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Old 05-22-2006, 12:29 PM
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Kitchen Cabinet help

OK guy's I need your input. I have been doing an addition to my house for the last year or so, it's getting time for kitchen cabinets. So here is my question.

I have looked at 2 different lines of cabinets.

1. Craftmade
2. Aristocraft

I like both, both offer what I am looking for, and both are comparable in price unless I start adding features then the Craftmade gets pricey.

What do you guys have in your house and do you like them?

If you have other brands please by all means give me your input on those also. I want to do this one time and be done.

I also remember reading that one of our members here at builds custom cabinets. I hope he chimes in and gives me some info.

Thanks for your time


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Look for good hardware. You almost want to buy one of each, for destructive testing purposes. Look at the jointery. Is it solid, or K Mart quality? Will it take someone dropping something heavy into it? How about a youngster pulling down on it. Kids "hanging" on the door? (Especially teenagers looking for munchies... )
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I cant remember the line of cabinets we have chose, but they are considered a semi-custom cabinet. the Aristocraft cabinet if from a cabinet company (KSI Cabinets) and the Craftmade cabinet is from Lowe's/Home Depot. I have abused both of them to the point that they should hold up to the abuse that my kids will give them.

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I build custom cabinets at home for some extra cash now and again.

What I have in my home is custom cabinets built out of solid oak and oak plywood. They were built by my grandfather in his garage. These are second to none. But if i was to get them built by someone the labor would have killed me and would have put these way out of my price range.

Hardware is a excellent point. The hardware must be top of the line. I have built out of cheep stuff and out of good hardware and there is no comparison. The good stuff will last longer, adjust better and have less problems. It ticks people off when I tell them that the hinges are going to be about 5 buck a hinge, but it's worth every penny.

I'm not familiar with this type of cabinets, but I'm going to assume that these cabinets are the modular type that you can get from home depot and that you are doing this your self. (If that is not true please enlighten me about them) Make sure that you are going to put in everything to manufactures spec at least. Once you are at that point put in extra screws to hold it to the wall and to the other cabinets. Go to "over kill standards" to hold the cabinets even more. This is what can kill cabinets quick because they use cheaper materials ( Just like me) to cut costs. And cheaper usually means less quality so it will need a little extra help to last.

One thing to remember is that a extra thousand dollars now could save you ten times more down the road.

Any other questions just ask.

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