COMPARING APPLES TO ORANGES
There are many articles about home owners claiming to have saved by buying their kitchen cabinets from a big box store versus a custom manufacturer. Here is the other side of that story. We address some common statements that will help you make a better decision when planning and purchasing a kitchen.
Design, layout, color and style selection.
Design is the most important part of a kitchen renovation and still some home owners will give that task to a college student doing a major in Philosophy and working part time in a big box store for minimum wage. Even Design firms will often give the job of designing a kitchen to our kitchen designers who do that every day, we are trained professionals at designing kitchens.
Custom cabinets are expensive!
Pizo Kitchens uses CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) machinery to manufacture cabinet parts. This takes the extra cost out of custom, it is not more expensive to manufacture a custom cabinet then a standard cabinet. We also operate using lean manufacturing principals. This means we can get more done in a shorter time, we don't run out of stock, and our shop is kept clean so work always flows through at the right pace.
A big box store's overhead is very expensive, building and staffing a 50,000 sq/ft showrooms is not cheap! And you are paying for that! Profit margins of the big box stores are over the top, most of these companies are public and need to show the big profit margins. In the end, the big box store is not the manufacturer and will buy their cabinets from a kitchen cabinet manufacturer who will make another profit margin, so why is it that home owners think they are paying less from the big boxes? Because big box stores are selling home owners ¼ of the product. A box, leaving out the design, the assembly, the hardware, the counter tops, the installation and the service. They also cut down on the quality of the materials and workmanship, at the end of the day they have to save somewhere.
RTA (ready to assemble) cabinets work great.
Home owners believe that they can do a great job at assembling their own cabinets, Allen keys, plastic dowels, NO glue and no tools or skills and it will look fine. Why is it then, that no manufacturer uses this method of manufacturing for their own clientele? Why is it that manufacturers spend millions of dollars in state of the art technology to do the job a home owner can do for free? It is also hard to understand that when home owners compare, their time is always free.
Installation is easy!
Yes it is true, it looks easy for the experienced kitchen cabinet installer who has been doing it for the past 20 years. There is a saying in the kitchen cabinet industry; “ A low end kitchen well installed, will look better then a high end kitchen poorly installed”. This saying is 100% true! Good experienced installers work for good experienced kitchen manufacturers not for big box stores, that is just a fact.
At the end of the day, working with Pizo will save you money and you will end up with a superior product. We don’t only make $30,0000 kitchens, we also do $5,000 kitchens, with your direction, there will be no misinterpreting your budget. Pizo has your best interest at stake and we want you to be able to make an informed decision when it comes to your kitchen project.