The Kitchen Remodeling Business
Gerald and Betty Baldner founded Kitchen Solvers as a home-based business in 1982 in La Crosse, Wisc.
The company initially focused on high quality cabinet refacing. Kitchen Solvers was a pioneer in the craft of kitchen cabinet refacing and in the early 1980s, with mortgage interest rates in the high teens, people were looking for ways to make their remodeling dollar go further.
Kitchen cabinet refacing was a way to help people reuse the cabinet parts that don’t wear out and replace all of the parts that get wear. By applying furniture-grade plywoods – often better quality than the wood on new cabinets – and adding new drawers, doors, hardware and pulls, customers could get a brand new looking kitchen often for a far lower price than ripping out the kitchen and installing all new cabinets.
As demand for cabinet refacing and remodeling grew, Kitchen Solvers began to serve all of western Wisconsin and grew largely by word of mouth referrals from really happy customers who often couldn’t believe how beautiful their kitchens turned out.
It turns out there was a lot more demand than they thought and soon the company decided to franchise.
In 1984 the Baldners established the first franchise location of Kitchen Solvers in Janesville, Wisc. The company opened its first international franchise in 1999 in Ottawa, Ontario.
Kitchen Solvers currently has more than 55 franchise outlets located throughout the United States and Canada.
The franchise is headquartered in La Crosse, Wisc., and is now helmed by newly acquired Eric Schmitt. Schmitt is spearheading future growth and brings decades of franchise development and business expertise to help coach Kitchen Solvers franchise owners through more rapid growth.
Kitchen Solvers gives franchisees the ability to offer cost-competitive cabinet refacing, custom cabinetry, kitchen design services, plus custom countertops that include laminate, solid surface, and granite.
Kitchen Solvers uses only the finest building materials, and our installers are highly trained craftsmen.
From initial design to final installation, Kitchen Solvers gives customers some of the best options for a wide variety of cabinet refacing and kitchen remodeling.