: Kitchen Remodeling at the Jersey Shore - Go Local or Big Box?

Kitchen Remodeling at the Jersey Shore - Go Local or Big Box?

Kitchen Remodeling at the Jersey Shore - Go Local or Big Box?

Many home owners at the Jersey Shore are choosing to renovate rather than move.  A new kitchen can not only add to the value of your home, but make life more enjoyable.
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The question of where to go for that Jersey Shore kitchen remodel depends largely on your experience and budget.  If you know what you want, and the kitchen remodel is basic you might think the best deal is at a big box store like Home Depot or Lowes.

That may be the case, but not for me.

My Jersey Shore kitchen remodel is basic.  I've priced it out at both big box stores and with the locals.  I don't have experience in kitchen remodeling, but I can call on my Dad's years of experience as a carpenter and general contractor.

Taylor Made Cabinets 516 E Bay ManahawkinAfter determining exactly what I wanted and pricing it out at the big boxes, I was surprised to learn the Taylor Made Cabinets of Manahawkin, is very competitive and offers services not available at the chain stores.

Taylor Made Cabinets is locally owned, Dave Taylor lives down the street from me!

I've ordered the cabinets from Taylor Made Cabinets in Manahawkin, scheduled flooring tile installation but still haven't decided on the counter top.

So my recommendation for kitchen remodeling at the south Jersey Shore is to shop around.  For me, I going local (with Taylor Made Cabinets) is giving me peace of mind and superior customer service.  

Stayed tuned, I'll post pictures of the finished project!

Kitchen Remodeling at the Jersey Shore - Go Local or Big Box? 


Comment balloon 11 commentsLaura Giannotta • June 01 2011 07:39AM


Laura - Great information for people thinking of doing some renovations at the Jersey Shore and as you point out, the Big Box stores don't offer the personal service you get from places like Taylor Made Cabinets! I'd go local - no doubt about it!

Posted by Kristine Ginsberg, NJ Home Stager (Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Laura - It is good advise to shop around.  I almost always like to do business with a local business.  I find the service to better and they will come back if there is a problem.  The very lowest price is not always the best deal.  

Posted by Barbara Hensley, Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas (RE/MAX Properties) almost 8 years ago

When we remodled we did a mix of private, local and big box.  We did fing that the finished product of the local vendor was the best.  The hidden stuff we saved witht the big box.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) almost 8 years ago

if possible, going local is best for so many reasons.. Don't get me wrong, I  LOVE Lowes... but mainly for building materials and plants... for a kitchen, for sure would do the local thing.!

Posted by Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC, Selling the Upstate since 1989 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner) almost 8 years ago

Always like it when the little guy wins...can't wait to see the pictures Laura!

Posted by Brin Realty Associates Team At Bean Group, Amherst NH homes and Southern NH real estate (Bean Group | Brin Realty Associates) almost 8 years ago

Laura...Oh does that bring back memories of Last July;  we never considered to "do it ourselves" since we don't play well together. therefore we went with a somewhat local [within 30 mile radius]. Sal had used this company when fixing up his Mom's house--so the decision was very simple;  The longest part was waiting for the cabinets to come in, then the tear-out / install was only 10 days from start to finish.  We went with granite counter tops & back splash.  Love it; [that is why I don't care that the market is very slow--can experience the result longer.
We did not have a pup during this job; but have had 3 during another remodel so my heart is with you and your pup--hopefully a NJ pup will be more sophisticated throughout the ordeal.
Have fun; have a great experience.

Posted by Barb & Sal Dragotta, Macomb County Michigan almost 8 years ago

Laura: I shop the big boxes for a lot of things, but I do like the local contractor when you really need to depend on the service. Good luck and keep us posted.

Posted by Anne M. Costello (Weidel Realtors) almost 8 years ago

And of course...you are going to show us pictures of the finished project...how exciting ...can't wait to see 'em !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) almost 8 years ago

Laura, the big box stores serve a purpose, but it's tough to beat the personal service of a company like Taylor Made Cabinets.

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL) almost 8 years ago

Thanks for all your comments...and I agree big boxes are off the shelf purchases.  But I have to commend the Home Depot and Lowes kitchen staff,  they sat for hours with me (and Dad) to go over ideas and re and re work!  Thanks, I you're right I will post pictures! 

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) almost 8 years ago

Hi Laura. That is wonderful you found a local company to help.

Posted by Tim Peterson, Realtor Safety Training Classes (Wisconsin Realtor Safety and Concealed Carry Classes) almost 8 years ago