Kitchen Remodeling2022-01-05T21:07:40+00:00

Cabinets of the Desert

Your Kitchen Remodeling Resource

We pride ourselves on our close collaboration with architects and interior designers to ensure that the cabinetry element of the project properly reflects your vision and design intent.

Before changing our focus to providing and installing high quality cabinetry we were successful builders and remodelers. We built some of the Desert’s most energy efficient homes and completed many well regarded remodels at various communities, including Palm Valley Country Club, The Lakes Country Club, Woodhaven Country Club, Rancho Santana, and Whitehawk.

Driven by our experience in working with other cabinet companies and because cabinetry is such a core component of a remodeling project, we formed a cabinetry company that would be truly responsive to the needs of interior designers, architects, contractors, their clients and also small tract home developers.

This plus our commitment to green homes led us to our alliance with our selected cabinet suppliers. We featured cabinets by our various cabinet lines in many of our remodeling projects and have firsthand experience of the quality of the product and of these manufacturers.

We are located at Suite 302 in the Venture Commerce Center, 73700 Dinah Shore Drive, Palm Desert. Showroom hours are Monday-Friday: 9am to 5pm and Saturday: 9am to 4pm. Closed Sundays. Other hours available by appointment.

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The kitchen has become the focal point of the modern home for everyday living and also entertaining family and friends. The kitchen has become a multipurpose room. It is no longer just where food is cooked. It is where homework is done, bills are paid, and the family comes together. Even the process of cooking itself has become a participatory event.

The kitchen is the most utilized room in the home. So, we want the kitchen to be stylish and aesthetically pleasing as well as entirely functional, comfortable and with plenty of storage and great work space.

Where to start with a kitchen remodel? Depending on the home, the most dramatic and effective improvement not only to the kitchen but to the entire space is the careful removal of walls, raising of ceilings and re-engineering of roof supports in order to create a “great room” effect. This can be surprisingly inexpensive.

Where to go from there? Consider the kitchen design elements listed below, all of which need selection and orchestration.

Please also refer to our more technical piece on kitchen design principles and the Illinois Rules.

Multiple Work Stations

This is an informal development of the basic “work triangle.” Multiple work stations within the kitchen allow two to four people to work efficiently on food preparation without
getting in each other’s way. Food prep becomes a social event.

We create a work station simply by providing counter space within easy reach of an appliance or sink. The easiest way to do this is by adding a kitchen island. The further addition of seating at the island creates a conversation center or somewhere to do homework or handle household correspondence.

The addition of an island completes the design of the basic kitchen infrastructure. We now turn to the finish items.


Cabinets are the most costly of the finish items but range widely in cost depending on whether they are custom, semi-custom, or from stock. They also vary in wood and finish options and in the mechanics of their drawers and hinges. When selecting cabinetry pay close attention to storage options, especially a Lazy Susan to maximize the use of otherwise lost corner space. Consider drawers versus cupboards. Of course, cabinetry is our strength.

Counter tops

These are potentially the next most costly finish items. While less expensive laminate options are available, if you are going to the expense of a remodel anyway, it is best to choose the more durable and beautiful materials, such as granite, especially if eventual resale is a consideration. Counter tops are typically complemented by custom back splashes in a matching or contrasting material.


As with counter tops, if you are going to the expense of a remodel anyway, tile or hardwood should be preferred over less expensive vinyl flooring. A good looking tile can be surprisingly inexpensive. On a side note, while carpeting is appropriate for bedrooms, many people prefer to carry the same tile or wood used in the kitchen throughout the home.

Kitchen Sinks

These come in cast iron, stainless steel, fiberglass and plastic and in a variety of sizes and features (single-bowl, double-bowl, deep or shallow). They are top mounted (where a flange at the top edge of the sink sits on top of the counter) or under-mounted (where the surface of the counter sweeps directly into the sink. Faucets come in a variety of finishes (polished brass or nickel, brushed nickel, chrome, stainless steel, oiled bronze). Faucet options include pull-out sprayers, single-levers, double-handles and pot fillers.


These are free-standing or built-in, if space is at a premium. Refrigerators are full depth or counter depth, side-by-side or with top or bottom mounted freezers. Range options include gas or electric (halogen or smooth top). Ovens are single, double and/or convection. Appliances also include microwaves, disposals, dishwashers, range hoods, down-draft vents.

Bear in mind that when developing a budget for a kitchen remodel the single major factor affecting the budget is the cost of the finishes and fixtures you choose. The cost of the labor does not change.

The key to a successful kitchen remodel is in developing an appropriate scope of work and in the selection of materials and products. Our Kitchen Check List can help you do this. You might also want to look at our General Remodel Check List for an overall look at planning a remodel. Click here to send for it.

For homeowners and condo owners in the Greater Palm Springs Area of California, Cabinets of the Desert provides five cabinetry lines for full remodeling, home additions and casitas, kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling and outdoor living space enhancement. We cater to aging in place concerns and our cabinets are GreenGuard certified for children & schools indoor air quality. We provide information on design elements and principles, proportion in design, and the application of these elements and principles in general, bathroom and kitchen design. We describe the remodeling process and help our clients plan their remodeling projects with detailed general, kitchen and bathroom wish lists and checklists. Our principal is a former remodeling contractor with a keen awareness of how cabinetry fits into an overall remodeling project. Aside from providing cabinetry of excellent quality at competitive prices, we are well equipped to help our cabinetry clients and their interior designers and general contractors in the execution of the overall project.

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