Friday, July 1, 2011

Michael and Mary's Kitchen

When Michael and Mary bought their home a few years ago, they dreamed of remodeling their kitchen. It needed updated from top to bottom, including new appliances and a better layout. Not only was it falling short aesthetically, but functionally as well.

We started the project and had a early surprise right away. Upon removing a few floor tiles for minor repair, we discovered that the previous contractor did not install the ceramic tile properly.  This explained why the tiles were cracking after only 2 years. At that time we discussed our options and I immediately gave them a quote for doing new tile. It is very important to discuss the cost of any additional work before it is started, so that the homeowner and contractor are on the same page. While installing the new tile we added integrated wood floor registers along with it. The benefits of these are they are not noisy like the metal registers and everything sits flush with the tile, resulting in a really nice finished look.

Greg Millen of St. Joseph Cabinetry & Design, worked with us on the kitchen layout and cabinet selection. Michael and Mary decided to eliminate a hall closet to make room for a convection oven and warming drawer. This changed the whole look of the kitchen and made a better flowing work space. Greg was a big part of making this kitchen a success and continues to be the first place I send customers for cabinets.

Michael and Mary decided on Radianz Black Trevethan counter tops which was a great color with the new cabinets. The combination of the cherry cabinets, dark counter tops, light colored tile and stainless appliances make the kitchen really sparkle. Michael and Mary were very happy with the look and functionality of their new kitchen. Since Michael loves to cook, he was very eager to get started in his new culinary haven!