Dear Team Dilworth,
A long overdue note of appreciation for our new and wonderful Dilworth kitchen and heartfelt thanks to each and every member of your team for their specialized contributions to our project . I know I have stopped by your design center to “gush” about how much we love our kitchen, but recently we logged onto your website to see what was new - and low and behold, there was a completely redesigned site, which now included our own kitchen. Well, we looked through all the photos, ours being the first, and then all the other kitchen designs, and then back to our own kitchen --- and if I do say so myself, we liked OUR kitchen the best ! Not a single regret or a wish that we had done anything differently or had chosen to do anything like we saw in someone else’s kitchen…you nailed it for us. After living for 25 years in a kitchen with builder’s grade “oak-like” cabinets that reeked of 1989 subdivision blandness, you succeeded beyond our original hopes when you were able to create such a customized, elegant, warm and friendly kitchen that doesn’t look like a typical subdivision kitchen any more. After 15 years of my scribbling “what-if-designs” on scraps of napkins and trying to figure out how to make the kitchen work better, each and every nuisance in our original kitchen has been fixed.
Refrigerator moved away from the central walk-through from the mudroom? Done. More work space adjacent to the cooktop and sink? Done – and who would have thought that by moving the window and the sink an extra foot to the right we would get the extra room that was so needed in the corner? Thank you Dan – with that one suggestion we got the extra work space AND also our new and unique window over the new apron-front sink, which is one of many beautiful new focal points. But what to do with our peninsula? With limited depth (or width?) in our kitchen to accommodate a kitchen center island, we couldn’t figure out how to keep the peninsula style but make it bigger, better, and MORE INTERESTING and FUN. So Dave was put to the test, and we tweaked the designs together, and then tweaked them some more, and some more. The result? Not only the most unique peninsula around, but also the work areas and landing areas in relationship to the frig, oven, microwave, sink and the dishwasher all work! (It’s like you really know what you are doing.) And thank you again Dave, for getting me that extra “cellphone/mail” landing area off the kitchen. You heard me loud and clear that this had to be included in this renovation and not in Larry’s “five year plan.” My neighbors have all said they wished they had the same thing in their home. They also think the custom doggie gates installed in the kitchen/family room buffet cabinets ought to be patented.
Just as wonderful as having a kitchen that finally works, is having one that is beautiful. Our kitchen now has colors, angles, lighting and design features that are simply EXQUISITE. Soooo many decisions to be made. There were so many nights I would dream about kitchens I saw on HOUZZ.COM on my I-pad (seriously, my brain was still on HOUZZ all night long!) and then it was Natalie’s job to bring my dreams to our kitchen. Some selections were easy to make, some were not – and that’s when I would turn to Natalie and just throw up my hands – those porcelain slate-like floor tiles with the 3 different sizes in the variable layout? That was Natalie. Who would have thought the layout of these tiles would be so awesome and would create the perfect complementary base for the hepplewhite cabinets? Natalie.
Once the construction actually started, that’s when the installation team of Luke, Josh and Jack arrived. What a great group of guys - they were friendly, helpful , and happy when they showed up each morning, and worked diligently and made great progress each and every day. The end results from the Luke and Josh team speak for themselves. Without the perfectionism in the installation, and the extra special efforts from Josh at the end, all the hard work planning this kitchen would have been for naught.
So in closing, I thank you all. I thank the behind-the-scenes cabinet-makers and painters, and the entire team that made our kitchen one that is enjoyed each and every day. Each of your individual contributions really did add to our project and the beautiful and exquisite kitchen we will enjoy for many moons to come. The best part of our project was actually working with each person on the team – each and every one was good at what they were supposed to do, and each and every person was nice, helpful and REALLY LISTENED TO US – and understood what a big deal this kitchen was to us - and made this project fun.
Su and Larry, Blue Bell, PA