Jenave Kitchen and Bath

Apr 16, 2018
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

They say the heart of any home is the kitchen; and the heart of Jenave Kitchen and Bath is the husband-wife team of Jen and Dave Maslanka, who recently expanded their Galloway-based full-service design and installation business to a second location in Surf City.

The new store, located between Lou’s Electric and Paul R. Maina Builders in the Turning Point plaza, opened in October and has been open by appointment all winter. As spring approaches, the finishing touches are being added to the showroom, and the couple is looking forward to their first season in the heart of the action on Long Beach Island.

“It was just fate that we ended up in here, and it’s been really good for our business,” Dave said. They’ve always done a lot of work on the Island but now, from a logistical standpoint, the geography works in their favor.

The Maslankas said the best business strategy they have learned after decades in the industry is to listen. Customers want to be heard.

“That’s what Jen and I do well,” Dave said. “We listen and strive to meet all their needs.”

As co-owners, with shared knowledge of the business from end to end, and with a team of employees who have adopted their culture of caring and a philosophy of “Take your time, do it right,” the Maslankas have all their bases covered.

“Quality is the most important aspect of our job,” Dave said. That’s why they are hands-on. Dave is on all jobsites, and Jen handles meeting with clients on design plans.

So, what sorts of designs are on people’s minds?

With summer homes, some are more practical, some go bold. But they’re all meant to be places of total comfort and relaxation. So today’s layouts tend to be more open, and one-level islands (instead of stepped-up) make spaces more approachable. The goal for the kitchen is to be not just a utilitarian workshop for food preparation, but also a gathering place, integrated into the living space.

Of course, nowadays, kitchens aren’t limited to the inside of the house. Jenave designs and supplies outdoor cabinetry for landscapers and builders and installs kitchens on rooftops and elsewhere. Adding a kitchen just about anywhere people hang out is the ultimate blend of luxury and convenience. Add to that the trend of commercial-grade appliances for of-the-moment style.

Jenave works closely with Anchor Appliance, based in West Creek, and is an active member with the National Kitchen and Bath Association.

Aesthetically, the trends are blues, whites and brass, Jen said. More organic, free-form and harlequin shapes, “fish tiles,” are popular. Subway tile is on its way out.

Other trends on their way out include bead board, and along with it the whole cottage-y look. Shiplap is coming back. Newer looks such as “flat slab” cabinetry are less visually cluttered, with fewer lines. Appliances, too, are more integrated with the cabinetry for a seamless appearance.

Jen got her degree in interior design from the Art Institute of Philadelphia and is a certified kitchen designer. Dave entered the world of trades 30 years ago and has always worked in contracting, installation and project management capacities.

Jenave carries an extensive cabinetry selection, from semi- to fully customized. Its product lines include Wellborn, Great Northern, CWP and Atlantis. Materials include painted maple, hardwoods such as hickory and oak, and even MDF, medium-density fiberboard, which has a lower price point and takes paint well.

Countertop surfaces include Dupont Corian, quartz, granite, marble and laminates.

“Quartz has come a long way,” Jen said, in terms of how it can look and perform, with more of a natural feel even though it is an engineered stone. It’s a popular choice because it requires no maintenance. Granite and marble, by contrast, are natural stones.

Jenave also has celebrity cred – having worked on numerous home improvement shows on cable and major TV networks: HGTV’s “Spice Up My Kitchen” and “Spontaneous Construction”; DIY Network’s “Kitchen Impossible,” “Money Hunters,” “Good, Better, Best” and “I Hate My Bath”; A&E’s “Drill Team”; ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition”; “King of Thrones” on Destination America; and a Mother’s Day home renovation segment on “Live! With Regis and Kelly.”

To learn more, visit jenavekitchenandbath.com, find them on Facebook or phone 609-287-3055 to set up a consultation.

— Victoria Ford


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