When we purchased our first house, I already had a list of things I wanted to remodel: bathroom, basement, kitchen. I always dreamed of a spacious, open kitchen, and I was determined to make it happen in that house. I started researching contractors and planning out the remodel before we had even closed.
I didn’t walk into this house with a “remodel” list. It was the beginning of the pandemic, I had two kids, and I just wanted to BE for a while. Over the course of the first year here, we lived in and experienced this house. We adapted, and when we couldn’t adapt, we made little changes. Practicing slow design has helped me make better decisions about what needs to be done vs. what I want to be done. Patience is a virtue.
Despite minor changes we’d made in that first year, it was obvious this kitchen wasn’t functional for our needs. The appliances were failing, the sink was continually leaking despite all our efforts to find the problem, and the cabinets were falling apart. A change had to be made, but I didn’t want to tear everything down and build it back up. I wanted to do this remodel differently.
Wanting to use as much of the space as we could, we looked into prefab kitchen options, and that is how we stumbled upon Skipp.
Skipp makes kitchen remodels simple. (I know. I didn’t believe it at first either.) Skipp has a team of design experts that can help you create and customize the kitchen of your dreams. Skipp goes beyond functional layouts and works directly with you to give you plans that will work with your space.
After receiving my free estimate (and submitting the initial design deposit), Skipp connected me with Natalia and Evan, the designer and architect that I’d be working with to finalize plans. We spent about an hour discussing the project in detail; I shared my needs and we talked about functionality, inspiration, and the overall feeling we wanted to create in the space. Natalia understood that I wanted to keep as much of the original footprint as possible and asked questions to better understand what we needed in the space.
Using their client portal, I was easily able to talk with Natalia and Evan and share images of the current kitchen. The portal included everything I needed to know about the plan including the timing, the task list, and all of my to-dos—it was all of the information in one place.
Skipp gave me three different design options, all of which were perfectly tailored to fit the needs of our family while hitting all of my design musts. We looked at options that included no demo, adding an eat-in island, and removing the wall between the foyer and kitchen. As someone who likes to control so much of the design, I had initial hesitations, but the process was incredibly collaborative. I was able to offer feedback that was incorporated into the design, and it was much easier to make choices with this kind of support.
Not only did Skipp deliver final plans for the space, but they also provided me with recommendations for local general contractors (shout-out to Kromminga Construction!), which is generally an arduous search when starting from scratch.
I was thoroughly impressed by the ease of Skipp’s client portal, communication, and professionalism throughout the process. Skipp has been a great resource and has proven there is an easier way to remodel your kitchen. No matter your space, layout, or where you are in the process, I can’t recommend Skipp enough to help plan your dream kitchen.
Not interested in starting from scratch? Skipp offers a collection of stunning kitchen layout designs you can choose from and fully customize. With all the options out there online, that’s one way to eliminate remodel overwhelm! Stay tuned for the Oxford Collection from Skipp soon, featuring our kitchen!!!
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Kate is currently learning to play the Ukulele, much to the despair of her husband, kids, and dogs. Follow her on Instagram at @witanddelight_.
BY Kate Arends - August 30, 2021
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Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.
I love that they offer a straight-up e-design option. It looks like Skipp can step in as the pros to design a spac even if you don’t follow through with execution of it right away. I’ve been wondering if this kind of consultation was even an option.
Yes! I’ve truly loved working with them. Let me know if you have any questions about the process!
I am planning a significant renovation of my kitchen— knocking down a load bearing wall, moving HVAC and plumbing, and essentially turning two rooms into one large kitchen. After reading this post, I did a consult with Skipp. The sales consultant seemed awfully overwhelmed at these prospects, but it looks like they did present you with a plan to expand your space by removing a wall. For such a huge gut renovation, would you still recommend Skipp? Or should I go back to plan A of working with a local designer and contractor? Thanks much!
Thanks for your comment! I think in this type of scenario (a true gut renovation), plan A would probably be the route I’d recommend. I hope your kitchen renovation process goes well!