David Ramsay Cabinetmakers, Inc.
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Design Services and Process

The Process of Custom Cabinetry / Why Custom?

Imagination


Customization allows for the opportunity to design and build a project to the needs of your individual tastes. This is opposed to prefabricated designs where the elements of the whole are already fabricated and then placed into different limited arrangements.

Design and Consultation


Customized design includes a process of meeting with our design team to formulate ideas and solutions for your project. We can build any style to match the existing space, whether it is Modern, Victorian, Arts & Crafts, Federal, Country or Art Deco.

An initial consultation starts with a visit to your home or the space. Using your thoughts and ideas (or your designer/architect) we usually can draw a quick sketch at the site as we talk, take measurements and photos to use in the final scaled drawing process. This sketch, along with information from the client and/or designer gives us the information needed to submit an estimate for the work. Once the estimate is approved with a contract which includes price and turn around time for the project, a finished shop drawing is done, with specific measurements and details. Revisions and changes can be made at the beginning stages of this process before the work is started; these signed change orders will be added or deleted from the original contract, along with any changes in pricing. Finishes and samples are also given to the customer for approval.

Wood Selection and Finishes


We offer our clients a choice of domestic and exotic hardwoods as well as a selection of veneers. With regard to finish, our finishers can color match to existing wood, and we have the ability to do glazes, distressing, glaze on paint, graining on paint and other processes. Just ask. We have access to specialty hardware suppliers to find unique hardware or match existing. Using custom made knives, we have the ability to match existing moldings in your home and we use a variety of suppliers for architectural details.

Investment Value


Although custom cabinetry and furniture are long term investments, that not only serve s as a functional and aesthetic part of your surroundings, they will add to the value of your home. A case in point is that "Cabinetry by David Ramsay Cabinetmakers" has appeared in numerous real estate ads throughout the years as part of the sales appeal for homes in the Burlington and Camden counties.

Non-Standard


Because this is custom, you are not limited to the set standards of manufactured production pieces. For instance, your countertops can be higher or lower, drawers can be deeper, hidden, or customized for computer equipment, flat screen TV's can be hidden aesthetically, and pocket or odd shaped doors can be built. If it can be designed to work, we can build it.

Modifications and Alterations of Existing Work


We can modify your existing cabinetry when upgrades in appliances or audio visuals are added with new dimensions. We have the expertise to blend these changes seamlessly with existing work.

Referrals


We can provide excellent referrals for related contractors, products and services. We have references for audio-visual, electrical, cabinet accessories, antique repairs & refinishing, interior designers and architects.