Lakehouse Remodel, Lake Whatcom, WA

The project scope was to design, manufacture, and install custom shaker style cabinets for a residential home renovation including its kitchen, pantry, laundry room, and bathrooms.

Built in 1964 and sitting on more than 100 feet of waterfront, Jeff and Jane’s lakehouse in an established Lake Whatcom neighborhood was the perfect location to enjoy with their grown children and grandson. Despite the idyllic setting, the sprawling rancher needed an update: more natural light, fewer interior walls, new cabinets, and updated finishes to make the home their own.

Over their two-year renovation, the couple came to a crux. “We had a tough time shopping cabinets,” Jeff said. “Jane was pretty sure of what she wanted. We came across plenty of nice cabinets but we weren’t finding what we wanted in a custom color.”

At the recommendation of a business colleague, Jeff connected with HighCraft’s Production Manager, Eric Van Hofwegen. “Right away, we had total professional and emotional support with our cabinet project,” he said. “Eric was human: honest, straight up, and articulate.”

As the project unfolded, Jeff came to appreciate Eric’s “tremendous conscientiousness,” referencing an occasion in which Eric stopped by the couple’s home in an evening to remedy a challenge with a cabinet.

“The process wasn’t time-consuming or painful,” Jeff said. “Eric was always on time and excellent in the back-and-forth communication with my wife. His team did a masterful job with our cabinets — and we especially appreciate that they lived by the project’s original schedule.”


Door style: Shaker
Door materials: Paint-grade maple
Cabinet box materials: Melamine
Box construction type: Frameless
Cabinet colors: Snow White & Plymouth Rock
Hardware: Goldenwarm bar pulls, Cosmas knobs
Countertops: 3cm quartz