Strategy for meeting with potential KD
Back story: We are doing a large reno/addition in our house, including the kitchen. We've met with a few design places and gotten three quotes. These numbers are just for the cabinets themselves.
(1) Plain & Fancy, ~$21K
(2) Brookhaven, ~$20K
(3) Signature, ~$31K
#3 is out based on price (and they can't get the Cambria we want). #1 is not the door style I like the best, but the KD and contractor there are excellent and we've been very impressed with them. For #2 I only have the quote and an initial drawing of the space - I haven't met with him yet to see what he has for specifics. But that door style is my favorite.
At our last meeting with our architect he recommended a KD who is a friend of his. I checked out her site and her kitchens look beautiful. Although we weren't going to get any more quotes, I thought it was worth at least meeting with her. That's going to happen next week.
I know that she works with Grabill cabinets and she found out from the factory that they can match the Brookhaven door we like. I have a feeling that her price isn't going to beat the Brookhaven quote, so I was going to tell her that we want to spend around $20K and see what she says. DH thinks we should just let her quote it and see what she comes up with.
Probably we're going with the Brookhaven, but I guess it's possible we won't have as positive an impression about that designer and we'd be willing to pay more to get exactly what we wanted with the custom Grabill design. So would you give this new KD a price or not?