“If wishes were horses, beggars would ride”
Being a cabinet dealer and a woodworker for as many years as I have, I’m pretty well versed in the disparities from one cabinet brand to the next. I should know, I’m an authorized dealer for 7 brands of cabinetry, each known for something that the others are not. They range from full custom “anything goes, any-modification-you-want”, to semi-custom “expanded selection of colors and styles, but only certain modifications allowed”, to standard stock “limited to these sizes and colors only.” Each have their “trademark” for why they’re a brand I carry and have full faith in. They also each have their own price schedule, obviously with the most customizable offering the largest range of options and typically being the most expensive.
Navigating through the various brands and making an educated decision in why to purchase one brand over another, isn’t always an easy path. Something important to remember is that what looks nice isn’t always quality, and quality isn’t always cheap. I use the phrase above to illustrate that it’s not enough to wish for the magazine quality “Pinterest” kitchen, you have to do the research on quality and cost, and have the budget to match your expectations.
As consumers, we’re inundated with home improvement realty shows and entire networks dedicated to renovation projects, but are we truly seeing a clear picture of the time and money that goes into it? Maybe, maybe not. One show comes to mind in which two brothers meet with prospective clients, first show them homes with everything on their wish list, only to later reveal that the home was completely beyond their reach financially, and should serve only as inspiration. Next, the brothers show them several homes that are significantly less ideal, but still have renovation potential, asking the clients to narrow down their choice even further to only two of these homes. After some brainstorming and computer rendering to visualize, the clients then finalize their choice and begin the purchase process, and later the renovation.
So, what does this teach us? It teaches us that sometimes the things that make our “wish list” are outside the realm of financial possibility and probability for us, and occasionally we need to hone in our “wants” to a more realistic vision. It’s important to acquiesce to a professional in this regard, because we can help you get the most for your money while still keeping your vision at the forefront. Having to sacrifice doesn’t have to be a symptom of a limited budget when utilized to its fullest.
A pro can help. That’s where we come in. Call us at (248) 943-6603.