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Old 03-16-2007, 07:08 PM   #1
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Cost to build new cabinets???

Hi All,

I am having sticker shock! Please give me some feedback. I am having the cabinets and dinette built into my 25' Tradewind. We are completely replacing the cabinets around the stove and sink on one side. This will include a counter top of course. On the other side we are replacing the cabinetry surrounding the fridge (it is a the taller style) and the pantry right next to it. The pantry will have slide outs. We are also building a dinette with storage benches. When I say 'we' I mean I am paying to have this done. My friend the cabinet maker just gave me an estimate of around $2000 for labor. Does that seem to be within reason? Having never done this before, I really have no idea. This is a long time friend of mine, so I am not worried that he would try to screw me... maybe as he says it is the 'complexity' that will make it take lots of time and drive up the cost.

What do you think? Thanks (as always) Pam
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Old 03-16-2007, 07:28 PM   #2
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Don't forget they are custom made.

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... My friend the cabinet maker just gave me an estimate of around $2000 for labor. Does that seem to be within reason?
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Old 03-16-2007, 08:14 PM   #3
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I'm in process of doing the same thing. $2000 for a professional build and install sounds good to me. My research shows I will spend about $1400 on materials alone. Good Luck.
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Old 03-16-2007, 08:57 PM   #4
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Tom and Gary, I should clarify. The $2000 is labor only. Does that change anyones opinion? We have estimated around $300 for the maple and maple ply, drawer glides etc. I have not factored in the counter top materials yet, because I can't decide! Any thoughts here?

So, is $2000 still reasonable for labor only? Pam

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Old 03-16-2007, 09:09 PM   #5
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Ask him about how many hours of work it will take for each section?

Then figure the hourly rate
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Old 03-16-2007, 09:16 PM   #6
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Ask him about how many hours of work it will take for each section?

Then figure the hourly rate
Hi Bob, I will ask if that is how he got to the $2000. So lets say each of the three sections cost me $700. If he spent 20 hours on each section, that would be $35/hour. Is that a reasonable amount of time? and rate?

Thank you for helping me think this through....
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Old 03-16-2007, 09:27 PM   #7
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Without seeing a pic of the interior I don't know,
but at that rate it would be 9 or 10 days of work.

Since you have the old cabinets to get templates from the new cabinets shouldn't take maybe two days to frame out, post a pic for a better opinion.
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Old 03-16-2007, 10:22 PM   #8
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As a cabinet maker that is very reasonable.$300.00 sounds a little on the low side for maple and hardware alone.If he is building quality doors and boxes for you, kiss him twice when you thank him.Also dont forget about a good finish.If I had the place to do it I would love to due a few from time to time.Good luck sounds like that will be very nice.
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As a cabinet maker that is very reasonable.$300.00 sounds a little on the low side for maple and hardware alone.If he is building quality doors and boxes for you, kiss him twice when you thank him.Also dont forget about a good finish.If I had the place to do it I would love to due a few from time to time.Good luck sounds like that will be very nice.

I just had to chime in on this one. I am also a cabinetmaker and as such I totally agree with "bertro" I am about to get into redoing my own 31 footer's cabinetry. $300.00 is low for material. If he is your friend then you should not press him too much as he may disside then it may not be worth the trouble. This is one reason why I do not like working for "friends". How many "Surgeons" or "Lawers" do you know that would cut their rate for you because you"re "Friends". Remmeber your cabinetmaker friend earns his living by building cabinets. These cabinets are custom one off cabinets and must be fitted to walls that are cuvred and not square or plum. At $2000.00 for labor you are getting a deal.
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I am in the process of rebuilding the entire interior of my Safari. If the quality is there then $2000 is a good deal. I used to build boats, and the interior of an Airstream is even more difficult and time-consuming to make decent fits. I would just smile and ask him what he drinks and buy him a bonus upon completion.
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Thanks LI Pets, Bertro, Saablover, and Samb for chiming in. Maybe we are low on the supply estimate... I am not expecting my friend to cut his rate, and as I said I know he won't charge me more than he thinks it is worth. I just needed some unbiased opinions. Now I can understand how good he is being to me.... I will try to post some 'before' pictures....
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The $2000 sounds reasonable for the labor to me too....the curves & uniqueness of the interior is a challenge...even for the pros. The $300 for materials seems light...unless he is getting the materials from wholesale suppliers or may be using up some stock from his shop.

I would just be sure the new cabinets are built light-weight like the existing ones and don't add too much weight to the trailer. If you look at the cabinets in vintage trailers, the plywood and frames are smaller/lighter weight than "normal" cabinets - it may seem flimsy to a pro, but the added weight could create problems down the road for you.

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Thanks Shari, He will be using plywood mostly. Solid maple on the cabinet doors and drawers... I hope this will be okay! Pam
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Hello Pam,Something you may want to consider,As inside out mentioned is weight.Talk to the cabinetmaker about some of the companys that make extruded aluminum drawer boxes to size.They are very nice and lightweight.When I rework our safari that is probably what I will go with.If your 74's interior is like our 71 replacing existing with hard maple will quad the weight.Just some food for thought.Good day Pam,If you need any info on this product let me know.Robert
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