Testimonial from Ken Sanders
I just wanted to share our experience in working with Ken Ryan and his team in the remodel of our condominium in Cow Hollow in San Francisco. Ken is a terrific collaborator and understood well our interest in a classic, traditional kitchen, including flush-frame cabinet doors and drawers. He organized the subdivision and assembly of the cabinets to minimize joints between sections; the result is a clean, seamless appearance.
The kitchen involved a tight layout in an existing 1920’s building, with uneven floors and ceilings, and Ken anticipated key details involving countertop edges, a flip-up door and a flush refrigerator enclosure. When there was a question on how to resolve a design issue, he always took the initiative to reach out and have a conversation about proposed solutions. I look forward to working with him again on future projects and can recommend him unconditionally.
Ken Sanders, FAIA
We had a very nice Thanksgiving in our new kitchen. We really like the kitchen. Everything works. We have amenities we didn’t even know existed. You said it would be finished in time for Thanksgiving and it was. Our friends and relatives scoffed and told us, “Kitchen remodels never finish on time” but they were all wrong. We credit your experience and the careful planning you put into the project. Almost everything went smoothly — and when it didn’t you were right there to get things straightened out.
We interviewed several kitchen designers before we chose you. We were shown display kitchens and books full of a hundred contradictory ideas. We talked to people who were charging us a fee and we talked to people who came out for free. We talked to people who knew exactly what was best for us and we talked to people who were quick to explain how they could do anything we wanted — and then change the plan whenever a new idea popped up. Our kitchen was measured, remeasured and measured again. We looked at stock cabinetry and we were referred to cabinet makers.
“What do you want?” wasn’t the right question for us. We didn’t really know what we wanted and we didn’t know all that was available. We knew we wanted a better functioning, better looking kitchen and we knew where the trouble spots were in the existing kitchen. It seemed as if we had a hundred paths and no clear way of determining which way to go. Then you walked in and said, “Imagine an empty room.” Your focus was on what we were trying to accomplish and that was the right way for us. For each idea or question that we introduced, you had us start with what we wanted to accomplish, then consider the different ways to reach that objective. We found this approach congenial, and it left us comfortable with each outcome.
We quickly discovered that you have an outstanding reputation in the community. You connected us with an excellent contractor who knew that you could be counted on to have the correct cabinets delivered to our home, ready for installation, on the promised day, so he did not need to allot extra time to allow for late, missing or wrong cabinets. He was therefore comfortable scheduling the project within our eight-week window — and it was in fact completed in plenty of time. The appliance dealer through whom we purchased all our appliances (at very competitive prices) also praised your reliability.
Testimonial for Kitchens by Ken Ryan
For over five years, my husband and I had put off remodeling our kitchen. We had previously undertaken the job of redoing our master bath and that had been a hellish experience. So the thought of tackling a kitchen remodel seemed too big to handle. We had driven by Ken’s office and showroom numerous times, but over the Christmas break we stopped in to check things out.
From the get go our first visit to Ken’s showroom provided us with the creative momentum we needed to move forward — and allowed us to begin to visualize the possibilities. His easy going and focused personality stewarded us through the design process and later, through the kitchen remodel. Ken provided us with a “magical” organizational binder, complete with delineated stages of action steps and responsibilities for my husband and I, as well as describing Ken’s responsibilities for the whole process.
While the organizational book alone was worth the price of admission, it was Ken’s combination of a contracting background and his design sensibilities that was the closer for us on hiring him. In addition his wife Mary was a silent, but ever present, “kitchen angel” handling the office and providing us with answers to our questions when Ken wasn’t available.
We ended up with a kitchen that is a work of art, and a joy to cook and entertain in. We will be forever grateful to Ken for guiding us through this process.
If you lack the time, vision, or creative ability to tackle a kitchen remodel our only suggestion is: “Hire Ken Ryan Kitchens — you won’t be sorry you did!”
August, 26, 2013
Kitchens by Ken Ryan
Hi Ken & Mary,
I have to tell you folks now that I have put my new kitchen to work, that Ken you are a genius when it comes to utilizing space. We had the smallest model kitchen of the Kenny Homes built in Terra Linda. Taking down that wall with my old oven and upper cabinets made a huge difference and remarkably I have more cabinet space then I ever did before plus a Pantry and a Lazy Susan that I have always wanted.
We had a few friends for dinner, the ladies were in the kitchen helping prepare dinner and the guys were sitting at the peninsula and we all kind of looked at each other with surprise that we had four in the kitchen and three people at the counter. I would have never thought this possible. The other kitchen designers we spoke to said there wasn’t much they could do with such a small kitchen but reface or replace the cabinets as they were. You really have an eye for utilizing the most out of limited space.
The binder that you put together for us was an invaluable tool when it came to selecting our countertops, appliances, lighting, hardware, etc. And thank you for allowing us to use your discounts.
We also want to thank Mary for being such a wonderful communicator. She made things a lot easier for us not having been through such a large project before.
If you need to use our kitchen as a small kitchen remodel for viewing by future customers please feel free to do so. Just give us a call.
We can’t thank you enough for our beautiful kitchen. People just can’t believe how much it’s changed the appearance of our home.
Bob & Sue Nalducci
Ed and I wish to thank you and Mary for your wonderful kitchen design and all of your assistance along the way. We love our Dura Supreme cabinetry as well as the Cambria countertops. All products have been a joy to admire and use daily.
We also wanted to let you know how pleased we were to meet and select Joe Williams Construction to install the cabinets, making sure that the quartz was properly installed as well as the fixtures we selected. It was a true pleasure to work with Joe and his colleague Jeff Moroni. The job progressed well and it was interesting to see everything be installed to create our beautiful kitchen.
Again, our thanks to Kitchens by Ken Ryan and Joseph Williams Construction.
E and J Wall
March 12, 2012
Kitchens by Ken Ryan
I want to take this opportunity to express my most sincere thanks for helping me create, and complete my total kitchen remodel. Your vision surpassed my expectations. I truly appreciate your kindness and your integrity. You were always there to offer guidance without pushing your opinion. I am so pleased with all of my selections. It really turned out beautifully.
Ken, you and Mary make a truly great team, and one I will be more than happy to recommend (and already have). You’re always there making sure everything is right. Please feel free to have any potential customers call me. I’m happy to sing your praises. It is easy to understand why you are Diamond Certified. When they called me, I gave them a 10+. You go out of your way to give top shelf service.
All my best.
Ken, Mary, and Amanda
It was such a pleasure meeting you and working with you to create our new kitchens and family room space. We are very happy with the results. Your expertise, craftsmanship and communication skills made every aspect of the planning and construction phases a positive experience. We have been touting you work among our friends and you are welcome to use any part of this message as testimonial in your advertising. We would be happy to speak with prospective customers.
I am sure that we’ll be seeing you around town and at the office. We were so happy to find such a reliable business right here in Novato.
Kathy and Dave K.