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Since moving into their 1975 Pleasanton, CA home a few years back, this kitchenCRATE customer knew a kitchen remodel was inevitable.  The dark oak cabinets, tile countertops and fluorescent light box just didn’t align with the vision they had for their home.

And since their house features the much-coveted open floor plan, (the kitchen, dining and living areas all share an amazing gathering space) there was no way to hide this kitchen from view.

The kitchenCRATE team was honored to replace these dated finishes with clean, modern quartz countertops, freshly refinished cabinets (inside and out!), sleek tile backsplash and new LED can lighting!

Scroll down to hear direct feedback from the customer and see an assortment of stunning before and after transformation images.

The Homeowner’s Kitchen Remodel Experience

What was your favorite part of the kitchenCRATE process?

Our favorite part of the kitchenCRATE process was how simple it was! We really appreciated the seamless and well-coordinated steps. From our very first meeting, we felt completely in control of the project, without having to be over involved in the planning. Also, the design meeting was a blast!

What was your favorite part about the kitchenCRATE team?

Our favorite part about the kitchenCRATE team was how friendly, thoughtful, and in-tune with our needs they were. While the steps of the process are very clear, the kitchenCRATE team was beyond flexible in how we achieved them. They even let us start the remodel while we were on vacation, in order to minimize impact to our family. We felt incredibly comfortable having the team in our home while we were gone!

Was there anything about the process or project that surprised you? If so, what was it?

A pleasant surprise was that there were no hidden costs, or extra days added to the remodel. The project was finished ON TIME and ON BUDGET, which has not always been the case with other home projects! Even though the kitchenCRATE team had plenty of other projects going on, we always felt like we were their number one priority.

Before and After Pictures

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Day by Day Progress

(Note: We added a couple 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 LED can lighting and also roughed-in the wiring and switches for the LED undercabinet lighting. Six 6″ can lights were placed strategically around the kitchen to optimize the lighting over work spaces and four 6″ can lights were added to the living room. Also, a new cabinets were added to the space above the refrigerator.

Day 3 – The ktichenCRATE team installed the new crown molding.

Day 4 – 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 5 – 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 6 – The painters then applied two coats of Kelly-Moore Dura-poxy paint in Feather White 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 apron front sink in White and the MSI Sparkling White quartz countertops with a bevel edge.

Day 8 – The tile backsplash artisans began installing the Emser Paladina Alabanella 4″ x 8″ porcelain tiles on the backsplash. The backsplash was grouted with Laticrete Smoke Grey grout.

Day 9 –  Lastly, the kitchenCRATE team installed the homeowner’s previous 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 Cruette faucet and Soap Dispenser were installed and the entire project was cleaned, top-to-bottom.

Technical Details

Are you next?

Perhaps the Corte Salcedo 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.