In review, this may sound like an advertising. It isn't. I am a real crank when my wife and I are not treated well. In fairness, that means that I need to be sure to compliment those we get good service from. Don't take my word for it, however. Put Sage on your list of possible contractors, meet with them, See if you don't reach the same conclusions my wife and I did.
After a series of unsatisfactory interviews with a number of kitchen contractors, I finally found Sage Interiors and its owner, Majid Kiani, on Angie’s List. What struck me immediately was the large number of excellent recommendations Sage had previously received focusing on quality, timely, reasonably priced services. What I was not expecting was Majid’s excellent design sense as well. Our relationship, including the very helpful Ken Renfro, was constructive from the very beginning. My wife and I are acutely critical buyers of remodeling services, having done lots of repairs and renovations on numerous properties over the past forty years or so. Our demands are always very high and our resulting services–based on past experiences–have often been compromised. Not in this case. In this case our goals were, if anything exceeded.
First was the design. We were not looking for the standard suburban kitchen by any means. We wanted something that was personalized and expressed our unique family likes and history. It also had to conform to the difficult structural limitations we had run into. Load bearing demands required that we live with awkward existing wall openings. Space limitations demanded that we maximize what was available. Budget considerations were important but with big expectations nevertheless. Looking back, we sound like classic nightmare clients. Complicated remodel requirements. Heightened design needs. And, of course, a tight budget. Majid nevertheless patiently walked through the numerous ideas we had and was thrilled rather than put off by the stack of interesting kitchen designs we had collected. He simply worked with us until we arrived at suitable plans and specifications.
Second were the materials. Bamboo ply throughout with exposed edges. Beautiful chocolate coloration. Contrasting but complimentary dark quartz counter tops and splash boards. Brushed stainless backings and hardware. Extensive lighting. All customized to our expectations. Numerous discussions in the planning process, no impatience on the part of Sage.
Next, demolation and reconstruction. We knew how difficult it is to estimate this aspect of renovations. You never know what you will run into, even in relatively modest circumstances where no load bearing alterations were required. The Sage crew worked around this well. Very good cleanup, no delays. Responsive and polite work crew. Kept reasonably within estimated budget.
Fourth and final: cost. This is where the homeowner is most vulnerable. At the very least, detailed budgeting is essential in order to avoid misunderstandings. At worst, the significant disparity of knowledge between the typical homeowner and the provider can lead to significant and unnecessary expensive, whether it be a contractor, a sub, or even, as in our case, a very deceptive engineer (in our opinion) whom we walked away from earlier in our planning stage. Here again, Sage came through for us. We came out very close to budget. At no time did we feel disadvantaged. Straightforward dealings throughout.
Hey. In review, this may sound like an advertising. It isn’t. I am a real crank when my wife and I are not treated well. In fairness, that means that I need to be sure to compliment those we get good service from. Don’t take my word for it, however. Put Sage on your list of possible contractors, meet with them, See if you don’t reach the same conclusions my wife and I did.