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Loavon 4185 Stirling Waters #15 Kitchen Side View

Selection and
Build Process

Making the selections for an entire house or remodel project is very exciting, but it can also feel overwhelming. Our goal is to make the process fun and easy. Our customers often ask us: “Where do I start?” This timeline tends to work for most projects.

  1. Start with the item that covers the largest area. This is most often going to be your flooring. Pick out a couple that you really like and bring them along with you to your selection meeting.
    • Pro Tip: It is best to contrast the flooring with the cabinets. For example, if you are leaning toward a dark cabinet, pick a light to medium color floor.
  2. Next, you will want to schedule a selection meeting at our showroom where you will meet with one of our designers to make your cabinet selections. During this meeting you will make selections for:
    • cabinet wood species and stain color.
    • door style (this typically ties to the architectural style of the house).
    • countertops and backsplashes
    • hardware (this finish typically ties back to your lighting).
    • organizational options you may want to include in your cabinet design.
  3. Once you have finalized your selections, we will need the model numbers for your appliances, faucets and sinks. We cannot move forward with the process until we have this information.
  4. The next step is the field measure, which takes place at your home after all selections have been made and the sheetrock has been hung.
  5. From there, we will generate cabinet drawings for your final approval.
  6. Cabinet installation typically takes place 3 weeks following your final approval of the cabinet drawings.
  7. If you have selected solid surface countertops, such as granite or quartz, a separate field measure will take place after the base cabinets have been installed. The countertops will typically be installed 2-3 weeks after the cabinets go in.


  • Red Oak

    All the Red Oak we use is Northern Oak, which has a varying prominent grain with a coarse texture and ranges from light brown to light red in color. Oak can be stained light or dark to add interest and variety.  Because Oak is hard and heavy it is often a great choice for furniture, cabinets and trim.

    Wood Red Oak Kitchens Linwood
  • Poplar

    Poplar has a medium to fine texture and is straight-grained.  The color varies from light to pale yellowish brown to olive green.  Poplar is a medium-density wood. Just keep in mind a dark stain should be used to avoid seeing the varying green color of the wood.

    Wood Poplar Kitchens Heidibrink
  • Alder

    Alder is a smooth hardwood with straight grain and even texture. The color is light brown with a yellow to reddish tinge.  Alder is a relatively soft hardwood of medium density. It is available in knotty or clear.  Typically the darker the stain the less noticeable the knots.

    Wood Alder Clear Wood Alder Knotty Plates Close Up
  • Hickory

    Hickory is a very dense and heavy wood.  The color can vary from cream to brown to black all on the same board.  Rustic Hickory offers knots as well for even more character. Darker stains lessen the contrast of the wood tones.

    Hickory Rustic Hickory Calico Kitchen Hickory
  • Maple

    Maple has a uniform white color with an open grain pattern.  The grain shows up very nicely with just seal and lacquer. Once stained, the grain tends to feather and may have a blotchy appearance. The wood is hard and heavy with good strength properties.

    Wood Maple Kitchen Maple
  • Cherry

    Cherry is a satiny smooth even grained hardwood and is known for its rich warm look.  The color varies from light to dark red.  Over time the color will change if exposed to UV lighting.  Cherry is a medium density wood.

    Wood Cherry Kitchen Cherry
  • Black Walnut

    Black Walnut is a rich brown lustrous heartwood that is generally straight-grained; sometimes with a wavy and curly grain that gives it its character.  Walnut is a tough hardwood of medium density.

    Wood Black Walnut Kitchen Black Walnut
  • Quarter-Sawn Oak

    Quarter-Sawn Oak is cut at 60 to 90 degrees to the growth rings to create a straight grain pattern. Mirrorati rays and dramatic flecking is common.  It is available in red and white oak.

    Wood Oak Quarter-sawn Kitchen Oak Quarter-sawn
  • Painted Cabinets

    Material that has a smooth finish and is free of grain and knots such as Maple and MDF work best. The upside of painted cabinets is that there is an unlimited amount of colors to select from.  For people who don’t like the look of wood grain cabinets, painted cabinets are a good option.  The negative side of painted cabinets is that the paint will easily chip and is hard to keep looking nice.  Painted cabinets are also more expensive than stained cabinets because of all the extra steps needed.  For the best results we recommend that the cabinets are installed unfinished and painted on site by your painting contractor.

    Wood Paint Kitchens Bayer