The couple is pleased with the honor. “It gives us a pat on the back and the recognition that we are doing a good job,” said Andy.
The winning home was built in 1960 and the owners, Jessica and Dan Kitterman, had lived in it for about 10 years when they decided to replace their kitchen countertops. After they were installed, the couple decided the cabinets looked tired, so they opted for a kitchen tune-up.
After the job was finished in about a day, they say everything sparkled. “We were very happy with Kitchen Tune-Up,” said Jessica. “They were very professional and easy to work with. They had great ideas and recommendations for our kitchen.”
Kitchen Tune-Up is a national company founded 31 years ago. There are several in Arizona. “We remodel kitchens and bathrooms, with a focus on cabinets,” said Andy.
The founder began selling cabinets, but soon realized that many people could not afford new cabinets, so he began refacing existing cabinets in addition to selling new ones.
“Refacing cabinets is a three-step process. We clean them well, fix the color issues and where they are scratched and worn, they are given a new finish. They look new,” Andy said.
Another option is new drawer and cabinet fronts that can be attached to the existing boxes and painted. “We can do other woodwork as well, including floors and windowsills. People want trash pull-outs in their kitchens. And new knobs and pulls can really make a huge difference in a kitchen for less money,” he said.
One of the best things about a job by Kitchen Tune-Up is that clients are able to use their kitchen every day during the project. “That makes people happy,” he said.
“They are the kind of business we love to support: local, mom and pop businesses that are fair, honest and do good work. They made our cupboards look new again and at a reasonable price,” said Jessica, whose kitchen was the 2017 award winner.
Andy and Laura Leigh, married five years, moved from Texas about four years ago. “Flagstaff has mountains and pine trees, a ski area and Laura’s daughter lives here,” said Andy.
They sold their Texas Kitchen Tune Up franchise and bought the one in Flagstaff. They say business is booming. “We do about 70 or 75 jobs a year.”
One reason for the demand, Andy said, is because of a housing shortage. “I think people look at the possibilities and decide to stay in the home they are in.”
Laura Leigh is happy that she and Andy can work together as a team. “I think that makes us pretty unique,” she said. FBN
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