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  • June 1st, 2015 | Posted in Advertisment

    All-White Custom Kitchen – Bright, Modern Decor

    Take one homeowner with a vision of light, bright and white, add a close-knit team of contractor, designer and cabinet supplier, and multiply by high-tech communication. That formula adds up to a showplace gourmet kitchen, optimized for both entertaining and family use, said Suzanne Reid, a designer for Markraft Cabinets. Markraft recently completed that job for Paul and Christy Evon,Read More

  • September 1st, 2014 | Posted in Advertisment

    Homeowners Seek Convenience in all Kitchen Aspects

    Homeowners are looking for convenience in all aspects of their kitchens, according to Meredith Holbert, a designer for MarKraft Cabinets. Kitchens should be: Easily accessible. “People don’t want to be getting on the floor to reach into their base cabinets.” Instead of rummaging through foodstuffs or cookware, deep drawers and other roll-outs let you see—and reach—everything at a glance. Swing-outRead More

  • July 1st, 2014 | Posted in Advertisment

    Attractive, Durable Materials – Alternative to Granite

    After many years of popularity for high-end countertops, granite is facing growing competition from such versatile, durable materials as solid surface acrylics and engineered quartz. These alternative materials have many of granite’s advantages, including its attractive appearance, explained Lauren Hill, a designer in MarKraft Cabinets’ Selection Center. But the high-tech surfaces overcome the drawbacks of natural stone slabs. For example, graniteRead More

  • May 1st, 2014 | Posted in Advertisment

    Renew Your Kitchen with a Wish List and a Sketch

    When you’re ready to update your kitchen, you don’t need much more than your imagination. Add a tape measure, pencil and paper, and you’re ready to get started! The designers at MarKraft Cabinets will take your wish list, and your sketch of your kitchen, and prepare a detailed proposal. Your wish list, explains designer Lauren Morris, can include pictures ofRead More

  • February 1st, 2014 | Posted in Advertisment

    Coastal Kitchen Trends

    Kitchen trends for 2014 are moving away from cool white and stainless steel, but Wilmington homeowners have their own ideas about designs that fit our coastal lifestyle. From cabinet finishes suggesting driftwood to old-fashioned “cup” drawer pulls, many customers want a “coastal cottage feel” in their kitchens, MarKraft Cabinets’ designers say. One popular idea creates contrasts between cabinets, said SuzanneRead More

  • April 1st, 2013 | Posted in Advertisment

    Low Maintenance Quartz Countertops

    Although granite has been one of the most popular materials for kitchen countertops in recent years, Quartz is becoming increasingly more popular. One of the advantages of Quartz is that it is a non-porous material so it does not require the upkeep with re-sealing every six to 12 months as granite does, and it provides a more sanitary workRead More

  • July 18th, 2017 | Posted in Blog

    WELCOME CHILDREN HOME WITH KID-FRIENDLY DESIGNS

    If you’ve started thinking about back-to-school plans, this is also a good time to look at ways your home can better accommodate your children’s needs. New design ideas can help keep kids’ items organized, encourage good study habits, and even minimize the inevitable smudges, smears and wear-and-tear from little ones. One such trend is aRead More

  • May 25th, 2017 | Posted in Blog

    FOR DREAM HOME, COUPLE REDISCOVERS DESIGN TEAM

    What does it take for a long-ago former client to return to a company? Workmanship, customer service, convenience – these qualities persuaded Earl and Diana Hughes of Shallotte to rehire Markraft Cabinets to design and furnish their waterfront dream house. The Hugheses, longtime Shallotte residents, used Markraft during a 2002 remodel of an older home.Read More

  • May 25th, 2017 | Posted in Blog

    WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN REMODELING YOUR KITCHEN

    Planning a major kitchen remodel is romantic, exciting and fun, a creative process full of wish lists and swatches, showroom visits and design consultations. But then comes the nitty-gritty of demolition, reconstruction and installation, and with it dust, noise and sometimes unforeseen problems. Helping to take the surprises out of the remodeling process, and toRead More

  • May 25th, 2017 | Posted in Blog

    N.C. COMPANY OFFERS CABINETS WITH EUROPEAN CHARM

    Who wouldn’t want more storage space without having to build a bigger kitchen? That’s an advantage kitchen designers see in Ultracraft custom cabinets. “It’s a European-style cabinet,” said Amanda Fisher, one of the designers at Markraft Cabinets, noting Ultracraft allows for full access, free of lips or edges that interfere with placing shelves – orRead More

  • December 1st, 2014 | Posted in Blog

    Customer Education Heads Off Surprises and Complaints

    Ensuring customer satisfaction is at least a two-step process. The first, vital step comes well before you ever deliver your product or service. That’s when you ensure that the customer’s wishes and expectations are in synch with what you’re selling. We call this education at the point of sale. It’s about making sure our customersRead More

  • October 1st, 2014 | Posted in Blog

    Industry Associations and Events Spark Creative Ideas

    Companies that are considered leaders in their industries don’t get that status by accident. One important factor we’ve seen that sets those businesses apart is active participation in national trade associations and industry shows. These groups and events offer invaluable opportunities for business leaders whose focus is normally on local matters. They can share experiences,Read More

  • September 1st, 2014 | Posted in Blog

    New Showroom will Feature Freshest Home Ideas

    We’re excited here at MarKraft by a project that we think our customers will appreciate: A brand-new showroom that will let us display a broader, more up-to-date range of today’s best kitchen and bathroom design ideas. By January 2015, we expect to have that expanded space open next to our main offices on Castle CreekRead More

  • August 1st, 2014 | Posted in Blog

    Picking Right Vendors is Essential to Serving Customers

    A business like ours that’s about both products and service works hard to build strong relationships with the vendors who build the products we sell. Choosing the right mix of vendors is important both to customer satisfaction and to our bottom line. Our suppliers understand our company’s culture and our value system. They share thatRead More

  • April 1st, 2014 | Posted in Case Studies

    Bungalow Kitchen Remodel Below $8,000

    Ever since Scott Coulthard and his wife Sandy bought their 1932 cottage in the Brookwood neighborhood about nine years ago, they have been working on small remodel projects themselves to update the house. But when they embarked on remodeling the kitchen, they knew they needed to bring in some local experts. “The kitchen is inRead More

  • June 1st, 2013 | Posted in Case Studies

    Next Steps: Markraft Adds Resale Value

    After 23 years in the house where they raised their four children, Wilmington couple John and Cindy Antonelli received news that John’s employer, Corning, would relocate them to Charlotte. Before putting the house on the market, they decided to remodel. “I updated it so it would sell,” said Cindy Antonelli. And it worked. They listedRead More

  • March 1st, 2013 | Posted in Case Studies

    Kitchen Remodel Professionals Keep Project on Track

    When John and Rose Mollozzi embarked on their first kitchen remodel, they visited about five or six companies in Wilmington and chose Markraft Cabinets. “We decided they had the best product and they were very professional and extremely accommodating and helpful in the planning process,” said John Mollozzi, who moved from the northeast to Wilmington.Read More

  • February 1st, 2013 | Posted in Case Studies

    New Kitchen Under $20,000

    Since the Bowers moved from Middlebrough, England to a home in Wilmington’s Carriage Hills neighborhood near Halyburton Park, Joanne Bowers wanted to remodel the kitchen. The house was about 27 years old and the kitchen needed updating. “We tried to shop around as much as possible,” she said about her first remodel. After visiting severalRead More

  • January 1st, 2013 | Posted in Case Studies

    Fresh Look For Under $20K

    One Wilmington family in the Pine Valley neighborhood hired MarKraft Cabinets when they embarked on their complete kitchen remodel last year. They had built their house in 1990 in the well-established neighborhood because of the schools. Now 22 years later, they were in need of a change. “We were planning on moving, but decided toRead More

  • December 1st, 2012 | Posted in Case Studies

    Kitchen Remodel: What To Expect

    MarKraft Cabinets understands how daunting a kitchen remodel can sound to a homeowner. But the company that has been operating in Wilmington since 1985, offers a variety of options. “If they don’t want to go through the renovation process, you can change the countertops out or change the tile backsplash or change the hardware,” saidRead More

  • November 1st, 2012 | Posted in Case Studies

    A Modern Look for Under $10,000

    Jon and Laura Earnhart, who live on Oak Bluff Lane in Wilmington, embarked on their first kitchen remodel this spring. Laura had been thinking of remodeling their 23-year-old house for a while. They chose MarKraft Cabinets for their kitchen upgrade upon a neighbor’s recommendation. “The customer service was great. The price was comparable to theRead More

  • May 25th, 2017 | Posted in Insights

    TEN WAYS TO UPDATE YOUR KITCHEN OR BATH THIS YEAR

    Does your home need a fresher look for the new year, but you’re not ready for a complete makeover? Small changes can make a big difference in how a living space looks and feels, or even in how well it works. Meredith Shaver, who designs kitchens and bathrooms for Markraft Cabinets of Wilmington, suggests theseRead More

  • May 25th, 2017 | Posted in Insights

    AIM FOR DURABILITY IN RENTAL HOME KITCHEN

    We all want our kitchens to hold up to years of use and be easy to care for. Those considerations are doubly important when designing a rental home. Unfortunately, tenants tend to be harder on properties they occupy than homeowners. So, if you’re considering putting a second home on the vacation-rental market or investing inRead More

  • May 25th, 2017 | Posted in Insights

    N.C. COMPANY OFFERS CABINETS WITH EUROPEAN CHARM

    Who wouldn’t want more storage space without having to build a bigger kitchen? That’s an advantage kitchen designers see in Ultracraft custom cabinets. “It’s a European-style cabinet,” said Amanda Fisher, one of the designers at Markraft Cabinets, noting Ultracraft allows for full access, free of lips or edges that interfere with placing shelves – orRead More

  • May 25th, 2017 | Posted in Insights

    WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN REMODELING YOUR KITCHEN

    Planning a major kitchen remodel is romantic, exciting and fun, a creative process full of wish lists and swatches, showroom visits and design consultations. But then comes the nitty-gritty of demolition, reconstruction and installation, and with it dust, noise and sometimes unforeseen problems. Helping to take the surprises out of the remodeling process, and toRead More

  • May 25th, 2017 | Posted in Insights

    MARKRAFT STYLE ON DISPLAY IN PARADE OF HOMES

    Whether you’re in the market for a new home or just want to see the latest trends in household décor, the Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association’s Parade of Homes is the perfect opportunity to look at dozens of great examples. This free annual showcase for the region’s builders is also a platform for specialty vendors,Read More

  • May 25th, 2017 | Posted in Insights

    SPRING BRINGS NEW KITCHEN COLORS AND FINISHES

    Whenever you’re planning to revamp or remodel your kitchen, every possibility is new. But we’re also approaching that time of year when cabinet and countertop manufacturers introduce their newest colors and fi nishes, too. Each spring, these releases give homeowners an d designers alike new options as the latest product lines are rolled out. AmongRead More

  • May 25th, 2017 | Posted in Insights

    ESSENTIAL ALLIES FOR YOUR KITCHEN REMODEL

    You have decided to remodel your kitchen, and you have a pretty clear vision of what you want. You’ve accumulated photos, swatches and magazine clippings. You’ve fi nished your wish list and even have a budget in mind. So, what’s next? It begins with a visit to a kitchen design fi rm’s showroom, said KevinRead More

  • May 25th, 2017 | Posted in Insights

    CREATIVE CUSTOM CABINETRY ISN’T JUST FOR KITCHENS

    A design imperative for today’s homeowners is to organize and enclose the many amenities of 21st-century living, hiding clutter and helping keep living spaces looking neat and clean. That idea is manifesting itself in custom-designed and built-in cabinet work outside of traditional kitchen and bath installations. Home entertainment centers are a major focus now, especiallyRead More

  • June 20th, 2017 | Posted in News

    PRESS RELEASE -Markraft Cabinets Acquires Apex Cabinet Company

    April 24, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wilmington’s MarKraft, Inc. Acquires Apex Cabinet Company Wilmington, NC – As part of its ongoing growth strategy, Markraft Cabinets has acquired Apex Cabinet Company.  The deal, which closed on March 31, 2017 expands MarKraft’s footprint in North Carolina from its headquarters in Wilmington to the Raleigh-Durham area. MarKraft’s President,Read More

  • May 1st, 2015 | Posted in News

    2015 Kitchen Trend: Neutral Gray Tones and Whites

    Neutral tones and white are big trends in kitchens for 2015, but vibrant colors still have their place. Consumers planning new or renovated kitchens are looking for “anything in gray tones,” said Suzanne Reid, a designer for Markraft Cabinets who works in the company’s Design Center. “Grays are the new neutral” for 2015, she said, a quiet, understated successor to the browns, beiges and blacksRead More

  • April 1st, 2015 | Posted in News

    Markraft Celebrates It’s 30th Anniversary

    MarKraft Cabinets is opening a brandnew showroom featuring “the best of the best” products for kitchens and baths … its biggest and best showroom ever! MarKraft was here: • When Ronald Reagan was president • Before Landfall opened • Before I-40 opened • Before Lady Gaga was born Three recessions and six hurricanes later, MarKraft is still here. InRead More

  • March 1st, 2015 | Posted in News

    Omega Cabinet Lines Offer Quality, Flexibility

    When it comes to redesigning a kitchen, many homeowners have resigned themselves to having to adapt their plans to a fixed inventory of cabinet styles, dimensions and colors. It doesn’t have to be that way, though, with the Omega Custom and Omega Dynasty lines of cabinetry, now offered in Wilmington by MarKraft cabinets. Omega is one of the lines nowRead More

  • May 24th, 2017 | Posted in Press Release

    Wilmington’s MarKraft, Inc. Acquires Apex Cabinet Company

    April 24, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Wilmington’s MarKraft, Inc. Acquires Apex Cabinet Company   Wilmington, NC – As part of its ongoing growth strategy, Markraft Cabinets has acquired Apex Cabinet Company.  The deal, which closed on March 31, 2017 expands MarKraft’s footprint in North Carolina from its headquarters in Wilmington to the Raleigh-Durham area.Read More

  • April 7th, 2015 | Posted in Press Release

    MarKraft Cabinets Acquires Kitchen & Bath Design Studio

    For Immediate Release April 7, 2015 MarKraft Cabinets Acquires Kitchen & Bath Design Studio: Merger Positions MarKraft as a Leader across All Market Segments Wilmington, NC – Two locally owned companies have combined to create the widest selection of cabinetry products and design services in our region.  In keeping with its vision to be a premierRead More

  • October 23rd, 2017 | Posted in Nashville, Trends | Tagged ,

    Color Trends for 2018

    With 2018 fast approaching, color trend forecasts and unique applications are dominating the world around us. Each year, new design trends and color pallets are announced. Trends for next year are all about pushing the boundaries and stepping out of comfort zones. The diverse “colors of the year” were announced the past week, so we’reRead More

  • September 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Nashville, Trends | Tagged ,

    Top Kitchen Design Trends: Tips From The Experts

    Utilizing today’s trends to create a custom kitchen design In a world of HGTV and Pinterest, today’s design trends are constantly at our fingertips. Whether you want to keep it simple and clean with white shaker cabinets or prefer to shake it up with a cool gray textured slab, you can find images and inspirationRead More

  • August 1st, 2014 | Posted in Trends

    Perfect Designs Just One Click Away

    Homebuilder and president of Stevens Fine Homes, Craig Stevens keeps his finger on the pulse of the latest design trends. When building a spec home, his company selects the most popular cabinet and countertop combinations that will appeal to most of the potential buyers. Stevens Fine Homes has a selection of popular products and clientsRead More

  • April 1st, 2014 | Posted in Trends

    Powder Room ‘Wow’ Factor

    One trend that is taking off is bathroom vanities that look like furniture. It can give a guest bathroom or powder room some extra style. “It gives a different look for the bathroom rather than your standard cabinet,” said Cee Edwards, president of Markraft Cabinets. “I think people like it because it’s not your typicalRead More

  • September 1st, 2013 | Posted in Trends

    Lemons for Lemonade

    When a pipe burst behind a kitchen wall in Littonnie and Todd Summerlin’s house, they saw it as an opportunity. The couple had wanted to remodel their small kitchen with dark wood, which was original to their house built in the 1970s, but had not gotten around to it yet. They have owned the homeRead More

  • June 1st, 2013 | Posted in Trends

    Cabinet Builder Exclusively Selects Markraft

    North Carolina-based cabinetmaker, UltraCraft Cabinets, takes pride in its products. The company based in Liberty, NC has been designing and crafting cabinets since 1986. It employs over 250 people including skilled craftsmen and engineers. They do not distribute their cabinets in big box stores. “We only sell through professional kitchen dealers with top notch designRead More

  • June 1st, 2013 | Posted in Trends

    Two Local Companies Create ‘Dream Homes’ Together

    Homebuilder Kent Homes knows what its clients want. “They want gourmet appliances and features in their kitchen for someone who does a lot of cooking and entertaining,” said Carol Hobbs, Kent Homes builder representative. “Our kitchens are a huge focal point of our homes. Everybody gathers in the kitchen. No more formal dining rooms.” That’sRead More

  • March 1st, 2013 | Posted in Trends

    Colorful Cabinets and Islands Add Personality

    Homeowners with a distinct sense of style are gravitating towards kitchens with more than one color. Cabinets stained or painted in two tones are popular right now, said Cee Edwards, president of Markraft Cabinets. Maple- a light, smooth wood – is the most popular for cabinets because of its texture. In comparison, oak has aRead More