nothing more than a necessary aggravation required by banks before a house can be sold. Given the choice, most builders probably would prefer to avoid them altogether, leaving their purchase and installation to the new owner. In Europe, where I was trained in cabinet building, such an arrangement is common. In fact, people often take their kitchens with them when they move. Here, on the other hand, the average builder designates a space near the back door as the kitchen, provides a window for the sink, installs a straight line of stock cabinets with space left for major appliances, then covers it with a stock, postformed countertop. The goal is to get the job done as quickly and