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Understanding Cabinet Overlay

Categories: Blog, SeaGate Homes | Posted: April 3, 2019

One of the most requested but often misunderstood cabinet features if the type of overlay. Overlay refers to the amount the cabinet doors and drawers cover or lay over the base of the cabinet.
At SeaGate homes, our first and second level cabinet designs feature Standard Overlay.
In this picture, note how much of the cabinet frame is visible around the door and drawers. That is typical of a Standard Overlay.

Most of our third and fourth level cabinet styles feature Full Overlay.
In this image, notice the almost non-existent spacing between the cabinet doors and drawers.

It’s quite a difference. On a standard overlay, there is up to and sometime over an inch of exposed base between the doors. On the full overlay cabinets, there is typically less than ¼” between doors.
Full overlay cabinets typically cost slightly more than standard overlay due to the extra material and design specifications required, but an added benefit is that the level 1 hardware is included due to the inability to open the cabinets without them.
So how do you choose which option is best?
It basically comes down to aesthetics, personal preference, and price. Our design consultants can help you work either look into your personal style and selections.
For an up close look at our cabinet options, visit our Design Studio during browse hours, every Tuesday between 3 pm and 5 pm.

Guest Blog: What You Need to Know about Buying a House

Categories: Blog, Financing | Posted: March 1, 2019

Buying a home should be an exciting process, not overwhelming. Review the items below to ensure all goes smoothly, and you will be well on your way to purchasing and owning a home.

Benefits of Buying A Home:

  • Avoid rent increases and cancelled leases.
  • Opportunity to build your credit.
  • Receive tax benefits by deducting your mortgage interest and real estate property taxes on your income tax returns.
  • Build home equity.

What to Consider Before Buying a Home:

  • Financial Stability and Budgeting: You will need to pay your mortgage and utilities monthly. You must budget enough funds to cover costs for maintenance and repairs, property taxes, homeowners insurance, and possible HOA fees.
  • Risks: Due to the ever changing market, a real estate investment does not always increase in value. Your property value may increase or decrease over time.
  • Commitment: When you own a home, it is harder to pick up and move on short notice; therefore, you’re obligated to sell the home first.

How do I get started?

  • Create a financial plan to understand your credit and how much you can borrow.
  • Contact your local mortgage lender to see what type of loan you qualify for and how much you can borrow.
  • Contact a licensed real estate agent as they offer professional assistance, market knowledge, and up-to-date information about geographic areas, home listings, pricing, school districts, and more.

This post is presented by our guest blogger and one of our preferred lenders, Danielle Desousa of HomeStar Financial, NMLS #1649268.
If you have questions about this article or any mortgage questions, contact Danielle at 386-589-9037 or any of our preferred lenders.

For more information about HomeStar Financial visit

For a full list of our Preferred Lenders, click here.

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