“The first day we were in the place, my dad and I took the kitchen to the studs, ceiling to floor.” When Jake
began his kitchen renovation, he knew what needed to come out – dilapidated cabinets, orange counters and
indescribably bad appliances. He opened up a ten-foot expanse of the cramped, chopped-up space, as much as
the AC ducts allowed.
His wife Kelly had a clear vision of the kitchen that would fill the space. The challenge, however, was
finding someone to bridge the gap between Kelly’s concept and a working design. Local designers and cabinet
sellers not only came back with prices Jake referred to as astronomical, but the designers, apparently
lacking creativity, kept coming back with what the couple did not want. No one offered a good solution for
the awkward back corner, and several wanted to take out a window. Jake and Kelly, discouraged, were thinking
of installing Ikea cabinets as a temporary measure – and then found CliqStudios. They decided they couldn’t
go wrong with a free design consult.
Beginning with that first consultation, their experience with CliqStudios designer Sue Robinson was
different. “Sue was very understanding,” said Jake. “Every few days she would have another suggestion. She
has so many modular choices – we could build exactly what we wanted, and never had to give up anything. We
achieved every goal – ample storage space, a layout that provides plenty of space for two of us, and great
organization. Everyone who sees it is sure this is custom.”
Two years later, Jake is delighted with the quality and look of his cabinets. “These have stood the test of
time. We have a two-year old, two dogs and we love to cook. Yet there isn’t a stain or chip in the
Construction of this farmhouse style kitchen took four months, during which Jake, Kelly and infant Olivia
made do with a kitchen on the deck. When the carpenters had questions, designer Sue was on the phone to
help. Money saved on cabinets left budget for high-end appliances and countertop. Their selections included
a Jenn-Air oven, Wolf cooktop, Proline hood and built-in wine cooler. Kelly wondered about Jake’s insistence
on Tapmaster® hands-free faucet controllers, but agrees, they are a must in any kitchen of theirs going
When asked if he would do anything differently, Jake thought for a moment, then said, “We wouldn’t change
anything in the kitchen. I wish there was money left over to do the rest of the house. But the kitchen is
where we spend all our time, so it was worth it.”
Hi Abigail. The lights were selected and sourced locally by the homeowner, so we don't have the specific brand and model details. However, if you Google "Clear schoolhouse pendant lights" you'll find many, many lighting options that are very similar to these.
Unfortunately since these countertops were selected by the homeowner, we don't have the exact name of the surface. They do however look similar to quartz styles we've seen before... take a peek at this surface: Oyster Cotton Quartz.