Anni and Jason’s Story

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galley kitchen with white cabinets and dark hardwood floor

Anni and Jason’s beautiful new kitchen

I always ask customers to let me know how their projects turn out. Recently, instead of a few project photos, I received a link to my customer Anni’s blog, Whose Idea Was It To Buy This House? What a treat! Anni covers the entire process as she (dreamer, planner and procurement officer) and her husband Jason (construction specialist extraordinaire) master challenges and celebrate delights.

kitchen with blue wallpaper, golden oak cabinets and linoleum flooring

And this is where it began.

I’ll share a few highlights below.

kitchen with wall of pantry cabinets

One factor in Anni’s buying decision was the option to customize cabinets sizes, as in these pantry cabinets modified to be 12″ deep.

Cabinets would be the single biggest expense of the remodel. Jason considered building cabinets (too time consuming) and repainting was not an option in this total tear out. Anni discusses Ikea, Cabinets to Go, Kitchen Cabinet Kings, Kitchen Resource Direct, CliqStudios, and Big Box Stores, explaining why she settled on CliqStudios. (We didn’t pay her to write the blog, really!)

unfinished cabinet installation

Beverage station coming soon.

Skipping over demolition, reconstruction of walls, plumbing and electrical, I’ll take you right to the fun part – putting the space back together. Like any fine carpenter, Jason was meticulous about leveling cabinets, despite the challenges of working in an older house.

white kitchen cabinets with glass doors and white subway tile backsplash.

Glass door cabinets create a light, bright feel while keeping the dust out.

When Anni suggested open shelves, Jason said, “over my dead body.” Her comment – “I dropped it, not wanting to be left to take care of the three of them myself.” The solution? Glass door cabinets flank the wide bank of windows to provide a light, airy feeling while keeping the dust out. Other modifications to the semi-custom cabinets include reducing the depth of the pantry cabinets to fit the space, and modifying a base cabinet to receive a microwave.

As a DIY project, start to finish, the kitchen renovation took longer than expected – nearly a year. But in Anni’s final post, she describes herself as “teary-eyed, skipping around the house, let’s pop the champagne excited.”

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  2. Joel Orlando Reply

    Hi it is nice to see this blogs because I was looking an kitchen remodeling. While looking at the internet I saw this is there anyone knows more on there services?

    • Dan Jones Reply

      We do not have direct information but most quality contractors will have ratings/reviews etc. on Angie’s List, or Better Business Bureau or be able to provide you with a list of references. It’s always advisable to ask the contractor for their last three projects.

  3. Janice Priebe-Tate Reply

    Are the cabinets white, cloud white or bright white?

    • Dan Jones Reply

      Cloud White

  4. apluskitchen Reply

    Installation process after complete cabinets carefully

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