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The most critical element of a kitchen remodel design is choosing the right kitchen countertops.  Modesto is home to an assortment of kitchenCRATE projects, including this Alexia Way project that used one of our favorite countertops yet: MSI Cascade White Quartz.

When combined with the rich two-tone cabinet refinish and beautiful apron-front sink these countertops lead the way in an amazing remodel to this 1992 home.

Scroll down to hear the homeowner’s thoughts on the kitchenCRATE process and see an array of before and after images for this project!

The Homeowner’s Custom Kitchen Countertops, Modesto Experience

What was your favorite part of the kitchenCRATE process?

It’s difficult to pinpoint just one favorite part. From our first conversation with you, to meeting with Bryan and Jared, then experiencing the transformation of our kitchen was beyond amazing.

What was your favorite part about the kitchenCRATE team?

The kitchenCRATE team is a solid model for customer service-based businesses to build upon. You have integrity, high regard for your customer’s concerns and input, knowledgeable staff, skilled craftsmen and a sense of humor when it’s needed.

So, I guess it wasn’t difficult to list our favorite part after all, that was it right there!

You all rocked it from start to finish and we love the return on our investment……..pure joy!!

Before and After Pictures

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Day by Day Progress

(Note: We added several extra days to our normal 7-day process to accommodate the owner-request add-ons, like these…)

Here’s how we did it:

Day 1 – Demo Day!  On this first day, we set up plastic walls to protect the home from dust, protected the path from the entry door to the kitchen with building paper, and then went to town removing the appliances, countertop, backsplash, plumbing fixtures, cabinet doors, and drawers.  We reinforced the plywood sub-tops with steel straps to support the new quartz countertops.  Toward the end of the day we created the template for the new quartz countertops, which take a few days to fabricate off-site.

Day 2 – The electrical team began the wiring for the new can lighting.  Five 6″ can lights were placed strategically around the kitchen to optimize the lighting over workspaces. The kitchenCRATE team also modified the cabinets to accept the new apron front sink.

Day 3 – Next, we used metal-stud framing to sheetrock the old lightbox and then hung and taped the sheetrock to gain an extra day of dry time.

Day 4 – Since all the walls and the ceilings had been protected, our painters began preparing and priming the cabinets.  Using a high-grade, oil-based primer, every inch of the kitchen cabinets were caulked, sanded and primed.  This is the first (and perhaps most critical) step of creating a durable paint finish.

Days 5 & 6 – The painters then began refinishing the kitchen cabinets in this Modesto home and applied two coats of Kelly-Moore Dura-poxy paint in Feather Stone (upper cabinets) and Paw Print (lower cabinets) to the thoroughly sanded and primed cabinets.  This same priming and painting process was used on the doors and drawers, which are painted off-site in a climate-controlled paint booth for the highest possible quality.

Day 7 – The countertop installation team arrived to install the beautiful Kohler Whitehaven tall-apron front sink in White and the MSI Cascade White quartz countertops with a beveled edge.

Day 8 – The tile backsplash artisans began installing the Daltile Architectural Gray Matte 3″ x 6″ tiles on the backsplash. This was grouted with Laticrete Natural Gray grout.

Day 9 – The kitchenCRATE team was on site to touch up the wall and ceiling paint.

Day 10 –  Lastly, the kitchenCRATE team installed the homeowner’s new appliances.  The transformation then hit the home stretch with the installation of the freshly-painted cabinet doors and drawers. The final day of the project included an array of “touch-up” items: all outlets and switches were replaced, the Kohler Parq faucet with a Vibrant Stainless finish was installed and the entire project was cleaned, top-to-bottom.

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Interested in Custom Kitchen Countertops? Contact Us Today!

Perhaps the Alexia Way kitchen reminds you of your kitchen. Perhaps you like the layout of your kitchen and the cabinets are in good condition, but you are ready for a custom kitchen counter. KitchenCRATE can make this happen in 7 days for less than $15,000.

Simply click here to schedule your phone consultation using our scheduling system.  Or feel free to shoot us an email or call us direct during business hours at 888-995-7996!

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