Are Custom Cabinets Right for You?

 What does a traditional cabinetmaker spend his time on? He specializes in designing and building all sorts of fine, custom furniture. There are still traditional cabinetmakers out there if you’re interested, though the name now more often refers to artisans who specialize exclusively in the construction and installation of new custom cabinetry.

True Craftsmanship
Whether a cabinet maker holds true to his roots as a craftsman of fine furniture, or has moved on to specialize in creating custom cabinets for kitchens and bathrooms, they do share a common trait. They produce cabinets and furniture that are beyond compare. If you’re looking for a cookie cutter set of cabinets at a cheaper price, you’ll find everything your heart desires at the local home improvement store. If you’re looking for something special, however, a custom cabinet builder is right up your alley.

Why Buy Custom Cabinets?
There are quite a few answers to this question. First and foremost, you just won’t find more beautiful sets of cabinets than those made by artisans who care deeply about their craft. Beyond looks, however, a good cabinet maker can also work wonders in creating a set of cabinets that is custom built to help you get the most out of your space. That might mean building special cabinets to fit nooks, crannies, and other areas that are unique to your home, or providing you with special features that stock cabinets just don’t offer. This can help give you the custom look you really want for you kitchen.

For Example…
For a good cabinetmaker, just about anything you can think of is possible, and a lot of things that wouldn’t ever occur to you as well. Some custom cabinetry ideas include glass front cabinets, multi-storage pantries, built-in spice racks, integrated cutting boards, ironing board attachments, built-in wine racks, wine glass holders installed on the underside of cabinets, and much much more.

Besides Cabinets
Building cabinets might be their specialty, but most of these artisans provide other services as well. It varies from craftsman to craftsman, but making furniture, doors, and providing other woodworking services is not uncommon. Cabinet builders are also well-schooled in the art of finishing and re-finishing cabinetry and other wood products, and many provide these services to customers as well.

If you’re interested in custom cabinetry for your kitchen, bathroom, or elsewhere in your home, contact an experienced cabinet maker with a great reputation to get you started!


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Colombo Design "Epoca" Door Lever-Privacy Lock

Colombo Design "Epoca" Door Lever-Privacy Lock


 A lockset or alternatively lock set is the hardware and components that comprise the locking mechanism that can usually be found on a door or other hinged object but can also include sliding doors and dividers. The components of a lockset can include (but are not limited to) the door handlelatch bolt, dead bolt, and decorative escutcheons of the door and can consist of mortised or cylindrical mechanisms. The lockset and associated hardware typically defines a door’s function and how a user would (or cannot) access the two adjacent spaces defined by the opening associated with the lockset. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, under Title III, and many state and local governments regulate locksets in buildings occupied by the public. Typically, locksets that employ door knob controlled latches are forbidden for public use in favor of lever handles, which are easier to operate by gravity instead of the grasping and turning required by knobs. Many municipalities also regulate locksets in terms of fire rating, using standards most often determined by Underwriters Laboratories in the United States. 


       Door functions

   Lockset manufacturers generally describe locksets in terms of how a door is operated by a user, while the American National Standards Institute, or ANSI, assigns the functioning of locksets individual alphanumerical codes also in relation to the door’s operation. For example, a “passage latch”, a common industry term, on a mortised lockset is a door with a lockset consisting of two turning handles, both of which are never locked. This door function would be given the code of “F01” by ANSI. Alternatively, for a cylindrical passage latch, the ANSI code is F75


Common Door Functions Description Example locations
Classroom Outside lockable by key, inside handle always unlocked Classrooms, commercial storage closets
Dummy Fixed knob or lever on one side only Decorative doors, cabinets
Passage Rotating door handles, neither of which lock. Residential closets
Privacy Lockable on one side commonly by push-button, emergency release on opposite side. Single stall or residential bathrooms, offices, bedrooms


Colombo Design "Tender" Door Lever-Passage

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Door locks and knobs are often the first line of defense in protecting property and privacy. Locks, as part of doorknob assemblies, are a key consideration when choosing a doorknob. Read on to learn about different kinds of locks and locksets.

A “privacy” lock has a lock on the inside knob only, and is usually used on bathroom, bedroom and other interior rooms.

A “keyed” lock has a key slot on the outside knob and a button or thumb turn on the inside. Keyed locks are most effective when used on exterior doors, and are also used for closets and storage room doors requiring more security.

Assemblies for these locks are called locksets, and consist of the knobs or handles, a latch bolt assembly and other associated trim pieces – in other words, the entire door knob / lock assembly.

Locks are easy to replace, but new installations are more challenging, since precise hole-cutting is required.

One last tip – decide on which type of lock is required for your project before shopping for doorknobs. There’s a lock or lockset for any need you could require in your home, in various shapes, styles and colors, and changing locksets and doorknobs are a simple, yet elegant touch to room redecorations.

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There are several considerations to make before selecting a doorknob. Read on to learn more.

The type of door will influence the style of doorknob. For example, interior doors typically don’t need keyed locks, but privacy locks for bedrooms and bathrooms are common.

Measure the thickness of your door, and then decide on which type of knob, such as a round knob, thumb-latch or lever-type. Homes with children or disabled persons will appreciate lever-type knobs, which are much easier to open than traditional round knobs.

When shopping for exterior knobs, be mindful of those that open from the inside and then not unlock (where you may lock yourself out!).

When redecorating, purchase all of your doorknobs in the room at the same time.

Consider decorative glass or metal doorknobs, which last far longer than cheap plastic or fiberglass doorknobs. They also function better for everyday use.

Purchase doorknobs at the same time. If you are buying a large quantity of decorative doorknobs, as you would with kitchen cabinets, buy them at once. If you buy them separately, they may not match or the store may run out of or discontinue that particular style.

One last tip: avoid buying authentic antique doorknobs for functional use. These antiques are best used in light-duty, decorative applications.


Personalize and otherwise boring door with decorative doorknobs. Since they come in a large variety of sizes, colors and styles, doorknobs add your own personal touch and match just about any interior décor style.

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