Process/Steps of ordering kitchen cabinets
What is the right "Process" of ordering kitchen cabinets?
We chose a cabinet brand we like and is talking with one of the local dealers who is also a kitchen designer. We will use the same design (with lots of invaluable inputs from folks here) that I posted here a while ago, may make a few adjustments.
We were told that in order to work on detail plan before placing order, we would need to pay $500.00 retention fee. The retention fee will apply toward the actual purchase price. We have no problem with it.
Yet, we then learned that all the drawings will stay at their show room, no hard copy or electronic copy will be provided to us. If we want to have the drawings out of the showroom, the charge will be $1500.00.
Is this the right expectation?
We thought it would be better for us to review the plan at home and discuss the details between DH and me, instead of driving to their showroom every time we need to review the plan.
I also want to get additional inputs and feedback from GC, appliances dealer, as well as to post it on this site to get feedback. There are so many experts on this site, I have been depending on the advice and inputs from fellow posters on the Garden Web forums.
As regular home owners, working on remodeling has been very challenging to us, as we are not familiar with Ã¢ÂÂprocessesÃ¢ÂÂ or Ã¢ÂÂunwritten rulesÃ¢ÂÂ involved in many aspects of remodeling, such as sequence of events, required protections, important clauses, detailed steps of ordering, installations...etc.
At times, it feels like there are landmines everywhere in this remodeling field, it is hard for regular homeowners to fully understand the potential damages until they explode.
We are so grateful that we could turn to this site for help.
Could you please share your insights and experience so that we would take the "right way" while going through the project. Thank you.