New kitchen cabinets, Buy stock or build?

XTraveller

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Most probably …eventually . I’m guessing rust will be easier to deal with …lemon juice and salt …than termites , mold , wood issues etc .

Five years strong ..still as good as new …Rust-Oleum is on standby .
Never seen steel Kitchen cabinets, good idea. Where did you buy them?
 

johne

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Thanks to all above. Yes I will share anything I come up with. This morning I am traveling back up north for my monthly business trip and will have plenty of time to give this "problem" my close attention. Meanwhile, I am in contract for this property and hope to close in a couple of weeks. My first challenge is in the kitchen .I need to meet with an engineer regarding the removal or opening of one existing wall that will give me a kitchen 75% larger than currently. Then go from there.

(I can't do a steel kitchen...).
 
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johne

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It is a general practice (where I do biz) to give a termite bond on a renovated house. For this reason I know quite a number of people that might be able to assist us on this subject.
 

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Never seen steel Kitchen cabinets, good idea. Where did you buy them?
No, no steel kitchen, never seen it here, but they made them from aluminium, no rust, no termites, comes in white or color caoba, with glassdoors. Steel is heavy weight.
All buisness who makes windows from aluminium makes those cabinetes,here an example from corotos:
 

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Never seen steel Kitchen cabinets, good idea. Where did you buy them?
Not to go too off topic ..…yes… most of what you will find in DR are the aluminum type cabinets …but the ones we’ve seen so far look tacky and cheap ….plus …they make a lot of noise …and need a lot of cleaning …especially with kids .

Yes , steel cabinets are rare in DR ….but you can see more and more of them as people switch on to the benefits …durable …hygienic …easier to clean …. etc …especially if you built and own your home …they are sold as “practically eternal”….

You can see them is some private villas….(and restaurants ) in Cap Cana…for example…

Had to have ours imported …long story …painful😖 …but worth it .
 
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johne

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Update on Cabinets. Re: Home Depot laminated stock cabinets.

Last week while in the states I went to Home Depot. First I "kicked the tires" of the stock cabinets that I have bought for years. Then spoke to the kichen planner there and told her the truth about a kitchen I wanted to do in the Dominican Republic. I asked if she would use cabinets such as these or have them made in one of the recommended woods.
Without a second of hesitations she said I wouldn't use these. Yes , they are laminated and look like they would work BUT the core is nothing more than press board and any water OR humidity would destroy them.Interesting from an employee that meets with people wanting to buy cabinets every day of the week.

Guess thats caso cerrado.
 

johne

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Update: I was recommend by a friend that buys kitchens cabinets on a very frequent basis to a cabinet maker and went there this morning. First let me say I did my homework armed with question and photos so as to even show "the finish" of the cabinets I wanted. I thought this was going to be a problem. It went smooth as silk. I asked my wife to explain the total project to the owner but after I used the word "lacquer" she conveniently said you do it your spanish on this subject is better than mine. AKA she know less than nothing about cabinet making, woods, finishing, soft close hinges, push opening etc.
I got the full tour of the work place...not for the timid or smoker as this place is from the Stone Age but had ever piece of equipment one would need. My only disappointment was his explanation of the "spray area". But he did show me a sample door that was in white lacquer on the spot. Six passes of the hand including two primer 3 color and one finish coat.(This was my strong point as I owned a biz in my first life that depended on lacquers.)
I asked when he could come to the house and give me an estimate? He answered "whenever you want". OOOK 9 am tomorrow? --See you then.

I'll keep you all posted.
 

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In the world of construction, there are a lot of high-volume companies that really churn out their products.

I visited one that produced Mahogany doors and cabinets and was dumbstruck at how fast they put high-quality out the door.

It was not a fly-by-night operation by any stretch; their facility was massive and they went through 15-20 trailers of wood every month.