Homeowner says kitchen remodel worth the 5-year wait

Homeowner says kitchen remodel worth the 5-year wait

Apopka, Florida, homeowners Jessica Kovach and Brad Ballard love their 1950s home, but say they could only afford to refinish the hardwood floors and remodel the bathroom when they moved in.

“We decided that we would live with the very crowded tiny kitchen without a dishwasher for five years and save for a new kitchen,” Kovach says. “We have a large garden and we love to cook, so we really wanted a simple, clean and functional kitchen to match our lifestyle.”

When the time was right, the Angie's List members hired highly rated Repairs by Mike Akins of Umatilla, Florida, to remodel the kitchen, at the recommendation of the company they used for cabinets.

The remodel included removing the old tile floor and backer board, installing wood floor plank tiles, and adding electrical for a dishwasher and stove hood.

“We were so impressed with Mike from the moment we met him,” Kovach says. “We were very specific in the details that we were looking for, and he listened and appreciated that we knew what we wanted.”

Kovach and Ballard were involved in the design and materials selection and couldn’t be happier with the outcome, from the Italian floor tiles that look like real wood planks to the simple and subtle white porcelain lantern tiles they used for their backsplash.

Mike Akins provided functionality to Kovach and Ballard’s small kitchen.

“The pot and pan drawers have so much storage space. The farmhouse sink is wonderful for when we need to rinse our harvest from the garden,” Kovach says. “Of course, having a dishwasher is amazing too!”


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