Distinctive Remodelers Creates Two Kitchens For Nearly the Price of One

September 12, 2011

Getting two-for-one is always a thrill for smart shoppers, and Elise and Brian Kroll are no exception. By enlisting the services of Distinctive Remodelers, the Orland Park homeowners were able to get two kitchens for nearly the price of one in their 20-year-old two story home — all in fewer than 40 days.

The Krolls moved into their home back in 2000, but over time had grown disenchanted with their slightly cramped and outdated eat-in kitchen. The center island robbed the room of precious floor space, and a wall separated family and guests from the expansive great room next door. Trying to accommodate a growing family—including three sons and their two dogs—and allow enough elbow room for entertaining their large extended family during parties and get-togethers was proving challenging. Additionally, Elise craved more counter space, improved lighting and newer flooring to replace her old hardwoods.

“We were considering moving further south in Orland, but we loved our home and were leery of selling in the current housing market. We were leafing through the paper one day, and discovered an article that described a major kitchen renovation completed by Distinctive Remodelers. We thought, ‘Why not give them a call?’” said Brian, who works in automotive sales and puts a strong emphasis on vendors and partners he can trust.

Elise and Brian Kroll enlisted the services of Distinctive Remodelers and were able to get two kitchens for the price of one in less than 40 days.

The couple phoned Distinctive Remodelers last April and met with chairman Bryan Nooner and his Sales and Marketing V.P. Jullya Molburg, who proposed many creative solutions.

Elise and her husband dreamed of creating a second kitchen in their basement—one that could also be functional during the upstairs renovation and provide them with an area in which to cook. Hence, it was important to hire a firm that could salvage as much of their outgoing kitchen cabinets and components as possible and reconstruct them into a working kitchen in the lower level. Not only did Nooner and his crew live up to this promise, but they also completed the project in less than 40 days as they said they would.

“Normally, you match your cabinets up to the space you have. But in the lower level, we reverse-engineered things by matching the space to the older cabinets we saved,” said Nooner.

“Originally, we were going to go with birch cabinets in the upstairs kitchen, but we decided to spoil ourselves a little and not worry so much about recouping value for a possible future resale. So we chose two-tone maple custom cabinetry,” Elise said.

The Krolls also opted for brown- and golden-toned granite countertops, new GE appliances, a crème-colored wooden hood over their new cooktop, 12 can lights, a stainless steel double bowl sink, and backsplash with decorative travertine tile. But the highlight of the new kitchen involved removing the wall facing the family room and replacing it with a two-tiered peninsula breakfast bar complete with three stools.

“The key to this project was mingling these two spaces together—the kitchen and family room—by knocking down that wall, removing the island, and creating a seamlessly integrated shared space that is both functional and decidedly more voluminous,” said Nooner.

Rounding out the upstairs portion of the project, Nooner’s team also installed a wet bar/wine rack area in the family room, created a continuous new floor between the two rooms, replaced the trim throughout the kitchen, family room and hallways with dark maple wood, and repainted the main level in shades of taupe.

Elsewhere, Distinctive Remodelers implemented granite countertops around the salvaged cabinets in the lower level (while waiting for the granite to arrive, Nooner actually put in temporary plywood countertops, allowing the Krolls to have functional surface areas to prepare meals during construction on their upstairs kitchen). In addition, they reconfigured a wall niche for the family’s new flatscreen TV mounted in the basement. A moisture problem in the master bath was eradicated with the installation of a high-tech fan and new tiles on the ceiling. Fourteen new can lights were added to the family room. And in the backyard, new brick pavers were placed and landscaping was updated.

“They found we were pretty handy to have around. There were a lot of miscellaneous things they needed handled on their to-do list, so they took advantage of our capabilities,” said Nooner, who completed work in early August.

Elise said she was “amazed by the level of detail, fine finishing and overall quality that Distinctive Remodelers integrated into their home. They were always very accommodating, tidy in cleaning up after each day’s work, and easy to trust. I was nervous about getting our kitchen redone, but it turned out we had nothing to worry about. Bryan and his crew were fantastic.”

Distinctive Remodelers provides a wide range of renovation projects, including room build-outs, second-level additions, home theater room installations, basement finishing, kitchen makeovers, and roofing, siding and window replacements — with no residential job too large for the firm to tackle. Plus, all work is backed by a full warranty.

Distinctive Remodelers draws on the built-in advantages of being a part of Distinctive Companies — a successful, established area business with 20-plus years of collective experience.

Nooner said that he launched Distinctive Remodelers based in large part on growing demand from past home buyer customers eager to upgrade and expand their existing residences.

“We enjoy a sizeable base of contented, loyal clients from over the years who often call us for future projects,” said Nooner. “We would often receive requests and calls from many of these past purchasers who wanted to recruit us for jobs like adding a room, finishing a basement or reinventing a kitchen. Instead of declining these requests, we founded Distinctive Remodelers, which offers partial or whole-house renovation services throughout the suburbs.”

“We know these homeowners and what they’re looking for, and we’re familiar with the territory we cover,” Nooner said. “And we have a highly skilled crew in place that we’ve added to, as well as an unparalleled reputation for outstanding quality and value.”

Additionally, Distinctive Companies has a 3,000-square-foot, full-service design studio, making it simple and convenient for remodeling customers to choose their exterior and interior product, finish and material selections. From cabinet pulls and plumbing fixtures to flooring options, door handles, appliances and trim packages, everything is there under one roof. Homeowners can browse through plentiful wall and floor displays, samples and swatches.

What’s more, Distinctive Remodelers relies on the parent company’s skilled architectural design team and its computer-aided design (CAD) resources to ensure that the conceptualizing and planning of every home project goes smoothly and efficiently.

“You can count on courteous, knowledgeable professionals when you hire Distinctive Remodelers. Everyone on our team has been carefully screened, and they will treat you and your property with the utmost respect,” said Nooner. “Furthermore, you can rest assured that you’ll get punctual responses to your questions and requests.”

Above all, he added, “you can count on the highest level of customer service from a project manager specifically assigned to your home who will supervise your job from start to finish.”

To make an appointment for a free estimate, contact Distinctive Remodelers at (708) 479-7700. For more information, visit

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Lynn Walsh is the President at Walsh Communications, LLC. Walsh Communications is a full-service public relations, marketing and advertising agency for home builders and real estate-related industries.

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