Frequently Asked Questions
Below we've answered some of the most common questions. If your question is not answered below, please do not hesitate to fill out the contact form on our contact page, or pick up the phone and give us a call.
Q: Does 100% custom cabinetry really make a difference?
A: 100% Custom means that each and every piece is built for you and only you. The door style, color, and other specifics are exactly what you choose. This means that the design options are infinite. Difficult spaces can be creatively designed to maximize looks and functionality. Awkward angles and “dead space” are now easily designed around.
Q: How do I choose the door style and finish for my cabinetry?
A: With virtually an infinite number of door styles and finishes to choose from, the decisions can seem overwhelming. That is why it is sometimes beneficial to have an idea of the general style you are leaning towards and our designers will gladly walk you through the best options. We have many samples to browse through which can help provide inspiration as well as begin to fine-tune your selection. In the end, we will make a custom door sample of the exact door style and finish you have selected, which will be presented for your approval— this way, you can be confident in your decision.
Q: Do you offer cabinetry for other areas besides the kitchen?
A: Absolutely! Our designers are experienced in the design of all possible cabinetry applications. From wet bars to entertainment units to free standing hutch pieces that look like furniture. Once again, our custom manufacturing facility offers our designers virtually limitless options. You will also find that our custom furniture pieces are frequently more affordable than comparable furniture store prices.
Q: Do you provide design service?
A: Yes, we provide design service through a collaborative process with you and your builder and/or designer. With our award-winning design team, the creative process starts with an initial meeting. At that time, we will begin to understand your ideal vision so that we can be sure to incorporate your desires into the design.
Q: How much does design service cost?
A: If you order your cabinetry with Aspen Leaf Kitchens, your design service is complimentary. We do require a non-refundable design retainer to begin, which is typically 4%-5% of your project budget. Upon order placement, the entire design retainer is applied to the purchase of your cabinetry.
Q: How long does the design and order process take?
A: Every project is unique so there is no exact time frame we can give you. Some projects have taken 3 weeks while others have lasted over a year. The answer is: it takes as long as needed for you to be 100% comfortable with your design and style decisions. With that being said, projects are frequently on building schedules, so we will advise you of a preliminary design schedule if needed.
Q: How long will it take for the cabinetry to arrive for installation?
A: Since every job is absolutely unique and construction does not begin until an order is received, this time frame can vary. Factors to consider are: the availability of specialty woods, the size of your project, and our current production schedule. Historically, the average time from order to delivery has ranged from 6 – 8 weeks. Your ALKL representative will be able to give you an accurate estimate as you begin the design process.
Q: Is installation optional?
A: We recommend you use our certified installation crew. They are familiar with our product and we warranty our installation work. In our experience over the years, there have been many instances of inexperienced, uncertified installers creating unnecessary headaches for homeowners. However, if you or your builder has a relationship with an experienced cabinetry installer you are comfortable with, then that is an option.
Q: What are my options with regards to materials and finishes?
A: Being a 100% custom manufacturer, we are able to offer all legally available wood species and laminates. Examples include: Alder, Bamboo, Beech, Birch, Cherry, Hickory, Pine, Mahogany, Maple, Red Oak, White Oak, Walnut.
Our standard finish selection includes over 150 color options. In addition to our standard finishes, we offer custom finish formulations. We have frequently customized finishes to match tile colors, existing furniture or cabinetry, wood floors, paint selections, etc.
We offer custom finish effects which include: glazing, crackling, distressing, finish rub through, and more. The combinations of these effects are used to create a rich, old-world, heirloomed style.
Q: How much is my custom cabinetry going to cost?
A: Prices are affected by the following factors: material selection, door style, finish, drawers, intricacy of the design, and the overall volume of cabinetry. We will gladly provide an initial budgetary proposal for your project after an initial design meeting which is absolutely free with no obligations. Many people are surprised to find out that ALKL’s custom cabinetry is competitively priced with many semi-custom and pre-manufactured cabinetry lines.
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