Center and Bookcase:
22' ceilings in the room, Don knew it was necessary to design and build
this unit 7' tall to take advantage of the overall scale of the space.
In the next phase of the project, Don suggested that the area below the
television become a media storage area, custom-designed to hold dozens
of videos, DVDs and CDs in specially made glide-out drawers. Check back
for an updated picture of this completed project.
Results: This unit combined the utility of a large storage space with
the beauty of oak hardwoods to perfectly compliment the stunning Great
Room where it was installed.
A master bathroom that originally had no shower was a renovation problem
that could only be solved by Don's insights and talent in custom cabinetry.
The old cabinet was removed and discarded, the floor removed and all plumbing
and drains relocated to accommodate a new shower and custom vanity with
two sinks. Then an existing Jacuzzi tub was completely refaced to match
the new vanity. Don pictured all of this in his mind and did the design
work before the work began.
custom-designed and built into an existing seven-foot space, the vanity
has ample storage behind two sets of doors and in three glide-out drawers.
Don added two large drawers at the bottom, capable of holding towels and
other large items. This unique feature was Don's idea and something you'll
never see on a standard vanity.
seventies-era shag carpeting was removed along with the underlayment.
Once the new floor drain was run for the shower, Don resurfaced the floor
with Italian ceramic tile.
an old Jacuzzi tub, still functioning but covered with worn carpeting,
need to be completely refaced. The customer wanted to apply ceramic tile
to match the new floor. But Don suggested continuing the oak accent around
the tub, which included custom enclosures on each end for easy access
to the plumbing, pump and pump motor.
Shower: a custom-made cultured marble shower finished off the project.
older, inefficient master bath became a spacious, modern "spa"
with all-new marble, luxurious oak cabinetry and trim, and an elegant
modernizing this older kitchen with all new stainless steel major appliances,
the customer spent hours more looking through catalogs to find just the
right butcher block island and work surface. Nothing was ever the right
size, and the prices were prohibitively expensive. Only custom-built units
would solve the problem.
Kitchen Island: after studying the catalog pictures the customer had collected,
Don designed a butcher block island that fit the room exactly. With three
spacious birchwood shelves, it provided ample room for and easy access
to bowls, platters, and other kitchen items. It's most unique feature
is an overhang on one end that accommodates a stool and gives the customer's
school-age daughter a place to do homework or enjoy breakfast while mom
prepares her lunch and readies her for school. A towel rack at the sink
end of the island is an added convenience. Don also suggested installing
hidden casters to allow the unit to be easily moved for cleaning underneath.
it doesn't get any more practical than this; a butcher block work surface
on a birchwood cabinet that hides the kitchen wastebasket right below
a hole in the butcher block top. The customer wanted to be able to chop,
cut, slice and clean up all in one motion, and Don came up with the custom
cabinet to do the trick; all in three feet of dead space next to the range.
Scraps from the cutting block drop through the hole into the waste basket
that sits below. Don installed a full glide-out shelf underneath for easy
access to the waste basket. Extra plastic garbage bags are tucked into
a space below the shelf and two glide-out drawers handle all the utility
items a kitchen needs. It's topped off with a custom-built oak step-stool
that tucks away into a space below the drawers and slides out to let the
customer easily reach her topmost cabinets.
old-fashioned kitchen lives up to its potential and becomes a modern,
practical hub for all the family's activities.
the desk to meet the exact specifications of the customers, and the unusual
shape and dimensions of the loft. Among Don's unique features are recessed
areas in the desk tops to allow monitors to sit down at a more-comfortable
level, a bookcase at the end of the center island, and structural supports
below the desks that keep the support legs out of the way for easy maneuvering
of the desk chairs.
loft area becomes a spacious home office with the addition of a large
two-person desk and center island.
"One thing you can count on with Don Stowers is attention to detail.
The fit and finish on his work is unbelievable. And he's never satisfied
until he has it exactly right."
"Don's not just
a great cabinet maker. He can do everything. And he comes in with ideas
and insight into ways to make things work better, look better and fit
together better. We used every one of his suggestions, and he was right