Nothing refreshes the look of a kitchen more than new kitchen cabinets. The crisp, clean lines and shiny hardware draw the eye and tie the whole room together. But there are so many options-how does a homeowner know what to choose? Here are some tips to help anyone pick out the perfect cabinetry for their home.

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Stock, Semi-Custom, and Custom

Kitchen cabinets can be ordered three ways: stock, semi-custom, or custom. Stock varieties come as-is and are the most affordable options. They may come assembled or in a package to be assembled by the homeowner. Semi-custom means buyers have a few additional options when they are ordering that will give them more flexibility, but they are still restricted to what is already available. Custom options are designed especially for the homeowner and can be adjusted to fit any configuration.

Framed vs. Frameless

Standard cabinets are usually framed, meaning that the door and drawers are attached to a front frame. However, European, or frameless cabinetry, has been rising in popularity in recent years. In this option, the door and drawers are fastened directly to the box. The lack of a front face can lead to reduced strength of the structure, so experts recommend avoiding cheap materials such as particle board and instead using more substantial wood.

Door Styles

There are a number of different door styles, from traditional Shaker to flat to doors with glass panels. The door style will make a significant impact on the overall style of the kitchen. Consider flat doors for a minimalist look or Shaker for a more traditional feel. Custom molding and different finishes can be added to existing doors to create an even more personalized look.

Built-In Accessories

A number of accessories can be integrated into cabinetry to customize it. Designs tend to change based on technical trends. For instance, homeowners today often design built-in charging stations that will keep electronics off of the counter. Appliances such as heavy mixers or coffee pots can be placed on lift-up shelving that is hidden behind doors. Other popular trends include pullout trash cans, doors that open with a touch, and integrated LED lighting.

In order to get the best value for their money, homeowners should focus on the quality of materials and construction over desired features. Avoid over-customizing, as some features can be so personalized as to damage resale value. However, well-done construction will always be a sound investment.

Benefits of Dovetail Drawers

Throughout their lives, kitchen cabinet drawers are opened and closed around 7-10 times a day, or up to 3500 times a year! Making sure that you pick a drawer joint that can withstand this type of wear and tear is crucial to the longevity of your kitchen cabinets.

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Counter Tops

New counter tops for your home can be a big decision. The team here at Trussell’s Transformations will guide you through the entire process from initial quote to final walk through after installation. One of the great things about working with us is that we carry a GB-98 contractor’s license which gives us the ability to handle both plumbing and electrical projects associated with your new counter tops.

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For some time, granite has been the countertop material of choice. Granite defines elegance in a kitchen and bathroom. Even modest kitchens seem like luxury spaces when flavored by the beauty of granite countertops. 

  • Almost impervious to heat
  • Nearly 3,000 different colors and types available
  • Very strong and durable
  • Adds real estate value to home
  • Maintenance-free when treated life time sealers

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The countertop material known as "quartz" is actually an engineered stone product that contains as much as 93 percent quartz particles and other minerals, shaped into slabs and bound with resins. These are not solid quartz slabs produced by quarrying.

Caesarstone, Del Terra Quartz by Arizona Tile and Silestone created as a more adaptable and better-performing alternative to granite and marble. It is available in a larger range of colors than granite and has a nonporous surface that resists both scratching and staining. Some types are convincing copies of natural marble, with similar veining. Unlike natural stone, engineered quartz requires no annual sealing.

Similar technology is now being used in so-called glass countertops, which consist of particles of recycled glass blended with resins and shaped into countertop slabs. Consumers keen on being on the cutting edge may want to consider glass as well as quartz countertops.

  • Easy to maintain, no sealing required
  • Resists stains and is impervious to heat and acid
  • Slabs are uniform, with no imperfections


    Whether you’re replacing old flooring in one room or selecting new flooring for an entire house let Trussell’s Transformations help transform your space into something you’ll love. From vinyl plank to laminate, tile to carpet we can install it all and have your home looking its best in no time. Our professional installation process limits the time of the project allowing for minimal disruption of your home.

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    Hard Surface Flooring

    This includes floor tile, wall tile, laminate, vinyl plank, and engineered hardwood. Tile remains a good, clean-looking, water-resistant option for many rooms, especially bathrooms and kitchens, and has nearly endless style options. For a warmer, more traditional wood look, choose between laminate, engineered wood or even vinyl plank. The types vary in maintenance and wear but will give you the wood look you’re going for and possibly offer water resistant flooring options.


    While many trends point people toward hard surface flooring, carpet remains a tried and true – and softer – option, especially for bedrooms. We have you covered on plush, durable and even pet-proof carpet in beautiful colors and styles

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    Let Trussell’s Transformations help you get a new superior roof systems through the use of experienced experts, skilled workers, professional project management and fair business practices. We have experience and can work on both flat and pitch roofs which are common roof types in this area. We can skillfully install every type of roofing material suitable for the climate, including shingles, tile, metal, rolled roofing and single-ply membranes.


    From simple updates to complete remodels our team can create a space that is comfortable, functional, and relaxing. Trussell’s Transformations specializes in custom remodeling. We will walk you through every phase of the remodel project including choosing cabinet styles and finishes, making counter top selections, selecting flooring and so much more. We want you to be a part of the process every step of the way and make certain that your remodel reflects your vision.

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    Kitchen Remodel

    The kitchen is a vital part of your home, as well as one of the areas where you spend a great deal of time. Revamp and revitalize it with the help of Trussell’s Transformations. Kitchen remodeling not only makes your kitchen more appealing but also more functional. From new cabinets and countertops to tile or vinyl plank floors, backsplashes, and appliances, we’ll dramatically enhance your cooking and eating experience.

    Do you need ideas to get started? As an experienced contractor we guide you throughout the entire process. In fact, we can create a customized design just for you. Let us renovate your kitchen with new:

    • Countertops & Cabinets
    • Flooring & Backsplashes
    • Islands, Storage, & Shelving
    • Plumbing & Appliances
    • Sinks & Faucets
    • New Lighting

    Choose from a wide array of kitchen renovating options that cater to your needs, your style, and your budget. We’ll listen to your ideas, determine your objectives, and build the best kitchen for you. As reputable and experienced contractor we are dedicated to working with our customers and adapting our services to meet your needs. We are truly a one stop source for your remodeling project.

    Think of a kitchen remodel the same way you would think about partaking in a weight loss program: no matter what anyone tells you, it's not happening overnight. Your patience will be tested; you'll consider cutting corners that aren't worth cutting. Weeks will go by where it seems like no progress is being made. You will find yourself missing things you never gave two thoughts to in the past.

    Of course, when you've endured and survived the many weeks it will take to reach your goal, your friends, family and neighbors will be unbelievably impressed with the new look.

    Bathroom Remodel

    Does your bathroom look and feel like it was built in the 1970’s? Depending on the age of your house, that may be the case. Many people don’t bother remodeling their bathrooms because they don’t spend much time in them. However, remodeling your bathroom can enhance the space and bring your bathroom and the rest of your home into the 21st century. Bathroom remodeling can give a new feel to your whole home, whether it is a half bath or a master suite. We can even create a bathroom where there wasn’t one before. Our bathroom remodelers can make sure that your bathroom is fully equipped with everything it needs to look, feel and operate in a more appealing and efficient way. We’ll lead you through the renovation process from start to finish and make the process simple, affordable and fast! We can take care of every aspect of bathroom remodeling. You will have a beautiful custom bathroom design along with exceptional customer service and knowledgeable assistance throughout the entire process. We are truly a one-stop source for your new bathroom.

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    Remodeling a home is a big undertaking, but a well-planned home addition will pay for itself time and time again. Boost your home's value and extend its square footage with an impactful home addition. Maximize your investment by selecting the perfect materials and details to enhance your home's value and character. There are plenty of benefits to a home addition including

    • Gaining a greater return on your home investment
    • Additional space created to suit your lifestyle; addition of special features
    • Potentially less expensive than making a move to a new location
    • An opportunity to welcome additional family members to your home

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    In addition to our work as Albuquerque’s leading kitchen and bath remodeling firm, we have the ability to tackle any contracting job, big or small.

    For an in-home consultation, please complete the contact form or call us at 505-292-TOPS (8677).

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