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This post is sponsored by ShelfGenie; however, all thoughts and opinions are our own.
Quick, what is the number one thing people want in their kitchen? Accessibility of storage! Do you agree?
I absolutely do.
Let me rewind just a bit to seven years ago. After much thought about our home and our future in it, my husband and I decided to remodel, so that we could “age in place.” That is, we utilized universal design to add accessibility features so that we could stay in our home into our old age.
A big part of that remodel was the complete gut of the kitchen into something more functional. I consulted with a kitchen planner to make sure it was a good design. It’s now a big bright space with lots of counter space and storage. I was a happy camper with the final result.
But, back to the accessibility part. Despite all the space for storage, it was not convenient or easily accessible. I especially struggled with food storage. The cabinets that were the pantry space were too deep and tall so basically, if food wasn’t in the very front, I didn’t know what I had!
Can anyone relate?
Well, anyway, David took measurements of all the problem areas, suggested the type of glide-out shelving that would work best for all the spaces and drew up a Sketch-Up 3-D drawing so that Steph and I could see what it would look like.
All the ShelfGenie franchises are independently owned. It’s a national company, but it’s a small family business to each owner. We love those family owned companies! David does the consultation, takes the measurements and comes back to do the install. We like that.
Install day! David arrived on time with another David to help him! They set up their equipment outside, covered the floors with moving blankets, and started working.
Prior to the install, I did a little thinking about what was going to be stored where. David asked me to provide him with the tallest items that were going to be in the space. This helped him determine the spacing of the glide-out. Homeowner input, when the install is in progress, is very important to getting exactly what you want.
The install of all the glide-out shelving took about four hours. The two Davids were very careful to clean up everything before they left. The install really isn’t that messy though!
Final thoughts. Could we have DIYed this? Yes, but would we want to, no. There is actually a lot of skill involved in the making and installation of the glide-outs. Plus, there was a lot of on the spot problem solving during the install. The two Davids made it look easy, but they’ve done lots of installs and know the ins and outs. Also, if I have any issues with these in the future, David is just a phone call away and there is a lifetime warranty on the ShelfGenie glide-out shelves. And that warranty stays with the shelves, not the owner!
Bottom line. Would I use this company again? Absolutely! (Steph already has ideas in mind for her house.)
To get started, you can schedule your own free design consultation. What improvements do you need in your Kitchen? Bathroom? Office? Garage?
Please note: This post is sponsored by ShelfGenie. We received product and compensation for this project. All thoughts and opinions are our own.
FYI: We are not professionals, and we don’t claim to be. This is what we found worked for our project. Yours may need a little different approach. Safety first!
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