When it comes to cabinetry, there are thousands of options to choose from—but they all can be grouped into just a handful of basic construction styles. Knowing which style you gravitate toward is a great first step toward selecting your cabinetry. Here are the five main constructions we work with at Maine Coast Kitchen Design:


transitional kitchen overlooking dining area

With inset cabinetry, the frame of the cabinetry is completely exposed with the doors and drawers set completely inside. Common in turn-of-the-century homes, beautiful inset cabinetry requires master craftsmanship, making it an indulgence… but a classic, timeless one.

Full Overlay

full-overlay beadboard cabinetry on Peaks Island

full-overlay beadboard cabinetry on Peaks Island

With full overlay cabinetry, the face frame is completely covered by the cabinet door. In contrast with partial-overlay options wherein the cabinet door covers the opening but not the full frame, full-overlay cabinets give a sense of continuity and a clean, finished look.


frameless walnut cabinetry

frameless walnut cabinetry

Frameless cabinetry resembles full-overlay in the sense that the door covers the entire cabinet – but in this case, there isn’t a face frame behind the door. This gives you a wider opening to the space inside the cabinet and more of a contemporary feel.


white kitchen island with wood top

Many lines of cabinetry offer semi-customization – meaning that standard sizes and styles can be made wider, deeper, or modified in other specific ways to suit your design. Many times, this is all the flexibility you’ll need to achieve a custom look.

Fully Custom

fully custom cabinetry

If you’re looking for something completely different or have a unique space to retrofit, custom cabinetry is worth the investment. Designed completely around your taste and your lifestyle, you know that when you go custom you’ll love the end result.