Higher end houses don't always have higher end materials. Around here, supposed high end housing (not always, but many times) can be built pretty shabby. We had a tornado come through here a little over 3 years ago, and the substandard framing showed up. Houses broke apart in places they should not have. When I built our house, the inspector kept commenting on all the gussets ( I cut up all the scrap sheathing for gussets, not much went to the dumpster). and extra material in the inside and outside corners, stuff like that? Just the way I was taught working for my Uncle. He said build it right or don't bother. I've seen drywall and millwork that had the same, rush to get it done, look. If a corner can be shaved or labor cost be cut, they do it more times than not. As I said earlier, that doesn't apply across the board, there are plenty of great contractors out there. But, at the same time, being billed as a high end build, doesn't always translate into top of the line materials.
That being said, our cabinets are particle board with solid oak faces. Mainly because 30+ years ago when I put them in, it was all we could afford. We refinished them a few years ago, and they still look pretty good (golden oak stained) although they're a little darker then fresh golden oak after all these years. Honestly the only issue we've had is, as mentioned, the sink cabinet floor. When it got wet, from a leak, I cut it out and replaced it with plywood. I've built several other cabinets for the house since then, and when I built them myself I use plywood. Once the cabinet door closes, it probably doesn't make all that much difference. Although, I have a friend who's a cabinet maker by trade, and particle board is a word we don't use when talking shop. lol.
Last edited by pro70z28; 09-27-2018 at 12:58 PM.