New life for a very old kitchen

Tom and I have lived in our Civil War-era home for decades and had adjusted to the inconveniences of our kitchen—uneven floors, frozen pipes, cheap cabinets, and inadequate storage. We made minor adjustments over the years but finally decided this kitchen needed a major overhaul.
In early 2021, we found a company that specialized in restoring historic homes. One of the contractor’s first recommendations was to hire Chris Setlock to design our new kitchen. In his first visit, Chris walked through the first floor to get a feel for the house and our tastes. He took photographs and talked about the limitations of the space, our likes and dislikes, and our “wish list” for the new kitchen. Our first impression of Chris was that he had a good sense of design and was intuitive, experienced, and responsive to our comments. We hired him on the spot. Two weeks later, we received his initial designs and our impression of Chris was confirmed. He gave us a design concept that we loved on his first attempt.
While the contractor demolished our old kitchen—taking it back to its log walls and dirt floor—Chris continued to work with us on the details of the design. He had extensive knowledge about flooring, countertops, backsplashes, cabinets, appliances, sinks, faucets and hardware. He had valuable relationships with vendors, and even interceded when deliveries from one vendor became problematic. What I appreciated most was that, throughout the process, Chris offered options and advise, but was clear that this was “our” kitchen and that the selection should be ours.
Our biggest concern with a kitchen remodel has always been that the historic character of our house be maintained. We wanted a new kitchen with modern conveniences but it had to blend with the rest of the house. Thanks to a great remodeling crew and Chris Setlock Kitchen and Bath Design, we have a kitchen that “wows” our visitors but complements the rest of the house. We love, love, love our new kitchen and would highly recommend using Chris Setlock Design without reservation.

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