Your cabinet priorities
As I get quotes from different cabinet makers - custom, part-custom, Lowe's, Conestoga, etc...I'm finding it difficult comparing apples to apples for the best price/best quality/best function/best look. What's standard for one is an upgrade for another, or one guy will tell me "so-and-so" isn't that necessary for a great cabinet, etc. Probably the only consistent features quoted are soft close drawers and full extension drawers - that seems to be the norm in 2012. After that, though, some items are standard and some are upgrades and it's different with each company.
Outside of the ever-popular base drawers over doors (which is a non-negotiable for me): in your opinion, in what order do your priorities fall in terms of needs and budget? In other words, what features are/were you willing to give up to fit into your budget?
3) dove tail joints
4) particular hinges - not sure options here, but keeping it on the list
5) plywood vs. furniture board
6) height - 36" wall cabs or 42"
7) custom look of close-together cabinets vs. non-custom that are always 3" sized options (so a possible need for fillers, etc, but less expensive overall than custom)
8) what else am I missing?