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 above sink.
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 helpful. Thanks.