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Found a local custom cabinet guy.... how do you judge?

13 years ago

We got final construction drawings from the architect, which means we can now close on the kitchen design and cabinet vendor.

But we found a local custom cabinet maker -- YFD in West Haverstraw, NY. We met with him this evening. He seems to know his stuff and has clearly been in the business for a while. In addition to doing residential work, he does a lot of commercial work (hospitals, colleges, local hair salons, etc.) He had some good comments on details of our current kitchen design. Like many of the local custom cabinet makers, he builds the boxes and buys the doors and drawer heads, and finishes everything in his shop. He even took us on a tour of the shop (it was after hours) -- we saw a fairly impressive array of CNC machines, a finishing room, a finishing machine, saws, shapers, etc. Of course, we will be asking for references.

But... what questions should we be asking? And how do we compare him to the better known brands like Omega and Starmark, other than on price? The boxes are 3/4" plywood, frameless -- with dovetail drawer boxes, blumotion or accuride full extension soft close runners, etc. I like the idea of supporting a local vendor but want to make sure that the cabinets and finish are built to last.

Thanks... we're getting closer...

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