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Bertch Custom Cabinets

POSTED ON Thursday, January 3, 2019 IN Kitchen

Custom Kitchen with Built in Banquette Seating

Are custom cabinets the best fit for your project?

Custom cabinets are designed and built specifically for a particular space. Custom cabinets offer more available design choices, custom sizing, and different construction details. The need for custom cabinets may arise when you have a difficult-to-fit space or desire finish options that match current finishes in your home that are not part of the standard offerings, but it can be a difficult decision if the look you’re striving for comes in a stock or semi-custom line. The options for cabinetry are so plentiful, the decisions can sometimes seem overwhelming.

Bertch’s Kitchen+ line is a semi-custom line with available custom features. They can be customized to fit your room, your needs, and to fit around obstacles in your home. Have an unfortunately placed pipe chase? No problem. Need to install a small door to accommodate a place for pet food? We can do that. As the name implies, custom cabinets are truly custom and can be modified in ways that are really only limited by your creativity.

Choosing Cabinets for Your Home

The process of choosing cabinets can take time if you’re not sure where to start. When planning for cabinets in your home, start with these considerations:

Start With What You Like

When working with a cabinet designer, first start with what look you like. Find cabinet inspiration online or even in friends’ or neighbors’ homes. Try Pinterest or Houzz for ideas. Decide on the look you are comfortable with first and foremost as it will help make your subsequent decisions fall into line. Look at the details in these rooms for samples that show color, consider differences in door styles like flat vs. raised panels, miter or mortise joinery on doors, and laminate vs. solid wood for doors.

Consider Budget

Cabinets, appliances, and countertop can comprise a large part of any renovation budget, so cost will be a consideration when making your decision — but for many it’s not the only consideration. When designing your kitchen it’s important to think about what you like and assign priority to your wishlist. A kitchen designer can help you find ways to accomplish your goals and priorities while staying in budget. Custom cabinet prices vary greatly depending on the options selected and accessories chosen.

Dive Into Options

Custom cabinets, semi-custom cabinets, and stock cabinets have different meanings to different companies. Because the definitions vary, it’s helpful to understand that these terms do not necessarily refer to the quality of the product, but can give you clues into how much customization is available. Knowing the questions to ask will help you compare cabinets and know which option is truly the right fit for your home.

Custom Cabinets

Custom cabinets sound expensive, but in reality the term “custom” usually refers to the availability of customizations. Bertch Cabinets Kitchen+ line offers custom cabinets are literally built for your space, ensuring that you make the most of every corner, nook, and cranny without wasted storage opportunities.

Custom kitchen cabinet drawer with peg dividers

Kitchen+ cabinets, in addition to offering a very diverse range of finish options, also feature different construction details. These high end kitchen cabinets offer solid wood dovetail drawers, soft close drawer glides, and soft close hinges. The cabinet casework is constructed with plywood sides instead of particleboard. Many door styles and drawer fronts in this line are 5-piece solid wood but also available in plywood veneer or MDF depending on the style. Other options available include additional convenience add-ons like roll trays added to base cabinets and interior accessories including cutlery dividers, spice racks, recycling centers and much more.

Custom cabinets, in short, are a way to get everything you’ve ever dreamed of for storage in your home.

Semi Custom Cabinets

The term “semi custom cabinets” is used to refer to cabinets that allow for some personalization options, but not quite as many options as full custom cabinets. Semi custom cabinets are available in more style, color, finish, and door style options than stock cabinets and also may offer organizational options available.The Marketplace line from Bertch Cabinets could be considered to be semi-custom. There are multiple wood and finish options, door styles,  as well as organizational options available within the line.

Stock Cabinets

Many in the industry agree that the term “stock” in cabinetry refers to cabinets that are pre-made, mass-produced, and readily available for purchase. This cabinet option may be available unfinished to allow the homeowner to finish onsite, but may only be available in one or two wood options. Stock cabinets are typically a more budget-friendly option, but offer limited customizations beyond finish.

Custom Bathroom Cabinets

Custom bathroom with built-in tub

Custom bathroom cabinets allow for unique storage solutions in an area that may not be big on space. Most bath cabinets or vanity lines do not offer matching components such as linen cabinets, medicine cabinets, apothecary cabinets, or wall cabinets. Bathroom storage needs vary, but some great bathroom cabinet ideas include makeup vanities, floating shelves or linen storage, recessed medicine cabinets, cabinet drawers with outlets built in for hair appliances or toothbrush charging, and storage for everyday toiletries or cleaning products. Matching components in your bathroom make a statement design-wise. Choosing custom cabinets allows you to create your own color palette with woods and finishes that either stand out or coordinate with other cabinets, interior doors, or millwork in your home.

Custom Cabinets Throughout the Home

Custom cabinets aren’t just for kitchens and bathrooms. Some homeowners choose to create custom cabinet layouts for other rooms of the home including laundry rooms, offices, mudrooms, garages, dining rooms, or built-in cabinets in a family room or living room. If you are entering into a remodel or planning to build a new home, consider your storage needs in each area and room. Think of storage solutions as a way to organize your home to save time and energy. When everything has a place, it’s easier to keep clutter at bay.

Custom built bookshelf with hidden door

Cabinets can be used as part of a room’s decor in addition to providing storage. Bookshelves surrounding a fireplace make an elegant statement while providing practical storage for books, board games, or movies. Built-ins in a dining room provide a buffet surface and storage for china or serving dishes along with drawers to hold table linens. Floor to ceiling cabinets in a playroom provide functional toy storage that can transition to overflow storage as children age. A built-in hutch in a nook can be a butler’s pantry, home bar, or coffee station. Browse our inspiration section to get ideas for all rooms of the home.

Are Custom Cabinets Worth It?

Whether you need custom cabinets for your project or can work with less customizable lines really comes down to your needs and budget. When meeting with your cabinet designer, be prepared to provide examples of cabinets styles you like. Also, take the time to think through your storage needs and wants. Your designer should be able to walk through the options available to you to design cabinets that fit your needs and your individual style.

To find out more about custom cabinets, visit our nearest showroom to talk to a designer and see our cabinets up close and in person.


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