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One nice feature of modern home design is the kitchen opening up to the living areas.  It creates a feeling of openness, and allows guests to meander easily from one room to another while allowing the one doing the food preparation to take part in the conversation.

However, this design element also puts the kitchen right in the middle of the action. And if your kitchen is tired, or dated, or just not spicy enough for you, well, then, you can’t help but think about it on a daily basis.

Over the past few year, kitchenCRATE has renovated quite a few modern homes (like this one, or this one, or this one), and the Laurant Court home turned out fantastic as well!

Old tile countertops? Gone. Built-in-desk-that-no-one-uses? Gone. Stock tract house cabinets? Unrecognizable.  Cabinet hardware? Freshly installed and begging to be used.

Scroll down to see the amazing transformation to this 2001 home!

The Homeowner’s Experience

What was your favorite part of the kitchenCRATE process?

Our favorite part of the kitchenCRATE process was seeing the changes each and everyday!

What was your favorite part about the kitchenCRATE team?

The kitchenCRATE team was always there when we needed someone. They were very organized and made us feel confident in the work that was being done.

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

We were surprised that everything went so smooth especially with all the horror stories you hear about renovations. Our kitchen is exactly how we pictured it and we love it!!!

Day by Day Progress

(Note: We added 1 day to our normal 7-day process to accommodate the owner-requested 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.  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 – We roughed-in the wiring and switches for the LED undercabinet lighting and added an outlet for a new wine refrigerator.

Day 3 – 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 4 – The painters then applied two coats of Kelly-Moore Dura-poxy paint in Pearly 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 5 – The capable team at AAI Granite & Tile arrived to install the beautiful stainless steel Kohler Vault under-mount sink and the MSI Cascade White quartz countertops with a mitered edge.

Day 6 – AAI Granite & Tile was back on-site, this time to install the Daltile Matte Arctic White 3 x 6 tiles with an accent strip of Emser’s Lucent Morning Fog 3 x6 glass tiles on the backsplash.

Day 7 – AAI Granite & Tile returned one more time to add Laticrete Bright White grout to the backsplash.

Day 8 –  Lastly, the kitchenCRATE team installed the homeowner’s previous appliances and the new cooktop.  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 was installed and the entire project was cleaned, top-to-bottom.

Before and After Pictures

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Technical Details

Countertop:  MSI Cascade White Quartz

Backsplash:  Daltile Matte Arctic White 3 x 6 tiles with an accent strip of Emser’s Lucent Morning Fog 3 x6 glass tiles.

Grout:  Laticrete Bright White

Cabinet Finish:  Kelly-Moore Pearly White in semi-gloss finish using a top-of-the line Kelly-Moore Dura-Poxy paint and primer.

Cabinet Hardware:  Liberty Satin Nickel knobs and Liberty 3″  Satin Nickel drawer pulls with matching cabinet hinges.

Sink:  Kohler Vault under-mount sink in Stainless Steel.

Faucet: Kohler Simplice with Vibrant Stainless finish.

Are you next?

Perhaps the Laurant Court 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 just a few days and for an amazingly-low price.

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 (email) is Founder and CEO of Trinity Renovation, Inc., the parent company of kitchenCRATE.  Learn more about Scott at Google+ or on Facebook.

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