custom cabinetsBy designing custom cabinets in each one of my homes, I can add a certain character and flair that cannot be found in off-the-shelf cabinetry.

I am impressed with the selection of powder bath and master bath stand-alone units offered in today’s big box stores. In fact, I’ve found some pedestal-sink-units  that have really caught my eye in Pottery Barn!

But by and large, custom cabinetry in your home goes a long long way in adding creativity and character.

Aspen Manor
Aspen Manor

With custom cabinetry, everything fits just right. There are never four inch voids of … nothing. And as you know by now, I am a big believer in using every square centimeter of space in your home!

The first photo in this post is of a knotty alder cabinet, given a clear stain so the wood makes the statement. In the second photo, the cabinets have been painted and heavily distressed.

Hand-Carving, Kitchen Cabinets
Hand-Carving, Kitchen Cabinets

And with custom cabinets I get to do what I love best: personalize a home. I followed the grain of the wood in the drawer fronts above.  Other times, I’ll get fancy and do some designs.

If you are planning a small remodel, however, of course it might work out that a stand-alone unit is more affordable than a built-in cabinet. For sure this is true in a one bathroom remodel. I suggest, however, going with a higher -end company than a big box store. As I mentioned above, I think Pottery Barn actually makes a pretty quality product for the money. I’m also (of course) a fan of Restoration Hardware.

But for a full-house? You really should go the route of a full cabinetry order. Not only will it create unity through the home, but you’ll appreciate the smart use of space it allows.

Jess Alway