Owners of Wasatch Custom Cabinets, Brian Wyatt and John Lott, say many people today want to remodel and update their kitchens rather than buy a whole new house.
WWC's specialty is cabinets, countertops, mantels and entertainments centers, all custom made in their shops, and their goal is to "turn your dreams into reality".
"We have been in business now for over 27 years and have seen many changes over time," Wyatt says. "Today offers so much more to customers in styles and the new modern look that people want in their kitchens.
"When we first started out, cabinets were made mostly out of oak, and there were only about four styles of cabinets to choose from and only about three stain colors."
He says today there are many styles of cabinets, such as the country look of bead board. Raised panels are always popular with their straight, clean lines, as well as the pillow-top look with more rounded, smoother lines.
"Some people want the older look, so we beat the cabinet up a little and use certain stains to make the wood look aged."
Woods that are used to make the cabinets vary in the many types available, such as alder, cherry, hickory, maple and oak; and then there are hundreds of varieties of toners, glazes and finishes.
"One customer even wanted bamboo cabinets, which we were able to custom make for her."
Also today, people can choose from many varieties of countertops, such as granite, solid surfaces and laminates. The choices are endless and vary according to style, texture, color and cost.
"When it comes to remodeling a kitchen or bathroom, women are the ones usually making most of the choices. That's just how it is. Women like to spend, and husbands follow trying to keep the cost down," Wyatt said with a chuckle.
"We will go into a customer's home and measure, come back and do drawings and then price the project out. If there are changes the customers want to make, we can change things around to fit their wants as well as their budget."
Brian's son BJ is in the family business and said they are seeing an increase in people wanting dark cabinets with light granite countertops, but that they also see a trend in painted white cabinets as well. "It's all about personal preference."
"Technology continues to improve in the cabinet industry, and a lot of the soft-close technology with doors and drawers is becoming more reliable and less expensive for customers than it used to be," BJ says.
"I have people ask us all the time if we actually build our cabinets here or order them in. The answer is, we build everything we can in our shop from the cabinet boxes, doors, drawer boxes, molding, et cetera."
He said they do order in the granite for the countertops, but other than that it allows WCC to be in control of how items are built and helps to create custom sizes that you can't get when you order in cabinets.
"It allows us to do color matches for finishes if customers have something existing in their home they want matched to the new cabinets."
Customer satisfaction is WCC's first and foremost aim. It's been that way from the beginning and has roots from many years back.
Brian and John came into the woodworking business naturally since they were childhood friends. Brian's father, Sid, owned his own construction company, but was also an industrial arts teacher at North Ogden Junior High School, where he taught the boys in wood shop. He was a master carpenter and has passed the skill to his son Brian and grandsons BJ and Brock. John's father's hobby was woodworking, and he too passed the skill to son John and grandson Calvin, all of whom work in the family business.
Wasatch Custom Cabinets and their showroom are at 3145 N. Highway 89-91 in Pleasant View. You can call them at 801-782-2324 for a free estimate on any project you need.