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Meeting with kitchen designer was somewhat productive. He will come out Friday morning to do measurements and then start drawing up plans so that we have an idea of what it's all going to cost. What I liked about him was that he never said, "What's your budget like?" He merely asked what elements we were interested in incorporating in our kitchen. He said once he started doing the design he'd be able to give us a hard and fast number. If it's too high, we can start working on cutting elements in the kitchen to lower the cost and he has no problem with that. I think that things will work well with him, but we'd like to start seeing some numbers before we commit.

Dinner with MIL was not disastrous and almost bordered on constructive for a while. Hopefully things will improve from here. I'm not holding my breath, but I have more optimism this time than any time in the past. So we shall see. At the very least, we've gotten her to commit to not leaving the dog in the car when she comes over (er, and also just plain not bringing the dog). We shall see.

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From: gittygiggles Date: September 21st, 2004 04:47 am (UTC) (Link)
so what exactly is going on in your kitchen? what are you having done to it??
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 21st, 2004 08:52 am (UTC) (Link)
right now nothing is going on in our kitchen as we haven't contracted anyone yet. Now we're just getting designs.

Eventually, we will be ripping the entire kitchen out and starting from scratch. At least, that's the goal. The rest of the goal is two sinks, two ovens, and at least one dishwasher, and a GARBAGE DISPOSAL!
From: gittygiggles Date: September 21st, 2004 09:09 am (UTC) (Link)
a garbage disposal. sigh. such modern convienienes.

i want to know what they quote you. i want to see if we can afford such a thing.
From: gittygiggles Date: September 21st, 2004 09:09 am (UTC) (Link)
ps do you have to pay the contracter people to design something for you?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 21st, 2004 09:55 am (UTC) (Link)
often yes, but not always. Home Depot will do it for you for a nominal fee.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 21st, 2004 09:54 am (UTC) (Link)
We're doing an awful lot to our kitchen, including ripping down part of a bearing wall, so that adds to the price. I'll let you know what they have to say.
From: gittygiggles Date: September 21st, 2004 10:01 am (UTC) (Link)
i would probably like them to do something similar also. you'll have to see my kitchen sometime.
From: have_inner_lady Date: September 21st, 2004 07:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
fun, fun! so that wall was bearing after all? It's a good thing I didn't bet; I'd have lost a dollar.

FYI, we are just now finalizing our kitchen plans too. We went to Lowes and and a locally owned shop. Neither charged a design fee.

We found that the custom built cabinets were about twice the price of good (not high-end) factory cabinets. High-end factory cabinets (like Kraftmade) were about 30% more than the good ones (like Aristocraft).

Strangely, the only difference seems to be that Kraftmade has more options in more colors. The construction quality is largely the same.

We ended up choosing Aristocraft. We had lots of people recommend them as the best quality-to-cost ratio out there. Seems true.

Our kitchen cabinets and Hanex counter (Corian competitor) are costing about $7300 total, including the hardware, extras like a cabinet crown and some custom door work, the corian-like sink, and installation. That and about $2100 for appliances... not so bad.

I am, however, disgusted that it's against building codes for me to have a garbage disposal -- because I will be on a septic system. Grrr.
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