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RE: Spouse says yes to central vac, but not hide a hose. please a (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: TWINCREEKS on 01.20.2012 at 12:50 am in Building a Home Forum

My husband & I are going through the building process too. Had to have CV b/c of majority Hardwood on first floor. Really wanted the HAH and thankfully my husband agreed that it was okay to add this in. Yes, it is more costly, but way more cost effective to add while under new construction than later on. You will probably read mixed reviews, the majority in favor of HAH. I am so excited to use this (but we still have a good 8 weeks till completion) Our home is not nearly the size of yours, have about 2600 on first floor, 1400 on second, and basement a good 2000 that we will finish later on. With that being said... first floor - (2) 50 foot outlets and the second floor we got (1) 50 foot. I added in some dustpans to kitchen x 2 and in the laundry I added 1. got some extra attachments and also another outlet in the garage. The basement I was told to not worry about now, easy to add in later once we decide to finish it. We got MaxAir dual motor Vacuflo that is vented outside for better air quality and very good CFM (better than my Kirby that I "had to have" a few months prior to our decision to build - if I would have known we were going to build I would have never bought this Kirby. I am learning that the CV will do a much better job, which will be very impressing b/c the kirby is a workhorse, but too heavy!!! not to mention ridiculously priced!)
Anyway, if I were you, I would sweet talk your husband if possible... in the big scheme of it really is not a huge price considering all of the other up-charges that you will be dealing with as you move forward. Seriously though, you have a lot of house to cover cleaning and your life will be much easier with a central vac and the HAH is a very convienent feature that you will be glad to have instead of lugging around a hose everywhere. I don't know your floor plan layout, but I believe that (1) 50 foot outlet will cover a good 1,500 sqft. -2,000, but of course your floor plan/layout will be a big determining factor. Also, I definitely would NOT want a regular hose being lugged around my new walls and woodwork. The HAH retracts back in the wall and has a sock covering the hose for more protection. I say... if you are the "cleaning lady" - you should get what you want/need to get the job done! I really thought the price was very reasonable! Good luck to you and happy building! :) - TWIN


clipped on: 01.20.2012 at 12:50 am    last updated on: 01.20.2012 at 12:50 am

Am I missing anything? meeting with electrician tomorrow

posted by: robinson622 on 08.17.2010 at 11:38 pm in Building a Home Forum

I've compiled a list of ideas from this forum over the years for electrical wants/needs. Forgive me if some don't make sense, they were copied directly from previous posts. Add any ideas you may have & let me know if there are any in the list that you find really unnecessary. Sorry for the repeats, there are quite a few.

-Attic fan & whole house fan
-outdoor speakers
-outdoor uplight landscaping lights;
-outlets placed in the floor of my family room so I could have a light placed behind the sofa on my sofa table;
-all four corners of the home with motion sensor lighting; connected to both back doors and master bedroom as well as front door sconces
-TV/Cable/internet in my kitchen; under cabinet tv
-low voltage-xenon under cabinet lighting wired to switch on dimmer
-wire for outlets above cabinet for rope lighting connected to a switch in kitchen
-a lot of 4 light switches/switch plates for almost all my rooms so I could add something!
-carbon monoxide sensors
-surround sound in rec room & playroom
-Place outlets in my mantle
-Wired for Cat 7 whole house audio.
-We knew in advance where we were planning to hang the plasma televisions, so we wired the wall where they were hang so there wouldn't be any visible wires.
-Outside outlets
-outlets inside bathroom cabinets such that hair dryers can be plugged in and placed inside a drawer rather than being draped over the countertops.
-'boogie-man' lights switch and switch to room lights by the bed
-outlets on either side of the front door for Christmas decorations wired to interior switch
-outlets in ceiling of porch above pillars for decorations
-switch for gas fireplace starter
-Outlets under roof eaves/soffits for Christmas lights wired to one switch inside foyer closet
-Outlets under inside of windows for 'candle' lights
(and place them on switches as well).
-Where are you going to put your Christmas tree?
Place an outlet in that corner controlled by a switch!
-Place an outlet at front of the side base for a lighted garland up the staircase.
-Place outlets on every exterior wall for landscape lighting or yard work.
-Several outlets in walk-in pantry
-Outlets on both ends of island
-Place an outlet adjacent to telephone jacks for cordless telephone base.
-GFI outlet under the sink for the instant hot water dispenser and garbage disposal
-If you are putting in a security system or intercom
(or are just pre-wiring), be sure to provide
electrical service to these areas.
-Light switch in hall, etc. for attic
-For furniture placed in the middle of a room,
place outlets and fixtures directly above or below exact location.
-Place outlets in convenient locations at bathroom vanity inside drawers for razor, electric toothbrush, hairdryer
-For a home office, fully consider computer, scanner, printer, answering machine, lamps, chargers, radios...need I say more?
-Do you need a plug-in for a laptop computer? Where?
-Where your TV is located, don't forget the DVD, VCR, CD...
-what else did I forget?...oh, yeah...satellite receiver? Dvd and all other peripherals in cabinet and wired to tv
-In a bedroom, don't underestimate the number of plug-ins at your bed stand: alarm clock, cordless phone, lamps. A quad outlet may be needed. Put outlets on opposite walls too in case room is changed around.
-Add outlets in exercise room closet for treadmill & elliptical
-Wire for flat screen tv in exercise room
-Remember that your dishwasher also needs an undersink (usually) plug, so you might want a 4 receptacle outlet -- of course, GFCI.
-dimmers on every entry point to kitchen, living, rec, foyer and mud
-Quad outlets in study for printer/wireless router/etc. and kitchen
-Outside closet light switches.
-I think running 3/4" or 1" PVC conduit for comm wiring is probably the smartest thing to do. That way, you're pretty much ready for anything that the future throws at us.
-Floor outlets in middle of family room
-Dedicated circuit? Outlet in master closet for ironing and outlet for charging cell phones
-Step lights on front porch, up stairs and in area under stairs
-put a motion sensor on the wall next to the door to the deck so we can carry stuff out there from the kitchen and the lights will go on automatically.
-lights for our deck along the top rail
-rope lights under bathroom vanities
-lighting for backyard
-outlets for cable and electric behind the tv
-sconces next to entry to study and family room, sconces in hallways - upstairs and on sides of mirrors in bathroom
-quad outlets rated for 20A in front storage area for air compressor, etc.
-wire for lighting in storage area
-interior switch to exterior outlets
-light in area under stairs
-run 2 inch pvc pipe from attic to first floor/crawl space for future wiring purposes
-bedside lamps wired to switch
-outlet and gfci outlet for future bar area near kitchen
-make sure all outdoor lights arent only on one switch so they can also be turned on individually instead of lighting up the entire outside when not necessary
-outlets in storage area set at 4ft height
-switch for lights above island on the island

My kids have closets with bifold I need a light in those closets?

Rope lights under vanity? How do you feel about them? Just for the kids' bathroom if at all?
I know I'll forget something, but I'm waaaaay better off than I would have been if I didn't have GW.

Thanks in advance!


clipped on: 09.23.2011 at 09:39 pm    last updated on: 09.23.2011 at 11:07 pm

RE: Please show me your External Blower!!! (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: TWINCREEKS on 09.23.2011 at 09:30 pm in Appliances Forum

davidro1: "20-25" feet is specific enough. What difference does it make? DId you want to offer me advice only if I would have said I got my tape measure out and got an exact dimension of 21 feet,5 3/4 inch vs. if it was 24 feet, 10 1/4 inch ??? I know that we are under what the manufacturer recommends, no need to be more specific as the "run" doesn't have anything to do with the aesthetics on the outside.
And to clarify: "guess we need the makeup air too" I am NOT guessing. I know. I am sorry that you took my sentence so literal. I was just saying that I guess we need it, because in our area anything over 300 CFM will require the makeup air. This is code for our city and we would like to pass inspection! :)

maire: yes, we will be able to paint cover to match rest of house. However, there is no way to cover with landscaping b/c of the height of where this is placed. It is a little more than half way up the side of garage (not gonna get my tape measure :) so, don't quote me haha!) By painting it, it will help though. Your set-up sounds perfect. Guess after awhile we will get used to it and probably won't even notice it protruding out. Never imagined this ventilation business would be so troublesome. I cannot even begin to tell you the people that I have talked to about this, no-one ever on the same page, even got 2 different opinions from the actual tech support as to what was needed. I think I have it finally figured out. Hope I love love love my new set-up! Thanks again! :)


clipped on: 09.23.2011 at 09:30 pm    last updated on: 09.23.2011 at 09:30 pm

Please show me your External Blower!!!

posted by: TWINCREEKS on 09.22.2011 at 05:02 pm in Appliances Forum

Please can anyone show me a pic of your side of house where you would have the external blower "box" mounted to.
Going with BEST Built in ventilation above our 36inchDF range. This will be built under custom mantel style hood cabinetry. I am definitely going with the EB9. (External Blower 900 CFM) I have spent hours and hours on end with this ventilation "stuff". In our situation, externally placing the blower is the best set-up for us. Aesthetically, I am concerned with the looks of this metal box...however, function is very important and need to do what we have to do to properly vent the range. I am hoping someone can please show me your home if you have an externally mounted blower attached. What are approx. dimensions? Are you happy with this blower? How is the inside the house noise? Ours will NOT be on roof, it will be on the side of a 3rd car garage. Thanks in advance!!! :)


clipped on: 09.22.2011 at 05:02 pm    last updated on: 09.22.2011 at 05:02 pm

Read Me If You're New To GW Kitchens! [Help keep on Page 1!]

posted by: buehl on 05.16.2009 at 03:20 pm in Kitchens Forum

Welcome! If you are new here - you may find the following information and links helpful.

The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) pages contain helpful information about how to navigate this site as well as the world of kitchen renovations.

The Kitchen Forum Acronyms will help you understand some of the acronyms used frequently in posts.

The Finished Kitchens Blog has pictures and information about many GW members' finished kitchens. Not only can you see them alphabetically, but there is also a category list if you're looking for specific things like a kitchen w/a Beverage Center or a kitchen w/a mix of dark and light cabinets.

The Appliances Forum is very useful when you have questions specific to appliances.

To start off the process...take the Sweeby Test. Then, move on to Beginning a Kitchen Plan.

Other topics such as planning for storage can be found by doing a search on the forum.


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Kitchen Forum "Sides"

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Layout Help

We often get requests to help with layouts. Many of us enjoy doing this but it would help if you can post a copy of your layout, preferably to-scale.

  • The best place to start is to draw up your kitchen (to scale, if possible) either without cabinets & appliances if you don't know where to start or w/your proposed new layout if you have something to start with. Regardless, measure and label everything...walls, ceiling height, widths of doors & windows, distances between windows, walls, doorways, etc.
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Make a list of things like:

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  • Would you like to open up the kitchen to adjacent areas? Close it up?
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  • Do you bake? Do you want a coffee/tea/beverage center?
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    • Range or Cooktop?
    • Single or Double or no Wall Oven?
    • Warming Drawer?
    • MW? (Advantium, MW Drawer, OTR MW/Hood, countertop, built-in, shelf?)
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    • Refrigerator CD or standard depth?
    • Vent Hood?
    • Other?

  • Sizes of desired appliances (e.g., 30" or 36" or 48" cooktop; 36" or 42" or 48" wide or other Refrigerator? Counter depth or standard depth refrigerator, etc.)
  • Pantry: Walk-in or cabinets?

***** Very Important *****

Is there anything you:

  • Can't live without?
  • Definitely don't want?
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This information will be valuable to not only you, but also any Kitchen Designers you may hire or talk to. Additionally, if you've been haunting the site, you'll notice that we also help with almost all aspects of the remodel, including layout help.

If you do ask for help, then all of the above information will help us help you. Sometimes we stray from what you think you want to give you some ideas that you might not have thought of, but it's your kitchen and you can veto anything...we may argue for something (we're good at that!), but in the end it's what you want. And remember, we are just giving you ideas and possible layouts, in the end when you finalize your design it's whatever you want and decide on! After all, this is your kitchen! [Keep this in mind if/when you use a Kitchen Designer--it's your kitchen, not his or hers...don't let them talk you into anything unless you're sure it's what you want!]


When your kitchen is complete, please submit it to the Finished Kitchens Blog! This way your kitchen will join others in inspiring and helping newcomers!

Add your kitchen to the FKB!

Again, welcome and good luck! The journey is wild, sometimes bumpy, but fun!


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FAQ: Adding Pictures and Links:

Add your kitchen to the FKB!:


clipped on: 09.10.2011 at 11:14 pm    last updated on: 09.10.2011 at 11:14 pm

How many inches between sides of hood and upper cabinets is best?

posted by: threeapples on 09.09.2011 at 08:04 pm in Kitchens Forum

We are in the process of designing our new construction kitchen with a hood by Francois and Company (the toulouse style) and the cabinet designer says 10" on either side of the range's widest part is ideal, but this seems like way too much to me. Any thoughts? thanks.


clipped on: 09.10.2011 at 10:49 pm    last updated on: 09.10.2011 at 10:49 pm

What goes where?

posted by: peace_rose on 06.01.2009 at 12:30 am in Kitchens Forum

I've been reworking the draft of our kitchen layout (thanks everyone!), and have been assessing what's in our current kitchen and trying to find a home for everything on paper. I want to put the right cabinets in the right places. Does anyone have a ready-made list of "what goes where"? Such as:

- Cereal and canned goods go in the pantry
- silverware and glasses near the dishwasher
- potholders go near the stove
- Most appropriate place for the trash can
- best place for storage of cookie sheets, measuring cups, etc.
- etc, etc, etc (Someone, somewhere must have done this before, right? Feel free to mention even the most obvious!)

This is like putting a puzzle together!

I'm sure there's some universals, and some that depend on the particular set-up. Ours is shaping up to be an L-shape with an island.


clipped on: 09.10.2011 at 10:48 pm    last updated on: 09.10.2011 at 10:48 pm

help!!! have no clue!...vah vs. best for wolf36df

posted by: TWINCREEKS on 09.06.2011 at 02:38 pm in Appliances Forum


This is last minute...any advice will be greatly appreciated! :)
New build, should have decided appliance picks "yesterday" - cannot decide what would be best ventilation system for WOLF 36 DF (4 burners w/ griddle in middle) I do not anticipate to have all burners plus griddle at the same time. The quieter the better, I will have custom cabinetry mantel style hood made to hide the vent/exhaust system. Being told 600 cfm, and then 900 cfm. Being told BEST is the best and that VAH is the best. Not too concerned with cleaning the baffles or Magic Lung, although it would be nice if it was easy. Aesthetics a big factor, but don't want a house fire either. I know recommendation is to at least go 36 inch wide and 22 deep. Ideally I am told 42 wide is best. I would like to use VAH that is 19 deep, but don't want to make wrong choice. Unit will be vented out through the least amount of turns in ducting to side of house. (this will go through back of kitchen wall to laundry and straight out to side garage. Obviously pricing a factor too, but I have accounted for this expense when I decided to go this route with a Wolf. Any advice? Please help! Thanks so much! :)


clipped on: 09.06.2011 at 02:39 pm    last updated on: 09.06.2011 at 02:39 pm

Can anyone take a guess at this roof color?

posted by: cintijen on 08.21.2011 at 06:46 pm in Building a Home Forum

I'm trying to make the dreaded shingle color decision. We've based our color scheme on this house, using deep green siding, darker brown shakes, similar color ledgestone, cream trim, but with dark bronze windows. I like this roof color but I can't decide for sure what I think it is.

Does this look like your roof or a color you're familiar with?

All suggestions welcome! Thanks so much!


clipped on: 08.24.2011 at 03:40 pm    last updated on: 08.24.2011 at 03:41 pm

Taking possession a week from Fri...any advice?

posted by: nini804 on 08.16.2011 at 09:32 am in Building a Home Forum

For those of you who have BTDT...any advice about things you wished you had brought up to your builder PRIOR to writing that last check? :) We are having a little "pre-through" this Thursday evening with him, and then he has a week to get it all perfect (lol!) before we take possession. I know there will be issues that will come up after that...but since this is our first custom home, wanted to get some helpful tips! Thanks, y'all!!


clipped on: 08.24.2011 at 03:00 am    last updated on: 08.24.2011 at 03:00 am

RE: Aquatic Air Bath Chromotherapy Lights...??? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: beaglesdoitbetter on 08.22.2011 at 09:27 pm in Building a Home Forum

I don't have that particular tub but I have an MTI caribe air bath that also had a $300 upcharge for added chromatherapy beyond the standard. I got the added package because the cost wasn't that much compared to the price of the tub and it seemed like a cool feature and not one that I could add later. I have no idea if it will be something I use all the time or something I use twice until the novelty wears off, but now I guess I'll get to find out.


clipped on: 08.23.2011 at 12:38 pm    last updated on: 08.23.2011 at 12:38 pm

Major Disappointment With Pella Windows and Doors - Caveat Emptor

posted by: braintreemass on 03.02.2007 at 10:21 am in Windows Forum

We were rebuilding and adding to our home located in a suburb south of Boston beginning in May of 2005. In the process, we chose the Pella Designer series windows, in part because we were told the sashes were an all wood interior, with triple-pane highly efficient glass. We have pets and so one of the features that especially appealed to us was the ability to purchase blinds that are placed between the panes of glass. Our home is of considerable size and contains much glass coverage. We ordered from Pella 78 windows, some as large as seven feet tall by several feet wide, as well as 6 exterior French (glass) doors.

To say the experience has been disappointing would be an understatement. Pella has been to our home for service over 25 times! I have considerable knowledge regarding construction from various work, education and a two year apprenticeship as an Architect that I worked many years ago. I am cognizant as to what are acceptable standards and normal installations for doors and windows. It was my experience that the Pella Designer series requires substantial installation preparation far exceeding that of a comparable Anderson or Marvin or Harvey product where the Pella windows will not function properly without extraordinary precise shimming the windows.

The problem lies in what appears to be an inherent design flaw where if the windows are not shimmed tight on the verticals jambs adjacent to the plane where the windows lock, the windows will "pop" out and not lock. This in part appears to be caused by the actual locking mechanism that employs a straight slot type of engagement rather than a gradual sloping type of lock that could first grab the sash and then close it tight. Another contributor to this problem seems to be the weathers stripping utilized in the manufacturer of the product. The weather stripping is so stiff, it make closing the properly installed windows many times very difficult and sometimes impossible.

In the North East where the weather and relative humidity changes significantly over the course of the year, the shim requirements to make these windows properly operational swell and cause operational difficulties. Additionally, when attempting to tilt-in a pane for cleaning, because of the tightness required to make these windows lock, the wood rails on the sides of the sashes become torn and damaged.

As far as the product being an all-wood interior, that was another illusion. The hinged panel that facilitated the ability to place the blinds and grids between the glass is actually a formed metal component that contains a very thin, "paper thin" layer of wood over the metal. This is problematic because the lock mechanism if not fully disengaged can catch this thin wood and easily tear it off. Given the price point of these windows, I submit there are better alternatives especially given that when we experienced problems, these were considerably exacerbated when Pella Boston, the "dealer" we purchased the windows through, were unresponsive, and acted in our opinion in a less than honorable way in dealing with an enormity of problems with their products at our home. We have been attempting to rectify non-conforming products delivered in May-June of 2005 still to this date! I will say on a positive note that if it were not for the earnest efforts for a Pella technician named Eric who has been to our home for over 20 times, I would have torn out the windows and commenced litigation.

On a final note, Pellas position appears to be one to blame the installation. Last month, Pella sent out an engineer from the headquarters in Pella Iowa to our home to investigate our problems. We already had several structural engineers review these problems with out home and Pella was made aware of this. Pella stated that a pair of French glass doors were improperly installed where they were not plumb, level or square and that this was the cause of the doors not working. To demonstrate this was untrue, Pella was sent digital photographs depicting a digital level on each plane showing the plumb, and level and photos of a tape measure demonstrating the door was installed square. In an attempt to remove itself from the liability of correcting the nonconforming doors, Pella said the photos could have been deceptive and not true and sent the engineer to confirm what was already stated. It was learned this person testifies for Pella in court and so he was on a fact-finding mission. Unfortunately for him, everything was as we stated and he just wasted more of our time. Pella is planning on finally replacing these doors to correct the problems.

Our experience with Pella Windows has not been a positive one and I would never recommend the purchase of their product after our dealings with them. We have had problems with every aspect of dealing with Pella and to date have several issues unresolved.

Caveat emptorlet the buyer beware.


clipped on: 07.12.2011 at 03:02 pm    last updated on: 08.20.2011 at 05:34 pm

advice needed in a hurry! ;) please help with kitchen plan!

posted by: TWINCREEKS on 08.15.2011 at 07:51 pm in Kitchens Forum


This is last minute, but anyone who can offer advice, I will take it and appreciate it very much!

Meeting with Cabinet guy tomorrow. Need to have a lot of final answers for a new build that is in process.

Any advice in KiTCheN Depart.????
DO's and DONT's ?????
What you wish you would have NOT done?
What you are GLAD you DID do?

Looking at 36 dual fuel Wolf
SZ 36 Frig and Freezer on bottom (paneled)
Exhaust System for the Wolf, BEST or WOLF, or ????? MOST IMP factor is NOISE and ability to do it's job moving out the fumes/smells etc...
Micro Drawer Sharp
Miele Built In coffee station
Dishwasher? built in and paneled and 2 imp. factors. - noise and ability to clean
Any advice on Wine and or beverage center? Would like dual zone (white and red wine capable)

Anything anyone would like to offer in way of suggestions would be greatly appreciated and very helpful to me. I love to get opinions. I love GW! Thanks!


clipped on: 08.15.2011 at 07:51 pm    last updated on: 08.20.2011 at 05:23 pm

please help! last minute advice needed! ;)

posted by: TWINCREEKS on 08.15.2011 at 07:16 pm in Bathrooms Forum


I apologize for the last minute advice that is needed- whatever I can get will be greatly appreciated.

In less than 24 hours I need to have answers to cabinet guy who will be doing everything on a new build.

1.) Serenity Air Bath - size is limited. my choices are Serenity 15, Serenity Studio 35, Serenity 32 MOTIF. All are Air Baths. Confused on Chromotherapy aspect. Hearing 2 different things... Is it standard or not? What is the Light Pkg (4 LED lights with control pad) extra 350. Looks like chromotherapy is standard on all, but then this "light pkg" part is getting me confused. Anyone have any advice or info on any of these units?

2.) Carrara Marble in bathroom a definite. Thinking of Carrara and Black Marble Basketweave on floor, All Carrara Marble on Counter, Steam Shower ???, Honed or Polished. Love the Glass looking knobs/pulls, love the sconce look at the Double sink area. Thinking Satin Nickel on Plumbing. Or should I do Chrome or Polished Chrome?

3.) What do you think of DISTRESSED, furniture style, beaded inset, looking Greyish Vanity (all cabinetry in here) I was originally thinking of a creamy white cab, but all the marble I am looking at has grey veining in it, and I really like the black in the basketweave for the floor. So, now I am thiking that maybe I should look at a greyish vanity ???? I do not want black. Or what do you think of a white distressed with glazing that it a darker grey? Anyone have any Grey Distressed Bath Vanity they would like to share would be great!

4.) Anything you can offer in way of advice, pics, comments, dos/donts of the master bath ????

So thankful for anyone's help! :)


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Subway tile, hex floor, bead board..change it up??

posted by: canadianmiss on 06.18.2011 at 12:09 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I love this combo together..however with one bath down and 3 more to go I find myself just wanting to use these design elements in ALL bathrooms. Hubby is getting bored with this look..have already purchased white vanities with carrera marble tops.

Looking for a variation on this theme so I don't have the same design in each. I do love the grey-ish colour scheme!

Thank you!


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let's pretend...$ not a factor! cabinetry-mdf/plywood?!? help!

posted by: TWINCREEKS on 06.12.2011 at 07:08 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hello Everyone!

I am new here...probably messed up cuz I posted this same message in the building a home forum...?!?

MDF? PLYWOOD? A LITTLE OF THIS ... A LITTLE OF THAT.... Some are all plywood..some are made with MDF sides...backs... shelves....WHAT THE HECK SHOULD I DO?
I am really confused and really need help! Long story short...
Building a home, need cabinetry everywhere in house. Have gotten numerous quotes, have felt that I have really researched this area, but somehow I am still really overwhelmed and confused! Cabinetry is very important to me, along with Quality and Price too! I believe that you "get what you pay for"!
No matter who I talk to, I get different opinions....they try to convince me that one way is better over another.
So, if you have a thread that you know of that will lay this all out, please advise.
If you have any input/opinions/comments/suggestions from your own personal experience I would LOVE TO HEAR from you!



In advance, I would like to sincerely thank all those that respond to this! Any/ALL info will be greatly appreciated! ;) Jessica


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