

Victorian  

Victorian Style Oak Door – Stock Photo

Organic shapes and spiral flowing details are hallmarks of the Victorian furniture style.  While most of the cabinetry we build and the accents we use are rectangular, we can incorporate carvings, corbels, onlays, and decorative posts to achieve the Victorian look.  Glass and mirrored doors are often used in this style. We can now design and cut any shape of doors on our CNC machine, creating endless design combinations.  We used to be limited to rectangular shapes, but using the latest technology we can now create softer curves and gliding lines that fit into the Victorian designs.

Traditional 

Traditional Oak Cabinetry by Walker Woodworking

This has been the most popular style in the Walker Woodworking customer service area for many years.  Neutral stain colors are most used in this style, but neutral paints have become more popular to incorporate in recent years.  Thicker moldings, a few touches of ornamental details, and raised paneled doors and drawers are staples of this design style.  Although we don’t do very many projects like this these days, it is still a timeless classic style. 

Industrial 

Industrial Style Oak Cabinets by Wellborn Cabinetry

As the name implies, this style is characterized by its practical look and use.  These cabinets are designed with ultimate functionality in mind, not necessarily decorative appeal.  For our cerused oak industrial cabinets, we let the grain and finish speak for itself, not using elaborate moldings and ornamentation.  Often times slab doors and drawer fronts will be utilized, not unlike you see often on utilitarian lockers or workbenches.

 

Transitional

Cerused, Quater-Sawn Oak Cabinetry by Walker Woodworking

This is a recently evolving style that has developed through the years as a blending of traditional elements and cleaner more modern designs.  Cerused oak fits well into this style since many consumers already associate oak cabinetry as being a traditional design element.  We’ll use simple door and drawer styles mostly when building this style, but can dress it up with ornate hardware, or pair it down with sleek handles. See more of this project here.

Contemporary 

Cerused Oak, Quarter-Sawn Oak by Walker Woodworking

Everything about this design style says simple, simple, simple.  Slab doors and drawers are a hallmark of this look but not required.  When using cerused oak in this way the grain and coloring used really speak for themselves.  White is a popular color choice, as well as the other end of the spectrum, going extremely dark with the color selections.  There are no curves to be seen in this style, hard edges reign supreme, letting the colors and textures speak for themselves. When we use cerused oak in this style the graining brings an added level of detail and makes this widely seen style appear fresh again.  

Read more about Cerused Oak here.

Arts & Crafts

Arts & Craft style, Quater-Sawn Oak Cabinetry by Walker Woodworking

Simplicity is a common theme here as well, however, small intricacies can be added to make a large impact.  This style is hardly ever seen painted, and mostly lends to mid range stains, many times with a reddish undertone.  Furniture legs are often incorporated into this design style and moldings used can make it distinctly different from other styles. See more of this project here.

 

We love the many uses of oak – trending right now are Industrial and Contemporary styles. Cerused oak has become one of our favorite types of material to use. There are so many unique stain options to choose from. To find out more about the uses of cerused oak, and to see if it is right for your project please call us today and set up a design consultation and a time to visit our showroom.

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