Premium Cabinets – Process Walk Through


Stanley called and set up a time to meet with me. We created a design on my computer of what he would need. Once his home was nearing completion we did a site measure and confirmed the measurements. Stanley’s kitchen had two main walls and a center island.

1 – Left side : The left wall holds the double ovens, microwave and an encased refrigerator.


1 - Left side of kitchen PLAN1A - Left side of kitchen


1B - Left side of kitchen1C - Left side of kitchen

2 – Right side: The right side has a centered sink base and a dishwasher to the right of it. The two uppers are symetrical – they are both 27 inches wide. You can see the three inch gap on the plan and then the three inch gap in the final picture.


2 - Right side of kitchen PLAN2A - Right side of kitchen2B - Right side of kitchen ( UPPER TO RIGHT )

3 – Center Island: The center island has a cooktop in the center and a small prep sink. The final cabinet has a functioning drawer. The large pony wall built for the island turned out extremely well.

3 - Island Plan

3A - Island4 - Final


We designed Stanley’s kitchen with Stanley’s input. We measured once the kitchen was ready to be measured. Stanley placed a down payment and ordered the cabinets. We delivered the cabinetry and Stanley’s homebuilder installed the cabinetry. The process was simple and straight forward. With basic measurements we can create a cad design, parts list and price you out to the penny in any of our styles.

Lane Mundine

Country Linen Premium Kitchen

A Country Linen Kitchen You Would Want to Raise Your Family In

Brandi had a vision to have a warm, comfortable kitchen to raise her family and her vision came through with this Country Linen cabinet. She decided a farmhouse sink, an under the counter microwave and prep sink would provide the most functionality to this kitchen. The touch of a wood tile floor, butcher block counter and pressed metal ceiling gives this whole kitchen the country feel that Brandi really wanted. Premium Cabinets St. Louis helped create another beautiful kitchen.

   Country Linen Island

Country Linen Kitchen

Country Linen Sink Wall

John Morgan
Premium Cabinets St Louis
1645 Headland Dr
Fenton, Missouri 63026

Re-Facing Versus Replacing

10 Reasons to Re-place vs. Re-face

You have grown tired of your old “golden oak “cabinets from 1982. They need to go, but what to do? Re-face or Re-place? Decisions…decisions…decisions…

Maybe you have been told re-facing will be less time and money. Sometimes, that is the case. Sometimes not.

Here are 10 reasons re-placing may be the better option.

  1. Costs as much to reface as replace.
  2. Your 40 year old cabinets are in great shape inside and out. Really?
  3. Paying for labor when you reface, paying for cabinets when you replace
  4. Bigger mess in home during refacing. Trust me on this one.
  5. Many more interior cabinet options today, then when your kitchen was installed.
  6. Fixing problems (leaks, etc.) not just covering them up.
  7. Layout can be changed to reflect current lifestyle, tastes, needs, wants, etc.
  8. And no, it does not necessarily cost more to change your existing bad layout.
  9. More availability of finishes, styles, etc. when you replace.
  10. To summarize; if you could paint your 20 year old car, or buy a new one for the same price, what would you do.

If you need more convincing, go on-line to businesses that do re-facing and read the comments. I have one “mega national chain” on my news feed with some very un-happy clients who opted for re-facing. Many have an issue with veneer peeling off and having to replace old cabinets after all, which costs even more.

At Premium Cabinets, we want to educate our clients, so they can make the best decision for their family, their finances and their life style.  After all we want our clients to always,  “Love where they Live!”

Leslie Allison

Premium Cabinet Studio

9214 Nieman Rd

Overland Park, KS  66214

‘A Custom Look Without the Custom Price!’

Home Improvement Season

Tis is the Season!

Home improvement season, that is.

Since Spring is upon us, our neighborhoods are starting to fill up with lawn services, contractors landscapers, painters and re-modelers.

If you are lucky enough to be remodeling your kitchen, you may need to consider new flooring, new cabinets and probably new counter-tops.

Here is a Guide to Six Popular Counterops, the pros and cons, to help make your selection.



Premium Cabinet Studio

9214 Nieman Road

Overland Park, KS 66214

‘A Custom Look Without the Custom Price’

Sleek Transitional Style

You can have the best of both traditional and contemporary style with cabinetry based on Shaker-style construction. Recessed panels inside flat-face frames boast traditional and contemporary characteristics. These cheery white cabinets set against Carrera tile back splashes capture a vintage flavor, while brushed-nickel rod pulls and handles complimenting stainless-steel appliances push the look toward contemporary. The substantial island underscores the look, with a deep espresso-finish base that tips it hat to both warm traditional and sleek urban styles.

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Luke Erwin
Premium Cabinets Oceanside
1023 S Cleveland St
Oceanside, CA 92054

Finishing Touches

Carved legs give cook-tops, sink, and island areas a furniture-like profile, while also supporting the overhanging stone top. Simple drawer pulls and a stained finish that lets the wood grain show through further distinguish the areas from the more standard finished cabinets.




Luke Erwin
Premium Cabinets Oceanside
1023 S Cleveland St
Oceanside, CA 92054

Trends in Cabinets and Cabinet Decor

Mixing in a wood island counter-top or butcher block outer cabinet adds a warm feel to any space. Many times it’s going to save you money versus a stone top. Don’t go crazy with it, just a touch of it changes the feel altogether!

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Wood Counter Tops

“Instead of silver metals, we love using brass in the kitchen or bathroom. It’s so much warmer and a little more unique.”


Brass Fixtures

Luke and Donna Erwin,

Premium Cabinets Oceanside

Preparing for a Kitchen Remodel

So you think you want to tackle a kitchen remodel? The first thing that needs to be planned is the budget.  When working with clients, sometimes they are reluctant to share exactly what their budget is.

It makes a huge difference in getting the look and quality that you expect.  Here are a few things to take into consideration:

  • The first is what can you afford? On average the kitchen is the most expensive room in the home and kitchens sell homes. Call your local realtor if you need some advice on your project. Think about how you will pay for your remodel? Home equity loans are usually the source, but often retailers will offer financing. Savings, credit cards work a tax refund or if a dearly departed loved one left you a “little something”.
  • How long are you going to live there?  If this is your “forever home” design it the way you want it.  If 5 years or less, keep it general enough to appeal to the masses.
  • Is your neighborhood modest or up-scale? You don’t want to have a gourmet chef’s kitchen in a middle-class neighborhood. If so you will lose money.  Be careful not to over improve.
  • Know the cost break down. Labor will cost about 20-35% of remodel costs. The kitchen typically is the most expensive room in a home with cabinets being the biggest chunk of it.  Here is a breakdown of the costs on average:
    • 35% cabinets
    • 20% labor
    • 20% appliances
    • 10% windows
    • 5% fixtures
    • 3% fittings
    • 7% other

Always tell your designer / remodeler what your budget is.  Never be embarrassed to share that number with them. They should be aware, so they can give you the look you want, with the function you need, all within your means.

After all, they want you to be happy and “Love where you Live!


Leslie Allison

Premium Cabinet Studio

Overland Park, KS

Kansas City

Love Where You Live

The kitchen is the heart of your home.  Cabinets need form and function.  They can be a major expense when remodeling your kitchen.  With thoughtful planning and design, you’ll enjoy them for years.  A few things to consider:

Kitchens sell Homes!  The Kitchen is not the room to “skip on.”  According to Home Advisor most home owners spend between $11,194 and $28,646 on a kitchen remodel.  You can expect to recoup 67% to 93% of your remodel cost depending on your local real estate market.

What’s Your Type?

Typical cabinet types: stock, semi-custom, and custom.

Stock cabinets start around $70 per linear foot and usually have limited colors and styles.  They are sold assembled or RTA (Ready to Assemble) and immediately taken home for installation.  Often they are made of MDF (particle board) to keep the cost down.

Semi-custom cabinets cost $150 to $250 per linear foot and can be configured to your space, allowing a more precise fit for your kitchen.  Lead time for these cabinets may be 4-6 weeks delivery.  These may be made of MDF (particle board) or solid wood.  Be certain to ask exactly what the cabinets are made of.

Custom cabinets are usually the most expensive option with costs of $500 and up per linear foot.  These could take 2-3 months depending on the cabinet maker schedule.  This option includes added features and exact specifications.

Features to Look For:

Solid Wood Construction

For durability and moisture resistance, components including shelves and drawers should be furniture grade wood such as birch, maple and cherry.  “All Wood” can be MDF (particle board) be certain to ask what the cabinets are made of.

Dove-tail Construction

Dovetail Joints create a strong, square, true, long lasting joint.

Soft Close Drawers and Doors

The drawer/door is eased to the closed position, gently and quietly by hydraulics.

Full Extension Drawers and Full Overlay Doors

Many cabinet drawers only extend about 80%.   Quality cabinet drawers extend completely.  Full Overlay Doors simply make your cabinets/kitchen more attractive.

Hidden 6 Way Adjustable Hinges

Cabinets with no visible hinges that can be easily adjusted in seconds to perfectly line-up the doors.

A little research to compare manufacturers, retail sites, showrooms, websites and catalogs will save you time and money.  Above all, trust your taste.  It’s your kitchen and it should complement your personality, your family needs and the rest of your home, so choose what works for you.


Leslie Allison
Premium Cabinet Studio
Overland Park, KS
Kansas City