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Perhaps the most critical element of a kitchen remodel design is choosing the right kitchen countertops. Reno is home to an assortment of kitchenCRATE projects, including this Pescado Way project that used one of our favorite countertops yet: MSI Alpine Gray Quartz!

When combined with the clean, sleek white cabinets and beautiful stainless steel appliances and fixtures, the result is an amazing transformation to this 1996 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 Kitchen Countertops Reno Experience

What was your favorite part of the kitchenCRATE process?

The process with kitchenCRATE has been impressive from the start! From meeting with Jason to measure the space, reviewing the detailed estimate, choosing quality materials, the timeline, staying within budget, the clean work site, the professionalism of the crew and ease of communication with Jason who was attentive and accessible every step of the way.  I was provided with a daily chart of the job, so I knew exactly what was being done each day of the renovation.

What was your favorite part about the kitchenCRATE team?

There is a tendency to think because of the timeline there might be some “ short cuts”  but the truth is, the crew is totally dedicated to the project until the job is completed.  I am amazed at the quality of the craftsmanship since I have been in custom homes that didn’t look this good!

I honestly cannot choose a favorite part of the “new” kitchen since every square inch of my 1996 kitchen looks stunning, like an episode from Property Brothers!

Before and After Pictures

(Click each image to enjoy a larger view.)

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Day by Day Progress

(Note: We added a few 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  We also removed the outdated light box in order to make room for the new LED can lighting. 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 LED recessed lighting.  Four six inch LED can lights were placed strategically around the kitchen to optimize the lighting over work spaces. These lights are installed to maximize light levels for the most common countertop uses.

Day 3 – Next, we used metal-stud framing to sheetrock the old lightbox and then hung and taped the sheetrock.

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.

Day 5 – The painters then began refinishing the kitchen cabinets in this Reno home and applied two coats of Kelly-Moore Dura-poxy paint in Whitest White to the thoroughly sanded and primed cabinets.  This same priming and painting process was used on the new doors and drawers, which are painted off-site in a climate-controlled paint booth for the highest possible quality.

Day 6 – The countertop installation team arrived to install the beautiful Kohler Vault double bowl sink in Stainless Steel and the MSI Alpine Gray quartz countertops with a bullnose edge.

Day 7 – The tile backsplash artisans installed the Daltile Arctic White 3″ x 6″ semi-gloss tiles. The tile backsplash was grouted with Laticrete Brightest White grout.

Day 8 – The painting team was back on site to paint the walls and ceilings. Kelly-Moore Bashful Emu was applied to the walls and Kelly-Moore Whitest White was applied to the ceiling.

Day 9 –  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 Simplice faucet with a vibrant stainless finish was installed and the entire project was cleaned, top-to-bottom.

Technical Details

Are you next?

Perhaps the Pescado 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 completely new look and feel.  KitchenCRATE can make this happen in 7 days for less than $15,000.

Just click here to schedule your phone consultation using our on-line scheduling system.  Or feel free to call us direct during business hours at 888-995-7996!

Scott Monday is co-founder and CEO of kitchenCRATE and bathCRATE. Follow him on FacebookGoogle+ or Linked-In.

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