Family owned and operated Custom Wood of Cream Ridge has been serving customers throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania since 1971.
The company, which specializes in kitchen and bath cabinetry and design, was founded by Hank and Peggy Zucatti. It began when Hank, who ran the mill shop at a lumberyard, started making fine wood furniture at his home on the side. The Zucattis also started fabricating laminate countertops before deciding to sell kitchen and bath cabinetry full time.
Their first showroom was in the detached garage of their home in North Hanover Township. Custom Wood grew rapidly, mainly by word of mouth. Their sons Rusty and Eric grew up in the business, learning all the intricacies of cabinet construction, kitchen and bath design and customer service from their parents.
The Zucattis opened a 3,500-square-foot showroom at its current location in Cream Ridge in 1991, and Rusty and Eric took over the business when Hank and Peggy retired in 2014.
Lisa Zucatti, Rusty’s wife, is the showroom manager. She is also involved in sales, especially countertops and selecting granite. Rusty and Eric specialize in custom design.
There are many samples on display in the spacious showroom, with a large variety of cabinetry as well as countertop options to fit all budgets. Cabinet brands include Dynasty, Homecrest, Omega and Signature. Cabredo is also popular.
“We like to use American-made products,” Lisa said.
Countertop materials include Corian, Wilsonart Laminate, Granite and Quartz. Lisa said Quartz is particularly popular now.
Customers are encouraged to come in with their preliminary measurements, and Rusty and Eric will work with them to design the perfect kitchen or bath of their dreams, she said. Once a layout is determined, the designers go out to the home to measure before the order is placed.
Lisa said that current trends in cabinetry include more interest in gray tones, with walnut also making a comeback.
“We are seeing more transitional versus traditional,” said Rusty. “More modern, in between traditional and contemporary. And cabinets to the ceiling, with no soffits.”
Also trending are cabinets painted a green pesto color with a cognac glaze, big farm sinks with apron fronts, reclaimed wood and rustic cabinets, as well as distressed and vintage looks.
Custom Wood installs what they sell, but customers are also welcome to use their own installers.
“I love working with customers,” said Lisa, who has been with Custom Wood since 1999.
Especially those who are more daring and like to play with colors. It’s very exciting to mix colors and textures.”
Lisa said the goal at Custom Wood is to provide quality products and knowledgeable design services at reasonable prices.
“We pride ourselves on our excellent customer service, attention to detail and years of experience,” she said.
She added that the success of the business has been due largely to customer referrals.
“We’re not happy unless our customers are happy,” she said.
Customers can stop by the showroom anytime to browse, but she recommends that prospective customers call ahead for appointments if they want to sit down with a designer.
Custom Wood is located at 400 Goldman Dr. in Cream Ridge. The showroom is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phone: (609) 758-8288.