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Kitchen remodel made easy

Jim Brandon, owner of Kitchens of Woodbury, and Carol Peden, designer and manager, will have an open house and grand opening May 20.

A new kitchen and bath remodeling business is now open in Woodbury, with a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony planned for May 20.

Kitchens of Woodbury owner Jim Brandon is already running a Stillwater location but he decided to expand his services in Woodbury.

"The fact that we had the Stillwater location for almost 12 years now says that we're doing something right," he said, adding that if the business could succeed in Stillwater that means it could succeed in Woodbury.

Kitchens of Woodbury opened in early April, but continues to finish up some of the displays in the retail space that's located near the Valley Creek Mall.

Brandon is no stranger to running two locations. In 1999, he was already running a St. Louis Park store for eight years before opening the Stillwater one in 2000. Then he and his family moved to the east metro in 2007 and he decided to sell the St. Louis Park location.

Now that he has a little more time than he did when his children were younger, he said running the two locations won't be as hard as it was in the past.

"It's not gonna be double the challenge," Brandon said.

Kitchens of Woodbury is equipped with sample countertops, cabinets and floorings as well as full size kitchens on display.

Carol Peden, designer and manager, will work with Woodbury clients to figure out their style and preferences as well as what fits in their homes.

She said every remodel is a team effort between contractors, plumbers and designers. And like many construction projects, sometimes things go wrong, but it all gets done in a timely manner.

"The homeowner doesn't have to figure it out. That's our job," Peden said.

She added that the integrity of the design and layout of everything is always kept the way the homeowner initially pictured and wanted it, so there are no compromises there.

Kitchens of Woodbury offers a variety of countertops and cabinets from quartz, granite and laminate to oak, cherry and maple wood.

Most customers choosing a kitchen or bath remodel don't know exactly what they want at first, Peden said. Peden said she makes sure they choose something they're going to like in the long run because after all, it is a large investment.

"I want them to like it in five years, 10 years, as much as they like it now," she added.

Kitchens of Woodbury also helps clients purchase new appliances as part of their remodeling.

Additionally, their options vary from floor-to-ceiling projects, where the homeowner hands over the keys and leaves the house until the job is done.

A typical remodel runs from four to five weeks, Brandon said.

Back in 2008 to 2009, the kitchen and bath cabinet and countertop industry was experiencing the slowdown of the economy, but some customers still chose to invest in smaller scale products, Brandon said. But recently as the economy picked up and people's jobs have been more secure, investments have grown in scale.

Since the business offers semi-custom materials, Peden said it's easier to end up with cost-effective projects.

The ribbon cutting ceremony is tentatively planned for 4 p.m. Friday, May 20.

Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.