Roy and Tammy Amburgey own Countertop Alternatives in Diamond Springs. Countertops have come a long way and the choices are almost endless. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

Roy and Tammy Amburgey own Countertop Alternatives in Diamond Springs. Countertops have come a long way and the choices are almost endless. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

FHI 2013

Considering a kitchen remodel

By From page FHI13 | September 27, 2013

Cabinets and countertops bring new life to an old space

The leaves have just begun to turn but many people are already thinking about the holidays and home gatherings that come with the fall season. The kitchen and dining areas are often hot spots during Thanksgiving and Christmas, so what better time than at the season’s beginning to think about a remodel?

“Usually, the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where you congregate with friends and family and have dinner parties,” said Mark Vojtech, manager at American Kitchen Cabinets in Placerville. “It makes people feel more comfortable to be in a newer, updated kitchen, and it’s also a great investment in your home. With both kitchen and bathroom remodels, you can usually get your money back and then some when it comes time to sell.”

The two most noticeable and beneficial ways to update a kitchen are its cabinets and countertops. Cabinets often fade and dull in sunlight over the years, and countertops can do the same. In recent years, manufactured cabinets have come a long way in both their durability and custom design. American Kitchen Cabinets offers five different cabinet lines — Bellmont, DeWils, Karman, Showplace and Waypoint. Design options vary from classic farmhouse to Tuscan villa. Not only do these cabinets create a custom, updated look they also offer ample storage space and usability.

“We do free designs and bids. We come out to customers’ houses and measure their space and then put the measurements into a software program that gives three-dimensional views,” said Vojtech. “In this way, customers can have an idea of what their kitchen would look like if done in various different ways. The program can also be a way for us to help customers’ meet their budget. If one design is too expensive, well, we’ll find another way.”

Roy and Tammy Amburgey of Countertop Alternatives Diamond Springs, also understand the value of a renovated kitchen. The husband and wife team has been in the kitchen and bathroom countertop and cabinet business since 1989. In addition to bathroom and kitchen countertops, Countertop Alternatives offers tub and shower wall and outdoor barbecue design.

A new countertop is generally not a huge expense and a great way to freshen up things, according to Tammy.

“If I could say anything, I’d really encourage people to make some of these changes to their home now while they can enjoy it,” she added. “Don’t wait until you sell it to fix it up.”

Like Vojtech, Roy and Tammy also enjoy brainstorming with customers to find the best design that will work for them, particularly when they can help customers think outside the box and find ways to create more space in a room

“I really enjoy working with customers to create exactly what they want,” Roy said. “The satisfaction on a customers’ faces when we’ve done a job and it’s exactly what they wanted is a feeling that can’t be beat.”

Current trends
So what do customers want these days? The National Association of the Remodeling Industry lists nine “must-haves” in today’s kitchen remodeling projects:

  1. Cleaner, more modern lines
  2. Updated and open layouts
  3. Docking stations for phones, mail, keys, etc.
  4. Expanded hardware options
  5. Less “match, matchy” and more mixed materials
  6. Varied cabinet choices — color, size, shape
  7. Thicker or thinner countertops
  8. Maximized, efficient space
  9. State-of-the-art appliances

Want to know more?
Stop by American Kitchen Cabinets at 386 Placerville Drive in Placerville and Countertop Alternatives at 6120 Enterprise Drive in Diamond Springs. Fr more information on American Kitchen Cabinets call 530-622-8477 or visit For more information on Countertop Alternatives call 530-621-0579 or visit

Jessica Cyphers

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