The story behind our 5 minutes of fame with the Wall Street Journal.
The famous laundry-closet
We were pleasantly surprised recently when The Wall Street Journal contacted Walker Woodworking and spoke to Travis Walker about a particular laundry room. The laundry-closet is one of many featured rooms on the Walker Woodworking profile site at Houzz.com and is how the Wall Street Journal found Walker Woodworking.
This particular laundry room closet combination has had over 454,787 impressions and over 5,193 adds to idea-books on Houzz in just the last year. Houzz is a website and online community about architecture, interior design and decorating, landscape design and home improvements.
With permission of the homeowner, we gave the WSJ the homeowner’s information and she was contacted for an interview. Shortly after being contacted, a photo shoot was scheduled at the home.
It’s not every day you can say your home was photographed and videoed by The Wall Street Journal, but that is exactly what happened to Mrs. Ellie Cartner. At Walker Woodworking we are equally excited to say our cabinets have been featured in The Wall Street Journal.
We want to thank Mrs. Cartner and her family for allowing us and the WSJ into her home.
Today’s Laundry Rooms
Laundry rooms today are a HUGE deal to homeowners. They are becoming the central work station for all members of the household.
Design and function are important in the beginnings stages of new construction or a remodel. With the many functions you can have in a laundry room, taking advantage of space is a MUST. Organized clean up can save you time.
Today the options are endless on the items that can be built into a custom laundry room:
- Docking drawers for technology devices, phones, tablets, etc.
- Desk area with mail sorters and dividers for family members.
- Built in message center with chalkboards or bulletin boards.
- Cabinetry positioned at a comfortable folding height.
- Built in storage bins for laundry sorters.
- Hanging rods for dedicates to dry, as well as pull out drying drawers with screens for sweaters and such.
- Pet centers are also being incorporated into the laundry rooms, with storage bins for food, beds, and feeding areas.
- Personal lockers for each family member to store book bags, coats & shoes.
- Craft supply storage, rods for wrapping paper & ribbon.
The possibilities are endless, especially with custom cabinetry. Good design and planning should start prior to construction to make the most out of your space, this will also save you time and money.
Wash, dry & repeat! Laundry is a never ending thing in any house, so why not enjoy the command center of your home, with useful amenities, and beautiful cabinetry!
Thanks for taking time to read about our 5 minutes of fame, it was certainly an honor for us at Walker Woodworking. Jan Blanton – Walker Woodworking
2015 A Year In Review for Walker Woodworking
As we reflect on the year of 2015, so much has happened, all of which we are truly grateful for. We would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to all of our new customers, and to our loyal repeat customers we appreciate each of you! Being a custom cabinet shop, all of our custom cabinetry projects are unique, but occasionally some projects are outside our normal scope of work. We always welcome a challenge and love to explore our design possibilities that allow our creativeness to be seen. You never know where you will see Walker Woodworking Custom Cabinets and wood crafted pieces.
Newgrass Brewing Company: Click here for more information.
Remilling the Dover Mill flooring and seeing how it is enjoyed at the local Newgrass Brewery really has a special place in my heart for many reasons. My grandparents and father walked on this very floor during the textile days, as well as many other friends and family. Now a new stage and walls of the brewery a taste of history can be seen in the brewery just as good as a taste of local beer, and the local food prepared at the Newgrass Kitchen which happens to be owned by my brother Chef Jason Walker.
Mountain Homes & Rustic Lodges: Mountain Lake Home Photo’s
Becoming more popular are Mountain homes and rustic lodge style lake houses. We had the pleasure of working with a few customers that were looking for this rustic look as if it had always been in their home! When wood is supplied by the customer of over 200 plus years, we get one chance to make the custom cabinetry just right! We constructed a lake house kitchen out of knotty heart pine. The homeowner wanted a welcoming look of rustic and warmth. Another home was a lake cabin, used for family gatherings and vacations. The look of live edge wood and rustic alder accented with twig like hardware can be seen throughout the home. The drop zone is a popular area for the family to place lake items and get ready for a fun day on the lake.
Community involvement with various organizations really allows Walker Woodworking to give back where it is needed most. Walker Woodworking custom cabinetry projects can be seen in many places! Some you may recognize, and some you may not!
- Crest High School – Cheer leading boxes
- Stepping Out Dance Productions – Dance props
- Dover YMCA – installed a coffee bar area Travis Walker has donated this coffee station in memory of Robin Hendrick, who was very instrumental in getting the YMCA started in Shelby. Now many faces of Cleveland County can enjoy a fresh cup of coffee at the Dover YMCA. What a great way to rejuvenate before or after a workout!
- Double Springs Baptist Church – installed a new kitchen for the youth minister home.
- Pregnancy Resource Center – We made a desk from the flooring that was in the original home. The desk is now a beautiful one of a kind working desk out of pine. The desk was constructed out of the original pine floors which were naturally distressed and marked with worm holes.
Travel the countryside:
We have had the opportunity to travel and explore new areas building new construction and remodeling for our many custom cabinetry projects . We service many areas in both North Carolina & South Carolina.
A few of our favorites are:
- The Cliffs – Asheville, NC (photo’s from a recent project)
- Cheval – Charlotte NC (photo’s from homearama)
- Lake James NC
- Greenville SC
What’s Trending in Custom Cabinetry Projects?
Design elements, favorite color choices, and hardware are always evolving with new design trends in your home, here are a few trends that we have seen over the past year. Be sure to visit our Photo Gallery, we are always adding pictures of beautiful custom cabinetry projects.
We have had a popular demand for entertainment centers, mainly due to those TV’s that just keep getting bigger & bigger!
Closets & clever storage ideas have also been a popular request. Rather it be for an “In-law Suite” or to add more function and organization in your clothes closet or pantry, everyone has the need for more storage space.
Fire Mantles and Bookcases are back! Technology has not replaced the fact that people still like to display a good book, a family photo, or a beautiful Christmas display of greenery on the mantle. Rolling ladders are an added feature to most of the bookcases we build.
Bringing the outdoors inside with the rustic look of a barn door. It is a great way to close off the laundry room, playroom, and home office. Barn doors are just now approaching to the top of design ideas. I expect we will make many more in the year 2016. They are also popular for entertainment centers to be incorporated into the design as a wall covering when the TV is not in use.
Color choices: Gray, Silver, and White have been the trend for 2015, we are exploring possibilities of new crackle finishes, that have a vintage look to them. Our finish experts are always researching new possibilities, in the paint room with colors and stains, after all it is the finish on our custom cabinets that enhances the style so beautifully!
We are so excited for 2016 and all of the new adventures for the Walker Woodworking Team! Stay connected with us.
Goodbye Summer ~ Welcome Fall 2015 News & Event update for Walker Woodworking
Wow, I can’t believe the summer is almost over. August was such a busy month for us here at Walker Woodworking but as usual, never a dull moment.
At the beginning of August we wrapped up Homearama at Cheval. It was a great turnout and very exciting to see so many people walking through the beautiful homes.I it’s such a great opportunity to get design ideas and see what’s trending. We appreciate everyone that came out to support us. New Old Luxury Custom Homes did a great job with the entire house and as always we took lots of pictures. We were not able to get in with our professional camera for many photos but my iPhone was able to capture some of the neat features of the home. Be sure to check them out.
By mid-August we were celebrating the American Legion World Series, a big event going on right here in Shelby. Walker Woodworking was proud to be able to sponsor and support such a great sport. Players came in from as far away as Hawaii, and South Carolina took home the championship trophy. This was an event that took a huge effort from our community to pull-off. Shelby is a small town, so this was a BIG deal for us.
Remember our post about Newgrass? They also opened in August and I have updated the post and added a few pictures. Be sure check out the post to see how things turned out, or better yet come see it in person. The beer is awesome and the food is delicious..
And last but not least school started back and for us that can only mean one thing, it’s time for the Southern Ideal Home and Garden Show. If you are thinking about doing any type of home renovation project, then this is a great show for you to visit. There are all types of home professionals there, you can see the various products and ask lots of questions. It’s 3 days only and as a change to their schedule it’s after Labor Day this year.
September 11th – 13th.
The Walker’s are ready for Football Season and all of the things that come with fall, thanks for taking the time to check in. ~ Stacey Walker
By the way, we may just have something NEW for this years show, Follow our Facebook Page, Follow us on Instagram or Pinterest to keep updated. Our display won’t be ready until it’s SHOWTIME!
Newgrass Brewing Company opened their doors in August of 2015. We were very proud to be apart of the project. Here is a timeline of our part of the project. We have updated this post with pictures from recent visits. We hope you will enjoy reading.
Spring of 2015 ~ The History.
We are so excited to be involved in this complete renovation in historic uptown Shelby, NC. The renovation of the historic 1909 structure will preserve Shelby’s heritage for years to come. The interior of the building will showcase heart pine reclaimed from Dover Textiles Mill.
Dover Mill was the workplace of many people in Shelby, NC including the grandmother, and father of Travis Walker. There is a piece of history in every board from the mill, as there will be new history made at the Newrgass Brewing Co. The reclaimed wood from the floors of Dover Mill have been milled into the NEW floors and walls at the Newgrass Brewing Co. in Shelby, NC.
(The original piece of wood was 3 1/2 in thick and 8 1/2 in wide. Each Dover piece now makes 5 pieces for the floors/walls at Newgrass.)
The ground floor will house the brewing area, highlighted behind glass walls. The brewery will feature a stage area where local and regional artists will be able to perform. The stage floor and walls are made from reclaimed wood. In addition to the main floor the brewery will have a mezzanine level for additional seating, and the third level will host private parties and events. The building has an elevator (original to the Hudson’s store) which is also flanked by the reclaimed wood.
While machining the reclaimed lumber from Dover Mill, our metal detector found a 36 caliber musket ball from around the early 1800’s. It’s before they started putting tin in with the lead. This created excitement around here at Walker Woodworking, and at Newgrass so much so that talk of naming a brew after the musket ball may seen on the future tap list.
It has certainly been rewarding and exciting here at Walker Woodworking, to see all of this come together and help in the preserving process of this building. The historic character of the Newgrass brewery as well as the transplanted history of the Dover Mill reclaimed wood will definitely be worth a visit in uptown Shelby, NC.
Newgrass is expecting to OPEN for business in August 2015, just in time for the American Legion World Series Events including the 7th Inning Stretch.
Follow both Newgrass Brewery and Walker Woodworking on Facebook to stay updated with news and events.
The Opening ~ August 2015
The final 3 things Newgrass needed before opening up was Flight Paddles and some Chalk Boards. As things were winding down for construction crews, employees at Newgrass were getting ready for an unannounced opening day, the last week was spent for them moving-in and for us – getting the flight paddles finished up and making and hanging the chalk boards. Since this is not something we do everyday, it was certainly a change of pace, and we enjoyed the excitement of seeing this local business open their doors with much success!
We wish the best to Newgrass Brewing Co. for much success for many years to come in Uptown Shelby, thank you for allowing Walker Woodworking to be apart of your project!
Charlotte Homearama at Cheval
This years Homearama is now over, but we have lots of pictures. Mary and Laura, with New Old Luxury did a fantastic job with all of the details, design and decor of the home, be sure to scroll down to see more.
To view only the photo’s Visit Our Online Project Gallery
Homearama has something new and exciting for everyone to see. Whether you are looking to build new or remodel, you will find design trends, and decorating ideas from all the homes. You can shop for furniture and artwork while browsing too!
Cheval is located in Mint hill, NC 4 homes will be presented in the tour, which is one of the most celebrated home tours in the Southeast. More Photos Coming Soon!
The “The Welsh House” constructed by New Old Luxury Custom Homes features 5 Bedroom – 5 1/2 Bath, 4, 879 sq. ft home with the charm of an English Countryside equestrian setting.
Walker Woodworking Custom Cabinetry can be seen throughout the home, in the kitchen, his & hers dressing rooms, the family command center, media center and more.
His & Hers dressing room has unique built ins for organizing accessories and clothes. The family command center is the central location for laundry, dog bed, feeding station and craft room all in one! This room is blended with painted custom cabinetry as well as reclaimed lumber to add a distinct feature in the laundry room.
The home has a build method of Inset cabinetry. The inset door gets its name because it is set inside of the cabinet frame, typical cabinet doors rest on the outside of the frame. The door is designed and constructed with extremely precise measurements so that it nests inside the frame and opens and closes properly.
The media room displays cherry counter-tops along side of the charcoal painted cabinetry and the office bath has a cozy feel with rustic alder cabinetry that has a black-wash rub through.
New Old’s roots run deep. Mary Ludemann’s passion for designing and building high-quality custom homes with timeless period details comes from generations worth of experience. Mary’s father, Tom Murtaugh, began building custom homes in upstate New York in 1978. His drive and passion for impeccable quality is still felt at New Old today. Mary gained years of valuable experience and craftsmanship by working alongside her father.
New Old Luxury Custom Homes Founder, Mary Ludemann
Mary Ludemann has been designing and building homes for the past 10 years. She has an acute eye for detail and specializes in new home space planning as well as built-ins, cabinetry and interior trim. She loves a wide array of design style ranging from Coastal Cottage, Farmhouse, Nantucket, European, Craftsman and High Country to name a few. She strongly believes in keeping design fun and simple; designing in a casual setting to eliminate as much of the pressure homeowners feel when designing their custom home. She’s known for intently listening to her clients to discern how their family lives and helping them discover their personal style. Happy to lend as much or little design help as each of her clients prefer, she narrows down the daunting array of custom selections and ensures that each of her homes reflect that client’s personal style in a balanced and beautiful way.
Walker Woodworking has worked with New Old on many projects and most recently on the “Welsh” Home for the 2015 Homearama in Cheval (Mint Hill). http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/home-garden/article27434743.html
Located in South End at 1920 Abbott Street, Suite 300, Charlotte NC 28203
The Marble in this kitchen was beautiful as well as the French Brass fixtures.
As many of you know, our designer Jeneane Beaver recently added to her family with the birth her son in July. As a mother of two small children Jeneane has had to face some difficult challenges juggling motherhood and her career.
She has decided to become a “stay at home MOM”. Making this decision has been difficult for her. Jeneane will be leaving Walker Woodworking with mixed emotions, since she has made so many good friends & clients over these past 6 years. Many of you have greatly enriched her life with the kindness and encouragement that you have shown during her career at Walker Woodworking.
Making a transition such as this is not easy for all parties involved, however Jeaneane would like to make the transition as easy as possible for her successor. At the request of Jeneane and a decision made by Travis Walker and Administration Staff, it has been decided that Brandon Fitzmorris will be gaining the the title of “Designer” as of December 19, 2014.
Brandon (whom originally trained Jeneane and Travis on the current CAD drawing system used by Walker Woodworking) will be able to work closely with our clients understanding your needs and generating both 3D drawings and elevations. He will also recommend elements of design so that your space is functional as well as beautiful.
As our primary Cabinet Engineer, and with having well over 14 years experience in cabinet construction and installation, Brandon has plenty of knowledge & experience. He has always worked closely with Jeneane and other designers to convert our clients design into cabinet construction drawings assuring accuracy for shop production. The detailed knowledge Brandon has, in all phases of custom cabinetry, will definitely be a bonus for our clients. Brandon has always put the satisfaction of the customer first and will remain to do so with his new title.
Areas of his expertise include but are not limited to:
- space planning
- custom storage solutions
- architectural elements
- eye for detail and design
- client communication
- cabinet fabrication
- schedule planning
As a family owned business, we completely understand the loyalty Jeneane has to her family, and we respectfully accept her decision to move forward wishing her much happiness in her new endeavor.
We are eager and excited to see what the future holds at Walker Woodworking with Brandon becoming a certified designer, assisting our future clients. His enthusiasm will be evident, since he too is equally excited to embark on this new journey. As Travis always says, “ Customer satisfaction is what drives me and my team of professionals.”
To our existing clients, we want you to be assured your custom cabinetry project will follow through as planned. In order to make this transition as smooth as possible, Brandon will be contacting you soon set to set up a meeting depending on the phase of your project. If you would like to go ahead and schedule your appointment with Brandon, you may email him at Brandon@walker-woodworking.com.
Should you have any concerns about the change, please contact Travis Walker, firstname.lastname@example.org.
On behalf of Walker Woodworking, and our staff we would like to thank you for your understanding.
Travis & Stacey Walker
The Walker Woodworking Showroom is located at Greenbrook Design.
112 North Lafayette Street
Shelby NC 28150