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selecting cabinets for a custom home
October 28, 2014

Selecting Cabinets for Your Custom Home

Building your custom home offers many opportunities to reflect your personal style and preferences, as well as provide function that fits your lifestyle.  One of the major decisions you will make concerning your home is selecting cabinetry, as this choice provides the foundation for many other style elements you will make throughout your entire home.  Cabinetry is a major budget item in building any home and the right cabinetry can give your custom built home both unique function and style.

Where to Begin

Once you have determined the basic footprint of your kitchen, baths, and built-in areas, you can begin to visualize and narrow down your field of cabinetry choices. Following are two things to keep in mind when making decisions about your cabinetry: personal style and functionality.

Your Personal Style

The rules of cabinetry have changed. Gone are the days of having to choose one wood type and one color for all the cabinets for your entire home.  Homeowners now make choices to mix woods, and have various paint or stain colors throughout the home. However daring you are in these choices, it’s helpful to remember your cabinet door style can be one of the most important factors in your custom built home’s new design.

Door Styles

Cabinet doors are one of the most visible design elements in a kitchen, bath, and built-ins. From the elaborate to the simple, there’s a door style for every home design. Two of the better-known cabinet door styles are the shaker style, and flat style.

Shaker. The Shaker-style cabinet door is the most common door style used in kitchens today. This five-piece flat-panel style has a frame made from four pieces and a single flat center panel for the fifth piece.   This style uses simple, clean lines and became popular because their style lends itself to most any decor – from contemporary to traditional.

Flat. Simple and stylish, the flat-panel cabinet door is free of any added detail. This cabinet style lends itself to greater flexibility with the materials and finishes used in construction. Its hard lines and minimalist form make it a great fit for contemporary and modern interiors.


Not only does your cabinetry need to look good, but it has to be functional as well. Keep in mind how you use your cabinet-heavy areas, especially your custom-built home’s kitchen.  There are many open-shelf concepts, glass-front cabinet door options, and solid door options to choose from.  If your main kitchen functions as more of a show room than a functional food preparation space, consider glass doors or open shelves for a more open look and a way to display some of your collectibles. If there are many cooks in your kitchen, you may need to consider the more traditional solid door options.

Many custom-built homes have more than one kitchen, each functioning in a specific way.  When selecting cabinet styles and doors, keep in mind how each kitchen is used and then take advantage of the many great options that best lend itself to each use.

Choice Custom Homes builds homes that will provide you and your family many years of lasting enjoyment. Determining what cabinets are best for your home is big decision, one that Choice Homes has a long history of successfully guiding clients through. We’d be happy to walk you through the process and help you think through your short and long term needs when it comes to cabinet choices.


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