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Denver company steps up for grandmother scammed by kitchen contractor

Posted at 4:10 PM, Jun 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-24 19:44:51-04

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DENVER — She thought her dream kitchen had turned into a scam, after the company she paid $16,000 to closed its doors without refunding her money. Then several Colorado companies stepped up to help.

“We haven’t seen anything since. No deposit. No payments. Nothing,” Ruchann Nye told Contact7 last Monday.

She paid half of her $32,000 kitchen remodel as a deposit to Designer’s Choice in Arvada in February. In April,she was notified that the company was shutting its doors. She never received any repayments.

A week after the story ran on Denver7, Ruchann was back at a contractor’s showroom.

“I was watching Channel 7 the other day and I saw her story and it hit home,” Chris Hock, owner of Colorado Homes and Design, said.

Multiple other companies had already stepped up to help Ruchann by donating labor to do her remodel, and donate a backsplash for her kitchen. The only thing missing was countertops.

“I have cookie sheets for my countertops,” she said, showing pictures of metal trays being used to hold up a toaster.

Hock and Colorado Homes and Design decided to donate a brand new countertop to finish her kitchen.

“The price tag is gonna be perfect. It’s right in her budget. It’s free,” Hock said. “Us being able to help and show there are good contractors out there means a lot to us.”

“Very excited. I can’t wait. I can’t wait,” Ruchann said.

It will take a few days to get a template and the countertops cut and installed. Then Ruchann has big plans for what she’s currently using as “countertops.”

“Make cookies,” she said with a laugh. “That’s what grandmas do.”