A Kitchen Expands its Horizons

Kitchen Remodel

No other room in our homes combines functionality and esthetics in quite the same way as the kitchen. When both these elements need improving, it’s high time for a remodel. Before you start remodeling, go to this great site for an estimate to fix plumbing. No one wants to fix pipes once a new kitchen is installed.

Vision

Our clients loved the setting and overall layout of their recently purchased home in south Boise, but their passion waned a bit when it came to the kitchen. Not only did it feel isolated from the rest of the home, but that sense of constraint carried over into the available storage space. STRITE solved both issues with a new design, while also updating the kitchen’s overall look.

Challenge

While our clients’ kitchen was workable, they were used to having more available storage in their former home. Not only was the storage in their new kitchen limited, but part of that space was composed of over-the-counter cabinetry that created a visual barrier to the adjacent dining nook, and made the kitchen feel cut off from the rest of the home.

Accomplishment

We replaced the kitchen counter with an island that combined both seating and prep space, while allowing for traffic flow on either side of the kitchen to the dining nook and family room. Removing the overhead cabinetry further opened a line of sight between the kitchen and dining nook, while creating an opening over the cooking station further extended the line of sight all the way into the formal dining room and living room. We added matching granite counters to the left of the sink all the way along the wall, and installed cabinetry above and below for the added storage our clients were looking for. New cabinets, appliances, and laminate flooring combined with the new granite counters and matching backsplash to update the look of the kitchen as well as improve its functionality.

Highlights

One of the keys to STRITE’s success as a remodeler is the quality of the trades people we work with on our projects. In the case of this remodel, one of those skilled trades folk turned out to be our client. Recently retired as a carpenter, he elected to install the laminate flooring himself. Our cabinet maker crafted the matching baseboard, and the results were not only beautiful, but also saved our clients some money on their project. Part of a good do-it-yourself effort is knowing the limits of your skills and making sure that they compliment the competencies of your remodel partner. In this case, the fit was as perfect as the finished product — as the “after” picture below will attest.

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Your Candid Feedback

Award
We attempt to complete a personal  follow up interview with all of our clients in the hopes of receiving solid objective feedback.  We have completed hundreds of surveys over the past 20 years, and have received valuable tips on how to improve our service a little more each remodel.  We encourage objective, candid comments – in fact we often start with “you won’t hurt our feelings…”.

In addition to interviewing our clients following a remodel, we use the  independent construction industry research firm Guild Quality (originally as a beta tester in 2005).  As of this writing, 194 of our recent clients have taken the time to provide  feedback and testimonials (thanks!).  Our goal?  We sincerely want to improve our service,  and who else better to talk to than the people who have hired us – we want our clients to talk behind our back. You can see the results of the Guild Quality survey here. Our favorite discovery – out of the 194 interviewed, 191 of our past clients (98%) would not only hire us again, but would also suggest us to a friend,  family member or coworker – it is our privilege to help you, thanks!

We are also proud to announce that since 2007, we have been honored with the distinctive  Guildmaster Award every year,  and are nominated for 2011.  From the GuildQuality site:

“GuildQuality also provides a third-party Guildmaster certification program that allows builders and remodelers to earn a Guildmaster rating by meeting stringent qualifications for consistently superior customer service. The Guildmaster certification provides remodelers and builders with objective affirmation of their hard-earned reputation for superior customer service.”

You can read more about the Guildmaster Award here.   Again, thanks to our clients for your input.