Custom Kitchen Cabinet Designs

[ Basic • Semi-Custom • Custom ]

Bath & Kitchen Cabinet Designs Customized to Your Needs

Planning a new bath or kitchen remodel involves several major aspects – flooring, countertops, fixtures, appliances, and cabinets. Bath & kitchen cabinet designs vary according to materials, style, size, color, and shape and can cost anywhere from $2,500 to $10,000 or more! To choose the best cabinets for your bath or kitchen remodel, you’ll need to consider the size and shape of your kitchen as well as functionality and budget.

Stock Cabinets

Basic kitchen cabinet designs include stock cabinets, semi-custom cabinets, and custom cabinets. The least expensive option for kitchen cabinetry are stock cabinets. These are pre-built in a factory and require the shortest length of time for installation.  Stock cabinets are practical and can be used in most standard kitchens, but these limit your ability to personalize kitchen decor if you want a more custom look.

Semi-Custom Cabinets

Semi-custom cabinets are built when your order is placed to the cabinet manufacturer and designed to meet specific needs of your project. This option offers more customizable features than stock cabinets, but not fully personalized.

Custom Cabinets

european-style-cabinetry-construction-walnut-creekThe final option for the ultimate kitchen remodel or bath renovation is custom cabinetry. This luxurious option is a favorite for our clients in Alamo, Orinda, Moraga, Lafayette and Walnut Creek. Custom cabinets are tailored to fit your space and meet the unique requirements of your project. Unlike pre-made or stock cabinets, custom cabinetry offers enhanced functionality, efficient storage solutions and high-quality craftsmanship. Clients who order custom cabinetry see their kitchen transformed before their eyes. Custom cabinetry is typically installed on-site.





Kitchen cabinet designs can be simple or fancy. They can be straight and rectangular in shape with no artistic designs, or creatively crafted at the top with decorative carvings on the cabinet doors. Some cabinets have a few glass doors to add a luxurious touch. Some are made of stainless steel, while others are made completely of maple wood, birch, hickory, oak, or cherry.  A less costly option would be veneer or laminate cabinets. Try to avoid particle board or fiberboard cabinets as these have a tendency to warp or sag when subjected to moisture over time. Also, consider if you want the most widely used “face frame” cabinets or frameless selections.

Cabinet finishes for natural wood cabinets include glaze, stain, or paint, or there are special finishing techniques such as rub-thru, antiquing, or rasping. Below are some of the most popular kitchen cabinet styles:

European Cabinets

European cabinets do not have a frame on the front and instead rely on a full overlay door. They are frameless with concealed hinges and full access to the cabinet interior. 

Shaker Cabinets

Known for their clean lines and simple, functional design. Shaker cabinets have recessed center panels and often feature square edges and minimal ornamentation.

Flat-Panel Cabinets

Also known as slab or contemporary cabinets, flat-panel cabinets have a sleek and minimalist appearance. They feature a flat center panel with no raised or recessed elements.

Raised Panel Cabinets

Raised panel cabinets have a center panel that is raised higher than the surrounding frame. They often have intricate detailing and decorative edges, creating a more traditional and elegant look.

Glass-Front Cabinets

Glass-front cabinets have doors with glass inserts, allowing you to showcase your dishware or decorative items. They can have various styles, such as clear, frosted, or textured glass.

Beadboard Cabinets

Beadboard cabinets have vertical grooves or panels that give them a charming, cottage-style look. They often evoke a sense of nostalgia and can be painted in different colors for a customized appearance.

Distressed Cabinets

Distressed cabinets are intentionally aged or weathered to create a rustic, antique look. They often feature techniques such as glazing, sanding, or rubbing off paint to achieve the desired effect.

Open Shelving

While not technically cabinets, open shelving is a popular choice for modern kitchens. It involves removing cabinet doors altogether, leaving your items on display for easy access.

Our East Bay Area showroom displays a vast and unique range of custom designer kitchens to suit everyone’s tastes and budget. To see a preview of our different handmade kitchens and cabinets, we invite you to drop by our public showroom, in the East Bay and discover our kitchen designs in person. Our professional kitchen designers are on site and are happy to assist. 

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East Bay Kitchen Designer


Your kitchen is a room of great importance, distinguishing the entire living space in your home. That is why selecting the right kitchen designer is just as important as planning your new kitchen remodel, kitchen design or kitchen renovation. The team at Distinctive Cabinetry has the knowledge, expertise and experience to take your vision, match it to your practical needs, and create the ideal custom designer kitchen to compliment your home and lifestyle. Our East Bay Kitchen Designer has 40+ years experience designing kitchens.

We feature handmade kitchen cabinets ranging from traditional to modern and from economical to high end cabinetry… and everything in between. Our variety of modern worktops, sinks, basins, handles and cabinet doors will impress the most selective buyer. Because we purchase our appliances and accessories from the best suppliers in the market, you are ensured the finest quality products.