Residents of a group home for adults with developmental disabilities recently celebrated the renovation of their kitchen area thanks to Stardust Building Supplies, which held a contest for the kitchen design.

Valleylife, which provides high-quality programs and services to disabled individuals and their families, operates the group home located near 16th and Northern avenues. Valleylife was selected as the beneficiary of Stardust Building Supplies’ “Design for Hope” contest, an event where local interior designers are challenged to create a kitchen using reclaimed and reused materials from Stardust’s stores.

Stardust operates three Valley thrift stores that sell salvaged and gently-used building materials to make home improvement projects more affordable, with the goal of promoting reuse.

Interior designer Debbie English of Doola Designs won this year’s competition, and her winning reuse design was installed into the Valleylife group home beginning in August by Sundt Construction, with completion in early November. An Open House celebrating the new kitchen was held on Dec. 9.

The new and improved kitchen provides an updated layout with added storage that the four members who reside in the home can enjoy for years to come. The project included cabinetry, appliances, flooring, a quartz countertop, a tiled backsplash, light fixtures, table and chairs, and the removal of an old window to create a visual pass-through to the adjacent sunroom.

Denise Belancik of Cosentino Phoenix donated the quartz countertop and Brian Starks of Rock Solid Granite and Marble installed it. In addition, Allstate Appliances in Scottsdale donated the stainless steel range hood.


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