On their 30th anniversary, Jay had a surprise for his wife Candy. He said, “Pick two areas in the house – let’s make them what you want.”
“The kitchen,” she replied. “I’ve always wanted a nice kitchen.”
So began Jay’s major remodel of his fifth home. Prepared by experiences helping friends and family install their kitchens, Jay decided to do all of the work himself.
“I haven’t had great luck, or history, with contractors,” Jay said. As someone born and raised on a farm, he was used to taking matters into his own hands.
Jay looked around his dark space and came up with several goals. He would bring in white cabinets and quartz countertops to modernize the look. To create more kitchen space, he would relocate the refrigerator, which would would require demolishing an old pantry closet.
“It was a typical remodel: opening up a can of worms,” Jay said.
But even as he uncovered issues – sloping floors, for example – he kept calm and unfazed. “I moved the wall, moved plumbing, moved electrical. I was able to resolve everything myself. The local inspector had nothing but accolades.”