might still get a ballpark curiosity quote from them.
I've had one quote from Sears so far for $13K, would have been $12k if we went to contract that day for a 9x11 galley kitchen, corian counter, no fancy cabs . I'm glad we didn't sign up. It was our first visit, and we knew nothing. Not saying they're bad, I just have lots more questions now then I did that night.
In any event, as I'm trying to work with local companies, my problem is comparing apples to apples with the different lines they carry. Some do carry the KraftMaid and Merrilat. Others have Aristocraft, Brandom, CustomCraft, UltraCraft, Shiloh, and Medallion. I don't know any thing about these lines (not that I know anything about the others either), or how to compare them. I can't seem to locate anything on most of them. Also if, a company doesn't carry the standard big guns like KraftMaid etc., does that mean anything?
I just want a decent cabinet, not top of the line. The kids are grown, so no-one is running into them, slamming or swinging from them. And the way I see it, my cheap builder-supplied ones have held up fine for 10 years (they're just ugly as heck), so anything I get should be a lot better. But I still don't want to get poor quality.
Can anyone help me in comparing the quotes when they come in, and quality, what to look for etc. And if I do get a quote from Lowes or HD, any suggestions on their products to compare with.
Also, after reading some comments, I decided to get a quote from a local custom-cabinet guy next week. From what I understand it may not be as expensive as I thought it would be. But, besides knowing he is listed with NKBA--which is how I found him-- I know nothing about his work. There is no show room to go in and push and pull drawers, see work etc. Any advice on this avenue would be much appreciated. I don't know many people who have re-done their kitchen using anyone but Lowe's and HD so I'm searching without recommendations.