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TRUST THE EXPERTS

Written by Jane Trabert Schmitt
Imagery by Sandra Kicman

They’re no rookies when it comes to home renovations, but Joe and Robin Bacon knew going into this kitchen redo that they needed to tap the expertise of industry professionals to ensure the absolute best result.
   Brimming with concepts and goals, they turned to Michael Anderson of Abstract Architecture PC in Buffalo, Fran Olday of Kitchen & Bath Unlimited in Cheektowaga and Rick Keller of Cosentino North America in Rochester.
   “We had a lot of ideas and we’re very good with design as far as the styles and colors we wanted, but we needed the professionals to lay things out and nail the details and steer us in the right direction,” Joe said. “There’s so much you have to purchase – so many fixtures and things you wouldn’t even think about for a project like this. They were on top of it all.”
   “Function first” was the couple’s mantra, and that started with countertops and the kitchen island, a focal point since they are busy cooks who frequently host family gatherings. “Every customer is unique and tastes vary widely, but the countertops will always be a focal point of every kitchen remodel,” Keller said. “With the variety of materials available and the features they offer, the countertops can make every kitchen, big or small, really pop.”
   The homeowners selected Dekton, a versatile, ultra-compact surface made of porcelain, glass and quartz. The high-gloss, flat-front Shiloh cabinetry, meanwhile, is in modern gray along the walls with wood-grain base cupboards in a creamy neutral. White frosted glass tile lines the walls and the industrial-look flooring is vinyl plank by COREtec Plus in “Aged Copper.” A corner seating area of the kitchen is cushioned in bold orange.
   It was a team effort all the way, said Olday, Sales Designer at Kitchen & Bath Unlimited.
   “(The homeowners) were great to work with,” she said. “They took my suggestions and I took their suggestions and we put it all together.”
   Key to the project was tearing down walls that divided the kitchen, dining and living rooms. That opened up the space and created a sleek center of activity that will be the place to be for many years to come.
   “We had our first official family gathering on New Year’s Day. My mother-in-law said, ‘This is a great party house.’ And it is, ” Robin laughed. “It’s just so comfortable. We love it.”

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