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The Ethridge Family Kitchen Remodel

A Bright Builders Case Study

Planning a Kitchen Remodel?

At Bright Builders, we strive to form the perfect partnerships between contractors and homeowners! That’s because we believe that great work happens when contractors and their clients are perfectly in sync. To show you what you can achieve, we’re sharing the story of a recent kitchen remodel in Los Angeles! In this case study, you’ll meet the homeowners and learn more about their experience.

- The Bright Builders Team

Meet the Family

John and Sheila Ethridge initially reached out to us for assistance in planning their Los Angeles kitchen remodel. The homeowners felt that it was time for an update that reflected their current lifestyle. Since moving into the home, they’d adopted three middle school-aged children. With extra mouths to feed and more tiny hands in the kitchen, the couple wanted to create a functional, organized and modern space with clear sight lines to the living room.

  • Vehicles

    2 mid-size cars

  • Children

    Three young children

  • Pets

    One elderly cat

The Consultation Process

After receiving their renovation scheduling request, we quickly reached out to John and Sheila to discuss the details of their project. The homeowners were eager to get started, so we scheduled three weekend appointments with our prescreened contractors. As it happened, the couple had done their research and they were able to provide the contractors with specific requests and comparison photos.

Going into the process, the homeowners were prepared to sacrifice aesthetics for functionality. They knew they needed plenty of space, and storage options to help them eliminate clutter. Ultimately, the Ethridge family had an extremely productive consultation with one of our prescreened contractors. He shared some ideas and design suggestions that impressed the homeowners and assured them that they could have the organization they needed without compromising style.

Once the contracts were signed, the real work could begin!

Kitchen Remodeling Results

In the original kitchen layout, the family was constantly running out of counter space and bumping elbows. To give the homeowner's the space they were looking for, our contractor had to remove the wall that seperated the kitchen and the living room. This immediately made the kitchen feel brighter and more open.

Next, we turned our attention to organization. Feeding a family of five requires quite a bit of cabinetry, so we made sure to maximize storage space. That meant installing overhead cabinetry, cabinets under the kitchen island, and below the main counter space. 


The Ethridge family's contractor chose to install tall, slate grey cabinets against the dividing wall. These sleek cabinets blend seamlessly into the wall and the minimalist, recessed handles are unobtrusive. Before the remodel, the family had cabinet knobs, which tended to get caught on backpack straps and flowy clothing. The handles the contractor choose were flush with the cabinet door, so they eliminated that problem because while creating a distinguished look.

Finally, it was time to select statement pieces, like these staggered, hanging lamp!. By incorporating a bit of personality into the lighting, and adding a subtle, visually interesting wall instead of traditional backsplash, the homeowners got the style they were looking for while preserving the bulk of their budget for utilitarian additions.

Ready to get started?

At Bright Builders, trust is the foundation of every remodeling project.  It only takes a few minutes to start connecting with trustworthy, local kitchen remodeling contractors.

The homeowners couldn’t be happier with their remodel! The renovated space is exactly what they needed, combining both beauty and function for their busy lives. At the end of the day, the Ethridge family credits the successful remodel to their excellent contractor and to the research that they did before starting the project.


Thanks for reading! If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We would be happy to assist you.


Ready to get started?

At Bright Builders, trust is the foundation of every remodeling project.  It only takes a few minutes to start connecting with trustworthy, local kitchen remodeling contractors.