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Flow and function are the main features of the JWH Kitchen.

We spent a beautiful afternoon in Southport CT last week with photographer, Mick Hales, and our lovely Client, capturing photos of her new JWH Kitchen and Master Bath.

A project that started as a renovation unexpectedly became “new construction.”  The footprint of the home provided plenty of space, but critical design details and function were lacking in the architectural plans.  Jennifer Howard and the JWH Team shared their expertise in architecture and space planning to rearrange these spaces.  The layout of the first floor included the Kitchen, Breakfast Room, side entry with Mudroom, Laundry, Desk Area, Walk-in Pantry and Powder Room, as well as the adjoining Family/Living Room and Dining Room.   The first floor Master Suite provided a challenge to accomplish the specific storage needs and “wish list” for this Client, including the double door shower with curbless entry.

The side entry location now makes sense with a clear path to the Kitchen for carrying groceries and letting in the natural light.  Careful planning of the appliances achieved the goals of a dedicated “smoothy station,”  baking area with easy access to the ingredients and appliances, two clean up areas with dishwashers, and plenty of storage for collections of beautiful glass and silver.  The large Island with seating on three sides is a great spot for casual meals and conversation. The details of the JWH Custom Cabinetry were a collaboration with the Client who is an accomplished Interior Designer. The fabulous light fixture over the Island, carefully selected hardware, and gorgeous marble slabs were all handpicked by the Client herself.

Appliances for smoothies

Dedicated spot for making daily smoothies.

“I look at each project as a puzzle that needs solving.  When the pieces come together, everything works.  This is what makes every project fun and exciting for me,” says Jennifer Howard, owner and principal designer.  To view more JWH projects visit , Houzz or call 914-967-6020.


Sunny Kitchen Setting in Larchmont


After a long dreary winter, signs of spring are flowing through the tall windows in this new Kitchen and Family Room addition.  Being a transplant from sunny California, this Client’s request was lots of light!  The 9’0 ceilings with extra tall windows make this possible.  It can be tricky to fit large windows while balancing the need for storage, so the design process involved several different window arrangements.  Here is one of the earlier concept views:

Initial JWH Kitchen

3-d renderings of design concept helps JWH clients make the right decisions for their home.

Cabinetry installation started this week by our JWH Team.  By the end of the second day, the cabinets are in place and ready to be templated.  The 42″ French Door Sub Zero appliance panels are installed with beautiful polished nickel hardware by Alno.

Drilling the cabinet hardware

The steel blue/gray Island is a warm contrast to the white perimeter cabinetry.



The crown moulding will be installed above the cabinetry valance and around the entire room, and  custom color-matched for a perfect finish.  Once the countertops are installed (and these are a beautiful choice, not to be revealed here) and most of the major construction work is complete, the JWH guys will return to install the furniture basemoulding and make the final touch ups.   This happy Client will be cooking in time for summer!

Design Challenges and Solutions


We have been told that the favorite projects at JWH are the ones that require them to “think out of the box.”   In this part of the country, the charming Victorians and solidly built Tudors are known to present plenty of challenges, but sometimes a 1980’s colonial can be just as tricky when it wasn’t designed properly from the start.

In this recent project designed by JWH Design & Cabinetry in Rye, NY, the existing kitchen was actually “in a box.”  A rectangular room with long solid walls, one exterior window, and one doorway to the mudroom, with a cabinetry layout that made no sense.  Even with a big opening to the adjoining family room, nothing about this space worked well.  Check out the challenging “before” photos below.

The dead end cooking area was disproportionate to the room.

BEFORE: the dead end cooking area was disproportionate to the room.

The long walls of cabinetry, away from the work zone, did not add much function.

BEFORE: the long walls of cabinetry, away from the work zone, did not add much function.

Before the Design Team at JWH will even focus on designing the cabinetry, appliances and countertops, they approach the space (and all the adjoining rooms) as a whole.  “Fixing” the space architecturally, whether it is adding or adjusting doorways, increasing windows, or even knocking down walls, is the critical first step.  “Any cabinet dealer can simply replace white cabinets and marble countertops, but this is a disservice to the homeowner,” says Jennifer Howard, owner and principal designer at JWH Design & Cabinetry.  “Improving the architecture of the room first will allow the designs to flow naturally, resulting in a space that “feels” right and functions well for the long term.”

As the JWH Team explores various layout options, the homeowner is presented with realistic 3-d views to help them visualize their new space.  In this case, the windows and new appliances had to remain, but new cabinetry configuration created a fully functioning kitchen with a large island for seating, a separate Bar with an added wine unit, and a generous desk area suited for the kids and mom.  Adjusting one door location and adding another were the simple architectural solutions by JWH that created new flow through the space and thrilled this homeowner.

JWH solution for the main cooking and clean up area

Plenty of counterspace and generous walkways ensures this cook won’t be trapped in their JWH Kitchen.

A better utilization of space allowed the addition of a Bar as well as the Family Desk.

A better utilization of space allowed the addition of a Bar as well as the Family Desk.











With the cabinetry design process now complete, and the detailed shop drawings are “signed off” and in production, the demolition and reconstruction of this space begins.  This Connecticut family will be enjoying their new kitchen well in time for the holidays.  Stay tuned for additional “In the Works” projects.

Posted by C.C. Murray, 2016

JWH Design & Cabinetry




JWH Finalist in “Best of Design” 2016


JWH Design & Cabinetry is a finalist in the 2016 Westchester Home Magazine Design Awards!  The “Best of Design” issue hit the stands this month and features photos and details from the finalists projects.

JWH Best of Design 2016

JWH Nominated for Best of Living Spaces

“It’s an honor to be selected for this category.  The beautiful Kitchen is a main feature, but how the overall space “lives” is what makes it special,” says Jennifer Howard, principal designer and owner of JWH Design & Cabinetry in Rye, NY.  The more challenging the space, the more excited the JWH Team is to orchestrate the transformation.  Working closely with the Client from start to finish, resulted in a space that the family enjoys every day. The remarkable “before” and “after” photos are featured on Houzz.

Winners will be announced Thursday, April 7 2016 at the 5th Annual Awards Ceremony.

JWH Nominated for Best Living Spaces

Truly a “living space” by the JWH Design Team

Custom JWH Home in Rye hits the market!


Designed by JWH Design & Cabinetry

Fabulous new home, designed and built by JWH Design & Cabinetry.

Designed and fully renovated JWH Design & Cabinetry, Sotheby’s has just listed this fabulous NEW 5,400 sf home in Rye.  5 bedrooms, 5 full and 2 half baths, first floor office, second floor laundry,  walk-up playroom on the 3rd floor, and full finished basement will provide plenty of  room for even the biggest of families.  Over 1/2 acre  of level landscaped property, the fenced yard has room for a pool and direct access to a private cul-de-sac. Located at 151 Old Post Road, this home is walking distance to town, train and schools.

Every inch of his home, inside and out, reflects the careful planning, design, and construction expertise of the JWH Design Team.   The custom kitchen features professional grade appliances and JWH Custom Inset Cabinetry in mixed painted and stained finishes.  The apron front sink and polished nickel plumbing fixtures by Rohl, Imperial Danby marble, cabinetry hardware by Emtek, Napoleon gas fireplace, and unique light fixtures by Visual Comfort and Robert Abbey are the high quality details that add instant style and charm to this great family and entertaining space.

JWH Custom Inset Cabinetry, Rohl Fixtures, Imperial Danby Marble and Visual Comfort Pendants

Each of the bathrooms (including the laundry room) feature JWH Custom Cabinetry in unique finishes.  The tile and slab details, fixture selections, and even the coordinated paint colors ensure that this home will appeal to discriminating buyers who recognize taste and quality.

” I treated this project like I was designing it for my family of 5 kids and grandson, and I’m pretty sure it shows in the flow and the function, as well as the creative details,” says Jennifer Howard, principal designer and owner of JWH Design & Cabinetry.    “We are excited by the positive response from realtors and interested buyers.”

Master Vanity

Master Vanity and Walk-in Shower

Laundry Room Cabinets

Color and texture in the Laundry Room

Two other custom projects by JWH Design & Cabinetry will also be hitting the market this sping.  A fully renovated 5800 sf home in the desired Milton school area in a quiet family neighborhood will be completed in late Spring.  And a soon-to-be constructed 4600 sf home on coveted Pine Island, with direct frontage on LI sound, and adjoining bay/dock, will be a totally unique opportunity for the savvy waterfront buyer.  For more information, please email or


JWH Wins Best of Houzz 2016


Rye, NY – JWH Design & Cabinetry has won the “Best Of Houzz 2016” Award for the 4th consecutive year. Only 3% of professionals in the US and North America receive this honored distinction, based on nominations of over 35 million monthly Houzz users.

“We hired JWH based on the excellent reviews,” writes one client about their experience with JWH.  The July 2015 review continues: “We were new to the area and we thank our lucky stars that we came across Jennifer and her team.  Not only did they help design and manufacture the most amazing kitchen we ever owned, they went beyond their duty in helping us create the beautiful home that we love.  If you are thinking of renovating your home, this is the team for you.”

It is the quality and quantity of excellent reviews, as well as the impressive portfolio of completed projects, that sets the JWH Design & Cabinetry Team apart as a top professional in the highly competitive Westchester and Fairfield County markets.  This impressive portfolio can be viewed at as well as on the interactive JWH website:

Keeping our JWH Clients Happy

Positive reviews from JWH Clients win the Best of Houzz Award 2016

From Concept to Completion


The whole house is only as good as the sum of its parts.  Looking at the big picture is as important as looking at individual areas.  Be it a bathroom, kitchen or family room project in question, taking all the spaces into consideration is the first step in achieving the best possible results.

Transitional Kitchen in Harrison

AFTER:  A  New Transitional Look

Before the start of the renovation of this NY home, our JWH Team measured all the existing spaces, most of which lacked flow and light.  Working through several new layout options, evaluating the pros and cons of each, resulted in the “best” layout for this family.  Taking the lines on the page a step further,  Jennifer Howard created the realistic 3-dimensional perspective views, allowing the Clients to fully visualize their new space and feel totally confident in their decisions.  The cabinetry, countertops, backsplash, lighting, flooring, and even furniture layouts can be selected (and visualized) before the actual construction begins.  This not only insures creating a cohesive end result, it allows for realistic budgets of all these materials and avoids mid-construction changes.  This process at JWH is unique and highly effective.

JWH concept photo of new kitchen

“BEFORE” photo and JWH’s 3-D View of Proposed Kitchen 

Every project is a challenge to the JWH Team– and the more challenging the better.  Check out the rest of the Before and After Photos of this project on Houzz.

Greenwich Renovation


Removing an expensive Christopher Peacock Kitchen that didn’t function well, provide the necessary storage, or allow the proper flow, was a tough decision for this CT family.  See the remarkable Before and After Photos on Houzz.  Hiring Jennifer Howard for the new design and cabinetry was an easy decision and their first right step.  Donating their used kitchen to charity through Green Demolitionswas their second right step.  And hiring the JWH Construction Management Team to coordinate their project from start to finish, was the third and final right step.  The result:  a whole new look and function for this fabulous Greenwich Kitchen.

JWH classic kitchen

A pop of color and texture in a classic white Kitchen

“Rearranging a few interior walls and doorways can make all the difference,” says designer, Jennifer Howard, who presented the idea for combining a messy storage closet and awkward walk-in pantry, to create a fabulous Wet Bar and hidden “Office” for this working Mom.   Relocating and increasing the main window let in more light and created a generous clean-up area, with symmetry and storage in the right places.  Kids’ can serve themselves in the coffee/snack area featuring the newest Miele convection oven/microwave, without getting in Mom’s way while she is working at the 48″ Wolf range.  And the new tall Pantry with the magnetic chalkboard doors added a charming touch and accessible storage.  Once presented with the realistic 3-d perspective views, the Clients were instantly on board and the fun began.

new JWH Bar

Creating something out of nothing

A classic white Kitchen evolved, with 1″ thick doors and 2″ thick marble countertops– as seen in many home magazines lately.  But JWH added unique bits of character in the layout and finishing details for this Client.  The custom blue-gray stained Island is a great accent in this large space.  The nickel wire-front cabinets combine practical storage with an open look.  The blue-gray stain repeats inside these wire cabinets and again in the open shelves next to the Wolf range. And the dark magnetic chalkboard and funky glass backsplash at the Bar keep this Kitchen from getting predictable.

The 10 week start-to-finish project was coordinated by the JWH Construction Management Team.  The combination of our JWH design details and drawings, expertly executed in the field, allows for quick and seamless project for our happy Client.

JWH Kitchen Design Winner: After


To benefit a local charity, JWH offered their expert design services to one lucky winner in Old Greenwich, CT.  The “before kitchen”, in much need to updating, was the perfect challenge for Jennifer Howard and the JWH Team.  Experience with architecture and building, allowed JWH to rearrange the critical spaces in this Kitchen to maximize the function, flow and overall look.  See all the Before and After photos on

JWH designs new kitchen for charity                 JWH Creates a Winning Kitchen

Form and Function are the Winning Combination                                      JWH Kitchen Design Winner in CT

“Clean, modern lines with warmth and function,” as requested by the Client, inspired the design with our JWH Custom Frameless Cabinetry.  The stainless Sub Zero and Wolf appliances are a crisp contrast to the painted cabinets and honed “jet mist” granite countertops.  The solid walnut top on the center Island, built by  our JWH Millshop, provides a warm and comfortable surface and further compliments the light floors. Utilizing deep drawers and concealed countertop storage keeps all the cooking needs close by for this busy cook/Mom.

The Walk-in Pantry set with a diagonal door was a great JWH solution to walkway challenges with the Island, and provided extra storage without adding extra cabinetry expense.  The frosted glass door lets light in and out, and conceals the contents and evidence of “real life.”  An added bonus and now family favorite!

The custom buffet was designed built after the project to match the Kitchen, with a distinctly modern furniture flair.

The transition from the Kitchen to Butler’s Pantry is short on space, but  the interior glass shelves and lights, as well as the smokey mirrored backsplash, expand the space visually.

This winning Kitchen was also recently featured on the Old Greenwich-Riverside Kitchen Tour, helping to raise even more money for this local charity!