One of the most significant milestones in your renovation journey is the installation of carpentry work. It’s one of the last prominent renovation components to be installed. But do you know that there are many details and decisions to be made to reach this stage?

Carpentry works require many details and such details will affect the final cost. Unless you have specified certain details of the carpentry work to your designer during your discussion phase, the default specification that will be quoted to you are the following:

1. Internal white PVC

2. Standard laminate finish

3. Doors with ABS trimmings

4. Casement doors with generic soft-closing hinges

5. Drawers with extension tracks

Other specification not mentioned in the above might incur further costs, always check with your designer is there any top-up required for other specification. Do note that the default specification of carpentry work differs from company to company, make a point to check with them before proceeding.

So what are the different types of options available other than the default specification?

1. Internal white PVC

What is internal white PVC? PVC is the most commonly used materials for the internal portion of your cabinetry. It’s one of the most wallet-friendly options and it’s quite durable. White PVC is resistant to scratches and also susceptible to heat and water damage. However, white PVC can easily discolour overtime.

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What are the other options?

Colour PVC – The cheapest options of the 3 and you are expected to pay around $10 pfr more.

Laminate – An artificial material that is produced by pressing thin layers of flat paper and plastic resins together. Available in a wide variety of colours and designs.

Veneer ply – The most expensive options listed here. It’s naturally sliced from wood, taking on the wood characteristic. Not as durable as laminate as veneer ply do require some care as they are quite prone to scratches.

Renovade suggestion: For open concept cabinet or cabinet with glass door, might want to consider laminate or veneer ply for your internal carcass. For cabinet with no see-through doors, white PVC is sufficed.

Advisable to avoid using veneer ply on the portion where you hang your clothes as the hanger might cause scratches if not careful.

2. Standard laminate finish

The default material finishing for the external or expose part of the cabinetry is laminate finish. Laminate is a man-made product and can imitate wood grain, natural stone and fabric just to name a few. Laminate is very durable compare to other options and is also known for its water-resistant.

The laminate design or patterns does not run through the entire laminate sheet, it only appears on the surface. Therefore when 2 sheet of laminate is joint together at a 90 degree, visible joint line (usually brown colour) can be seen.

There is laminate sheet in the market whereby the colour on the laminate runs through the entire laminate sheet, resulting in no visible joint line. However, this requires a top-up.

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What are the other options?

Veneer – A natural product derived from real solid wood. As such, each wood has its different characteristics, producing different type of grains.

Veneer has a seamless joint line, unlike laminate as the colour of the veneer run throughout the veneer sheets. Veneer finishing requires a top-up from the standard laminate finishing.

Spray paint – You can expect a very smooth and even out the texture from spray painting. You can also expect almost no visible joint lines from spray-painted cabinets.

Spray paint can be easily damaged or by scratches. However, it’s possible to repair damaged spray painted cabinet. Spray painting requires a top-up from the standard laminate finishing.

3. Doors with ABS trimming

The purpose of ABS trimming is to ensure that the cabinetry finishes (laminate) do not peel off easily over time. It’s applied at the joint edge between 2 pieces of laminate on a cabinet to give a smoother transition between both pieces of laminate. ABS trimming is typically applied onto the doors of the cabinetry to prevent peeling.

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What are the other options?

Veneer trimming – If your cabinetry finishing is veneer, you might want to strongly consider using veneer trimming. As the veneer is made from natural wood, do avoid using it in the kitchen and bathroom.

4. Casement doors with generic soft-closing hinges

5. Drawers with extension tracks

The types and brands of carpentry hardware differ from designers to designers. The default specification is usually soft-closing hinges and extension track unless stated otherwise.

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What are the other options?

You can check with your designer if you have a specific brand of carpentry hardware you have in mind for your hinges and tracks. Brands such as Blum, excel etc. might require a top-up. For other carpentry hardware such as drawer handles or doorknob are usually not included.

Most common items upgrade from default specification:

  1. Generic hardware (hinges & tracks) to Blum, excel or other hardware brands

  2. Generic drawer to tandem boxes

  3. Veneer finishing from laminate finishing

  4. Solid wood carcass from plywood carcass

  5. Additional finishing materials such as glass, mirror on a certain portion of the cabinetry

  6. Requesting for aluminium trimming or frames

  7. Requesting for marine plywood from conventional plywood

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