We have been hearing about readers' experiences with local shops as they go about their own projects and thought it helpful to start passing them on. Adrienne is at the beginning of redoing her kitchen with Home Depot. This is chapter #1.
"So far, I have been to Home Depot on opening weekend to inquire about measurements and to look at cabinet options....
A headache ensued (bad idea to go opening weekend) from the crowds. My tendency towards indecision wasn't given much hope from the countless options... some were in kichen mini-model form, others were just panels of wood - from which you had to extrapolate a whole room's view - not my forte when surrounded by others who are much more eager than I am.
I found out about the measuring service which costs $100 for a room ($150 for two) and entitles you to a consultation with the resident HD interior designer/art consultant. The frenzied HD employee helping me tried to assure me that the person who I would be sitting down with (for two or three sketches) was an actual designer with legitimate experience.
That's the furthest I got in terms of checking out qualifications.
I signed up for the one room deal, and they called to schedule the measuring within the time period they specified, and showed up within the time period specified as well. The guy who did the measuring said that HD would call (within a few days) to schedule an appointment with the "artist", but I haven't heard anything as of yet. Fortunately, I'm not in a massive rush, so I don't mind waiting a bit.
That's where I am right now. I'll be more than happy to share if you don't mind my tendency towards rambling..." Adrienne