Plan to remodel my kitchen with new cabinets. So I went to home depot
and got an estimate for a KraftMaid cherry cabinet in sunset color.
The quotes come out to be $15k+ just for the cabinets (with plywood
upgrade), which seems like a lot to me. I am in San Jose, CA. I was
planning to spend somewhere around $5k-$8k on cabinets. Our kitchen is
13x14, U shaped (frig on one side, stove on other side, sink in the
middle. The amount of cabinet is average (large window in the middle
How is HD's kitchen cabinet price? Is KraftMaid more expensive than
other brand? What other brands of cabinet should I look into to cut
down the price? Maple is generally cheaper but the medium color maple
we saw (honey-spice) have the same price index as the cherry one (17).
Would I have better luck contacting some local cabinet store? I went
to some Asian stores, and have gotten quotes in the 2k-5k range for
all plywood, dark cherry cabinets (made in China of course). The
hardware (drawer rails, lazy susan spin) does not seem to be of too
high quality, but the cabinet itself feels fine. The selection is
somewhat limited. I prefer the feeling of the upgraded KraftMaid
drawer hardware. (HD said $26 for each drawer).
Is HD's cabinet price average? on the high end? I know my question is
very open ended, I am very new to this. Any suggestions would be
firstname.lastname@example.org wrote on 31 Jul 2007 in group alt.home.repair:
Prices vary widely on a regional basis. You can't reasonably compare
with anybody outside your area. I've always found that the Lowes Depot
prices are high.
I recommend you talk to some custom cabinet shops. They'll show you what
they make and how they make it. You can decide for yourself whether they
do a good job, because they'll have partially completed work in the shop
for you to see.
Again, prices will vary, so talk to several shops. The guy across the
freewahy from me is expensive. The one over in Fort Worth is very low,
and his work is very good. Guess where I go.
I make cabinets for clients, and I can't beat the shop's price. They can
sell me a complete door for less than I'd pay for the wood -- something
about buying wood in traincar lots....
One of your friends is bound to know some woodworkers. Ask them which
shops do good work; you'll shorten your search.
I've had a few not-very-good experiences with KraftMaid. For instance, on a
recent install, it took them *six* tries to get me four good doors for a
corner wall cabinet (pair of bi-fold doors on each side of the corner).
One of the doors that shipped with the cabinet had the hinge holes
mis-drilled, which prevented proper mounting. And it didn't ship with all the
First replacement arrived with the hinge mounts drilled on the wrong side.
Second replacement was *two*inches* too narrow. (How the heck did *that* get
past quality control?)
Third replacement arrived *broken*. Traces of finish inside the cracks showed
that it was *already* broken before it went to the finishing room. (How did
that one get past QC, either?)
Fourth replacement was OK.
But it took another shipment yet, before I got all the hinges.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
On 07/31/07 02:39 pm email@example.com wrote:
The price will obviously depend on the size of the kitchen. Ours is
"compact" but not tiny, and we have just paid approx. $6500 for natural
maple "Medallion" cabinets at Menards (Midwest chain). Menards' regular
price is 68% off "list" on these cabinets, and we bought when they had
an additional 20% off the top-of-line versions (there are three
different qualities in this brand). These have solid wood frames, with
veneered plywood sides, back, top and bottom. We paid a little more
still for upgraded drawer mechanisms with full opening and self-closing
but slam-proof features.
I am not sure that KraftMaid is even the top-of-the-line brand available
Just my opinion, but I just installed 10k worth of Crapmaid cabinets and
was not happy. Granted, it would have easily cost me 20k+ for custom
cabs, but still. I expect at least a reasonable build quality. LH doors
that were supposer to be RH, poor construction quality, mismatched
panels (I bought Cherry Honeyspice). Next time, I'll do it differently.
Acceptable levels of fit and finish vary. Kraftmaid shitcanned their
head QC guy a couple years ago, and finish QC especially went directly
into the shitter.
The box stores are tough to beat on price, but don't expect much if
any help with design. And that's where a real cabinet store earns
Cabinets and kitchen design are a lot more complicated than they
On Jul 31, 2:39 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I ended up getting custom maple for about the same price as top
quality from the big show room type places. A friend referred me to
this cabinetmaker and the results were great. I wish I knew a more
reliable way to find good craftsmen and tradespeople. Beat the bushes
for a recommendation and see what you can find before you go with the
big box store.
replying to nospam.kitchen, Jason wrote:
Have always used Perceptive Fittings in Nottingham.
http://perceptivefittings.co.uk they dont advertise the fact they do them but
there prices have always beaton the best quotes i have had.
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