Help with new construction cabinet question
Holly Katt
April 5, 2013 in Design Dilemma
If you chose flat panel cabinets, shouldn't the whole house be flat panel cabinets? Just curious. Our builder installed traditional cabinets in both bathrooms and laundry.
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Jayme H.
According to my spouse, who works for a builder doing finishing carpentry, it can go either way.
April 5, 2013 at 3:49PM   
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Project Guru
Shaker cabinets can easily function for traditional or more modern interiors: your choice of countertop edging, trim detail and furnishings will take the house in the direction you prefer.
April 5, 2013 at 3:57PM     
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I would say if the rooms are not open to each other, different would be fine.
April 5, 2013 at 4:13PM     
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Different is good.
April 6, 2013 at 6:51PM   
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Different is fine. While I'm not a fan of completely different finishes in every single room. Having two different types of cabinets is perfectly fine especially in this case where they have similar lines.
April 6, 2013 at 9:39PM   
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Significant Buildings and Construction
Typically, in new construction, the same cabinets will be used throughout the house to create uniformity. As a builder, it seems a little odd that your builder would install two completely different styles of cabinets, but it's not necessarily a bad thing! Depends on what you specified.
April 7, 2013 at 6:56PM   
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Significant - the same cabs for uniformity or to save costs? My experience has been builders tend to buy builders, or contractors, packs because they're cheaper.
April 7, 2013 at 7:03PM   
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Did he just decide this on his own? Seems like a decision you ought to have been part of.
April 7, 2013 at 7:05PM   
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Significant Buildings and Construction
We do all custom cabinetry - nothing pre-fab, but have found that sometimes mixing styles can make a new home look like a remodel that was pieced together at different times. I second Kimdee's question about whether or not the homeowner was asked about his/her preference.
April 7, 2013 at 7:11PM     
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I guess the one bad thing about having all cabinets uniform is if they are 'trendy' because when they go out of style, they ALL go out of style. Think golden oak.....
April 7, 2013 at 7:12PM   
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I don't think they should match necessarily, but the styles should agree.
April 7, 2013 at 7:14PM     
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And if you don't want the traditional ones because they don't match your style, or what you like, then have them changed now! I wouldn't want traditional mixed with contemporary, that is for sure.
April 7, 2013 at 7:15PM     
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Holly Katt
Thanks everyone. Turns out our spec sheet had stain grade cabinets in the kitchen and paint grade in bathroom. My builder said they cant do the flat panel or shaker cabinet in that type of paint grade material so that's why he did different style. I do wish i knew though so we could upgrade them bc now we can't use the stain we wanted as well.
April 21, 2013 at 6:48PM     
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