Solid Face Framing
We build our cabinets using three distinct styles. One is the solid face frame method of construction. Face framing your cupboards gives a traditional and hard to find look to your cabinets. Each door and drawer is divided by a piece of solid wood that adds strength to your kitchen. Each door is attached to the frame rather than to the gables of the cupboard itself. It’s a very unique look that is not sold in department stores.
Our frameless designed kitchens are just as unique and much more popular. A frameless design adds a much more modern and contemporary look to your kitchen. When purchasing a kitchen from a department store, you are puchasing a flimsy box with doors and drawers. Our frameless kitchens really set us apart. To retain the strength of a framed kitchen but gain the aesthetic appeal and space saving features of a frameless European kitchen, we turn the frame, and move it inside the cupboard. This gives a more modern look, revealing only the doors and drawers, but making the cabinets stronger than ever. There is no edgebanding tape used on the cupboards. Instead, the kitchen is framed with ¾” x 3/8” solid wood. This construction method is unique to Shelburne Kitchens.
Inset kitchens offer a clean smooth look, where the doors and drawers do not protrude from the face frame of the kitchen. They offer a strong, attractive and traditional design.
Butt Joint vs Dado
Department stores and many kitchen companies attach the pieces of the cupboard together using butt joints because it is quick and easy. At Shelburne Kitchens we take the time to dado everything. This means that where the sides of a cupboard attach to the bottom or top, we notch the panel so the pieces actually lock together. This adds much more strength and will last years longer than a butt joint.
The majority of kitchen companies build their cupboards out of 5/8” or even ½” particle board coated in a white or maple printed melamine. This has very little strength or water resistance and has a very short lifespan. We want our kitchens to look great, and to last. They are built out of full ¾” thick ply veneer core with real finish grade birch on either side. A beautiful real wood interior is much stronger, and will last much, much longer.
When we say CUSTOM CABINETRY we mean it! If you have angles to add, or an odd shaped window to build around, or poorly placed pipes or ducts, we can incorporate almost anything into a cabinet design to satisfy you!
Our doors are all made from the highest grade solid wood available. No peeling thermofoil off our doors! They come in many different designs, and custom carvings can be included on request. All doors come with hidden soft close European hinges. No more slamming doors in the middle of the night! Please visit our door page to see our selection.
Most companies sell drawers made of cheap melamine, or flimsy metal sides. Our drawers are all made of birch, and finished with lacquer just like the interiors of your cupboards. Only a birch drawer is built to hold all the stuff you can put in it! All our drawers come with top of the line hidden silent soft close undermount slides.
Have a granite company you like? Great! If not we highly recommend using Marble & Marble. They are located in Toronto. Granite selection is made during the kitchen fabrication process. Marble & Marble’s staff are very helpful and have a wide selection of slabs in stock to choose from. Click here to see a selection of stone slabs. A template is made once the kitchen is installed. Your new granite countertop should arrive approx. two weeks later. Ask us for contact details.
We also offer a wide selection of laminate countertops. They come with or without a backsplash and have many different edge profiles to choose from. Click here to see our selection. Edge profiles are available in our showroom as are laminate samples.
Whether you are looking for pull out pantry units, LeMans blind corner units, or soft closing door mounted garbage bins, we have a wide selection of accessories sure to satisfy you. Click here to browse our kitchen solutions catalogue.