The condo we bought had such old cabinets and ugly, space-wasting layouts that we decided to gut the place and start from scratch. With only 2 months before possession of the place we were vacating, we had to get the work done quickly. Needless to say, the 8-week *minimum* wait we were told to expect at Kitchen Craft, Home Depot, Lowe's, Rona and several others was unacceptable, and the pricing was even worse! We were quoted upwards of $12K for pressboard and "standard" (read "cheap") hinges -- not what we had in mind and anything better would have been way out of our price range. The next best option was a local company that promised to have the cabinets ready in 6 weeks (still not much better) but were even more expensive. Their only affordable option was a made-in-China alternative (again, pressboard, dubious quality and lengthy shipping). Oh, and they charged almost $1000 for delivery and installation. We began to panic. Google!!!!
Enter All Stars. (It took some effort but eventually, we found their website. Now you don't have to search!) Not only are they local, they manufacture high-end cabinets right here in the Lower Mainland. And they're not afraid to work weekends. Whoa! What a difference.
One of the owners -- very friendly and professional -- came to our house in the evening to show us samples of REAL WOOD and dozens of styles and colours. They would measure and build to custom fit our spaces. He even let me visit one of their job sites (an absolutely gorgeous character home with a kitchen the size of our apartment) where I could see the quality of their work first hand.
They helped us design cupboards that would create a tremendous amount of storage space in our tiny kitchen without looking bulky, even suggesting lighting options to make sure it looked exceptional, then they did the same for the bathroom and powder room.
We now have gorgeous, solid cherry cabinets that go all the way to the ceiling in the kitchen and beautiful vanities with drawers in the washrooms, all with soft-close hidden hinges and solid steel handles that will never go out of style. Mind you, these came standard -- at no extra cost!
Best of all? They were ready and delivered in TWO WEEKS, installation included, with a lifetime guarantee. Beat that for less than $8500, tax included. (You can't.)
Despite some hiccups along the way, they always remained very professional, patient and extremely generous with their knowledge and expertise. We would recommend All Stars to everyone, whether you're trying to renovate your home on a budget or you got rich by saving money and simply refuse to settle for anything less than the very best.
Go ahead. Check around. There is no better option, for quality, value or service, anywhere in Metro Vancouver. I will never go anywhere else for cabinets.