On 21 May 2004 21:22:34 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (HugYourPug) wrote:
From $30/ft. to $600/ft. Custom cabinets fit the stuff you want
into the space you've got, standard cabinets are ...well, standard.
Why do you care about markup? Care about quality and cost to you.
"I" expect to pay $461.54 per foot for "custom" cabinets.
How much should "YOU" expect to pay? I am assuming you are asking about
cabinets top and bottom.
It depends on what you want. If you want garage sale stuff, it should run
you about $20 per foot.
If you want plain Jane stuff, more.
If you want home depot, figure a LOT more.
If you want custom, figure more.
If you want REALLY custom, figure a lot more.
"Expect" to pay for what you want.
I am waiting on custom cabinets as we speak to complete a remodel. The guy
who is building them is an artiste. That is artist with an e to denote this
guy has inborn talent. His stuff is in some of my friend's custom homes.
For 36 lineal feet, and a 3x4 island, it is going to be $18,000 installed.
This is with roll out shelves in every lower level cabinet. Rollout
hardware on all the drawers. Lazy Susans. Pull-out spice rack. Custom
shaped hood over rangetop. No drawer or door pulls. Lots of "custom"
Advantages of "custom" cabinets?
They look like custom cabinets. You don't pull the doors open and see
particle board inside and the sheetrock because it has no back. They last
longer. They work better. They can be fit to every piece of kitchen
equipment. They can be made 34 11/16" long if that is the space you are
trying to fill. They don't come off in your hand. They can have a space
for every kitchen doodad you own.
How much "markup" is there?
Apparently a LOT. Home Depot quoted us "from $16,000 to $18,000 for the
cabinets, AND 'about' 40% for installation." This was for the better
looking stuff at Home Depot. Their total price would have been from $22,400
to $25,200 installed.
I built a custom home in 1984. I had a friend of mine who had a cabinet
shop do the work. I had really nice cabinets made, and it ran me $4200
IIRC. I would estimate that this job is twice the size of that one. Things
have gone up.
AND that does not include the granite work ($5k) or the tile ($till
negotiating that, but the tile we want is $3/sf.)
We are trying to bring the job in for $40k.
If it doesn't matter, just put in any old thing. If it matters, call a
custom guy who has a good reputation, and pay what he wants. Go and look at
his work. Don't even fool with anyone who won't give you references.
In the end, you'll get what you pay for.
Thank you for your thoughts. We live in a house that would appraise for over
$1,000,000 and do not want to underbuild or overpay. Our mortgage is such that
we really don't have money to burn. I get amused at a wife who says the 10 year
old car I drive makes us look poor, but I reminded her we have more if we do
not spend it. Same with the house.
There is more to the cabinet than meets the eye. Yes, cheap ones are little
more than a box and door, but high quality cabinets have quite a lot of very
precise millwork involved. Some have more material, better engineering,
better finish than some furniture.
Look at the construction of the drawers, quality of the hardware, the rail
and stiles and raised panels in the doors.
Yes, you can also be sure the manufacturers and distributors make a profit.
These things take a daily beating so they have to be better quality than
those cheap entertainment centers you buy at your local Mega-Mart.
Take a look at the doors and drawer fronts alone. A good cabinet would have
solid wood style and rail raised panel doors with concealed Euro hardware
and a resilient finish.
Cabinetry is a competitive business (at least where I come from) so you
pretty much get what you pay for.
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