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Pacific Kitchens Recognized as “Beloved Business” on Yelp

Pacific Kitchens Inc., has been recognized as a “beloved business” on YELP FOR 2023!

We started this family-owned business 38 years ago with the goal of making your vision of a dream kitchen your reality!  Our office staff, design consultants and installers all work very hard to earn your “OOHS” and “AAHS” for every job, so we truly appreciate the recognition and want to thank our customers for the many awesome reviews you have written over these 38 years.

We know that online reviews are an important part of your initial decision-making process in choosing an experienced refacing kitchen remodeling company.  We appreciate your kind words about our company and the quality of our work and employees.  It makes us very proud to measure up to your expectations.  A sincere thank you to our customers and to Yelp.


Pacific Kitchens Voted a Neighborhood Fave Again in Nextdoor’s Local Business Awards


San Diego, California – Pacific Kitchens Inc., has been named to the winning list of Nextdoor’s 2023 Neighborhood Faves for two years in a row. The only annual awards where neighbors vote to celebrate their favorite local businesses. This year, Neighborhood Fave winners like Pacific Kitchens will receive greater visibility and ranking on the Nextdoor app as well as a sticker to showcase their win in the real world.

“Neighbors know best, and Nextdoor’s Neighborhood Faves are the only annual awards celebrating the businesses that are most loved by locals. This prestigious recognition is only awarded to 1% of the local businesses on Nextdoor and is a testament to the positive impact they have had on their community,” said Nextdoor CEO Sarah Friar.

Used by one in three households in the US, Nextdoor is the neighborhood network where verified neighbors and businesses connect to the neighborhoods that matter to them.



While you may be someone who thinks Labor Day still marks the end of white as a wearable fashion, there’s no question that when speaking of fashionable kitchens, white remains a top contender year-round. Kitchen cabinets in most any shade of white are considered a classic design color, described since the 1920’s as being bright, clean and fresh. White cabinets look great with all of your accessories such as appliances, sinks, faucets and hardware of every shade. There’s sure to be a shade of white that will transform your entire kitchen, even when existing countertops, backsplash and flooring remain in place. White can also brighten up a room and still leave you open to a multitude of other colors and materials for new countertops, backsplashes and flooring, as well as some trendy new cabinet accent colors and/or wood tones for a two-tone color scheme.

Now, nearly 100 years since white kitchens basically made their debut in the U.S., producing a two-tone design by coupling white with a second accent color or a wood tone appears to be a continuing trend that will extend into 2020 and on.  Perhaps you’re thinking of just a splash of color on the island’s base cabinet or white upper cabinets with a second color or wood tone on lower cabinets.  These examples, among others, have been popular this year and trending on social media sites. We encourage you to view all the possibilities for the custom look of your choice.

Call Pacific Kitchens (858-277-0701) for a free no-obligation estimate with one of our Design Consultants. We’ll bring samples to view right in your kitchen and leave you with a written estimate. As always, we look forward to making your kitchen remodeling dreams come true!”

“When Remodeling, Pacific Kitchens encourages you to consider donating your newer or gently used items such as sinks, appliances, doors and doorknobs to Habitat for Humanity. Call them about pickup or delivery of items being donated, and for directions to “Restore”, their home improvement stores in the County. For more information:


Knobs, Handles or Finger-Pulls (Oh My!)


Along with your kitchen cabinet refacing,  door and drawer hardware shouldn’t be scary.  However, given the glazed-over look from some customers after uttering those words, you would think I said, “Lions, Tigers or Bears?”  Of course, if you have never seen “The Wizard of Oz”, you’re now totally confused as to my point about what some people perceive as the difficulty in making this decision.  Yes, there are probably hundreds of styles of hardware you can choose from and if budget allows, you could easily spend hundreds of dollars just on hardware when remodeling your kitchen.  However, here at Pacific Kitchens, we like to give our customers options that will keep your eyes, as well as your finances, in focus.

Pacific Kitchens cabinet refacing is usually about half the cost of doing a complete tearout, so it stands to reason that we also offer modern, budget-friendly hardware choices as well as hardware-free alternatives for your cabinet doors.  For our customers who prefer the doors without handles or knobs, there are a variety of door styles to choose from featuring ‘finger pulls. We can also add ‘finger pulls’ to most other solid hardwood choices, such as maple, cherry or oak.  For customers who prefer your doors and drawers with hardware, you may choose from modern popular standards displayed in our Pacific Kitchens showroom in polished chrome, satin-brushed nickel, oil-rubbed bronze and black — at no extra cost above or beyond your refacing cost!  Since these designs are kept updated, this option remains the most popular with our customers.  Of course, additional hardware design resources are available upon request, and we are able to purchase additional design styles through our suppliers.  Our discounted price is then passed on to our customers.  Call us for a free, no obligation in-home estimate.  We are in the business of making your kitchen remodeling dreams come true!

When Remodeling, Pacific Kitchens encourages you to consider donating your newer or gently used items such as sinks, appliances, doors and doorknobs to Habitat for Humanity. Call them about pickup or delivery of items being donated, and for directions to “Restore”, their home improvement stores in the County. Click this link for more information:



granite countertopsPeople often ask us what to use to clean their granite countertops. Granite countertops purchased from Pacific Kitchens come with a high-performance, stain resistant, 15-year seal, so you’ll want to clean the surface without harming the seal. While there are several cleaners, disinfectants, and anti-microbials on the market that are specifically formulated for cleaning granite, using them on YOUR granite countertops may not be necessary — or wise. Some cleaners contain compounds that will degrade the sealer over time, while cleaners containing bleach can quickly make a seal ineffective. Save your pennies and just use a mild soap and water.

Prior to being sealed, granite is a porous stone, so if you’ve moved into a home where granite was already installed but you’re unsure if it was sealed or if the seal was maintained properly, you might want to try a DIY ‘over-the-counter’ granite sealer. Apply the OTC seal as recommended in the instructions, then maintain with mild soap and water.  ‘Over-the-counter’ granite sealers generally last anywhere from six months to one or two years, while a high-performance sealer applied by some contractors prior to install is longer-lasting and highly resistant to stains.

Quartz is an engineered, man-made stone that combines resin binders with quartz for a uniquely characteristic look. The resins actually make the stone non-porous and highly resistant to stains. Therefore, unlike granite, a protective sealer is not required. Again, mild soap and water will do the trick. If a water ring or wine stain appears, a non-abrasive dampened ‘magic eraser’ is sometimes effective. Please keep in mind that neither granite nor quartz are stain-proof, so it’s wise to clean up any spills as soon as possible, as you would with most any countertop surface. Both granite and quartz are easy to maintain, and both provide stunning beauty and resilience.


Are Your Cabinets Screaming For a Makeover?

Entertaining today often involves the kitchen as well as the family room. Together, they serve as a casual, all-encompassing entertainment area for family get-togethers, kid’s birthday parties and of course, game-day gatherings.  So let me ask you, is your kitchen ready and proudly awaiting your guest’s arrival, or is it screaming for a makeover?

Choosing kitchen cabinet refacing, means opening your eyes to a brand new kitchen in as little as 3 days for about half the cost of all new cabinets! Simply choose from a variety of door styles, refacing materials and hardware. The numerous options we offer will modernize, add 21st-century functionality and turn ordinary into extraordinary!  You’ll be laying out the chips, dips, and nachos for tasty and elegant game-day appetizers with pride. Even hotdogs and hamburgers will look fancier, and you may even think everything you cook tastes better!

Modern cabinetry not only provides a stylish backdrop without any additional fuss, the updated functionality may even shorten your preparation time. Should you need new countertops along with your kitchen cabinet reface, you can choose from beautiful samples of granite and quartz. Your stage will be set for planned-and impromptu events.  You, and your kitchen, will be looking your best and have you performing like a pro.  We’re certain you’ll have more fun perfecting your culinary masterpieces in your beautiful new refaced kitchen.

Pacific Kitchens is an award winning company specializing in kitchen cabinet refacing with an A+ Rating with the BBB.  We offer top-quality materials, a solid warranty, and more than 30 years of experience in the industry.  Our Design Consultants will help you design your new kitchen to meet your needs and your wish list.  We look forward to making your kitchen remodeling dreams come true!  Call us for a free, no obligation in-home estimate at 858-277-0701.


Customizing Cabinet Exterior Surfaces

If you have been considering a kitchen remodel, you may be one of the few who already has a mental picture of what you would like your new kitchen to look like.  Refacing cabinets is a great solution for worn cabinet doors that are beginning to show age with their old cabinet style and colors.  You may be in for a surprise when you discover all the options that are now available.  Here are some very basic guidelines on how to customize your cabinet’s exterior appearance to fit the style and decor you wish to achieve in your new kitchen.

First, add personalized distinction by choosing the style and design of your new cabinet doors using popular hardwoods for instance such as cherry and maple.  They are available in many shades, and colors from natural to dark.  Glazes are also available in a variety of shades, or bring us a sample of a stain or paint color and we can try to match it.

You may also want to consider using the budget friendly and maintenance free Thermafoil door.  It has the look of real wood with a washable surface which is great for busy families or for those of us who would love just to wipe our doors down with a damp cloth – what could be easier!  They are available in different shades, wood grains and styles. You may also opt for glass inserts in some of your cabinet doors to enhance the look.  Matching cabinet trim and a new hardware style will add the finishing touch and complete the look of your brand new updated kitchen at half the cost of tearing out and replacing.

Note:  For options on customizing the interior of your cabinets while refacing, please see our blog post titled,  HOW TO MAKE MORE EFFICIENT USE OF YOUR KITCHEN CABINETS WHEN REFACING. All refacing choices at Pacific Kitchens are an environmentally friendly green alternative to tearing out existing cabinets and can be usually be completed in about a week.

For complete details and a more in-depth look at the variety of Pacific Kitchens remodeling options, we recommend getting a free, no-obligation in home estimate with one of our design consultants.  This will allow you to see the various door and countertop samples in the comfort of your home.  We look forward to making your kitchen remodeling dreams come true!  To schedule an appointment or for more information, just call us at 858-277-0701.

Pacific Kitchens Earns Esteemed 2017 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

Pacific Kitchens Inc., has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of customer service to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2017.  This is the seventh year in a row that Pacific Kitchens has received this honor.  Pacific Kitchens specializes in Kitchen Cabinet Refacing with over 30 years’ experience serving most of San Diego County.  “Only about 5% of all kitchen remodeling companies have performed consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie”s List Founder, Angie Hicks.  “It’s a really high standard.”

This achievement is particularly significant as Angie’s List experienced unprecedented member growth in 2016. More than 1.6 million consumers, many of whom were eager to quickly hire highly qualified service pros, joined Angie’s List after the company added a new, free membership tier.  “Companies that can meet higher demands without missing a beat in their exemplary performance standards truly do stand apart from their peers,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “Only a fraction of the companies in San Diego were able to do it.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2016 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade. The SSA winners must also be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.  Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

For more than 21 years, Angie’s List restricted access to its verified reviews to consumers who paid membership fees. When the company removed that barrier, some companies worried that the new, non-paying members would not be as engaged as members of the past. Experience has shown, however, that these newly added members are just as engaged – across all age groups – as prior members. Also, because the company continues to adhere to its review verification process, there has been no degradation of review quality.The biggest change at Angie’s List is that we are connecting even more consumers to high quality service professionals,” Hicks said. “And that’s good for everyone.”



Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between more than 4.5 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly rated service providers in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of more than 10 million verified reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.




A warranty with your purchase provides peace of mind, as well as a level of confidence in the quality of a product. It assures the consumer that any additional costs for repairs or replacement will be limited to the conditions of the warranty. More specifically, a warranty covers who to contact, what is covered, length of coverage, the conditions of coverage and/or the conditions that void coverage. It’s wise to review anything that is excluded from the warranty or any conditions that would necessitate additional charges for service calls, labor, or materials. Examples of conditions that void coverage might be misuse, abuse, negligence by the owner or water damage. Costly exclusions could be either the labor or materials (or both) for repairs. For instance, some vendors offer a ‘service contract’ versus a warranty, where fees are charged for labor or replacement materials for any repairs afterwards.

Determining the strength of a warranty is also essential. It stands to reason that dealing with a local company for certain products and services elicits a more timely response to your requests. For instance, waiting longer for a non-local vendor to make a repair could prove to be costly as well as inconvenient. When owners are local and reside in the community, have a Showroom, they’re also more invested in the company’s reputation within the community. The length of time a company has been in business in the community coupled with online ratings and reviews, such as those on “Better Business Bureau”, “Yelp”, and “Angie’s List” give consumers some insight into a company’s reputation. In other words, do they stand the test of time in your community in addition to enjoying a lengthy and positive business reputation.

Pacific Kitchens is San Diego’s kitchen cabinet refacing experts with over 30 years experience serving most of San Diego County.