Kitchen remodeling & general contractor
in Scottsdale & Phoenix

This kitchen remodel & addition was a very special project. This 1950’s ranch house was originally my grandmother, grandfather, and father’s home. I have spent countless hours there—from the time I was born until I moved to the Phoenix area.

It is now my mother’s home. My mom has had a passion for cooking for as long as I can remember. She decided to update and expand the kitchen and we got to work.

We helped design a kitchen addition to improve the function, look and energy efficiency of the home based on her input and ideas.

interior renovations

Mom wanted a larger, more open and modern kitchen. We extended the kitchen into a new breakfast seating area and covered entrance. A walk-in pantry complete with shelving and storage space was created.

The area for the kitchen table was also expanded with a “bump out” addition to accommodate family holiday gatherings and dinner parties.

The cabinet and counter space was doubled. New solid wood cabinets feature pull out shelves behind doors and plenty of drawers. Mom’s large cook book library found a home in built-in bookshelves in the breakfast area.

This interior remodeling project included:

  • kitchen addition, renovation and redesign
  • kitchen cabinets & countertops
  • breakfast nook area with built-in shelving
  • pantry area with shelving and storage space
  • solid oak flooring to match existing
  • trim & finish work
  • interior painting
  • basement insulation
  • new sink & plumbing fixtures
  • upgraded lighting, fans & ventilation
  • microwave exhaust hood

exterior renovations

The exterior of the home was sided with “James Hardie” cement board siding. Under that siding we added 2″ of foam board insulation as well as spray foam air sealing. The total R-value of the walls is approximately R26, and we installed energy efficient triple pane windows.

The energy bills were reviewed upon completion and the energy use of the home went down by approximately 10% while the size of the home increased by 25%. The house is very comfortable year round.

Claire wanted a carport in lieu of a garage—both to save on costs and to use for outdoor gatherings. The exterior scope of work included:

  • kitchen addition and expansion
  • carport with storage closet
  • exterior foam board insulation
  • asphalt roofing & gutters
  • triple pane windows & exterior doors
  • “James Hardie” cement board & batten siding
  • exterior painting

The dramatic transformation and remodel of this family home created an open kitchen and improved layout with ample storage. It’s now perfect for entertaining and every day use, just like mom wanted.

Project team details & links

  • previous project

    This project was done by the owner of
    Project Construction LLC prior to forming a
    remodeling company in Scottsdale, Arizona.

  • location

    Springfield, MA

  • project type

    home addition
    kitchen & bath remodel
    energy efficiency retrofit

  • interior & exterior design

    Claire Valenti
    Robert Valenti

  • general contractor

    Robert Valenti

  • cabinetry & countertops

    white raised panel cabinets & laminate countertops

  • insulation & energy efficiency

    2" of exterior foam board insulation
    cellulose wall insulation
    spray foam air sealing
    basement wall insulation & air sealing
    triple pane windows

Nana, Pop and the kids

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