Last fall, while reviewing Angie's List listings for a contractor who does kitchen remodels, I saw Handy Mike's Custom Remodel listing but didn't called since I assumed custom cabinets would be exorbitantly expensive and out of our price range. My husband and I decided on another Angie's List contractor who offered prefab cabinets; we had chosen maple since the cherry wood option was too expensive. The contractor insisted we needed to shorten a wall by 4" which I assumed was necessary in order to fit the modular cabinets along it without gaps, or something like that. This involved replacing a structural beam with a longer one - a costly, messy undertaking. The contractor's final quote was steep, much more than his initial estimates. I decided to call Mike Bedwell after all and he came the same evening. When I told him about shortening the wall, Mike said all we needed to do is build the kitchen out to the length of the wall - one of the many advantages of custom cabinets. He gave us a quote on the spot. Instead of getting an anticipated 'sticker shock' figure, it was quite reasonable, especially for what he was offering: a custom-designed kitchen (with no unnecessary structural alteration) complete with installation, and the cabinets would be built out of cherry wood, too. It was a no-brainer - we signed Mike on to do the job. Our move-in date was looming, so Mike and his crew had a tight turn-around. In spite of this, Mike built a gorgeous kitchen that we are thrilled with. I've been using my kitchen for almost a year now and love everything about it. - the functional design which Mike drew up by hand, and the beautiful cabinets built from high-quality materials, expertly hand-stained by his wife, extending to the ceiling with matching crown molding. The knobs and handles Mike helped us select are well-made and go perfectly with the cabinets; the interior cabinet hardware, hinges and such, are of the same high quality. Mike never cut any corners by using mediocre materials for any part of the project. Mike designed and built for us all the amenities a modern kitchen can have: a pantry, a spice cabinet, a cookie sheet drawer, two Lazy Susans, an extra wide, two-tiered 'gadget' drawer (which I especially love) for spatulas, vegetable peeler, etc; a microwave cabinet, a broom closet with an outlet inside it for recharging batteries, base cabinets with pull-out shelves and wall cabinets with half-shelves for easy access and deep storage, pull-out garbage can cabinet, matching paneling on the dishwasher, a fridge cabinet, under-cabinet lighting (Mike recommended the electrician who did the work), and gorgeous granite countertops. (Again, Mike recommended the company to use for this feature who did a terrific job using quality granite at a very reasonable price.) Mike even designed and built a cabinet specifically for my big, bulky dehydrator. And, unlike prefab cabinets where an installer strings together a bunch of single boxes, Mike's custom building involves constructing in one piece an entire section of cabinets - much harder to do and requires real skill and craftsmanship. (Please note the first photo. The man pictured is Mike.) In addition to his artisan craftsmanship, Mike was great to work with. He was very flexible and responsive to whatever requests we had; he worked on weekends in order to make the tight deadline (which impressed us a lot); he promptly returned calls; and he just made things easier for us. For instance, since we didn't have a truck to haul our newly-ordered dishwasher from the warehouse, Mike graciously picked it up for us, saving us a delivery fee. Mike may not have come to work exactly at the time he said he would every single time, but he and his hard-working crew always showed up and would sometimes worked late in order to finish the task of the day to stay on schedule. Coincidentally, the original contractor we were about to sign a contract with installed a kitchen at my husband's place of work. It's nice enough - the prefab cabinets seem to be of fairly decent quality, but, really, its nothing special. On the other hand, everything about our kitchen is special: beautiful custom-designed, hand-built and stained cabinets of superior craftsmanship with high quality hardware; and its very functional and efficient. Mike is truly an artisan, and we would definitely hire him again. In fact, we plan on doing so for other remodeling projects in our house.