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Have you ever wanted a little more counter space?  Or perhaps even A LOT more counter space?

Well such was the wish of our most recent kitchenCRATE customer on Modesto’s Northcrest Court.  And counter space she received!

The existing configuration of the kitchen peninsula yields itself nicely to a cantilevered bar top, but for some reason none was installed when the home was built in 1993.  The kitchenCRATE team was more than happy to right this wrong, along with the rest of this amazing renovation.

Please enjoy the extensive before and after pictures below, along with the customer’s testimonial and the complete project specifications!

The Homeowner’s Experience

What was your favorite part of the kitchenCRATE process?

The process was very different than I’ve experienced in the past when renovating two bathrooms with another company. I appreciated the planning meetings, emails, and paperwork outlining in great detail the work that would be done, the materials that would be used, and the cost projected for each, as well as a detailed timeline.

What was your favorite part about the kitchenCRATE team?

The team was personal, knowledgeable, organized, and took our special needs into consideration seamlessly. Both Scott and Jared were very professional, accessible and responsive. I will recommend kitchenCRATE without hesitation.

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

The surprise was that the detailed timeline was followed so closely. The project was completed as planned, within the budget and finished early! In comparison to our bathroom renovations process, this experience brought about no stress, mishaps, or unexpected changes along the way.

Before and After Pictures

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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. To support the cantilever countertop, we reinforced the plywood sub-tops with steel straps.   Toward the end of the day we created the template for the new granite countertops, which take a few days to fabricate off-site.

Day 2 – The electrical team roughed-in the wiring and switches for the LED undercabinet lighting and began the wiring for the new can lighting.  6″ LED can lights were placed strategically around the kitchen to optimize the lighting over work spaces. A new gas line was brought in to convert the cooktop to gas and the cabinets above the cooktop were modified to accept the new microwave hood.

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.

Day 5 – The painters then applied two coats of Kelly-Moore Dura-poxy paint in Swiss Coffee 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 6 – The countertop installation team arrived to install the beautiful Kohler Bakersfield under-mount sink in White and the Arizona Tile Giallo Santo granite countertops with a mitered edge.

Day 7 – The tile backsplash artisans began installing the Arizona Tile Ankara 4 X 4 travertine tiles on the backsplash.

Day 8 – The kitchenCRATE team painted the walls and ceiling.

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 Pfister Wheaton faucet with a Tuscan Bronze finish was installed and the entire project was cleaned, top-to-bottom.

Technical Details

Are you next?

Perhaps the Northcrest 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 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.