Living Room Built-In Cabinets

Our clients, Jonathan & Amy, reached out to us about constructing some custom built-in storage in their living room on either side of their fireplace. Buck constructed two sets of lower cabinets on either side with a solid wood topper and a matching fireplace surround.

Originally, the gas nozzle for the fireplace was hidden behind the left side of the fireplace surround. The left piece swung out where our new built-ins were going to be. However, because the built-ins would now be in the way of the door, Jonathan & Amy opted for a half door that swung in toward the fireplace. This allowed our built-ins to flow directly into the fireplace surround, and to still allow easy access to the gas nozzle.

See before and after photos below!

Joint Kitchen and Bathroom Remodels

Our wonderful clients, Angie & Erin, had us remodel both their kitchen and one of their bathrooms in one fell swoop! They were a delight to work with, and we love how their new kitchen and bathroom turned out.

We kept the same layout in the kitchen, but updated everything. We built new custom cabinets, installed granite counters with a leather finish, tile back splash, a new vent hood and cook top, and wood-look tile flooring throughout the kitchen, dining, and living areas. The white cabinets, gray counters, and subtle back splash make the kitchen feel so much brighter than before. Removing the upper cabinets and creating a flat counter space around the sink significantly opens up their galley kitchen to the living room.


On the sink side, we included a trash can pull out and installed a new dishwasher. A larger cabinet was built above the refrigerator to partly make up for the lost storage when we removed the upper cabinets.


We also built a custom wine rack to make use of the empty wall space to the right of the refrigerator.


A closer look at the cabinetry detail.


On the opposite side of the kitchen, we replaced the vent hood and cook top. We also included two sets of drawer banks in the lower cabinets. We installed new recessed lighting on the ceiling to replace the large rectangular fluorescent light.


We love the way their new wood look tile flows all throughout the downstairs living areas.


For their upstairs bathroom, we also kept the same layout, and gave everything an update. We built a new vanity and replaced the doors on the linen closet to match, installed the same granite counter and wood-look tile floor as in the kitchen, removed all the tile from the bathroom walls and replaced it with drywall, expanded and tiled the shower (with two corner shelves), added a recessed light in the shower, installed a frame-less glass shower door, replaced the toilet, and hung a hickory floating shelf above the toilet. We also removed the massive light fixture from above the vanity and replaced it with a simple light fixture.


We love how clean and simple this bathroom turned out, and how well it coordinates with their new kitchen. Angie and Erin were such a pleasure to work with. They have two young kids and were living in their home throughout the remodel, but they stayed patient and flexible with us throughout the process. We are thankful they trusted us with both of these projects, and are so glad that they love their new kitchen and bathroom!

Rustic Kitchen Remodel with Hickory Custom Cabinets

Our client, Shelley, contacted us for a kitchen remodel. She wanted to relocate her washer, dryer, and water heater, get rid of the large fluorescent light fixture, redo her cabinets, counters, and back splash, and open up the current archways on either side of her kitchen. We kept the sink in it’s original location, but relocated the dishwasher, refrigerator, and range for better functionality. Shelley requested hickory custom cabinets to fit her rustic, country style decor, and we love how her whole vision came together!

Our standard set of custom kitchen cabinets always includes one full drawer bank (you’ll see Shelley’s to the left of her range), one trash can pull out (hers is to the left of her sink), full extension drawer glides, and pre-finished White Birch plywood for the interiors of the boxes. That means, you aren’t spending extra money to paint or clear coat the interior of your cabinets, and they will be able to handle wear and tear. We also offer extra options, such as floating shelves, wine racks, custom pull-outs, or extra drawer banks. For the most part, if you can dream it up, we can build it!

We can construct the cabinet faces, door fronts, and drawer fronts using paint grade or stain/glaze grade woods. When using a hardwood (such as the hickory we used in this remodel) with such a distinct grain flow and beautiful knots, we can apply several coats of clear Oil based Polyurethane in lieu of a stain. This will bring out the natural beauty of the wood without changing the color. We love the warmth and detail the hickory grain brings to her kitchen.

We were able to relocate her water heater, washer and dryer to the garage. This made room for a custom wine bar with floating shelves and a new spacious pantry with a sliding barn door. Shelley wanted to avoid installing electrical outlets in her back splash: she preferred the seamless look. Instead, we installed under cabinet outlets, which can be seen in some of the photos later in the post. A light granite counter and simple gray subway tile back splash were the perfect choices to brighten up this kitchen. We love the end result!


Below are some before and after photos of the renovation. You can see the old archways that we opened up and squared off. The dark appliance through the hallway behind the kitchen is the original location of the washer, dryer, and water heater.


Floating shelves are a frequent request in our kitchen remodels. The shelves we build are hollow, allowing them to be lighter weight and installed more securely. For Shelley’s floating shelves, we used one piece of hickory and cut it so that the grain continued around the corner of the shelf, giving it the appearance that it is one solid piece of wood.


A view from the opposite side of the kitchen.


We installed adjustable french cleat shelving in the pantry. These shelves can be rearranged in many different configurations without the need for a drill or hardware: they easily hook on and off the wall cleats.


Shelley chose a copper farmhouse sink, and we love the way it goes with the hickory and granite counter.


A view of the sink, as well as the under cabinet plug strips.


The large open space on the left in the picture below originally housed the refrigerator. We moved it to the right side where we were opening up the wall, to allow space for the refrigerator doors to open wide. We then relocated the range to allow for counter space on either side. Since we were already building new custom cabinets, we increased the height of them for maximum storage.


A close up look at our cabinetry and the under cabinet plug strips.


It was such a pleasure to work with Shelley. We are so thankful for her keen eye for design, and for trusting us with her kitchen remodel!

Custom Receptionist Desk

Our client, Ellen, hired us to build a custom receptionist desk for her new Dance Studio, Pure Energy Dance Productions in Bryan. She is extremely fun, funky, energetic, creative, and bold, and the atmosphere of her studio reflects all of those qualities! She installed sparkly purple epoxy flooring throughout the entire studio (with the exception of the dance floors themselves), and decorated with funky furniture as well.

She found an image of a desk online, and asked us to replicate the style of that desk. We worked off of that design to create something truly unique and functional for her studio. We had it professionally painted with a high sheen, because it had to shine like the rest of her studio!


Custom Built-In Library

Our client, Jeanne, is an education professor at Texas A&M, and needed a storage solution for all of her books. She contacted us to turn her dining room into a library. We installed custom mahogany bookshelves on the empty walls of her dining room and a custom-built bench was installed beneath the windows.  We love the classic and ornate look of these shelves in this traditional dining space.

Small pocket lights were installed above each set of shelves.

Detailed trim gives these shelves a traditional feel.

Here is a view of some of the detailed woodwork along the side of the shelves and the custom fit bench beneath the windows. The bench ties into both sets of shelves to make it one fluid piece, and provides additional storage in the space below.

Our lead carpenter, David, did a beautiful job completing Jeanne’s vision for her dining room. We added character and value to her home, and gave Jeanne a functional space for her to continue growing her literature collection.

Custom Built-In and Fireplace Surround


Our head carpenter, David, recently finished this beautiful custom built-in piece including a gorgeous fireplace surround. Every bit of cabinetry and trim work was specifically designed to the needs and vision of our clients.

Amy & Zac are remodeling almost an entire home, and doing much of the work themselves. They decided to make the best use of this bare wall and hired us to construct a custom built-in piece for an eye-catching and functional focal point in their living room.



They chose shaker style doors for their cabinets with concealed hinges for a classic, clean look, and black hardware to match their ledger and hearth.



We had a black ledger stone installed around the fireplace and a new black granite hearth installed. The trim around the fireplace and on the mantle was created to match the shaker-style cabinet doors and trim on the bookshelves, giving the entire piece a cohesive look.



An upclose look at the trim work:

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We are so thankful to have David on our team creating one-of-a-kind pieces like this for our clients. He has twenty years of carpentry experience, crafting everything from furniture, vanities, cabinets, shelving, and other custom built-in pieces. We are excited to announce that we will be moving into a larger workshop this week so he can handle even more custom carpentry projects for our growing business. Keep an eye out as we post more about David and our expanding carpentry services!