Recent Review: We hired John to remodel our 1986 kitchen after he did a fabulous job with our shower make over (the previous review). And our kitchen is absolutely beautiful. Our project entailed 4 phases: 1). I wanted an open floor design into the living room but wanted to keep a portion of the wall. John opened the doorway to 7 ft., having to move the thermostat and light switches to the opposite wall. The carpentry is pristine. 2). New flooring. Removed wood floor and stone tile. We talked at length about what type of floor, with no real decision. Then John arrived with several selections of tiles. The choice was easy....we immediately decided on an 18 x 18 porcelain gray tile. Once again John understood our delemma, listened to what I did not want, and with his design experience and time in getting to know us, he narrowed the choices. When he began to lay the tile, he realized there were 5 patterns. He felt he could not just open the box and haphazardly put the tiles down. He labored over how the tiles would compliment one another and have a flow to them. It was a work in progress. The floor is stunning! 3). The plan was to remove the soffit and have the cabinets go to the ceiling. John cut out small holes in different areas of the soffit to investigate if there was anything in there....and to his horror the plumbing for the upstairs bathroom was hidden in it! So there goes my 36" cabinets. But John assured me that while I had to go with 30" cabinets, I did not have to keep that ugly 10" soffit. He was able to redesign the soffit to 4". He added crown molding to further reduce the look which also added character. But the ceiling, which was less than 8', was not level. Amazingly he managed to hide this flaw. Also he warned me the recessed light over the sink may be 1/2" off center because of the plumbing. Well that did not happen! He got that light in dead center with a lot of maneuvering. 4). Removal of those ugly cabinets, island and Formica counter. Install new cabinets, appliances, subway tile backsplash and lighting. With John's new design the kitchen is more spacious, functionable, and I now have a pantry, which I never thought I would have the space for. At our initial meeting, John brought several different cabinet door styles and stains to alleviate the overwhelming selections in Creative Kitchens. I thought for sure I would have shaker style white cabinets and granite countertops. After all I have been planning for this day for 10 years! Well to my surprise, we chose one of the styles of cabinet doors that John brought to us. Then we arranged a visit to Creative Kitchens with John to finalize selections. My white kitchen and granite countertop vanished as I absolutely loved a cherry cabinet kitchen display and a beautiful quartz that looks like marble. John took the time to be at the display center as I think he truly is vested in his projects. In the design, he moved the island just a few inches to ensure we can move the refrigerator out if we have to. With his experience, he knows that appliances can get "locked" in spaces due to poor planning of where the island is. Plus we gained another foot on the island! We had a gas stove top in the island which no longer was in the design. John removed that and disconnected the gas line. The over the range microwave needed to be vented outside. The light on the deck was exactly where the vent needed to be installed. John was not leaving until he resolved that issue. We had extra siding and he moved the light and replaced the siding. Then he spray painted the vent the same color as the siding to blend in. Who would have thought to do that? It is his attention to detail that is just another one of his many attributes. Backsplash: I chose classic plain white subway tile. When it was time to install them, John also brought a few green glass tiles to install "here and there". He thinks of his projects and offers suggestions. Love it! Our kitchen is absolutely beautiful. I thank John for his "makes sense" design, his expertise, his true craftsmanship. He takes great pride in his work, is meticulous, a very hard worker, and is a master at detail. He is respectful and a true professional. He does it all.....electric, plumbing, gas lines, carpentry. We had a separate contract for each phase and despite issues that arose, our cost did not change.