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Before and After-Greenfield, NH

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
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The Greenfield, NH kitchen before the Crown Point remodel.

This small, dated kitchen in Greenfield, New Hampshire had long worn out its welcome when the homeowner contacted Crown Point about a remodel.  After waiting more than a decade, she knew it was time to go for it, and to do it right.  As the day approached for her cabinetry to arrive, she was apprehensive, wondering if the wood, paint and appliance decisions would all come together. And, would an island really fit in her kitchen?

Throughout the process, her Crown Point designer, Tamara Raymond, assured her that “it will be a beautiful fit.”  Today, in her own words, the homeowner lets us know how it all turned out:

Greenfield After Shot 1

The Greenfield kitchen after the installation of Crown Point Cabinetry. The kitchen is now an open and inviting space.

“I am happy to say, Tamara was absolutely right.  My new Crown Point kitchen transformed the look of our home and our relationship with cooking.  The room is spacious (with the removal of only one 4-foot wall), convenient (with space for everything), and serenely beautiful (my friends say zenlike).”

“I chose Crown Point’s Barnstead door style, with square inset cabinetry.  The upper cabinetry is hand-brushed with Farrow & Ball’s ‘Pointing’(a neutral cream paint).  For the base cabinetry, I chose Quartersawn Oak with a Mission Brown finish and Shaker style toekicks.”

Greenfield After Shot 2

The addition of an island creates more work and entertaining space.

“When the cabinetry was installed, I knew the wood/paint combination was right immediately.  The light paint and clean lines of the upper cabinetry gave the small area an open feel.  The warm brown of the base cabinetry made the kitchen blend beautifully with the open living and dining room areas.  The addition of the island transformed the room’s flow and made entertaining guests fun!”

“Working with Crownpoint was a 5-star experience. From the original computer drawings of what our kitchen would look like to the final adjustment of each cabinet door, our needs were always carefully considered and courteously met. Everyone remarks about the solid look, fine craftsmanship, and smooth operation of our cabinets. I’ve learned, there really is no need for angst when you decide on a Crown Point kitchen. Thank you, Tamara, and everyone at Crown Point.”

You are very welcome!  We hope you continue to enjoy your Crown Point kitchen!

The New Crown Point Gallery of Images Is Live!

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

We are excited to announce the unveiling of our new and improved online Gallery of Images!  With larger thumbnails, more advanced navigation options and a clean, fresh look, the new gallery is certainly bookmark worthy!

The gallery is organized in reverse, showing the most recent photographs first, so you’ll always know what’s new at Crown Point!   (We just posted photos from our most recent photo shoot-a beautiful small kitchen, with cabinetry finished in Farrow & Ball’s Wimborne White.)

Read on for some tips for easy navigation of the new gallery:
Crown Point navigation menu

1)  Once you click into a particular gallery, there are five(!) choices for browsing all images:

  • Click the triangle to play them all as a slideshow.
  • Tap the Space bar on your keyboard to play all as a slideshow
  • Click the left/right arrows at the top of the screen to advance or go back one image
  • Click each individual thumbnail
  • Use the Arrow keys on the keyboard: Left/Right or Up/Down, either will work to browse each image in sequence

2)  If viewing a gallery on a smaller screen, the image can be made full size by either:

  • Clicking the zoom icon
  • Tapping the “F” key on your keyboard

3)  To close out of a gallery, you can either:

  • Tap the Close icon
  • Hit the “ESC” key on your keyboard

For all you mobile techies out there, the new gallery is non-Flash based and works on the iPhone, iPad, and the iPod Touch!

Making its debut on the new Gallery of Images is a brand new drop down menu.  The new menu stays accessible-even when scrolling-yet it remains discreetly out of the way.  You’ll be seeing this menu throughout the site as we continue our “remodel!”

 

The blue “Open Menu” button is shown here, still visible, though we have scrolled down the page.

Screen shot of drop down menu mid scroll

 

We click on it, and our full site menu is accessible! Choose your link, or simply click the blue button that now says, “Close Menu”.

Crown Point Cabinetry nav menu open

 

Now that you know how to navigate around the new gallery, it’s time to give it a whirl and see it for yourself!

Crown Point’s Volunteer Coaches Make a Difference

Monday, April 18th, 2011
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A Crown Point sponsored youth baseball team huddles up after a game. Coaches John Proper (Crown Point's Application Engineer) and Erin Lovely lead the cheer.

Giving back to the community is a large part of the culture among the employees here at Crown Point.   A number of Crown Pointers, including the company President, choose to do their part by volunteering time as coaches for area youth sports teams.  Crown Point encourages this community involvement and allows employees to take time off whenever they need it.

Ken Aldrich, Crown Point’s Safety Director, has been coaching for over 18 years. Most recently, Ken got started coaching the local Special Olympics basketball team when his youngest daughter began playing as a unified partner.  Ken soon recruited our Production Manager, Don Paquette to help with coaching.  Now, Don’s son has joined the team, competing as a unified partner as well.

Don and Ken Coaching

Ken Aldrich and Don Paquette coach from the sidelines during a Claremont Cool Cats Special Olympics basketball tournament in March. Seated on the floor, Don's son, Mitchell (left) and teammate, Noah take a break.

“Coaching is so rewarding,” remarked Ken when asked what he enjoyed most about coaching these kids. “Teaching what it means to be part of a team and having pride in that is one of the greatest lessons they can learn.  Plus it means I get to spend more time with my kids doing what they enjoy.”

Ken has also coached track and field alongside Rick Deschaine, our Plant Engineer.  In fact, they were both recently recognized as the “most influential coaches” to the recipient of Stevens High School’s “Female Athlete of the Year” President’s Award.

Rick Deschaine Coaching

Rick Deschaine gives a pep talk before a 7th grade track and field meet

“I’ve coached some great kids with some great people including my friend and fellow Crown Pointer Ken Aldrich and my wife Patty,” Rick said.  “I feel very fortunate to be with a company that has allowed me the flexibility to be a part of our local coaching community.”

Mark and Haley

Mark Belaire cheers on his players, including his daughter Haley, during a game in Claremont

From soccer to basketball to field hockey and more, Crown Pointers have been coaching in this area for decades.  Some of the others who have coached in the past, or who you can look for on the sidelines this season include Matt McElreavy, Randy Bly, Jackie DeMag, Mark Belaire, Bob Davis, Todd Scranton, Brian Stowell, John Proper, Joe Paquette, Eric Smith, Lee Lamott, Tedd LeBlanc, Steve Raymond, Peter Ippedico and Mark Wirta.

Stan Refereeing

Stan Marro keeps a keen eye on the game

Though he has not been involved in the coaching side of things, Stan Marro, a Drafter here at Crown Point, will be beginning his 25th season as a high school Varsity football official this fall.  Putting his years of experience to good use for the community, Stan has also volunteered as a referee for many youth sports teams.

In addition to individual volunteer efforts, the Crown Point Charity Committee regularly sponsors area youth sports teams.  The committee is a rotating group of employees that distributes employee contributions through our charity fund on a monthly basis.  Team sponsorship helps the teams purchase new uniforms, equipment and more.

All our coaches and other volunteers agree, it is a wonderful thing to watch these kids learn and grow.  Without a doubt, Crown Pointers will continue to help out with these teams, making a difference one game, practice or play at a time.

Little Crown Point Baseball Player

Sporting a Crown Point Cabinetry team jersey, this little guy waits for his turn at bat

 

 

 

 

 

Come See Us at the Boston RDC Show!

Monday, April 11th, 2011

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Our trade show season is coming to a close; last stop, Boston! The Residential Design and Construction Show is a two-day convention and tradeshow for builders, architects and other professionals in the design and construction industry.

Crown Point will be exhibiting at this year’s event, April 28-29, 2011 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston.  Our designers will be at booth number 570, ready to answer any questions.  This year’s display includes a new Victorian Style Hutch crafted from Quartersawn White Oak, and much more!

We would love to see you there!

Give us a call or go to www.rdcboston.com for more information.

 

Sleek Crown Point Kitchen A Winner in Remodel Contest!

Thursday, April 7th, 2011
Briarcliff Kitchen

This modern Crown Point Kitchen was a winner of Westchester Home Magazine's Kitchen Remodel Contest! Photo Credit: David Dashiell Photography

Westchester Home Magazine recently held a Kitchen Remodel Contest, open to homeowners across Westchester County.  Almost 50 “Before and After” entries were submitted, and the list was narrowed down to just six winners.  A contemporary Crown Point kitchen in Briarcliff, New York “wowed” the judges, coming in as one of the top six!

You can find the article, and photos, here. (You’ll have to scroll down to the entry titled “A Kitchen Worthy of the View.”

Cabinetry is frameless construction in maple with a natural finish.

 

 

 

 

 

New Prairie Cabinetry Featured on HomePortfolio.com

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

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Prairie Hutch

 

An impressive piece from Crown Point’s new line of Prairie style cabinetry is currently being featured on HomePortfolio.com!  Here, the distinctive Prairie style hutch is highlighted as part of the “Whats New at HomePortfolio” slideshow.

Designed in homage to Frank Lloyd Wright, our Prairie styling features Crown Point Cabinetry’s design patented “Channel” face frames and innovative Ellsworth door style (design patent pending).  Historically respectful, yet decidedly unique, the “Prairie Line” takes custom cabinetry to a whole new level.

Call today to learn more!