Kitchen & Bath
Fulfilling a desire to be fully engaged in his children’s lives, Chuck Hart decided to change career paths, and open Lewis & Weldon, makers of fine cabinetry on Cape Cod.
Hart says that some cabinetry trends have remained constant since he started his business in 2003. White cabinets in the kitchen, for instance, are still a popular choice—especially on the Cape. “I would say 80 to 90 percent of my clients want that classic, white, Cape Cod kitchen,” Hart says.
Other design trends have shifted over the years. “When I first started my business, everybody wanted black, or dark granite countertops. Today, they are choosing much lighter, more subtle colors to achieve a softer look,” he says.
One of the biggest changes to occur over the past decade has been the increase in the popularity of built-in and custom cabinetry choices.
“Built-in cabinets in family rooms, offices, bedrooms, and laundry rooms are very popular. People are starting to realize how important it is to maximize the space in their homes,” Hart says.
With many of his clients owning homes off-Cape, it is important that their Cape homes, which tend to be much smaller, are also efficient. “My clients can be going from a 5,000- square-foot home to a 3,300-square-foot home and they need to maximize that space to make up for the 40 percent loss,” he says. “However, they want to match the look and quality of their off-Cape homes.”
Hart says there is no limit to the customized work that his company and its craftsmen can do. “We design custom furniture pieces such as beds and other pieces. If you can dream it, we can build it.”