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njhomer 03-01-2009 05:45 PM

Is there a "high class" home depot?
 
I'm looking for a home improvement store that carries better quality, more expensive things than the lowes or home depots stores. I'm looking for a nice door handle, but they all look well, cheap. I'd like one very nice, perhaps solid iron or brass with a good looking design, not too plain. If such a store exists, is there one in new jersey or new york? Thanks.

Scuba_Dave 03-01-2009 06:14 PM

The higher end Home Depot closed
Better quality can usually be found at a full service lumber/home improvement company instead of a big box store

Hemingway 03-01-2009 08:59 PM

Or a local specialty shop. Yesterday I passed a Kitchen Cabinet store and they had on display a huge cabinet with a space for a large big screen TV. I guess people want to watch TV while they eat.

As far as chains go, there's Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware for smaller fixtures and hardware.

Leah Frances 03-01-2009 09:44 PM

Rejuvenation. It's in portland oregon, but has an online site. As snooty as you wanna be.

concretemasonry 03-01-2009 10:03 PM

The nicest Home Depot I was in had a Fudruckers inside it. - The same products in the store as elsewhere.

Tom Struble 03-01-2009 10:39 PM

there used to be homedepot expo but i think they all closed

Ron6519 03-01-2009 10:43 PM

The Home Expo stores are in the process of closing, they are not closed yet. They are running closeouts on all remaining stock in the stores at up to 40% off.
Ron

garyoutwest 03-02-2009 07:37 AM

Sears "Great Indoors" stores are kinda like Expo, but nicer IMHO.

I don't know how many of them exist, but check their website for locations.

FWIW (nothing), EXPO had many of the same complaints as HD about their special orders and installation services.

Years ago on the west coast there was a small chain of HD style stores named Eagles. The ones I visited were much nicer than either HD or Lowes; one in Washington state I was in had a tool area about twice the size of HD and had some good stuff. And a really good hardware department. Then Lowes bought the chain and the stores became.....well....., Lowes.

Gary

HomeSealed 03-02-2009 09:49 AM

For higher end products you'll need a specialty store, or lumber yard/millwork.

fixrite 03-02-2009 02:12 PM

you could check out Lee Valley tools, as they do have a good line of higher end products. You can check them out online as well.


cheers

Bob Mariani 03-02-2009 02:37 PM

Expos are no all closing, but these were more design centers. Almost everything was special order. And most things if not everything was cheaper at wholesale and online supply houses. Right now they have 20-40% off and it was still not worth the time to stop by.

lucky8926 03-02-2009 07:59 PM

I don't think you're going to find a "high class" all in one place like home depot/Lowe's. Like others have said the closest think you're going to get is a lumber yard or specialty store. You want top end cabinets..go to a cabinet maker, you want high end countertops go to a store that only deals in counter tops, flooring same thing etc etc......

Scuba_Dave 03-02-2009 08:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Bob Mariani (Post 239256)
Expos are no all closing, but these were more design centers. Almost everything was special order. And most things if not everything was cheaper at wholesale and online supply houses. Right now they have 20-40% off and it was still not worth the time to stop by.

I guess you better call HD & the newspaper & tell them that

Quote:

Last Updated: January 26, 2009: 12:23 PM ET
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Home Depot, the No. 1 home improvement retailer, announced Monday that it is shutting down its high-end decor EXPO business and shrinking its support staff, with both moves resulting in a reduction of 7,000 jobs.
http://money.cnn.com/2009/01/26/news...ion=2009012609

KHouse75 03-03-2009 02:51 AM

Lowe's and Home Depot have access to a lot more than what is on the shelf. They have higher end door handles that are special order. They have special order displays all over the store for the higher end products. I have yet to find any retail stores that stock the higher end products like this unless you live near the manufacturer and they sell to the public.

I use Lowe's and Home Depot quite a bit for my custom homes. I've found that they can get just about any specialty items I want for my homes and their prices just about always beat everyone elses prices.

Bob Mariani 03-03-2009 07:31 AM

A typo I said "Now all closing"... must have bought this keyboard at Home Depot.


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