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The Fairborn 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 Simi Valley kitchen remodel! In this case study, you’ll meet the homeowners and learn more about their experience.

- The Bright Builders Team

Meet the Family

Summer and Alex Fairborn have lived in their Simi Valley home for nearly two decades. Although the kitchen layout was considered trendy and stylish at the time of purchase, in recent years, it began to look dated. More importantly, the appliances desperately needed an update! After receiving a promotion at her law firm, Summer decided it was finally time to began their long-awaited kitchen remodel!

With four children in the house, both Summer and Alex felt it was important that the new layout would allow the kids to participate in cooking some of their own food. This meant they would need a healthy balance of storage on the wall, as well as lower storage for the younger kids to access. In order to match the rest of the house, they also wanted the design to feel welcoming and “homey” instead of overly polished.

  • Space

    95 square foot kitchen

  • Clients

    Two adults and four children (ages 6-19)

  • Goal

    Durable, child-friendly kitchen with new layout

The Consultation Process

The Fairborn family found Bright Builders during their Google search for kitchen remodeling contractors, and they quickly sent in a request for quotes. We scheduled three consultations with licensed, prescreened contractors over the following weekend. The homeowners wanted to discuss the remodel over the weekend so that their children could participate in the planning process. They felt it was important for the kids to feel a sense of ownership and responsibility for the new design since they would be expected to use it as well.

After meeting with all three contractors, the family spent the next week discussing their options. They’d already waited for a few years to begin their remodel, and they wanted to choose the right partner to help them create their dream kitchen. Ultimately, they chose to hire the second prescreened contractor that they’d met with because they felt that she truly understood their vision.

Kitchen Remodeling Results

In order to create the warm and welcoming feeling the homeowners were looking for, the contractor installed custom-fit wood cabinets. For the wall-mounted units, the homeowners choose white cabinets with a semi-gloss finish. This created a striking contrast with the darker, genuine oak cabinets beneath their kitchen island. 

The spacious kitchen island was the centerpiece of their design. After researching their options for counter material, they chose a beautiful grey marble slab. Ultimately, they made the decision to spend more on marble because the material isn't porous, which meant that it would not collect germs and food particles. By investing in the custom-fit counter, the Fairborn ensured that the island would last them for years to come. 


In addition to storage space and prep space, their kitchen island also features a modern, trough style sink, which replaced the original sink and the faucet fixture from the opposite wall. This specific faucet installed in their new island comes equipped with a hands-free on/off option, which is perfect for washing your hands in the middle of a messy dinner prep session. 

To bring together the room, they choose a ceramic tile backsplash, due to the striking, unconventional dusty rose color. Lastly, the homeowners selected gorgeous, richly-colored hardwood flooring for their kitchen. The flooring matches the floors in the adjoining dining room, which creates the impression of a seamless, open space. 

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We'll help you start your very own kitchen remodel! With the help of our Bright Builders prescreened contractors, there's no limit to what you can achieve!

We caught up with the homeowners a few weeks after the project was completed to find out more about their experience. Summer and Alex were very pleased with their results. One of the women even remarked that: “Bright Builders guided us to the right contractor. They worked with our schedule, were patient with us, and are knowledgeable. We will use them again for future renovations."

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?

We'll help you start your very own kitchen remodel! With the help of our Bright Builders prescreened contractors, there's no limit to what you can achieve!