Preparing to Work with a Custom Cabinetmaker

Making your home fit your lifestyle in the most perfect way possible is a partnership between you as the homeowner and Dixon Custom Cabinetry. Our goal is to offer you a high quality, well-crafted product that you will be pleased with for many years. In order to do that, we start by learning about your current priorities and future needs.

Here are the four topics that we ask you to explore on your own before beginning work with us as your custom cabinetmaker.

What is your motivation for this build/remodel?

Are you ready for a new look? Building a completely new home? This old room just doesn’t function in your modern lifestyle? Or, maybe your family size has or soon will change? What about are you a Master Chef or the Head of Take Out?

Whatever your reason, it’s personal to you. An awareness of your daily needs will help us to plan many aspects of your cabinetry layout from the floor plan to the amount of storage space needed.

Your Personal Style Inspirations

Which “looks” appeal to you and make you feel most at home? This could mean colors, degrees of openness, even the “feel” of a room.  From formal to transitional, farmhouse or simple classic looks there are a plethora of styles and colors, patinas and treatments available to you when it’s a custom project. Take advantage of this opportunity to create something that’s truly yours!

We suggest putting together an idea file or inspiration board together with images collected from Pinterest, Houzz, magazines or any other source of inspiration for you. Bring these pieces  when you visit our showroom to meet with a designer. This will provide them with the best insight into the creative and operational design elements you most appreciate.

Budget. Yes, budget.

Truth is there’s a room for every budget. Walking in armed with a budget in mind is one of your strongest starting points. The cabinetry in a kitchen will demand approximately 40% of your budget for that room. Spend it wisely and know how much you have. This is a requirement to get started for obvious reasons. Let’s work together to make sure you get the most beautiful and efficient use of cabinet space for your money.

Additional Room Elements

These are the working pieces of your kitchen or bath that your cabinets must work around and complement.  You’ll need to know/confirm these important elements for the designer to lay out your room properly:

  • Appliances – Have manufacturers specs on all appliances to be used.
  • Space size – This would be the measurements of the room.
  • Microwave – If applicable, will it be built-in?
  • Kitchen Islands – Yes or no? Does it need to have a cook top or sink included?
  • Sink style – Farmhouse or under-mount? Along with size and depth.
Products Containing the Following be Avoided to Prevent Damage:
  1. Cleaning compounds containing alkaline reagents. (Will adversely affect the coated surface)
  2. Ammonia or cleaning products containing ammonia. (Can cause yellowing of lighter colors)
  3. Bleach or cleaning products containing bleach. (Can cause yellowing of lighter colors)
  4. Harsh detergents, strong soaps, abrasive cleaning products such as tub and sink cleansers, scouring powder and pads, steel wool, self-polishing waxes.
  5. Silicone-based cleaning, waxing or polishing products.
  6. Solvent-based or petroleum-based products such as mineral spirits, nail polish removers or paint thinners.
Acceptable or at Least Reasonably Safe Cleaning Products:

* This is not, an endorsement or brand recommendation of any form. The end results are still wholly and completely at the users own risk.

  1. Old English Lemon Oil
  2. Murphy (Pure Vegetable) Oil Soap

* If you have any questions or require further information, please contact your product-related “Technical Sales Representative.”

Taking each of these pieces in consideration, your Dixon Custom Cabinetry designer will work together with you to lay out a space that is unique to your family’s needs.

When you are ready to meet with a designer to discuss your space, contact us to set up an appointment!