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Renovating kitchen, need advice on anything

Donnie Dillsko 626 89 May 3, 2016 at 06:10 AM
we're planning to renovate our kitchen this summer...would love any SD input on anyone's experience, what brands of appliances, do's/don'ts, counters, cabinets.

don't know what we'll be getting or where to buy, so please feel free to give me your advice and help us out!

thank you SDers!!



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We purchased our cabinets at Cabinets To Go and were very impressed. The cost was equivalent to the generic ones on the shelf at Lowes/Home Depot but the quality was much better and includes more features.

But my biggest suggestion is to use a contractor you are comfortable with. Interview several and check references. This is coming from experience. We had a contractor do our siding that had the lowest bid but gave off a shady vibe. And after starting two days late for no reason, he pulled all of the old siding off and refused to do anything else unless we paid advanced payments at a higher rate. Lesson learned for us. Our kitchen contractor was a true professional that we felt very comfortable with and it showed in his work. Never asked for advanced payments, showed up on time, and his final product was amazing. I tell you this because a kitchen remodel is a major event in your life. It costs lots of money, then you will spend even more eating take out. Or you cook in a microwave and wash dishes in your bathroom. All of this is stressful, there is no need to add more by using a shady contractor.

Good luck, it will be well worth it when it is all over.
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My experience with the high end of appliances is they suck. Kenmore "Elite", GE "Profile", etc. Buy tier one but buy the midrange stuff. Low end dishwashers clean infinitely better than expensive ones. Side by side frig's suck. They are the "Emperor has no clothes" story where everyone is afraid to say they suck. I really like the French door on top and freezer on the bottom setup. Or else just the traditional single large door. You can always get a basement freezer.

I'd stick with Kraftmaid cabinets you can get them from various sources (including HD). I paid $1500 flat fee to have my cabinets installed. I did the floors myself (tile). Once the cabinets were in, I had the granite guy come in. Don't get anything but granite. It is still king.
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yup Cabinets To Go ( pay them to come and measure )or like mfg and just install yourself. Then go shop countertops....
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Completed a (tiny apt) kitchen and bath reno last year:
- Try to use a Contractor used/recc by a friend even if a bit more pricier than others. One who shows up on time every day and actually completes the work is priceless. Be clear that besides the deposit youre not paying until job is complete. Don't be afraid to ask: How do I know you're not gonna run off with my money? How do I find you if you disappear? What guarantee do I have that you're going to finish? A good Contractor will understand your concerns and be able to provide info.
- However long the estimated time is for the total renovation - double it!
- Depends on where you live, but I scored some awesome deals on Craigslist: 3 brand new high end appliances for 75% off retail. Marble tiles for 50% off...
- Read blogs! I learned so much and got a lot of ideas.
Good Luck!
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