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We are redoing our kitchen. This includes a new replacement window, a new replacement exterior door, an entirely new door to the yard, and we are creating a pass.through to the dining room about eight feet wide.
We are not sure about our next steps. I have received a quote from Lowes and home depot for the cabinets. We really liked the kitchen designer at Lowes. We have not gone farther though, I.e. installation costs.
We received two quotes for the kitchen from design/build contractors. One was 30k, one was 23k. The 30k was unrealistic. Those quotes include all the work mentioned above.
What should our next steps be? We are thinking about using Lowes for the cabinet installation and countertops, and a family friend who is a licensed contractor to do the windows doors and pass through. My main concern is the pass through and how its exact measurements will relate to the counters and countertops.
We are thinking just using the one contractor will help with this kind of issue, but on the other hand, we can do it for about 5k cheaper using Lowes for cabinets and counters, and the other contractor for the other work...what are everyone's thoughts? What worried me a little about the 23k contractor is that his quote budgeted only 4.2k for cabinets while our quite from Lowes for kraftmaid was 5.2k. I asked how this was possible he said they get lower prices?
Our kitchen design is a simple galley kitchen, 15x9.5. We know the cabinets we want, the floor we want, our appliances, and the counters.