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Got Stuff? Try floor to ceiling cabinets!

One major component of every remodeling project is figuring out how to incorporate storage options, particularly in kitchens and bathrooms. Every household accumulates “stuff” and the bigger your family is the more you will have. Thompson Remodeling has experience working with Grand Rapids families of two people to up to eight and more! We will work with you to find creative ways to accommodate all that important stuff you need to keep in each room to make it function at its best. One solution we have found to work really well is floor to ceiling cabinets. They can be integrated to match other cabinetry within a room and offer unlimited options for drawers, pullouts, cubbies and other internal organizing systems. Read more

The Anatomy of a Great Kitchen Remodel

The holiday season is fast approaching and that means your kitchen is about to start working overtime! As you prepare for the meals, parties, and baking that the holidays bring, you may feel like your kitchen isn’t meeting your needs. And if you do, you’re not alone. This is the time of year when most people recognize the flaws in their kitchen and we get a lot of calls from folks just after the holidays that have decided it’s time for a kitchen remodel. Read more

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Remodeled Kitchen Spotlight: A Baker’s Dream

Our clients purchased an old house in East Grand Rapids that needed several updates to make it family friendly. The existing floor plan had an expansive formal dining room that the owners had no plans to use. It also had a small and dark kitchen with a drafty breakfast nook area. Another problem with the layout was the closed staircase, which blocked both sight and sound of the children coming and going. Read more

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Not Your Average Kitchen Cabinets

How often do you have to rummage around in your kitchen cabinets trying to find that pot or gadget you are trying to find? Most of us find ourselves doing it almost daily. Fortunately, cabinets have come a long way! Now, there are all sorts of cool inserts and built-ins that you can incorporate into your cabinet layout. Read more

Kitchen Cabinets – the Difference between Stock, Semi-Custom and Custom Cabinetry

One of the biggest choices you will make when planning your kitchen remodel is what type of cabinet to use – stock, semi-custom or custom. These terms refer to the production method used to make the cabinets. The key difference between each is the level of customization options available, production lead-time, and material quality. In this blog we will provide you with a description and the pros and cons of each type of kitchen cabinet.

Stock Cabinets

Stock kitchen cabinets are pre-made and mass-produced. No customization of size or style is available. Most are made of particle board covered in veneer or imitation wood.


  • Budget friendly
  • Quick delivery time


  • Limited sizes, styles, and colors
  • Less expensive materials can affect quality over time


Semi-custom kitchen cabinets are a cross between stock and custom cabinetry. You will find extended size options are available beyond standard stock cabinet offerings. Semi-custom cabinets allow for customization of details such as wood finish, door fronts, drawer style, size, and cabinet depth.


  • Lots of customization options
  • Less expensive than custom cabinets


  • Some limits to customization options
  • Longer delivery time than stock

 Custom Cabinets

Custom kitchen cabinets are built to your exact specifications which means you can choose the size, wood type, wood finish, door type, door details, you name it! An experienced carpenter will build them made-to-order.


  • Limitless customization options
  • High quality craftsmanship


  • Expensive
  • Long lead-time