November 18, 2022

5 Questions to Ask Your Cabinet Designer

When it comes to designing your dream kitchen or bathroom, there's no shortage of important decisions to make.  

One of the most crucial choices you'll face is finding the right cabinet designer for the job. Cabinets are a major focal point in any room, and can really make or break the overall look and feel; so, you'll need a team that can bring your exact vision to life.

Here are five key questions to ask any potential cabinet designer, to ensure they're the right fit for your project:

  1. What materials will you use in making the cabinets?
  1. How are the cabinets being assembled?
  1. How long will the cabinets take to make and install?
  1. Will you provide the design and shop drawings?
  1. Can I visit the production facilities to become familiar with the process?

Our team of expert designers will go over each question in detail, and guide you through the process.  You’ll want to stick around for the bonus question at the end to really ensure everything runs smoothly with your project.

We’re more than happy to take your questions, and hope you’ll choose the Cabinet Chic to give your home a beautiful new look that will last for years to come.

What materials will you use in making the cabinets?

The materials used will affect the cabinet's durability and how it will look over time. Ask your cabinet designer about their preferred materials and what options are available to you.  

Don't be afraid to ask questions about the different types of materials. We want you to get a true idea of how well they will hold up as well in addition to what kind of final style you can expect.  

How are the cabinets being assembled?

Cabinets can be assembled using different methods, depending on the wood materials used and the overall design. The most important thing to note is that the method of assembly will affect both the durability and stability of the cabinets.  

There is a big difference between builder-grade or stock cabinetry and the custom cabinetry you can create. Elements like dovetail hinges, soft-close hinges, or wire mesh grille insert doors are rarely just something you can purchase.

When it comes to getting your dream design, here's a breakdown of what questions to focus on here.

What finishes?

Cabinet finishes come in a variety of types, from natural wood grains to painted finishes. Ask your custom cabinet designer what finish they would recommend and what type of look you can expect. Be sure to ask about the durability of each finish, as well as how easy it is to care for.  We want you to live in style.

What design style?

Your cabinets will be a major focal point in your kitchen, so you'll want to make sure they match the style of your home. Talk to your cabinet designer about the different styles of cabinets and find one that will complement your décor.  

Our custom cabinetry can be made to fit any home style you’d like, including:  

Do you have a guarantee?

We believe quality begins with us and lives with you. The integrity of your cabinets is highly important and why construction and attention to detail are key. Ask any warranties or guarantees offered on the cabinetry project. Knowing we stand by our work; now that’s happiness built in.

3. How long will the cabinets take to make and install?

For us, you can generally expect about 3-4 months. Of course, this can vary depending on your project size and selections. Extraordinary things take time, but trust us, it’s worth it.

You should also ask about the installation process and how long that will take, as you'll need to plan your home life around everything.

Custom cabinetry can take time to complete. It's important to be patient and work with a designer you trust.

4. Will you provide the design and shop drawings?

The design and shop drawings are an important part of the process, as they help you visualize the final product. You should ask your cabinet designer what kind of designs and drawings/renderings they provide.

You should be able to have a lot of say in the process; after all, this is your custom cabinetry! Any designer that is hesitant to show mockups and sketches should be given a second thought.

5. Can I visit the production facilities to become familiar with the process?

This is a great question to ask, as it shows that you're interested in the process and want to be involved. If the answer is no, it's not necessarily a deal-breaker, but it's something to keep in mind.

If possible, visit the production facilities. You can see how the cabinets are made in person, see the team, and get an idea of the quality and care that the brand puts into their work.

(Bonus) What is the delivery and installation process like?

Delivery and installation are two very important parts of the process. You should ask your cabinet designer about their delivery methods and how they handle the installation.

You'll want to make sure that the cabinets are delivered safely and installed properly. Any issues with delivery or installation can cause major renovation project delays and headaches, so it's best to be as informed as possible.  

Our install team are some of the best in the business. You can trust us to install your cabinets with as much care as we built them with.

Any Questions? We Have Answers!

When designing a product built around your wants and needs, communication is key. These questions are just a starting point- your designer should be able to answer any and all questions you have about your project.

Our skilled craftsmen want to build cabinetry, millwork, and furniture that’s completely tailored to your unique needs. We know you want to make sure you're getting exactly what you want; that’s why, you are a key part of the process every step of the way.  

Here at C&C Cabinets, we pride ourselves on our customer service and communication, so give us a call today and ask away!

“The work of C&C cabinets is incredible. They can make any cabinet dreams a reality. Highly recommend!”    - Seleena N.
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