Business: Boxwood Home Design & Cabinetry Co.
Address: 122 W. Main St., West Dundee
Contact info: 815-347-8471; boxwoodhomedesignandcabinets.com
Owners: Rod and Lauren Perrine
Years in business: â€śWeâ€™ve been in the West Dundee location since 2016, but started our business in 2010 and added a retail boutique,â€ť Lauren Perrine said.
What does this business do? â€śWe are a design and build company. We take the whole project from start to finish and now with the boutique, we can also provide finishing touches.â€ť
Why did you start this business? â€śIâ€™m a designer and Rod is a builder and when construction slowed down and the housing crisis hit, we decided to combine our talents and do the work we love to do on our own terms.â€ť
What is the best thing about being in West Dundee? â€śWest Dundee is a historic, picturesque community that is well located for our clients throughout the Fox River valley. We love being a part of a great community.â€ť
What is the biggest challenge? â€śParking is a challenge and while the traffic provides great visibility, it does not make it easy for people to get to us.â€ť
Do you find yourself remodeling your own home more because of your profession? â€śMy family used to kid me about always re-designing my house. However, I loved changing the look of our home and I get to do it for a living. I have always had a passion for creating beauty and the peace it can bring to the place you live. Now I can bring that same passion to our clients.â€ť
What’s the trend youâ€™re most excited about in the kitchen and basement remodeling? â€śI love the way people are choosing designs that express simplicity. In a world where families are stressed and there is so much activity, they want homes that are simple, open and welcoming … uncluttered. There are so many unique ways to brighten a home and Boxwood is constantly exploring new trends. I also love the new ideas around layering and the different textures of wood and stone being used in our projects.â€ť
What’s a trend you would like to see go away? â€śOver-designed spaces where the beauty of the home gets lost. I appreciated the move toward less Is more.â€ť
When is your busiest time of year? â€śFourth quarter is definitely our busiest time of year.â€ť
What is the most popular service you provide? â€śKitchen and basement remodels. People want indoor space that they enjoy being in, especially here in the Midwest.â€ť
What is the thing you most like to do as part of your business? â€śHaving the control over the projects as well as creating and establishing our own brand. We do this for us, not for a corporation or larger company. We can deliver great customer service without sacrificing quality.â€ť
What is your least favorite thing to do? â€śPaperwork.â€ť
If you weren’t doing this, what line of work would you be in? â€śWorking for someone else in this field.â€ť
How has your business changed over the years? â€śWe started as a design company and have expanded into a kitchen and bath showroom, with an additional retail component so customers can purchase their home decor from us.â€ť
Do you have any future plans to expand? â€śYes, weâ€™d like to create an additional location one day, as well as one day offering custom-built homes with our own unique style.â€ť
What do you wish someone had told you before you started? â€śHave every detail of the contract or job in writing from the very beginning of the project.â€ť
Erin Sauder is a freelance reporter for The Courier-News.