Eurocraft Cabinets, Inc. of Boca Raton, FL, started their business as a dealer of kitchen and bath cabinetry to the residential and commercial industry. As their business developed, the owners saw prices raise and quality fall and decided they could offer more value by expanding their own manufacturing operation. After investing in new equipment, Eurocraft started offering its own line of European-style kitchen and bath cabinetry.
As demand has increased for low-maintenance outdoor cabinetry that can endure the wet, steamy environments in Florida, the Southeast and Caribbean, Eurocraft saw the opportunity to expand their business by utilizing Vycom’s product families, Seaboard® and Designboard®. In just a few years, the company grew from a few select outdoor kitchen projects to now supplying dealers with the new Aquatica cabinetry line, marketed as a weather-proof alternative to wood.
Vycom’s Seaboard® and Designboard® materials are well-suited for Aquatica cabinetry, which is typically installed near pools or wet areas that need to be washed often or are exposed to moisture. The materials are made from a high-density polyethylene sheet that is UV-stable with scratch and impact resistance and has been developed to withstand the harshest outdoor conditions.
“The idea that customers can take a garden hose to the patio, pool area and cabinets is very attractive to the low-maintenance minded consumer or facility manager,” said Jeff Canter, vice president of operations of Eurocraft Inc.
From a design standpoint, Jeff has seen outdoor kitchens become more elaborate, as homeowners and commercial facilities seek to bring the luxury of indoor kitchens to the outdoors. And, in Southeastern climates, the year-round nature of eating and entertaining outdoors has fueled the trend even more.
“The weather-resistant materials like Seaboard® and Designboard® make the elaborate designs easier to maintain and long-lasting,” said Jeff.
The Aquatica line features semi-custom base and wall cabinets and five door styles in Seaboard® colors of Black, Sandshade, White and Seafoam and The Designboard® Collection’s Java color. Designboard® offers a designer line of rich colors and textures that have the toughness of HDPE with the brilliance of metal or the natural look of wood. “We can machine Seaboard® and Designboard® just like wood, so the design elements are endless,” says Jeff. “And they have the appearance of painted wood.” For those who love wood and don’t mind applying stains and sealants, they also offer the more weather-resistant woods in teak and cypress in three door styles.
As Eurocraft continues to grow in the kitchen and bath cabinetry sector, Jeff says outdoor kitchens are a natural extension of their current business. “We will continue to look at new outdoor opportunities for cabinetry and these new amazing materials,” he said.
For more information about Aquatica Outdoor Cabinetry, visit the Eurocraft Cabinets website at www.eurocraftcabinets.com.