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Taking the Pain Out of Designing Your New Kitchen

Posted by Chris Nolan on Wed, Jun 28, 2017 @ 06:00 AM

We get it. You’ve been planning on remodeling or updating your kitchen for years and you’re finally ready, only to find out:

  • The new kitchen of your dreams is out of your budget range

  • You found the right price for a kitchen but it doesn’t meet your needs

  •  The kitchen designer doesn’t understand your needs

We feel your pain. We hear similar stories every day. We understand that updating your kitchen can be a painful process – but it doesn’t have to be. Planning and designing your new kitchen can be fun! We have the experience and sophistication to meet your dream kitchen goals while helping you stay within, and manage, your budget.  Here’s how:

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Our Kitchen Design Process is simple and user friendly:

Start by scheduling an appointment that will work for you, so you don’t have to hurry or worry

 Bring in all your goodies, because we want to know what you are looking for. Magazine clippings, sketches, any ideas or ‘must haves” are great. The more you know about what you want, the easier it is to help you get there.

 If you like us, and think we may want to work together, please invite us over to your place. We will schedule an appointment to come visit your home. Please don’t worry about any clutter or mess – that actually helps us get an idea of your possible need for additional storage. We’ll take some measurements and learn more about your hopes and dreams for a new kitchen.

 As soon as we have a set of preliminary drawings ready for you, come on over to our place and we’ll review them with you. What works best for you, what doesn’t work and more will be discussed. We promise to be patient and very good listeners. This is a great meeting, because you get to see what your new kitchen can become. (I’m starting to get excited.)

 Approve your final drawings. We will make the necessary changes and invite you back over to review your final design. (Oh my gosh, I’m so excited now!)

 Relax and let our team do what we do best – deliver the kitchen of your dreams. (This new kitchen is so beautiful, I can’t wait to invite our friends over!)

 And they lived happily after.

 If  your home is anywhere between New Haven, CT and Narragansett, Rhode Island, we can help make your new kitchen design come true. Schedule an appointment to come visit us at our Kitchen Design Studio in New London, CT. We love what we do, and you can, too.


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Kitchen and Deck Remodels Top Best Investment List

Posted by Chris Nolan on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

Of all the places we can spend our renovation budget, once again kitchen remodels and deck projects are at the very top of the list of cost versus value. Kitchen remodels and deck projects provide the best return on investment of all remodeling projects. When you invest your remodeling dollars in these two spaces, the paybacks are the greatest.  Not only do these two projects top the list of best remodeling investments, they are definitely the most fun! 

Ipe_and_Garapa_deck-_Brookhill_BuildersThink about it. If you are entertaining guests during beautiful weather, where does the party usually end up? If you have one, outdoors on the deck is typically the “go to” gathering spot. Cookouts, delicious food, cold beverages, great music and fun for all.  Being outside and at one with nature and the great outdoors is only a few steps away. Some of the best memories can be created right outside the door of your home. With today’s fast paced lifestyles, peace and relaxation can be yours without having to travel at all.


Kitchens are often called the ‘heart of the home’ and for good reason. Kitchens are where families gather together and spend the most time with one another.  Kitchens are intimate and personal. When you have friends and family over for dining or entertaining, where does the core group often end up? In the kitchen of course! Even if the gathering doesn’t start in the kitchen, it will often end up there because kitchens are a fantastic place to gather. Kitchens evoke a feeling of warmth and hominess like no other place on earth.  It’s no wonder kitchen remodels top the list of best renovation values.

Please visit our website to learn more about kitchen renovations and deck projects:

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The General Woodcraft Experience

Posted by Chris Nolan on Wed, Aug 06, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

Lots of my friends and people we meet ask where I work and when I say, “General Woodcraft”, they often swoon and tell me about a wonderful experience they had, or their friends had, or their parents had, or their cousins had or friends of their parents and cousins had.

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At first I was amazed that General Woodcraft had such a consistentlykitchen cabinet designs strong reputation. I frequently hear comments like, “General Woodcraft designed a kitchen for us and it is so beautiful! We had it installed a few years ago and we love it as much as today as we did when it was first installed.”  People who bought Ipe hardwood decking from us fifteen years ago often call us up to thank us for such a beautiful and long lasting deck. The list of satisfied customers goes on and on and it continues. I was and continue to be overwhelmed by the positive feedback that we consistently hear from past and present clients.

This customer loyalty did not happen by accident. Satisfying our customers above and beyond their expectations is not the exception to the rule – it is the standard. We call it The General Woodcraft Experience and you just can’t get the same thing anywhere else. When Steven F. Crook, president and CEO General WoodcraftI first joined General Woodcraft in 2008 I was surprised to hear the philosophy of Steven Crook (president, owner and CEO of General Woodcraft). I asked Steve point blank, “Steve, why on earth would you take the time and spend the money to send a craftsman from our woodshop out to make repairs on a job we supplied eight years ago? Clearly we are not expected to or obliged to do this work?” Steve’s response to me, and I’ll never forget it was, “It’s a marketing expense.”  From my perplexed expression Steve could see that I needed further explanation.

Steve went on to explain that General Woodcraft has always gone to great lengths to satisfy its clients - even if it hurts. Word of mouth tools of the tradeadvertising from satisfied customers has been the hallmark of our marketing philosophy and is the biggest reason people continue to come back and do business with us. Any company can write a fancy advertisement or radio spot or TV commercial, but there is no better advertising in the world than lots and lots of satisfied clients. Although it takes years to develop a strong and loyal clientele, Steve’s consistent efforts over many, many years continue to pay dividends.

Satisfying our clients for the short term and long term are a core value of our company. We look forward to the opportunity to share The General Woodcraft Experience with you or your friends - or your parents or your cousins or friends of your parents and cousins.  Come on in and let us design the kitchen of your dreams or the deck of a lifetime.

Please visit our websites for additional information about kitchens, Mataverde decking, wood siding, hardwoods, custom woodworking and more:

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Woodworkers Blog for Hardwood Lovers

Posted by Chris Nolan on Thu, Jul 26, 2012 @ 02:18 PM

General Woodcraft is proud to announce our new Woodworkers Blog. If you are a woodworking professional or woodworking hobbyist, we want to hear from you! We have been supplying hardwood lumber and fine veneers to the woodworking community for over sixty years. We meet all sorts of wonderful people who turn their skills and passion for fine woodworking into remarkable projects.

Whether you are a handmade hardwood kitchen accessories from cherry, mahogany and maplecabinet maker, wood carver, furniture maker, boatbuilder, clockmaker, finish carpenter or woodworker of any type, we want to hear from you! If the smell of freshly cut wood and the buzzing of power tools gets your heart racing just a little, you're in the right place. Send us pictures of your woodworking projects! Tell us stories about your woodworking projects! We would love to hear your custom hardwood guitars and basses by Adam Stonewoodworking success stories and any woodworking tips or techniques that you find useful.

General Woodcraft specializes in all sorts of native hardwood species such as; Ash,Basswood, Birch, Red Birch, Native Cherry, Red Oak, White Oak, Poplar, Maple, Walnut and lots more. Additionally we offer a variety of exotic hardwood and softwood species such as Teak, Bamboo, Phillipine Mahogany, Spanish Cedar, Honduran Mahogany, Purpleheart, Lacewood, Lyptus, Wenge, Cocobolo, Ebony, Leopardwood, Rosewood, Padauk, Zebrawood and lots more!

Wood is one of the only natural resources in the world that will regenerate itself in our lifetime. Whatever your woodworking project, whatever your favorite wood species are to work with, please, feel free to go ahead and make a little sawdust!

Learn more about native and common wood species here

Check out exotic and figured wood species here


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