"Dan and I want to thank you so much for the lovely kitchen you created for us. It was such a pleasure working with you over the past months to design the kitchen of my dreams and then to have your work turn out so beautifully. Ada, we deeply appreciated your taking the time to meet with us weekend after weekend at the different vendors and guiding us toward choices of cabinets, tiles, colors, etc., that were not only the best values and quality, but which best reflected our ideas, taste, and dreams. The result is a kitchen that not only has tremendous style but which is an absolute joy to work in. Ada's management of the job was also commendable – making sure she kept rigorous notes, copies of all work orders, and was simply on top of all details.
"We can’t heap enough praise on the quality of Jose’s workmanship. A consummate professional, Jose has a tremendous work ethic and his attention to detail is second to none. He also solved a huge logistical problem for us in an amazingly creative way. The refrigerator I had bought from Sears, and which I had my heart set on, wouldn’t quite fit through our kitchen door, even with the fridge doors off. I was about to send it back and order something else I didn’t really want, when Jose found a way to kill two birds with one stone – he was able to take the door frame off to enlarge the opening and then construct a new door frame that could accommodate the louvre doors I had had originally wanted to close off the space. I now have both the fridge and the doors, and it looks great.
"A few final observations. At the end of every work day the kitchen space was tidied up and all debris was removed. The refrigerator was hooked up the entire time so that we could have some basic use of the kitchen during the renovations. Jose developed an excellent working relationship with our co-op’s super and building staff—they couldn’t say enough about how easy he was to work with and have in the building."
The process of renovating a kitchen is never easy. We learned to live among boxes in the living room and eat take-out from the end of our coffee table for a few weeks. But once the work was done and everything was put back into place, the discomfort quickly faded away as we now have a truly beautiful, efficient, and up-to-date kitchen to cook in and show off to our friends.