Homeowner gets exactly what she wants with custom cabinets
When most people move into a home, they expect to live with some features they don’t like. Susan Nelson says she and her husband, John, put up with their standard builder grade kitchen for 22 years. But the small cabinets limited what they could store and easily access.
That, says the Las Vegas member, would no longer do if they want to sell the home one day or retire there. Susan’s recent knee surgery exacerbated the issue. “As you get older, to have to wrangle things out of cabinets ... that is just not going to make it for the next decade,” she says.
She envisioned new upper cabinets that extended to the ceiling, capped with crown molding. Below them, she wanted cabinets with pull-out drawers under her wall oven and elsewhere to accommodate large pots, baking dishes, and other kitchen must-haves.
Nelson wanted to use as much of her existing cabinetry as possible and create a cohesive look in the adjacent family room by modifying a built-in entertainment center. Unfortunately, Nelson says most contractors she contacted didn’t want to give her the kitchen she wanted on her terms.
“All of the bids we initially received were primarily interested in installing new cabinets and/or refacing the old cabinets,” Nelson says. “They discouraged the pullouts by saying they would be too expensive to install and that we should consider it a DIY project later.”
Despite concerns about hiring a one-man operation, Nelson says they selected highly rated Jacques, the Handyman of Las Vegas because of reviews on Angie’s List and his old-world cabinetry skills. “It became apparent that we were hiring a true craftsman,” she says. “It’s a joy to work in the kitchen now. I love the upscale look and the ease of movement and space. The attention to function, style and detail by Jacques gave us a dream kitchen on a budget.”