I initially wanted to redo the kitchen in my basement, and considered three options: (1) custom kitchen; (2) refacing; (3) modular kitchen.
I'll walk you through each, so you know where to go, and hopefully save yourself some time. (1) too expensive, unless you have a big budget. I was quoted $15k+ (2) honestly doesn't make sense vs. getting a new modular kitchen for the cost. I was quoted $8k+. (3) Designers (from big box store) are good as a start, but they quoted me $10k.
Enter: Alex from Kitchen Installation.ca --> he immediately took the designers plan (which I paid $200 for and was reimbursed at the store) and stated why it was too expensive, because they were customizing every cabinet for a small area with a bulkhead. He suggested alternative to reduce the installation cost (and even the materials cost). With the kitchen event (20% off #protip) the entire kitchen costed me around $6k (including a laminate countertop + installation). Note the above quotes didn't include any countertop or installation of one.
I would recommend Alex to anyone looking to do a kitchen. He provides truly excellent customer service, and delivers on his promise. Another great company with great work ethic and integrity. Thank you!!