The Best Kitchen Cabinet Company for My New Kitchen

Hi Everyone,

Never in a million years would I have dreamed that nearly two years after moving to Boston, I’d still not have gotten very far with my renovation.

Oh, I could bore you to tears with the numerous reasons. But, I’ll spare you most of it.

In any case, it’s probably been for the best, for in that time, I’ve been able to tweak and hone in on what I really want to do.

Before I found my dream kitchen cabinet company, I approached three other cabinetry companies.


Two of the kitchen cabinet companies were crazy expensive.


How expensive? I mean, approaching six figures for my 90-square-foot galley kitchen. And, those numbers didn’t include installation or crown and other mouldings. That’s absolutely insane. I mean, we’re not talking about Christopher Peacock here. Plus, I don’t have that kind of money to spend on kitchen cabinets. Of course, I want them to look like my design, but I’m not asking for anything outlandish.

In addition, the previous design of the kitchen had at least 20% less cabinetry than the current one. It should cost less, not more!


After the first two kitchen cabinet companies and during my Covid bout early last May, I did what I should’ve done months earlier.


I contacted my friend and fantastic kitchen designer from Long Island, Susan Serra.

Susan has been featured several times on this blog. We met years ago at the Kitchen and Bath Show in Orlando. (KBIS) And super coincidentally, I sat next to her at dinner in Copenhagen in September 2018. She was not a part of our group but was visiting family, I believe. However, she knew almost everyone on the trip. It was a lot of fun.


I contacted Susan because I wanted her to look over my plans and give me some advice if she saw any glaring issues.


She was very excited to give me a hand and also interested in helping me contact brands as she has a lot of great connections in the kitchen and bath industry. With Susan’s wealth of knowledge and experience as a kitchen designer, I knew she’d help me from making some hideous mistakes.

And, she did.


The first one came when I sent her two versions of my kitchen.


entry and back wall small unkitchen

Remember the one with the back fully built up with glass and mirrored door cabinets? That version also featured only under-cabinet fridge drawers. I was getting a little nervous about that, so I sent her one of my earliest iterations for the kitchen, as well as the one above.

A week later, she sent me a lovely computer rendering of not the kitchen I was thinking of doing, but the alternate. Clearly, that was the version she preferred.


Immediately, when I saw her image, I knew she was right, and I never looked back at the other design.


This is why working with a qualified kitchen designer is something I highly recommend; even if for only a consultation. The wonderful thing is Susan is super-adept at working long-distance. During the pandemic, she began doing long distance kitchen design and consults almost exclusively. What I love about that is that you can use her services in whatever capacity you need.

Susan is incredibly knowledgeable in selecting everything needed for a beautiful, well-functioning kitchen. She’s easygoing and fun to work with. But, she’ll also be honest, and tell it to you straight, if something is a mistake.

So, if anyone is looking for some assistance with their kitchen design, I would contact Susan. You can reach Susan Serra via her excellent website here.


Back to the kitchen cabinet design and the quest for the best kitchen cabinet company.


range elevation with Christopher Peacock hood panel blue plates version 1


I tweaked Susan’s design, and above is that version. Sorry, it’s a little sloppy, but you get the idea. That one morphed into the current design.


range wall corrected soapstone counter counter French hood with Victorian coving crown


Mistake #2 probably would’ve been caught by the cabinet company.


But, maybe not. That’s the situation with the fridge door. We were looking at Fisher & Paykel refrigerators. I thought for sure that three inches would suffice for clearance.

It doesn’t. It needs to be 5.25 inches.


“Can’t we swing the door the other way?”


I inquired, not thinking about the consequences.

Susan patiently said, “Well, you can, but you’ll have to maneuver around the door.”

Oh, man! Of course!

I am not positive, but I think I read somewhere that Viking fridges can go flush or almost flush against a wall.

One does need to allow room for the hardware. If anyone knows more about that for certain, please tell us in the comments.

During the first several weeks working with Susan, so I wouldn’t drive her too crazy, I realized I needed to hone in on the specifics of the cabinetry. After all, how can she draw if she doesn’t know what it is? It’s just that I’m so fussy. Please remember that I make a lousy client. I would definitely fire myself!


I was hoping that Susan would have a kitchen company recommendation.


And she did. But there turned out to be a problem with both of those kitchen cabinet companies.

So, in the back of my mind, I thought I would contact a company whose work I like. I had worked with them a few times, but I’m not saying who it is. It took a few weeks and so forth, and I received the quote.


But, while their price wasn’t nearly as bad as the other two, unfortunately, the owner broke my strict no asshole policy.


A number of times.

So, that eliminated that kitchen cabinet company.

After three failed attempts, I did more research, went back to my list, and then researched some more.


What am I looking for in my perfect kitchen cabinet company?


  • Inset cabinetry – I realize it’s become incredibly “on trend.” But, inset cabinet doors ARE the way that ALL cabinet doors were created for the most part centuries ago. Sure, there are probably some old pieces with overlay doors and drawers, but never in finer pieces of furniture.

However, not everyone does inset cabinetry. It takes extra skill to get them to fit right without excessive gaps. Therefore, if I got on a website, and 90% of a company’s products were overlay cabinets, whether partial or full overlay, I crossed them off the list.


  • I’m looking for classical proportions and  little if any ersatz designs.

Anyone reading my blog knows I’m a nutjob about proportions. And, that I hate furniture designs that are “ersatz.” That means designs that are a made-up bastardization of a classical design. Or, just made up by some delusional furniture designer. Sorry, but I’ve had it with all of that.


This is not a debate about furniture styles.



Classical designs can also be modern and contemporary. Not all contemporary furniture design is bad; not at all, but too much is.

Well, the no-ersatz rule knocked out the majority of companies. I’m not talking about something that isn’t my preference. But, just over-the-top, uniformly horrid proportions and weirdness.

However, to be clear, I always checked out the company’s Instagram if there was any doubt. Often, folks will put up pics that are 10,15, or even 20 years old on their websites. Their best work is on their Insta account.


However, getting back to the proportion and design thing.


It’s not that they have to have exactly what I’m doing, but they have to have a particular taste level that lets me know they will be able to produce it.

There are two more items on my wish list, but neither one of these would’ve been deal breakers.

1. The ability to do the rounded cabinet.
2. Having the option of being able to do an on-site hand-painted finish.

Of course, I am also looking for good value, quality workmanship, reliability, and honesty.


Out of a half-dozen or so fairly strong contenders, there was one kitchen cabinet company that stood out way above the rest.


I knew of them. In fact, I have already had two of their kitchens on this blog in two separate posts.


The company is Crown Point.


Crown Point Cabinetry fulfilled EVERYTHING on my wish list, and more!


That includes the rounded end cabinet, as well as offering both a pre-finished product or one primed for paint. In addition, further research only revealed good things about this company. I looked at every image on Crown Point’s Instagram account and listened to three videos on youtube presented by the owner, Brian Stowell.

Here’s one of them.


YouTube video

Decades ago, Brian’s father loved making cabinets so much that he decided to start a new cabinetry company in the family’s garage in Claremont, NH.


Original Crown Point Cabinetry Factory


Brian, his six siblings, and his mom all worked at the new kitchen cabinet company.  Eventually, Brian took over ownership of the company. I love the humble beginnings and that it’s a family business. They take tremendous pride in their product, and it shows.


But, there’s more, much more that I love about this great custom cabinet company.


1. They have a direct-to-consumer business model. In other words, their line is not sold through a dealer or showroom. By going direct, their customers eliminate a middle-man and are effectively getting this high-end cabinetry at wholesale pricing. They have on-staff kitchen designers who will help you design your perfect kitchen. However, you are also free to use your own designer if you prefer.

2. They have a fully custom line with dozens of options for doors, drawers, crowns, toe kicks, and pretty much anything else you’d like.

3. But, they also have a semi-custom line with the same high-quality cabinetry and still many options, but a finite number. However, that limited number is still more options than some fully custom cabinet companies offer. These cabinets are sold at a lower price point.

4. Crown Point is in New England, only a two-hour car ride away from Boston. So, there IS going to be a field trip to visit the factory where I will learn even more.


Laurel, how much do the cabinets cost?


Yes, yes, I’m getting to that. :]

I have extrapolated apples for apples, that the price for my kitchen is about a third of the price quoted by the Boston kitchen place, for their fully custom top-of-the-line product. And, it is about half the price of the Boston kitchen place’s mid-priced cabinet line (with a-not-that-great-of-a-finish.) It’s also half the price of the second cabinet company I rejected.


In addition, those quotes as previously mentioned were for the first kitchen with at least 20% less cabinetry. The price should’ve been significantly less, not substantially more!


Before I got the quote, Brian and I shared about a half-dozen emails a piece. We chatted about the business and what he sees happening in the future. This was the opposite experience of the previous guy that broke my rigid no-A-hole policy.

That also tells me that this company is first-rate. It all stems from the top. Brian reminds me of my wonderful stepdad, Mark Raffel who I wrote about here.


So, now that you’ve made it this far, please let me present a sampling of some of my favorite Crown Point kitchens.


Gosh, I have so many gorgeous images, I don’t know where to begin.

Let’s begin slowly with a detail shot from a Crown Select kitchen.


Crown Select- Crown Point Cabinet


Yes, this is their less custom line of cabinetry. Beaded inset for their lower-cost brand. That is very rare. These cabinets are not lower quality; only fewer options. They are able to offer the lower price because these kitchens take less time to create.

As for a better idea of actual costs, I read that the fewer options Crown Select line cabinets run from about $25,000 – $35,000 on average. And, the regular Crown Point cabinets average from $40,000 – $50,000. However, some of the kitchens you’re about to see definitely cost more because they’re quite large.


Below is a detail shot of a beautiful range hood.



Exquisite detail Range Hood Crown Point Cabinetry Best kitchen cabinets

I love the detail on the face frame. Crown Point offers numerous options for face frames and of course, doors and drawers.


Crown Point classic white kitchen - best kitchen cabinet company
Above is a wider view of this spectacular kitchen.

Below is another close-up of a kitchen with a slightly different face frame detail.

You can also have a plain face frame.


Crown Point Cabinetry - face frame and drawer detail


Let’s zoom out on this beauty.


Beautiful off-white kitchen cabinets Crown Point Cabinetry -best kitchen cabinet company

Sooo elegant!

No, not everything they do is white. In fact, they have dozens of colors from Sherwin Williams to select from. I believe they also have a milk paint finish.


Crown Point Custom Cabinetry - lovely olive green kitchen -best kitchen cabinet company


I know that when I say unkitchen, they will get it. :]


By the way, do you want an English-style DeVOL or Plain English Kitchen-type kitchen?


Crown Point does those too!


Stunning English-Style kitchen - Crown Point Cabinetry best kitchen cabinet company

Above is one example.


Crown Point Cabinetry - best kitchen cabinet company pale blue-gray kitchen

The same kitchen straight on.


Kitchen Cabinetry Devol style by Crown Point Cabinetry
Another DeVOL-style kitchen by Crown Point Cabinetry.



This is a lovely pantry/coffee station.

I wish I had known to recommend Crown Point to Mary before she started her big kitchen reno two years ago.


Bronxville, NY Unkitchen renovation


While the kitchen turned out beautifully in the end, Mary said her experience with her kitchen cabinet company was a complete nightmare. She’s such a lovely, kind woman. That’s totally not right for her to be treated so poorly.


Let’s look at some more Crown Point kitchens. Maybe you’d like a rustic kitchen? Sure. No problem.


Crown Point kitchen cabinet company - rustic kitchen - huge windows

How stunning is that! Sure, the windows are showstoppers. But, the cabinetry is the perfect supporting player.


Crown Point kitchen cabinet company Brunswick Maine Country Kitchen
Above, and the following three images are of the same kitchen.


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lovely Brunswick Maine Kitchen - Crown Point kitchen cabinet company

An interesting point (to me, anyway) is that I saw this kitchen in an article online, and the cabinets look very BLUE. However, these images are from the Crown Point website. The cabinets are a cool gray blue.

This is another situation where the colors online can look quite different from what they are. I just looked at this article in Chrome. Originally, I saw it on Firefox. The colors on Chrome are closer. They look almost neon-bright in Firefox.


Crown Point paint color blue cruise - beautiful custom cabinetry
This beauty IS blue.

Legacy Crown Point Cabientry - stained oak
This was one of the images I published years ago from Crown Point Cabinetry.


CrownPoint kitchen cabinet company

And, this was the other one.


Does Crown Point only do kitchens, Laurel? 


Custom TV cabinet Crown Point Cabinetry

Oh no, they do cabinetry for every room in the house. It’s all on their website.

I recommend that you look at the images under homes. Those, I believe, are especially big and beautiful, when they are opened up. What I’ve posted is a tiny fraction of what they have.


When will you be getting your new kitchen? 


It’s going to be about a year, maybe a little sooner. But, it might be longer. Remember, I was talking about that in this post. 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this intro to Crown Point Cabinetry. Sometime next month, I’m hoping to drive up to Claremont to tour the factory, check out the finishes, etc. They encourage all of their customers to do this. How cool is that!

And, yes, they work all over the country. One can work long-distance with Crown Point. Aside from my field trip, I will be one of their long-distance customers.

I am so relieved to have found this company, and happy to share this information. Finding good people can be difficult.


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Of course, I will keep y’all up-to-date with the progress of the final design.


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65 Responses

  1. Laurel –
    What is the “undercarriage” of the cabinetry supposed to look like in a quality kitchen? We had ours redone a few years ago and we always feel like they look unfinished on the bottom. Our GC and architect said that is standard, but I would love to know the truth!

  2. Hi Laurel, I had Crown Point cabinets installed about 7 years ago. The staff were an absolute pleasure to deal with and I love the solid, old-fashioned feel of their cabinets. The only thing I would have done differently is I would not have used the Shaker-style door. Stuff gets stuck in the little crevice. Sometimes I am able to get it out with a soft brush but it’s hard on the door. Next time – and I am planning another kitchen – I will get a door with the kind of more decorative design which I always thought was for being fancier but I think now it is to allow dust and crumbs to roll off and not get stuck so much! We are building a house and I got the plan idea from you! I love your taste!

    1. Hi Sue,

      The timeline is such because the kitchen is tied into the rest of the renovation, and the contractor isn’t available to begin work until June. In the meantime, there is a tremendous amount that needs to happen such as structural engineering/plans and approval from the City of Boston, permits etc.

      Before any cabinets go in, all of the electrical and plumbing needs to have been finished.

  3. I’m a long time lurker and I just want to say how lovely it is to hear the sigh of relief in your voice (well, your post) at having opened up your design process to Susan and selecting a cabinet company. Your unkitchen is going to be out of sight gorgeous when complete. I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

  4. HI Laurel,
    So thrilled that you found your “prince”! It took us quite a while, too, but when you know, you know. We had so many people not call back and it was during a time when everyone was complaining about not having work. Without David our kitchen would not have been the same. We had our cabinets back brushed off site it worked out very well. Can’t wait to watch along the way! XOXO

  5. Dear Laurel,
    I am so happy you found this wonderful cabinet maker. Your kitchen will be stunning!! Also, thank you for affirming that it is ok to take one’s time to study and think about the space. In the end it helps us to figure out exactly what we want.

  6. I have just had my kitchen cabinets painted, new sink faucets, granite countertops, and glassed fused knobs that took i hate to say 3+ mos to find correct ones. now to the point. i need a new fridge but height width etc seem to always be too small or too big. was thinking of drawers for fridge. i am a solo household and i keep next to nothing in freezer and frig part so the fact that drawers might be smaller and adequate attracts me. any suggestions.

    1. Hi Annemarie,

      I’m sorry but I’d have to research that and I’m no longer doing consults because I’m already over-extended
      just doing everything I need to do with my website. In fact, I very much need more help.

  7. The phrase “good things come to those who wait” (and thoroughly research!) comes to fruition with your decision on Crown Point. It is going to be stunningly beautiful and I look forward to all the updates and future case of kitchen envy!

  8. Love this style but the most annoying look is seeing the hinges! Or is that part of being ‘authentic’ to the time period?

      1. Hi Anne,

        There isn’t anything wrong with hinges; however, I think if there are a lot of doors, and there’s a lot of contrast between the hinge and cabinet, it can start to look rather busy.

    1. Hi Margaret,

      Thanks so much and for the excellent article, as well. The only thing is, I’m not positive if “zero-clearance” is also sometimes a misnomer. The reason is that the author cited Fisher & Paykel as a brand with zero clearance. However, according to the F & P’s PDF guide, available online. There needs to be a 5.25″ clearance for my 24″ model. The clearances did vary, but none were less than three inches if that. So, with that knowledge, it makes the claim of zero clearance invalid. However, I’m not positive. Maybe there’s something I’m missing.

      As I see it, there are two issues. One is being able to open the drawers, and the other is being able to remove them entirely for cleaning. I know with some, if not all of those models, the shelves on the door are removable, thus creating the necessary space for the total removal of the interior drawer or drawers.

      The point is. Always check the manufacturer’s instructions before ordering, and believe what they advise. And, also know what make and model one is purchasing before any cabinets are built.

  9. I’m so glad you found a company that is such a great fit for your project. Their work looks beautiful, and it’s so important to work with someone you like and trust for a project like this.

    Out of curiosity, did you consider any smaller custom cabinet makers rather than larger companies? When we built our house we were shocked to discover that the bid from the smaller, 100% custom cabinet maker was about a third the cost of the quotes from the larger cabinet companies. There were downsides (no computer renderings, for example, just hand drawn sketches from the owner), but it also meant unlimited options for customization, great advice and input from the owner, fabulous craftsmanship, and a kitchen we love. They’re actually coming back this week to add cabinets to our mudroom – we had thought we’d use IKEA with custom doors there, but when I priced it out it was more expensive than the quote from my custom cabinet maker – crazy!

    1. Hi Kristin,

      Yes, I did consider a smaller company and contacted a couple. One wouldn’t even speak to me they were so jammed up with jobs. The thing is, it’s even more difficult to find these people. At least it is for me. But, I also wanted to go with a company with a proven track record. And, one who I know will return my phone calls. The kitchen cabinets are an integral part of my renovation, and I need to feel 100% confident that I’m excellent hands.

  10. So glad you found such an amazing cabinetmaker. It’s like I try to teach my teenage son: taking the time to do the proper research makes all the difference! We start demo on our new kitchen on Wednesday, and I wish I’d known about Crown Point a year ago! But are working with a good construction firm, and they’ve had a small family-owned cabinetmaker in Missouri do ours, with pricing similar to what you noted above for Crown Point. We’ll see once the cabinets are in 🙂 Thank you for all the invaluable information you’ve put out there, and can’t wait to see your end result.

  11. I considered Crown Point for our 1892 Western North Carolina home (butchered mid-20th) but then discovered a ‘forest man’ who does kiln-to-cabinet and through custom cutting can make every inch of our tiny kitchen do what I want. Or so it seems. He uses inset and does not like paint. We’re using spalded maple, maybe with black walnut knobs. Demo any day now, and I’ll be so glad to open the wall behind DW and find the noisy critter who recently took residence when leaves and temperature began to fall in these stunning mountains.

  12. You will LOVE Crown Point! Just got my kitchen done using their cheaper line of Crown Select cabinets and they are stunning. My contractor was shocked because every single cabinet was square “I’ve been in business for decades and I’ve never seen that!” he told me. I did the factory tour and it was a lot of fun and my rep was super responsive and patient with my million questions. I can’t recommend this company enough.

  13. They look fabulous. Do you know of any companies in Italy who do the bespoke style kitchens for a country house? I can use all of the help I can get. Thank you!

  14. Laurel, I love Crown Point. Have seen their ads in Boston and New England magazine – unfortunately after my own remodel. Am sad to say we did not go with Crown Point but another good company – and selected inset. Makes all the difference and is worth the extra $. I know what you mean about getting the doors to fit properly – takes a lot of time and patience – and not standing behind my installer’s back while he worked (which I am embarrassed to say I did). He forgave me. I think your kitchen is going to be beautiful. Am looking forward to your posts on its progress. One question where is the sink going?

    1. Hi Marlene,

      I fully understand wanting to make sure things are done right. That is why I attended all of my window treatment installations. There is a floor plan in a recent post. I’m not sure if I linked to it, but of course I should. Here it is. I’ve refined the plan a little. But, this will show you were the sink is going.

  15. So wonderful for you to have discovered this fabulous cabinetry company! Looking forward to seeing it all completed. I’m sure it will be glorious.

    I had a beginner’s luck experience in 2008 with a kitchen reno where I naively took on the design responsibilities myself. I had just retired as a footwear designer so I had some experience with renderings, measuring, attention to details, etc. Through sheer luck I stumbled on a young man fresh out of woodworking design school who had very few projects in his portfolio but who was incredibly talented and who could make pretty much anything. His prices were pinch me affordable. He showed me samples of inset doors and explained why they were the best. He did it all – computer design renderings, incredible paint finishes and the install. It was a dream come true experience except for one minor flaw. Since I didn’t change the footprint of the layout, I kept a planning desk and didn’t factor in that the good looking proportions for the new under counter drawer would make it hard to have leg room sitting beneath the desk top.

    1. That sounds fantastic, Nathalie. I don’t know if you’ve thought of this or not, but perhaps you can find a chair with a lower seat, presuming, you’ll still be at a comfortable height for working. But one inch might be all that you need.

  16. Congratulations! Their level of craftsmanship and attention to detail is amazing. Curious, did you look at the Jean Stoffer cabinet line? I’m getting ready to gut my kitchen and appreciate your recommendation of the kitchen designer you mentioned in the post.

    1. Hi Natalia,

      Yes, I love Jean Stoffer, and have featured her on the blog numerous times. I know that she offers a line of cabinetry. However, she is acting as a vendor. There’s nothing wrong with that. However, it might drive the price a little higher. In addition, some of the elements of my kitchen, I haven’t seen in any of her kitchens.

  17. Laurel, The huge resolution of the cabinet company and your good friend Susan’s feedback must bring so much peace of mind.Thank you for all the photos of different kitchen styles. You give us so much valuable information.You are such a gem and in time you’ll be puttering about in what will be a gem of a kitchen!

  18. Laurel, Congratulations on finding Crown Point Cabinetry! Their cabinetry is gorgeous, and I too love that they are family owned and direct to the consumer. How exciting! This post gives me two possibilities for my future kitchen renovation…Susan for my designer and Crown for my cabinetry. Thank you!

  19. I have always loved Crown Point and when I moved to NH 2 years ago I was surprised to pass the factory one day. Claremont is an old factory town on the Sugar River which is waiting to be discovered. Crown Point is out of town along the CT River. You might like a trip through Walpole, NH. The collection of old houses is really impressive. Most are Federal and Greek Revival. There is a nice restaurant for lunch, Burdicks, right in the center of town, its part owned by Ken Burns, the movie maker who lives in Walpole. From Claremont you drive south along RT 12 to get to Walpole. You drive along the CT River and through Charlestown which has couple of Asher Benjamin or apprentice designed homes. Let me know if you need a tour guide.

  20. Hi Laurel,
    It seems you’ve found the perfect company for your dream kitchen. I’m so happy for you!
    Do they install the cabinets also. Or does your contractor do that?

  21. Thank you for this lovely post, Laurel. Crown Point did all the cabinetry in our New York City gut renovation. Kitchen, den, and all bathroom vanities. I recommend them without reservation. Their work is beautiful and the are super friendly and easy to work with. Tedd especially………..
    Best of luck with your kitchen!

    1. Hi Laura,

      Coincidentally, Brian mentioned that he wants to pair me up with the appropriate kitchen designer. So, he asked me how I work with clients. Wow! That level of service doesn’t exist in nature. haha. But, I told him that my favorite clients, contractors, vendors, etc., were collaborative. I never told my clients what to do unless they wanted me to, and I’m not too fond of bossy people. Or “my way or the highway types,” either.

      Of course, if something is a mistake or there’s a better way of doing something because of… that’s another matter.

      I did mention Tedd, so thank you so much for the recommendation. I’m super excited about all of this.

  22. Crown Point built my kitchen, pantry, and master bathroom cabinets. I live in the Dallas area, and everything about the process was perfect. I have the hand-brushed finish and love it. They use mortise and tenon to join the cabinets, so for long runs one section (often the sink unit) doesn’t have to be “bumped out.” Crown Point was the only company we found that could do this. We could not be more happy with our cabinets.

  23. Laurel, Brian and Crown Point Cabinetry were featured on NH Chronicle last week. They designed my friend’s kitchen and they couldn’t be happier with the workmanship and customer service.
    I live on Lake Sunapee, close to Claremont. Come visit! 😉

  24. Hello Laurel, Excellent choice! My Crownpoint kitchen and pantry from 2005 is as gorgeous and timeless today as when it was installed. I wouldn’t change a single thing–not the stain of the oak in the pantry, or the color of the maple in the kitchen, or the cabinet configuration and layout. They are delightful to work with and it is still pure perfection. Wishing you a happily-ever-after!

  25. Love your kitchen design……I will be getting new granite counter tops and backsplash this month along with new range hood with painting of kitchen cabinets and walls. Nothing to compare to yours, however, as yours is really top magazine quality!!! I love your blogs and have used your knowledge throughout my home; however, I am stuck with two expensive Karastan Ashara rugs purchased too many years ago – one ivory in dining room and the red in my living room. My husband is adamant that they stay. Could you please do a blog in the future on how to decorate around old rugs such as these – muted colors that are hard to match with today’s styles??? Please keep those blogs coming…..they are the highlights of my day!!!

    1. Hi Faye,

      I believe the next post is the rug post. I’ve had clients who’ve had Karastan rugs and I believe I did one or two years ago. I will try to include some tricks for working with rugs you’re not super fond of. But, it might have to be a separate post.

  26. Wow, what beautiful work! I’ve always loved Crown Point–their styles, workmanship and colors are just gorgeous. My favorite is that reclaimed chestnut wood kitchen.

    1. Hi Diana,

      Although I’m not normally a stained wood cabinet person, because it’s just the lower cabinets, (at least in that image) it looks fresh to me. That’s such lovely wood.

  27. Lovely! Reminds me of the work that Smallbone does. And working with “nice“ people cannot be overestimated. I’m so happy for you-I had a wonderful experience when I redid my kitchen and I hope you do too!

  28. I have used Crown Point for two kitchens and three bathrooms over a span of 25 years, most recently this spring. They are indeed a dream to work with! And each time, my contractors have been seriously impressed by the quality of the cabinets and the reliability and transparency of their communications regarding delivery dates, deadlines for choosing colors and finishes, etc. Love them.

  29. Looks as though you’ve struck gold with this company, Laurel! Worth all the waiting and frustration — so much better to wait and get exactly what you want than to have niggling irritation down the line. The photos display an attention to proportion and detail that is really impressive.

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