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We are officially owners of our third house. Kind of crazy. We don't really like moving but we do what we have to for jobs and it does give us the opportunity to rework another house, which is fun. When we look for a new house we look for a home that is livable the way it is, but clearly can afford some changes/updates to improve the value. The biggest sticking point for us in house searches are space and kitchens. Usually, space trumps kitchens and so we end up renovating the kitchen to get what we want.
In our first house we were able to reuse some of the cabinets to keep costs down. This was both good and bad. We did end up saving some money, but in order to match designs, we were forced into buying our cabinets from one of the box stores. This wasn't the end of the world, but I didn't love them and wasn't thrilled about the construction or quality.
Fast forward to our second house. We decided to go with all new cabinets. Higher cost, but at the time we thought we were going to be in that house for a long time so worth it. We got quotes from Lowe's, Home Depot and a few local cabinet places as well as pricing out cabinets from Ikea. Based on quality and price, we ended up going with a local company. We were able to get the exact design we wanted, at a higher quality, plus have the cabinets be american made, all for significantly less money than the box stores.
We really like supporting smaller business that can offer better quality at a lower price. Cabinet Cottage is very similar to the company we worked with and offer the same line of cabinets we ended up buying (and loving). If you are in the market, we purchased the Americana Capital series. We brought our floor plan to the store and had a design worked up there which Cabinet Cottage offers as well as Free in home estimates.
Even better, right now you can get 50% off wholesale cabinetry which include the Americana series. We went with an al-a-carte option and installed the cabinets ourselves, but with the 50% off you can put the savings towards installation and save your back! We loved how these cabinets held up over time and while we aren't sure what we are going to do with our new kitchen, the cabinets are our biggest complaint. So, if we decide to replace them, we will be looking at these again.
Do you love your cabinets? Let us know where you got them in the comments.