If you have decided that you would prefer to have custom cabinet makers make your cabinets for you, you should know that the installation and building processes are quite different. Since custom cabinetry can occur both onsite and offsite, it helps to know how these processes work. It is also important to do any wall prep prior to installing your cabinets. Here is how that all works.
Building Custom Cabinets Offsite
Essentially, the cabinet maker comes to your home, takes measurements for cabinets, asks you what you are looking for and what you want to replace the cabinets with and takes this info back to his/her shop. There, he/she begins construction on the cabinets, creating ready-to-install, fully built cabinets. When the cabinets are complete, the cabinet maker returns and installs the cabinets.
Meanwhile, you are free to rip out the old cabinets and paint or wallpaper the walls. Hire professional painters and wallpaper hangers to make sure everything is completed on time and looks nice. Taking too much time to complete the wall covering task causes delays in the cabinet installation, so it is best to get the pros to do it in a single day.
Building the Custom Cabinets Onsite
This is the way cabinets used to be built. A carpenter would bring a ton of wood and tools to the home, take measurements, and begin cutting wood to create the cabinets. Over a period of several days, each individual piece of wood would be added to the last until full cabinets were built into the current walls and spaces in your kitchen (or bath).
The doors and drawers would be made and installed last because the rest of the bare cabinetry had to be stained, painted, shellacked, etc.. The doors and drawers would be stained or painted separately before being installed. You could also request that the carpenter leave everything bare and the painting pros could paint them for you as they repaint or wallpaper the walls.
If you opt to have your custom cabinets built and installed this way, you can have the painters or wallpaper hangers working in the same space. It might get a little crowded, but it is doable. Just keep in mind that the painters or wallpaper hangers cannot paint or wallpaper any space wherein the custom carpentry cabinet maker is working. The wall covering pros will have to steer clear of the cabinet area until after the cabinets are complete.