Why you should not purchase a kitchen at Lowes or Residence Depot –

Householders typically use residence facilities like Lowes and The Residence Depot to design their kitchens and to purchase cabinetry. I’ve typically defended residence facilities as not a foul place to work with in case you are designing a kitchen and also you do a superb job discovering essentially the most skilled residence middle designer in your space. And opposite to what many individuals imagine each Lowes and The Residence Depost promote properly made cupboards if they’re upgraded as wanted.

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Nevertheless attributable to a mixture of poor choices made on the company stage, I now really feel that significantly Lowes, but additionally The Residence Depot, are poor places to design and to purchase a kitchen. I’ll clarify intimately under:

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The company atmosphere at residence facilities has all the time been at odds with what’s required to design and promote advanced kitchen renovations. Prior to now, residence middle kitchen designers labored round firm insurance policies that hindered doing their job successfully. The explanation for the shortage of help by residence middle administration is that designing kitchens may be very totally different from retail gross sales.

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Designing and serving to arrange a kitchen building venture requires quite a lot of information and expertise. Not like promoting retail merchandise the place solely a restricted information of the merchandise you promote is required, designing kitchens requires way more experience. Information of advanced kitchen cabinetry, countertop specs, kitchen design, and of all sorts of building is a should. Due to this very often kitchen designers at each residence facilities had been payed in keeping with division managers.

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As time has passed by residence facilities have continued to lower what they’re prepared to pay kitchen designers and each Lowes and The Residence Depot have tried to restrict their accountability in designing and managing kitchen renovations. For instance each places not permit the particular person designing your kitchen to ever see your private home, or measure your kitchen. Each residence facilities additionally just lately determined to not design or set up kitchens that take away load bearing and even non load bearing partitions. Even though over half of all kitchen renovations in the present day contain eradicating a wall. This coverage is smart if you determine to not make use of good kitchen designers, because it limits your legal responsibility.

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Lowes, particularly just lately made certain that no skilled kitchen designers would work for them. About 5 years in the past Lowes eradicated fee for his or her kitchen designers. At the moment, their greatest designers earned double their wage in commissions, so to keep away from a whole worker stroll out, Lowes agreed to extend the wage of their skilled kitchen designers by 50% of their commissions from the earlier 12 months. So a designer which may have made 70Okay was all of a sudden making solely $52,500.

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Essential Line Kitchen Design’s cellphone rang off the hook with kitchen designers in search of work following this merciless resolution by Lowes Company. Shockingly final month Lowes informed all these kitchen designers nonetheless working for them that they had been going again in time and decreasing their pay by the 50% they gave them 5 years earlier than. So now a designer which may have been making 70Okay in 2014 now makes 35Okay. This ensures two issues. First that no good kitchen designer will proceed to work for Lowes and second that any skilled kitchen designer nonetheless working for Lowes will probably be insensitive to their prospects wants and offended with their employer.

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The Residence Depot has been much less aggressive of their devaluation of the kitchen design occupation however they’ve continued to undermine it, and below pay their designers. Designers can not measure their kitchens, transfer partitions and doorways as wanted, and even take accountability for his or her designs. Contractors are anticipated to confirm all measurements and take accountability for any discrepancies. Residence Depot kitchen measures that had been as soon as fairly detailed and took over an hour are actually routinely below 20 minutes.

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Lowes and The Residence Depot additionally proceed to have disingenuous gross sales. Pressuring prospects to purchase now or miss a sale that’s manufactured regularly. These gross sales drive closings on kitchens typically earlier than it’s smart to be ordering. And residential facilities are usually not lower than 5% from their rivals in value, even with gross sales. In truth, they’re generally dearer. Cupboard pricing from an unbiased cupboard seller have to be related, when the unbiased seller carries the identical cupboard traces.

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IKEA

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The profitable kitchen cupboard market has lured different retailers moreover IKEA comparable to Costco into promoting kitchen cupboards. However once more, with out the advantage of a real kitchen designer. As is so typically the case, greed and a lack of know-how is harmful.

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Kitchens are far too costly and sophisticated to not have knowledgeable kitchen designer advising you on the necessary choices you must make throughout an in depth renovation. And investing in a poor kitchen design cannot solely waste cash, it will possibly really devalue your private home. Shopping for poorly made cupboards like IKEA is not even cheap, as many higher constructed import traces can be found. IKEA has additionally just lately downgraded their cupboard building making them a very poor alternative in kitchen cabinetry.

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In my view, working with residence facilities when renovating a kitchen is not smart. Listed below are a few of our associated weblog posts:

https://www.mainlinekitchendesign.com/basic/the-customer-that-almost-bought-their-kitchen-at-lowes/

https://www.mainlinekitchendesign.com/basic/the-10-x-10-kitchen-and-why-the-linear-foot-price-for-cabinetry-is-a-lie/

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Wishing a Completely happy Thanksgiving to all our prospects and weblog readers.

. . . and naturally. . .

Bon Appetit!

Paul