I had wanted a new remodeled kitchen for years, but every year when I was ready to start, something always came up to postpone it. This actually went on for several years. Finally, this year we began working on the kitchen. We replaced the ceiling ourselves, then decided to continue with the replacement of the kitchen cabinets. I got a few designs and quotes, but nothing that got me really excited. Then I found a piece of paper that a friend had given my husband with Steve's name and phone number along with the recommendation to use him if/when we decided to remodel our kitchen. So, I called him and set up an appointment (June 20th). We decided that instead of us telling him what we wanted, that we would meet with him for a little bit, then ask him what HE envisioned. What he envisioned, was nothing like what I had in mind, but it sounded beautiful (and very expensive). I was actually ready for another disappointment because I thought it would be way over our budget.
A few days later he called us to arrange a meeting to go over his design ideas. When we saw him that Thursday, and were blown away by the design AND the affordable price. He was very thorough and patient when going over the plans, explaining all the details, as well as the associated costs. We had felt very comfortable with him from the first moment he walked into our home and that feeling continued with this meeting. We decided to go for it and signed on with him to do the work. That afternoon, we met with him again to walk through a couple of his granite supplier warehouses, and found a beautiful piece of granite. Steve's bid included a Level 1 granite, and the pieces we found were a level two, so the upgrade added to the price, but it was definitely worth it.
Three weeks later, at the end of July (on a Thursday), Steve and his crew arrived in the morning and removed all the existing cabinetry, cut out the tile backsplash, put in new drywall in its place, and brought in all the cabinets. The next day (Friday) was my turn to stay home from work and watch everything get hung and placed. The install took ALL day. Only one person doing the install and he was very meticulous in making sure everything was measured and placed correctly. He returned on Monday to finish the cabinet installation and trimwork, and the granite guys arrived and made a template for the island and countertops. At this point we decided that we would rather have another tall cabinet instead of the shorter one that was supposed to have a microwave hanging under it. So, we spoke with Steve and he ordered a replacement cabinet.
Two days later, the island and counter were installed and the template of the backsplash was made. Then two days later, the backsplash was installed.
From the first day to the installation of the backsplash was a two week period, BUT because of work schedules, it was only 5 days worth of work itself. Steve and his crew and subcontractors were very professional and NEAT!!!!!! Yes, there was dust, but only a minimal amount (they didn't come in throwing hammers and demolishing everything in their paths like they do on television). At the end of each day, floors were swept, and vacuumed before they left.
When the replacement cabinet arrived, Steve came over and removed the one we did not want (but it is ours and we will find a home for it somewhere else in the house) and replaced it with the new one, and finished out the trimming of the cabinets. Obviously, because of our change, this was an additional cost, but again, it was worth it.
Our initial budget was to be $20,000 for a new kitchen. Steve's proposal and agreement was $16,885. With us upgrading to a Level 2 granite, replacing a cabinet, and adding a few more inches to the granite island overhang, we still came in under our budget for the remodel.
Our kitchen looks awesome! More beautiful than I ever thought I would have or be able to afford. I was not looking forward to a remodel, I had heard all sorts of horror stories about contractors in general, "not reliable", "take forever", "don't show up when scheduled" etc. etc. etc. But I can honestly say that NONE of those applied to Steve, his contractors or our remodel. Steve has been over to finish up a few odds and ends, and to make sure everything is exactly the way we wanted.
Remodeling is not painless nor convenient. However, that being said, Steve worked with us to make our remodel as painless as possible and worked around OUR work schedules instead of his. I will definitely contact him again if we decide to move on to the bathroom areas.
- Lynn Sarver | 9/4/2013