FRAMELESS CABINET SPECS
- 5/8″ stretcher
- 5/8″ nailer
- 1/2″ drawer box with 1/4″ bottom particle board shown
- Undermount full Extension Soft Close Drawer Guides
- 5/8″ thick, 18″ depth adjustable shelf
- Hinge mounted base plate
- 1/4″ back panel
- 5/8″ bottom
- 5/8″ end panel
- 1/4″ Laminated MDF toekick overlay
- Soft Close Hinges
- 3/4″ door
- 3/4″ drawer front
TYPES OF COUNTERTOPS
Granite is one of the most abundant natural stones on the planet. It is an excellent choice for kitchen countertops, backsplash, and other heavily used surfaces because of its hardness, low absorption rates, and resistance to high temperatures. Ranking a 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness, granite can withstand high levels of abrasion and scratching. With that, it performs remarkably well in both indoor and outdoor settings.
Commonly known by popular brand names like Maestro Quartz, Caesarstone, Silestone, and Cambria, engineered quartz products are a rapidly growing segment of the countertop market. The material is manufactured primarily of quartz aggregates, color pigments and polymer resins blended perfectly to create an extremely durable product. Quartz is non-porous, scratch-resistant, and highly resistant to stains making it ideal for interior applications.
Porcelain countertops are made from non-porous ceramic clay that contains various minerals, such as kaolinite and silica. This countertop material should outperform any natural stone or engineered product with its ability to resist scratching, extreme heat, liquids, and UV light. Unbelievably easy to maintain, it is quickly becoming a popular choice within the industry.
COUNTERTOP THICKNESS: 2CM VS. 3CM
- By using 3cm stones, edge profiles do not have seams like laminated 2cm edges. This eliminates non-matched laminated edges.
- 2cm laminated edge installation requires plywood underneath the stone to raise the countertops above the drawer opening. In high humidity climates like Houston, the plywood may warp, creating unsightly gaps and expensive repairs.
- Laminated 2cm edge profiles only look thick at the edge. Undermount sink cut outs still show 2cm.
- Fabrication and installation costs are lower with 3cm
Not all stones are available in both thicknesses. But in comparison, utilizing 3cm stone when possible will give the best results for longevity and durability.