Andy Foster, an accomplished kitchen and bath designer, has been a cabinetmaker for over 40 years. He began woodworking as a hobby shortly after graduating from Ithaca College, and it soon became a passion and a profession. In 1987, after over a decade of commercial woodworking in several venues, he founded Foster Custom Kitchens. Ten years later, he bought the Queen Anne style house that is our one of a kind, charming showroom. What stands out about Andy is his knowledge of and experience in all phases of project development: design, fabrication, installation, giving him a unique perspective of the process involved in creating a new or remodeled space.
Getting to Know Each Other
Whether your project involves a kitchen or bath, new construction or remodel, we want to give you enough time to see if working with us will be a good fit. What does this mean? The first step is having a designer visit your home, to meet you, see the space, and take measurements and photographs. We listen to your frustrations with the existing space and your expectations for the outcome of your new space.
About a week or two after our initial meeting, we invite you to our studio to look at multiple design schemes that we have developed. During our review of these designs we brainstorm together, bringing your thoughts and ideas into the mix.
We very likely will have selected one of our plans to price out cabinetry and counter tops. At this time we will also talk about general construction costs. We hope this process will arm you with enough information to decide if you would indeed like to work with us. We do all of this with no obligation to you.
If you are building a new home we have you come in with your ideas and drawings and we go through the same process as above. This is again, at no cost to you.
If you decide to move forward in working with us, we require a retainer or deposit. In the case of kitchens, this retainer gets credited to the cost of your cabinets. Often with bathrooms and other areas with little cabinetry, the retainer is credited against the cost of design time.
We offer unique custom cabinets at a competitive price. We have cultivated strong working relationships over many years with small, family-owned firms because of their superior craftsmanship, fully custom construction, and competitive prices. The advantage of custom crafting is that we can tailor cabinets to fit your space, rather than developing plans to accommodate standard size cabinets.
We have five custom cabinet lines, including our own, to choose from, each offering a wide range of door styles, wood species, specialty veneers, finish treatments, and overall construction options.
One important option we offer through Foster Custom Woodwork’s is the ability to go green. We can help you achieve this by using sustainable, locally harvested and milled lumber, complete with no VOC’s water-based or other natural finish treatments.
To learn more about the cabinet lines we offer click on the links below.