Please help with cabinet construction choices
Firstly I want to thank all of you for the terrific information you provide on this forum. I have been lurking for the past six months and doing lots of research and planning for my condo renovation in NYC. My contractor has his own custom cabinet maker who is highly recommended by both my architect and designer. We are about to start the project which includes a complete gut of the kitchen next week and are finalizing details. My plan calls for a mixture of painted white cabinets and a dark stained wood peninsula. My cabinet style is frameless, shaker with a very clean edge. The countertops will be honed statuario marble with a mitered edge (profile reads as 2/5" thick). The cabinet boxes will be plywood with maple veneer and drawer boxes made from solid wood as well. Using all Blum hardware for slides and hinges.
My question is regarding the construction of the doors/drawers for both the painted and wood cabinets. The builder, cabinet maker and architect all say the following:
-Painted cabinets doors/drawers should be made from MDF - no wood
-Stained cabinets doors/drawers should be made from veneered MDF - no wood
This is a very expensive project and I was shocked that it would not include wood at least for the stiles on the shaker doors and drawers. I have searched as many articles as possible on the site and I am unsure as to what to think about this. Should I be concerned? I am worried that the veneers will chip or peel or look cheap, but they assured me that this was not the case - that it depended on the thickness of the veneer.
Thanks in advance for your guidance.