This was a project we had considered for several years, but when we saw that the old cabinets, lighting, and countertops were totally outdated (the soffits were really dated as well, straight from 1986), it was time to improve the appearance and functionality of what was the original kitchen. We went to the local Ace Hardware store; they had recently opened a kitchen and bath design center. We were introduced to Chris, who came to the house and put together three proposals, ranging from very minor changes to a complete makeover. We went with the latter and the project began in late December. Chris recommended an excellent contractor who could (because of the winter season) start the work almost immediately.
As no such project is ever easy and there are always glitches encountered along the way, Chris maintained very close contact with us, the suppliers, and contractor to ensure that everything went together as planned. He stopped by several times to verify that all was going according to plans. Bear in mind that we also had him specify and provide new cabinetry for the first floor half bathroom.
Looking at the attached “before” and “after” pictures, the difference is obvious. Chris has a very good eye (and mind) for this sort of thing, and it shows. We are very pleased with the finished products.