John J. Cahill Inc.
Serving Chicago's North Shore since 1890.
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Kitchen & Bathroom Design & Remodeling
 
 
 
Kitchen

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Chicago North Shore Kitchen &
Bath Remodeling

Some contractors are only concerned about aesthetics, while others just focus on the internal workings of a room. The result: you may end up with an unattractive or non-functional room. At Cahill, we focus on how a room looks and fits your life. We’d love to discuss your remodeling project — contact us to learn more!

Expertise

Some contractors are only concerned about aesthetics, while others just focus on the internal workings of a room. The result: you may end up with an unattractive or non-functional room. At Cahill, we focus on how a room looks and fits your life.

 

With over a century of experience, Cahill understands the art and science of bathroom and kitchen remodeling. By listening to your style and living needs, combined with our knowledge of the most current trends and technologies, the Cahill team will custom design and build a room that will be enjoyed for years to come.

Quality Products

Cabinet Wood Choices

The wood used in Cahill’s kitchen and bathroom cabinetry designs varies in color, consistency and quality. It comes from a wide variety of veneer and solid-cut wood. Different cuts affect the appearance and how the wood accepts finishes.

 

As wood ages, it mellows and changes color from exposure to light. Different species—and even different pieces within the same species—mellow differently. For example, cherry reddens while pine yellows.

 

Here’s a look at the characteristics of various woods:

 

Alder

• Light brown in color with a yellow, peach or reddish tinge

• Fairly straight-grained with uniform texture and good dimensional stability

• Knots vary, depending on type (premium or knotty)

 

Birch

• Creamy white to yellow to light reddish brown

• Straight-grained with a fine uniform texture

• More straight-grained than maple

 

Cherry

• Varies in color from rich red to reddish brown to whitish green on sapwood

• Extremely susceptible to mellowing, darkening with exposure to natural and bright light; direct sunlight causes wood to redden significantly

• Fine, uniform straight grain and smooth texture

• Contains brown pith flecks, mineral streaking and small gum pockets and sapwood

• Rustic cherry has lots of natural wood characteristics such as knots, tiger stripes and worm holes

 

Hickory

• White tinged with brown sapwood and reddish heartwood, creating extreme color variation

• Extremely hard and dense

• Coarse texture with grain that is typically straight but can be wavy or irregular

• Natural wood characteristics such as knots, knot holes, burls, swirls, color streaks and light mineral stains

• Rustic hickory has lots of natural wood characteristics such as knots and burls

 

Lyptus

• Fairly wide range in color from red to brown

• Medium density

• Fairly straight-grained with semi-smooth texture

• With dark stain, resembles mahogany

 

Maple

• Creamy white to yellow with a slight reddish brown tinge

• May contain pith flecks

• Generally straight-grained with fine uniform texture

• Harder and more wear-resistant than birch

 

Red Oak
• White to light brown in color

• Heartwood is pinkish, reddish brown

• Straight- and bold-grained with open pores that hold and absorb finish
• Heavy, hard, strong and durable

• Rustic red oak has numerous knots and other features

 

Walnut

• Ranges from off-white sapwood to deep chocolate or purplish-brown heartwood

• Medium density hardwood

• Smooth, tight straight to slightly wavy grain

• Takes finish evenly and well

• May have some pin knots and mineral stains

 

White Oak (Quarter-Sawn)

• Sapwood varies from whitish light brown to grayish dark brown

• Heartwood is light to dark brown

• Mostly straight-grained with medium to coarse texture

• More evenly spaced pores than plain-sawn red oak

• Wood rays appear as fleck pattern across grain

• Heavy, hard, strong and durable

 

For information and recommendations—including on the many staining and finishing options—contact us. We could talk cabinets all day!