A Dream Kitchen Worth Waiting For

DaytonPainted WhiteAnita L.Canton, Michigan

Anita had lots of time to plan her kitchen remodel. She had been thinking about how to make the space her own since the day she and her husband closed on their Detroit area home over 8 years ago! Her plans were not your ordinary daydreams, either. As an Interior Designer, she knew exactly what she wanted, how she wanted it, and gave lots of thought to how she, her husband, and their two small boys used their kitchen.

Anita’s husband Pero is the family’s “money manager,” and had established the budget for their kitchen remodel. However, shortly after getting a handful of estimates, Anita started to fear that they may not be able to afford the kitchen she’d been planning for the better part of a decade. Pero was “blown away” by the high prices of the types of cabinets Anita wanted, and with her eye for detail, she did not want to compromise on quality.

As part of her research on kitchen cabinet costs, Anita was found by one of our online ads. She started reading about how CliqStudios builds our cabinets and the high-end construction methods used. The free samples she requested confirmed the build quality she’d read about online, and was especially pleased to see our classic Painted White finish, which she describes as, “A nice subtle, not-too-bright, in-your-face, kind of white, yet still a true white.”

The next step was to convince Pero, who was a bit hesitant to make such a large purchase from an online company, and not ever having seen the full, “real” product in person. Anita persisted because the paint color was just what she’d been looking for, the quality was at the level she wanted, and the price made her not have to compromise on her vision. The personal attention they got from Ali, their Kitchen Designer, had also built up a lot of trust, and after the 3rd round of changes and revisions, CliqStudios was the obvious choice for the family’s new dream kitchen.

Custom hutch design comes to life!One of the areas on which Anita and Ali had worked on in great detail was a small wall just off of the kitchen, in the dining area. In the current configuration, this was a desk and workspace area with three small wall cabinets. Anita summed up her feelings about the desk by simply saying, “I hated it! We have an actual office for getting work done, and the kitchen desk just became a dumping ground and catch-all that was always a mess.” Just like the rest of the kitchen, Anita had a clear vision for what she wanted it to become — a ‘command center’ for the family’s busy lives.

Ali had started out creating this custom piece of furniture as Anita tried to describe her vision. However, after going through several versions, nothing seemed to be just right. They had a breakthrough when Anita used Pinterest to find an “inspiration image” that looked pretty much like what was in her head. Using that photo as a guide, Ali was able to start building this custom hutch-come-command center, using CliqStudios cabinetry to create a look that matched the picture. This was a real collaboration between designer and client, as the two went back and forth, tweaking this, and changing that. By the time they had reached the final version, they had lost count of how many variations Ali had created, but it only took three once they started working from the inspiration photo.

Although this command center was a piece that Anita had yeared for, it had put the final price over their budget! Because those base cabinets were to be shallower, “reduced-depth” boxes, there was going to be customization upcharge. However, with Anita’s keen interior-designer, she had spotted just the solution within CliqStudios online catalog. Instead of using kitchen cabinets, they would use bathroom vanity cabinets instead! They were the same style, same color, and same quality, but they came in the smaller, 21-inch version which his hutch design called for!


“I couldn’t be happier with the way our new kitchen turned out,” says Anita, “Even with my experience as an Interior Designer, Ali’s help was invaluable with the many technical product specifications, and to help dial-in the design overall.”




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  1. Jean Reply

    It’s an interesting use of space. I wonder what the dimensions of the room are? How much room is required for this layout with island, particularly the width? I do like the desk area a lot.

  2. Bob Reply

    The dark countertops, wider than before cabinets, wider island sides and floor to ceiling cabinets in the hutch and next to the fridge make this look cramped and a much smaller kitchen than before. Nice updates but poor spacial design.

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