When ever you make a purchasing decision, in almost every case the quality of the materials is directly related to the price you pay for those materials. Cabinets are no exception.
The Kitchen Gallery has several cabinet manufacturer options -- CLICK HERE -- they each satisfy a particular price point. A smart kitchen cabinet supplier will offer many different cabinet price points because customers come into the store with different goals in mind.
For example, one customer might come in and want a kitchen for a rental application. This customer would certainly make different choices than someone that came in that is building a $800,000 house.
With that said, the Kitchen Gallery will help narrow down your choices to keep the estimating process productive. Often we will ask what you think your house is worth. Or how soon do you need cabinets. With that information we will likely design your kitchen with a particular cabinet manufacturer.
The important thing to remember is when you can get an estimate for kitchen cabinets that cost $6000, then another estimate for the same kitchen design (different manufacturer) for $10,000 there is a difference, keeping the kitchen cabinet designer constant. Pricing from one kitchen designer to another can vary widely.
Ask your kitchen designer to price out one cabinet manufacturer over another. With the price being different, ask the kitchen designer what you are getting for the extra money. Knowing what you are getting for the extra money will help you figure out which cabinet option is better for you.
Lets compare two cabinet manufacturer options available at the Kitchen Gallery -- Starmark vs. Norcraft
So what is the difference between the two?
Starmark cabinetry requires a longer lead time -- 4 to 6 weeks
Norcraft cabinetry lead time is 3 to 4 weeks
With Starmark, more humans handle the cabinet construction.
With Norcraft, more computers and robots handle the cabinet construction.
With Starmark, there is a greater level of quality control than with Norcraft.
With Starmark, there are more steps involved with the finishing process than Norcraft.
Starmark often costs 20 to 40% more than Norcraft.
Starmark uses 3/4 thick cabinet box construction, where Norcraft uses 1/2 inch thick box construction.
Starmark cabinets can be fully customized in height, width and depth... Norcraft can be customized in depth only.
Starmark offers more finish color options including distressing... Norcraft has a more limited finish offering.
There may be other differences, but at the end of the day, it is important for consumers to know that a cabinet isn't a cabinet.
Starmark is one of the better cabinet offerings the Kitchen Gallery has. It often is installed in a home worth more than $400,000 and up to $1.5 million for the seacoast of New Hampshire area. Does another manufacture make better cabinets than Starmark? Sure there is... It is the Kitchen Gallery's opinion that something better than Starmark is a bit luxurious for our area.
Norcraft cabinetry is most often installed in homes that are worth between $300,000 and $700,000 for the seacoast of New Hampshire area.
Even for an experienced kitchen designer, it can be difficult to compare one cabinet manufacturers price to another from different kitchen design firms. If you are comparing one cabinet line to another ask the Kitchen Gallery for help with that comparison.