WOOD CHARACTERISTICS

Distinctive Kitchen and Bath works with only the best materials. Our private custom Amish cabinetry is made of solid hardwoods chosen especially for our construction needs. Only select hardwood stock and cabinet grade plywood is used, never particle board. We are also one of the area’s top Koch Cabinets dealers.

With the variety of options available, Distinctive Kitchen and Bath offers a selection of hardwood options with your choice of stain, paint, glaze, chalk, distressed or soft sanded finishes. Each choice and combination brings a new characteristic that can add to your style.

Red Oak
Red Oak has distinctive open grain and can vary from almost white to brown to gray in coloring. These are normal variations in the color of oak.
Rustic Red Oak
Same characteristics as Red Oak but will have knots of various sizes giving it a rustic feel.
Hickory
A very hard, heavy wood. Hickory has several color variations from almost white to dark brown and black. Extreme variations are expected in hickory, that charm is the appeal for many.
Rustic Hickory
Same characteristics as Hickory but will have knots of various sizes giving it a rustic feel.
Maple
A very hard and heavy wood. It is known for its lighter color and less distinct grain. Color variation usually ranges from almost white to medium brown. Maple works very nicely with glazed finishes.
Birch
Birch is a smooth, even grained hardwood that is predominately off-white with some brown variation. Birch cabinets in a wiping stain will not be consistent in color. The ends of the stiles and the cross grain profile in the raised panel will be much darker than the rest of the door. In addition, the face frame, doors, and drawer fronts can be different colors. This is not considered a defect but desired by those wanting a “rustic” look.
Cherry
Known for its aging process. The wood may start out almost white to light brown to pinkish red but will darken with age with its sensitivity to light. Cherry darkens over time with exposure to light, especially the sun and will continue even if the wood has been finished.
Clear Alder
A softer, smooth wood. Alder is consistently pale in color and has no distinctive grain.
Knotty Alder
A closed or tight grain hardwood with hardness comparable to soft Maple. Color can vary from pale-pinkish brown to white. The wood is known for its open and closed knots, pin holes, and gum spots that are not defects.
Beech
A whitish to reddish brown, straight-grained wood with small gray flecks included. Beech is easily stainable and will imitate virtually any of the common hardwoods. It is considered a “green” renewable wood.
Rustic Beech
Same characteristics as Beech but will have knots of various sizes giving it a rustic feel.