Why Wait Until You Sell?
Beth Strickland knew she would be moving from the custom home she built 17 years earlier, and she knew when she sold her home, she’d have to go through a kitchen remodel. So, she decided to enjoy the new kitchen well in advance of selling. After her kitchen remodel with The Counterpoint Group, she now has the kitchen of her dreams. It’s one she uses every night for meals with her husband and three boys, and it’s perfect for entertaining. “It’s functional and beautiful. My friends love the marble, and my husband loves the cabinets. I’m so glad to have a kitchen that I really use and enjoy now”, said Beth.
Finding The Right Contractor
Getting the kitchen of your dreams and actually having a good experience during your kitchen remodel is the goal for every homeowner. Beth feels her project went well because she found a contractor who listened to her, understood her needs, and offered her good advice. She found Marc Tyson, the owner of The Counterpoint Group, through an interior designer friend.
“Pat Hollman is a good friend. So, I was at ease meeting someone she recommended. As it turns out, Marc at The Counterpoint Group was a great fit. He really listened to me”, Beth said.
“I had worked with Marc on several kitchen design and cabinetry projects previously. I have always been impressed with his creativity and ideas as well as how well he works with people.Â So, I knew his work and knew he would do a good job for my friend”, said Pat.
“From the first time I talked to Beth, I could tell she really likes a clean, elegant and classic white look, and she wanted to go with marble countertops. But, she was concerned about using marble in the kitchen. It was up to me to give her the confidence she needed to trust marble,” said Marc.
Marble In The Kitchen?
For many years, we’ve been warned that although marble is tempting with its elegant look, it is not to be used in kitchens. We’ve heard it’s too porous and will absorb stains from things like red wine. But, is that true of every marble? “There are two types of marble that I really trust in the kitchen”, Marc pointed out. “No, not all marble is right for the kitchen where food and drink stains happen all the time. However, there are certain types of marble that are both beautiful as well as dense and hard. I showed Beth one of my favorites, Nova Blanco. Â I took her to Mega MarbleÂ where she could ask the owner first hand about this extraordinary material. In fact, I had her take home a small piece and told her to spill everything she could on it, red wine, ketchup, mustard – and just try very hard to stain it.”
According to Pat, many homeowners are considering marble in the kitchen now. She admits the type of marble that works best in the kitchen is quite expensive. “It’s a very dense material, unlike many other porous marbles that will soak up stains.”
Beth says Marc never tried to push her in any direction but simply acted as an educator and listener. He showed her a wide variety of countertops, even though all along he knew she would end up with marble. “Marc knew I would choose marble before I did. He showed me it would work. Now I see it everyday. My husband has his vodka tonics with lime. Before the lime has the chance to etch the stone, I just clean it up. I do the same with any red wine spills. It’s really easy to keep clean”, Beth said.
Quality Cabinets Matter
“I liked the kitchen in my home when we first built it. But, the cabinets were not the best. When looking to renovate, I knew I wanted something very nice and high quality”, Beth said. “I love that my simple White Shaker cabinets don’t just look beautiful, they are functional with the soft-close drawers. Most of all, I love that they are well made and will last.”
Hardware Makes The Difference
When Beth renovated her kitchen, she went from a wood butcher block countertop island to an elegant marble countertop. She got all new cabinets, replaced her hardwood floors, and upgraded her hardware.”Just replacing the hardware made such a difference. Marc was very helpful with that as well. I wanted a beautiful new look, and though I was on a budget, Â I splurged on the hardware and the marble countertop”, Beth said.
The Process Is As Important As The Product
Here at The Counterpoint Group we want clients to have fun with their projects and to enjoy working with us. We’ve made a lot of friends along the way. Beth is one of those friends. “I can’t say enough good things about Marc and his team. He is a great listener. He truly cares about his clients. His subcontractors were always professional. His attention to detail is amazing. Heâ€™s so sweet. He was careful with my budget. He is great about bouncing ideas. He knows what heâ€™s doing”, Beth said.
For Marc, the experience was just as rewarding. “Beth is a lot of fun. I am just so glad she loves her kitchen and that she felt trusting enough that she went with the marble and got what she really wanted all along.”