Built to Last: Total Design Source’s Approach to Custom Built-Ins

If you’re seeking a simple way to elevate your home, we have a solution: Custom built-ins! With our highly personalized approach to custom built-in closets and cabinets, you can make the most of your home, both practically and aesthetically. Having helped thousands of Tampa homeowners since 2001, we have the expertise to bring your built-in dreams to life. 

Read on to learn more about our approach to custom built-ins in South Florida Continue reading “Built to Last: Total Design Source’s Approach to Custom Built-Ins”

Best Cabinets and Colors Based on Home Styles

Your home’s style affects the feeling you get from the moment you walk in the door. Perhaps it’s sleek and minimalist, providing respite from a hectic day-to-day. Maybe it follows the modern farmhouse style, striking a balance between cozy and chic. In any case, the style of your Tampa home’s interior should correspond with various details, like color scheme and cabinet design. 

Read on for a complete guide to seamlessly blending your cabinets and color scheme into your home style.  Continue reading “Best Cabinets and Colors Based on Home Styles”

Do Built-Ins Add Value to Your Home?

Built-ins are features, such as cabinetry and closets, that are built directly into the structure of a home. They offer complete customization and a streamlined appearance, offering convenience and aesthetic appeal for homeowners. 

Alongside their other benefits, do built-ins add value to your home? Read on to find out. 

Built-Ins: Value for Your Home

In short, yes – built-in features can add value to your home and lead to higher offers if you ever choose to put your property on the market. The extent of the value that built-ins add depends on the: Continue reading “Do Built-Ins Add Value to Your Home?”

Cabinet Hardware 101: Everything You Need to Know

Cabinet hardware may not be the first thing you think about during a renovation. But, from the kitchen to the bathroom to the closet and beyond, they’re essential to the form and function of your home’s cabinets. 

In this article, we’ll provide a comprehensive guide to cabinet hardware for your South Florida home. 

Types of Hardware

The two primary types of cabinet hardware are decorative and functional.  Continue reading “Cabinet Hardware 101: Everything You Need to Know”

Built In Cabinets for Every Room of Your Home

Cabinet JobsHow often have you found yourself wishing for more storage space? How many collections do you have that are disorganized or hidden away? How many closets might burst at any moment? If you can relate to any of these questions, you should read on about the many ways you can make use of built-in cabinets throughout your home.

In the Kitchen

Built-in cabinets in the kitchen can help you make use of your space effectively. If you wish you had more cabinet space in the kitchen, but you don’t want to take away from the floor space, you can have cabinets built into the wall.  Continue reading “Built In Cabinets for Every Room of Your Home”

Cabinet Considerations When Designing a Custom Bar

Cabinet JobsThe best part about installing a custom bar is that you can design it anyway you like, especially if you have the help of an experienced professional to tweak your ideas. The downside to this is that your options and opportunities are endless! The only things limiting your custom bar are your imagination and your budget.

To help you start thinking about what you might like for your custom bar, here are some things to consider adding. Continue reading “Cabinet Considerations When Designing a Custom Bar”

Difference Between Semi-Custom and Custom Cabinets

Cabinet JobsIf you have been researching types of cabinets and prices in preparation for your remodel, you have likely come across providers of semi-custom cabinets. Semi-custom cabinets are not the same thing as custom cabinets, which we provide. Here are some of the differences.

What Does Semi-Custom Mean?

Semi-custom cabinets are not custom built for your kitchen. They are stock cabinets that have several flexible options, such as cabinet depth and size. While they are less expensive than true custom cabinets, they may not fit your space very well. Semi-custom cabinets are also only installed for you for a fee. Usually semi-custom cabinets are installed on your own or with a contractor. Continue reading “Difference Between Semi-Custom and Custom Cabinets”

Important Considerations for Matching Your Custom Cabinets

StudioWhen you want to upgrade or update your kitchen cabinets but don’t want to redo the whole kitchen, you’ll want to make sure that your new custom cabinets match the rest of your kitchen and home. Most people think about color when they think of matching, but there are other considerations as well.

Type of Materials

Custom cabinets are, of course, generally wood, but there are many different types of woods with different looks, shades, and grains. If you already have polished wood present in your kitchen, you should make sure that the wood for your custom cabinets matches.


Custom cabinets can be made in any style you choose, from traditional to modern, but it is important to maintain continuity throughout a room. If the rest of your kitchen is old-fashioned, modern cabinet styles will seem out of place. Continue reading “Important Considerations for Matching Your Custom Cabinets”

How to Safely Clean Your Custom Wood Cabinets

Keeping your custom wood cabinets clean is important for a number of reasons. You want to make sure that your kitchen is very clean and bacteria free so that your cooking and food preparation spaces are sanitary, but keeping your custom cabinets clean is also important for making them last for many years to come. Here is what you need to know about how to clean your custom kitchen cabinets.

Wipe Spills Promptly

If you spill or splash something on one of your custom cabinets, make sure that you clean it up right away. It is very important that you avoid excessive moisture on your cabinets because it can cause discoloration of the wood or warping. Clean these spills right away to prevent staining or damage to your cabinets. Continue reading “How to Safely Clean Your Custom Wood Cabinets”

Types of Wood Kitchen Cabinets

There are a lot of great reasons to have real wood cabinets in your kitchen when you remodel. Although your kitchen may be filled with fancy, shiny, stainless steel appliances, having natural wood cabinets can bring a bit of hominess back to your kitchen space. Here are the different types of wood kitchen cabinets that you can choose from.


Birch is a very light colored wood that is most often used in bulk kitchen cabinets. The panel doors are usually raised or recessed type doors. They are lightweight, but will not be as durable as other woods. Continue reading “Types of Wood Kitchen Cabinets”