Case Study 1 – Cabinets and Tiling


We are getting to the pointy end of our case study now, the next instalment will be the finished product and we are planning to do a video walk through.


The house looks magnificent, and the design ideas discussed early on are really showing fruit.

For this edition of our study we will concentrate on the ceramic tiling, and cabinetry.

This particular house has extensive cabinetry work (especially in the kitchen)…..

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and detailed shelving works in the robes…..

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Fixing carpentry and cabinet installation are two of the finishing trades, and accuracy is paramount to a good finish. The following things are good to look for when assessing the final carpentry on the home:

  • Door Margins should be consistent and reasonably tight (allowing for expansion and the installation of weather seals)
  • Strikers plates, hinges and morticed components should be neatly recessed into the doors and frames as applicable with little or no gap around them
  • Doors should be hung with a gap underneath consistent with the style of flooring you plan to put in later
  • Any bottom seals (external doors) should fit tightly and prevent wind from entering under the door
  • All doors should be primed top and bottom with paint in order to seal them against moisture
  • Mitres should meet neatly (skirtings, architraves etc.)
  • External door frames should have quad applied to the inner face. It is also preferable to do the same externally where there is a render applied
  • Shelving should be installed level both across the front support and returning into the wall
  • Hanging rails over 1200mm span should have a central support
  • All surfaces should be plumb and level and pleasing to the eye when aligned with other surfaces.
  • Cabinet doors should shut with even margins around them and between doors
  • Cabinet tops should be securely fitted to the carcasses and not lift at any corner
  • Bullnoses and fascias should meet neatly where joins occur with no gaps
  • Laminate sheets should meet in corners of tops with no gaps
  • No jointing of sheets where there is a cut out (such as a sink)

The Ceramic Tiler has also completed his works now, and they include full height tiling to the ensuite showers and over the cabinetry. Coastline Homes mitre all external corners (so you don’t see the ugly edge of any tile). We have also included hobless showers in this home and in order to ensure adequate drainage have installed channel grates in both showers (I highly recommend this). We also tile all the wet areas window sills.

In the Kitchen we designed the distance between the top of the cupboards and the underside of the overhead cupboards to ensure exactly 2 tiles and the corresponding joints fit in the space. We also designed the windows (to a special size) so that the bottom of the overhead cupboards continued into the window reveal the same as the cupboard tops. This means there is no painted area around these windows, everything is sleek and consistent with the finishes of the tiling and the cabinets. It is little details lie this that set Coastline Homes apart from the project builders.

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So as you can see the home is nearing completion, and it reflects beautifully the vision reflected all those months ago in the original designs.

There are always small hurdles along the way, but it is important when contracting a builder to build you your new home, that you pick one which will work to overcome these issues and ensure you are presented at the end with a product you can both me proud of.

I feel we are very much on the verge of achieving just that here.