Get to Know ZähBuilt Outdoor Cabinets

James Moylan

Friday, February 16, 2024

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Making a List of Possible Outdoor Cabinet Brands? Don’t Forget to Add ZähBuilt!

If you’re looking to create or to renovate an outdoor living space, especially an outdoor kitchen, you’re probably neck deep in research about outdoor cabinets! If your end goal is a solution that’s durable, beautiful, low-maintenance, and outdoor-resistant, make sure to add ZähBuilt outdoor cabinets to your list of potential brands.

The ZähBuilt Origin Story

Melbourne Architectural Millwork Company was first launched in 1987 in Florida’s innovative Space Coast. The company remains today in Melbourne, Florida.

When Melbourne Architectural Millwork Company started looking to pursue a line of outdoor kitchen cabinetry, ZähBuilt was launched as a subsidiary of that parent company.

ZähBuilt is a family-owned and family-operated undertaking. For the homeowner or consumer, that means less of the impersonal touch you’d get with a massive corporation or a household brand.

What Does ZähBuilt Mean?

The name “ZähBuilt” is of German origin. Roughly translated, it means “built tough.”

“Zäh” means an object or substance is strong enough to weather even adverse conditions. It speaks to toughness, resilience, and durability.

Obviously, this aligns with the company’s entire ethos around their cabinetry. Outdoor cabinets are exposed to an incredible amount of strain.

  • Intense UV and sun exposure
  • Rain and other moisture
  • Extreme temperatures (heat and cold)
  • Salt (in coastal areas)

And that’s to say nothing of the normal wear and tear that comes with kitchen cabinetry and storage solutions.

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To withstand those conditions, season after season, the cabinetry needs to be designed, built, and installed with durability in mind. This is the cornerstone of any ZähBuilt product.

What Products Does ZähBuilt Offer?

ZähBuilt outdoor cabinetry comes in two collections:

  • The Sonoma Collection
  • The Windswept Collection

Sonoma is their most cost-effective line. These cabinetry doors are made from compact board, which is created by heat pressing sixty-four layers of resin-soaked craft paper. A decorative face is integrated into that homogenous sheet. Edges are then polished black. The end result is 5/8 inch thick and is carbon negative.

The Sonoma Collection is available in nine preset colors:

  • Sandstone
  • Teal
  • Cinder
  • Sea White
  • Avalon Oak
  • Riverside Oak
  • Noce Havana
  • Royal Walnut
  • Gray Cedar

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The Windswept Collection is constructed with Accoya, a true wood solution. This sustainable lumber option undergoes a nontoxic process that gives it several advantages over traditional lumber:

  • Dimensionally stable (does not visibly swell, warp, or shrink in the way traditional wood does in exterior conditions)
  • Highly resistant to even adverse exterior conditions
  • Insect repellant

Every Windswept Door comes standard with a ten-year warranty, and the backside is finished in the basecoat color. ZähBuilt holds a utility patent on the design, ensuring a split-resistant, resilient product.

There are six different color options available:

  • Cyclone
  • Sand
  • Sahara
  • Cocoa Bean
  • Wave Crest
  • Storm

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For anyone seeking a custom option, clients can also request a custom paint matching any Sherwin Williams color.

There are also three door styles available:

  • Shaker
  • Louver
  • Slab

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      Slab              Louver          Shaker

With this breadth of available products, homeowners or consumers are sure to find a solution that meets both their functional and aesthetic needs.

Trying to Find the Right Outdoor Cabinets for Your Exterior Living Space?

When you’re creating an outdoor living space, cabinetry is a big part of that decision. You want something that looks incredible, won’t require a ton of time-intensive maintenance, and will stand up to even the most inclement weather and conditions over time—all while staying within your project budget. 

If you want to talk through the options for your Northern Virginia or Maryland home, we’re always happy to share what products we love and would fit your specific project.

We’re Design Builders, and for decades, we’ve specialized in custom high-end outdoor living spaces. We know what works (and doesn’t) in this part of the world, and we’re always happy to answer your questions. 

Contact us today to learn more about ZähBuilt or any of the products we know, use, and love in our design and build projects!

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