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Case Study: Sturdy Cabico Boxes with Wood Finishes Elevate MRM’s Kitchen, Bath

sponsored | November 01, 2021

Cabinets represent the largest expense in most kitchen remodels, sometimes as much as 50% to 60%, so homeowners expect them to last for years. 

Long lifespan relies on choosing sturdy materials, both on the outside and inside of the box, as well as the best construction techniques.

Those criteria were prime reasons why homeowners Mark and Mina Fies, owners of Synergy Design & Construction, selected boxes from Cabico&co’s Unique series when they remodeled their kitchen and bath in this year’s Model ReModel.  

After working with the Quebec-based company for years, the couple knew that its Unique custom line would give them almost limitless choices in the size of boxes, door styles, and finishes. 

For the main kitchen, Synergy’s lead designer, Emily Bickl, UDCP, helped Mark and Mina choose white birch plywood boxes with a solid wood interior, dovetailed drawer construction, and #90 door style, the latter because it was simple and modern with its ¾” frame—what the company calls its ”skinny Shaker” look, a perfect pairing for their home’s mid-century modern aesthetic. 

They also went with Blum’s Servo-Drive for interior hardware, which developed the high-tech mechanism allowing  users to open a cabinet door with just a slight push at its corner and close it by touching an internal button. Besides ease of use, it eliminates exterior hardware, fitting the popular minimalist trend.
For the island and cabinets in the main kitchen, the Fies chose a natural walnut finish. The wood adds warmth and texture that relates to another trend: playing up natural materials to bring in a feeling of outdoors year-round. 

In the couple’s master spa bathroom, Unique series quarter-sawn white oak boxes with #145 slab door and rich dark ebony stain stand out. 

Because of the long lead times required for most cabinet choices under normal circumstances, the couple knew to place their order during the pandemic further ahead. Cabico staff offer more good advice: Plan well in advance, be flexible, and patient. For more information, go to www.cabico.com. 

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