Interesting Kenosha Home Counter Replacement
The city of Kenosha is located midway between Chicago and Milwaukee. It lies on the southwest of Lake Michigan in Kenosha County, Wisconsin and serves as its county seat. It has a total area of 27.03 square miles, making it the fourth largest in the state that lies along Lake Michigan. Kenosha forms part of the Chicago Combined Statistical Area, with a 2014 population of 99,894. The racial mix consists of 67.7% white, 17.9% Hispanic, 10.7% African American, and 1.5% Asian with a median household income as of 2015 is $48,235. It is the last station of the Union Pacific North Metra Line.
Paleo Indians are believed to have been the early settlers of the area, as far back as 13,500 years ago, according to archaeological evidence. The Ojibwa Indians called the are Masu-kinoja, which translates to “trout come all at the same time.” This refers to the entrance of thousands of spawning trout or pike into Lake Michigan. Later settlers, the Potawatomi also referred to Kenosha as ginoozhe or kenozia, which means “place of the pike.”
It was only in the 1830s that the white settlers, mostly from Troy and Hannibal in New York and the Western Emigration Company, came to Kenosha. The migration was led by John Bullen, Jr. Who first attempted to buy enough land for a town in Racine and Milwaukee. The settlers came to Pike Creek in 1835 and started building a residential community, which was first called Pike Creek, renamed South Port in 1837 because of its growing importance as a shipping port in the Great Lakes, and renamed again in 1850 to Kenosha.
A prototype of a steam car was first produced in Kenosha by the Sullivan-Becker engineering company in 1900. Starting in 1902, Kenosha slowly became a center of car manufacturing, producing millions of trucks and cars under various carmakers including American Motors Corporation, Hudson, LaFayette, Jeffery and Rambler. The 1902 Rambler, made by the Thomas B. Jeffery Company was one of the first two mass-produced car models, and it was the first one to use a steering wheel.
The American Motor Company or AMC made several models of cars in Kenosha, two of them named “Car of the Year” by Motor Trend in 1963 (Rambler Classic) and 1983 (Alliance). Harborpark, which is currently a group of upscale condominiums, recreational marina, and parks along the lake, was once the site of the AMC Lakefront plant. The plant operated between 1960 and 1988, and demolished in 1990.
While technology still continues to be an important part of the economy, present-day Kenosha is primarily a bedroom community because of its easy access to the major cities in the state, Chicago and Milwaukee. Roughly half of Kenosha residents commute out of county to their place of employment. Within the city, the largest employers are educational institutions, including the Kenosha Unified School District, Carthage College, Gateway Technical College, and UW-Parkside. In the private sector, three hospitals and Abbott Laboratories generate employment for many Kenosha residents.
Quite of few of the are celebrated in their own way. These include authors Margaret Landon and Irving Wallace, screenwriters William Bast and Thom Racina, and a score of musicians and composers such as Anna Fermin and Will Schaefer. Actors associated with Kenosha include Mark Ruffalo, Don and Jim Ameche, and Orson Welles. You can also include scores of notable notables in the field of sports, politics, and business.
Things to do in Kenosha
There are many things to see and do in Kenosha, which would account for the nearly $200 million in tourist money spent in the county in 2015. The city itself has three districts included in the National register of Historic Places. Among them is the Library Park and the Civic Center. Landmarks include the 1929 YMCA, the Manor House, and the John McCaffary House.
If you walk along Sixth Avenue, you may notice some distinctive street lights, which were specially designed for the city by Westinghouse in 1928, and restored in 1993. You may also be interested in taking a ride in the electric streetcar which stretches the two miles of downtown Kenosha. You might like to get off at Harborpark and check out the amenities there, and maybe stroll around the Farmer’s Market if you are there between May and October. You can also alight at the Dinosaur Discovery Museum and Civil War Museum, both affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, or the Kenosha Public Museum to ogle at the woolly mammoth skeleton believed to be 14,500 years old and other Ice Age relics. For some yummy tours, check out the Jelly Belly and the Mars Cheese Castle. For the outdoors types, there are a number of great golf courses as well as competition cycling circuits.
Kitchen counter revamp
The client and her family lived in a charming Cape Cod style home with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, screened porch, a central chimney, and open-floor kitchen/dining layout. She is a stay-at-home wife and mom with two small children, and spent much of her time in the kitchen thinking of good ways to hide vegetables in her dishes so her children would eat them. Her biggest issue were the wooden counters, which she feared had too sharp edges and were not getting as clean as she’d like. About a year ago, she called us in to replace them so they would be easier to clean up and disinfect.
It was simple project, and we quickly came to an agreed upon project cost for removal of the existing counters and replacement with 2 cm Everest White Radianz quartz countertops with bull-nose edges, full backsplashes in the same stone, and under mount double sink. It should have been a quick, three-day project, but the install crew ran into a major issue. The cabinets had been poorly installed, something that was not immediately apparent prior to removal of the old countertops. The cabinet wall sat just a little too high, which increased the risk of countertop failure because of “single point pressure.” Because she had chosen a relatively thin quartz stone, which tends to be more brittle than granite, we had to consult with the client about making modifications to the cabinets. We explained the situation, and because the fix would be quite extensive, suggested she call in a cabinet installer to fix the problem before we put on the new counters.
The client was reluctant to delay the installation because she couldn’t function without her kitchen. Fortunately, a member of the installer crew had some experience in cabinet installation, and suggested a workaround that would only delay the work by one day. We cautioned her that we could not guarantee the cabinet work or the stone because of the existing issues, and she signed a waiver tot hat effect so that the work could continue.
We were quite reluctant to proceed with the project because we were anticipating problems for the homeowner in the future. The workaround should eliminate the risk of failure, but since we are not cabinet installers, that remained debatable. Even though we had obtained a waiver for the work and product, we knew from experience that any problems later on would reflect on us, no matter how unfairly. However, we also appreciated the problems a long delay would cause the homeowner, so we acceded to her request and made the best of the situation. She was very grateful for the accommodation, and a month later on routine after sales follow up, she said she was very happy with both the work and product.
Responsive customer relations
We at Badger Granite often have to deal with issues like this, mostly to do with cabinet flaws in the construction or installation. We are willing to do minor modifications to fix the issues, but this particular project was a bit more complex.
We strive to inform the client of any and all problems we will encounter in a project, and recommend certain actions. In most cases, the clients follow our recommendations, but some ask us to do a workaround, as in this project. We only hope the considerable skills of our installer crew was up to the challenge. We are still waiting to see one year later, and so far, so good.