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Upper Valley Chef Episode Filmed at The Co-op Test Kitchen!

April 15th, 2014

Crown Point recently worked with the Lebanon Co-op Food Store to build custom cabinetry for their new Culinary Learning Center.  Handcrafted from Maple with a beautiful Natural finish, the  cabinetry and all the necessary appliances provide a perfect venue for regular cooking classes offered by the Co-op.

Another fantastic use for the “test” kitchen is for filming video segments for local television shows.  Today we’d like to share one such video segment called The Upper Valley Chef.  Filmed as part of an episode of Upper Valley Chronicle, this segment includes an introduction by Eli Morse, the Director of Food Service for the Co-op Food Stores.

Watch as Justin Dain, Chef at PINE at the Hanover Inn, creates one of his signature dishes!

We hope you enjoyed the video.  Be sure to take a moment to check out the class list for upcoming offerings at the Culinary Learning Center-they’re sure to be informative and a lot of fun!


Prairie Style Crown Point Kitchen on the Cover of Trend Watch Magazine!

April 2nd, 2014
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Crown Point is proud to have a kitchen on the cover of Trend Watch Magazine 2014!

Mountain  View Publishing‘s annual Trend Watch issue features the latest in new construction and remodeling trends in the NH and VT areas. This year, we are honored to have made the cover!  The featured kitchen, as pictured above, is from our Prairie line, with details reminiscent of the works of Frank Lloyd Wright.


This beautiful custom mudroom is featured in Trend Watch as part of a whole-house project by Crown Point Cabinetry.

In this special issue, you’ll also find an additional whole-house Crown Point project being featured!  This vacation home (mudroom pictured above) hosts several families at a time in a beautiful setting alongside a lake in NH.  The article begins on page 48.

The issue is jam packed with inspiration and beautiful projects, and a full digital issue is available for free online!


We are also excited to note that another Craftsman style kitchen is currently featured in Arts & Crafts Homes Magazine’s Spring 2014 Issue! With cabinetry from our Arts & Crafts Designer Series, this custom kitchen is perfectly at home in an Adirondack style vacation home.  You can read the article online here.

Thanks for checking in, and as always, we’d love to hear from you in the comments below!


Crown Point Hosts Free Kitchen Design Webinar on March 20th!

March 12th, 2014


*Update 3/21/14:  The recorded version of this webinar is now available! (You will have to enter your email address and fill out a short registration form.) Enjoy!

Crown Point has partnered with Old House Online to offer a series of two free webinars discussing kitchen design basics!  Join us  Thursday, March 20th at 8:00 pm for the first installment titled “Deconstructing Cabinet Decisions.”

Hosted by Crown Point Sales Manager/Designer Mark Wirta, the webinar will help you discover your own personal style, and guide you in choosing kitchen design details to complement your home.

Mark will present on these topics for about 40 minutes with slides and photos to illustrate his comments.  The webinar will conclude with a twenty minute question and answer period.  


The second webinar in the kitchen design basics two-part series will take place in September.  We’ll keep you posted!

Make a Statement with a Custom Range Hood!

March 4th, 2014

Beautifully detailed custom range hood with corbels and pull-out spice storage on either side. Click the image for more photos (gallery #100.)

One of the most dramatic ways to make a statement in your kitchen is to include a custom designed range hood.  Whether you adorn it with beautiful corbels and turned spindles and storage options or other embellishments, or keep it simple and classic, you will create a wonderful focal point for the room.  Let’s take a look at a range (no pun intended!) of styles, colors and customization.

The photo above features a large custom range hood handcrafted from Maple, finished in Soft White Classic Paint.  The picture of symmetry, this piece features detailed corbels, panels to match the door style, and a pair of pull-out spice storage components .


Incredibly detailed custom range hood with Neoclassical design elements. Click the image for more photos of this custom kitchen (Gallery #54.)

This Neoclassical style range hood is not only finished in a different color, but it’s installed higher than the rest of the cabinetry for a stronger visual impact.  Custom crown moulding, turned spindles and an arched front further enhance the beauty of this piece.


The gorgeous character of Sapele is showcased in this custom range hood. Click the image for more photos of this custom kitchen (gallery #82.)

This range hood is classic, with simple clean lines, allowing the beautiful grain and character of the Sapele to be the star of the show.


Color and character abound in an artist’s kitchen with a custom range hood that showcases her work. Click the image for more photos of this custom kitchen (gallery #55.)

Crafted with a flat facade, this range hood was designed to accommodate the homeowner’s artwork.  Functional and beautiful, it’s a wonderful complement to the rest of the space which is rich with color and character.


A freestanding frameless hood is complemented by custom panels encasing the duct work. Click the image for more photos of this custom kitchen (gallery #94.)

If your heart is set on a stainless hood, and feel a custom wood range hood would be mutually exclusive, consider the solution shown above!  The stainless range hood is complemented by the enclosure overhead, which encases the duct work, resulting in a harmonious and fitting combination.

For even more examples of custom range hoods, check out our new Range Hoods page on the Crown Point website!

3rd Annual Crown Point Pigskin 5K Held at the New Community Center!

February 18th, 2014
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Crown Pointers pause for a group shot after completing the 3rd Annual Pigskin 5k. First row from left, Mike Dobson, Mark Belaire, Albon Powell, Jackie Demag, Ken Aldrich and Sarah Maki.  Second row from left, Scott Colpas, Joe Oliver, Joe Lafountain, Josh Doonan and Stan Marro.  Not pictured; Cait Merriam, Melissa Bean, Karen Laskoske and Tammy Aldrich.

On the morning of February 2nd, 180 runners and walkers came together at the Claremont Community Center for the 3rd Annual Crown Point Pigskin 5k!  There was a new route for the race this year, starting at the Center.  This is very exciting, as the first ever Crown Point Pigskin was held to raise money for the Community Center to be built!

Hosted by the Treadsetters Running Club and sponsored by Crown Point Cabinetry, this year’s race was a great success!  Money raised this year went into a fund that subsidizes local children’s participation in sports programs through the Claremont Parks and Rec Department.

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Albon and Joe near the finish line with volunteers from the Stevens High School Cheerleading team cheering them on.

Granite State Race Services handled the timing of the race and photos can be found on their Facebook page.

Hope to see you out there next year!




Crown Point’s Mark Wirta Receives NH Home Design Award for Kitchen Design

January 30th, 2014

Crown Point Designer Mark Wirta poses with NH Home Magazine’s Editor, Andi Axman, after receiving the award for Kitchen Design.

NH Home Magazine held its first Annual NH Home Design Awards on Monday night, honoring top design professionals from across the state. Designers in eight categories were recognized with honorable mentions and with first place awards.  Our own Mark Wirta was recognized in the category of Kitchen Design, for a recent installation with Pitch Black painted custom Crown Point cabinetry.


The award winning custom kitchen designed by Mark Wirta features custom cabinetry finished in Pitch Black Milk Paint over Cherry stain.

“I’m honored to be recognized by the NH Home Design Awards,” said Wirta.  “It wouldn’t have been possible without our fantastic crew of cabinetmakers-they make us look good!”

We’d like to say congratulations to the winners and honorable mentions in all eight categories. Well done!

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ABExpo Video Recap

January 20th, 2014

A quick snapshot of the Crown Point booth at ABExpo 2013

In November of 2013, Crown Point Cabinetry exhibited at the Architecture Boston Expo (ABExpo). We have had a booth at this show for a number of years and have always had a great time meeting up with old friends and contacts while making new ones.  This year, the folks at ABExpo put together a video recap featuring exhibitors and their feedback on the show.

At about the 1:20 mark, you’ll see the smiling face of our own Tamara Raymond!  As one of our Designers working the show, Tamara shares her experience at this year’s event.



We Made the Cover of Fine Homebuilding’s Kitchens & Baths Issue!

December 16th, 2013

We are thrilled to announce that a Crown Point kitchen has made the cover of Fine Homebuilding’s Kitchen & Bath issue!  On newsstands until January of 2014, this issue features a Universal Crown Point kitchen in Pennsylvania.


With accessible features such as touch/push drawer slides, a roll-under island, elevated toe-kicks with drawers and retractable pantry doors, the kitchen is both wonderfully functional and absolutely beautiful!


This Universal Design Crown Point kitchen is currently featured on the cover of Fine Homebuilding’s Kitchen & Bath issue!

The homeowners are quite happy with the finished space, noting that “there’s something in this kitchen for everybody!”

More photos of this kitchen can be found in our online gallery (album 85).

Crown Point’s 3rd Annual Christmas Video: A Flash Mob!

December 10th, 2013

On December 4, Brian Stowell, our company president, had no idea what was in store for him that morning. Unbeknownst to him, 90 employees were patiently waiting in hiding to surprise him with a fun holiday performance!

The result is the 3rd Annual Crown Point Cabinetry Christmas Video!

Enjoy…we sure did!

And, just to put this in perspective, here’s a peek at our first rehearsal the day before…good thing we got our act together!

We started this tradition in 2011, and shot another holiday video in 2012 if you’d like to take a look!

Thanks for checking out our videos, and we wish you and yours a fantastic holiday season!

Our Own Fred Puksta Featured in UNH Magazine!

November 18th, 2013
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Photo by Perry Smith/UNH Photo Services


We are very proud to share that Fred Puksta, Crown Point’s Product Designer, is currently featured within the pages of UNH Magazine!  Born and raised in Claremont, New Hampshire, Fred graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1981.  Although he was a business major, he was drawn to woodworking and furniture building and thus began a successful career in design.

His work ranges from a grandfather clock designed in 1994 and still on display at the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium, to designing furniture for Crate & Barrel, and now designing innovative solutions and custom details for Crown Point cabinetry installations across the country.  Fred has been instrumental in our biggest design ideas and innovations, including many patented designs.  


The first installation of Crown Point’s Prairie Line, with details designed by Fred.

Drawing inspiration from the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, Fred designed our Prairie Line with horizontal and vertical lines, dramatic brackets and posts repeated throughout.  


A beautiful reclaimed chestnut island featuring Squared Channel Face Frames designed by Fred.

Used first within the Prairie Line, Fred adapted a design detail called “Squared Channel Face Frames” for our Neoclassical Line.  


Fred’s own Transitional style Crown Point kitchen

Fred also designed the Empire Door and a Transitional Style Crown Point kitchen to name two more of the countless projects he has worked on at Crown Point.

Read the full article to learn more about Fred’s background and his passion for design.