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Posted by Rob in Downers Grove, IL on 9/4/2009

This week we have been digging into the kitchen design. I like to flush out all the details by going right out for bids. By doing this, people start to ask me questions about what I want and like and force me to research the answers. And at the end of the day I start to get a better idea on the scope of my project. My wife always says that she is in charge of design and I am cost. It works out well for us.

We talked to the Great Indoors first about cabinets since we happened to be in their store one Sunday morning. The designers were really friendly and offered to take a look at our plans and cost out the kitchen. We said sure, no problem. They were able to give us a worst-case estimate of our kitchen costs. Their bid had all the bells and whistles. But I am not sure that we are the kind of people who like "over the top". For a small fee ($100) they offered to help us with the design and provide more detailed information about the bid. We are not big into paying for services that we can get for free at other stores. The free bid came out to be...

Decora - Renwick Brandywine Maple $25,312 + Tax
Decora -Renwick Brandywine Cherry $26,949 + Tax
Dynasty - Guthrie Sable Cherry $28,360 + Tax
Dynasty- Guthrie Red Birch $30,936 + Tax

Too rich for my blood!

Next we visited a custom cabinetry store in the south suburbs. We found this place via word of mouth from a friend that worked with them on her kitchen. They may deal more with GCs on a day-to-day basis. It is a Monday-Friday, 7-3:30 kind of place. The showroom is small and attached to the factory in an industrial park. They make the cabinets on site to whatever specification you want. Hardware is included and installation is like $80/hr. My kitchen is going to be a 1.5-day job. They priced out my kitchen, all bathrooms, linen cabinets and laundry room for less than $18K. Good price, but we need more details.

Next week we are going to try to find an Amish cabinet place. I need to do some research. Our architect purchased his completely custom cabinets from the Amish in southern IL. They look great. However, his sales contact is in business so I suspect that we will try to find another.

We also visited Home Depot. You can't design a kitchen w/o getting a bid from The Home Depot! I did notice something that they posted about sales tax and cabinet installation while I was there. They said that if I were to purchase my cabinets through them and contract them to do the installation I would not have to pay sales tax. You don't typically have to pay tax on labor, but not paying tax on cabinets - this was an interesting thought. So I did a little research and I think I believe them. This link does a little better job of explaining the law then I ever could. Not all cabinet suppliers will be able to do this. But I am sure that HD has an army of tax consultants working this angle.


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Posted by Rachal in Janesville, CA on 9/5/2009

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I am so glad to hear that you are enjoying your kitchen cabinet hunt. I found it to be THE most stressful part of my project. Hope you are successful.

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