Design Studio – All About Cabinets

Cabinets are a critical piece of your home design and where your selection process will begin. They set the stage for your kitchen design which is the heart of your home and where you will begin finding the style of your home. Simply put, they help to transform empty space into living space.

Bathroom cabinets.

They can provide character to your home, substance and, above all, organization for all kinds of things, from kitchen plates to bathroom towels to living room media equipment. That’s why, at Compass Homes, we take the time to put more thought into the design of your cabinetry to ensure your cabinets function for you, making your cooking experience effortless and your home beautiful.

So let’s take a look at some of the key factors you will consider when choosing the cabinetry from your new home.

A modern kitchen.

Cabinet Customization

While some home builders will use stock or semi-custom cabinetry, custom cabinets allow for the greatest flexibility and quality when it comes to your cabinetry design. At Compass Homes, we only install custom Riceland Cabinets in our homes, and homeowners can choose from our included styles, upgraded styles, or create their own custom look.

Living room cabinets.

Cabinet Design

The possibilities are endless when considering the design of your new home’s cabinetry. But here are a few of the major decisions that help guide you through the selection process:

Construction Style

There are three general types of cabinets: partial overlay, full overlay, and inset, each which describes how the cabinet door or drawer sits on or in the cabinet frame. These three styles come in a variety of styles and budgets, depending on the look you are going for.

Door Style

The basic cabinet door styles include shaker looks, beaded, flat panels, raised panel and many more. From traditional to modern and everything in between. Your choice in door style can make a huge impact on the look of your cabinets and each individual space.


Stained cabinets come in a maple finish but many wood options are offered to allow for a more sleek or textured rustic look. Stained oak, cherry and hickory are three commonly used material, each which will take stain or show the woods natural grain differently. Painted cabinets come in a hard solid maple wood which enhances the quality of construction and an unlimited number of color choices will be at your fingertips in our Design Studio.


Your finish might be painted or stained and will likely be a matte or satin look. While many other options are available such as a distressed or glossier finish, matter finishes are currently more in style.


While of course you want your cabinets to look amazing, functionality should not be compromised. At the Compass Design Studio, Client Liaison, Tiffany Pirkl, can help ensure that your cabinet selections capture your personal style while maintaining the all-important functionality.

Kitchen cabinets.

We understand that buyers oftentimes have difficulty envisioning what everything will look like once it’s all together, which is why we offer clients access to our award-winning Design Studio at 3817 Attucks Drive in Powell, Ohio. Though the Design Studio may not appear to be huge, there are endless possibilities within its walls!

At Compass Homes, we’re passionate about our process-driven culture that allows our clients to enjoy building their new homes almost as much as they enjoy living in their brand-new homes! We are here to help guide you through the building process so that your home is uniquely yours, with more thought and quality per square foot. Contact us today to get started building your new home.

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