A rea­son­able ren­o­va­tion

North End kitchen makeover fea­tures solid, hand­crafted wood fur­ni­ture at af­ford­able prices

The Hamilton Spectator - - GO - KATHY RENWALD kren­wald@gmail.com www.kathyren­wald.com Instagram:kathyren­wald

INSTAGRAM OPENED the door to a kitchen ren­o­va­tion for Is­abel Ma­tias.

The North End res­i­dent, like thou­sands of oth­ers, fol­lows the lo­cal design scene on Instagram. It’s an ex­cel­lent way to see lo­cal build­ing, design and ren­o­va­tion projects.

“I’d had a ceil­ing leak, that’s how it started, and it was the push I needed to ren­o­vate the kitchen,” she says.

She’d bought her turn of the century house in 2007, and was slowly up­dat­ing rooms one by one.

The kitchen was frozen in time, circa 1950, with colour, cab­i­nets and a lay­out past its best be­fore date. A ma­jor com­po­nent of the new kitchen would be an is­land to in­crease work­ing space, add stor­age and be a place for casual din­ing. On Instagram, Ma­tias found the is­land of her dreams and the man who could build it.

“I was fol­low­ing Mar­cus on so­cial me­dia and I liked his work,” says Ma­tias.

Mar­cus is Mar­cus Melo, owner of Kaza Wood Fur­ni­ture & Accessories (kaza­wood­fur­ni­ture.ca).

When the two met for a con­sul­ta­tion, they hit it off. Ma­tias is a good judge of peo­ple. The 41-year-old has spent her ca­reer in customer ser­vice, first on Dis­ney cruise ships for 10 years, then at Delta Ho­tels and now manag­ing customer ex­pe­ri­ence for her broth­ers’ soft­ware devel­op­ment com­pany. She was look­ing for some­one she could trust who would build a good prod­uct and work with her bud­get.

Melo sug­gested an is­land made of Am­brosia maple, with a dark wal­nut stain. The is­land in­cluded stor­age on one side, and a leaf on the end that could be raised to seat ex­tra guests for din­ing.

Ma­tias, a sin­gle mom, had bud­geted $8,000 to $10,000 for the kitchen reno.

“Mar­cus saved me money once he heard what I wanted to do,” she says.

She wanted to re­place the kitchen cab­i­nets, but a quote for that alone came in at nearly $8,000. Melo sug­gested paint­ing the in­te­ri­ors and re­plac­ing just the doors, a job he ended up do­ing. He also sug­gested other trades peo­ple tha the had worked with and trusted.

“That was im­por­tant to me since I was leav­ing peo­ple in the house while I was at work,” Ma­tias says.

So while the price and qual­ity were im­por­tant to her, so was the phi­los­o­phy at Kaza Wood Fur­ni­ture. Melo uses lo­cal sup­pli­ers, di­verts as much as he can from land­fill, and is a sup­porter of the On­tario Wood pro­gram and the tree plant­ing ini­tia­tives of Forests On­tario.

“I build solid wood fur­ni­ture at af­ford­able prices, it’s about the ex­pe­ri­ence and re­la­tion­ships as much as the prod­uct,” says the 26-year-old, who es­ti­mates about 40 per cent of his busi­ness comes from Instagram fol­low­ers. By the spring, Melo plans to have a store­front open in Stoney Creek to dis­play his fur­ni­ture and accessories. His shop will be in the back.

The $10,000 kitchen ren­o­va­tion took about four months to com­plete and in­cluded dry­wall, a new back­splash, cabi­net doors, light­ing, the new $1,500 is­land and a set of dis­play shelves built by Melo. Ma­tias saved money buy­ing ap­pli­ances and coun­ter­tops on clear­ance and by do­ing de­mo­li­tion work her­self with the help of a brother.

Now, she says, “My daugh­ter and I sit at the beau­ti­ful is­land, look around and say ‘wow.’”

PHO­TOS BY GARY YOKOYAMA, THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

Kaza Wood owner Mar­cus Melo sug­gested an is­land made of Am­brosia maple, with a dark wal­nut stain. The is­land in­cludes stor­age on one side, and a leaf on the end that could be raised to seat ex­tra guests for din­ing.

Mar­cus Melo and Is­abel Ma­tias in her newly ren­o­vated kitchen. The work cost $10,000, took about four months to com­plete and in­cluded dry­wall, a new back­splash, cabi­net doors, light­ing, the new $1,500 is­land and a set of dis­play shelves built by Melo.

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