Making your dream kitchen a reality

Oct 24 2011 - 12:59pm

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Arnold and Gloria Monk pose for a portrait in their kitchen at their home in Layton.
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The cabinets, wall tile and counters complement each other.
(DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen courtesy photo)
White cabinets and light countertops make the tile on the wall stand out in this elegant remodeled kitchen.
(DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen courtesy photo)
This is what the kitchen looked like before it was remodeled.
(NICHOLAS DRANEY/Standard-Examiner)
Arnold and Gloria Monk pose for a portrait in their kitchen at their home in Layton.
(NICHOLAS DRANEY/Standard-Examiner)
The cabinets, wall tile and counters complement each other.
(DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen courtesy photo)
White cabinets and light countertops make the tile on the wall stand out in this elegant remodeled kitchen.
(DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen courtesy photo)
This is what the kitchen looked like before it was remodeled.

The idea of a brand-new, modern kitchen is exciting to all who live in older homes. Just ask Gloria and Arnold Monk -- they'll tell you.

Gloria says they have lived in their home for more than 30 years, and three years ago they decided they had to have more room in their kitchen.

"We had an outdated kitchen with a bar separating the kitchen area from the dining area, and one day we just decided it was time to remodel."

Thus began their journey, and today -- three years later -- Gloria says they are still very excited and so happy with their decision to have DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen do their remodeling. Their dream of what their kitchen could be became a reality beyond what they could have envisioned.

Their story, like so many, starts with the idea and the dream. The next move then is to decide how to make it happen.

For the Monks, that day came one afternoon in August 2009 as they strolled through the many booths at a Home and Garden Show at the Convention Center in Layton. They came upon the DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen booth and stopped to get some information. The rest is history.

The Monks decided on a complete remodel of their kitchen, right down to the bare bones. They virtually started over.

The project was finished in about five weeks, and the couple knew, from day to day, exactly what would happen. There was no guess work, no fear and no disappointments.

"Jim Stratton (senior designer and sales manager of DMBK) was with us all the way," Gloria said, "from the layout, to showing us the color schemes that work together, to choosing cabinet wood and color, to the floor tiles. It was just a great experience."

Not everyone is looking for a complete remodel of their kitchen, and may just want new cabinets or countertops or flooring. Whatever your plan is, you're going to need a contractor you can trust to do a quality job in a timely manner for a reasonable price. This one decision will determine the success of turning your dream kitchen into a reality or a nightmare. So doing a little research to find the right contractor will save you a lot of grief in the long run.

The people at DMBK make it easy for you. First of all, they have a complete showroom for you to visit to see options available to you. They listen to your needs and wants and help you make a selection that suits your lifestyle. They have designers on staff who are trained and have the expertise to give you a design that is both functional and beautiful at the same time.

They also use a system called Computer Aided Design 20/20, so you can actually see what your new space will look like as you choose or try out different drawings and designs.

Stratton says a client can see samples of everything in the showroom, and the image of what they have put together for their kitchen is laid out to scale and shown on a large screen, so the client can see exactly what the kitchen will look like.

The process for remodeling from beginning to end is accomplished in five easy steps. You first meet with one of their designers, who will listen to your ideas and how much you want to spend. He then comes to your home to measure your space and can give you a rough estimate for both time and cost at that time. Once an agreement has been reached, you come into the showroom and are guided by a certified designer in choosing color schemes for everything from wall paint, cabinets, countertops and flooring to appliances, knobs, lighting and fixtures. A schedule for construction and installation is prepared, and the work begins.

Stratton says everyone has their own tastes and styles and "we just help them make the best decision for what they are trying to achieve."

He said the trend today is more contemporary, with clean lines and cabinets to the ceiling, but every client has their own vision of what they want to see in their kitchen for many years to come.

The Monks have been so pleased, they now have had two bathrooms remodeled by DreamMaker, too.

Gloria says, "We still love walking into our beautiful kitchen and just looking around and thinking ... ah ... so beautiful."

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