It takes one to know one. Nowhere was that expression more true than in the kitchen remodel project we recently completed in Cypress. Because they’re small business owners themselves, these clients understand better than most people why you get what you pay for. Because they recognized the importance of top-quality craftsmanship on a project like this, they were prepared to pay for it….eventually.
Methodical kitchen remodel clients
After enduring a dated kitchen, complete with laminate counters, uninspiring builder-grade tile, a bulky ceiling light box and out-of-style wallpaper, our clients were ready for something new. Even so, they didn’t want to rush into the project. After contacting us months earlier, these clients continued investigating other contractors, researching materials, and shopping for appliances.
We appreciate homeowners taking a methodical approach to a major renovation project. They should feel completely comfortable with their chosen contractor and the details involved with their new custom kitchen or bathroom. After our initial meeting, we let these folks know that when they were ready, TriFection would be too. Approximately six months later, with their due diligence complete, they gave TriFection the green light.
The time was right for this kitchen remodel
We began by replacing their white laminate countertops and white tiled backsplash. In their place, we installed Azul Platino granite counters and Self Evolve 2″x16″ white glossy tile in a subway pattern for the backsplash, both from Midwest. We then installed undercabinet lighting to show off this magnificent combination. The eye-catching new tile flooring was St. Moritz Silver 18” x 18” in a diagonal pattern, purchased from Emser. A new Kraus undermount stainless steel sink and Moen faucet complemented these selections.
Lighting up this kitchen remodel
As is the case in many older kitchens, this one had a large wooden fluorescent light box. We replaced it with modern LED recessed can lighting and pendant lighting above the island. In the process of doing electrical work, we discovered kitchen electrical circuits that were not up to code. So, prior to reinstalling appliances, TriFection ran new circuits to make the home safe. While we were at it, we also installed a new TV between the kitchen and breakfast area.
Carpentry and finish work
These clients’ cabinets were well-maintained and in good shape. So, we only needed to add modern hardware to them. The walls, however, needed more attention. We stripped the wallpaper before floating, sanding, texturing and painting the kitchen a nice Evening Shadow color produced by Sherwin Williams. Then, we refinished and re-installed two pantry doors that were showing wear after many years of daily usage.
How you start is how you end
This kitchen remodel ended right because it started right. It’s important to take your time and do the necessary homework. In this case, these clients wisely placed more weight on reputation for top-quality craftsmanship and service than on cheaper prices and quick-start promises in their thoughtful evaluation. They took their time to shop and decide what they really wanted. In the end, all that homework led them to TriFection because, after all, sometimes it takes good small business owners to know a good small business.