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Cabinets: Any recommendations for Woodmode or Brookhaven?

Posted by jcla (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 29, 08 at 12:50

Our local International Kitchen and Bath Exchange deals only in Wood-Mode and Brookhaven (also by Wood-Mode) cabinets. Has anyone had any experience with these brands of cabinets? How do they compare to other brands as far as quality and cost?


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RE: Cabinets: Any recommendations for Woodmode or Brookhaven?

I priced out the Brookhaven line during my cabinet search. They are nice semi-custom cabinets (WoodMode is the custom line). The quality of the cabinets seemed good - nice undermount drawer glides, dovetailed drawers, plywood boxes and solid wood doors etc. They had a nice array of door styles and finishes available. I didn't go with them since I found another brand that offered comparable quality at a significant savings. The estimate I got for Brookhaven was $18,500 for a 17x15 kitchen with a U shape and a small island. That price included a few glass fronted upper cabs, 2 rollouts, spice drawer, trash pullout and a few other bells and whistles. I can't recall the exact specs since it was a while back and our eventual design was a little different than the one I had when I got the Brookhaven quote. You may want to shop around a bit so you can get a better comparison than just all WoodMode products (I'm assuming the WoodMode would be even more $$). That being said, I did like the cabinets as I mentioned before and they are nice quality.


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RE: Cabinets: Any recommendations for Woodmode or Brookhaven?

I don't have them yet, but decided to go with the Brookhaven perimeter and a Woodmode island. I've gotten quotes on Medallion, Omega, DutchMaid, Showplace and Shiloh. Brookhaven was on the upper-middle end of this group, but I'm confident the supplier took everything into consideration, which I wasn't on the others. I would say it ranks above the Medallion for sure and only slightly above Showplace or Shiloh, since the costs were very close.


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RE: Cabinets: Any recommendations for Woodmode or Brookhaven?

The cabinents that we are taking out are Brookhaven. they were probably installed in the 80s and are white laminate. the laminate bubbled and looks bad. But it's a couple decades old so maybe that is typical? and if not, just because brookhaven perhaps produced not so good stuff back then doesn't necessarily mean it isn't producing good stuff now. So i would take my bad experience with Brookhaven with a grain of salt! just thought I'd mention it though.


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RE: Cabinets: Any recommendations for Woodmode or Brookhaven?

We are about to order Woodmode cabs (actually, opposite of jeanar . . . Woodmode perimeter and Brookhaven island). Don't have bottom line price yet, as we just made some changes, but I do think they are pretty pricey though high quality. Love the finishes on Woodmode, and I have heard they stay true for a long time (especially important to us since we're getting a painted/glazed finish). I have several friends who have been very happy with Woodmode.

I will say that, after having read many posts here re prices others have paid for their cabinets, I frequently wonder whether I should just ditch the Woodmode, pay half as much, and just deal with redoing my kitchen again in 15 years if the finishes/cabs don't hold up. I'm sure all the trends will be totally difference by then, and I'll probably want a change anyway. Don't get me started -- I could go back and forth on this for weeks!


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RE: Cabinets: Any recommendations for Woodmode or Brookhaven?

Well, I have gotten bids on Wood-Mode, Brookhaven, Shiloh, Plain and Fancy, Dakota, Crown Point and Custom Wood Products (a smaller shop in Kansas). For the same space, the Wood-Mode was in the $70,000 range!!!! The Brookhaven was $55ish (but Brookahven doesn't have soft close drawers, etc.) and the Dakota was in the 60s. The others were all in the 40s! So, for me, they were a lot more expensive. They looked nice, but not that much better than the others. The high bid helped me throw them out of my decision-making process.


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RE: Cabinets: Any recommendations for Woodmode or Brookhaven?

I put Brookhaven cabinets in my home 8 years ago. They were painted maple and held up beautifully. No chips or dings, and I have 3 kids and a big rambunctious dog. I moved last year into a house with 23 year old Wood Mode cabinets in a dark oak finish. They were in perfect condition! I'm putting in a new kitchen right now, going with a combination of Brookhaven and Wood Mode. I donated the old cabinets to Habitat for Humanity Restore and the driver who picked them up told me they'd me they'd be sold in a day or two. I do think they are pricey, but I just love the finish.

Oh, and I do have soft close on the drawers. There was an upcharge for soft close on the upper cabinets. Maybe different dealers include different bells and whistles. Good luck with your decision, hope this was helpful.


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RE: Cabinets: Any recommendations for Woodmode or Brookhaven?

Thanks, all. I haven't even requested an estimate yet; just took a quick look at Wood-Mode & Brookhaven in the showroom--and figured they were pricey. We did get a bid from the cabinet shop that built our cabinets 23 years ago; they've tripled in price. (Not surprising, of course.) They're great cabinets, but we're considering changing the layout, which would require getting new cabinets. If we stay with the current layout, we'll probably just paint the cabs. (They're oak, and we're ready for a change--probably to creamy white perimeter and espresso or mahogany island.) We have a fairly good sized kitchen, but not many upper cabinets, since we have a lot of windows.


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RE: Cabinets: Any recommendations for Woodmode or Brookhaven?

Woodmode and Brookhaven (made by Woodmode)cabinets are excellent. In 2009 Builder On-line magazine rated these cabinets as #1 in quality. If you like to see a sumary of Builder-Online rating report go here:
http://wood-modekitchencabinets.com/uncategorized/builder-online-2009-building-material-report-rates-woodmode-cabinets-1-in-quality/

Here is a link that might be useful: Builder Architect Maryland Virginia Washington DC


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RE: Cabinets: Any recommendations for Woodmode or Brookhaven?

I'm reviving this old topic as I am remodeling my kitchen and considering Brookhaven cabinets. However, I am on a tight budget and need to consider other good quality custom cabinets for less. Afr66 -- what line did you end up going with? Has the quality held up?

If anyone knows of a line similar to Brookhaven but less expensive (not big box stores), please let me know.


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RE: Cabinets: Any recommendations for Woodmode or Brookhaven?

My mother has just done a reno on a house with 28 yr old wood mode oak cabinets that were in FABULOUS condition! She replaced her kitchen with Brookhaven cabinets and a wood-mode hood. It has been 2 years and the hood is a mess!! It is cracked and separated and really looks awful. wood-mode has said they will replace it but with the backsplash installed we are not sure how they will be able to do this. I also had moved into a house that had an 6 yr old wood mode cherry kitchen that was very worn out. I didn't witness the prior owners and how they kept the house so I'm not sure if it was just the owners being hard on a kitchen but in the 6 years that we continued to live in the house it held up much better. That being said I am currently doing a major reno and have priced out Brookhaven and Crystal cabinets with my prior contractor. The Crystal quote was 37,000 compared to 47,000 for Brookhaven. I have since switched contractors and am using someone who has worked extensively with Wood-mode and no longer recommends them. He claims that they have gotten too big and that the quality has waned. He said that the installation process using them is terrible and has recommended Fieldstone cabinetry. I haven't gotten the final quote from them yet be he expects to be in around 33,000. We'll see, good luck!


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RE: Cabinets: Any recommendations for Woodmode or Brookhaven?

The negatives about Woodmode and Brookhaven scare me because I've been considering the same. Mostly because I want a white kitchen, am not a DIYer and the KD we want to use carries that line for paint finish. My sister has cream Woodmode that are now 10 years old and in perfect condition even with 2 sporty kids that are now 13 and 15. Has the quality degraded over the years?


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RE: Cabinets: Any recommendations for Woodmode or Brookhaven?

I do not recommend Wood Mode cabinets. Our local dealer was a nightmare who made not just numerous mistakes but expensive mistakes. She would not pay for or fix the problems she created. Also I found the cabinets to be what I call low end. I wish I had been told that Wood Mode ships in 6 ft. lengths because it is cheaper than shipping longer pieces. This created numerous unnecessary seams. The worst was Wood Mode offered no help because they are more interested in keeping the relationship with the dealer and not the client. They do not stand behind their product.


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