Perceived 'value' - KD's and others words of wisdom?
So dh says I have analysis paralysis and cannot make a decision and darn it I think he's right! Framing starts next week and the clock is ticking!
New construction - 2,400 sq foot, $280k build (not including property).
My overall dilemma is choosing a solid cabinet that is durable (durability in construction AND painted finish) but a good value. An upgraded kitchen by MY definition in terms of budget and 'extras' is one with full extension soft close doors/drawers and all drawers. That's it for what I want and what would make me happy. Okay - well add one upper with glass that I have had to ditch due to cost but you get the picture. This is not going to be an over the top or near the top fancy space but I still want it to look nice in terms of finish. I will have to use aftermarket drawer inserts, etc. and I am okay with that.
I am struggling choosing a cabinet line. They all offer some sort of upgrade for 'nothing' and it's so hard to compare.
I have priced Shiloh and Medallion - both framed. Both were around $12k for 12 cabinets, including a refrigerator panel and a couple of uppers that are at 18 inches depth. For the Medallion I had to ditch the bead board on the island and make it DIY to get the price down. Does that sound reasonable? The nearest dealers (avoiding big box) are also in very high cost of living areas (compared to my own) and I'm wondering if that is inflating the price at all? They are clearly used to dealing with larger more elaborate spaces but have been very helpful in offering cost cutting strategies.
I am starting to feel guilty about having them tweak layout when I'm not sure my budget will allow me to use them in the end. Excavating went over budget (and over the budget buffer in that area) so I need to stay in check here. So I guess I WANT to use them but I'm not sure it's the smartest choice given our whole house build budget.
I am wondering if I should quote Homecrest or Dynasty or Kemper? If I can get it under $12k for the kitchen without sacrificing quality I'm all for it but I don't know where to start.
The other big question mark is if we go through the lumberyard we will get the builders discount which is 14% - that is huge to me (kitchen plus 2 bathrooms and laundry room adds up) BUT - I don't know any of the brands and the only reviews I've found on them are not good. They are Custom Cupboards and Aristokraft and Riviera and Great Northern. Any of you have experience with them - besides AristoCRAP as I've read. I am going to stop by today and pick up some literature.
Is there another line that I should be checking? I need to make a decision and move on! Framing starts next week and I still feel like I am somewhat at square one. At least I do have a layout.
If you've hung in thus far - thank you! I would greatly appreciate any thoughts.
This post was edited by Autumn.4 on Wed, Oct 16, 13 at 12:21