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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.
 

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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
 

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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.
 

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

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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.
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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.

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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.
 

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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......
 

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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

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/companies/Home_depot/?postversion=2009012609
 

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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.
 

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geez..how "high class" do you want to get? Home depot has some pretty good stuff within "middle class" budgets.

Most high end homes are built by architects who have access to a lot of catalogs and $$$. If you do a bit of research you'll find everything imaginable.

I read Architectural Digest, Metropolitan Home, Dwell, FineHomebuilding, and others. All of these magazines have advertisers and source pages available to help. DO YOUR RESEARCH and you'll find a lot of good stuff!

_pete

oh...Baldwin makes brass door hardware :)
 

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as others have said, if you want hight end fixtures you have to go directly to a plumbing supply house or a electrical shop, same with flooring, siding and trim

my electrician buys all of his wire and boxes through a electrical supply house, he gets it cheaper yet its better quality. same deal with my plumber and flooring guys.. with this in mind your more likely to have a truly custom look to your house when its finished.. for interior trim i buy at a place called "vintage mouldings", its all mdf but they are the only shop that makes the profiles they sell, plus the mdf is much denser and it gets 7 coats of sprayed on primer. the mdf trim at big box stores has much more resin in it which makes it softer and more prone to chipping and flaking. such places are typically located in industrial parks
 

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Is there a "high class" home depot?

Is there an honest politician?
 

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Did you see that cloud of dust? Must have been caused by the opening of a more than 2 1/2 year old thread. :laughing:
 

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Major cities have design centers but you will need someone with design or architecture credentials to shop with you. The fact of the matter is many interior designers work of the difference between the list price of something and they commission they are granted so it costs you no more.

You might browse magazines like "Architectural Digest" for ads for high end hardware. Private mail me and I can give you the name of a delightful store in Wilmette Illinois that restores antique door hardware and carries higher end things.
 
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