Custom cabinetry cost - Too Good to be true??
We need a bunch of cabinetry for a remodel (5 bathrooms, mudroom, pantry, and 2 sets of window seats) and have been overwhelmed with the cabinet options. As we are reaching the finish stage and before we pull the trigger, hoped to get some feedback.
A mennonite custom cabinet maker in Sarasota Florida provided examples of his work (see pictures below). When compared to Medallion (speciality cabinet shop) and Kraftmaid (Lowes) and Brookhaven.. the custom cabinet provider is much less -- particularly on things like mudroom, window seats, etc. The cabinets are all wood (maple or cherry boxes and fronts; 3/4" plywood sides), full extension, soft close etc. However, they are so much less on things like the mudroom cabinetry that I'm getting a bit nervous.
MUDROOM (14 linear feet with 4 x 3-foot "cubbies" (each w/ a shelf above and a pull out drawer for shoes), bench and an 18" bank of drawers & shelves. Back is bead board.
1. Kraftmaid: Provence style, Maple, w/ 3/4" plywood upgrade and Ginger Sable Glazed finish: $13,434 (Lowes prior to discounts)
2. Medallion: Provence Silverline (lower end), 3/4" plywood upgrade. Wheat Glazed finish: $30,000
3. Brookhaven: Standard door style (level I), Maple, Standard finish $14,387
4. Custom Cabinet Maker (example of his work below): Cabinet style like below, stained only (no glaze). $6500
Even allowing for the glazed finish upgrade (which adds about 15% for Medallion or Kraftmaid) ..the cost is substantially less. Furthermore, the door styles on the Brookhaven, Medallion and Kraftmaid are all mid-tier ..where as the custom cabinet maker is assuming full wood raised center panel doors as shown below.
We're inclined to go with the custom cabinet maker. Before we do so though .... can anyone share their thoughts on whether his work "looks" like quality work?
I know its hard to tell by pictures alone but I'd really appreciate any feedback on whether they look high quality.