Dramatic Remodel {Before & After Photos}

We really enjoyed this kitchen remodel from the customer to the finish product. It was a very fulfilling project. Afterall, it’s hard not to feel that way when you’re fed homemade cake & cookies by the Mrs. of the house. Right? Please enjoy…


Wall 1: Before

This is the view into the kitchen from the dining room. The dining room has wonderful windows that overlook Hilo Bay. Isn’t that wall separating the kitchen and dining room a shame? That needed to change not only for a more open concept, but for an ocean view access from the kitchen…a must!

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Inside view of Wall 1

Before - 2

Wall 2: Before

Let me call your attention to the dishwasher on the far right, which was not in a convenient location. And although these stainless steel sinks are a rare find and often reused, our customer was ready for a change.

Before - 3Wall 3: Before

This is actually the back of wall 3, but as you can see it’s an interesting setup.

Before - 5Wall 4: Before

This wall is opposite of connecting walls 1-3 and/or across from the “U” of the kitchen.

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Before we get to the after pictures, how about a reality check? Walls came down, flooring installed, electrical and plumbing changes were made, drywall patching, and painting all occurred during this process. It was a time of uncertainty for our homeowners, which was warranted. We can’t thank them enough for entrusting our expertise up to the finish line…even when things were a mess. By the way, we do clean up after the days work is finished.

Wall 1: In Progress

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Wall 1 & 2: In Progress

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 Seeing that wall come down was a thrill! Now, are you ready for the fun part?

Cabinets: Cherry Select in the style of Adobe Bases & Fiesta Uppers

Countertops: Cambria Quartz in Windermere


Kitchen Remodel

Aren’t you stunned? It’s a jaw dropping transformation in person! Let’s go wall by wall…

Wall 1: After

Finish - 2Wall 2: After

Finish - 3Wall 3 Front: After

Finish - 4Wall 3 Back: After:

Finish - 5Wall 4: After

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Again, this kitchen remodel was a great experience. Working with the homeowners was a pleasure and their trust in JCC is invaluable. They are very happy and love their new kitchen!

Cherry Select + Cambria Quartz in Windermere

To view our most recent finish, please visit our Kitchen Gallery.

Cherry + Windermere

A special thanks to the homeowners for allowing JCC to work on their kitchen remodel. You both are wonderful!


the Remodel Process.

Understanding this process can be overwhelming if you haven’t been through it before. Let’s talk about how Jay’s Custom Cabinets handles remodels and put any anxiety as ease. I’ve put together general steps for a quick understanding. Keep in mind, there are variables that may present something out of the ordinary for you. That will always be the case in construction.

Step 1: Design New Space


During this stage, you have some homework.

A. Identify what you don’t like about your current situation.

B. Visit our showroom to discuss various options and choose your wood species, door style, countertop material, etc.

C. Our designer will work with you on the layout until you’ve approved the drawings.

D. Based on the design of your choice, purchase appropriate appliances, if applicable, and provide our designer with the specifications.

E. If you will be installing new flooring and not running it under the cabinets, we will need the finished height measurement.

F. Once you’ve made your deposit, material is ordered and fabrication will begin.

Step 2: Demo & Haul Away

Demo & Haul Away

If you’ve hired Jay’s Custom Cabinets to demo & haul away your existing cabinets and countertops, we’ll complete that portion of the job the day of your new cabinet installation. For more complicated remodels, it may need to be done prior.

Step 3: Cabinet Installation

Cabinet Insallation

Cabinet installation will begin with the boxes being attached together and secured to your walls, once leveled and in place. Doors and drawer fronts will then be installed. Any features like glass doors and cabinet accessories may be installed after flooring and countertop installation to protect against breakage. However, that’s at the discretion of the homeowner. Light rail {trim for under cabinet lighting} will be installed at the time of cabinet installation if no stone or tile back splash will be installed. If stone or tile back splash will be installed, the light rail will be installed once that work has been completed. Electrical work will be competed during this stage by a licensed electrician. You may have new appliances that will require installation by the electrician as well. If using your own electrician, you’ll need to coordinate that work directly, otherwise we’ll handle it. Also, your cabinet pulls and/or knobs will be installed if you’ve purchased them at this point. If not, they can be installed during the time of countertop installation.

If the flooring installation is complete at this point and/or existing flooring will remain, toe kicks will be installed during cabinet installation.

Step 4: Temporary Tops + Temporary Sink, Optional

Temporary Tops + Temporary Sink

Assuming Jay’s Custom Cabinets is also installing your stone countertops, you can request to have the sub tops {which lift the stone tops so that the drawers & dishwasher can open} installed at the time of cabinet installation. These tops are unfinished plywood that can be used while the stone tops are being fabricated. Please keep them clean as they will remain in place. However, the sink area will be replaced to fine tune the sink location/cut out to match the stone. We do not fabricate countertops prior to cabinet installation due to unforeseen changes that might occur during cabinet installation. This safeguards against having the countertops fabricated incorrectly. Your old or new sink may be connected during this wait time. However, your plumber will likely charge you an additional connection fee. Countertop fabrication is typically 2-4 weeks. Please note, for extremely straight forward jobs, it may be possible to fabricate your countertops ahead of time. We will let you know if that’s possible.

If you are installing new flooring as well, the work can be scheduled during this wait time. The toe-kicks will be installed at the time of countertop installation, once the new flooring is installed.

Step 5: Countertop Installation

Countertop Installation

If you have been using a temporary sink, please have the plumbing disconnected. The countertops will be installed and then the back splashes. Again, if you are using full height back spalshes or tile, the light rail will be installed last. Cabinet hardware, glass, and any finish work will be completed during this visit. Countertop installation is typically 1 – 2 days. Please schedule your plumber to connect the sink and dishwasher, if applicable, 24 hours after our visit.

Step 6: Enjoy!

Completed Kitchen


I would like to personally thank our homeowners for allowing us to feature their new kitchen online. They captured great pictures to help us put together this general guide. For more information about our process or to schedule a home visit, please contact JCC. You’re also welcome to visit our showroom Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. We look forward to working with you.


New Designs by Cambria {Available Now!}

New Designs

Choosing a Cabinet Design

Recently, we had the task of designing cabinetry for an Asian inspired home. The home is full of unique Korean wood lattice and Japanese shoji doors that will take your breath away. It was important to take those elements and incorporate them into the cabinetry.

Tea House

In thinking about cabinet design, it’s important to keep the style of your home in mind. Today, inspiration abounds online and it will be easier to narrow down your favorites if you can think beyond, “I like that” and incorporate “I like that and it will suit my home.” Of course, our job is to guide you along that journey. If you’re building or remodeling, please consider visiting our showroom. We offer free consultations and quotes. It would be a pleasure to work with you.

For all the Asian inspired cabinetry photos, please visit our Photo Gallery {Kitchens, Bathrooms, Laundry Rooms, and Built Ins}. Here are a few Kitchen teasers, enjoy.





Pamer Kidani’s New Kitchen {Before & After}

Pamer Kidani came to us through a friend who had recently used Jay’s Custom Cabinets to remodel her kitchen in Kona. She had thought about her kitchen remodel for many years and was very specific about her needs and expectations. Keeping her budget in mind, we talked about various bamboo options and she settled on Carbonized {Amber} Bamboo with exposed edges. The new look is very streamlined and modern with an extremely comfortable vibe. We hear she loves it and if you’ve had the pleasure of meeting Pam, I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. She’s thrilled, but so are we for having such a wonderful customer. It’s been a real treat!

Without further ado, I bring you the “Before & “After” photos.

{That’s what you really came here for anyway right? That’s what I thought!}

Kidani Before Kitchen 1

Kidani After Kitchen 1

Kidani After Kitchen 2

Now the kitchen reflects Pamer’s style & personality. It’s pretty great, isn’t it?

If you’ve been thinking of remodeling your home, please give Jay’s Custom Cabinets a call. We welcome remodels and new builds whether you’re on the East or West side of the island. We’ll also come to your home to take preliminary measurements and facilitate a quote. There’s no cost or obligation in obtaining a quote, so don’t be shy.

A huge MAHALO to Pamer for graciously sharing her experience on the radio & through these photos. Now, when’s the BBQ {Wink}?

Thank you for virtually visiting Jay’s Custom Cabinets!

We also have a beautiful showroom  in the Shipman Business Park where you can experience our craft in person! Click here for directions. Hope to see you soon!

Finance, by Cambria

Today, Jay’s Custom Cabinets, Inc is very excited to launch our new financing program. Whether you’ve heard our advertising on the radio or are visiting our website for the first time, I urge to to learn about the program and find out if it’s a good fit for you. Let me tell you some of the unique benefits to our program and what makes it different than financing at box stores.

1. Financing for up to $45,000.00 for any project that includes Cambria Quartz Counterops

~ Folks, this means that as long as you are using any amount of Cambria Quartz material in your project, financing by Cambria will fund your ENTIRE project. This includes cabinets and hardware.

2. No money down

3. Interest free financing for up to one year with no payments

~ This feature sets us apart from the financing offered at box stores. Typically, you may have deferred interest, but you still have to make monthly payments. With our program, you can enjoy no interest and no payments for a full year.

4. Secure paperless telephone application

~ Whether you choose to apply at Jay’s Custom Cabinet, Inc. or in the privacy of your own home, you simply need our dealer identification number and ten spare minutes. We will provide you with our dealer number when you pick up your bid and inform us of your interest in interest free/no payment financing for 1 year.

5. Credit decision in less than 10 minutes

~ Your time is valuable and we understand that. Financing by Cambria couldn’t be easier. In just 10 minutes or less, you’ll receive a credit decision and be able to start on your project.


For more information, visit Jay’s Custom Cabinets in the Shipman Business Park in person or by phone. To learn more about Cambria Countertops, click here.

Loans provided by Enerbank USA (1245 E. Brickyard Rd., Ste. 640, Salt Lake City, UT 84106) on approved credit, for a limited time. Repayment terms vary from 18-132 months. 17.05% fixed APR, as of June 1, 2012, is subject to change. Interest waived if repaid with the promotional same as cash period.


East Hawai’i Cultural Center

The East Hawai’i Cultural Center is operated by the East Hawai’i Cultural Council, a coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to preserving cultural, creative and traditional arts in Hawaii’i. Their purpose is to foster community involvement with culture and the arts; and to coordinate activities and resources among East Hawai’i arts and cultural community.

Events are made possible in part by support from the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the Hawai’i Country Department of Parks and Recreation, Culture and Arts Section, but the main support comes from the public.

Roseanne McQuire has demonstrated her community support by instructing a Keiki {Child} Woodworking Workshop every Friday, between 3:30pm – 4:30pm, at the Center. In the class, designed for children 4 years  and up, children learn how to work in a safe environment learning tool safety, how to follow directions, and opening their minds to endless creativity.

We had the pleasure of meeting Roseanne as she hunted down material for her class. She was extremely gracious as she humbly asked for support, in the form of our scraps, which we were happy to gift. In fact, we don’t have much to do with all the hard work she bestows on our local children other than continually saving workable scraps for the children, which she picks up regularly. However, she kindly sent us these wonderful photos as an act of gratitude. Good job, keiki! Your projects are inspiring and we’re so proud of your hard work!

If you are interested in joining the fun, please contact the East Hawai’i Cultural Center for more information.

Let’s talk, Bamboo

The topic of bamboo wood has been surfacing more and more at our shop. It also seems the flat slab, squared edge doors are rising in popularity. Those two facts have brought about a wave of interest in bamboo cabinetry. Due to interest, I’d like to show you 3 main options and explain the unique process of darkening bamboo, naturally.


~As it states, this is the natural color of bamboo.


~By definition, carbonized means, to convert into carbon typically by heating or burning. In this case, the bamboo is heated to a beautiful Amber hue. No stain has been applied.


~The bamboo has been heated to a deep dark chocolate. It is very unique to have a wood this color without a stained finish. No stain was applied.

Our bamboo panels are 100% renewable bamboo material, made from 100% natural Moso bamboo.

Currently, we are manufacturing cabinets in chocolate bamboo, for the very first time as it is a relatively recent process. We couldn’t be more thrilled with the outcome, so far. I will certainly be sharing the finished kitchen in our gallery, pending approval from our customers. For now, let me show you the unfinished doors and finished sides of a few cabinets and the pantry unit.

The kitchen will be stunning.


FINISHED CHOCOLATE BAMBOO – Finished cabinet sides

What’s so great about this material is that it’s darkened naturally and has a very simple vertical grain that is very, well, bamboo. For more information on using environmentally friendly wood products for your home’s cabinetry, please contact our office or visit our showroom.

Dramatic Remodel

This home was beyond the point of needing a remodel. It was in terrible condition and not suitable for healthy living.  A wonderful son decided to treat his elderly mother to a kitchen she deserved. We were very blessed to be part of making a dramatic change for a sweet woman and her simple kitchen.

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