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Serving Santa Clara County, including Gilroy, Morgan Hill, Hollister, San Jose, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Milpitas, Cupertino, and Campbell.

Services include Additions, Custom Cabinets, Drywall, Electrical, Full House Remodels, Kitchen & Bathroom Remodels, Plumbing. Brands include .
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Services include kitchen and bathroom remodels, custom cabinets, entertainment centers, windows and doors, countertops, flooring, plumbing, electrical, moulding and accents. Brands include Cambria...
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How to Choose
How to Choose a Good Cabinet Company in Santa Clara County

Choosing cabinets for your home can be a bit overwhelming. Should you use stock or custom-made cabinets? What about wood or stainless steel? Do you prefer natural or painted finishes? There seems to be no end to all the choices. There is an easy answer: narrow down your preferences one at a time, then you will find it is not so challenging to choose the perfect home cabinets....

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Choosing cabinets for your home can be a bit overwhelming. Should you use stock or custom-made cabinets? What about wood or stainless steel? Do you prefer natural or painted finishes? There seems to be no end to all the choices. There is an easy answer: narrow down your preferences one at a time, then you will find it is not so challenging to choose the perfect home cabinets.

There is much to study when you begin to choose cabinets for your home in in Santa Clara County that serves in the major cities of Cupertino, Gilroy, Campbell, and Morgan Hill, as well as the smaller towns like Alviso, Los Altos Hills, Mt. Hamilton, and Saratoga.

Budgeting for New Home Cabinets
When you begin any new construction or remodeling project, the first step will be to decide how much you want to spend. With cabinet projects, particularly in the kitchen, cost can easily spiral out of control. Decide on your overall budget, and then cut that cost in half. This will be your cabinet budget.

That may sound like a lot, but remember that you will also need to purchase flooring, countertops, and appliances. And do not worry: you may still be able to find quality discount kitchen cabinets.

Types of New Cabinetry Construction
After figuring a budget, choosing the type of construction will be much simpler. The types of cabinet construction are semi-custom, custom-made, and stock cabinets.

Semi-custom cabinets are factory-made after you give an order to a cabinet supplier. These cabinets are made to order, so you have more options than with you do with stock cabinets. You can usually choose from drawers that have slide-outs, pantries, and even odd-size cabinets. There is also a wider array of materials and finishes. However, these cabinets are still not custom-made, so your options are not limitless. These semi-custom cabinets are more costly than stock cabinets.

Custom-made cabinets are the cream of the crop of cabinets. These cabinets are made by a custom cabinet manufacturer or by a local custom wood shop. They are made exactly according to your specifications, and you can select from nearly any material or finish that is possible. With these design cabinets you can maximize the space in your kitchen. You may want cabinetry that looks more like furniture, particularly with kitchen cabinets - a custom cabinetmaker can do it. You can expect the price for all of these choices to be quite steep - custom cabinets are definitely the most expensive option.

Stock cabinets are the cabinets that you will find at the local home improvement store. They come in a limited number of widths, and also with a limited number of options and materials. These are not made to fit precisely into your kitchen, so you will probably need to use filler strips to disguise spaces between the cabinets and the walls. There are advantages to stock cabinets. The limited choices are are made in the most popular finishes, sizes and materials. These cabinets wonit give you a one-of-a-kind look, but you can still may find the exact cabinets what you want. This style is also the least expensive option of the three, although this does not mean that these are made cheaply. Stock cabinets can be just as good as custom cabinets. Also, if you are looking for cabinetry that is ready to assemble, stock cabinets will be your choice.

Different Styles of Cabinets Available from Santa Clara County Cabinet Companies
When selecting a style for your cabinetry in Santa Clara County, it is useful to look through magazines and design books. Mark pictures of cabinet designs that you really like, then you will probably begin to notice a trend in the cabinets that you like. This will make the decision for your cabinetis style much simpler. It's challenging to walk into a showroom for cabinets and select the ones that will look best in your home. For instance, if you discover that you like a streamlined look more than carved details, you can focus on the cabinets which truly reflect your style.

There are various styles of cabinets, but most of them are categorized by the door design.

Slab door cabinets
The slab door is a common cabinet door. It is made up of of a single, smooth door which covers the complete front of the cabinet. This design gives a clean, uncluttered look.

Cabinets with raised panel doors
Raised panel doors have a wood frame glued over the top of the door. There may or may not be a decorative edge routed into the frame. These doors look best in a formal, elegant kitchen.

New cabinets with recessed panel doors
In recessed panel doors, a panel is fitted in the back of the frame part of the cabinet door. These cabinets reveal a country style. The Mission-style frame has the front of the panel divided into two sections. Your choice could be doors with a curved arch or a cathedral arch at the top of the frame. These cabinets fit into a variety of kitchens.

Remember to take the time to compare home cabinetry for you will probably keep this kitchen for a long time. You want to make sure you love what you chosen.

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Know What You Want
Knowing What to Ask Yourself as You Research Santa Clara Cabinet Companies

Before you choose cabinets to install in your home in Santa Clara County, including the cities of Mountain View, Milpitas, and Palo Alto, there are many factors to consider. Ask yourself the following questions:...

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Before you choose cabinets to install in your home in Santa Clara County, including the cities of Mountain View, Milpitas, and Palo Alto, there are many factors to consider. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • How much use will the room get? Is the strength of granite important, or will a laminate be adequate?
  • What is a sensible cabinetry package for your budget? Do you think you need a higher-end wood like cherry, or will a more simple maple or oak package with lots of extra storage options be better fit for you?
  • Do I want a Diamond Certified company that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Guarantee?
  • What area of the home do you spend the most time? Remember to think of ease-of-use and functionality.
  • Do the countertops need to be extra wide or include arches? Will something simple work just as well?
  • Who sits around in the kitchen? Would an island, breakfast bar, or conversation corner be needed?
  • What do you think about the overall look and feel - layout, countertops, flooring, lighting, cooking, cabinets, sink capacity?
  • How much traffic usually flows through the area?
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What to Ask on the Phone
Interview Questions to Ask on the Phone to Santa Clara County Cabinetry Companies

As you are interviewing cabinet makers on the phone in Santa Clara County in the major cities of San Jose, Sunnyvale, and Santa Clara, or in your area, it is a good idea to have a list of questions prepared. This will keep you on track during the phone interview and will help ensure that you do get the answers you need to make an educated decision about cabinets for your home. Keep a paper and pencil handy to write down the answers from each company....

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As you are interviewing cabinet makers on the phone in Santa Clara County in the major cities of San Jose, Sunnyvale, and Santa Clara, or in your area, it is a good idea to have a list of questions prepared. This will keep you on track during the phone interview and will help ensure that you do get the answers you need to make an educated decision about cabinets for your home. Keep a paper and pencil handy to write down the answers from each company. That way you will know which Santa Clara County cabinet maker answered each question most reasonably and it may help make it clear which company is the best choice for you.

  • What is the Santa Clara cabinet makers' estimated timeframe for completion of your cabinets?
  • Will the cabinet makers and cabinet companies provide a detailed, written estimate for new kitchen cabinets, bathroom cabinets or cabinet storage?
  • What materials will the cabinet builder use to create your custom cabinets?
  • Does the new cabinetsi price include both parts and labor?
  • What type of warranty do the cabinet makers and cabinet stores provide for their work?
  • Will the cabinet companies and cabinet builders in Santa Clara County provide a written contract?
  • Has your company earned and maintained a Diamond Certified rating?
  • How long has the cabinet company been in business or how long has the cabinet maker been involved in custom cabinetry in Santa Clara County?
  • How many cabinets have the cabinet companies completed in Santa Clara County?
  • Do you have any pictures of the cabinets for kitchens you have installed?
  • Do the cabinet makers or cabinet stores specialize in the type of work you have described? If so, ask them to provide some examples of similar cabinetry design or cabinet installation.
  • Can the cabinetmakers build custom cabinets, garage cabinets, wood cabinets, glass cabinets or wall cabinets? Do they have a specialty, or are they able to build all types of cabinets?
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What to Ask in Person
What to Ask When Speaking in Person to Santa Clara County Cabinet Makers

Next, you can interview Santa Clara County cabinet makers in person, including the smaller towns of Blossom Valley, Los Gatos, New Almaden, and Permanente. Questions you may want to ask include:...

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Next, you can interview Santa Clara County cabinet makers in person, including the smaller towns of Blossom Valley, Los Gatos, New Almaden, and Permanente. Questions you may want to ask include:

  • How are the slide out shelves and drawers made?
    Dove-tailed drawers are the standard when it comes to strength. Also solid wood sides are the best, but make sure it is not stapled MDF. In fact, no MDF should be in the cabinets at all.
  • What hardware will be used in the cabinets?
    With good hardware you will find yourself opening and closing cabinet doors just for fun or maybe to show your friends. Ask if you can see a sample - slide if back and forth or open it. With doors, there are soft close features so they wonit bang. If you get quality hardware, it will last much longer.
  • What are my doors made out of? What will the style be?
    There are all types of style - raised panel, Shaker, etc... Cabinet positioning is referred to as inset or overlay. The inset doors are in line with the face of the frame. The overlay doors will overlap the face of the frames. If you get confused about style, a consultation with a cabinet maker will help. As for material, if you want long life solid wood is the best choice. As for design, remember that the taller and wider the door, the more likely the door could warp. One of the beauties of wood is that being a natural material it can move.
  • Will the cabinet make the design drawings and the shop drawings or will I do that?
    This is one characteristic where cabinet design can make or break the feel and usefulness of your cabinets, particularly in the kitchen. It is highly recommend that you get input by a professional on this subject. Where you put pots and pans, linens, silverware, the dishwasher, sink etc can be exciting, but it can be overwhelming. You can be as detailed as you want to be! So find out who needs to supply this cabinet information.
  • What is behind the cabinet doors?
    This can be tricky because when you approve a drawing, many times the number of shelves or slide out drawers or trash bin receivers, and many other items are left out. Make sure you know what is included.
  • How long does the Santa Clara County cabinet maker or cabinet company think it will take to make and install the cabinetry?
    This is a simple question, but it can change everything.
  • Is the installation included in the cost?
    The installation of the cabinets is a big factor, and it is usually preferred for the cabinet maker to install. This way any mistakes or adjustments will be their responsibility. Also remember to ask if the knobs and pulls will be installed by them also.
  • What materials will you use in making cabinetry for my home?
    Plywood for the cases and solid hardwood for the face frames are a definite must for durability.
  • How will the cabinetry be assembled?
    Normally, dadoes, a groove in the side of the case to accept top or bottom, for the strength and pocket screws for the face frames will be sufficient. Cheaply stapled cases with no glue will easily fall apart.
  • What are the finishes? Will the cabinets be finished on the site or in the shop?
    Most cabinet makers prefer shop-finished cabinets. There are many conditions on a job site that can lead to problems with finishes. Good sprayed finishes are varnish or lacquer.

All the time it takes to select the right cabinets for your home will be well worth the usefulness. So on this cabinet purchase, make sure you relax and enjoy the process and beauty of selecting your own an amazing set of cabinets.

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What to Ask References
Questions to Ask Previous Customers of a Santa Clara Cabinet Company

Itis best to select a Diamond Certified cabinet maker because all certified companies have passed an in-depthratings process that most other companies canit pass. If you want quality from cabinets in Santa Clara County, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. And youill never be fooled by fake reviews. Thatis because all research is performed in live telephone interviews of actual customers....

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Itis best to select a Diamond Certified cabinet maker because all certified companies have passed an in-depthratings process that most other companies canit pass. If you want quality from cabinets in Santa Clara County, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. And youill never be fooled by fake reviews. Thatis because all research is performed in live telephone interviews of actual customers.

If you canit find a Diamond Certified cabinet company within reach, youill have to do some research on your own. If you do, itis wise to call some references provided by your [industry]. Keep in mind, though, that references provided to you by the cabinet company are not equal in value to the large random sample of customers surveyed during the Diamond Certified ratings process. Thatis because references given to customers from companies are cherry-picked instead of randomly selected from all their customers. So the contractors will likely give you a few customers to call that they know are satisfied.

If you do call references on your own, specifically ask for a list of the companyis ten most recent customers. This will help avoid them giving you the names of only customers they know were satisfied.

  • Did the Santa Clara County cabinetry contractor clean up after completing the job?
  • When you need new cabinets in the future, will you consider hiring this local cabinet maker again?
  • Would you recommend this cabinet company to your friends and family?
  • Were you satisfied with the services from _(Santa Clara cabinet company name)_?
  • What type of cabinets did this cabinet company do for you (i.e. custom cabinets, garage cabinets, wood cabinets, glass cabinets, wall cabinets, specialty cabinets, cabinets for kitchens)?
  • Did the cabinet company you hired finish the work on time?
  • Did your Santa Clara County cabinet contractor keep you up-to-date with the status of the project? Or did you have to call in order to get information?
  • If you live in a smaller town such as Coyote, Monte Sereno, Redwood Estates, and Gilroy, did the cabinet contractor charge extra to travel to your home?
  • Did the cabinet company show up on time?
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Review Your Options
Finding a Trustworthy Cabinet Company in Santa Clara County

Your selection of a cabinet company is an important concern. More expensive companies do not necessarily offer better value. On the same token, cheaper companies may not provide the service that you want. Itis important to understand that every cabinet company will build the caabinets a little differently. Some will be able to customize their approach to your needs a little better. Ask for a specific cleaning checklist of exactly what your cabinet will include....

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Your selection of a cabinet company is an important concern. More expensive companies do not necessarily offer better value. On the same token, cheaper companies may not provide the service that you want. Itis important to understand that every cabinet company will build the caabinets a little differently. Some will be able to customize their approach to your needs a little better. Ask for a specific cleaning checklist of exactly what your cabinet will include.

Before making a final decision on the best cabinet company in Santa Clara County for you, itis important to consider the following questions.

  • Can a cabinet company in Santa Clara County provide your requirements for scheduling and customer service?
  • Is the cabinet company devoted to your satisfaction?
  • Does the cabinetry company excel in kitchen cabinetry, bathroom cabinets, storage cabinets, or cabinet doors?
  • What does the cabinet company offer that is specific to my needs?
  • Is the cabinet company bonded and insured?
  • What are the billing practices of the cabinet company?
  • When was the last time rates were raised for cabinet construction and cabinet installation? It is important to understand how often the costs of the company are raised so that you are not surprised in the future by unexpected increases.
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How to Work With
Preparing to Sign a Contract with a Santa Clara County Cabinetry Company

Santa Clara County cabinet companies you trust for regular or one-time only cabinet services should give you peace of mind. First, you will want to meet with the cabinet company representative and explain the services you are wanting. Be as detailed as possible, and remember: the representative should never rush you. Itis essential to answer their questions and listen to their suggestions and observations, just as itis important for them to listen to you and answer your questions....

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Santa Clara County cabinet companies you trust for regular or one-time only cabinet services should give you peace of mind. First, you will want to meet with the cabinet company representative and explain the services you are wanting. Be as detailed as possible, and remember: the representative should never rush you. Itis essential to answer their questions and listen to their suggestions and observations, just as itis important for them to listen to you and answer your questions.

Ask for an explanation if you donit understand what the cabinet company representative is telling you or if they are using language and terms you canit understand. You should completely comprehend the services offered, policies, fees and guarantees before you sign an agreement or leave the shop.

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Be a Good Customer
Choosing to Be a Good Cabinetry Company Customer in Santa Clara County

It's the cabinet companyis obligation to put in quality cabinets using the best possible installation techniques. But you play a big part in the success of your cabinets, too. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring an Santa Clara County cabinet shop, in the major cities of Cupertino, Campbell, Gilroy, and Cupertino....

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It's the cabinet companyis obligation to put in quality cabinets using the best possible installation techniques. But you play a big part in the success of your cabinets, too. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring an Santa Clara County cabinet shop, in the major cities of Cupertino, Campbell, Gilroy, and Cupertino.

  • When your contractor contacts you, return calls promptly to keep the cabinets on schedule.
  • Pay for the cabinets work promptly.
  • Be clear and upfront with the cabinet company. Let them know what you want from your cabinets, the long-term outcome youire expecting and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.
  • Remember, a friendly smile goes a long way!
  • Before you hire a cabinet builder in Santa Clara County, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate to the cabinet representative your understanding of the agreement. Most problems with local cabinet companies occur because of a breakdown in communication. By being clear about your expectations and theirs, you can avoid most conflicts.
  • Ask your Santa Clara cabinet company representative if you should call to check on the progress or if he will call you with updates.
  • Be sure your service representative has a phone number where they can reach you at all times while theyire building and installing cabinets. The work will move along more smoothly if your cabinet representative can reach you for any necessary updates, questions or work authorizations

Why is it important to be a good customer? Cabinet companies in Santa Clara County gain customers who are straightforward, truthful and easy to work with. Your good customer behavior sets the tone from your end and creates an environment conducive to a good relationship. Things may very well go smoother and any problems may be more easily resolved.

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Check the Work
Check the Completed Industry Work with the Invoice

When the cabinets are finished, most good Santa Clara County cabinet builders will give you a written invoice that details the completed work. This invoice usually includes:...

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When the cabinets are finished, most good Santa Clara County cabinet builders will give you a written invoice that details the completed work. This invoice usually includes:

  • An itemized list of all the cabinets and cabinetry supplies purchased.
  • The total cost for cabinet services, including the amount due for labor and cabinet installation servcies.
  • Any applicable warrantees or guarantees provided by the cabinet manufacturers and the cabinetry company.
  • The Santa Clara County cabinet contractoris name, physical address and license number.
  • A list of all new cabinet-related services performed.

Itis a good plan to compare the finished work to what was promised on the written invoice. Ask your company representative to walk through the job site with you and show you the work. Check what was done against the invoice. During the walk-through, ask if there are any special instructions for maintaining your new cabinets. If you have questions about the work that was done or the materials used, this is the time to ask.

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Written Warranties
Get Written Warranties from Cabinet Makers in Santa Clara County

Most good cabinet contractors in Santa Clara County offer some type of warranty on their work or on the materials theyive used. All warranty details should be provided to you in writing during the contract phase or at the completion of the job. This written warranty information should include the following:...

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Most good cabinet contractors in Santa Clara County offer some type of warranty on their work or on the materials theyive used. All warranty details should be provided to you in writing during the contract phase or at the completion of the job. This written warranty information should include the following:

  • Your responsibility if you place a warranty claim (i.e., if you have to pay for labor or materials, or if you are required to pay a prorated amount).
  • Terms, limitations and exclusions on the cabinets, materials and workmanship.
  • If the cabinetry warranties are transferrable to the new owner if you sell your home.
  • The cabinet contractoris name and physical address.
  • What products and services are covered. This should also include whether the contractor will replace or repair your cabinets in the event of a product failure.
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Top 10 Requests
Common Service Requests of Cabinet Contractors in Santa Clara County

Cabinet professionals in Santa Clara County, including the smaller towns of Los Altos Hills, San Martin, and Stanford, provide all types of cabinet services. However, some services are more common than others. The following are the most familiar requests for cabinet companies.

Used Kitchen Cabinets in Santa Clara County
Cabinets that have been taken out of a house that are still in good condition. These can be used again and are more economical for the buyer....

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Cabinet professionals in Santa Clara County, including the smaller towns of Los Altos Hills, San Martin, and Stanford, provide all types of cabinet services. However, some services are more common than others. The following are the most familiar requests for cabinet companies.

Used Kitchen Cabinets in Santa Clara County
Cabinets that have been taken out of a house that are still in good condition. These can be used again and are more economical for the buyer.

Pantry Cabinet
Cabinets for the small room or closet, usually off the kitchen. The pantry is where food, tableware, linens, and similar items are stored.

Furniture Cabinets
Cabinets that can be used as furniture.

Office Cabinets
Cabinets that are intended for use in an office.

Medicine Cabinets
Cabinet that holds medicines and toiletries. The medicine cabinet is usually in the bathroom.

Built In Cabinets
Cabinets that are built in, that is constructed as part of a larger unit; not detachable.

Bathroom Cabinets
A bathroom cabinet is a cabinet in the bathroom. It is often placed above a sink or toilet and is made to hold hygiene products, toiletries, and medications.

Unfinished Kitchen Cabinets
Cabinets for kitchens that are available for purchase that are iready to finishi. These require you to paint or stain them on your own after purchase.

Cabinet Doors
These doors are barriers for opening and closing cabinets. Cabinet doors come in many different styles.

New Kitchen Cabinets in Santa Clara County
Various styles of cupboards or cabinets for kitchens.

Popular Cabinetry Brands in Santa Clara County

  • KraftMaid Cabinetry
  • MasterBrand Cabinets
  • Merillat Cabinetry
  • Thomasville Home Cabinetry
  • Yorktowne Home Cabinetry
  • American Woodmark,
  • Medallion Cabinetry
  • Aristokraft Cabinetry
  • Armstrong Cabinets
  • Wellborn Kitchen Cabinets
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If Things Go Wrong
New Cabinets Backed By The Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee

Diamond Certified cabinet contractors are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. If the cabinet company is Diamond Certified and you canit resolve the issue by talking with the owner, contact the mediation department at info@diamondcertified.org or call 800-738-1138....

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Diamond Certified cabinet contractors are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. If the cabinet company is Diamond Certified and you canit resolve the issue by talking with the owner, contact the mediation department at info@diamondcertified.org or call 800-738-1138.

Ending Conflict Quickly with Santa Clara County Cabinet Makers
The majority of projects go well, especially when you wisely choose a qualified cabinet company from your area of Santa Clara County that has a history of customer satisfaction.

But what should you do if something goes wrong despite your best efforts? Follow the helpful tips below to resolve your problem more quickly.

The quickest way to end conflict is to talk openly with the company owner or job supervisor. Most cabinet contractors in Santa Clara County are professionals who have a vested interest in keeping their customers happy. Donit wait until the job is completed to air your concerns. By doing this, you may head off any potential problems before they even start.

  • If you do not get a suitable response from your Santa Clara County cabinet contractor, consider hiring a local building inspector or cabinet expert to evaluate the problem from a neutral standpoint.
  • Fire the cabinet company as a last resort. This can lead to ill will between you and the company, and can result in work delays or even lawsuits.
  • Contact your state attorney general if the problems are serious enough to merit pressing charges.
  • Review the contract specifications with your contractor and attempt to verbally resolve any problems in person.
  • Document your complaints and concerns in writing. Take photos if you are anxious about the materials or workmanship.
  • Set a deadline for resolution, and tell the company representative that you are willing to agree on a mutually-beneficial solution.
  • You may legally withhold payment until the dispute with your local cabinet contractor is resolved to your liking.
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Glossary of Terms
Glossary of Cabinet Construction and Cabinet Installation Terms

Below are key cabinet terms and descriptions that will help you better communicate youire your cabinet contractor or cabinetmaker and navigate your way through your new cabinetry project from beginning to end.

adjustable cabinet shelves
Adjustable shelves are placed in an assortment of predrilled holes in a various range of layouts.

Also known as: cabinet shelves, pull out cabinet shelves, cabinet shelving, rolling cabinet shelves, cabinet with shelves, cabinets shelves, roll out cabinet shelves, sliding cabinet shelves...

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Below are key cabinet terms and descriptions that will help you better communicate youire your cabinet contractor or cabinetmaker and navigate your way through your new cabinetry project from beginning to end.

adjustable cabinet shelves
Adjustable shelves are placed in an assortment of predrilled holes in a various range of layouts.

Also known as: cabinet shelves, pull out cabinet shelves, cabinet shelving, rolling cabinet shelves, cabinet with shelves, cabinets shelves, roll out cabinet shelves, sliding cabinet shelves

bathroom cabinets
A bathroom cabinet is a cabinet in the bathroom. It is often placed above a sink or toilet and is made to hold hygiene products, toiletries, and medications.

Also known as: modern bathroom cabinets, bathroom sink cabinet, bathroom cabinets and vanities, bathroom vanity cabinet, bathroom vanities, corner bathroom cabinets, small bathroom cabinets, vanity bathroom cabinets, bathroom vanity cabinets, bathroom cabinet, bathroom storage cabinet, wall mounted bathroom cabinets, bathroom medicine cabinets with mirrors, cabinets bathroom

bridge cabinets
A cabinet that is used to cover an open space above an appliance, like a refrigerator.

Also known as: covered bridge cabinets

built in cabinets
Cabinets that built in, that is constructed as part of a larger unit; not detachable.

Also known as: built in kitchen cabinets, built in desk cabinets, built in bathroom cabinets, built in bookcases cabinets, built in storage cabinets, custom built in cabinets, built in corner cabinets, built in closet cabinets, built in cabinets, built in cabinet, built in bar cabinets, built in cabinets around fireplace, built in medicine cabinets, built in pantry cabinets, built ins, built in tv cabnets, built in cabinets pictures, built in bathroom vanities, cabinets bathroom

cabinet doors
These doors are barriers for opening and closing cabinets. Cabinet doors come in many different styles.

cam and bolt hardware
Hardware that is used to connect the top, the bottom, and the sides of kitchen cabinets.

Also known as: fasteners, metric fasteners, specialty fasteners, caber bolt, metric nuts, ubolts, stainless steel fasteners, screws and fasteners

crown molding
Decorative molding that is applied at the top of kitchen cabinets.

Also known as custom crown molding, crown molding corners, kitchen cabinet crown molding, celling crown molding, plaster crown molding, modern crown molding, maple crown molding, crown molding designs, wood crown molding

custom cabinets
Cabinets that are designed and made specifically for your kitchen. They come in a wide selection of sizes, shapes, and finishes. Custom cabinets represent the high end of kitchen quality and cost. They can feature any number of wood types and a wide variety of construction and aesthetic detailing.

Also known as: custom kitchen cabinets, custom cabinet makers, semi custom cabinets, custom made cabinets, custom cabinet, custom bathroom cabinets, custom cabinet doors, custom built cabinets, kitchen custom cabinets, advanced custom cabinets, custom office cabinets, storage cabinets

edge band
A piece of material that is applied to the edge of a board or door. This band is used to to seal and cover the surface.

Also known as: wood edge banding, edge banding trimmer, edge banding, plastic edge banding, vinyl edge banding, edge banding veneer, iron on edge banding, wood veneer edge banding, birch edge banding, metal edge banding, aluminum edge banding, veneer edge banding, edge banding plywood

framed kitchen cabinets
Usually referred to as traditional cabinets. These cabinets consist of a front frame with rails and stiles around the opening to the cabinet.

Also known as: kitchen cabinets, stainless steel kitchen cabinets, pine kitchen cabinets, modern kitchen cabinets, wood kitchen cabinets, framing kitchen cabinets, kitchen cabinet frames, maple kitchen cabinets, contemporary kitchen cabinets, kitchen cabinet frame

frameless kitchen cabinets
Cabinets that have doors which cover the entire cabinet face. These are commonly referred to as an overlay door. With frameless kitchen cabinetry, the front of the cabinet is not blocked by any frames. It is also well-known as "European Styling", it allows for more storage space and wider drawers.

Also known as: European styling, frameless kitchen cabinet manufacturers, quality kitchen cabinets,

fixed cabinet shelves
Fixed shelves canit be moved up or down. These shelves are constructed into the kitchen cabinet.

Also known as: server rack shelves, computer rack shelves, industrial cabinets, cabinet with shelves, garage storage, rack shelf, cabinet shelf, rack shelves, server rack shelf, metal storage cabinet, garage shelving rack mount shelf, metal storage shelf, rackmount shelf, rack shelf, storage cabinets

fluted rail
A decorative molding that is used to highlight areas between cabinets.

Also known as: kitchen rail, kitchen bath, kitchen bath designs, accessories bath, bathroom rail, bathroom furniture and accessories

furniture cabinets
Cabinets that can be used as furniture.

Also known as: furniture cabinets, bathroom cabinets, medicine cabinets, laundry room cabinets, custom cabinets, unfinished cabinets, bathroom vanity cabinets, corn cabinets, wall cabinets, tall kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities, cabinet furniture, cabinet kitchen, cabinets bathroom

glaze
A process of staining that creates highlights on natural wood cabinets.

Also known as: coyte glazes, cermic glazes, clay glazes, glaze, paint, glaze pens, glazed, crackle glaze, stoneware glazes,

glazing
A finishing process intentionally creating an uneven, inconsistent look. This process applies an accent stain over the entire door, and then wipes it off, leaving some light to dark tones in the corners, door grooves and wood grains which creates an overall glazed finish.

Also known as: glass glazing, glazing cabinets, glass and glazing, commercial glazing, glazing companies, glazing systems, polycarbonate glazing, glazing tape, glazing tools, glazing tape, polycarbonate glazing, plastic glazing, fire rated glazing, double glazing

kitchen cabinets
Various styles of cupboards or cabinets for kitchens.

Also known as: cabinets for kitchen, kitchen cabinets, cabinets kitchen, cabinet kitchen, kitchen cabinet, kitchen cabinetry, cabinet furniture

light rail
A decorative molding that is usually applied to the bottom of wall cabinets. This molding provides a finished look.

medicine cabinets
Cabinet that holds medicines and toiletries. The medicine cabinet is usually in the bathroom.

Also known as: medicine cabinet, bathroom cabinets, laundry room cabinets, custom cabinets, unfinished cabinets, cabinet furniture, cabinets bathroom, storage cabinets

MDF
Medium Density Fiberboard n This is a type of engineered wood.

Also known as: mdf board, medium density fiberboard, mdf board, mdf sheet, mdf board sizes, mdf mouldings, laminated mdf, mdf wood, mdf material, particle board, mdf door, mdf panel, mdf wall panels, veneer mdf, mdf panels, mdf paneling, mdf particle board, moisture resistant mdf, painting mdf

office cabinets
Cabinets that are intended for use in an office.

Also known as: wall cabinets, bathroom cabinets, custom made cabinets, storage cabinets, cabinets bathroom, cabinet furniture

pantry cabinet
Cabinets for the small room or closet, usually off the kitchen. The pantry is where food, tableware, linens, and similar items are stored.

Also known as: kitchen cabinets, pantry cabinets, kitchen pantry cabinet, pantry organizers, kitchen pantry, pantry shelving, pantry organization, pantry storage, freestanding pantry, kitchen cabinets, kitchen cabinetry, storage cabinets

particleboard
An engineered board that is made from wood.

Also known as: particle board, mdf, plywood, particleboard underlayment, mdf wood, medium density particleboard, chipboard, particleboard density, fire rated particleboard, thin particle board

pulls, knobs, and handles
Pieces of hardware that are attached to kitchen cabinets, doors, or drawer fronts. They are used to open the cabinet.

Also known as: cabinet knobs and handles, kitchen pull knobs, drawer pulls, furniture pulls and knobs, kitchen knobs and handles

semi-custom cabinets
Cabinets that are factory-produced in common sizes. These cabinets will include special adaptations, such as stained-glass inserts, specially designed storage features, and possibly extensions that fill small gaps in the layout. Custom and semi-custom cabinets are tailor-made and require your payment up front. With semi-custom cabinets, you make your choice from the manufacturer's inventory of standard sizes and types (with widths in 3-inch increments) rather than having them made to your personal specifications.

Also known as: semi custom cabinets, custom kitchen cabinets, semi custom kitchen cabinets, custom cabinet, custom bath cabinets, custom cabinet maker, semi custom cabinetry, stock cabinets, cabinet furniture

shelf pins
Metal or plastic pieces of hardware that the shelf sits on.

Also known as: shelf pin, shelf support pins, shelf supports, 5mm shelf pins, glass shelf pins, plastic shelf clips, 3mm shelf pins, shelf brackets, bookcase shelf pins, shelf pin jig, shelf pins and supports, shelf pin template

soffit spacer
Molding that is applied at the top of kitchen cabinets to allow for the door clearance.

Also known as: aluminum soffit, soffit ventilation, metal soffit, aluminum soffit installation, eve vents, fiber cement soffit, aluminum soffit

stain
This finish is applied to natural wood cabinets and enhances their color and protection.

Also known as: wood stain colors, stains, kitchen cabinet stain colors, staining cabinets, cabinet stain colors, cabinet staining, cabinet stains, stain cabinets, kitchen cabinets stain, oak cabinet stains, kitchen cabinet stains, wood stain, staining wood, stain wood cabinets

stock cabinets
This refers to factory-made cabinets in standard sizes and shapes. These are kept in a manufacturer's or retailer's inventory. To lessen warehousing space, choices are kept to a minimum with a few common sizes and one or two wood species. This section of the market has diminished substantially in recent years because of the improved affordability of semi-custom cabinets.

Also known as: kitchen cabinets in stock, cabinets in stock, stock cabinetry, cabinets stock, stock cabinet doors, in stock cabinets, stock kitchen cabinets, stock cabinet

Thermofoil
A vinyl material which is pressed and sealed onto an engineered board.

Also known as: thermofoil cabinet, thermofoil cabinet doors, white thermofoil cabinets, rigid thermofoil, cabinet door

toe kick
A type of molding that is used to cover the open space under a kitchen cabinet.

Also known as: cabinet toe kicks, kitchen toe kick, kitchen cabinet toe kick, toe kick dimensions, t

unfinished kitchen cabinets
Kitchen cabinets that are available for purchase that are iready to finishi. These require you to paint or stain them on your own after purchase.

Also known as: unfinished kitchen cabinet, unfinished kitchen cabinetry, unfinished, cabinets kitchen, unfinished cabinet kitchen

used kitchen cabinets
Cabinets that have been taken out of a house that are still in good condition. These can be used again and are more economical for the buyer.

Also known as: kitchen cabinets liquidators, used kitchen cabinet, second hand kitchen cabinets, rustic kitchen cabinets, used kitchen cabinet doors, cabinet door, cabinets kitchen, used cabinets kitchen, used cabinet kitchen, used kitchen cabinet, used kitchen cabinetry

veneer
A thin piece of wood that is usually laminated or glued onto a piece of engineered board.

Also known as: veneer supplies, oak veneer, wood veneer sheets, birch veneer, wood veneer, exotic wood veneer, veneer wood sheets, wood veneers, wood veneer panels, wood veneer paper, walnut burl veneer, quilted maple veneer, hardwood veneer, maple veneer, pine veneer, plywood veneer, self adhesive veneer

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FAQ for Local Cabinetmakers and Cabinet Companies

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified cabinet company?...

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Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified cabinet company?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose a cabinet professional with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the countryis most in-depth rating process. Only cabinet companies rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies canit pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So youill feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified cabinet company.

Q: Can cabinet companies match my existing cabinets and furniture?
A: Yes, there is a good chance that your existing custom or modular cabinet style and color can be matched. Cabinet professionals have access to a wide variety of door and drawer front styles. Also species of wood, stain, and paint colors are no problem at all. The existing cabinetry is measured so that all aspects of your current cabinets can be matched.

Q: Are green cabinets an affordable option?

A: Green cabinets are becoming more affordable. These cabinets offer completely formaldehyde free solvent or water based paints, finishes, and stains. It is definitely worth checking prices in your area if you are interested in going green.

Q. Can cabinets I find in a magazine be duplicated?
A. Cabinet workers welcome any pictures you may have that will help convey your thoughts about your cabinets. Custom cabinet makers have the flexibility and expertise to design and build most any traditional style wood cabinet.

Q: What's the difference between custom cabinets and store-bought cabinets?
A: Custom cabinets are unique and made specifically your home. With home center stores, you will be limited by a manufacturer's catalog; however, the prices for store-bought cabinets will typically be less expensive than for custom cabinets.

Q: How long will I be without my kitchen when installing cabinets?
A: This will depend on the size of the project. Installing the cabinets will usually take one to two days to complete. After that is completed, the countertop and flooring can get started. These two items usually take about two to three weeks to complete. Lastly, appliances and plumbing are installed. If everything goes as planned, kitchen cabinets will take approximately four weeks to complete.

Q: When do I need to start picking out my cabinets?
A. It is never too early to start, but if you wait too long, you may delay installation. Generally, If building a new house, you should have most of your design decisions made by the time the house has the roof work is complete. When the dry wall is installed, all measurements will be confirmed, and they can begin construction on your cabinets.

Q: Is there a difference between kitchen cabinets and bathroom cabinets?
A: The main difference is size. Kitchen cabinets characteristically have a 24i depth and bathroom cabinets are usually 21i deep. Bathroom cabinets are also usually 6i shorter than kitchen cabinets; however, bathroom cabinets are now available the same height as kitchen cabinets. Taller bathroom cabinets are now preferred so as not to have to bend so far.

Q: What can I use to clean my new cabinets?
A: Your cabinets need to be treated, cleaned and maintained wisely with quality materials.

  • Donit let water, chemicals (detergents, ammonia, etc.) and hot or acidic food spills to set on your cabinets. Remember to immediately wipe up spills as quickly as possible or it
  • Use a soft cloth. Do not use any coarse or abrasive materials as they may dull the finish or they could even leave scratches that canit be removed. You should definitely avoid scouring pads and brushes.
  • Use soapy water or mild all-purpose cleaner without ammonia, or oil soap cleaners made for wood components. Donit use products that contain ammonia, strong solvent cleaners, paint thinner or any other harsh cleaning chemicals to clean your new cabinets.
  • Use high quality polish that is especially formulated for fine furniture and cabinetry. Donit use wax or any polish that has silicone. Wax can build up on the surface and causes yellowing; silicones smudge and highlight fingerprints, and this can only be removed with extreme measures.
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Consumer Agencies
Professional Associations for Local Cabinet Companies

American Association of Woodturners (AAW) (http://www.woodturner.org/)
American Society of Furniture Designers (ASFD) (http://www.asfd.com/)
American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) (http://www.asid.org/)
Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer's Association (BIFMA) (http://www.bifma.org/)...

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American Association of Woodturners (AAW) (http://www.woodturner.org/)
American Society of Furniture Designers (ASFD) (http://www.asfd.com/)
American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) (http://www.asid.org/)
Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer's Association (BIFMA) (http://www.bifma.org/)
Cabinet Makers Association (CMA) (http://www.cabinetmakers.org/)
California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) (www.dca.ca.gov)

The Furniture Society (FS) (http://www.furnituresociety.org/)
Hardwood, Plywood, and Veneer Association (HPVA) (http://www.hpva.org/)
Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturer's Association (KCMA) (http://www.kcma.org/)
National Craft Association (NCA) (http://www.craftassoc.com/)
National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) (http://www.nkba.org/)
Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA) (http://www.wmia.org/)

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