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The Benefits of Visiting Our Showroom

The majority of our potential clients will initiate their contact with us by sending an email or calling us on the phone, and requesting a free in-home consultation. While we in no way discourage this, I would humbly suggest that the better route to take would be to first stop by our Showroom. We are open from 8:30 to 5:30 Monday through Friday, and from 10:00 to 3:00 on Saturday, which should accommodate almost any schedule.

The reason I see it most beneficial to visit our Showroom before making an in-home consultation appointment is, by visiting, you will have the opportunity to meet with multiple members of our staff, from design, to pricing, to production. Even potentially the installers who will be working on your job, the bookkeeper who can answer any questions related to financing, and the marketing team who will gift you with a promotional item or two! We might be having an employee’s birthday party and invite you in for a slice of ice cream cake. You will have an inside view into our company culture instead of one stranger appearing on your doorstep.

Sometimes a walk-in client will be greeted by one of our designers, begin a discussion about their project, and come to a technical question that that individual is not an expert on. We can easily grab the nearby expert, and answer your question for you right there. Have a question about how long your project will take to start? Ask our production department, who know their schedules better than anyone. You can even meet the owner and shake his hand. I think you are beginning to get my point.

Additionally, we have thousands of product samples here that will inspire you. You will have a much better direction of which samples you would like brought out to your home during the in-home consultation. You can even borrow some to take home with you!

I would sincerely suggest visiting us here, developing a rapport with a design consultant, and then making an appointment for him/her to meet with you at your home to proceed further. By visiting us you will have a much clearer picture of whether or not our company is a good fit for you. Call 596-777-6633 to make an appointment to come visit, or walk-ins are always welcome!

A Beautiful Kitchen Before & After in Milford

Last week, I was invited to this beautiful home in Milford, Michigan that Mr. & Mrs. Varilone had completely custom built for themselves. It was just gorgeous, every detail! We were lucky enough to get to work with them on designing their kitchen.

Mr. Varilone had contacted us through the Custom Cupboards website. He had done some research, and knew these were the right cabinets for him. We designed the kitchen with him, using these beautiful grey cabinets as the starting point.

Below you will see the Before & After photos of this kitchen transformation:

Here is a close-up of the backsplash, granite counters & cabinets:

I love the design elements that the Varilone’s brought to this space- most especially the wooden beams on the ceiling and this light fixture:

Custom Cupboards is the brand we sell most often – they are of the utmost quality and style, and can be completely customized to fit your design and functionality needs. You may not have known, but most cabinets only come in standard sizes and depths, which can be very limiting to the design possibilities.

Want to see what your house could look like with a custom kitchen? Have our designers sketch up a 3D rendering! Want to see more photos of this beautiful kitchen? Hop on over to Houzz.com. See you next time!

Why You Deserve a Home Remodel from Kopke

You’re ready and it’s time.  You’ve imagined relaxing in a spacious Jet tub and stepping out onto your heated tile floors.  You’ve imagined spice racks in the kitchen, and an organized pantry large enough to accommodate your Costco/Sams Club purchases.  Maybe an integrated beverage cooler separate from the refrigerator for an adult beverage and soft drinks!  You can picture your new space, have decided that now is the time, and the search has begun for the right remodeling company.

I’m sure you can imagine how great your home will look and feel after the remodel is complete, but it might be harder to imagine that the process will be free from headaches.  You’ve surely heard that the remodeling industry has a reputation for being nightmarish.  While taking on a large project inevitably has its challenges, we ask you to pass those headaches onto us.

At Kopke, we have 21 years and thousands of projects just like yours under our belts.  Let us manage your project, and we will roll out the red carpet. (Figuratively speaking of course, our tarps are cream in color.)  Remodeling your home should be more like a trip to the spa, not a trip to Cedar Point!  You are paying money to do something nice for yourself, don’t let the experience turn into daily worries and headaches.  It doesn’t have to be this way!

Through attention to all details, proper planning, re-measures, fluid communication, and the setting of realistic goals and timelines, we have the resources to provide a smooth-flowing, meticulously designed, planned, overseen and executed construction process.

At Kopke Remodeling & Design, we believe that remodeling your home should be an enjoyable experience!  You’ve saved up your hard-earned money and are ready to update your kitchen or bathroom, finish the basement, or add the addition or sunroom you’ve been dreaming about.

One of our many talents is designing spaces to suit individual needs, to make your life easier and more enjoyable. So why choose a company like Kopke Remodeling and Design? Because you deserve it!

Happy Customers Kathy and Tom Fuhrman in Shelby Township, with Kopke Designer Richard De Fauw

Designing a Kitchen? An Explanation of Common Kitchen Styles

Victorian, Southwestern, Traditional, Modern, Country & Eclectic.  These are 6 of the most commonly referred to “Styles” when it comes to interior design.  But what does each mean?  How do I explain to my Kitchen designer what I am looking for?  In this post, I will break down each of these styles in an easy-to-understand manner.


Usually characterized by steeply pitched roofs, pointed-arch windows, elaborate trim along roof edges, high dormers, lancet windows and other Gothic details. Light fixtures range from chandeliers, kerosene and electric lamps to Astra and sconces. Cabinets are usually ‘weathered’ looking and made of heavy, real wood with chrome pulls and knobs.


A lot of detail and craftsmanship. Natural materials such as stucco and hand-painted fabrics are very common, as are wood, quarry tile, ceramic tile, earth tones and vibrant accessories. Colors usually reflect the nature of a desert such as warm oranges, greens, tans and browns. Southwestern kitchens usually incorporate ceramic materials and terra cotta elements.



Plays up architectural details such as crown molding, raised wood paneling and rich, deep colors to enhance the mood and ‘traditional’ feel. Dark stains, honey tones, semi-opaque paints, wicker baskets and oak cabinets add to the usually more formal feel than country style.


‘Modern’ styles change from year to year. Most recent designs include sleek, straight and clean lines. Less is more, such as less accessories, visible appliances and details. Common materials Include stainless steel, Marble, granite and ‘frosted’ glass. Basic geometric shapes, colors such as reds, blues, yellow, black and white are prevalent.


Rustic, weathered look creates a warm, cozy feeling in a country style home. Common colors range from muted hues to earth tones. Exposed beams, pine paneling, brick and barn boards are elements used to express this style. Fabrics and patterns are a sure way to create a ‘country’ feeling, as is the use of wallpaper and baskets.


A mix of old and new features combined for a harmonious look. This style is not characterized by a particular color palette, style or material but is a mix of extravagant decorations from numerous eras including hand-me-down, second-hand items and other recyclables. Kitchens and bathrooms range from modern appliances mixed with antique decorations to the complete opposite.

And there you have it!  Kitchen styles explained.  So, which do you prefer?