Cabinetry Frequently-asked Questions and Information
Our customers often have great questions. Here are our answers to some common questions.
Why should I purchase my cabinets from you rather than a large national chain such as Home Depot? >
You've invested a lot of time and money to build your dream home, so why make compromises when dressing it up? With 60 years combined experience in the building business and ASID designers on staff, there are many advantages to shopping at DSC. We are passionate about personal customer service, therefore we take great care to ensure customer continuity and satisfaction. Our staff realizes that it is important to stay up to date on the latest trends and technologies available in the home building field to provide our clients with longevity in their designs, therefore we keep a current builders license and attend continuing education classes on industry products.
From the very beginning, your project is assigned one of our knowledgeable designers to see the entire process through to the end. DSC presents specific stylish designs for the kitchen, bathroom, home office, and other home living spaces, which can be seen in our 6,500 square foot Little Rock showroom. In our all inclusive premiere showroom, we are equipped to pull together all of your interior finishes in one spot. The choices are plenty, but with our guidance and understanding of the building process, you're well on your way to transforming your home.
What information do I need to bring to the free consultation? >
Initial consultations are crucial to the design process. At this time initial wants and needs are established for a space, therefore preparation for your appointment can make all the difference. Be honest with your designer when discussing your desires for the space. Tell them how you need features to perform, preferred finishes, functionality and amenities, and the target budget for the project. Any inspiration pictures or color selections that have already been made should be brought to the consultation, as well as any measurements available. All of these tips will help us make your ideal space come to life!
How long does it take to get my cabinets? >
Cabinet lead times vary depending on the brand of cabinets chosen. For example, our best-selling cabinet line, Aristokraft, has a lead time of 3-4 weeks from the time of order placement. Our high-end custom lines may take anywhere from 6-8 weeks from time of order. The key is to remember to plan ahead for your cabinets. Use that lead time to make crucial plumbing, flooring and other construction changes to make for a smooth transition into your new space.
Will you work with my contractor or designer? >
While we offer complimentary design services, we love to work with designers and contractors to accomplish the look you want for your home. Our company is built on repeat builder business, so we understand the dynamics of the builder to home-owner relationship. We can assist you at any point in your design, whether you need a designer from our company or if you just need us to provide finish options to your builder or designer.
What are the advantages to different countertop materials? >
No matter the size of your kitchen project, one of the key elements of it's look and functionality is the countertops. Presented with the vast amount of options available in the Kitchen & Bath field, many consumers can get overwhelmed. Here is a little cheat sheet to the advantages and disadvantages to options we offer here at DSC.
Best known for its wandering aggregate patterns and colors, granite has been a staple in the countertop industry due to its natural beauty and durability.
Pros: It's naturally occurring patterns make each piece unique. It is very durable, as it holds up well to scratches, heat, splashing, and every day use.
Cons: Granite does require some maintenance to renew it's seal to reduce staining. It also must be supported by well-constructed cabinet boxes due to weight of granite.
Quartz Countertops - HansStone and Silestone
Often called engineered stone or engineered quartz, quartz countertops are comprised of resin and quartz chips tinted with color. While it has some of the natural qualities of stone, it has lower maintenance requirements.
Pros: Almost maintenance free due to its non-porous characteristics, quartz give you the advantage of the look of stone while offering larger color selection.
Cons: Due to its engineered nature, it does not have the natural variegation of granite, therefore being evident that it is man-made. While worth the investment, it can be pricier than its natural stone counterparts.
Unmatched in its beauty and grace, marble has been a desired surface for the consumer aiming for elegance in their design.
Pros: Not only is marble stunningly beautiful, it also hold up well to heat. Therefore marble is often used in baking centers because of its cooling properties.
Cons: Marble can stain very easily.
For the consumer that wants something to stand out among their neighbors, glass is an excellent choice for impact and originality.
Pros: Glass countertops come in a multitude of custom options. Extreme durability allows glass to be used indoors and outdoors. It is stronger than stone, 100% recyclable, radon-free, emits no VOCs, and its non-porous qualities prevents cross-contamination.
Cons: Due to its custom nature, glass tends to be higher than other countertop options. Glass is also very heavy, so cabinet box construction must be taken into consideration.
Laminate comes in many color option and is made of paper blended with resins and fused particle board.
Pros: Laminate countertops are a great option for the budget-mindful consumer. It comes in lots of different options to fit well in any design. Laminate is low maintenance, easy to clean, and light weight, so reinforced cabinets are not necessary.
Cons: Laminate is not resistant to scratches, burns, and sometimes staining. The layers can also peel with wear and moisture exposure. Undermount sink are not an option for this particle board based countertop.
Will a designer come out to my home? >
We are proud to offer complimentary design services at DSC. This includes taking job-site measurements, creating cabinet layout design and selection, and other home finishes.