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May 25th, 2017 | Posted in Blog

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 – or
placing items on those shelves.
The North Carolina-based manufacturer offers customized
sizes at no extra cost, Fisher added. Ultracraft falls in the mid-range
of prices for the lines Markraft carries.
“There’s a really broad range of what you can do for the price,”
she said.
For example, it’s common to get an imperfect fi t when
incorporating standard cabinet dimensions into a kitchen. To
avoid gaps, fi llers are often needed. Ultracraft makes that
unnecessary with free custom sizing.
So, any standard cabinet can be widened by an eighth of an
inch – up to three inches larger. Need it larger? Just move up to
the next standard size, in three-inch increments. That applies to
width – helpful to completely use all available wall or fl oor space –
and also depth.
“You can get your kitchen much more custom. You can get
more depth to fi t a big plate. You don’t need fi llers for wasted
space,” Fisher said.
That means wall cabinets could be increased from the standard
12 inches to 13 ½ inches deep to fi t larger plates and platters in a
less noticeable spot.
Size and dimensions aren’t the only benefi ts.
Part of Ultracraft’s construction is its “fully captured back.” Unlike
cabinets that use narrow rails for wall attachments but otherwise
have lightweight back panels, “it’s all solid 5/8-inch plywood bottom,
sides and back,” Fisher said. A screw can be placed discreetly inside
the cabinet, she added, which simplifi es installation and increases
overall durability.
Another construction amenity is Blum USA’s superior and notably
soft-close drawer glides and door hinges.
Fisher likes to point out Ultracraft’s wide range of fi nishes and
economical pricing to clients. For painted or similar-fi nish treatments,
she said Ultracraft’s premium is a minimal percentage compared with
similar lines, over a basic stain-and-varnish look.
While the company makes a wide range of traditional and
contemporary designs in wood, it also offers some sleek, high-tech
alternatives, too.
A “Thermofoil” door uses a heat-and-vacuum process to mold
vinyl to the surface in a range of matte or super-high-gloss textures
– including simulated wood grains, oriented vertically or horizontally.
You can also opt for contrasting fi nishes – other colors or even a
stainless-steel look – on the door edges.
Fisher said melamine is another option. Melamine – a once-familiar
sight in kitchens in the form of virtually unbreakable tableware – is
bonded to exterior panels for a permanent, easily washable fi nish in
virtually any color.
“One thing I really like about this line is the interior fi nishes,” Fisher
That’s where melamine shows up again – in a thermally fused
layer that totally seals every interior surface, making it simple to
clean and moisture-resistant.
Fisher also likes Ultracraft’s economical “Vision” line, which gives
buyers a selection of 10 door options, and what she says is “probably
the best cabinet warranty you’ll get from anyone.”
Ultracraft’s 100-year warranty covers replacement of any
manufacturing defect.
And then there’s the in-state connection. Ultracraft is based in
Liberty, North Carolina, not far from Greensboro.
“We’re supporting a local business,” Fisher said.
But for consumers, she says, the choice boils down to quality,
versatility and accessibility.
Want to see more of Ultracraft’s spacious, frameless cabinets
and innovative fi nishes? Examples are on display in Markraft’s Design
Center. Markraft’s professional kitchen and bath designers consult
by appointment, but drop-in visitors are always welcome to stop
by and browse the showroom. The Design Center is open from
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday, at 2705 Castle Creek Lane, just off
Castle Hayne Road.
Since 1985, Markraft has specialized in cabinet and countertop
design and installation in residential and commercial construction
and custom remodeling. To learn more about Markraft, go to Contact Markraft at (910) 762-1986 and like
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