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#411972 - 05/05/15 08:31 PM Re: CV's Subterranean Adventure [Re: a401classic]
chesseroo Offline
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Registered: 05/13/02
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Originally Posted By: a401classic
We've done 3 kitchens with Home Depot. Each time getting a second quote (not Lowe's, but a "real" kitchen remodeling company. Each time, HD was cheaper for the cabinets, granite, and install than the "real" kitchen places were for just the cabinets - and, yes, we were comparing apples to apples; in our case all Kraftmaid, all-plywood-construction with solid wood fronts and soft return drawers and doors.

Our experience with Home Depot has been a bit more mixed. Yes they can have some of the lowest prices on materials. They certify buying bulk amounts each year and as such, get price discounts so smaller companies just cannot compete (try going to FloForm directly to get Corian countertops and the same thing through Home Depot is cheaper...even though they also get it from FloForm). However the clincher comes in their installers. How good are they and how expensive compared to someone not with Home Depot?

We once got a quote for painting. The Home Depot contractors wanted something like $3000 to do a main floor hallway and stairwell. We got a local painter to do it for $500 which included the paint. Older little Portugese fellow who barely spoke English. His wife had to interpret most conversations. He was fast and good.
Never seen a painter avoid using tape before and not get a drop anywhere except on the surface. He finished in 2 days, 2 coats (i know, i watched as i was working from home).
The Home Depot painters?
They estimated 3 days work for 2 people.

Hmm, makes you wonder.

That aside, we had HD cabinets in my mother's home reno and we used our own contractor. That worked out well. HD messed up the Corian counter and we got a discount on it.
Our own kitchen reno starts at the end of this month. Not using Home Depot (choices were limited for what we wanted).
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#412120 - 05/13/15 02:23 AM Re: CV's Subterranean Adventure [Re: CV]
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This is pretty much the final state of the kitchen. My dad finished the plumbing for the sink. The only things left to do are 1) caulk where the backsplash meets the countertop, and 2) finish installing the lazy susan in the corner cabinet. It won't take long. And of course I'll need to spend time organize all of the kitchen stuff I've accumulated over the years. There are little imperfections throughout, but I'm happy enough with the final product. I'll probably post one more picture of the kitchen after the remainder of the work is done and the kitchen island is in place.



And since there wasn't a good place for the microwave, it ended up on the kitchen cart at the entryway. Not too far out of the way.

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#412135 - 05/13/15 05:45 PM Re: CV's Subterranean Adventure [Re: CV]
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Registered: 03/28/14
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Loc: PEI, Canada
Great job. Very inviting. Great place to have a party and layout a bunch of pizza boxes!
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#412148 - 05/15/15 07:14 AM Re: CV's Subterranean Adventure [Re: CV]
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Registered: 01/10/02
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Loc: Canada
Perhaps a microwave combo range hood might have fit?
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#412152 - 05/15/15 02:39 PM Re: CV's Subterranean Adventure [Re: BBIBH]
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Originally Posted By: BBIBH
Perhaps a microwave combo range hood might have fit?


Perhaps? I didn't seriously consider them because I assumed they would be a compromise on both the microwave and the exhaust.

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#412154 - 05/15/15 04:00 PM Re: CV's Subterranean Adventure [Re: CV]
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Loc: Canada
No, the new models are very good at both.
Something to think about, unless the project has been signed off and moved to operational steady state! smile
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#412157 - 05/16/15 12:00 AM Re: CV's Subterranean Adventure [Re: BBIBH]
fredk Offline
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Registered: 12/06/07
Posts: 7425
Loc: Canada
Looking good CV. Wow, I just went back to page one to see when this all started... 2008. It must feel really good for things to finally come together.
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#412159 - 05/16/15 01:02 AM Re: CV's Subterranean Adventure [Re: BBIBH]
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Originally Posted By: BBIBH
No, the new models are very good at both.
Something to think about, unless the project has been signed off and moved to operational steady state! smile


Ha ha. Yeah, considering how much effort and money the range hood took, I'm sticking with it. I'm liking my microwave a lot, too. If I get tired of it being on that cart, I can try it on my island, though I'd hate to clutter that up more than I already plan to. I will have a power strip mounted on the back side of it.

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#412160 - 05/16/15 01:03 AM Re: CV's Subterranean Adventure [Re: fredk]
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Originally Posted By: fredk
Looking good CV. Wow, I just went back to page one to see when this all started... 2008. It must feel really good for things to finally come together.


Ouch. That's forever ago. Yeah, I'm glad it's finally to this point. Just a few more things to do, as well as furnishings, and I won't be so embarrassed to have people over.

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#412194 - 05/17/15 01:25 PM Re: CV's Subterranean Adventure [Re: CV]
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Registered: 12/06/07
Posts: 7425
Loc: Canada
Hey, its as much about the journey as the end goal. I lived through a farmhouse reno that ended up taking 15 years.
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