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Custom Cabinet Series - The Bathroom

We are back this week with the Custom Cabinet Series. This week's feature is cabinetry in the bathroom. We custom design and build all of our bathroom vanities, making every detail, unique to your home.


Jesse is back with us this week to answer more questions on bathroom vanities and custom cabinetry. And since this is where we grew our business from, the cabinet shop, let's get to know Jesse, our founder, a bit better:


What year did you start the cabinet shop? 2010


How did you get into cabinet making? A previous history of working with General Mills and getting an MBA led to a career move and leaving it all behind to run a local cabinet shop as the project and operations manager. While helping the family business and getting an opportunity to learn the craft while being introduced to higher end new construction. This ultimately led me to start my own company.


How did starting your own business lead to the boutique renovation services you now offer? After a year or so of providing cabinets only, it was clear there was more for this company. With a few opportunities to take on project management for the entire project, this led to immediate referrals and where we are today.


Do you work in the cabinet shop now? Not like I used to, we have a lead cabinet maker that oversees all the craftsmanship in the shop, along with two additional employees. At the shop, from manufacturing to delivery, and install with our team. I am still very hands on in the design process as a liaison from our client to the shop. Additional, our design team now spends considerable time developing early designs.


Share with us why custom bathroom vanities are the way to go, what are some benefits? There is always the opportunity to customize spaces, finish, and storage solutions that can be critical in most bathroom spaces. The vanity is also a high use custom piece that will need to outlast your latest renovation, often box cabinets will not go the distance.


Alright, now to the Q+A on bathroom vanities.


Is it okay to use real wood in bathroom vanities? Yes, actually the interiors are often made of melamine because it's more durable and the doors, and drawer fronts are made of real wood while the panels can often be a veneered wood. This is to prevent warping and variance in humidity and temperature changes. Each scenario is different, but in general we do mix of real wood and MDF for durability. Both painted and wood finishes will work, but we are seeing a trend away from painted cabinetry in the year ahead.


How much money should you expect to spend on a custom vanity? The price per linear foot is $500. It's a simple formula we apply. This doesn't cover the cost of a solid surface countertop with a cutout for a sink, the sink, plumbing fixtures as well as hardware all need to be taken into consideration. A vanity can easily add up to $5,000 or more if we're talking about a custom double vanity for the owner's suite.

How much money should I spend on vanity hardware? There are options here, value series lines that can easily be a few bucks, or custom finish hardware that can be $50 per unit. Some of our favorite sources for hardware are Rejuvenation, Restoration Hardware, Emtek, Top Knobs and Chicago Brass.

We are dedicating this post to be a small portfolio and look into of some of our best bathroom vanities from the last few years. We will link every project title to its full project gallery, so click through to see the project in full.



Kath House, En Suite Bathroom

Cabinet Finish: Alder with custom stain

Kath House, Sienna's Bath

Cabinet Finish: Benjamin Moore Cloudy Gray

Drew Avenue, Powder Bath

Cabinet Finish: White Oak

Drew Avenue, En Suite Bathroom

Cabinet Finish: Benjamin Moore Gray Huskie

Hale House, Guest Bathroom

Cabinet Finish: White Oak

Country Club, Powder Bath

Cabinet Color: Benjamin Moore Simply White

Country Club, En Suite Bathroom

Cabinet Color: Farrow + Ball Off Black

Dayton Ranch, En Suite Bathroom

Cabinet Color: Benjamin Moore Simply White

Linden Hills, En Suite Bathroom + Powder Bath


Cabinet Colors: En Suite Bathroom (walnut veneer) + Powder Bath (stained barn wood)

Arden Avenue, En Suite Bathroom

Cabinet Finish: White Oak Stain

Arden Avenue, Kids Bathroom

Cabinet Finish: Reclaimed White Oak Timbers from Manomin Resawn Timbers

Goodrich Modern Tudor, First Floor Powder Bath

Cabinet Finish: Reclaimed Elm from Manomin Resawn Timbers

-Katie and Jkath Team


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