What does it mean to be a member of the NKBA?
The National Kitchen & Bath Association has been leading the kitchen and bath industry for nearly 50 years. With nearly 40,000 members across the United States and Canada, the NKBA requires professionalism and ethical business practices from all its members.
When you buy a product or service from a business that's a member of the National Kitchen & Bath Association, you know that company has agreed to be bound by the NKBA's code of professional conduct, which requires that the company will:
- Conduct its business in a manner that's honorable and fair to customers.
- Avoid conflicts of interest by accepting payment from only one party in a transaction, except with the express consent of all parties.
- Never make false or misleading statements to consumers, employees, or other businesses.
- Disclose all interest charges and other fees to consumers up front.
- Help customers to understand and receive all the products and services entitled to them in the sales agreement.
- Offer services without prejudice to age, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, handicap, or veteran status.
- Refrain from using any questionable methods of soliciting business.
- Cooperate with other industry members for the good of the customer.
By choosing to do business with a member of the NKBA, you've chosen to work with a company that's dedicated to providing the highest quality products and services for the kitchen or bath.
For additional information on how the NKBA helps consumers, visit our Dream section where you'll find a gallery of award-winning kitchen and bath designs from NKBA members. In addition, visit the Learn section under "for Homeowners" to find articles and tips written specifically for homeowners and an extensive glossary of kitchen and bath remodeling terms. There, you can also e-mail questions to the NKBA's kitchen and bath experts and also download the NKBA Kitchen Planner & Bath Planner.
At Tacoma Woodworks,
we believe that the smallest details matter, and we strive to apply the same high standards to every aspect of our work. Attention to detail is a critical factor in our production.
Here are some of the areas that differentiate us from other cabinet makers :
We construct all of our cabinets with 3/4“ thick high quality melamine. Many companies will use 5/8” material. It doesn’t sound like much of a difference, but over time the thinner material, especially with wider cabinets, will start to sag under heavy loads such as canned goods or plates. Also, as a cost saving effort, many manufacturers will use a 1/8” thick back for the cabinet with a strap top and bottom holding it in. This is very flimsy, and barely thicker than cardboard. Tacoma Woodworks only uses solid ½” thick melamine backs making the cabinet rigid and helping it to remain square. Often, in the lower cabinets, other companies won’t use a back at all. This often occurs with the sink cabinet, making installation around the plumbing quicker and easier for the installer. We put a back on all of our cabinets and take the time to neatly drill and cut out for plumbing.
Custom vs. stock
Often when people hear the words custom and kitchen together they think expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. You can get a custom built kitchen for a similar cost to a stock kitchen at a big box store. A custom kitchen can be built to precisely fit into your home, right down to the millimeter. Stock cabinets come in set sizes, usually in 3 inch increments. This means you get large fillers and lost space, not to mention it doesn’t look as clean and thought out as a custom installation.
Concealed construction hardware
Every effort is made to conceal the screws used to assemble your kitchen. Screws that fasten the cabinets to each other are hidden behind the hinges. Those that can’t be hidden are covered with a countersunk matching quick cap sticker. The heads of the screws that attach your cabinets to the wall are painted to match the interior of the cabinet to make the inside look as clean as possible.
Full light valance
When you order a light valance for your upper cabinets, most companies provide a small L shaped piece or even a strip of moulding attached with metal L brackets. This makes a loose and flimsy valance that will open at the mitres over time, creating unsightly gaps.
Our light valances are manufactured in the shop and sprayed as one whole piece creating beautiful mitre joints. We also cover the entire underside of the cabinets with the light valance that is sprayed to match the cabinet doors
Door and drawer hardware
In recent years the market has been flooded with cheap, low quality door and drawer hardware. At Tacoma Woodworks, we only use the finest quality hardware that is made in Europe. Our hinges and drawers are made by Blum in Austria. Pull-out pantries, corner pull-outs and garbage bins come from various German manufacturers.
Not only is there a vast difference in quality, but as you can see from the pictures, they are much more aesthetically pleasing.
Deal directly with the manufacturer
Whether you are going to a big box store or a local high street kitchen showroom, chances are you are dealing with a reseller. A few may have their own manufacturing plant in an industrial location, but most are simply buying from the manufacturer and selling it on to you. Why not deal directly with the manufacturer and the people who will be creating a kitchen that is designed, created, and installed just for you and your specific requirements? At Tacoma Woodworks, we invite our clients to visit our shop during the production of their kitchen, and see it take shape. There may be small design decisions that need to be made , and we are happy to discuss those with you as we move through the assembly process.
Drawings and 3D renderings
Once you have met with one of our staff to discuss the wish list for your dream kitchen, and any options that might be available to you, we will provide you with a set of drawings along with 3D renderings that will give you a very good idea of what the finished product will look like. This is a great opportunity to make changes to the layout and see the result quickly.
Custom made details
As a custom shop, we are able to personalize any detail of your cabinetry project. Any supplier of stock cabinetry will provide you with a couple of choices for posts, crown, light valance and other elements of the kitchen. Working with your own ideas, we can make suggestions that will make your kitchen unique and personalized to you. For example, we can design unique posts and three piece built-up crown mouldings.