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Kitchen Overhaul

February 7th, 2019 | Posted in Blog | Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

Remodeling the heart of the home


The new year offers a fresh start for people thinking about bettering themselves. While many strive to live a healthier lifestyle through individual challenges, others will use the clean slate that the start of 2019 offers by finally starting home improvement projects that have been on the back burner for way too long.

Remodeling is not only a way for homeowners to make their living space more comfortable and practical, but such projects can greatly increase the resale value of a residence. And with the kitchen increasingly being considered the most important room in the home, it’s no surprise that this area is often the focal point of proposed changes.

Markraft Cabinets

Markraft Cabinets of Wilmington tackled the remodel of a third-floor kitchen for a couple’s beach house on North Topsail Island. They were seeking more storage and workspace but were unsure how to make it happen. The only thing they really knew for certain was that they didn’t want it to look like the old kitchen.

Markraft designer Amanda Fisher and Markraft project manager Jim Bauer worked together to make the couple’s vision a reality, paying special attention to layout changes that would yield a more functional area with increased storage and counter space.

“We wanted to try to hide the laundry door as much as possible to create a focal wall with the hood since this is so open to the living spaces,” Fisher said. “We tried to find a color balance between grey and brown, including the floor, to update the colors but still coordinate nicely with the existing furniture. The products chosen were those we thought would be easy to clean and be durable since this is a beach house.”

Bauer said one of his most notable challenges was trying to match the older flooring. He ended up re-staining the entire floor so there would be consistency.

Among Bauer’s main tasks were scheduling and supervising all of the other trades to do tile, electrical, plumbing, flooring, and painting work. Among the contractors that worked on the project were Cabinet & Granite Solutions (countertops), Tile Guys USA (backsplash), Cabico Cabinets, Oceanside Electrical, Evanko Hardwood Floors, and Plumber Medic. The project took about three months from demolition to completion.

“It’s unrecognizable from the old kitchen,” Fisher said. “It is exactly what I had envisioned. I’m proud of this design.”

Bauer added: “It was a big job, and like all customers, there were high expectations. The whole job turned out really nice.”

If you’ve been dreaming of a new kitchen, the beginning of 2019 is a great time to take the first step.

“The best way for a customer to get started is by coming in to our showroom to get ideas and see products and displays that are current, showing them what is trending, etc.,” Fisher said. “Then they set up an appointment with a designer to discuss what they want to achieve, and our team will help make it all come together.”

Established 30 years ago, Markraft Cabinets specializes in cabinet and countertop design as well as installation for custom remodeling projects and new residential and commercial construction. Among the services the company offers are product selection, custom design, and installation. There is also a full-service warranty department to track and handle all post-job completion issues.


Posted On December 29, 2018

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About Markraft
An established leader in cabinetry design and installation services, Markraft has over 115 employees
across states in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Markraft supplies cabinetry, countertop and design
elements for kitchens and baths, working with professionals in all phases of building – architects and
designers, builders and contractors, decorators and homeowners.