PHOTO: By Design Cabinetry owners Lin and Kathi Cloud celebrate their new expanded store Tuesday with the Spring Hill Chamber of Commerce. / Photo by Alexander Willis
By ALEXANDER WILLIS
Spring Hill’s own By Design Cabinetry, a kitchen remodeling business that helps design and install kitchen cabinets, counters and accessories, celebrated an expansion to its location Tuesday with a ceremonial ribbon cutting.
The expansion, which saw the business nearly double in size, saw the addition of a new showroom, as well as a presentation room that gives customers the chance to view what their new kitchen may look like using virtual reality (VR).
The business’s owners, Lin and Kathi Cloud, started their venture into kitchen design back in 2011 in Georgia, and said the economy during that time lead to a rocky start.
“Business was terrible, the economy was bad… there was only one house built in the entire county the last year we were there,” Lin said. “Spring Hill seemed like the best place to be for us, so here we are.”
Eventually settling on moving their business to Spring Hill after much research, the couple officially opened in the city in August of 2015.
As to what makes the business unique, Lin said that beyond the company’s personal involvement in every step of the design and installation process, its cutting edge VR technology that allows customers to visualize in real time what their new kitchen could look like is unlike anything else in the area.
“We do full kitchen and bathroom remodels, we do the VR rendering, which I don’t think anyone else is doing that,” Lin said. “It’s a real personal thing for us; we actually can connect with the homeowner, rather than doing new construction when you never see the homeowner. We help with selecting backsplashes, picking out countertops, color combinations… it’s a complete service – you come here and get everything done.”
Lin further explained that during the consultation process, team members take measurements and further document a homeowner’s kitchen space, after which the data is fed into a computer program that creates a virtual rendering of the kitchen. Once that process is completed, Lin and his team can tweak the virtual rendering to the homeowner’s liking; changing cabinets, countertops and more, giving homeowners the chance to see – in real time – what their new kitchen could look like.
Beyond the technological advancements, the expansion also saw its floor space nearly double, something Lin said is vital to the home design business.
“I call it ‘visual meets function’ – you have to make all this work, so being able to see more product in different situations I think is a lot better,” Lin said. “So it was just to give us more floor space and show more product.”
Lin said what sticks out to him the most about Spring Hill is its community, which he said has made him and Kathi “feel at home.”
“Spring Hill’s been awesome to us,” Lin said. “If you look around, the communities awesome. We feel at home here, and it’s been really good.”
By Design Cabinetry is open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and is located at 4918 Main Street at the northern edge of Spring Hill.
— Alexander Willis (@ReporterWillis) June 26, 2019