Working with Cabinets and Designs

My builder says he can build cabinets just as a good at a lower price. Can he?

Usually the answer is no. There are many ways builders/remodelers cut costs when doing job site construction. The type and quality of the wood being used, box and drawer construction, providing no interior features such as soft-close/full-extension drawer glides, pull-out drawers or other very common interior features that most homeowners expect in a new kitchen. They also cannot match the quality of the finish on site. Typically onsite cabinetry finishing consists of two coats of stain/paint and a top coat. Wood-Mode and Brookhaven go through up to 25 finishing processes, using both hand wiping and machine finishing tools, and 5-6 baking cycles between finishing processes to ensure the quality and durability of the finish. When warranty is being considered, simply put, we cannot be beat; Wood-Mode and Brookhaven offer a Limited Lifetime Warranty. Typically warranties from builders/remodelers are 1-2 years. Visit our showroom and one of our kitchen designers would be happy to show you the differences between ours and theirs and recommend questions to ask your builder/remodeler.

Do you stock cabinetry?

Both Wood-Mode and Brookhaven are custom lines, built to each client’s needs and specifications; therefore, we do not stock the cabinets. We can order any cabinet Wood-Mode and Brookhaven have to offer. We have samples available in our showroom.

What is a design retainer?

A design retainer is 5-10% of the estimated job cost required to begin work on the project. It will allow the designer to come out to the jobsite, take measurements, and create drawings for your project. The design retainer will be applied to the purchase price of your cabinetry when the proposal is signed.

Will a designer come out to my home?

A designer will make an appointment to come out to your home to take detailed measurements after a budget estimate is established and approved and a design retainer is obtained.

How do I measure my space?

It is best to start by drawing a rough outline of your room. Measure the walls. Continue by adding in doors, doorways, and windows- be sure to include the casing/trim while measuring. Add in any obstructions such as radiators, pipes, plumbing, and electrical and their measurements. Lastly add in the existing location of cabinetry, appliances, and fixtures and their measurements if they apply to the remodel.

How soon are my cabinets delivered?

Once all selections and specifications have been determined, the cabinets will be ordered. Once the order has been placed, the cabinets will be delivered approximately as follows:
Wood-Mode 8-12 weeks
Brookhaven 7-9 weeks


Do you sell countertops?

Yes, we carry Cosentino products. We showcase Silestone (Quartz), Sensa Granite (permanently sealed granite), Eco (eco-friendly line made with recycled materials), Scalea Natural Stone (marble and soapstones), Marlique (man-made marble product), and Muro (tiles made from Silestone and Scalea).

What is the difference between Silestone and granite?

Silestone is a man-made product consisting of 93% quartz and 7% resin. Silestone offers a consistency in color that natural stones cannot offer. There are over 70 colors to choose from. Granite is a natural product. While the standard granite colors are mostly consistent, part of the beauty of granite is its variations. There are exotic granites that have a lot of veining and movement caused by the mineral content of the stone. The advantages and disadvantages depend completely on the quality of your granite and where it is obtained.


How do I tell a good cabinet from a bad cabinet?

Basic construction is a great place to start. How are the drawers and components of the cabinet put together? If you see staples… be worried. Dovetail joints are extremely durable and the way to go on drawer construction. Dowel or mortise and tenon joints are perfect for joining the sides and back of the cabinets- similar methods are used in furniture to create the strongest of bonds. Is solid wood used for the doors? Solid wood is great for the door panels, however it is better to use an engineered wood or plywood for the frame of the cabinetry to ensure warping does not occur. Since solid wood expands and contracts with exposure to moisture you want the frame to be unwavering.

What woods do you carry?

Wood-Mode and Brookhaven offer Cherry, Maple, Oak, Distressed Pine, Knotty Cherry, Knotty Alder, and Heartwood Maple. Wood-Mode also offers Macassar Ebony, Zebrawood, Wenge, Rift-Cut Oak, Quarter Sawn Red Oak, and Stainless Steel. Brookhaven offers laminates to achieve the looks of Zebrawood, Rift-Cut Oak, and Wenge.

What is the difference between Wood-Mode and Brookhaven cabinetry?

Both cabinet lines are made by Wood-Mode. Wood-Mode is a true custom cabinet, while Brookhaven is a semi-custom cabinet. Wood-Mode offers more door styles and finish options as well as more flexibility in custom design. Wood-Mode can also match a custom color. Both cabinetry lines offer custom dimensions in height, width, and depth free of charge, down to a sixteenth of an inch. Both come standard with soft-close drawer glides.

What is the difference between factory-built and job-built cabinetry?

The simple answer is value, precision, customization, functionality, warranty, consistency of construction, finish quality, and customer service. Jobsite cabinetry builders typically offer a one year warranty or no warranty at all. The quality of finishes and consistency of construction cannot be matched in a home because of the uncontrolled environment. The variety and durability of interior accessories like a chef’s pantry, waste basket pull-out, or Magic Corner cannot be created by jobsite builders.

What is the difference between framed and frameless construction?

Framed cabinets have a face frame where the doors are considered inset, standard overlay, or full overlay. Inset doors are flush with frame of the cabinet. Standard doors overlay the frame, leaving up to 1 1/2” reveal compared to the 1/8” to1/4” reveal with full overlay doors. Framed cabinets tend to look more traditional. Frameless cabinetry constructed without the face frame allows full, easier access to the interior of the cabinet. About 90% of consumers today choose frameless cabinetry. While frameless cabinetry used to be considered contemporary it now is seen as clean and elegant when paired with a traditional door style or finish.

What is the typical warranty for cabinetry?

Warranties vary across the board. Job-site cabinetry tends to offer a 1-year warranty. Factory cabinetry typically offers a warranty of 3-10 years. Wood-Mode and Brookhaven Cabinetry offer a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

What other construction details do I need to consider?

Other things to consider in construction are the hinges and glides. Are they stable? Do they offer soft-close hinges and/or glides? Are the drawers full-extension (do you have full access to the drawers)? Any one of these things can affect the strength, durability, and appearance of your future cabinets.

Frequently-asked Questions

Our customers often have great questions. Here are our answers to some common questions.