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Old 04-01-2013, 09:38 PM   #16
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thanks for that link. I'll check them out.
The Barker cabinets did look well put together. My only problem was how the fronts were put together. It only seemed to be the door going to the edges of the cabinets. I'm not buying all new cabinets, can't afford it.
I have to buy cabinets under my kitchen sink and the 2 next to them unfinished so I can stain them like I did the rest of my cabinets.
That was why I originally liked Barker, because you can buy them unfinished.

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There are several rather decent fully assembled cabinet makers who sell at a rather modest price point. Find one.

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http://www.kitchenkompact.com/
anything else ? they don't have my style.
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anything else ? they don't have my style.
Focus on the steak and not the sizzle.
This is especially prudent when bargain shopping.
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The only problem I have with quality RTA cabinetry is the cabinets come from the factory square. Nobody measured for them and they end up looking goofy in renovation projects.

There is much to be said for the real cabinet makers that worked for me and carried measuring devices that worked in fractions of inches. They owned levels and squares too.

At the end of the day, once into discussion of nice wood to start? A custom cabinet maker was no more expensive than guys trying to fit RTA boxes into place.
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The only problem I have with quality RTA cabinetry is the cabinets come from the factory square. Nobody measured for them and they end up looking goofy in renovation projects.
what ? that makes no sense. square cabinets look goofy in an old house



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At the end of the day, once into discussion of nice wood to start? A custom cabinet maker was no more expensive than guys trying to fit RTA boxes into place.

so, i can get nice wood, not oak, for $100 a foot ?
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Focus on the steak and not the sizzle.
This is especially prudent when bargain shopping.
screw that. i'm getting both.
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screw that. i'm getting both.
Be sure to let us know what you come up with.
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Old 04-03-2013, 05:22 AM   #23
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what ? that makes no sense. square cabinets look goofy in an old house
From my experience, old houses are never square or even plumb anymore. New ones were not built with the same care so factory cabinets often look goofy.

My point was that a real cabinet maker will measure in all directions and will account for discrepancies down to a 32 of an inch and will hold to that tolerance over an entire room. You will never notice the corrections made when your custom fitted cabinets are installed. Your drawers and cabinet doors will work flawlessly.

You might find trouble with factory built RTA stuff not measured to the quirks of your kitchen, bath, library or whatever. It will come perfectly square and decently built in some cases not involving veneered particle board. I guess Gus the framing contractor could try to trim out where the RTA looks off with some pre-primed pine and a nail gun. Few will probably notice the vinyl baseboards are off.

Hope I did not suggest I have anything against plumb, level and square. And I do not know the board foot price of the species of oak you have in mind? $100 sounds high but if it works for you I am alright with the figure I guess. If you can be more specific I can help you. A cabinet maker might be almost as fast in costing wood for nice cabinetry though. And if $100 is an alright number and you can afford it? There might be other, harder woods that will work better in your kitchen.

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ok, thats what i thought you meant, but didn't want to assume.
yeah, old houses. in my case, i doubt it was EVER square/plumb/level. did they even have levels back then ?
i am planning to "unquick" my kitchen. i know i cannot get it perfect. but if i try, i bet i can get it "good enough".

oak, i DO NOT want oak. i want something that looks like cherry. i want a softer grain wood.
i have seen RTA 10'x10' cabinets that go for around $2000. mine will be about 10x10x10.
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i just google imaged "kitchens". this was the first pic i saw that is the way i am leaning. as far as cabinets color/style goes. and the kitchen "feel" is in the ball park of what i want ( paint the ceiling for sure. and a different backsplash, though that one looks nice.)
http://www.vittoriumdesign.com/kitchen_web.jpg
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If you want ideas, visit the Houzz website: http://www.houzz.com

You can't gauge how much your project is going to cost based on the 10'x10' examples. You need to break it down to which cabinets you need and where. What works in an example might fall well short of what you actually need. Most of the time it's drawers that add to your costs. As do accessories.

Honestly, your best bet is to start with local cabinet places to lay your hands on, and see in person, the different kinds of woods available. If you're trying to match something already in place then remove one of the doors or drawer and bring it along. That'll help find out which ones will best suit your interests. Don't rule out getting semi-custom cabinets that you install yourself. The pricing of them might be better than you think.

One thing about small 'custom cabinet makers' is scheduling. When you're getting RTA or stock cabinets you're usually getting something made on a production schedule. So you'll usually be able to determine exactly when you're going to get them. With a custom maker you're at the mercy of how well they schedule their jobs. Some do a markedly worse job at this than others. Be forewarned.

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I will echo the idea of looking for a local cabinet maker. I found mine through a local appliance store. He made all the kitchen displays, so I could poke around his work. He was very reasonable and would make the boxes unsquare to fit the house rather than use trim pieces to cover gaps.
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Here is good online company http://www.kitchencabinetkings.com used them last year for my kitchen remodel and they did a good job. The cabinetry provided and craftsmanship were quite impressive.
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see, i don't want to be bothering the local guys. only to get a quote of %100 more than rta.
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see, i don't want to be bothering the local guys. only to get a quote of %100 more than rta.
At least ask, don't just automatically assume.

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