We care too much about our customers to sell them the same old MDF trim every other company uses. When it gets wet, it swells and falls apart. Its sharp definition starts to wear down as soon as it’s installed. A family home full of activity will put dents and dings in a fiberboard product in no time, and refinishing isn’t really an option! With wooden trim, lines are sharper, giving definition and style to your living spaces. And if it ever starts to look tired and dull, a quick sand and paint brings it right back to its former glory.
We are proud to offer a wide variety of trim profiles ranging from American classics to bold ornate bombshells that will give your room personality and panache! Check out current profiles we can order:
In a town like Denver, historic buildings with classic architecture can be hard to come by. First of all, Denver is a young city, founded in 1858 as a gold mining base camp. Nature has played a part as well. Living in the high desert, there’s the constant risk of wildfires. A fire in 1863 claimed many of the city’s early wooden structures, prompting the expansion of its 1-year-old volunteer fire department and the passing of laws requiring buildings be made from brick and stone rather than wood to prevent this happening again. Then came the floods! The city is built around the confluence of two rivers and little thought at the time was given to establishing a flood plain or creating dams and storm drainage infrastructure. A series of floods over the next 100 years caused substantial damage to historic structures. Economic prosperity finally took hold in the 1870’s – 1890’s with a more diversified industrial base and a growing population. Most of the earliest structures we see around Denver are from this era. Long story long, we have so few historic structures here that we have to cherish the ones we have!
We had the opportunity to install the cabinetry for this updated kitchen in this classic City Park neighborhood Victorian this month. The cabinetry was supplied by Crown Cabinets of Salt Lake City, UT. The quality on these mid-range cabinets was impressive. They’re my current choice for mid-range remodels that value a traditional aesthetic. The doors are shaker-style faces are stately and classic, but simple enough to fit modern tastes. We used every trick in the book mounting to the exposed brick walls, but managed to get a solid connection. All side fasteners are hidden behind the door hinges. All primary mounting fasteners are high-quality washer head #10 cabinet screws rated for hundreds of pounds each. This Denver beauty should be a head-turner for decades to come.
The business of remodeling and general finish carpentry has historically be slow to adopt innovation. By using new technologies to augment our workflow, hopefully we can create better customer service experiences. Here are a few of the tools we use to work toward that goal.
We use this for much of our planning and bidding process. Sketchup can create complex 3d models that help our clients see the finished product before they’ve agreed to a proposal. We also use it for making cut lists, estimating materials, and troubleshooting construction. We can even create as-built drawings of structures before we begin work. For our workflow, this is faster than Autocad.
I often see kitchen designs where the movement and hardware of doors and drawers were not taken into account. Check these problem areas to make sure your cabinets will function like they’re supposed to.
1. Make sure your upper cabinets will clear the ceiling light fixture
The solution? Recessed can lights are a great way to fix these situations and they can often be mounted in the same hole as the existing fixture without any messy drywall patching.
2. When turning a corner, drawers and doors need clearance!
I always allow for 3″ in corners to avoid this exact scenario. Make sure to plan for it as you layout the room. If you’re in a pickle and your cabinets are already in, there are some low-profile pulls that could help solve the problem.
Oven doors and dishwashers in corners often pose problems for adjacent cabinet pulls. I have had to shorten drawers for clients who couldn’t open them after installing a new appliance! Apron sinks or “farm sinks” come with their own clearance requirements. Plan ahead!
3. Watch out for hinge clearance on refrigerators
There are many fancy new models of refrigerators on the market that look fantastic, but are not designed with zero clearance hinges. When these are put in place of a traditional appliance, there’s often not clearance for the door to open! Allow clearance for both the door swing and the hardware. I leave 3″ minimum when possible. This is especially common with new countertop depth, french door refrigerators.
4. Adequate venting for vent hood or microwave hood combo
There are recirculating options for venting, but nothing is quite as effective as a true vent stack in reducing smoke and grease in a well-used kitchen. There are many venting options, but often the cheapest is to vent directly out of the side of the house on the same story. If you plan for this, the vent could be hidden either on top of the cabinet or hidden within the cabinets for a cleaner look.
5. Valves and traps are already in place on sink plumbing when it’s cabinet installation time
When the valves are already installed on sink plumbing, your cabinets need to be cut significantly to allow for these services to be connected. You also risk damaging the valves or gathering sediment in the exposed supply lines during your remodel. Ask your plumber to “stub in” your supply lines and drain instead, allowing you to cleanly install plumbing fixtures with minimal damage to your brand-new cabinets. Here’s what not to do:
6. Make use of dead corners!
In a row of kitchen cabinets that turn a corner, at each turn there is the potential to waste space, commonly referred to as a dead corner. By using “lazy susan” fixtures you can reclaim some of that dead space and make it useful. Sometimes, facing the cabinet backwards into an adjoining room can even be a solution. Once, I installed a backwards corner cabinet that the client intended to use as a hidden litter box for their cats! Rev-a-shelf offers an amazing assortment of cabinet fixtures to solve this and many other problems.
7. Top cabinet height is set without checking the ceiling and floor for level
You can run into a significant amount of additional expense fixing a wavy floor or ceiling when you’re budgeting for a cabinet install only. Trim carpenters charge a premium for “scribing molding” where they cut away parts of crown molding where it abuts a low point to create a seamless look. Wavy floors can result it abnormal toe-kick appearance or gaps over a long run of toe-kick on top of a sloping floor. Use a laser level to measure points along the run to spot any potential issues while they’re relatively easy to fix!
8. Not allowing clearance for your chosen faucet style
Many faucets are situated in front of windows with casings that may not allow free range of motion for the faucet style to rotate from hot to cold completely. While some can be adjusted, others can not! Pay close attention to your faucet style if you have traditional window casings with a stool and apron detail.
9. Covering floor registers without redirecting
Redirecting HVAC registers can cut down on your heating and cooling bills while keeping your living space more comfortable. Box around floor registers that are being covered and install registers in your toe kick to keep air flow at it’s peak efficiency.
10. Not hiring us to install your cabinets
This is probably the biggest mistake you could make in planning your new kitchen. Luckily, Denver is starting to catch up 😉
The Built-In is Beautiful...
I had a shelf designed and built by Nate. He gave me a good price but my favorite part about working with him was the process. He showed my images and 3d renderings of the project before I spent a dime! He also sent me Google calendar invites for the whole process and showed up on time and ready to work. He left my house clean and tidy after each day. The built-in unit is beautiful and matched the esthetic of my 1920s home.
Media Center Built-In / Cougill Diversified Ltd.
Building a Bolder, Boulder Kitchen
Nate Cougill is fabulous. I worked with him on a self-managed kitchen remodel. He installed the cabinets and did a great job. Very meticulous, attention to detail. Clear, concise communication. Thanks Nate.
Malone Kitchen / Cougill Diversified Ltd.
Kitchen Transformation with Waypoint Cabinetry
My experience with Cougill Diversified has been nothing short of outstanding! Nate has worked on several jobs for me, from casing doors to installing the hardware on my new kitchen cabinets. Nate is always on time, shows up ready to work and, with unusual frequency, completes the task at hand more quickly than expected. He works well with others and takes direction and instruction with zero ego and great amount of patience. Cougill Diversified is my go to for work on my home in Denver.
The quality of the work done by Nate and Jerry was outstanding. They went above and beyond in trying to get everything just right, very meticulous. They cleaned the kitchen and garage work space so well, we didn't have any cleanup ourselves afterwards.
Henault Kitchen Remodel / Cougill Diversified Ltd. for IKEA