Cabinet Shopping? Which is Best–Big Box or Local Cabinetmaker?

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Posted on January 24, 2010

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We’ve been involved in many kitchen and bathroom remodels and cabinetry is always key to not only a beautiful, but highly functional room.

Recently we were doing a full kitchen remodel and decided to compare the big box store to custom cabinetry options.

First I set up an appointment with “big box” store kitchen designer.  I had measurements of the space and ideas of what I wanted.  The designer was wonderful, but since she wasn’t in the room being remodeled her ideas were limited.  The home is in a moderate price range and the big box lower end cabinets were of inferior quality in my opinion.  I would not order them for any home.  (Why go to that much work if it isn’t going to look good?!)

I selected the lowest end cabinet options that looked of passable quality.  Big box stores charge extra to come out and measure/view the room which was the next step.

Then I contacted a custom cabinetmaker, Chris Lemon of CL Woodworks. Chris has helped us transform several kitchens and bathrooms.  I trust his advice and workmanship.  He evaluated the space and offered some innovative options that we hadn’t considered that improved functionality and flow for the kitchen.  The next day we received faxed computerized plans of a few options and the according prices.  His custom cabinetry for this kitchen was less than the bid from the big box store and the quality difference was significantly better!

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What things are you looking for in cabinets?

  • Quality?
  • Durability?
  • Custom Options?
  • Innovative ideas?
  • Value and Affordability?

By choosing a local cabinet maker, you can optimize your budget and options.  As I said, we have worked on many projects with the professionals at CL Woodworks.  Some have been minor jobs like only new doors, others fully redesigned spaces.  Throughout each job, their team has kept our objectives and goals in mind — as well as our budget!

updating kitchen cabinetsCL Woodworks is in located in Keizer Oregon and his workmanship has been featured in custom and tour homes for many years throughout the Salem area.

When investing money in a home, it’s important to work with licensed contractors of top integrity and values.  We know the team at CL Woodworks not only have these important traits but are excellent communicators and will work hard to make sure each job exceeds their customer’s expectations.

So go ahead – check out the big box store for your cabinet options.  Then check out the local options with CL Woodworks.  Contact Chris Lemon at 503-851-9557.  Not only are you supporting our local economy – but the value and quality can’t be beat!

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