Wednesday, December 2, 2009

What is a working triangle?


In every kitchen plan there is a work triangle. A work triangle is the shortest walking distance between the three main working sites in your kitchen. The refrigerator is the cold storage work site. The primary sink is the cleaning and food preparation work site. The stove is the cooking work site.

The primary sink should be located between or across from the primary cooking surface and refrigerator. If these three work sites are too far away from each other than you waste time walking between them. If they are too close together your kitchen will feel cramped and there will not be enough countertop for adequate food preparation.

The distance of each side of the work triangle is measured from the center front of each appliance or sink. The three sides should each be between four and nine feet. Together the sides should total twenty-six feet or less. An island or other kitchen cabinets should not interfere with the work triangle by more than twelve inches. Major traffic patterns also should not cross through the triangle.

Obviously, each kitchen is different, and these rules cannot all be followed all the time, especially during kitchen remodels. Still, your work triangle should function well for you, and these rules should be thought of as guidelines for accomplishing this goal. Your kitchen designer will be able to get the best possible work triangle given your parameters. Call, email or come by The Savannah Cabinet Shop today and we’ll start the process together.

Timeless White Kitchen Cabinetry

timeless white kitchen cabinetsA white kitchen never goes out of style. White kitchen cabinets are the equivalent of a little black dress, perfect for almost any occasion, able to be dressed up or down, fitting no matter what your personal style. For this reason, white paint is by far the number one requested finish for kitchen cabinets.

White kitchen cabinetry can serve many purposes other than just plain being beautiful. White kitchen cabinets can be a foil for a bold countertop choice, a dark wood floor, whimsical wallpaper or funky accessories in an array of colors. White kitchen cabinetry can also make a small kitchen feel more spacious, or a dark kitchen seem brighter.

A white finish looks good on any style of kitchen cabinetry. Whether you are choosing a traditional raised panel door, a simple recessed flat panel, a casual bead board, or a modern slab door, white paint will look good on it. Best of all, if your tastes change over the years, with white kitchen cabinetry, you have a better chance of just being able to change the details of your kitchen and produce an entirely different look.
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White kitchen cabinetry going all the way to the ceiling was an excellent choice for this tight on space galley kitchen. The white finish makes the space feel bigger; the height of the kitchen cabinets gives the space more visual height. The white finish is also the perfect foil for the rich wood floors and grey stone countertop. With this neutral color scheme, different accessories could easily be swapped out over time or for different holidays to give the kitchen an ever-changing look.

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With the variety of doors styles and the two different countertop materials, the white finish on the kitchen cabinetry here acts as a unifying element.

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The worn natural wood floor, the shiny glaze of the backsplash tile and the natural clear finish of the maple countertops are brought together by the white kitchen cabinetry. This kitchen is about simple elegance: a variety of textures in a muted color palate. The white kitchen cabinetry is the foil on top of which everything else is placed.

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This kitchen walks the line between country and modern. The worn wood half log ceiling beams, the turned post high chair, and the white porcelain farm sink with flanking split posts are the elements that hint at a casual country style. The high gloss subway tile back splash, grey slate tile floor and the jet black countertop give it a cool modern vibe. The white kitchen cabinetry is the perfect way to straddle these seemingly dissimilar styles. By using a slab drawer front mixed with a shaker, recessed flat panel door, the kitchen cabinetry acts as a perfect mediator.

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There are a lot of things going on in this very small space, a blue ceiling that bleeds into the walls, bead board paneling to the seven foot mark, louvered shuttered windows, a natural brick floor in a basket weave pattern, Americana prints, three different medium brown wood elements and stainless steel appliances. What keeps this kitchen looking quaint instead of overcrowded? You guessed it- the white kitchen cabinetry.

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White cabinetry isn’t just for small kitchens. It works beautifully in large or open kitchens as well. Simple white kitchen cabinetry allows you to decorate any adjoining room in any style with the confidence that it will flow seamlessly with your kitchen cabinetry.

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The white kitchen cabinetry in this kitchen has allowed for bold design choices throughout the room. From the dark wood beams, to the black counter stools, to the decorative toe valances and large white hood cabinet, the white finish unifies these elements, and creates the perfect backdrop for them to stand out against.

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With at least three of the four walls of this kitchen lined with kitchen cabinetry going all the way to the ceiling, and with a bumped out sink section, this kitchen could have easily felt cramped and closed-in in any other finish. The white kitchen cabinetry however, makes the most of the kitchen’s one window and allows those sitting at the table to feel cozy instead of claustrophobic.

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This eclectic chic kitchen gets it character from the myriad of accessories. The deer head, the candle chandelier, the old-time kitchen accessories, etc. The finishing touches like the two countertop materials and stainless steel cup pulls all add to the whimsy. What keeps the space clean, light and airy is the white kitchen cabinetry.

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This kitchen is a mix of traditional aesthetics and up to date accents. The traditional inset style of the wall cabinets mixes well with the up to date full-overlay island cabinetry. The mullion clear glass doors mimic the mullions of the nearby windows. The color of the reflective blue glass backsplash below is picked up in the blue and white cushions. The brown of the natural fiber shades is reflected in the brown of the stools. The stainless steel hood has its mate in the stainless steel hardware, and lighting. The white finish of the kitchen cabinetry is what brings it all together

Kitchen Cabinets Set the Tone of Your Kitchen’s Look

MOTT kitchen cabinetryChanging your kitchen cabinetry is the best way to make a significant visual impact on your existing kitchen. Since you must remove the existing kitchen cabinets, and therefore the countertop, in order to replace your kitchen cabinetry, most times the countertop is replaced at the same time as the kitchen cabinets. By replacing both your kitchen cabinetry and your countertop, you are able to completely redesign the way your kitchen looks.

Kitchen remodels take place for a variety of different reasons. Sometimes kitchen cabinetry is replaced before people move into a newly purchased house. This way they are not as bothered by the dust and inconvenience of a kitchen remodeling project. Other times, kitchen cabinetry is replaced when someone is about to move out of their home, as a way to help sell the house. Most often though, when a family is replacing their kitchen cabinetry it is in a home they have lived in for a while. The kitchen remodel is something they have planned and saved for over time.

The Savannah Cabinet Shop’s most recent kitchen cabinetry remodel was in a recently purchased house in Midtown Savannah. Along with a complete kitchen cabinetry replacement, this kitchen remodel included a new floor plan for the kitchen cabinetry, as well as new countertops, backsplash tile and even lighting. The result is a larger, more open kitchen with a decidedly cool and causal modern feel.

The style of kitchen cabinetry our clients chose was a low profile recessed flat panel door. These kitchen cabinets are made of maple in a dark brown, almost black stain. The new kitchen cabinetry was also brought all the way up to the ceiling in order to elongate the visual height of the kitchen while also providing more storage space. The darkness of the kitchen cabinetry is offset by the light colored wood floor, the white color of the countertop, the reflective light blue surface of the backsplash tile and the stainless steel accents of the appliances and decorative hardware.

The kitchen cabinetry obviously makes the biggest visual impact, but all the other finishes and design selections must compliment the kitchen cabinetry in order to form a cohesive look. It is therefore often helpful to select the style and finish of your kitchen cabinetry first, and use it to help you make all your other design decisions. At The Savannah Cabinet Shop we can help you select the kitchen cabinetry that works best for you. Call, email or visit our showroom today to get your kitchen cabinetry project started.

Monday, November 23, 2009

What other applications can cabinetry be used for?

Semi-custom and custom cabinetry can be used for an array of applications. Cabinetry can be used in designed into any room in the house both as built-ins and freestanding furniture pieces. Kitchen designers can design cabinetry for any application, not just kitchens. The limits placed on the use of custom cabinetry are only through the imagination of the designer, the engineer, the craftsman and the client.

Beyond kitchen cabinetry and bathroom vanities, cabinetry can also be used in laundry rooms, dining rooms, living rooms, studies, wet bars, and bedrooms.

Laundry room cabinetry is often designed similarly to kitchen cabinetry. A section of base cabinets can hold a utility sink and create a folding area, while wall cabinets above the sink and over the washer and dryer provide storage for cleaning supplies and linens. Crafting stations are becoming poplar additions in larger laundry rooms, further utilizing the utility sink.

Dining rooms are suitable areas for both built-in and freestanding pieces of custom cabinetry. A freestanding buffet made with furniture legs is easily moved or taken with you if you happen to move. Built-ins in the dining room are often tall custom cabinets recessed into niches. They usually feature glass door uppers for china display. Your electrician can wire these pieces with interior lighting, which combined with glass shelves to catch and reflect the light, makes quite a showpiece. More informal dining areas utilize custom cabinetry in the form of bench seating and even custom dining tables.

Living room built-ins are most often either free standing entertainment units or built-in open bookcases. With today’s open floor plans, these pieces are usually coordinated with the kitchen cabinetry as it is often within view. An overlooked application for custom cabinetry in the living room is secondary free-standing furniture pieces like coffee tables, side tables, and sofa tables. Built-in desk areas are sometimes included in larger great room areas.

Built-in and free-standing desks are also found in studies and home offices. The most formal or traditional of these rooms feature wainscoting or judge’s paneling. The Savannah Cabinet Shop can also furnish molding and paneling for coffered ceilings, as seen in our portfolio.

Wet bars and coffee bars are becoming more and more popular and can be installed in a variety of rooms including great rooms, studies, butler’s pantries, and master suites. Another type of custom cabinetry able to be utilized in almost any room is the window seat or built-in bench. These custom cabinets can be useful secondary storage, either with drawers, doors or lift-up lids. The can be engineered to accept your own cushion topper or left as a wood topped seat.
Basically, custom cabinetry can be installed in any room of the house in many applications.

Freestanding furniture pieces for a variety of rooms and applications can also be designed out of custom cabinetry components. Any kitchen designer should also be able to design cabinetry pieces for all the rooms in your house. Visit the portfolio section of our website for inspiration. Call, email or come by The Savannah Cabinet Shop today and we’ll start the process together.

What guidelines do kitchen designers use when designing a kitchen plan?

When a kitchen designer is working on a kitchen cabinet plan they often use the National Kitchen and Bath Associations (NKBA) guidelines. These guidelines were developed as a way to help kitchen designers produce the safest and most comfortable kitchens. Designing with these guidelines ensures the kitchen design’s accessibility and usability. These guidelines are not the same as building codes but they do share their concern with life safety and solutions are brought through standardization.

The guidelines laid out by the NKBA are as follows:

  • Doorways are to be at least 32” wide and no more than 24” deep
    Walkways are to be at least 36” wide

  • The work triangle should be 26 feet or less with no leg shorter than 4 feet or longer than 9 feet.

  • Single cook work aisle should be at least 42” wide, multi-cook to be 48” wide

  • A 36” clearance should be between the counter or table edge and the wall or obstruction behind a seated diner if no traffic is to pass behind them.

  • A 65” clearance is need for a walkway behind the seated diner.

  • Wall kitchen cabinets should be at least 30” high and 12” deep and should contain adjustable shelves.

  • A kitchen under 150 square feet should have at least 144” of wall kitchen cabinet frontage.

  • Kitchens over 150 square feet should have at least 186”.

  • At least 60” of wall kitchen cabinet frontage should be within 72” of the primary sink center line.

  • Base kitchen cabinets should be at least 21” deep.

  • A kitchen under 150 square feet should have at least 156” of base kitchen cabinet frontage.

  • Kitchens over 150 square feet should have at least 192”.

  • A kitchen under 150 square feet should have at least 120” of drawer or roll-out shelf frontage. Kitchens over 150 square feet should have at least 165”.

  • At least five storage or organization features should be located between 15” and 48” above the finished floor.

  • At least one functional corner storage unit should be included.

  • At least two waste receptacles should be included- one for waste and one for recycling.
    Clear floor space of 30” x 48” should be provided at the sink, dishwasher, cook top, oven and refrigerator.

  • A minimum of 21” clear space should be between the edge of the dishwasher and any object placed at a right angle to it.

  • The edge of the dishwasher should be within 36” of the edge of the sink

  • At least 24” of clearance between cooking surface ad a protected surface above. Or 30”between cooking surface and unprotected surface.

  • Cooking surfaces should have an exhaust fan of at least 150 CFM

  • Cooking surfaces should not be placed below an operable window unless the window is at least 3” behind and 24” above that surface.

  • The bottom of a microwave should be between 24” and 48” above the finished floor.

  • Kitchens under 150 square feet should have at least 132” of usable counter frontage.

  • Kitchens over 150 square feet should have at least 198”.

  • At least 24” of counter frontage should be to one side of the primary sink and 18” on the other side

  • At least 15” of landing space, at least 26” deep should be located above, below or adjacent to the microwave

  • For an open-ended kitchen, at least 9” of counter space should be on one side of the cooking surface and 15” on the other side. For an enclosed kitchen at least 3” of clearance space should be between the cooking surface and a flame retardant material and 15” on the other side.

  • At least 15” of counter space should be on the latch side of the refrigerator. Or on either side of a side-by-side, or at least 15” of counter space no more than 48” across from refrigerator

  • At least 15” of landing space, minimum 16” deep should be next to or above and oven.
    36”continuous countertop at least 26” deep is need for a preparation center. This center should be next to a water source.

  • If two landing spaces are adjacent to each other, than their combined width is determined by taking the longest of the two and adding 12”

  • No two primary work centers should be separated by a full-height, full-depth tall tower configuration.

  • Open counter corners should be clipped or radiused to eliminate sharp corners.

  • Controls, handles, and door/drawer pulls should be operational with one hand.

  • Ground fault circuit interrupters should be specified on all receptacles within the kitchen.

  • Fire extinguishers should be visibly located away from cooking equipment and 15”-48” above the finished floor.

  • Smoke alarms should be installed in or near the kitchen

  • Windows or skylights area should equal at least 10% of total square footage of kitchen or total living space that includes the kitchen

  • Every work surface in the kitchen should be well illuminated by appropriate task and/or general lighting.

Because it is not always possible to follow all of these guidelines it is important to consult a kitchen designer. Kitchen designers can help make the appropriate choices to balance your needs and limitations to achieve the optimal balance. Call, email or come by The Savannah Cabinet Shop today and we’ll start the process together.

Sprinter Motorhome in the Making, Part 2!

The Savannah Cabinet Shop is exploring the world of recreational vehicle customization and bringing our own brand of style, beauty and exceptional craftsmanship with us. Our Sprinter customization project is designed to show off the flexibility of our services and the ingenuity, creativity and precision of our design knowledge and implementation, while exploring a niche market we feel could use an aesthetic upgrade. The design of our Sprinter conversion van is an exercise in combining simplicity and flexibility. The materials are a combination or durability, practicality and luxury.

The Cork flooring not only adds elegance and aesthetic movement to the space but is durable, sustainable and naturally hypo-allergenic, anti-microbial and anti-fungal. Cork also absorbs sound and shock, creating a quieter atmosphere and a softer feel under tired feet.

The cabinet doors, wall panel inserts, and bed platform are made of a Teak and Holly plywood. Along with its beauty, Teak is naturally weather resistant. The natural oils present in Teak make it termite and pest proof. The beautiful white of the Holly wood adds unexpected visual interest as a natural foil to the rich brown of the Teak.

The Corian® countertop provides the look of natural stone and glass embedded in concrete without the weight and maintenance. Corian® is easy to clean and because it is nonporous, stains do not penetrate the surface. Corian® resists the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria and is one of the few countertop materials that can be easily repaired. Shallow cuts, stains and burns can be sanded out and the sheen returned with a Corian® specific cleaner.

The paneling behind the kitchenette and the inserts in the coffered ceiling are a metal veneered laminate in a brushed light bronze aluminum finish. This surface adds glamour and is easily cleaned. The decorative metal surface also makes the most of the Sprinters’ windows, allowing light to reflect and bounce throughout the cabin.

The curtain dividers are made of a PVC oilcloth in a gold lace design to add a funky flare and touch of whimsy. This fabric is waterproof and fade, stain, and soil resistant.

The couch and bed cushions along with the throw pillows are covered in a woven indoor/outdoor fabric in both geometric patterns and bold solid colors. This fabric is resistant to mold, mildew and fading allowing for years of use.

We look forward to begining the installation process. Check back for updates on the project’s status and pictures of our work in progress.

Sprinter Motorhome in the Making, Part 1!

Over the past nine years I have been a kite-boarding and traveling enthusiast. I have traveled around the world in search of great wind conditions, local flavor, new experiences and just a plain old good time. On many of these travels I was with friends and family, and most of the time we either rented an RV or stayed in a hotel. The problems that I have found with most RVs are that they are big, slow, and use a ton of gas. The gas consumption of your average RV is around 12 MPG, turning what should be an affordable family vacation into an expensive, eco-disaster.

I have personally owned a couple of RVs and have always been enchanted with the idea of building my own. Mercedes makes and imports a vehicle called Sprinter and badges it Dodge, Freightliner and many other name brands. The vehicle gets 21-25 MPG and is powered by a Mercedes Benz diesel engine that is not only powerful and gas efficient but reliable for the long haul. Over the years I have been chomping at the bit to own a Sprinter and do a conversion and the time has finally come! The Savannah Cabinet Shop purchased a Dodge Sprinter in October of this year with plans to convert this vehicle into an RV. With this project The Savannah Cabinet Shop hopes to gain knowledge in another field besides remodeling and cabinetry and to show our strengths in design.

We are currently producing drawings and renderings of the interior. If you’re curious about what the design, look and feel of the interior will be, then check back here periodically for updates.

What are my style choices for doors and drawer heads?

There are many choices one must make when designing a kitchen: what goes where, what that what should look like, paint color, counter top material, hardware design, the list goes on and on.Perhaps the most important decision, style wise at least, is door and drawer head style. Door and drawer head styles set the tone of the kitchen. They are a starting point that, once decided, should help you make all your other decisions.

Like with everything in this business, when it comes to door and drawer head style, there are many options from which to choose. But, once you understand the basic types of door and drawer heads you should be able to figure out what style best suits your desired look. There are four basic types of door and drawer heads: raised panel, recessed flat panel, recessed bead board and slab. Drawer heads come in these four styles as well as one more style named profiled.
You can mix and match the styles between the doors and the drawer heads or you can keep them the same. Some clients choose one door style for the top or wall cabinets and another one for the bottom or base cabinets. Others use one style for the top or “A” drawer head and another style for the bottom or “B” drawer heads. However, in order to keep the design from getting too busy if the top and bottom drawer heads are different styles, then the ”B” drawer heads should match style of the base doors. For those of you visual learners you can find pictures of some of these options’ here.

Though there are exceptions to all rules and some of the most exceptional kitchens have broken these rules creatively, certain door and drawer head styles tend to go with certain design looks.Raised panel door styles are generally used in traditional kitchens. Raised panel styles are also used when trying to achieve an old world look- think Tuscan, French or English Country. Recessed flat panel doors generally show up in rustic, contemporary and transitional kitchens. The simple lines of a recessed flat panel door or drawer head appeal to minimalists and those who are generally not fans of fussy or frilly design. Slab doors are often in modern and contemporary styles.This is the most minimal door style and is usually used in a place where other aesthetic features besides door and drawer head styles, like wood choice, finish or design features, should take center stage. Recessed bead board door styles are commonly used in country, cottage, or beachy kitchens.Recessed bead board door and drawer heads create a relaxed look that fits in well with casual decor.

So, does one of those sound like the style for you? Think you’re done? Guess again. Once the door style is decided upon, you then have to decide on box construction and the framing style of the door.Framing style is tied into the construction of your cabinet. Your cabinets will either be framed or frame-less construction. Framed vs. Frame-less is really just a matter of whether your cabinet box has a face frame or not. Again, for our visual learners, you can find a diagram of these options’ here.

When a cabinet has a face frame the door can be attached to this frame in a couple of different manners. The doors can be inset into the face frame. This is called an inset door and is perhaps the most traditional of all the options and generally the most costly. The doors can also sit on top, partially covering the frame. This is called partial overlay and is used in traditional and rustic looks. Lastly, the door can fully overlay the face frame called, you guessed it, full overlay. Full overlay is currently the most popular style. It is used in all types of designs, but most commonly in modern, contemporary or transitional looks. When a cabinet does not have a face frame and is therefore frame-less the door has no choice but to full overlay the cabinet box, resulting in a full-overlay look.

Again, take time with this decision. It will set the stylistic tone of your kitchen and, along with the finish and design, it is the most aesthetic choice you will make. At The Savannah Cabinet Shop we can help. As an on-staff interior designer, I will guide you through the process and help you with all your decisions. Come visit our showroom today or check out our portfolio at

What are the Construction Options for Cabinetry?

In the wonderful world of cabinetry there are many different construction options to choose from. If you are using a stock line of cabinetry, most of these decisions will likely already be made for you. Semi-custom lines generally have their base construction level with the ability to upgrade certain features. With custom cabinetry you are able to choose the construction style for each individual part. The major construction decision areas are the style of cabinet box, the construction materials for the cabinet box, the construction and material of the drawer box, and the drawer glides.

Construction options have less to do with the look of the cabinetry and more with the structure and moving parts, but they can greatly affect the cost. Between look and construction, there exists a price equilibrium when working within a budget. So, if the look of the kitchen is the most important thing to you, you might consider trading off construction upgrades for look upgrades. Conversely, if construction is the most important thing, you might have to trade look upgrades for construction upgrades. Obviously if the sky’s the limit when it comes to your budget then everything can be upgraded. Your kitchen designer can help you determine what exact combination of give and take results in the perfect kitchen for you.

For the style of the cabinet box you have two options, framed or frameless. As the name suggests, the difference between framed and frameless construction in cabinetry is the presence or absence of a face frame. With a cabinet that has a face frame, the doors and drawer heads can be mounted inset flush into the frame, partially overlaying the frame, or fully overlaying it. With frameless cabinetry, the doors are mounted to the sides of the cabinet box and therefore fully-overlay the box. Once installed, both construction types are of equal stability when made with comparable materials. Framed construction can give a more traditional look to your cabinetry; especially the inset and partial-overlay styles. Frameless construction is often used in contemporary, modern or transitional areas. Frameless cabinetry is also used in industrial settings like laboratories and hospitals. Because of the absence of an overlapping frame, the clear width of the cabinet’s openings is wider with frameless construction, though the box volume remains the same. Stock and semi-custom cabinetry lines generally only make one type of cabinet box, framed or frameless. Custom cabinetry can be either and the construction types can even be mixed throughout your kitchen.

Both types of cabinet boxes can be made with engineered wood, plywood or solid wood. There are pros and cons to each type of box construction, and clients usually have their own biases. Generally speaking, engineered wood is the base construction level, with plywood construction being the upgrade. Occasionally specific projects require a solid wood box, like when using reclaimed wood, but this is rare and very costly.

Plywood is more stable than solid wood and available in many grades and species. Plywood is also relatively economical. Medium-density fiberboard (MDF), particleboard, and oriented strand board, all common types of engineered wood, offer more weight, a lower cost and a flatter panel with more surface uniformity. However, the dimensional stability, screw-holding and bending strength of engineered wood is less than plywood’s. Even though engineered wood panels have some advantages over plywood panels, some people just don’t like the idea that the panels are not made from all natural wood. Chemically sensitive clients might also react badly to the adhesives used in engineered wood which emit a greater amount of formaldehyde as they cure than plywood.

The plywood versus engineered wood choice is the same for your drawer box construction with the addition of the solid wood dovetail drawer box option. Dovetailed drawer boxes are made from solid wood stock and are constructed by cutting a series of pins in the end of one board to interlock with a series of tails cut into the end of another board. Once glued, a wooden dovetail joint requires no mechanical fasteners. The plywood and engineered wood drawer boxes are glued and pinned together.

Once you have decided on your drawer box you must also decide on what type of drawer glides to use. You must decide if you want your drawer boxes to extend from the cabinet box ¾ of the way or in full. If you choose to have full-extension glides you will also then have the option to add a soft-close feature that pulls the drawer softly closed once pushed in 90% of the way. Soft-close drawer glides also make it impossible for anyone to slam the drawers. Each type of glide can be installed mounted to the underneath or to the side of the drawer box. Glides mounted to the bottom of the drawer box will take room from the depth of the drawer box. Glides mounted to the sides will take room from the width of the drawer box.

In short, there are many things to consider and decide upon about your cabinets’ construction. At The Savannah Cabinet Shop we can help you navigate through these difficult decisions. When you work with our design staff, our knowledge becomes your knowledge. Check out our portfolio or come in today to start your cabinetry project.

Remodeled Cabinetry Showroom in Savannah

The Savannah Cabinet Shop announces their newly remolded cabinetry showroom. Located in Savannah’s historic district just off the corner of Abercorn Street and Park Avenue in historic downtown Savannah, our cabinetry showroom occupies what used to be the local candy shop. The 1890 building holds The Savannah Cabinet Shop showroom on the street level and SkyRun Savannah Vacation Rentals’ premier rental property on the second floor.
When The Savannah Cabinet Shop first acquired the building, the bottom floor was little more than some plastered walls and a lot of dust. After extensive remodeling and restoration, we are pleased to invite you to the best place to purchase cabinetry. We designed our cozy and sophisticated cabinetry showroom to feel more like a home and less like a store.
We added a full bath, including a floor to ceiling glass tile shower stall and river rock tiles floor. We exposed the original brick wall, added a wide plank, reclaimed heart of pine floor, extensive interior moldings and architectural details and a full gourmet kitchen. There is also a living/sitting area with a large flat screen TV, a dining/meeting area in the front bay window, several large hutches and other assorted cabinetry pieces. We also enhanced the exterior of the building by adding stamped concrete resembling cobble-stone on the walk, black awnings on the ground and second floors, pigmy palms and a whole new exterior paint scheme.
The Savannah Cabinet Shop caters to new home builders, contractors and clients wishing to remodel their existing home in the greater Savannah area. With knowledge and experience in both new construction and Savannah home remodeling, The Savannah Cabinet Shop can handle any and all projects large and small. Our in-house interior design service is available for kitchen and bath design, color consultancy, materials selection and space planning. So, if you are building a new home or remodeling an existing one, come down to our newly remolded showroom and let’s get the project started today. Please visit our portfolio for examples of our work.

Kitchen and Bath Remodel in Savannah for the Holidays? Act now at The Savannah Cabinet Shop!

Are you hosting Thanksgiving dinner? Is your family coming for the winter holidays? If so, now is the time to start that kitchen or bath remodel. Contact The Savannah Cabinet Shop today to get your project started
The Holidays Will Be Here Before You Know ItThe key to having your kitchen or bathroom remodel done in time for the holidays is allotting the correct amount of time and planning ahead. Our team of experts at The Savannah Cabinet Shop can help. Our on-staff kitchen designer will help you plan a remodel that fits your timetable and budget and make sure our cabinetmakers, installers and contractors are scheduled for an on-time completion
Give Yourself the Gift of a New Kitchen or BathNothing makes a home like a newly remodeled kitchen or bath. Be the envy of your friends and family this holiday season. Give yourself the counter space, storage and convenience features that you need to cook your holiday meals. Make sure your bathrooms can handle the holiday guests and traffic. Make your master bath the sanctuary you need to escape the holiday stresses. Start your kitchen or bath remodel today with The Savannah Cabinet Shop and have the gift you always wanted for the holidays- new kitchen or bath
The Savannah Cabinet Shop offers custom, semi-custom and stock cabinetry at competitive prices. We are Savannah’s go to shop for custom cabinetry and millwork.

What are my options to update my existing kitchen?

When hoping to remodel your existing kitchen cabinets there are a couple of options available to you. You can reface your cabinetry, replace your cabinetry, or undergo a complete kitchen remodel. Each of these options carries with it a certain “downtime” or period of time during which your kitchen will be out of commission.

Also, depending on the size and scope of your project, each option has a specific price range. Generally speaking refacing is the quickest and most cost effective way to update the look of your kitchen cabinets. A total remodel of the space will require significantly more time and money, but will allow for the most change and result in the biggest impact.

When you reface your kitchen cabinets you are keeping the box of the cabinet you already have. Because of this, if the quality or function of your existing cabinetry is a problem for you, this option will not fix it. However, if your cabinet boxes function satisfactorily and your only real problem is with the general aesthetics of your kitchen this is an option you might want to consider.

Refacing can be as simple as hiring a decorative painter to refinish the doors and boxes of your kitchen cabinetry. You might also take the opportunity to change the hardware to match the new look. Refacing can also involve replacing the doors and drawers of the cabinets with a different door style or wood species. If you have framed cabinetry that you are refacing, it will be necessary to match the face frame to the new look, especially if you switch the door’s wood species or finish. It is up to you if you wish to replace the countertops or appliances at the same time, but doing so will add cost and time to the project.

If the function, aesthetics and/or construction of your existing kitchen cabinets is part, or all, of your problem, but the function of your work triangle is not, then replacing the cabinetry is your answer. This allows a total change in the aesthetics to take place without major construction on the room itself. Plumbing and electrical are not moved in this scenario, so if the placement of your appliances or sinks are an issue for you in your current space, then this is not the option for you. Because the countertops are removed in order to remove the existing cabinetry, most of the time they are replaced in this process as well. Of course, this adds to the downtime of your kitchen. If your existing flooring runs underneath your existing kitchen cabinets, or you are planning on replacing the flooring during the process, than the kitchen cabinet plan is open to change. If the floor is staying and does not run under your existing cabinets then the new kitchen cabinetry will have to follow the same general floor plan as the old. The type of cabinet box and organizational features within are still free to change, though, so even when keeping the same outline, function and aesthetics can still be greatly improved.

Lastly, if not only the aesthetics, the construction and the function of your kitchen cabinetry is bothering you, but the function of your work space across the board, or the aesthetics of the kitchen as a room in general are a problem, then the only solution is a complete kitchen remodel. This is obviously the most costly and time consuming of the options, but it also offers the most opportunity for change and improvement.

Plumbing and electrical can be relocated to form a better work triangle. Walls can be knocked down to open up or enlarge the space. New wall, ceiling and floor coverings can be installed during the construction time, as well as extras such as lighting, or even exterior doors or windows. A total kitchen remodel often involves replacing everything from the kitchen cabinets to the appliances to the countertops.

When trying to decide which kitchen update is right for you, consider what your issues with your current kitchen cabinets are. Next, be honest with yourself and your kitchen designer both about your budget and how long you and your family can live with an out of commission kitchen. Together you can decide based on your customized pro/con list, which option is best for you. Call, email or come by The Savannah Cabinet Shop today and we’ll start the process together.

Savannah’s Remodeling Contractors are Making a Comeback with Savannah Home Remodeling

Remodeling your newly purchased or existing home in the greater Savannah area? The Savannah Cabinet Shop can help with all of your Savannah home remodeling needs. Whether you are remodeling for an updated look or a complete design overhaul we are here to make the remodeling process as painless as possible. With our selection of stock, custom and semi-custom cabinetry, our design knowledge and remodeling contractor relationships, The Savannah Cabinet Shop is your one stop shop for Savannah home remodeling.

With the government and state tax credits for first time home buyers, and foreclosures being sold at drastically reduced rates, now is the perfect time to buy a house. But, getting a steal of a home doesn’t always mean getting the exact kitchen or bath that you had dreamed of. Don’t fret! The Savannah Cabinet Shop makes home remodeling easy and affordable.

Our monthly specials can help stretch your remodeling dollar so you can update and improve every area you had hoped for. Our wide selection of styles and construction options guarantees that we have the perfect cabinetry for your Savannah remodeling project. Our in-house interior designer can help you with space planning, materials selection and everything else associated with your Savannah remodel. Let us set up your tile and countertop appointments and help you with selection. We can also recommend Savannah remodeling contractors such as plumbers and electricians.

Our downtown Savannah showroom has the look and feel of a well-appointed home so spending time in design meetings is stress free and fun. Access to our own custom shop means that if you can dream it, we can build it. Get inspired with our portfolio or call and schedule an appointment today.

Savannah Home Remodeling: A Growing Trend

Savannah remodeling contractors are focusing in on the growing numbers of Savannah home remodels, making skilled and affordable remodeling labor plentiful. The Savannah Cabinet Shop has also seen a recent influx of clients wishing to remodel their Savannah home. The economy and real estate market being what they are, many people are opting to stay in their Savannah home and remodel their existing spaces.

While any room or space in your home can be remodeled, there are certain areas that tend to be popular Savannah home remodeling candidates. Kitchen and bathroom remodels are the obvious front runners. Kitchen and bathroom remodels are also popular when trying to sell a house. As every real estate agent can tell you, updated kitchens and bathrooms are what will sell your Savannah home.

Master closets and home offices are also popular locations for Savannah home remodeling projects. The variety and availability of closet and office cabinetry has really taken off in the last couple of years. Many people are remodeling their home offices and dressing areas to take advantage of these recent cabinetry innovations. Many Savannah families are growing or taking in additional family members, be they recent college graduates or elderly relatives. Bonus areas and attic spaces are being remodeled to accommodate these unexpected additions. Entire home additions are even being added onto existing Savannah homes to adapt to the new shape and circumstances of today’s American family.

At The Savannah Cabinet Shop we can help you navigate the sometimes intimidating world of Savannah home remodeling. With our Savannah home remodeling knowledge, we will help guide you through the process. Not only can we provide you with any cabinetry that you might need for your Savannah home remodel, but our in-house interior designer can assist in space planning and materials selection. Our relationships with Savannah home remodeling contractors make selecting skilled remodeling labor easier than ever. Visit our portfolio to see some examples of our Savannah home remodeling or to get inspiration for your home remodeling projects. Call or come into our downtown Savannah showroom today to start the home remodeling process.

Details of The Savannah Cabinet Shop’s Newly Remodeled Showroom

Thinking of remodeling your kitchen or bath in Savannah? The Savannah Cabinet Shop can be your Savannah remodeling contractor. The Savannah Cabinet Shop’s newly remodeled cabinetry showroom in downtown Savannah is the place for all of your cabinetry and design needs. Come enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and the individual attention of Savannah’s premier cabinet shop. Our showroom offers something for everyone including builders, contractors, and home owners in the greater Savannah area.

The gourmet kitchen in our showroom features top of the line appliances from Livingoods, including a Wolf dual-fuel range, a paneled Bosch dishwasher and a Sub-Zero refrigerator. The kitchen countertops are double thick, honed granite with a decorative ogee edge from Creative Stone Accessories. Garden State Tile provided the rectangular, textured glass tile backsplash. The kitchen cabinetry features a mixture of frameless, full-overlay, raised panel, cherry base cabinets in a dark burnished stain and arched Louis XIV drawer heads, and framed, inset raised panel, maple wall cabinets with a distressed white heirloom paint finish. The large mantle style hood and enclosed armoire refrigerator are also finished in the distressed heirloom white paint. The wall cabinets feature a variety of heights and depths creating visual interest. There is a countertop cabinet with a pocket flip-up door to hold the microwave and a beveled glass mullion door above. Other specialty wall cabinets include a wine cubby wall cabinet with two spice drawers and a diagonal wall Lazy Susan corner cabinet. The base cabinets include spice pull-outs with split post fronts, a double trash pull-out, two easy reach base corner cabinets with drawers, and a tray divider cabinet.

The large hutch in the dining area is designed to function as a bar. One of the tall cabinets has a mirrored back with glass shelves, stemware holders, and wine cubbies. The center wall cabinet has a swing arm spice shelf. Below, is a liquor base cabinet with roll outs designed to hold liquor bottles and bar accessories, a base pantry pull-out for bottles and cans, and a pull-out serving cart. Each of the tall cabinets is topped with a lift-up door wall cabinet. The center wall cabinet features an “X” mullion, antique glass door and a split top bonnet. While the entire piece is finished in a distressed black paint with rub-throughs, there are two distinct door styles mixed together: a low profile, raised panel door with chamfered inside edges and a recessed, flat panel door with molded edges.

The full bath was remolded from two separate half baths, completely gutted and then dry walled, tiled, and re-plumbed. A shower stall with floor to ceiling glass tile was added. A tiled wainscot runs the perimeter of the room, and the floor is made from river rock tiles for visual interest and a touch of whimsy. Again, all tile was provided by Garden State Tile. A freestanding furniture vanity made from a recessed flat panel cabinet with zebra wood insert panels and tapered furniture posts along with stainless steel accents finishes off the Zen look and relaxed yet modern feel.