After 45 years of tolerating a cramped kitchen, our clients in Richmond decided the time had come for a kitchen makeover. Instead of finding ways to work within their kitchen, our clients wanted their kitchen to finally work for them. After hearing Tom Tynan talk about TriFection on HomeShow Radio for years, they knew exactly who to call. What we didn’t know up front, though, was how this project would touch everyone at TriFection as no other project before.
Much needed kitchen makeover
The many years spent struggling with this long-outdated kitchen provided our clients ample time to develop a long and detailed wish list. They knew exactly what they wanted in this makeover. Originally, they planned to remodel the kitchen and master bath simultaneously. But, we suggested their budget would be better utilized by eliminating potential compromises in the kitchen; the bathroom could wait. They agreed.
Kitchen makeover brings a fresh face
We began by designing a floor plan for a much larger kitchen. The infrequently used formal dining room would be converted into additional kitchen space. This required removing some walls and reframing others. At the wife’s request, we framed an opening through the new dining room that will allow guests to get a sneak peak at the beautiful kitchen the moment they walk in the front door.
Now, with a long open space in which work, we set forth creating custom-built solid beech cabinetry with raised panel fronts and Auburn Anigre stain. One wall features a pantry cabinet (including a dedicated spice drawer that would make any chef jealous), oven cabinet, refrigerator cabinet and a large appliance garage. These stunning cabinets not only offer significantly more storage space, they ease accessibility of stored items —satisfying one of our clients’ key wish list items.
Sienna Beige granite tops the new cabinets. The very unique and complementary backsplash is made of Old Chicago Rustic bricks from Interceramic. The backsplash actually serves as a tribute to a beloved family member who also had bricks in her kitchen many years ago. The colors and texture come to life brilliantly with undercabinet lighting.
New lights, new toys and a final touch for this new kitchen
TriFection’s electrical team installed LED recessed cans and a new breakfast room light, which when combined with the Sherwin Williams Creme color walls, brighten the space tremendously.
Our clients chose a new GE appliance package from Nor-West, including an induction cooktop, oven, microwave and counter-depth French door refrigerator. These modern appliances required some updates to the home’s existing electrical panel and circuitry, but they sure make cooking fun again.
The “cherry on top” of this kitchen remodeling project was the hardware choice. The one thing our clients still liked about their old kitchen was the vintage brass and ceramic pulls on the cabinetry. They would have simply reused those pulls, but now they had many more cabinet fronts. Given the age of that hardware, how could they ever hope to find a match? Never underestimate the power of the internet…..and TriFection’s secret weapon Erin Roberts. After an extensive search, Erin found the used hardware on EBay. Without a second to lose, Erin secured the winning bid and upon delivery polished the pulls herself so they’d look good as new, much to the delight of our clients. They can still enjoy a link to the old kitchen and the many family memories created there.
A kitchen makeover surprise for the TriFection team
TriFection receives many wonderful thank you cards and testimonials from our clients. Given our long history and constant emphasis on client satisfaction, we’re not necessarily surprised by nice compliments. However, these clients caught even us a bit off-guard by the level of their enthusiasm and appreciation for our efforts. They took the time to write very sincere, personalized thank you letters to every professional on the TriFection team who contributed to the success of their project, including the tradesmen. Everyone was truly touched as we read the letters during a weekly company meeting. In a world that often seems far less cordial than it used to be, their gesture reminded us of just how rewarding our clients’ smiling faces and lasting relationships can be.