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“We want to know as precisely as possible exactly what kind of kitchen our customers want,” explains Cathie Gerardie, chief designer at The Kitchen Center/Northeast Builders Supply in New Canaan. — The Kitchen Center photo

At some point in life, practically every woman (and often, man) wants to redo the kitchen. Renewing the most used room in the house has been called “life-changing.” While it’s often a thrilling decision that takes quite a while to resolve, it can often become an “ordeal,” says Cathie Gerardie, and she should know. She is the chief designer at The Kitchen Center/Northeast Builders Supply, with locations in New Canaan and Bridgeport, and has 35 years of experience making dream kitchens a reality.

“One of the ways we’re different is that we are a builder’s supply company as well as a kitchen design center, so that once the blueprint is set, there are top-notch suppliers available for everything that’s needed: cabinets, countertops, windows, doors, paint, hardware, adhesives,  accessories, everything from doorknobs to lighting to lumber. Our customers are architects, builders, contractors, and individual homeowners. We’ve designed every kind of kitchen imaginable, from the purity of white wood to the elegance of marble and granite.

“The first step, of course, is a thorough consultation. We want to know as precisely as possible exactly what kind of kitchen our customers want. Seemingly mundane information is important, the size of the family, the ages of children, the family’s lifestyle and preferences regarding meal preparation and entertaining. Is the kitchen to be traditional, non-conformist or something just like a certain picture in a certain magazine?

“A kitchen, after all, is usually the most vulnerable and most popular room,” Cathie observes. “We’ve built kitchens from $8,000 to $68,000. Penny wise and pound foolish choices are tempting because of what seems like a big bargain. Our builders supply connection gives you quality materials along with savings. We consider ourselves stewards of your budget.”

The Bridgeport Kitchen Center has a 4,000-square-foot showroom, displaying everything a brand-new kitchen or a restoration requires. In New Canaan, The Kitchen Center is part of Weed & Duryea. There are new materials like the new heatproof countertop material called Neolith, a surface of glass and feldspar that won’t scratch, burn or stain. It is available in colors like slate and Calacatta marble. As a countertop material, it fulfills every aspect of safety, strength and good looks.

”Most of our business stems from client referral, word-of-mouth recommendations regarding  design, materials and service,” says Cathie, one of three on-staff designers. “We supply everything from change of cabinetry to fully installed kitchens, and spend as much time as it takes to provide a super-satisfactory experience for our customers.” For more information, call 203-576-8696 or visit thekitchencenterct.com.