Recent Review: We had Mission Kitchen and Bath do the remodel of our master bathroom in January. We were so happy with the work that they had done on the bathroom that there was no question who we were going to use to update the kitchen. The initial consultation took place in April and the job was booked in June. The cabinets were 17 years old and showing it, the counter tops were white formica, and the back splash was plain white tiles. We discussed the pros and cons of replacing or refinishing the cabinets with our project manager. Additionally, we asked for guidance on what to do with the box lighting and placement of the microwave. The project manager suggested that we install under cabinet lighting to highlight the back splash and counter tops as well as bringing more light to the work areas. We were given advice that made the project a success. We made several trips to the Tile Store looking for inspiration for the back splash and settled on a natural stone. Additionally, we traveled between the Tile Store and Top Masters to get a better idea how the tile we were considering would look next to the granite we were considering. Work started on August 18 with the removal of the counter tops, sink, and removal of the back splash. The Mission Kitchen & Bath (MK&B) workers covered the hard wood flooring with cardboard and installed a plastic wall at the end of the kitchen to contain the dust from the demolition. Top Masters came in to measure for the new granite counter tops. While waiting for the granite, the workers installed the under cabinet lighting, repainted the light box, and prepared the surface for the new back splash. Once Top Masters had installed the new granite the MK&B workers reconnected the sink and installed the new faucet that we had selected. Per design, there was one seam in the granite cabinet. The Top Masters installer was justifiably proud of the scant seam. Unfortunately I did not like the light epoxy color which seemed to emphasize the seam. MK&B's installer Matt agreed with me and contacted Top Masters on our behalf. We also made one change which affected Top Masters. We originally had planned on a stand alone stove, however, we found a set-in stove at Nebraska Furniture Mart for $100 more than what we were going to pay for the stand alone. This required an additional piece of granite to fill in behind the stove. MK&B and Top Masters handled this change and the grout color change with no difficulty. One feature that we debated was where to locate the microwave. Originally, the microwave was on the counter and a non-vented hood was above the stove. We weren't sure if we had enough clearance to put the microwave above the stove. On one of many shopping trips to Nebraska Furniture Mart, we were given the clearances we needed to properly install the microwave above the stove. It turned out that we had the space needed and decided to put the microwave over the stove. We ended up purchasing the microwave, dishwasher, and refrigerator from Factory Direct Appliances. The MK&B workers installed the stove, dishwasher, and microwave. The refrigerator was delayed and was installed by Factory Direct. The work performed by MK&B was completed in mid-September. MK&B brought in Cabinet ReStyling & Custom Painted Furniture to do the cabinet refinishing. They were actually the 2nd cabinet finishing subcontractor that we met with. Brenda looked at our granite and back splash samples and suggested a paint color that was spot on correct. Her advice was a welcome "freebie" and generated goodwill. We're very happy with the color. The cabinet work began in mid October. They removed the doors and drawers and took them with them to remove the old hardware, clean them, and glaze them. They came back and spent three days doing the frames and sides of the cabinets. Two days later they returned and rehung the doors with the new hardware and put the drawers back in. The final day nearly ended on its head when we opened the boxes and found that we were shipped the wrong color hardware. Cabinet ReStyling & Custom Painted Furniture got on the phone to coordinate with MK&B and jumped in their car to go pick up the correct hardware to finish the job on time. With the completion of the cabinet glazing the kitchen remodel project was completed and we now have a kitchen with a big WOW factor.