Isn’t it wonderful when a work relationship becomes more than that—when the hirer and the hiree form a bond and understanding that go beyond a business transaction?
We think so, too. That’s why we set out to learn more about the work and the relationship Perennial Professional Services has built over the past three years with the Krefting family.
From a complete kitchen overhaul to a hidden coffee nook, from a brightened and expanding living area to a show-stopping wet bar (and then some), Perennial has worked to turn the Kreftings’ dreams into reality, while gaining some new friends along the way.
“Janet and Bob are the definition of ‘good people,’” project designer Adam Kidwell says. “After my first meeting with Janet, I knew that they would become part of our Perennial family. They are the type of people and customers you wish everyone could be a little more like.”
Referral to Remodel
In 2017, the Kreftings began the hunt for a company that could remodel their outdated kitchen. They were introduced to the Perennial team by friends who had used them in the past.
That kitchen remodel morphed into a whole first-floor remodel, where the rooms (and half-bath) were completely gutted, a boxed-in floor plan was tossed in favor of a more open and inviting space, and the living room was updated to include a modern stone wrap around the fireplace plus a large bar for entertaining.
Two years later, the Kreftings once again called Perennial to make some changes to their 25-year-old deck and concrete walk surrounding their pool, as well as the existing bar area and stairs that led to the outdoor living area.
The crew designed a new 1,000-square-foot deck around the pool for large parties and family gatherings. They also added a new, larger porch attached to the house, closed in the underside of the porch for storage, enclosed the pump and filter system with wood fencing, and recessed their spa area to give it a more custom look.
Then, last but not least, this past year the Perennial team was contracted to remodel all three of their second-floor bathrooms (with a fourth to come in 2021). While COVID-19 forced work to halt in the spring and pushed the timeline back a bit, the team has recently been back at it, finishing up the bathrooms as soon as they were safely able.
“Working with Perennial Professional Services has been an absolute delight,” Janet Krefting says. “Not only are they professional, they are always pleasant, friendly and a joy to have in our home. They are open to accommodating any of our ideas (and my last-minute changes) and helped us make decisions based on their knowledge and expertise.”
“It’s safe to say we would never consider having anyone else help us in the future with our renovation and construction needs,” she continues. “Through all of our interactions with Perennial Professional Services, we feel honored to call owner Tim Gill and his employees our friends!”
First Floor Features
The kitchen area was taken from what Janet referred to as “the ugliest kitchen in the Cincinnati area” to a “beautiful, open, bright, up-to-date, wonderfully designed and functional space.”
Perennial took the old kitchen to the studs and built it back up by redoing and rerouting the electric and plumbing where necessary, installing Decora cabinetry for a larger work area with tons of storage and a large island, adding new windows and appliances, and designing and installing a simple but elegant custom hood.
Wanting a clean and orderly look to the kitchen meant hiding the coffee maker from view. They achieved this by creating a custom stacked cabinet with a lift-up appliance door and outlets in the cabinets that are completely hidden when not in use.
Tim and his crew removed the old dry bar, a closet and a laundry chute, then plumbed a drain for a new wet bar and installed a new under-counter fridge with ample storage and amenities—dark cherry cabinets with under-cabinet lighting, a leather-treated granite countertop and Carrera subway tile for the backsplash.
For the adjoining family/living rooms, Perennial removed the old, dark ceiling beams, added a stone facade and a new mantel to the original painted brick fireplace, then opened up the walls from the kitchen to the dining room and the dining room to the family room—so all three areas could flow together seamlessly. They also added recessed lighting and redesigned the entertainment cabinets to accommodate a new large flat-screen TV.
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