Online shopping has transformed just about every product America sells. It started with books, sure, but now it seems like every brick-and-mortar store is becoming obsolete, no matter how essential and personal the purchase. Even home furnishings like kitchen cabinets have started to fall prey to the trend. Why stand in line at Home Depot for supplies and spend a frustrating weekend trying to make your own cabinets when you can order something to your exact specs and have it delivered?
Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way with everything. Kitchen cabinets and countertops are one of those items still best done locally and handmade, unless you want some inferior-grade marble in your cooking area that chips and stains, or some flimsy cabinet made of Chinese birch that’ll fall apart in a few months. Fortunately, Oklahomans still have several great local options to choose from, the best of which may be Oklahoma City’s The Carpenter Shop.
Don’t let the plain-Jane name fool you. The Carpenter Shop does it all, and does it to spec — not just countertops and cabinets, but vanities, bookcases, entertainment centers, and any and all kitchen and bathroom remodeling. With over 20 years in OKC, they have a great rep, and though their master carpenter got his start decades ago handling traditional Old World distressed cabinets, they’ve since branched out into the increasingly popular European frameless style. Bring in your own design (or designer), or have them help you around the rough spots in your floor plan themselves, they’re incredibly flexible; they’re as concerned with utilitarian use of space as they are with colir and grain. Best of all, they can tell you how to maximize your style and efficiency while keeping costs down. And while they present themselves as cabinet artisans first and foremost, their selection of countertops materials is exhaustive — the owner literally wrote the book on interior countertop design, having penned a section of the school text most interior decorators cut their teeth on, and he’s an expert in granite, quartz, Corian, Formica, soapstone, laminate, and all kinds of marble. Sometimes handmade is not only aesthetically better but a smarter purchase, and The Carpenter Shop is living proof.