Anyone reface brand new cabinets? Builder priced too high
I am frustrated with our cabinet choices. Our builder uses a vender who deals in Merillat cabinets only. On top of that the vender charges full list price. IÃ¯Â¿Â½ve read on these boards and elsewhere that these types of cabinets should be able to be purchased at 40-50% off list price.
Sure enough, I called a few other cabinet places and the exact same cabinets are 50% less than builderÃ¯Â¿Â½s charge. I understand they will take some markup, but this seems ridiculous. The builder will not let us go elsewhere. The door style is Portrait, which is shaker-style, in a maple painted off-white.
We will basically be paying $5000 more at least for the same cabinets through the builderÃ¯Â¿Â½s vender. It is actually over $5000, don't have the exact quote yet as there is some back and forth on layout. Initial quote was close to $11,000 MORE than their standard "essential" cabinets. This is a lot for us.
While it is a full overlay door, this doesnÃ¯Â¿Â½t include any upgrades like dovetail drawers, soft close, plywood boxes, glass doors, ect.
I am considering upgrading with the builder only enough to get the 42" uppers and a couple of drawer bases in their basic, standard line, "Essentials", which is a simple partial overlay door. Then after move-in, order full overlay shaker-style doors from an online store like Barkers, solid wood doors and drawer fronts and already professionally painted. Then just paint the boxes ourselves (with full overlay doors and side panels, our un-professional paint on the boxes would be hardly seen, I would think).
Any opinions on this? Anything I am not taking into consideration? Thanks for any help you can provide!