Remodeler’s Corner

remodelerpsdDo you ever find your kitchen cabinets lacking? Before you grab a sledge hammer mallet and begin demolition like homeowners Ray Samson and Kimberly Jungas-Samson did, decide on a design.

    “I worked in construction for 10 years,” Ray explained. “After we spent time looking over four different concepts, we brought samples of the wood and tiles home to try them in our kitchen.” Visualizing what you hope to accomplish is key.

    Ray and Kimberly hired Kitchen Concepts for the project. “When we first met the homeowners they were tired of the basic, builder-grade kitchen cabinets and lack of storage,” said Jennifer Maass, a designer at Kitchen Concepts. “We updated the light-stained oak cabinets to dark-stained knotty alder and added an accent of crown molding stained black.”

    Keeping the major appliances and sink in the same places, they installed new countertops with an accent color to provide a more formal look as they extend into the living room.

    The new kitchen design added six inches of height to the upper cabinets. “We also added a 24-inch pantry, a lazy Susan base and better drawer storage to increase functionality,” Jennifer explained. To add a personal touch, Kitchen Concepts added details like a built-in wine rack with an open cookbook shelf to give the cabinets individuality.

     Ray and Kimberly are more than happy with their kitchen. “On the day our kitchen remodel was finished, we found out we were having a baby,” said Ray. “We decided to put our home on the market now that Kimberly has had our son. Kitchen Concepts created such a great kitchen that we have decided to create an exact replica in the new home we’re building.”

    Kitchen Concepts is a local, family-owned business that has been in Rochester for
18 years. “We work with a personal touch that makes the homeowner comfortable when going through the remodeling process.” Kitchen Concepts offers a variety of project types from replacing cabinet doors and drawer fronts to full-scale remodeling projects.

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