08:09PM | 02/13/03
Member Since: 02/13/03
16 lifetime posts
I have purchase a new home which is currently being built. (First home and nervous)

The bulder is encouraging updgrades to a better quality kitchen cabinet, countertops, etc. I thought everything was fine the way it is, with some minor upgrades I wanted.

I would like better cabinets and countertops but budget is an issue.

Would it be wise to invest in an upgrade in cabinets and leave the countertops as they are (formica) or leave the cabinets and upgrade the countertops to Corian. The builder only offers upgrades to Corian or Granite. Also, the cabinets are good quality
but there are nicer upgrades avaliable.

The cabinet upgrades are $1,850 for the kitchen and $600 for the master bath and the main bathroom. Corian for the kitchen countertops is $2,300.

Any advice would be appreciated.


03:00AM | 02/14/03
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
I think it really depends on your own tastes and preferences (and pocketbook). If you will stay in this house a long time, and you think you will regret not upgrading, then maybe you should.
On the other hand, as you said, it's fine the way it is.


03:59AM | 02/14/03
Member Since: 12/30/02
46 lifetime posts
Hi mtcoco, I can understand your concern as I went through the same thing recently. What we did was upgrade the cabinets and went with the laminate (formica) countertops. It will be easier and less expensive to replace the countertops in the future then the cabinets.
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