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Making Room for Change

February 7th, 2019 | Posted in Blog | Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

Renovating a drab, dark kitchen or rethinking your foyer doesn’t have to be an exercise in frustration. These local remodeling professionals can help you design and build a better home, bedroom, porch or kitchen. Imagine the possibilities!


As the new year settles in, many of us find ourselves in a contemplative mood. What will we finally change this year? If you’re not ready to commit to an exercise routine or search for a better job, why not focus on an easier target? Your home is your sanctuary, and there’s nothing more satisfying to invest in than your personal living space.

Markraft Cabinets 

Homeowners Allan and Joan Turner knew exactly what they wanted for the kitchen of their new home in Carolina Beach: a warm, clean nautical style that reflected their surroundings. The couple engaged Markraft Cabinets, a custom cabinetry shop, to breathe life into their vision. Designer Meredith Shaver met with the couple in the Markraft showroom to discuss their plans. Joan was drawn to the simple, traditional lines of Shaker-style white cabinets, complemented by a pristine white marble countertop. 

“We ended up choosing quartz in the kitchen instead, as its contemporary look fit well with the minimal design. Quartz offers a more consistent color and pattern, and it’s easier to maintain,” explained Shaver.  

The owner found a pair of antique corbels, or brackets, at a local shop and asked that they are incorporated into the design for her kitchen island. The Markraft team was happy to oblige, and the glossy white scrollwork of the corbels now serves as a focal point in the room. The island was custom color-matched to the wall paint, a dark, creamy Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore. 

“For every project, we talk extensively about how the homeowner is going to use their kitchen. Joan wanted built-in bookcases on the island caps for her cookbooks, and a buffet table with open shelving to display her glassware and antiques,” said Shaver. 

The buffet’s beautiful wood top and striking shelves are visible from the open-concept living room and dining room, and they work to unify the space. Shaver also consulted with the homeowner about the planned contents for each cabinet, which helped her to maximize their utility, refine the room’s layout and choose the right doors for each unit. 

At Markraft Cabinets, projects can range in length from around eight weeks for a regular remodel to over a year for a complex project, depending on the builders’ timeline. The design for the Turners’ kitchen and bathrooms – including a his-and-hers vanity in the master bath – was complete in just a few appointments, requiring only tweaks as building phases were completed. Final steps included choosing cabinet pulls from the large hardware boards in the Markraft showroom. 

The Turners are now happily settled into their forever home. “Joan told me this kitchen incorporates all of the best elements from each of the kitchens in all of the homes they’ve ever lived in,” said Shaver. “She’s thrilled with her dream house, and that makes us thrilled, too.” This commitment to customer satisfaction is a key reason Markraft has been in business for the past thirty years.

Posted On January 3, 2018

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About Markraft
An established leader in cabinetry design and installation services, Markraft has over 115 employees
across states in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Markraft supplies cabinetry, countertop and design
elements for kitchens and baths, working with professionals in all phases of building – architects and
designers, builders and contractors, decorators and homeowners.