With the chilly temps and the seemingly endless snowstorms New England has been getting hammered with, it’s easy to get caught up in bemoaning Old Man Winter. Unless you’re these guys-Crown Point Designers Joshua Doonan and Albon Powell often snowshoe on their lunch breaks. Here, they’re jumping off the huge snowbanks in the Crown Point parking lot into fresh powder. Cool.
Photos by Chris Hatch (Crown Point Drafter and another lunchtime snowshoer) using nothing but his iPhone!
Super Bowl Sunday was particularly cold this year, but that didn’t deter the more than 150 runners and walkers who came out for the 4th Annual Crown Point Pigskin 5k! Proceeds from the race will go to a fund that subsidizes local children’s participation in sports programs through the Claremont Parks and Recreation Department.
New this year, each bib contained a microchip that was tracked by Millennium Running timing service. A full list of results may be found here.
Crown Pointer Ken Aldrich, shown here running with his daughter Noelle, won the title of “Best Dressed” for his Patriots gear!
Photos of every finisher can be found on the Peak Focus Photography Facebook Page!
We are proud to announce that a Crown Point Kitchen Designer has won the Excellence in Kitchen Design Award from New Hampshire Home Magazine for the second year in a row! Peter Ippedico accepted the Award last Tuesday evening at the annual reception in Manchester.
You may recognize the winning kitchen as it was featured on the blog last fall, and also within the pages of NH Home Magazine’s September/October Kitchens issue.
Open and inviting, this custom kitchen features cabinetry in two different painted finishes and a large island perfect for gathering the family together. The island legs were reclaimed from beams in an old barn that was taken down on the property for a unique addition to the personalized space.
There were so many high quality, beautiful homes up for awards and it was an honor for us to be among a group of such talented design and build professionals. Watch for all the winners in the upcoming March/April issue of NH Home Magazine.
We’re gearing up again to “take this show on the road!” The spring show season begins next month and this is your chance to see and feel the quality of our custom cabinetry firsthand. Crown Point designers will be available at each location to answer any questions you may have, and we’d love to see you!
Here’s the schedule:
The Historic Home Show
February 6-8, 2015
1160 First Avenue, King of Prussia PA 19406
Booth number H230
The National Arts & Crafts Conference
February 20-22, 2015
Grove Park Inn, Asheville, North Carolina
The Architectural Digest Home Design Show
March 19-22, 2015
Piers 92 & 94 55th Street at Twelfth Avenue, New York City
The Traditional Building Conference
April 28-29, 2015
Boston, MA (watch their website for updated information)
It has become an annual tradition to shoot a Christmas video here at Crown Point Cabinetry. Starting in 2011, our crew has gotten in the holiday spirit with silly songs and funny hats and much more. Our biggest hit yet was last year’s surprise Flash Mob. (If you haven’t seen it, you’ll want to check it out!)
Today, we’d like to share our 4th Annual Crown Point Cabinetry Christmas video!
And because we love to laugh, here is a reel of behind-the-scenes footage as our teams chose their props and posed for the camera.
Happy Holidays to you and yours from all of us here at Crown Point Cabinetry!
Crown Point Cabinetry was honored to be a sponsor of the 4th Annual Concord Museum Holiday House Tour this year. On December 9th, seven homes in Concord, MA opened their doors to reveal beautifully decorated interiors for the holiday season! Despite the cold temps and pouring rain, the tour had a fantastic turnout and attendees enjoyed complimentary treats and plenty of holiday decorating inspiration!
A Crown Point kitchen, designed by Crown Point Designer Nina Archambault, was a featured room on the tour. Nina made the trip down and today we’re sharing some of her snapshots from the day!
Proceeds from this annual event provide vital support for the museum’s educational initiatives. They offer hands-on programs reaching over 10,000 school children in New England each year.
*Update 2/11/15: This webinar is now available on demand!
Crown Point President Brian Stowell and Old House Journal’s Editor Emeritus Patricia Poore are joining forces to offer a free webinar discussing Period Kitchen Design. On Tuesday, December 9th at 2:00 PM EST, Brian and Patricia will outline the basics of designing a period appropriate kitchen that fits with the way modern families live.
As part of the Traditional Building Conference Series‘ online education program, attendees will receive 1 AIA HSW Learning Unit.
Learn more and REGISTER TODAY!
This charming Crown Point kitchen is just one room resulting from over 5 years of careful renovations to an old farmhouse in Southern New Hampshire. It was very important to the homeowners that they take their time with the renovation, preserving as much of the history of the old home as possible. We worked directly with the homeowner to realize this dream, providing custom inset painted cabinetry, and incorporating reclaimed wood from a barn on the property for the island legs.
“When we realized that the island design would need support posts for the counter overhang,” the homeowner said, “we thought it would look nice to use some of the old beams from the carriage barn that was attached to the kitchen.” They brought their idea to their Crown Point designer, Peter Ippedico, and they worked together to make it happen. The beams were brought into the Crown Point cabinet shop where they were stained to match the other exposed beams in the space.
“It’s a nice mix of old and new,” said the homeowner. “I like to call the style ‘snappy rustic.'” The island legs are perfectly at home in their new setting as the legs for the family’s kitchen island. They are a special touch in a room where the family spends a lot of time.
Crown Point recently hosted a group of Fellows through the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and Dartmouth College. The group of 25 entrepreneurs from all over the African continent toured the cabinet shop to learn more about our business practices as a family-owned company in its 38th year.
Many of the Fellows come from a start up/small company background and were interested in learning about how the Stowell family grew the business from a one-room garage to a 100,000 square foot facility.
Upon their arrival, company president Brian Stowell welcomed the Fellows to our cabinet shop. Brian began with a short talk touching on our business philosophy, how we find and retain good employees, and general advice about entrepreneurship.
The Fellows were then broken into three interest groups; Marketing/Design, Processes, and Information Technology. From there, the individual groups were lead through the shop to learn more about the company and how it operates in these specific areas of interest.
Brian Stowell lead the group of Fellows with an interest in Marketing and Design. With stops to meet the Creative Director and PR Director, he outlined our strategies for getting our message out to prospective clients both through print and online venues.
Production Manager, Don Paquette, lead the Processes group, speaking about how our cabinetry moves through the shop and the teamwork involved in every step.
Crown Point’s Information Technology Director, Craig Stowell, lead the group interested in IT. Craig took them around the shop, speaking about leveraging technology and general automation to create a work environment that allows employees to focus on safety and quality.
After the individualized tours, the group gathered again for a question and answer period with Brian, Don and Craig.
The tour was highly beneficial for the Fellows and Crown Pointers alike. We were honored to have been a part of the visit and wish the Fellows the best of luck in all of their endeavors!