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cabinets--custom, Homecrest, Candlelight?


We are planning a kitchen remodel with new cabinets. So far I have met with an awesome custom cabinet maker (we can't afford a whole kitchen from him, but he will make a huge hutch for us), a GC who had another small local cabinet maker come out to the house (still waiting on estimate from him), and a custom home builder who also remodels kitchens and baths.

The builder has 2 lines of cabinetry--Homecrest and Candlelight. Based on my mid-5 figure total budget (I live in a very small town and I would guess this is a higher budget than 85% of remodels in the area), the design rep gave me the Homecrest brochure, saying the Candlelight cabs could conceivably eat up our entire total budget! That is higher than the phenomenal CM who only came in at 65% LOL. She also said 99% of buyers get the Homecrest over the Candlelight, and if it were her home, she would as well.

Are Homecrest cabinets any good? I have seen them referred to as "builder grade", which raises a red flag for me, having experienced the joys of builder grade carpets and appliances. Many of the features I want are offered as upgrades for extra $$ (like softclose and plywood box and full extension drawer glides), but are already standard on the Candlelights; the Candlelights also have a better choice of door style and finishes. Are they really that expensive, and if so, are they worth it? This is our dream house (1873, yummy) and our forever kitchen, so I don't want obviously cheap, poorly made cabinets with my new integrated appliances and soapstone and brick floors...


Re: cabinets--custom, Homecrest, Candlelight?

I am also in the market for a total redo kitchen. I am looking for a custom, but Colonial look for my Colonial Revival I am restoring!

Do you have any suggestions, for cabinet makers in Virginia?

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