Wrapping kitchen island in wood
wangws88
October 22, 2013 in Design Dilemma
HI, I'm buying a house from a builder and they are charging ~$2400 dollars to wrap my island in a dark maple. The amount of island that will be wrapped measures about 45 square feet (15 x 3). Is this a reasonable price?
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sstarr
I'm on my way right now with a car full of dark maple and my hammer.... what a deal.

Go check out the price per board foot of the wood he's putting in.
It depends somewhat on how ornate you are going with your island. Not very, I hope.
1 Like   October 22, 2013 at 7:29PM
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pcmom1
Well, I just had Home Depot in to give me a quote on refacing existing cabinets in a pretty small kitchen. Their quote for that was $15000, so what can I say?

What is the existing island now? Do you have wood and are looking for a color change? If so I suggest you google "N Hance". They do color renewal, color change for kitchens. Their quote for me was $2300.
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sstarr
pcmom1, $15K????? Astonishing. But I have never heard a "refacing" bid that I thought was reasonable. There are online sources for doors only that are closer to sanity.

This sounds like a new house, with perhaps an unfinished island?
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wangws88
Thanks for the replies. The builder is also charging about 8k for white cabinets that reach the ceiling or 14k if I want upgraded cabinets with dovetailed, soft close, full extension drawers. If I wanted to do the island on my own, where would I get the wood to do this? The standard is just an island with drywall on two sides.
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sstarr
Do you have to get your cabinets from this builder? Are these prices add-ons to a base price?
0 Likes   October 22, 2013 at 7:57PM
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sstarr
In my town, there is a lumber yard that specializes in hardwood. Check your yellow pages for hardwood lumber. Go online and look. It's not rocket science; you can do it...
0 Likes   Thanked by wangws88    October 22, 2013 at 7:59PM
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wangws88
They offer cabinets in a specific style as standard (kitchen craft), with several different types of stains as standard. If I want to build cabinets to the ceiling that's about 4-5k extra. If I want extra drawers it also adds to the base price. Upgraded drawers that are soft close, full extension dovetail are also extra. Painting the cabinets white also adds about 1k.
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sstarr
Do you like any of the cabinets?
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wangws88
The standard is the "Traditional" style, which actually isnt that bad. Upgrading to a different model in the Aurora line is about 2k. Upgrading to an Integra line style with upgraded drawers is about 6k extra. I think I may just get the "Traditional" since with white paint, it may be difficult to tell the difference. I do like the dovetail and full extension of the more expensive drawers. Just not sure they are work 6k extra.
0 Likes   October 22, 2013 at 8:10PM
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Pataya Flooring & Stone Supply, LLC
Find yourself a small town cabinet builder. You can usually get a much better cabinet for a fair price. Box stores are over priced and never give you what you think your paying for. Kitchen cabinets is a very competitive market. When all is said and done most good companies are within a few hundred dollars of each other, not thousands of dollars.
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pcmom1
I was going to suggest the same as Pataya above. That will be my next stop. Find some small local cabinet makers. I am going to one to see about building my island for my reno. He did built ins for my hubby's den a few years ago and it was quite reasonable.

And Starr, yes, that refacing quote just floored me. Especially since they toot themselves as "the affordable alternative". I think they only make sense if you want to keep your countertop, you are in a hurry (hosting a wedding or something and need it now!), or really don't want any disruption.
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ruthmand
I say, get the kitchen you want NOW! Or you will have regrets for a long time, that is if you actually use your kitchen as most of us still do.
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