Question for long time owners of alder cabinets
I am working on my second kitchen in less than 2 years. This one will be located in our finished lower level which is a more casual living space. Our lower level is where the extended family gathers for holidays and where the grand kids spend most of their time when they come to visit....which is often. It is also where our guest suites are so at times it will also serve as a breakfast bar. While this kitchen will not be used on a daily basis , I do think it will still see a fair amount of action.
Yesterday, we met with the cabinet maker to make some decisions around his proposed plan. He had recommended that we go with stained oak ,something he thought would be a good fit for our craftsman style home and the more casual look and feel in our lower level. While we were walking through his workshop, I noticed some in-progress alder cabinets and just loved them. I thought the knotty grain added character to the cabinets . Since I don't want to go with a lot of fussy trim / corbels, etc., I thought the knotty alder might be a point of uniqueness. Today I did a search of alder cabinets on this forum and was disappointed to learn that many posters feel the alder compromises quality (toughness) for price. I didn't even realize it was a down grade. I would love to hear comments from people who have had some history with using alder cabinets and tell me how well they hold up. Also, maybe someone could suggest other options that could accomplish the same look. I already have cherry cabinets upstairs along with painted kitchen cabinets but I don't think that style/look will work well in the downstairs living area.
All comments ,feed back and pictures are welcome. Thanks so much.