A Kitchen Remodel Story: Bulkheads Begone!

Several decades ago, it was commonplace to install hanging kitchen cabinets that could be accessed from two sides. Typically they would be hung beneath a bulkhead and would partially block the view in and out of the kitchen.  In the case of this Grand Rapids remodeling story, the kitchen included this design element as well as bulkheads above all of the cabinets and doorways. Our clients requested a design that would make their kitchen feel more connected to the rest of their home. Read more

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FAQ: Will painting my cabinets save me money on my kitchen remodel?

Many of our kitchen remodeling clients will ask us about painting their cabinets instead of replacing them. Often, they are considering taking on the task themselves as a DIY project. Before we can provide a simple yes or no answer to this question, there are a few important considerations. We certainly understand staying within budgets and looking for ways to save money, but sometimes painting your own cabinets may not be the best solution. 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

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