They can be! There is an option to do a solid, reverse raised panel. The benefit of a solid panel is that many wood species mellow or darken because of sunlight UV exposure. Especially on lighter finishes, a plywood veneer center panel might not change color at the same rate that the solid wood door frame does. A less expensive option that gives the same appearance from the front of the cabinet is to do a plywood center panel. As far as the box construction, there is an option to do a plywood box. The standard construction is high density, furniture grade fiberboard with a melamine interior. The most common combination we do is a plywood panel door with the fiberboard box.
Each manufacturer has a different wood species available. The most common options are cherry, maple, oak and alder. Some offer knotty and clear alder, while some only offer knotty. We also can choose from more exotic woods like walnut, bamboo, straight grain fir and zebra wood.
Manufactured cabinets have a superior finish because they have a catalyzed conversion varnish top coat and is sprayed on, and then baked onto the cabinet. Also, the air quality in the factory is quality controlled, keeping it the right temperature and humidity for applying stain and paints, and keeping it free from dust.
Box cabinets are cabinets assembled and put together at the job site.
Not all shop built cabinets are bad, you just have to know what to look for and the questions to ask. Where are the cabinets finished - in the shop or in the home? What type of paint or top coat is used? Are there backs on the cabinets or will you see sheet rock wall in the back? What type of drawer hardware is used - side mount or under mount? Are the drawers full extension? What type of overlay and reveal do the cabinets have - standard overlay with a 1" reveal, or full overlay with a 1/4" or 1/8" reveal (depending on the construction). Are you able to see a sample of the cabinetry that you are purchasing? Do they have a warranty, and if so, what is it?
The lead time from the order sign off to delivery is usually 6-10 weeks depending on what kind of cabinet you're ordering and how busy the manufacturer is. The average is about 8 weeks. For install, it depends on the size and complexity of the cabinet design. A simple kitchen can have the base and wall cabinets installed in as little as a day. Sometimes it takes a few weeks if there are lots of parts that have to be put together on site.
Mingle provides design and pricing on the product. Once we've started the design process with our clients and have a good direction for the design, we partner with a contractor to figure out the rest of the project costs. We have contractors that we have vetted and work with regularly, and can recommend, otherwise we do work with our clients contractor if they have someone they've worked with before. In those cases, we like to provide the cabinet install, especially if the contractors installer is not familiar with installing manufactured cabinets.
Yes, we can work with a design that the client provides. We sometimes will recommend a few changes or a re-designed option by Mingle for you.
Yes, we can! The majority of styles we design and install are Transitional.
Often times we start by asking our clients a few questions that help us narrow down the style. Painted or stained? We talk about current trends. What do you currently have in your kitchen and do you like it? We look at their Pinterest or Houzz to get a feel for the design style. Some clients come in with a specific style they want (modern farm house, coastal, mid-century modern) and we are able to help them with the selections from there. We also have every door style available from our manufacturers here in our showroom so our clients can see it in person. We are here to help make those decisions and guide our clients through the process.
Yes! We design cabinetry and spaces for all parts of the home! Kitchens, pantries, laundry rooms, offices, entertainment centers, buffets, bathrooms, mud rooms, bedroom dressers, closets, garages, theater rooms, and even outdoor cabinetry.
There are so many options for finishes. Our manufacturers have R&D teams that have produced beautiful, unique finishes along with the classic stains and paints that never go out of style. If there is a finish that a client likes, but maybe they'd like it a little darker or a little more gray, we are able to do a custom finish as well. The possibilities are endless.