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kitchen remodelmohair_chair
Sep 8, 2003 2:54 PM
I hate my kitchen, and even though I'm not much of a cook, I've decided to put in new cabinets and counters and appliances. Who knows, maybe I'll cook more with a more useful kitchen, but in any case, I figure I can get back the cost and more when I sell the place.

I don't have the time or patience to go around to a bunch of cabinet shops and counter shops around and get estimates, comparing apples to oranges and so on. So I went down to Home Depot. They have carry some quality cabinets (KraftMaid is my choice) and they carry stuff like Corian and granite for counters. The appliances I'm doing on my own.

I'm trying to do this on the cheap. They'll install the cabinets and counters, but I'll do the tear out, prep, and finish myself. On the other hand, I don't mind paying for quality stuff. So far, all I'm out is $100 which gets me several designs from which they will come up with bids. Anyone have any experience going this route? Anyone know how Home Depot pricing compares to going through an independant general contractor?
Sit down with Both HomeDepot and Menards.Kristin
Sep 9, 2003 6:28 AM
You can't go wrong with either and you probably won't find a better price without a LOT of hunting around. My experience is the Menards usually beats HomeDepot and Lowes is typically the most expensive. (I've had them each quote me for replacement glass framed cabinet doors--and for other, non-kitchen, big ticket items.) The biggest deal with cabinets is finding the right installer and making sure they're quality. Improperly installed cabinets are a huge headache.

I'm not sure what type of education each store requires for its designers, but make sure the designer you sit with has some outside education in interior design. It makes a difference. You know the 20% rule, correct? Kitchen = 20% of home value, no greater. Decorating is fun. Enjoy!

Oh yeah, if you don't have a mental image of what you want your kitchen to look like, browse some images from the online kitchen websites before you design yours. Its hard to make a decision about colors and styles in a store, in 2 hours, based on swatches.
Can I give you a thoughtlotterypick
Sep 9, 2003 9:36 AM
If you have a good view from your kitchen, since you're going to do all the prep consider ripping out the windows and replacing them with ones that go as close to corner to corner as you can.

We have a mountain view but the stock house came with little tiny windows, one on each wall.

We torn it out before they did the kitchen work and replaced the windows with big long sliders.

The kitchen is way different and the light and view are great. Consider it a while your at it.

On another note, we moved the sink from the side of the house view to the back, which has the mountain view. Another good move.

By the way, granite is great. go to a stone place and see the giant slabs. pick a unique design and you'll love it. way better than stock corian and the cost is very close if not the same.
re: kitchen remodelSoftrider
Sep 9, 2003 1:27 PM
The Kraftmaid cabinets are really pretty good quality for a modular cabinet, and their customer service is good. We have installed Kraftmaid in quite as few houses that we have built.

You might want to consider installing the cabinets yourself. It is not a hard job, and you will save yourself quite a bit of money.

Another thing to consider is installing a laminate countertop. Over the last few years, the companies (Formica, Wilsonart, ect.) have come out with some very nice laminates that look as good a Corian at about 20% of the price. I would also look at local companies to do the countertop work, HD subcontract all of this type of work so you will save some money by cutting out the middle man.