kitchen renovation help
posted at 10/2/2008 7:14 AM EDT
Oh, Markus, please - PLEASE - stay away from Direct Buy!
We were "invited" for an opportunity to save money. My husband was at the time in the process of buying appliances for 9 condomeniums he was building. So we figure we could save a good chunk of money buying from Direct Buy.
Well, in order to buy anything from them, one has to become a member to the tune of $5000. And you have to sign up NOW - THIS MINUTE. "If you leave this room, you will never get another opportunity!"
The showroom is full of catalogs from where (I think ) you will order, but you are not allowed to peek in any of them until you sign up and pay yur $5000.
A few questions and we smelled rat right away. Please don't get sucked into this scam. Yes SCAM, I said.
Call the Boston Design Center and ask about the Designer On Call program. http://www.bostondesign.com/DOC.cfm. I got hooked up with a really nice woman who didn't try to oversell me anything. A kitchen designer can at least give you some advice about how to proceed, and a first consultation is not that big an investment.
To purchase cabinets cheap, try:http://www.directbuy.com/ I haven't shopped there myself, but I've heard about them.
If you're doing renos, consider a subscription to Angie's list, which has consumer reviews of local contractors. http://www.angieslist.com/AngiesList/
Your budget is not ridiculously low, you just have to shop wisely and plan well. Good luck!