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