Wood is our Specialty - Feature it in your Kitchen

When was the last time you saw a kitchen counter finished with Wood?  A timeless material, and a warm organic look combine for a unique experience in the kitchen when the likes of granite and steel have been all the rage.  Wood has some surprising benefits like sound dampening along with the inviting organic feel.  Seen here with exposed brick, our kitchen designers can play with the textures available in your kitchen renovation and build to a clean modern aesthetic as well as a eclectic casual style.

Islands - Storage - Functionality

Increase the functionality in your kitchen with more built in storage around and island, freestanding matching china cabinets and all manner of design features.  Gepetto Designers prefer to hide your appliances behind matching Cabinet facing.  We enjoy tucking extra slide out drawers in spaces that other designers might leave open rather than build with intracacy.

Architecturally Inspired Design

If you are renovating an older home, or trying to bring style and grace to your new construction, our kitchen designers can provide creatively elegant solutions beyond the average cabinet over counter designs from big box retailers or large scale homebuilders.  The cost of elegantly finished architecturally inspired design is not proportionally higher than any other option.  This free standing custom cabinet appears as though the house was designed around this piece which hides the refrigerator and microwave as well as storage inside!  Take a second look at our galleries and give us a call to notice all the finer details built into a craftsman kitchen.

Live Edge Solid Wood Countertops

Live edge is named because we strip the bark from the solid wood and leave it exactly as it was formed by growth irregularities in it’s plank form.  The raw plank shows the unique signature of the grain angle it was cut at and we match the planks with solid wood joinery.  Shown here a 3″ thick countertop provides an all natural work surface for your meal prep and daily chores.  Some might even say the aesthetic is rooted in a natural vibe…

3D or CAD Preview Drawings

With computers everything is faster and more accurate.  With your measurements, we can get started.  Taking into account your lighting, windows, and appliances we can make a short list of the necessary items.  With a clear look at where and what – we can delve into cost for fabrication and the materials you wish to feature.  Finalizing it all, we can produce in the shop faster as the same software helps us build a cut list and finishing diagrams.

Counters & Storage

Beyond the obvious needs in a kitchen renovation, such as updating to current and personal styles, one of the most common complaints about lackluster kitchens are the need for additional counter space and storage options.  Whether it be the height of shelving or the depth of counter tops, Gepetto designers have worked on many of Richmonds rejuvenated warehouses and secondary use rebuilds.  Counter height cabinetry provides extra storage below and height adjustable shelving above can widen your options.  Islands can improve your workflow while providing centralized seating options.

Reclaim & Reuse

Reclaim more useable space in your kitchen with good design for the infamous service triangle.  Reuse materials or build with reclaimed materials like you can see in our reclaimed wood facings.  We have torn down many an antique barn across Virginia and turned it into complete kitchen & bar sets.  We delight in the intricate imperfections in aged and natural wood and our finishing techniques stabilize and fix the grain in its current state.

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Whole Home Custom Millwork Features Built in Virginia

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Made To Order Wooden Door Capitol Region

Solid Wood Door Custom Designed Richmond The process: 1. Call Matthew, and talk through your needs (click to call) - good old fashioned customer service by a master craftsman.  Ask us about our proprietary laminate system for building enhanced engineered solid...

Arc and Round Doors

Gepetto Craftsmen build arc, arched and round doors for general contractors across Northern Virginia. Solid Wood Door Builder Richmond Gepetto builds complex wood projects including decorative and architecturally designed arched doors and gates. Provide us with a...

Arched Door Builder

Arched Door builder in Richmond VA can make any door design to your order. Round door building can be confusing so shop drawings will be commissioned from your napkin sketch so you can see how it all fits together. Round Door Maker using hand joined mortise &...

Historic Chesapeake Bay Coastal Estate Restoration Builder

Historically restored Glen Roy Estate for Sale on the lovely Chesapeake Bay Carter Real Estate Lists the property available August 2019 An architectural masterpiece built in 1853, meticulously restored by Gepetto craftsmanship honoring the original materials and...

Solid Wood Door Maker VA

Front Door Solid Wood Joinery The sound of a solid wood door closing firmly in place contributes to your sense of home.  Home designs with solid wood pieces keep us rooted to our natural surroundings.  Solid wood joinery features the organic beauty and full...

Plywood from 1954 | Creative Plywood Builder

Hire a creative plywood builder https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eF5LVBW1vl8 The book "Plywood A Material Story" came across our desk recently with this awesome video from a wood mill in 1954. Plywood is an astonishingly versatile material, made by gluing together...

Heartpine texture kitchen detail photos

Gepetto attempts to stand out in our kitchen details We design our kitchens to expose the beauty in the materials and fabricate them by hand from reclaimed lumber to allow the natural processes of aging to show in the finished product. Hand turned pedestals...
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The kitchen is usually the most used room of the home and renovating a kitchen island has been the most popular design addition to the kitchen. An island provides extra storage and counter space making your kitchen super functional and decreasing clutter accumulation. We want to share some of the design lessons we have learned for creating the perfect kitchen island.  Your kitchen island can do a variety of things including hiding outlets! Just as important as a work station for food prep is a homework station, breakfast bar, charging station for devices and a center for entertaining friends and guests. Modern appliance options can place your cooktop in the island, or hide other kitchen essentials in cabinetry to create a kitchen island that can evolve.  Raleigh Cabinetry has further articles on design and layout.


Remember when ‘granite countertops’ were an advertised feature?  Yea, and if you have ever worked in foodservice, you probably don’t want your home to be a ‘stainless steel’ surface reverberating every motion on the countertop!  Any way you slice it, wood is a timeless building material with natural interest in it’s grain structure.  In the kitchen, wood used for countertops can be resurfaced or repaired should serious damage occur while a crack in granite would be permanent.  The organic feel of exposed grain has been valued for generations and only recently has painted wood been seen as anything besides cheaply covering poor quality materials.  Gepetto can help you source the species of wood that fits your budget and your taste.
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$ Price Level:
  • American Beech
  • American Cherry
  • Ash
  • Knotty Alder
  • Red Oak

Moderate Price Level:

  • African Mahogany
  • Birch
  • Black Walnut
  • Brazilian Cherry
  • Bubinga
  • Butternut
  • Eucalyptus Grandis
  • European Beech
  • Hickory
  • Iroko
  • Lyptus
  • Maple
  • Padauk
  • Red Oak Quartersawn
  • Santos Mahogany
  • Sapele Mahogany
  • Superior Grade Alder
  • Tigerwood
  • White Oak Flatsawn
  • White Oak Quartersawn

High Price Level:

  • Bolivian Rosewood
  • Burmese Teak
  • Cocobolo
  • Curly Anigre
  • Genuine Mahogany
  • Plantation Teak
  • Wenge
  • Zebrawood

Are you searching for an Amelia County Virginia Kitchen Builder to customize or refresh your kitchen’s look from the stock homebuilder’s? Maybe your historic King William County home needs a Kitchen Designer to make effective use of your unusual space in your home built in the 1800’s.  We gladly custom build islands, storage wardrobes and other unique updates for  Mechanicsville homeowners looking for custom Kitchen Cabinet Designs. Midlothian homeowners looking for a premium Kitchen Builder should consider our shop where we still build by hand, not by robot computer. Powhatan county homeowners looking for eclectic kitchen design elements can request to have them built here in our Richmond VA shop. If you live in Prince George county Virginia and are lookging to build a luxury kitchen contact us today!