Hey, this is over the garden fence. Neighbors discuss these things.
A carpenter told me the best deals on cabinets are at a local cabinet discount store that moves left over merchandise. Something like a Big Lots for cabinets.
I don't recall the name of the store.
Think carefully about gutting a kitchen. Unless the current cabinets are trashed, upgrading to modern cabinets doesn't usually increase the value of the home.
It's a lot less expensive to refinish existing cabinets.
Do you have any community discussion forums in your area. We have one here, that was a spin off from freecycle. People give many great ideas on local deals.
Maybe you can contact the http://www.freecycle.org/
moderator in your area and ask about any spin off discussion groups. Here is the link to ours:http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ChatCafeofCentralFL/