Custom Kitchen with Inset Maple Fronts

This beautiful kitchen in Irvine, CA combines modern materials and joinery with timeless craftsman style.


Working with our client, we review the various options for cabinet construction and settle in on a style that is similar to their media center. It has warm brown tones over select hard maple, delivering a stunningly clean look with an exceptionally durable hardwood. The maple fronts are set into the cabinet’s maple face frame. With the square bead on the door rails, and the 1/8″ reveals between the fronts and the frame, the clean lines let the simplicity of the style shine.


We source high quality USA-made 3/4″ maple plywood for our custom cabinet casework. The cabinet interiors have a clear satin finish. While the casework consists of modular cabinet boxes, the solid wood face frames are a separate assembly. This allows us to install the cabinet boxes in place, then fit the face frame into its new surroundings, scribing it into the walls and eliminating the need for scribe moldings. Once this process is completed, the new face frames are installed onto the cabinet boxes with invisible, self-clamping fasteners. If a face frame is ever damaged and needs to be repaired, or if there is water damage to the cabinet casework, the components can be disassembled and rebuilt/repaired as needed. The doors and dovetailed drawer-boxes are installed with Blum soft-close hinges and glides.


When install day comes, the floor coverings go down and the plastic goes up. After a careful demo, we begin to set the cabinets. It is a tedious process of leveling toekicks and securing the cabinets to the walls. We scribe face frames into place and install onto the casework. We hang the doors, set the drawers, and install upper moldings against the ceiling. Your cabinet pulls are installed, and your new cabinets are cleaned and wiped down. The install process usually takes 1-2 weeks.

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And here is a short video of a portion of the install:

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