30 November 2012

How to Purchase Cabinets and Remodeling Advice

We don't have a kitchen in this house except for the refrigerator we had.  We cook outside on our grill or use the microwave, electric fry pan, crock pot, toaster, or borrow my sister's oven who lives a minute away.

But I have been planning, and I have done a few projects, and fortunately, it is a small, cottage kitchen.

New light, New door, Painted Floor, Painted Carport and epoxy garage floor DIY,
Door was 180 plus tax.  

This will be trickier than our DIY bathroom, because I will have to have someone install the counters and install the gas stove.

Already we figured out that stock cabinets are not practical in this small space, because they will waste space, so that's when Lowes and Home Depot came into the plan.

Lowes and Home Depot will help one come up with a plan for free or a small fee of about fifty dollars.  If one buys the cabinets the option is available to install it yourself.  On our kitchen this will save about 1000, but not as much as one would think.  One is really paying for the cabinet.

They quote low, and one needs to realize unless one specifies otherwise they will quote laminate, pressed wood base and drawers; if you want a wood base, drawers, and doors it will be nearly twice as much.  Even if one is crystal clear they may quote the low stuff out of habit. Or they may quote you a thermo-foil wrapped door that is not wood.  So ask lots of questions and have them quote it the way you want it.  When it is done one will get a printout.

They will also work with you in stages.  So if one wants to do one side of the kitchen you can.  Or maybe one wants to buy cabinets, but not the counters,  they can work with that too.  When you order you pay upfront for the entire project.  If one works with a small company often it is half the cost of the project upfront, and then the other half upon delivery and or installation.

Also, do not necessarily go for the promotion.  When the kitchen is small the promotion doesn't apply.  One could buy the extra cabinets to get the discount, but one has to have a place for them, besides it is still more even with the promotion.  If the project is small try to get the cabinets you want, the way you want them.

Everyone wants to save you money to be competitive and win your business, and I am for that, but one has to weigh the cost of laminate versus wood.  Do you want to flip the house?  Or do you want to stay in the house?  Do you prefer not to remodel every ten years?  Or do you prefer durability?  Do you want to be able to repaint?

I am just reporting my experience, so far I have not bought anything because if I can wait longer I would like to upgrade to wood.  In a former home we had thermo-foil, and although the look was nice it was not durable despite one not being hard on things.  A warranty comes with cabinets, but it is usually limited.

I am also not using a kitchen designer because after building or remodeling five homes, I am confident in my decorating and design abilities.  They are worth their weight in gold, but they can eat half your budget;  in other words if you have 5,000 it will cost you 10,000.  (Though for some people  a designer could save them twice that because it prevents mistakes. It depends on one's knowledge base.)

In our situation, the kitchen does not have to be perfection by today's standards.  This is an old cottage that was built for people who wintered here or had health reasons for buying. It has its quirks and imperfections already.  Too perfect or modern and the kitchen wouldn't belong.  Also my budget is much smaller than what most designers would work with, because we prefer to use cash.

That brings me to this caveat.  There is always the danger of people walking off with your money; that happened to someone I know on a large landscaping project. So if you go with a smaller company get recommendations, check the Better Business Bureau, and ask to see their contractor license. When we have remodeled we have employed small companies, but if one's budget is small or cash and one is a DIYer, it does feel emotionally safer to stick with mainstream suppliers. But if a smaller company has a good reputation and can give you what you want within a short time period of handing over your money that's good too. This policy has worked well when working with electricians, plumbers, and handymen with their policy of half upfront and half when complete.

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