Jason Hicks’ American Wood Reface does fast, high-quality kitchen transformations...for less

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American Wood Reface renovates kitchens—like this one in Fairlawn—for as little as half the cost of a full tear-out, and they complete the average project in just 7-8 days.

By Mimi Vanderhaven

When it comes to remodeling your kitchen, there is one option you should seriously consider: refacing. The industry has undergone a remarkable transformation in the past 20 years, led in part by innovative entrepreneurs like Jason Hicks of Northeast Ohio’s American Wood Reface.

“Homeowners are really starting to grasp the benefits of refacing,” Jason says. “We offer total kitchen transformations for as little as half the cost of a full tear-out, and we complete most projects in 7-8 days—instead of 7-8 weeks. You end up with better quality cabinets and a gorgeous kitchen with all of the modern amenities, but without going over your budget.”

Refacing is an especially good alternative if you are reasonably satisfied with the layout of your kitchen. That said, the professional carpenters at American Wood Reface also extend cabinets to the ceiling, make modifications to fit larger appliances, and add islands and peninsulas.

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“The time and money you save can go toward things that are really important,” Jason advises, “like appliance upgrades, new countertops, flooring, an undermount sink, and under-cabinet lighting.”

Jason says quartz has almost replaced granite in popularity, and two-color kitchens have become a big local trend. “Shaker and shaker bevel are still popular, as are solid colors, and rift-cut white oak, a warm wood with a very straight grain, is a growing niche,” he adds.

Converting bottom cabinets to drawer banks has also become hugely popular. “We recommend drawer banks to almost everyone,” Jason says. “The days of stooping down to get to the back of a cabinet are over—and good riddance.”

In spite of its name, American Wood Reface also installs new countertops and gorgeous tile backsplashes. And unlike many companies that cover the market with “good, better, best” options, Jason offers only one option: the best.

American Wood Reface transformed this dated, oak kitchen (left) in North Royalton into the light and airy modernized kitchen above. The company installs new solid hardwood doors and uses premium 1/4-inch, solid-wood facing, available in hundreds of styles and colors.

“We’re affordable, yes, but we don’t do ‘cheap,’” Jason explains. “We use only high-quality materials, including new solid-hardwood doors and premium 1/4-inch solid wood facing. Plus, our craftsmen are the finest in the industry.”

Refacing is also an environmentally sound alternative—your existing cabinets do not end up in a landfill and there is no wasted energy manufacturing new ones.

American Wood Reface brings the showroom to you and doesn’t charge for an in-home consultation and estimate. And they handle everything so you can avoid contacting five different contractors.

The firm has been a Super Service Award winner at Angi (formerly Angie’s List) for the last 14 years, and boasts 94 Google reviews with a whopping 5-star average.

Jason says it’s a good idea to replace bottom cabinets with drawer banks.

“Our number one goal is to give our clients a high-quality finished project,” Jason says. “But beyond that, we are also driven to make the process fast, affordable and fun. There’s absolutely no reason you cannot have a kitchen you absolutely love.”

American Wood Reface serves all of Northeast Ohio and beyond. For a free, no-obligation estimate, call 1-800-645-4594. For more information or to view featured projects, visit WoodReface.com.