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Old 04-10-2010, 09:12 PM
 
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Default Where to buy kitchen cabinets?

We are moving to a new place and need to remodel our kitchen. Since it basically has nothing in it we have to install kitchen cabinets. Can someone recommend a place in Northern VA or DC to buy cabinets on a budget? We thought of buying Home Depot's Distinctions cabinets or IKEA, but not sure if they are good options. Does anyone have recommendations on this? Or is there an outlet in the area?
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Old 04-10-2010, 09:14 PM
 
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Old 04-10-2010, 11:33 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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The Distinctions line is made by Masco Cabinetry, which also makes KraftMaid and Merillat (some made in Culpeper). Lowe's has in-stock standard cabinets, too, but they're a little more limited in selection.

If you don't mind going to Baltimore, you might check into a place called Closeout Cabinets, which sells ready-to-assemble cabinets, though I believe the cabinets are imported. The company is mainly in PA and NJ, and unfortunately I do not know anyone who has used them. Their cabinets look nice, but I don't know about durability.

Fine Homebuilding did a series of articles on kitchens on a budget, and one area of savings was in the flat pack cabinets, some of which can be ordered online.

Here are some links to their articles, and suppliers:

Fine Homebuilding - Thrifty Solutions for an Outdated Kitchen

Fine Homebuilding - Mix and Match Mail Order Cabinets

Fine Homebuilding - Kitchen Cabinet Component Sources

I want to say that Fine Homebuilding also did a test of Ikea cabinets, and found them to be good for the price.

Fine Homebuilding - Buying and Installing Cabinets from Ikea

I recall reading somewhere, thought it was FH, but it wasn't, that the best way to use the Ikea cabinets was to mix in regular (non-Ikea) appliances, and to get hardware not sold by Ikea. I am not sure what they offer in couters, but that might be another point of departure, provided you could find a good counter elsewhere for the price.
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Old 04-14-2010, 09:26 AM
 
Location: In the woods
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OP, put your question over to the "House" Forum. There is an extremely knowledgeable cabinetmaker who can give the low-down on how to purchase/install cabinets (no, he does not sell them and has clientele and photos of his work). His work is fantastic. Better yet, do a Search and see the many threads that already exist on this topic. His name is desertsun.

He will steer you away from the big box stores. also, he dislikes white cabinets so don't let that bother you if you really want white cabinets. I plan to renovate my kitchen in the next year or two and will definitely contact him with my questions. Good luck on your project!
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Old 04-14-2010, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Falls Church, VA
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Rebuild Warehouse in Springfield. They have a huge variety of recycled materials for home renovations. A lot of builders or contractors donate materials that either they ordered too many of, or have no use for. They really have some beautiful stuff, and it is all very well priced. Holiday Hours Wed
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Old 04-14-2010, 09:27 PM
 
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You might also want to check out the Habitat for Humanity shops. They accept donations from builders and such and sell at a great discount. It's kind of hit-or-miss as far as what you'll find, but they're always getting new stuff in. There's one in Manassas, and at least one other in NoVa (though I can't remember exactly where).
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Old 09-13-2010, 11:24 PM
 
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You might also want to check out the Habitat for Humanity shops. They accept donations from builders and such and sell at a great discount. It's kind of hit-or-miss as far as what you'll find, but they're always getting new stuff in. There's one in Manassas, and at least one other in NoVa (though I can't remember exactly where).

We just moved into the area and used Renotec Design in Manassas. They're a mom and pop place and do an incredible job at very reasonable rate -- especially considering how many compliments my wife gets on her "taste".
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Old 09-15-2010, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Orange Hunt Estates, W. Springfield
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In the last year I redid my kitchen and used Ikea cabinets to save money for upgraded appliances and granite counters. They were about 1/3 the cost of average cabinets from the home improvement box stores. The cabinet boxes admittedly are not on par with factory cabinets, but the doors and hardware are excellent. However, you need to be quite handy to calculate layout and assemble and mount them. If you need to pay someone to do the latter, your savings are wasted. We in NoVa have the advantage of a nearby Ikea in Woodbridge. I can't tell you how many trips I made there during my project for materials and consultation with associates!
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Old 09-15-2010, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Novastan
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Costco. The pricing is pretty good. I am considering using them for upcoming renovations.
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