Cabinets and Kitchen Remodel Guide

Reprinted from "This Old House" magazine

How the factory's cabinets beat the local woodshop's

  1. Warranties of up to 25 years on cabinets, accessories, workmanship and internal hardware. 
  2. Controlled environment the yields more stable wood, which reduces warping and splitting later. 
  3. Computerized cutting tools that offer more precise joinery than anything done by hand. 
  4. Baked-on finishes that are more durable than local guy's air dried ones. Dust-free finishing rooms also provide a smooth-as-glass surface. 

 Starmark, Mid Continent and 6 Square offer a limited lifetime warranty on all cabinetry. Superior cabinetry with piece of mind that it will stay that way.


  Local Shop Allen David Cabinetry
Lifetime Warranty   NO   YES
99% on time delivery   NO   YES
Cabinets complete at installation   NO   YES
Baked on precatalyzed varnish finish   NO   YES
Custom sizes & colors   YES   YES
Cabinet box joints dadoed and glued   NO   YES
Climate and dust controlled shop   NO   YES

 Big Box stores like Lowe's and Home Depot might appear like a good choice for kitchen remodeling but, beware. They require 100% up front payment, charge a fee to measure your house, use store employees (no kitchen experience required) to design your kitchen and use a never ending carousel of untested installers.

 A firm that specializes in kitchen remodeling offers numerous advantages such as: highly trained designers, personalized customer service ands more competitive value. We pride ourselves in being the premier resource for cabinets and kitchen remodeling in Charlotte, Mooresville and Lake Norman.


Lowe's/Home Depot Allen David Cabinetry
Staged payment schedule   NO   YES
License is held by employee   NO   YES
NKBA Trained Designer   NO   YES
Designer visits site and measures   NO   YES
Free site visit   NO   YES
Competitive price   NO   YES
Full color 3D rendering of design   NO   YES



Are you a licensed contractor?


That should be one of the first questions you ask any firm that you are considering to work on your home.

 Since the downturn in new housing, many cabinet dealers have magically become kitchen remodelers.  There is a reason why contractors go through rigorous testing and need to meet certain criteria in order to become a licensed contractor in NC. The state does this to protect your interest.  An unlicensed contractor does not have the knowledge or expertise to remodel your kitchen and can just walk away if things go wrong.  Leaving you with an unfinished job and a task of hiring someone else to pick up where they left off.  Choosing a licensed contractor offers you the peace of mind knowing that things will be done correctly and if a situation does arise, it will be handled professionally.

What other benefits are there to using a licensed contractor over a non-licensed contractor?

-Licensed contractors in North Carolina meet or exceed state requirements in order to become licensed in the first place.
-The N.C. State Licensing Board holds licensed contractors accountable for all the work they do.
-Licensed contractors have liability and worker’s compensation insurance. This will protect you, the homeowner, in the event someone is injured or damage is done while performing the renovations in your home.
-Only licensed contractors can obtain permits. Unlicensed contractors cannot.
-If anything goes wrong with your home renovations, the state has a recovery/reimbursement fund that will cover homeowners that used only licensed contractors to do the work.

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