Latest Kitchen Project


A Hyde Park, Ohio condo gets a total renovation. Steve was part of this project under General Contractor Brian Shackleford of Marcel Design Builders and worked closely with the clients to provide custom details and meet all of the wish lists, personal style, organization needs and functionality. The results are stunning! The Client has not moved in yet so these are  pictures of the bare bones before decorating, but I was anxious to share!

The Kitchen was finished with an awesome warm gray/green with “Absolute Black” countertops.



The Island has a beadboard and black distressed finish with a fabulous walnut countertop.

Other details include the custom range hood, appliance garage, dove-tail drawers, pull-out slides behind the doors to provide easy access.  More pics and info will follow.

Appliance Garage

Appliance Garage

Walnut Countertop

Walnut Countertop


From the Ground Up


How does a custom cabinetry piece come to life?  As with most things, it starts with an idea, a vacant space, a need, a picture.  Sylvia knew she needed something on either side of the fireplace to complete the room.  But, she had a window above each area so the traditional bookcases to the ceiling wouldn’t work.  They also needed somewhere for their TV components to hide.

Sylvia saw this piece of furniture and loved the detail on it, especially the fluted casing that would match the fireplace surround.  She also liked the bottom/leg detail that gives this piece a unique look rather than the typical straight bottom.

So, after working with Sylvia to iron out all of the details Steve began the project in his cabinet shop.


And, here’s the finished project in Sylvia’s house.  Exactly as she imagined and looking awesome.

What a transformation to the room!

Notice the matching details to the fireplace surround – fluted casing, pedestal base.

No more wires for the TV components.  They’re there, just hidden inside the cabinetry.



Wining and Dining


Do you have an unused alcove or funky space in your house and don’t know exactly what to do with it?  This client came up with a great idea for an unused 48″ wide alcove in her dining room by putting in an under-the-counter wine cooler surrounded by cabinetry.  The wine cooler was appproximately 24″ wide leaving a balanced look with 24″ of cabinetry tied into it.  The wood was maple with a distressed warm chestnut brown finish.  The antique seeded glass shows off her beautiful display of wine and cocktail glasses.  Lights were installed in the soffit above to give a visual effect as well as to  light up the area for serving.  The upper cabinets are tied into the soffit with 4-1/4″ crown moulding.  Antique bronze knobs keep in pace with the warm tones of the wood.  What a great choice for the granite – it blends the wood tones and wall colors perfectly!  Beautiful job!  Do you have any unused nooks and crannies hiding in your home waiting to be put to good use?  Wining and Dining looks and sounds pretty good to me.

Beautiful warm tones of the granite enhance the finish of the wood.

TV’s Last Stand


The television set has certainly come a long way.  In the 1950s my Dad built a TV from a kit – it was just the screen with all of it’s wiring and components in the back – they were so thrilled to be able to watch that little screen.  I remember a great big console that was a piece of furniture in our living room when I was growing up.  Eventually TVs lost their furniture look and went back to being just a TV.  But then they kind of looked lost and we decided they needed a piece of furniture around them, so we built a whole wall of furniture to keep them company.  Steve made lots of those – Entertainment Centers.  That was great for Steve’s business because they usually had a center section where the TV would sit with drawers and doors to hide the other components that have to accompany a TV today.  Then there were the bookcases on either side that kept the TV company so that it didn’t feel so exposed.  I still love that look, but the TVs grew larger.  Now they didn’t fit in their homes and we all went back to the 1950s of a TV set on a floor or box or something we would make do.  Then we decided again that didn’t look right with the TV all by itself, bare and exposed to everyone.  So, we decided to put it on a pedestal and be accompanied by drawers or doors below.  Now the TV is the star of the show sitting on her pedestal and for the time being seems to be happy.  For those of you who have a beautiful piece of furniture in an entertainment center and a TV that is too large to fit in it – Steve can fix that too.

The TV in Her Splendor





The Modern TV Stand - Stylish yet Simple

Custom Home Office Cabinetry


More and more of us are working from home nowadays – which for me is awesome!  Our clients, Rod and Sandy run a successful home siding business in Northern Kentucky (Casco Siding LLC).  While most of Rod’s actual work is, of course, on the job site he still needs a place to study blueprints and work on proposals.  Sandy manages the office and bookkeeping aspects of the business.  And, like most, they “made do” with on-hand desks, filing cabinets and storage.  And, like most of us, it gets to the point where it just isn’t working anymore.  So, they called on Steve to help them design and build their ideal home office.  From numerous in-home consultations and phone calls, Steve learned that they were looking for a rustic, natural look to match their quaint country in-the-woods setting.  The finished product is a functional, awesome looking home office that they are in love with and gives them the functionality, space and organization they were seeking.  (See their comments about Steve and Woodwork Designs on Angie’s List.)  Maple cabinets have a warm cinnamon chestnut stain with distressed finish.  The doors are shaker style overlay with rustic hardware and the door covering the hard drive has a unique antique tin venting to allow for air flow.  They chose a laminate countertop (“Verdi Oxide”) for easier writing (firmer surface than wood).  The walls are painted a beautiful blue/green (“Observatory Night Sky”) that shows off the warm wood tones.  It’s great when you have great clients (and friends) like Rod and Sandy.  How about you?  Could your home office use a make-over?  In the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area?  Contact Steve at 859.380.0127 or email us at to see how we can make your personal life and work life more organized and enjoyable.

Cabinets, Shelves, Work Area, Filing Cabinets make this an Ideal Office

Laminate Countertop and Keyboard Slide are Great Assets

Filing Cabinets for Hanging Files

Great Idea for Venting the Hard Drive

Great Storage and Display Shelves

Rockin’ with Style Starring: The Doors


What makes most cabinetry so appealing?  The detail trim and doors!  There are so many choices, but you may want to start with your door style.  Here are some insights and tips for choosing the right doors for your project.

INSET OR OVERLAY – What’s the difference?

Full Overlay Doors

A full overlay door style means that there is very little cabinet frame showing around each door and drawer front, creating a living space with a modern, seamless appearance.  In this style the doors/drawers lay on top of the frame. The doors and drawers are made larger than normal as to almost cover the entire cabinet frame. Door and drawer edges almost touch each other. Hinges are concealed.

1/2 Inch Overlay Doors

Cabinetry designed with 1/2 in. overlay door and drawer fronts leaves 2 inches of the cabinet frame exposed between the doors, creating a more traditional look.  This is frequently called traditional overlay. The door/drawer is set on top of the frame. This style is the most common and least costly. Hinges may be exposed or concealed.

Flush Inset:

This is often just called inset. The frame has a square edge ( no bead ), and the door/drawer is set into the cabinet frame opening. Many door styles are available as inset. This style can have concealed hinges or exposed barrel hinges.

Beaded Inset:

The cabinet frame has a bead cut into the edge. The cabinet door/drawer is set into the frame opening. This is a more time consuming and labor intensive door treatment which makes it more costly than regular overlay or full overlay styles. Almost any door can be made as beaded inset. This has become a very popular style.

An Example of Inset Doors:

Kitchen Cabinets with Inset Doors and Drawers

Inset doors and drawers have become more popular in recent years, but can also be seen in older homes.  Inset door and drawer fronts are usually costlier due to being labor intensive and a more precise fit being required.

Kitchen with Overlay Doors and Drawers

Overlay door and drawer fronts are typically more common and have a great look as well.r