Custom Home Office Cabinetry


More and more of us are working from home nowadays – which for me is awesome!  Our clients, Rod and Sandy run a successful home siding business in Northern Kentucky (Casco Siding LLC).  While most of Rod’s actual work is, of course, on the job site he still needs a place to study blueprints and work on proposals.  Sandy manages the office and bookkeeping aspects of the business.  And, like most, they “made do” with on-hand desks, filing cabinets and storage.  And, like most of us, it gets to the point where it just isn’t working anymore.  So, they called on Steve to help them design and build their ideal home office.  From numerous in-home consultations and phone calls, Steve learned that they were looking for a rustic, natural look to match their quaint country in-the-woods setting.  The finished product is a functional, awesome looking home office that they are in love with and gives them the functionality, space and organization they were seeking.  (See their comments about Steve and Woodwork Designs on Angie’s List.)  Maple cabinets have a warm cinnamon chestnut stain with distressed finish.  The doors are shaker style overlay with rustic hardware and the door covering the hard drive has a unique antique tin venting to allow for air flow.  They chose a laminate countertop (“Verdi Oxide”) for easier writing (firmer surface than wood).  The walls are painted a beautiful blue/green (“Observatory Night Sky”) that shows off the warm wood tones.  It’s great when you have great clients (and friends) like Rod and Sandy.  How about you?  Could your home office use a make-over?  In the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area?  Contact Steve at 859.380.0127 or email us at to see how we can make your personal life and work life more organized and enjoyable.

Cabinets, Shelves, Work Area, Filing Cabinets make this an Ideal Office

Laminate Countertop and Keyboard Slide are Great Assets

Filing Cabinets for Hanging Files

Great Idea for Venting the Hard Drive

Great Storage and Display Shelves


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