Latest Kitchen Project


A Hyde Park, Ohio condo gets a total renovation. Steve was part of this project under General Contractor Brian Shackleford of Marcel Design Builders and worked closely with the clients to provide custom details and meet all of the wish lists, personal style, organization needs and functionality. The results are stunning! The Client has not moved in yet so these are  pictures of the bare bones before decorating, but I was anxious to share!

The Kitchen was finished with an awesome warm gray/green with “Absolute Black” countertops.



The Island has a beadboard and black distressed finish with a fabulous walnut countertop.

Other details include the custom range hood, appliance garage, dove-tail drawers, pull-out slides behind the doors to provide easy access.  More pics and info will follow.

Appliance Garage

Appliance Garage

Walnut Countertop

Walnut Countertop


From the Ground Up


How does a custom cabinetry piece come to life?  As with most things, it starts with an idea, a vacant space, a need, a picture.  Sylvia knew she needed something on either side of the fireplace to complete the room.  But, she had a window above each area so the traditional bookcases to the ceiling wouldn’t work.  They also needed somewhere for their TV components to hide.

Sylvia saw this piece of furniture and loved the detail on it, especially the fluted casing that would match the fireplace surround.  She also liked the bottom/leg detail that gives this piece a unique look rather than the typical straight bottom.

So, after working with Sylvia to iron out all of the details Steve began the project in his cabinet shop.


And, here’s the finished project in Sylvia’s house.  Exactly as she imagined and looking awesome.

What a transformation to the room!

Notice the matching details to the fireplace surround – fluted casing, pedestal base.

No more wires for the TV components.  They’re there, just hidden inside the cabinetry.



Rockin’ with Style Starring: The Doors


What makes most cabinetry so appealing?  The detail trim and doors!  There are so many choices, but you may want to start with your door style.  Here are some insights and tips for choosing the right doors for your project.

INSET OR OVERLAY – What’s the difference?

Full Overlay Doors

A full overlay door style means that there is very little cabinet frame showing around each door and drawer front, creating a living space with a modern, seamless appearance.  In this style the doors/drawers lay on top of the frame. The doors and drawers are made larger than normal as to almost cover the entire cabinet frame. Door and drawer edges almost touch each other. Hinges are concealed.

1/2 Inch Overlay Doors

Cabinetry designed with 1/2 in. overlay door and drawer fronts leaves 2 inches of the cabinet frame exposed between the doors, creating a more traditional look.  This is frequently called traditional overlay. The door/drawer is set on top of the frame. This style is the most common and least costly. Hinges may be exposed or concealed.

Flush Inset:

This is often just called inset. The frame has a square edge ( no bead ), and the door/drawer is set into the cabinet frame opening. Many door styles are available as inset. This style can have concealed hinges or exposed barrel hinges.

Beaded Inset:

The cabinet frame has a bead cut into the edge. The cabinet door/drawer is set into the frame opening. This is a more time consuming and labor intensive door treatment which makes it more costly than regular overlay or full overlay styles. Almost any door can be made as beaded inset. This has become a very popular style.

An Example of Inset Doors:

Kitchen Cabinets with Inset Doors and Drawers

Inset doors and drawers have become more popular in recent years, but can also be seen in older homes.  Inset door and drawer fronts are usually costlier due to being labor intensive and a more precise fit being required.

Kitchen with Overlay Doors and Drawers

Overlay door and drawer fronts are typically more common and have a great look as well.r