Independent designer vs contractor designer

Dawn Gold
17 days ago

We hired a kitchen designer before signing on with our contractor who works with his own designer. While our kitchen designer is urging us to buy semicustom cabinets, the contractor's designer took us to a showroom where the woman in the store told us (and the designer agreed) that our measurements are basically standard and there's no reason why we shouldn't go with prefabricated cabinets for one third the price of semi-custom. They said the materials and quality are equivalent.
We assumed they were trying to make an easy sale, with faster arrival, and that the contractor and his designer would get a cut. Is our gut feeling correct?

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