BURBANK -- CABINETS: We ordered our cabinets in early November 2015 from Lowe's in Burbank. We were told 3 weeks was the current turnaround time; guess again, it was 5 weeks! I have been a faithful Lowe's customer (for everyday household and garden stuff) for years. I always felt they were a cut above or two cuts above Home Depot. HD in our town is impossible to reach on the phone, so we used Lowe's to purchase new cabinets and appliances after living with the most God-awful kitchen for nearly 30 years. (Trust me, it was horrible.)
We had interviewed numerous contractors and decided to use the "big box" guys because we had such bad experiences finding decent contractors (who do semi-custom cabinet work) in our area, and who are within budget and/or at least could generate quotes in a timely manner, hence the big box guys (it is done right in front of you) -- very convenient.
It was my understanding that our Diamond Prelude cabinets would be hardwood (and the drawers plywood) but it turns out only the doors are hardwood and some of the frames. The drawers are wood of some sort. The rest much to my dismay is particle board with very thin and flimsy laminate! OMFG! We just dropped $17,000 (price for cabinets and counters) for particle board? They are chipping in numerous places already! The facade plank in front of the sink has a crack in it, which I had to fill before it got worse (anywhere near water, you can guarantee it).
They told us their local installer was a "rock star" of sorts -- really good. He is good, but not as perfect as I was lead to believe. On day 1, I noticed some chips on the bottom sides of the new cabinets, and when I inquired, he blamed the factory! (I noticed this with ALL contractors -- they always blame someone else.)
But the installers dragged the new cabinets over the prepared sub-floor we had someone else install (he leveled our floor with mortar and a thin layer of white cement type stuff, which is very rough). They should have wheeled them across the floor, not dragged them. The particle board with laminate was the most impacted by shuffling them across the rough floor.
It took three days to install our new cabinets. The head guy and his apparent girlfriend/assistant were there on day 1 only. Then he turned the project over to another guy who worked BY HIMSELF on day 2 and day 3. That is a lot of work for one guy, if you ask me. We ordered uppers and lowers for 4 different walls (and granite counters also from Lowe's), and floor-to-ceiling pantries for one wall (they encase the refrigerator).
Turns out the 2nd guy installed the sink area / wall uppers about 1/2 inch too far to the right, hence the left side did not line up with the lowers (to create a plumb line for tile backsplash), which was NOT how it was depicted in the floor diagram we had. My tile guy installed a backsplash and now the sink faucet is askew (off center to the centered backsplash because the upper cabinet was not placed in the correct position). Too late to fix it now!
There was also an issue with the crown molding. Someone messed up and more molding had to be ordered, which the factory delivered to our house a couple weeks later. Installer just came back last week to install that piece. We were told by our designer at Lowe's that the installer pretty much is capable of anything so to speak.
Our ceiling dipped a bit in one corner and we were told that the installer could/would shave the molding here and there if need be, to make it level. He had done such a nice job leveling the cabinets (day 1) and gets to that final piece of molding, and it is crooked now! Did not take the time to modify the piece so it would be level. I realize that sometimes you cannot, but apparently no effort was made to at least plane it down, shave off the wood, to lessen the look of crooked molding!
We bought our own door pulls and the girlfriend installed them on day 1. She did an okay job, but she countersunk the screws on some of them and not others, for some unknown reason. Hence they were starting to pop off once we were fully using the filled drawers. My husband was rather upset (again, this is what we get for $17k?), but I told him to just go buy slightly longer screws, which he wound up doing.
She split the wood on the insides of the drawers drilling for the screw holes. There is a way to drill from both sides to avoid splitting the wood. You cannot see it, but it is the sheer principle, how much people do not care about YOUR investment. These are supposed to be professionals!
Neatness: Wood shavings were left inside all of cabinets and drawers where the holes were drilled for the door pulls. I am 5 feet tall. It took me quite a bit of time to clean the shelves of the uppers before lining them and putting my belongings away. I bought lots of woody putty, and you should too. You'll need it!
GRANITE COUNTERS: We ordered Santa Cecilia (Allen and Roth) from Lowe's. We got to pick out our slab at Bedrosians in Sylmar, CA. A different team (granite installers) came for the install. The primary counter, an L-shaped counter, was done in one continuous piece. I was very impressed with that! We had three counters installed -- the L-shaped main one, and two smaller ones. Overall, it looks great, very nice!
My only complaint was the man who caulked behind one of the 4 inch granite backsplashes, was a bit messy. He left caulking on the walls above where his finger went across (he used his fingers to spread the caulking). So now there are lines of dried caulking on the walls.
One of the granite slabs for the backsplash was crumbling on the back near the slab end, and he could not adhere it to the wall totally flush, due to imperfections in the wall and the slab itself. He overcaulked it to the point it was way too obvious. It seriously looked more like vanilla ice cream than a nice thin line of caulking. I bought almond caulking (they told me they used almond), removed some of his, and redid it myself, and it looks much better (even though the caulking is a slightly different color than what they used). Most of the other imperfections with caulking were covered by my tile backsplash on the primary counter.
APPLIANCES: We paid Lowe's after the fact, another $250 for the dishwasher to be installed by them. They sent out a young guy, very friendly. He did a decent job, but it is not quite flush with the cabinet faces. More importantly, he nicked the cabinets in two places trying to shove the dishwasher in. If you feel resistance, there is a reason why! He was not especially apologetic, and the scratch was not huge, and I grabbed my handy dandy putty and had to cover yet another dent! The dishwasher could have been installed a bit more precisely.
The stove and fridge came a few days later, and all they required were hook-ups, which is done free, as part of the delivery process. Two guys working. They were very careful, as far as I could tell, and making sure they did not hit the cabinets pushing a huge fridge and stove into their new coves. He did mention that it was a tight fit with the stove. It barely fit in between the cabinets and granite. There is no wiggle room there!
He told me to spoil/waste the first 3 gallons of water and 3 dispensers full of ice from the ice maker. The water now comes out clear but the ice cubes appear to have particulate floating in them. I was later told by a friend, that the crew should have flushed the line for about 5 minutes BEFORE hooking up the fridge, but they did not. I have yet to further look into this, so it is not fair to comment. Overall, these delivery guys were good.
UPSHOT: Yes my kitchen looks great compared to my last kitchen, but I can tell these cabinets are not built to last. My old hideous cabinets were wood, installed 50 years ago probably. Solid. These LOOK better, but I can tell they will not last as long as my old ones.
I am very fussy, unlike my spouse. Our whole charade started with the contractor we had hired to do our walls in preparation for the cabinets. He was horrible, IMO, and will get his own less than stellar review from me later. So the Lowe's installers had less than perfect walls with which to work with. Again, they are level laterally, but not plumb vertically. I am really upset about the upper cabinet being off center which caused the faucet, sink, and sink base cabinets not to line up properly. It is possible that even the granite guys were off center in cutting the slab out for the sink.
Then my tile guy, a skilled craftsman, is probably ready for retirement. He just does not see well anymore. He made many sloppy mistakes, that I know are there. Anyone else may not notice them. Our project cost us over $30,000 ($20k to Lowe's as we bought our appliances there too), and involved basically 5 teams of guys. If everyone did their absolute best, the rest would go much smoother. Over 3 months without a functioning kitchen. Everyone blames the next guy. It looks fine but I know the flaws that went into it, and I am just picky! And have every right to be.
LAKEWOOD, COLORADO -- The customer service at Lowe's was terrible. There wasn't anyone there on the spot to help. When approaching someone they answered with they can't help us because we need an appointment. Who has time for an appointment? We go into a store to make a purchasing decision on our own time. Not Lowe's. It needs to be on their time. Appointment times were inconvenient for my husband and I.
Anyway, we decided to order our cabinets online, which the sales person told us we can do and pick them up at the Arvada, Co location. We go home, order online just to realize we purchased "custom cabinets". Fine, sounds like a better deal anyway.
It took 4 weeks to get our cabinets in. We picked them up and they are just the worst low that quality anyone can think of. Products just aren't built to last these days. Anyway, it is now October - less than 6 months after purchase and our cabinets are getting cracks in them. This isn't normal wear or tear. Mind you the cabinets are less than six months old.
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA -- Very disappointed with CDS Logistics' scheduling, shipper used by Diamond. My requests were neglected and no cost-free flexibility option was allowed. During the first scheduling call, I asked for delivery in the late afternoon of 6/16/2015 and the CDS agent recorded this request. A robo call informed me that CDS scheduled the delivery between 11:30 and 3:30, the driver would call an hour before delivery.
With my request in mind and availability starting at 12:30, I accepted. On the morning of 6/16, I called the scheduler to reminded her of my availability. The driver called me at 9:30 to inform me that he would arrive at 10:15. I talked with Jerry, CDS' Director of Operations, to postpone. He only offered to honor the 11:30 delivery time or I could reschedule at a $150 cost. Hearing my displeasure, he told me that the truck had seven deliveries and having one person unhappy was okay with him. So, poor and arrogant customer service and they cannot follow their policy (not called an hour before, and delivery before scheduled time).
ALLEN, TEXAS -- I received my cabinets about 30 days after ordering them. I had my kitchen torn up thinking this would be an easy install. One of the upper cabinets came defective and this is the main cabinets that the others are leveled from. Well the work stopped my kitchen is a mess. I was told by Lowe's designer that the cabinet should arrive in a couple of days. Now is 22 days later and I have not received the cabinet. I am so disappointed with Lowe's and Diamond. It was their quality mistake and they do not expedite anything for you. Meanwhile I have been without a kitchen for a month. Do not buy from them!!! They make you feel everything is going to be smooth when it is not.
HOUSTON, TEXAS -- Start off by saying that the sales person was very informative and did a great job explaining what we were getting. Problem: we had no problem waiting for the cabinets to arrive but thought our countertop was being fabricated at the same time so it could be installed either on the same day or within a couple of days. We were not told that someone else would be taking measurements for the countertop. Though we understand it needs to be done correctly, Lowe's should hire/pay contractors that can take measurements for all aspects of kitchen upgrades so families can resume preparing meals.
Also, I have to schedule a time for the plumber to come and connect my sink and dishwasher back after the countertop install. This could be upwards to a month or so. I don't like to complain but when you spend thousands of dollars you expect complete details of what you paid for. The cabinet manufacturer sends an email saying to inspect the cabinets within 2 days of delivery. I will not open one box until the installers get here so they can witness any damage and I can witness the installer's handling of them.
GURNEE, ILLINOIS -- 4/2/12 - Purchased cabinetry and granite countertops from Lowe's store in Gurnee, IL with promise that we could view and pick out our granite slab and that the install would be with **, their express install company, and it would be measured exactly and the install would be completed in one week.
May 2012 - after two failed attempts to pick out our granite countertops, we finally had a scheduled appointment in Chicago to view and select a Granite Slab at the end of May. These failed attempts were due to an initial misunderstanding from the Lowe's sales representative and the company providing the granite not having any in stock.
6/14/12 - Install scheduled and completed in two days - but it wasn't satisfactory. There were many issues with this install from alignment to problems with the cabinetry and dirt left by the installers. 6/18/12 - ** from Lowe's came out to inspect install. Said she would schedule ** to return to correct problems and that KraftMaid would send someone to correct problems.
7/6/12 - ** returned to correct their issues with the installation. 8/2/12 - initial appt made for furniture repair company (scheduled by KraftMaid rep). They called since they were provided the address for ** instead of our home address and we had to reschedule. They were in St. Charles not Gurnee, IL. 8/14/12 - Furniture repair company came out to make repairs to cabinetry and they actually made the issues worse.
8/17/12 KraftMaid representative and Lowe's management came out to inspect issues and determined that they would order all new cabinet doors, panels and light rails based on the issues and that this process would take 12 weeks due to KraftMaid's quality process.
11/16/12 - KraftMaid and Lowe's representative and ** returned to replace all the cabinet doors, panels and light rails. They were all late showing up. Upon inspection of these new items, several were found with imperfections one actually had a plastic piece sticking out from it. We were surprised these went through and strict quality process and were still delivered. Several new parts had to be re-ordered with another 12 week delay. There was also a problem when ** exchanged the end panel that houses an electrical outlet. It wasn't installed properly and there was electric arc which could have caused a fire. We had to replace the box and outlet.
2/26/13 - We received a call that the parts had come in and would be inspected. 3/6/13 - We received a call from ** that KraftMaid representative would bring the parts to Lowe's to inspect and they would call me on 3/7 information. 3/7/13 Called Lowe's to see what was going on and ** informed us that Rep didn't show up and was supposed to show up on 3/8. 3/8/13 - ** called to tell us that Rep checked the items and there was one piece still not okay and that she was going to re-order it but it should only take one week this time.
3/13/13 - Rep called us and said that the piece was re-ordered and she would have a delivery estimate by 3/19 and would call us with an eta. 3/19 - 3/20/13 - Still have not heard from anyone at Lowe's or KraftMaid. 3/21/13 - ** from Lowe's called and said Rep would bring the parts to the Lowe's location for ** and her to look over. ** is supposed to go to Lowe's to investigate on 3-23-13.
3/23/13 - ** went to inspect the new pieces and there are some minor issues so they are going to schedule an installation company and will call us with schedule information. ** all decided that when the installation company came out they would inspect the new pieces compared to the old and decide if they should be replaced or just attempt to correct the initial problem.
3/27/13 - received a call from ** at Lowe's that he is waiting on Rep to get back from vacation and schedule an installer and the furniture repair company to come to the house to complete this install. He said he would follow up with us next week.
4/4/13 - Furniture repair company called and scheduled an appt. for 4/11 between 10-12. I asked if they knew exactly what needed to be done and I was assured by ** that they did. 4/10/13 - ** from Lowe's called to confirm we had an appt. and that he would call Rep to ensure the furniture repair company picked up the material from the local Lowe's store.
4/11/13 - ** from repair company called to say they would be here at 10 and I asked her if she had picked up the material from Lowe's. She said "they didn't deliver it?" I said "no" that they needed to pick it up. She did that and arrived around 10:30 am. They finished the change out at 12:30 P.M. They also were apparently not told that the pieces were supposed to be compared prior to installation.
I looked at them but was also unaware of this issue. The repair company was also supposed to correct some edge issues. This information was also not relayed to the furniture repair company. Someone from Lowe's should have attended this installation. Rep had not sent the repair company the layout until they were here. Major communication error again.
4/11/13 - We inspected new work and not satisfied that the stains match. The new pieces appear lighter than the original. There are other problems. Called ** at local Lowe's store and related all problems to him. ** said he would talk to **, the marketing manager and district manager of the store. ** said that he would leave messages and someone would get back to us on 4/12. The instructions from the visit to the store on 3/23 were not relayed or followed.
4/12/13 - ** from Lowe's called and talked with us. The only thing ** would say was that he would have to call ** back and address these current issues. ** expressed his feelings that he wants to be done with this. In all this time we have been unable to complete our kitchen. We have been waiting to paint and install our backsplash. But we didn't want to make any changes until this was completed. We have been "On Hold" for almost a year now. Lowe's has never accepted any ownership in the problems we have encountered. They have placed the owness on KraftMaid. Yet, we purchased and paid Lowe's for this install. This has taken over 1 year from purchase.
PORTSMOUTH, VIRGINIA -- I purchased Woodgate red oak cabinets from the Lowe's of Portsmouth, VA on July 6, 2009. First, we were greeted and taken care of while we were in the cabinet department. All employees were friendly; however, when my husband and I applied for a joint Project Card, the employee only put in his name. Therefore, I cannot use the card. My husband had to call after we got the one card, with his name on it, and they are sending us a form to make the account joint.
Next, when we went to pay at the front, the employee told the cashier to ring up everything (even the items I did not have), which caused a problem. If everything was rung up as if we took it with us, how would the store know what they owed us? All of the cabinets were not in stock, which was no problem for me since my contractors still had weeks before they would begin.
I was told the cabinets that they "owed" me would be in within a few weeks and they had me pay for everything and sign a "delivery/take" slip. I had to ask for a copy of this, and I am really glad I did because problems did develop. As soon as I got home, I worried that there wasn't something right. I contacted corporate Lowe's through their website. I received an immediate response, and I was told the store manager would contact me.
The next day, a store manager did contact me. He had no idea who I was and what I was talking about. I gave him item numbers (thank God I had the delivery slip), and he put in the computer what I was owed. He told me our cabinets would be in on the 10. I called on the 14 and spoke with a customer service representative at Lowe's. She insured me my cabinets were all in-stock. My husband and father-in-law drove all of the way back to Lowe's in Portsmouth. The customer service people were very nice and pulled my order sheet and gave it to a young man to go get. He came back with one cabinet.
I explained everything was supposed to come in on the 10 and they should be in the back. I stood at the front for a while, but no one said anything to me. I noticed the young man was helping someone else. So I went and asked him what was going on with my cabinets, and he told me they were not here. I went back to cabinets, where I saw no one, but two women in vacuums. I explained who I was and if anyone was working cabinets. They said they were (thanks for letting me walk around cabinets in circles!), and that my cabinets were not here and they had no idea that they owed me any.
Then I explained that I had talked to the manager and one of the women told me she was the manager. Then she said that someone was back there looking (why wasn't she?), and that she didn't think they were back there because the computer did not show they owed me anything. I (thank god) had my take slip from the original purchase, which proved they owed me cabinets. She told me a customer service representative would return the items they owed me, then re-ring them as an "owe" this way the account/corporate/district supplier would all know they owe us cabinets. I left, with one cabinet, and feeling very upset.
So I called corporate twice this time and filed a formal complaint. In my complaint, I told them about the credit disaster and the problems with the store. I also told them I was going to file with the Better Business Bureau if a REAL manager did not call me within 24 hours. Obviously I had been talking to shift or assistant or department managers. While I was on the phone with corporate, the sales person from cabinets, who sold me the cabinets, called me and told me there was a truck coming that night, the 15th, and my cabinets would be on it, but that I should call first to make sure.
To this I replied, "I already called and everyone says they either have no idea what I am talking about or my cabinets are there, so that won't work." Then I ended the call. Within 24 hours of filing 2 complaints, **, the store GM called me (while I was at another Lowe's ironically!), and told me he was tracking down my cabinets at the distribution center. I told him to call me back when he found them. He called me back a few minutes later and told me the cabinets would be on the truck scheduled for Sunday the 19th.
I asked if they could be delivered on Monday because my husband and I could not drive a third time to Portsmouth. He scheduled the delivery for me and my cabinets came today, July 20 at 12:30. The men were very nice and ** was fabulous. I am very appreciative of the delivery.
My contractors are scheduled for the 23 so there was no money or time lost, but the emotional stress was overwhelming. I'm glad that I called and emailed corporate Lowe's 4 times, and that the GM finally contacted me. Lesson is always talk to the GM, not a department manager. Also, when nothing gets done, letting them know I was already logged into the Better Business Bureau ready to file my complaint and seek legal action was effective. Also, I think being polite and not losing my cool was effective. My father worked for Lowe's and I know this is not how they want customers treated. My advice is careful ordering, and always talk to the GM.
CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA -- We spent $12K with Lowe's; we wish we'd spent $15K elsewhere. At a glance, it is white and it smells new. The whole process is very time consuming. Multiple trips to clarify design "want and needs". Appointments are a must. They're hard to schedule, with Lowe's limited sales person availability. It took 3 times of taking the sales person/designer and physically pointing out, and ensuring her hand went on the same "style" sample of exactly what we wanted to get it right.
With very minute changes costs varied widely. Every visit was a different price and different "style". Drawers, shelves & Lazy Susan were added to the original order as requested (pointed out by the Lowe's salesperson in the catalog and added on the order screen), then secretly deleted to make the sale look desirable, cost wise. Now as the project nears an end, we are hit with the added costs for all the conveniently left out "needs" that we made clear.
They give you a pretty black and white print out of what the cabinets are supposed to look like, with a list of numbers, SKU codes and abbreviations you need design/sales software to decipher.
You show Lowe's what you want. You tell Lowe's what you want. Lowe's quotes everything you ask for with the cheapest cabinet version, the one that was never a consideration. And you can't tell the difference in the B&W graphic printout. When you catch the error the price changes only slightly, because that's when Lowe's secretly delete your "needs" to close the sale. (I guess we got lucky to notice the cabinet name not ringing any bells on the order date………………… it should have been blowing whistles and sounding alarms to get the hell out of the store.)
Lowe's sends out a "professional installer" to measure to ensure layout and functionality. Lowe's measures and just nods as you try to make sure they understand the layout. From the time the cabinets were purchased, Lowe's install department calls regularly with status updates to an annoying degree.
The same Lowe's measuring guy shows up to install the new cabinets. It looks like he's making progress daily. All day Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning until 11am, when he had enough time invested and everything that was shipped was screwed down. That's when the quick clean up is done and the even quicker caulk job. He asks how it looks.
We take him to the mudroom where the cabinet door won't open all the way because it hits the door knob leading to the garage. (There is a gap of 3&3/8" between the cabinet and the dryer plenty of room to have been installed 3" to the right and filler placed on the left.) The drawers won't slide out, and the measure guy says "all you need to do is go to Lowe's buy a different style door knob". We ask him if he is sure he is done. He assures us he is. He quickly exits.
Well, Lowe's annoying status phone calls abruptly stop. No call to check on how we think the install turned out. After two messages and three calls we get the Lowe's install manager who says "no problem we'll take care of everything, just fax me a punch list". Days go by, no word.
Then the Lowe's salesperson calls Friday afternoon to place all the change orders (additional hidden charges). She says she left out the "need" items to keep it in our budget (yeah right). The one we didn't have when we started. Who sells a 7' tall stacked pantry cabinet, next to the fridge with no shelves or drawers, save the one where the top cabinet sits on the bottom cabinet? No room for a broom.
Well don't think the cabinet door hitting the garage door knob was the only install problem. His punch list was a page long. Issues ranging from pencil marks everywhere. (It just means along with going back to Lowe's, buying a new door knob, a Magic Eraser, extra wall primer and drywall mud), to unlevelled counter mounting surface (granite warranty? hmmn??), to 1/4" undercut trim pieces, cabinets screwed through the outside to the floor. Less than a quarter complete hap-hazard caulk job. The list goes on and on.
A visit is made to Lowe's to find out what the hold up is. Two weeks later the Lowe's measuring guy comes back (no punch list, and no idea what he is doing back) and proceeds to spend 3.5 hours caulking his 1/4" undercuts and screw holes through the sides of our brand new cabinets. The mudroom cabinet door still hits the garage door knob..."** I forgot. I haven't bought a new knob yet???" Well, anyway he leaves.
With the new smaller laid out cabinet scheme (why is it smaller??? Wasn't there a pre order measurement visit?) The walls, and the ceiling all along the white crown have a nice tan ring, then a caulk line (where the old cabinets used to be), then bright white ceiling. (So now the ceiling needs to be scraped and re-sprayed.... I used to wonder how people were always going over budget...now I know.) The trim...some is real wood painted white, some is synthetic particle board with just primer, then there's the trim that just missing. Fillers are tight at the top and out on the bottom a 1/4".
The Lowe's sales person added a cookie sheet cabinet to the left of the dishwasher to balance out the corner cabinet on the right of the sink (not our “want or need”, there is a cookie sheet drawer under the wall oven). The salesperson made certain, we knew we couldn't increase our stovetop dimension but…….. the one thing, the installer thought to mention, when he was done, was the surprising result: an opening for less than a 28” custom single sink.
It's been weeks now since the Lowe's installation started and we've no idea when Lowe's will be finished. Our credit card company quickly credited our account upon dispute against Lowe's. Maybe if we're lucky…. a Lowe's supervisor might come out in the next week or two. We're feeling we'll be paying someone else to finish, and settling with our credit card company.
We're just glad we didn't write a check. Lowe's wants all their money upfront. Don't forget the headaches from cabinet off-gassing. But it doesn't matter that the cabinets shipped before the paint was dry. Delivered in 2 weeks from order date. Maybe that's why the paint is missing from many doors.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY -- Originally we were told the worse case scenario for our cabinet delivery would be four weeks. I called the store last week BEFORE we removed our kitchen. The representative (Martha I think) assured me that the cabinets would arrive before Tuesday. I specifically asked what was the WORST case scenario. Feeling confident with this information we had the kitchen gutted. We have a son with severe asthma and he has had to stay with friends and family.
On Saturday, Roric from East Rutherford NJ told us that the cabinets will be shipped on the April 18th (two weeks after scheduled delivery)! Not arriving until after the 25th! We offered to drive to pick up the cabinets wherever they are but can't get any information. Bottom line we were assured this would not happen and promised our cabinets would take no longer than four weeks. Now we are in week five, no cabinets and no idea when they will arrive!
My experience is very similar to the one posted by Barbara. The kitchen "designer" had no clue. Cabinets had to be re-ordered three times due to her mistakes, causing the work to be delayed about three months altogether and the end product was pieced together instead of designed (kitchen by reaction, not by design). Many mistakes were made that didn't have to be "lived with" if the designer had known what she was doing. Can't count the number of times she gave me wrong answers when she should have said she didn't know (and better yet, would find out).
When I finally realized she had no idea what she was doing, I quit working with her, but then I had to deal with all the fall-out, extra time for plumbers, electricians and other tradespeople to re-do work, time taken off over and over again from my own work to deal with the issues that arose.
The Lowe's cabinet installer himself, who bragged over and over again about how good he was, installed the upper cabinets 1/8 inch too high and my handyman who did the moulding had to move all the doors down (I paid him four hours extra for that). (The moulding was on premises and was given to the cabinet installer so that the cabinets would be installed in the correct place.)
Then, at the very end, all that we had to do was to install the dishwasher. The space the cabinet installer had left was 1/8 inch too narrow. The cabinet installer claimed we had moved a cabinet (!!!) and then the manager from Lowe's who came out when we complained loud enough said the door of the dishwasher was bent (!!!). REALLY??? The Lowe's manager belt-sanded our NEW cabinets down the little bit it took to get it installed. The irony is that there was a three-inch filler piece in-between two cabinets just to the right that could have been 2 7/8 inches so that we never would have had the problem.
I would never, ever, ever buy any major products or services from Lowe's. In fact, because of all the problems we bought all the appliances from Home Depot and had Home Depot do a major insulation project that we decided to do when we took out the ceiling of the kitchen and we had to remove all the old insulation. The granite came from another vendor entirely. We had planned to do it all with Lowe's -- so they lost about $20,000 in business because of the kitchen designer.
I could have even taken the problems with the cabinet installer if we hadn't already had so many problems with the others. Perhaps these kinds of problems could happen with any kitchen designer. I would ask serious, direct questions to the designer him/herself and find out how much experience and training they have. If you have any qualms at all, walk away. There is too much riding on the early design.