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.
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 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
Countertop: MSI Cascade White Quartz
Grout: Laticrete Bright White
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!