On the edge of Indiana Dunes State Park…

…is a beautiful home in the woods in which live two gentle labradors and a family that loves life.


The Read family has lived in this home as they have built it over the last 20 years and it became apparent to them that it was time to replace the dated kitchen with an expansive, warm, timeless and inviting room to better compliment the feel of the rest of the house.

We chose 1/4 sawn white oak and a full overlay stained in beautiful Michael’s Cherry for the cabinets.  Note the timeless Arts and Crafts styled mullions on the shaker style doors, matching the trim above. This kitchen also features appliques above the sink along the top if the window and numerous pullouts for function throughout.

In the pictures notice also the hall side cabinet that greets guests before they enter the kitchen / dining / living room spaces.

Truly a custom project in all phases, I had a lot of fun engineering and then building this kitchen for the Read Family. I worked with a great contractor , Thomas Metzger of NWI Home Improvement (his phone number is 219.613.4103) did the installation of the kitchen, trim, and flooring throughout the house.

We are a family of six, and over the years we have built our home.  I say years, not because the creation of a home ends at its construction, but continues long after.  Every new layer of paint on the walls, every new etch and scratch on a wood or tile floor, and every piece of furniture added to a house builds a home over and over again.  And I think our home is well lived in, and well loved.  Before Andrew began working with us, our kitchen was almost twenty years old, and it looked the part.  It was time for a change.  Some of the older and more cherished pieces of furniture in our house are Mission Style, and Andrew summoned inspiration from the arts and crafts style of our home.  Our table, chairs, and cabinetry in the kitchen and bathrooms are masterfully constructed Mission style woodworks and they tie our home together better than ever.  A home is a beautiful place.  It’s where we feel safest and relaxed with the ones we love the most.  Andrew has made us feel at home – again.  We are forever grateful for his amazing talent and abilities.

Samantha Read


A couple provided “before” pictures