Cliff and Karen Owen now have a beautiful, updated, and functional kitchen that looks like it came with the home. But, the warm, cozy, and roomy home in Canton was actually built in 1988, when kitchens looked much different than they do today. Cliff remembers everything about that original kitchen, because his grandparents built the home. “It was carpeted, and I remember my grandfather tripping on the carpet as he walked in and spilling chicken and bar-b-que sauce everywhere.”
Cliff also remembered the laminate countertops that eventually began to peel off and the yellow-beige paint colors. Still, he admits it was hard to go along with his wife when she suggested renovating the kitchen. Karen’s choice of remodeling companies and her bargain to cook at home more often helped to sway him. “We have so many great restaurants nearby. But, we know it’s less expensive, and it’s healthier to cook at home. Having this beautiful kitchen makes eating at home more appealing.”
Karen’s decision to hire The Counterpoint Group also helped Cliff come around. “Karen had a friend that referred The Counterpoint Group to us. I went online and was really impressed with the pictures of their work and the reviews. Meeting Marc Tyson, the founder of the business, reassured me. I knew the company would do a good job. Marc really listened to us. He helped us shop for all the materials, and he understood my connection to the original kitchen”, said Cliff.
The remodel included moving and updating appliances, and adding new cabinetry, countertops, backsplash, paint, lighting, and hardwood floors. The countertops look like marble, but they are actually quartz. They are easy to maintain and to clean.
Cliff admits changing the home where his grandparents hosted holiday dinners wasn’t easy. But, he’s glad his wife persuaded him. He loves the overall look as well as the updates. “It’s gorgeous, and the new appliances are great. Our previous oven was too small, and the hood didn’t actually vent.”
The new microwave oven is much easier to use, but Cliff had a tough time parting with the original microwave. “I couldn’t bare to part with the huge microwave oven. So, it’s downstairs. I really liked that Marc understood that connection.”
Cliff says with the renovation that added a new window, he can now see more of his yard and the natural beauty of the woods around the home. He and Karen are thrilled with the look and functionality of their new kitchen. Cliff’s advice to others about remodeling a kitchen is: “Don’t expect what you see on HGTV. It’s not so quick and easy. There are many, many decisions to make, and nothing happens with the speed that it does on television.”
He says Marc helped to prepare him for that realization, and he really liked that he could see the entire design through 3-D computer animations on Marc’s computer. Cliff says Marc’s patience and easy going nature helped to make the process run smoothly. He says he would highly recommend The Counterpoint Group to friends and family looking for a creative, knowledgeable, and caring company.