North Olmsted homeowners thrilled with new kitchen countertops and backsplash

North Olmsted homeowners thrilled with new kitchen countertops and backsplash

Angie’s List members Kenneth and Kim Delfing of North Olmsted, Ohio, knew it was time to upgrade their kitchen — parts of which hadn’t been touched since the 1980s. “We just had the floor put in,” Kenneth says. “But we had never done the countertops or the backsplash.”

In order to tackle those tasks, along with building a railing to separate the kitchen from the dining room, the Delfings hired highly rated Powell Remodeling in Mentor, Ohio, whom they found at a home show, and then double-checked their credentials with Angie’s List.


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Angie's List member Kim Delfing says her cabinets were resurfaced, but the countertops and backsplash needed help. (Photo courtesy of Kim Delfing of North Olmsted, Ohio) (Photo by )

“We really had no clue what the kitchen would look like, picking between Formica & granite, then picking colors and trying visualize how a slab of granite in the warehouse was going to look in our kitchen, then trying to match a backsplash,” Kenneth says. “They met us at the granite warehouse and the tile store with pictures of what went well together. They didn’t pick it for us, but led us to colors and styles that would look good in our kitchen.”

Kenneth says the entire project took roughly a month, and cost $13,000, which didn’t include the cost of new appliances, but did include their installation. “My favorite part is the new sink and faucet,” Kenneth says. “The granite sink we picked out is deep and under mounted, easy to use and easy to clean large pots. The Moen faucet with the spray top is great!”


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Angie's List member Kim and Kenneth Delfing hired highly rated Powell Remodeling to partially remodel their kitchen. (Photo courtesy of Kim Delfing of North Olmsted, Ohio) (Photo by )

Kenneth advises homeowners who are about to undertake a kitchen remodeling project to do their homework and check Angie’s List. “Also, be very clear about what you want,” he says. “Don’t assume they understand. And it’s not about price. We could’ve done this cheaper, but it wouldn’t have been as nice. When you’re talking about a $10,000 job, the difference between a $500 sink and an $800 sink isn’t that much, so get what you want. Don’t settle, but make sure you can afford it.”

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