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RE: Custom cabinets really cheaper than stock? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: senator13 on 08.11.2011 at 07:59 am in Kitchens Forum

Sometimes yes, sometimes no. I think it is best to start off writing down all the qualities you want in a cabinet first. Here were mine:

A. Material and Grade: Quarter sawn white oak-solid, no veneer

B . Face Frames: �" thick solid wood with 2" stiles and rails. Blind mortise and
tendon joints. Face frames are doweled or pocket screwed

C. Cabinet Finish: Stained with a matte finish. Stain color to be selected by Keith and Sarah Merranko prior to staining.

D. Wall Door Style: Full Overlay, flat two panel shaker
E. Base Door Style: Full Overlay, flat two panel shaker
F. Drawer Front Style: Full Overlay, flat panel shaker
G. Cabinet and Drawer Box Construction: 3/4" solid wood with dovetailed construction
H. Drawer Slides: Blum full extension tandem under mount slides
I. All drawer bottoms are constructed with 1/2" plywood bottoms. Drawers designed for dish/pot storage shall have a static weight rating of 110 lbs.
J. Shelves: � thick solid wood with a topcoat finish
K. Hinges: Soft close, Blum hinges
L. Handles/Knobs: Selected by owner, provided by cabinetmaker
M. Molding(s): Flat board
N. 42" tall upper cabinets, depth 15" to accommodate microwave cabinet. 34.5" tall base cabinets, depth 24".

Without a list of "must haves" it is hard to tell if you are really getting a "deal" or not. My three custom quotes all came in much lower than Mouser and lower than Shilo. However, two of the custom cabinet makers were fairly close in price. One was willing to do inset at no extra cost, but the other did all the Blum doors and drawers with soft close, the refrigerator box, and the shaker drawer front (instead of slab). That made the cost less for that cabinetmaker, and more to what I wanted. Although the inset was initally important to me, in the end, I don't miss it.

I live in Maryland. I got custom quotes from three cabinet makers. The one that made them was Amish. He ended-up being about $2,000 cheaper, with the features mentioned to the next closest custom maker. The highest one, was still $4,000-$6,000 less than Mouser (hard to tell the exact amount since I didn't persue all the additional features once I met with the custom guys).


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