Excellent is the one word to describe Michael Thorp! He truly understands and operates at a level of excellence that is sadly rare in the goods and services sector. He listened, planned, and executed in a professional, respectful, helpful, knowledgeable, and timely manner.
I cannot say enough wonderful things about Michael Thorp and the Kitchen Ideas team and contractors. From the initial appointment to the finished product, Michael listened to and met our every need. The contractors were all ultra professional and did great work. Their attention to detail warmed my heart! Michael isn’t the kind of designer who is trying to use your home to be an impractical showcase for his group, he wants you to love the end result! He paid close attention to every detail and expense, so we were always on time and at or under budget. I would use them again in a heartbeat!
My experience with Kitchen Ideas was exceptional from the start. I started my kitchen project with a next door neighbor giving the name of the contractor they worked with on their kitchen remodel. We interviewed him and quickly learned we did not have a “plan”…. Once we encountered Kitchen Ideas, we got more than just a plan – we got experience, ideas, passion and artistry. They knew exactly what to do and had confidence in their delivery. They measured our space, provided a 3-D rendering so we would know exactly what to expect. They walked through the project with us, step-by-step, literally holding our hands along the way. Of course the project became bigger in scope than we originally planned, but it was due to their professionalism and experience. Had we stopped short where we originally planned, it certainly would not have turned out the way it did. The result was pure magic.
We have since used them on a bathroom project as well. Many of the same contractors came back to help us with this second project. Their contractors are very professional and trustworthy. They do what they say they will do and take great care of your property in the process.
I will use Kitchen Ideas again!
Kitchen Ideas has remodeled my last two homes. My first project was a fairly small kitchen that they transformed into a functional kitchen, that was perfect for cooking and entertaining. After purchasing a midtown fixer upper, I again used Kitchen Ideas on a much larger remodel project of a kitchen and three full baths. All the same subcontractors, which I loved working with previously were still with them years later. In my experience, working with Kitchen Ideas has exceeded my expectations. From design, to craftsmanship, to managing the overall project, their team is excellent!
Michael and the crew at KI designed and executed a beautiful, well coordinated bathroom renovation, incorporating all of the elements we desired. Professional and efficient scheduling allowed timely completion. Nice job!
We loved the Kitchen Ideas group!! We wanted to totally reconfigure our kitchen and that seemed so overwhelming but not to them! We love our kitchen! It’s exactly the way we wanted it and we couldn’t have asked for a more professional group!
I had an excellent experience with KI. Lesley was sharp, friendly, responsive and I finished with an excellent kitchen solution. If you have the time and ability to engage them you should, no doubt.
KI exceeded our expectations in shepherding us through our kitchen remodeling project and the inevitable project creep into other rooms and a balcony. Lesley was lots of fun to work with. She “got” what we had imagined for our renovation, created a really efficient design that was perfect for the way we like to cook and live (like having two sinks–one in the prep area and the other as a cleanup sink, next to the dishwasher). She gave us great advice in choosing just the right cabinets, appliances, hardware, lighting, countertops, backsplash, paint, etc. Her experience steered us away from ideas that we now realize would have been huge mistakes. KI’s general contractor kept everything on schedule, and the tradespeople they used were top notch professionals. Two years later, we are still thrilled to show off our kitchen.
Did a perfect job on my kitchen remodel. Went beyond my expectations! I love these guys, and have used them on two other projects. One is still in completion to be finished this week! The other was in Snowmass, CO., where they designed my kitchen. I will definitely use them again! Professional group and a pleasure to work with!
We used Kitchen Ideas for two major projects. The first was a complete remodel of our kitchen and updates to the adjacent laundry room and powder bath in September of 2014. The designer listened to our concerns with our current set up and we made a list of our must haves and our nice to haves for our new kitchen. Designer accompanied us to the various showrooms and excellent advice was provided. From demo day to completion, all was done in seven weeks. Kitchen is functional and we enjoy it every day. The second project was a total remodel of our master bath and closet in May of 2016. We wanted a better way to start our day and now we have it with a large walk-in shower, more bathroom cabinets and a larger more organized closet.
In 2016, Kitchen Ideas (Lesley Shollmier) designed and remodeled our kitchen and bathroom. Lesley and the entire KI team (including the fabulous Marc Wells, project manager) did an amazing job. They are all (including the sub-contractors) professional, creative, and easy to contact (crucial when you are in the middle of a renovation). I would (and do) highly recommend using Lesley at Kitchen Ideas. We are extremely pleased with the finished projects and very happy that we chose KI.
We had used kitchen ideas three times in the past 17 years and each time they did a very professional and beautiful job. They are good at communicating with their clients about their needs to create a pleasent experience while going through the remodeling experience!
Michael Thorpe at Kitchen Ideas was very professional in assisting me with the creation of a beautiful / functional kitchen. Michael is a cook himself, so he is able to see the needs of a person preparing a meal. He worked in perfect concert with my architect / builder on every detail. Not only did he create a wonderful kitchen, but helped design and install every built-in cabinet in the whole house. With 6 bathrooms, a bar and a large mud room, it was a huge job. With no exceptions, every piece fit like a perfectly designed puzzle. Yes, I would love to recommend Michael Thorpe and Kitchen Ideas.
We hired Kitchen Ideas to design and remodel a kitchen in our 1930s midtown bungalow. From start to finish, Lesley and the KI crew were awesome. Crews hired were respectful and timely, and the painter and trim carpenter did especially impressive work on a custom piece. I had fun shopping for tile, counter tops and even cabinet hardware. The Galley Workstation® is worth the investment. Work was completed around the projected date, and the cost stayed very close to the projected budget. The finished product speaks for itself. I recommend Kitchen Ideas to anyone looking for a stylish, unique, and well built kitchen.
KI completely remodeled our kitchen and hall bathroom. Their kitchen design and space planning greatly improved the function and maximized the space, as well as being beautiful. The hall bath isn’t large but their design made it feel bigger and beautiful. They were professional and easy to work with.
We had a complete kitchen remodel done by Kitchen Ideas, along with new wood flooring in 4 rooms, new paint, door casings and baseboards. The kitchen and flooring turned out beautifully and we couldn’t be happier with the design and execution. Everyone involved was informative and helpful as we went through the lengthy process.
We had a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and laundry room remodel done. Michael went over and above to design and coordinate all the work. We are extremely pleased.
Michael at Kitchen Ideas was fabulous to work with. My wife and I were very impressed with their professionalism, timely responses and fresh ideas. Michael listened to our needs, briefed us on the current trends in kitchen design and then came up with the perfect design for us. We now have the perfect kitchen that’s functional, efficient and beautiful.
We had an outstanding experience with KI. The finished product was even better than I imagined it could be. Our designer, Lesley, had to use her skills to design an open kitchen plan in what started as a small galley style kitchen. Walls were moved and removed and the plan was perfect for the space limitations and when it was all over, we had a large kitchen and an improved floorplan for our home. Lesley was attentive to details such as the soft close drawers and cabinet doors which made a huge difference. The cabinets and countertops were perfect for our older home. The kitchen was bigger and brighter and all of the subcontractors were very professional and enjoyable and engaging. I highly recommend Lesley and Kitchen Ideas for a kitchen renovation.
Out of the box, efficient and timeless design for my kitchen and master bath. Staff easy to work with and met timelines as promised.
My husband and I were completely satisfied with the kitchen renovation that Kitchen Ideas performed for us. Michael Thorp’s knowledge and professionalism were outstanding. Being new to the area, we relied on his recommendations regarding contractors and found each to do quality workmanship. Our project was completed on time and within budget, while still patiently answering any questions or concerns that we had.
We love our new kitchen!!!! The best part of it is our Galley Workstation! I can’t wait to wake up in the morning to make coffee and start planning our meals for the day. I am totally convinced that Roger is a genius. And I am extremely lucky to have his sink in my home. I can’t believe not everyone has one of their own. Roger has revolutionized how most people cook and use their kitchens. I am in awe of how functional my kitchen space is. I went from working in all different zones of the old kitchen, to working only in my Galley Workstation. I think ‘duh’ why hasn’t this been built in all homes! I am totally amazed by your product so much that it blows my mind.
MICHAEL & JACKIE
We had previously viewed several of Rogers designs before our initial meeting. We felt that we would get a beautiful and truly functional kitchen because we were not only impressed with Rogers designs but knew he was also a reputable cook. The design of our kitchen exceeded all of our expectations with regards to looks and function. We were also pleased that Kitchen Ideas was involved in every small aspect of the design and build out of our project. Not only is our family enjoying the finished product but invited guests during frequent dinners.
KEVIN & HOLLY
Fabulous, Awesome, food, fun, flow, It’s all good, life changing, these are just a few adjectives that quickly come to mind when describing our life with a new kitchen..We’re great friends with Pat, Roger and his family and we still are!!! It was a pleasure working with Roger and his team. It’s hard to pick one thing that is our favorite, but Jordan and I absolutely love the large peninsula, it’s a happening place for family and friends.
JORDAN & MINDY
Our kitchen was small and outdated. We called Roger Shollmier to come see if anything could be done, and the design he came up with was amazing! He incorporating little-used space from an adjoining wet bar and pantry, and put together a knock-out kitchen that is high in function and more than we could have asked for in beauty. His knowledge and experience really won us over, and it was actually exciting watching the new kitchen evolve. Thank you, Roger!
JIM & DEBBI
Bob and I have been in our house a little over 18 months. I’m long overdue in telling you how much your wonderful work and attention to detail added to the beauty of our home. Every cabinet is finished so beautifully and in place with such precision. I know this does not just happen because you have computer skills; you still have to have imagination and good taste. I appreciate that you were always easy to reach…no frustration there. We have had many compliments on the cabinetry. I hope it has generated some business for you. Thank you so much for quality products and workmanship.
Thanks for everything. We love the kitchen!! It feels like a new house.