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JWH Installation Team on the Jersey Shore


Our JWH Construction Management Team is working in Brielle, NJ this week.  Too bad it’s not summer weather to enjoy the beach, but this beautiful new home will definitely be ready well before summer.  This young family of 5 is ready to move-in and get settled!

Reviewing the details

Reviewing the drawings in the JWH Installation Binder

The Kitchen features crisp white cabinets with a soft gray painted Island.  The gray is then repeated in the glass cabinets, giving just a hint of contrast.  The stainless apron front sink is a fun and functional transition from the traditional fireclay version.  The sliding barn doors reveal the secret pantry with a set of refrigerator drawers, extra sink, and Mom’s coffee station.  A great way to keep the kitchen counters (which will be Imperial Danby) free of appliance clutter.

Installation Precision

Setting the sink with lasers and levels

The new Mudroom features full height cabinets with rods for hanging, as well as shelves for more storage.  The corner bench gives a place to sit (and drop backpacks) with open shelving above for baskets. The favorite feature? A custom charging station!  With a magnetic chalkboard back, and concealed outlet strips along the sides, this “command center” will be home to iPads, iPhones, keys, notes, photos and even the daily mail.  That’s a lot of function to design in a wall space 4″ deep.

All of the above is making Mom very happy.  Dad’s special area:  His Bar.  Full height wine unit surrounded by deep gray painted cabinetry, metal wire inserts to display favorite mugs and decanters, and the zinc countertop will allow him to play host without worrying.

Fitting the cabinet doors after the wall cabinet is installed

It takes a team to install the cabinets plumb and level

Obviously this home is still a work in progress, so watch out for the final pictures when all the finishing touches are in place!

His Bar installation in progress

Almost complete…

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!


Tudor Kitchen Before and After


Classic details lines with a modern look

Open space for family and function

Before JWH Design & Cabinetry

The challenge for JWH

Catching up on the photography of our recent renovations, this Tudor Kitchen is a prime example!  Keeping the same footprint, and antique leaded windows, JWH combined separate interior spaces to create an open Kitchen space with room for cooking, family meals, and entertaining. This new Project uploaded on Houzz shows the Before and After photos that are worth a thousand words!

The before spaces are recognizable, from the previous table area, to the windows over the kitchen sink, and even the “challenging” long wall.  Removing two interior walls, thick with plaster and old pipes, allowed us to create one continuous space from the newly built-in banquette across the Kitchen to the Family Room seating, and even a bonus Kids’ homework space tucked in a corner.  Our JWH Construction Management Team coordinated the process from permits through painting.

The cabinetry has been designed to be classic with a modern twist.  Clean lines, a mixture of slab and flat panel doors, partially exposed face frames and concealed hinges, are offset with the open walnut shelving and iron brackets.  Staying away from the common “white” cabinet, the paint color is a long favorite of this homeowner’s, having traveled with her across the country from her previous home.  The light countertops and backsplash add a beautiful contrast. Steel was needed to span a few spaces, but the JWH Construction Management Team has the expertise to make it work.  The rustic beams create a warm, finishing touch, after being located in a PA barn by our partner Millshop.

From our initial 3-D perspective views, the Client and our JWH Design Team were able to work through all the details before the project ever started.  The result for JWH:  a streamline process from beginning to end.  The result for our Client:  results beyond expectation!

Professional Photos on JWH


Inviting Living Spaces

Enjoying Cooking and Hanging out with the Family

It is so exciting to finally get to professionally photograph our Clients’ homes when they are “done.”  Capturing the results of carefully planning, creative designing, and hard work in the finishing, is very satisfying to me (as the Designer) and the rest of our JWH Team.  Great photos have been captured by photographer, Mick Hales, and have been uploaded to our JWH website.

Here is the link to a fabulous Kitchen as part of a whole house transformation, including the Master and Kids’ Baths.   Our JWH Team was brought in before these Client’s evens signed contracts on this home.  In much need to a total overhaul, Jennifer Howard and the JWH Team designed architectural changes that would improve the flow, function and aesthetics of this fabulous family home.

The second project has been a work in progress for 5 years.  Starting with the Master Bath, moving on to the Living and Mudroom, and then culminating in the Kitchen, with plenty of time in between each project.  We love our loyal JWH Clients!

New Houzz Photos


Fabulous Kitchen and Family Room Photos

First Look at Our Newest JWH Photos on Houzz

We are in the process of uploading professional photographs from our recent waterfront project to Houzz.  We captured the many rooms in this fabulous home that feature our JWH Custom Cabinetry:  Kitchen, Bar, Great Room, Family Room, Master Bath, Spa Bath, His and Her Offices and even the Kids’ Bedrooms.  The photos also  include custom furniture designed by our own JWH Interior Designer, Bridget Curran.

The Kitchen, Great Room and Family Room are included in the new Project on Houzz.  Grab the photos you love and add them to your Ideabook.  Offices and Bathrooms to follow…