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Old 02-14-2008, 09:14 PM   #16
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Must be a very large kitchen and very fancy cabinets.
Afraid not. I guess you have not bought any cabinets in quite a few years. $13K is not a lot of money for a kitchen full of cabinets.

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Old 02-14-2008, 09:28 PM   #17
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I am about to drop 13grand on Kraftmaid kitchen cabinets (not from a big box store) what should I watch out for?
Get wood dovetailed drawer boxes and the Blum hidden undermout slides.
I have probably installed more Kraftmade cabinets over the years than any other single brand. They are a nice mid-line cabinet at a decent price.

Be sure that you understand the nuisances of cabinet design, things like any required fillers at wall for doors to clear baseboards, being sure the layout is balanced around the obvious like door or window openings, and cabinets sized large enough to comfortably accept the appliances you intend to use, before "signing off" on the design. Most of the cabinet designers who work for dedicated cabinet suppliers (as oppossed to big boxes) , do a pretty good job with these things, but not always; and once you sign off on the final design proposal and they order, you become responsible any descrepencies and additional costs.
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Old 02-14-2008, 10:10 PM   #18
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Gonefishin; Be more than happy to do what little I can to help ya figure it out :}:} Keep me posted of your progress, The gut and close up portion is THE MOST IMPORTANT one lots and lots of thunkin and plannin, the cabinets are just the pretty face.
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Old 02-15-2008, 08:37 AM   #19
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Can you snap a few pix and post them here? I'd love to see what $160k buys for a kitchen.
Yep I'll take a few pics, and it is for the whole house, kitchen, laundry, 5 baths, wine room, media room, office, and master closet.
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Be sure that you understand the nuisances of cabinet design, things like any required fillers at wall for doors to clear baseboards, being sure the layout is balanced around the obvious like door or window openings, and cabinets sized large enough to comfortably accept the appliances you intend to use, before "signing off" on the design. Most of the cabinet designers who work for dedicated cabinet suppliers (as oppossed to big boxes) , do a pretty good job with these things, but not always; and once you sign off on the final design proposal and they order, you become responsible any descrepencies and additional costs
Thats great advice, Some of the box stores cabinet plans are a little vauge
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Thanks everyone for their input!
just about to put my money down but have one more concern. The color that we like is Autumn blush (cherry wood) however the samples that we see have a large color variation on one panel.I know wood is a natural product and there is variation,and that is part of the beauty of the wood, but what is to much? I mean it looks like a coup;e of shades different you might even say its a different color!
is this acceptable ?
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Thanks everyone for their input!
just about to put my money down but have one more concern. The color that we like is Autumn blush (cherry wood) however the samples that we see have a large color variation on one panel.I know wood is a natural product and there is variation,and that is part of the beauty of the wood, but what is to much? I mean it looks like a coup;e of shades different you might even say its a different color!
is this acceptable ?
It's acceptable if it's acceptable to you.
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LGLS is absolutely correct. It is what you will accept. My guess is, they will use a sealer to make the difference far less than what you see on samples. While samples are made to represent the finished product, they normally don't take the pains with them that they do with the final product. Having owned a furniture store, I saw that allot with furniture. Cabinets made by Kraftmaim definitely are fine furniture.

My daughter and son-in-law recently purchased a room full of Kraftmaid cabinets. Overall they are extremely nice. There was, however, one of the door panels that was installed crooked. So, before you go too far, be certain to inspect them carefully when they arrive. They didn't and they are stuck with the repairs themselves.

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Handyman: that is sooooooo wrong. Did they contact Kraftmaid directly or just the dealer/store where they bought them? I cant believe a comapny like Kraftmaid wont fix a bad cabinet. I know Merrillat would have a guy in their kitchen ASAP to check it and if they could not fix it it would be replaced immediately.
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My parents had Kraftmaids put in 45 years ago.

I bought the house(30 years later) and didn't have the heart to tear them out,so I sanded and painted them,added new hardware and formica tops.
When I removed the old laminate I noticed that the cabinets were built with solid tops.That's when I decided to keep them and just redo them.

It was impossible to remove the old factory finish(baked on,I guess)with anything other than a course sanding belt.Strippers wouldn't budge it.

If they are made anything like they used to,they're worth every penny.
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Handyman: that is sooooooo wrong. Did they contact Kraftmaid directly or just the dealer/store where they bought them? I cant believe a comapny like Kraftmaid wont fix a bad cabinet. I know Merrillat would have a guy in their kitchen ASAP to check it and if they could not fix it it would be replaced immediately.
Couldn't agree with you more, Sky. They were told, however, to inspect the cabinets within 90 days of delivery and that wasn't possible. So, they simply took it on the chin. My S-I-L is a great woodworker/cabinet maker, so he will fix the problem himself. Probably better than someone else coming to his house to do it.
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I understand. However if we were to bet a gentlemans bet for squats and giggles I would bet if ya called them and explained they would fix it The company now; dealer got paid and he dont care no more LOL LOL
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I have home depot coming to do a measure for my kitchen cabinets. I know it costs more for them to do it, but husband is too busy to do it himself. I am guessing the 13K sounds right, but without install included........but i could be wrong and will be finding out soon enough.
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Couldn't agree with you more, Sky. They were told, however, to inspect the cabinets within 90 days of delivery and that wasn't possible. So, they simply took it on the chin. My S-I-L is a great woodworker/cabinet maker, so he will fix the problem himself. Probably better than someone else coming to his house to do it.
I dont know about the after 90 days deal but weve never had a problem with Kraftmaid replaceing door and drawer fronts. Me being an installer, I normally will point out any mistakes or imperfections to the designer or the H/O so it gets taken care of.
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Just redid my kitchen and went with Kraftmaid. I did a lot of research, look at a lot of different companies and product and in the end went with Kraftmaid. Though they were the best quality for the price and I LOVE them.

I had 16lf of base (to a small L), cherry cabinet with a coffee stain on the bottom. On top is Maple with a vanella bean glaze. Then there is a fridge and over wall (about 8ft long). ALL crown molding with rope inlay. In total, it was about $32K ($18K for cabinet's and install). This included granite, new tile floor, electrical, plumbing, sink, faucet, etc.....
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I am about to drop 13grand on Kraftmaid kitchen cabinets (not from a big box store) what should I watch out for?
Kraftmaid makes three lines of cabinet boxes. Pressed board, 1/2" ply and 3/4" ply. I personally discourage my customers to stay away from the pressed board. I put the 1/2" ply into my brothers house 10 years ago and it has held up very well.
The drawer boxes are all 3/4" dovetailed with the undermount guides.
You should look out for a functional setup design. Base cabinets with doors you need to open to get to shallow pullout trays are stupid. There are other things that are ill advised, but it would be easier if you posted the design you plan for advice.
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