Invented for home use in 1913, this big guy comes in a wide variety of sizes. He is often massive and can intimidate us by always wanting to steal the show in every kitchen design. But, we all agree he is now necessary in every kitchen.
Even if refrigerators are more and more esthetically pleasing to the eye, they still look better in a kitchen design where they are tightly enclosed and don’t stick out too much pass the front of the cabinetry.
Therefore, we highly recommend hiding it as much as possible with deeper cabinetry and/or panels on either side. We believe hiding, at least, the refrigerator’s full body (only exposing the gaskets, doors and handles) will soften its presence in every design.
Here are few examples that we found online illustrating what we recommend (first two pictures) and what we believe should be avoided (last two pictures).
Refrigerators hidden by deeper cabinetry and/or panels
(Glenwood Kitchen’s approved!)
Refrigerators not hidden by deeper cabinetry and/or panels
Who manufactures the Best Floating Shelves? We believe that as of March 13, 2017 it might be us, Glenwood Kitchen!
We recently completed extensive testing on a new floating shelf construction (for drywall installation) and new mounting products. This new system resolves the two main issues that are often associated with floating shelves: too much sagging and the need to know in advance exactly where the shelves will be installed (where the house wall studs are).
We are very pleased with the results and are sure you will be too! So as of March 13, 2017 we will be changing/improving the construction and mounting products of our floating shelves.
Listed below are the advantages and disadvantages of this new floating shelf versus our previous one:
-No need to know where the house wall studs are prior to installation
-Can hold more weight (plates, books, etc.)
-Can be ordered deeper
-Easier to install
-Offers more adjustability
-Can be scribed to the house wall
-Easier recess lighting installation for your installer
-The shelf itself is heavier
-Slightly higher in price
-Shelf thickness will vary between 2″ to 2 1/8″ depending on the wood species requested
Since 1973, we at Glenwood Kitchen Ltd. have built more than 25,000 residential kitchens in Atlantic Canada and have met with many families looking for good quality cabinets.
Although we wish every one of these families bought a Glenwood Kitchen realisticlly we know that it impossible to get everyones business all the time. So we wonder: “If the customer isn’t buying from us then who are they buying from and why?”
Trying to be a company that is as transparent as possible, we decided to compile a list of what we hear are the “OTHER” Makers of the Best Kitchen Cabinets (Wholesalers) in Atlantic Canada and share it with you. So, here’s our list:
Located in Minto, New-Brunswick, Eastland has been in business since 1969. With approximately 60 employees, they are one of the largest employers in the town. They produce cabinets and ship throughout Atlantic Canada and the US. Eastland has had a strong focus on building framed cabinets but have recently made the move into selling frameless cabinets also.
Triangle Kitchen Ltd
Located in Dieppe, New-Brunswick, Triangle was founded in 1977 and is owned by the Fournier family. Over the past 40 years, they have grown the company to over 60 staff. Triangle kitchen has a strong retail network and offers the latest trends in framed and frameless cabinetry as well as stain, paints and glazed cabinets.
Island Cabinet Shop
Located in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, this cabinet shop started in 1989 and was recently sold. Island strongly focuses on framed construction cabinets and employs approximately 30 men and women. They have recently purchased machinery to increase their cabinet output as the business is growing. Island cabinets can be found in many hardware stores across the Maritimes.
Located in St.John’s, Newfoundland, NuWay Kitchens has been owned and operated by Harvey Short since 1968. NuWay utilizes the latest in cabinet machine technology involving total dowel construction to produce cabinets for its domestic and export markets. Nu-way manufactures all of its cabinet door requirements and is also a supplier to smaller cabinet makers and building supply dealers throughout Atlantic Canada.
Wherever you buy your cabinets from, we suggest you do plenty of research prior to contacting the company. Check out their website, customer reviews, their warranty, etc. Most importantly, ask your neighbors, family and friends, as this is the most honest answer you will get on a company’s service and quality.
We find that there is a lot of misinformation and confusion regarding Frame vs Frameless cabinets. Since we, Glenwood Kitchen Ltd., offer both cabinet constructions we would like to give you the real skinny on the topic to help you decide which construction is best for you.
The cabinets are constructed with 1/2”, 5/8” or 3/4” thick plywood or press wood material attached to a solid 1 1/2” or 1 3/4″ wood face frame. The cabinets are usually assembled using dados (grooves), glue and pins.
This type of cabinet construction commonly offers 3 choices of overlay doors and the choice between exposed or concealed hinges:
Frame Full Overlay
Cabinet doors overlay almost fully the cabinet face frame leaving a small reveal around the doors, usually around 1/4”.
Frame 1/2” Overlay
Cabinet doors overlay the cabinet face frame by 1/2” leaving a big reveal around the doors, usually around 1” to 1 1/4”.
Frame Beaded or Non-Beaded Inset
Cabinet doors are recessed within the cabinet face frame fully exposing the cabinet face frame.
Frame – Advantages
-Wood face frame makes a very sturdy cabinet.
-Can be easier to install than frameless cabinets.
-Crown mouldings can be face mounted directly to the cabinet face frame.
Frame – Disadvantages
-Usually cost more (about 10 to 20%) than frameless cabinets.
-Less interior space than frameless cabinets (especially inside drawers).
-Double door cabinets often come with a center stile between the doors limiting access to the cabinet interior.
Frameless (European) cabinets
The cabinets are constructed with 1/2”, 5/8” or 3/4” thick plywood or press wood material, however this cabinet doesn’t offer a face frame. Instead, the front of the cabinet box is edge banded. The cabinet are usually assembled using wood dowels, glue and pins.
This type of cabinet construction offers the biggest door overlay. The gaps around the doors are very small (from 1/16” to 1/8”) showcasing only the doors when they are closed. Hinges are always concealed.
Frameless – Advantages
-Offers a cleaner and more modern look.
-Provides more interior space than face frame cabinets (especially inside drawers).
-Can be fabricated with other material choices such as: thermoplastic, acrylic and textured melamine.
Frameless – Disadvantages
-Shelves and bottoms may sag on wide cabinets if storing heavy objects.
-May be more difficult to install when house walls are not straight.
-Edge banding can peel over time.
Before you make a final decision, we strongly suggest that you view cabinet examples either on our website www.glenwoodkitchen.com or on any other cabinet suppliers’ website. We also strongly suggest visiting one of our retailers’ or any cabinet suppliers’ showrooms to physically see and touch the difference yourself.
Our Kitchens Have Personality,
If you do then we want to hear from you.
Glenwood Kitchen is an innovative, growing and supportive company.
We are looking for energetic people to come join our family.
Are you Ambitious, Loyal, Energetic, Creative? If so then we want to hear from you.
We live in one of the nicest beach towns in Canada, who wouldn’t want to work here?
We are looking for people that want to grow, stay with the same company, make friends and be part of our family. Playing Hockey is a bonus!!
We’re looking for people that have a lot of work experience OR young people who can demonstrate to us that they can grow into leaders. It doesn’t matter, as long as you can prove to us that you have Energy, Edge, and Ethics. Safety has to be a priority and you must be a glass half full type of person.
We are in immediate need of Production line workers with a great attitude and looking for opportunity to grow. If you are interested email Kerry at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know how you think you can fit in with our family.
Kitchens with a Conscious
We at Glenwood Kitchen Ltd. are making an effort to limit of our carbon footprint. As such, every year we are taking more and more steps to be more environmentally friendly. We have made both big and small changes that will leave a lasting impression. We are doing things like switching our lights to energy efficient ones and to recycling all of our paper. At the centerpiece of our environment initiatives is our biomass furnace. Simply put, our dust collection system collects dust and plywood waste throughout the production area and transports them to two silos adjacent to the building. The silos then feed the biomass furnace, which burns the fuel to heat water that circulates to provide all heat required for the plant. We recently upgraded our boiler to an efficient, clean burning furnace that reduces our carbon footprint. Glenwood also uses the most up-to-date technology in cutting and machining our products so that we are not throwing away material.
If you are interested in Green Cabinetry, here is some links to some of the products we can get from our suppliers..
Formaldehyde free plywood
Formaldehyde free Particule core
Water based glues
Water based paints
Water based stains
Water based lacquers
Purchasing wood from a regenerated forest
Please contact one of our dealers to request more information on our green cabinetry.
The finished solid wood and genuine wood veneer cabinet components used in Glenwood Kitchen ltd. Cabinets are finished with high quality catalyzed lacquer top coat designed to protect your cabinetry from the everyday usage. Glenwood Kitchen finishing materials are specially formulated to exceed the most stringent industry performance standards, such as E1 standard (link). They are resistant to moisture and most common household spills. The finish protects the wood and enhances its natural beauty. Glenwood Kitchen finishes will remain beautiful with very little maintenance. Following these simple steps will keep your finished item looking like new for many years.
REMOVE DUST – Dust build-up which is made up of small airborne particles, may scratch or dull the surface if not removed correctly. Simply wipe the surface with a clean cloth dampened with a fresh solution of mild soap and water or vinegar and water. We also recommend a safe and effective “Mohawk cabinet cleaner” please contact your nearest dealer for details.
CLEAN – Fingerprints, cooking fumes, smoke residue, etc, accumulates on any finished surface. None of these contaminates will harm our finish, but they should be periodically removed to restore the finish to it’s original luster. Just wipe the surface with a clean cloth dampened with a fresh solution of mild detergent solutions. Avoid the use of strong soap, ammonia based products, silicone oils or self-polishing waxes as they may cause damage if used over a long period of time. Ammonia based cleaners will cause your finish cabinets to yellow. The finish is durable and resistant to most household spills. However, spills should be wiped up promptly to avoid potential problems, again we recommend our “Mohawk cabinet cleaner”.
NOTE: Excessive, prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, high temperatures and high humidity cause damage to both the finish and the wood itself. These should be avoided.
You can also refer to the sticker in the cabinet under your sink for instructions.
It is important to compare apples to apples when choosing a kitchen manufacturer.
Here are some things that set us apart from the competition.
- Soft Close Hinges Standard on our cabinets. (excluding classic line)
- Full 5/8″ thick material used on all box and drawer construction. Often competitors will use a thin 3/8 on backs and bottoms.
- Standard 22 inch depth drawer slides. Some companies use 20 inch slides to save on costs.
- Limited lifetime warranty on all of our hardware used on our products.
- 5-6 week delivery consistent all year round.
- Factory applied finish in a state of the art finishing machine. This ensures coating weight is consistently applied.
- Over 40 years in business.
- Family owned and operated.
- We give back to our community.
- Our ability to do stains, paints, glazes and custom colours.
- We choose the best colour selection of hardwoods to ensure consistency of colour throughout our products.
- One of the few companies that makes all our own wooden doors in house.
- Adjustable shelving standard.
- Complete dowel and or dado construction which means no screw holes visible.
Taking into consideration the organization of your kitchen during design provides the following benefits.
- Time Saving: by reducing walk time between areas of activity.
- Less Effort: improved posture and easier movement due to functional accessories.
- Efficient Movement: tasks more easily carried out due to ergonomically designed storage systems.
- Increased visibility: optimal storage of contents, visible at a glance
- Optimal access: our sophisticated mechanisms provide total access even in the most difficult to reach areas.
For help finding the best way to layout your new kitchen, please view this Richelieu brochure: Solution Kitchen Accessories and Storage Systems
Having a few wall cabinets higher and deeper in a kitchen design is a common thing. Often it’s the wall cabinet in the corner and the fridge cabinet that is used in this fashion.
For a different look try designing with the majority of the wall cabinets higher and deeper with only a few cabinets lower and shallower as seen in
To make it even more interesting add a few mullion doors to these higher and Deeper cabinets and voila!