CJ's Client Feedback:
Ken and Jessi from McHenry, IL:
My wife and I contacted Chris to inquire about a custom built in cabinet for a large nook in our dining room. Upon first speaking to Chris we were immediately impressed with his friendliness and professionalism. We told him what we were looking for and advised him that we were trying to stay in a tight budget. Since we live pretty far from him he requested we send him some pictures of what we were thinking of and some rough dimensions and he would get back to us with a rough quote to see if it was within budget before driving out. After sending the info Chris got back to us promptly (a trend that he continued throughout the project) with a quote that worked for us. Chris came out and meet with us and after looking at more idea pictures began to sketch a drawing for us, making several great suggestions that we would have never thought of. Chris even worked with us trying to find the exact right stain color, even going so far as to have a custom stain color made! Chris sent us pictures of his progress, which moved very quickly. The finished product ended up being better than my wife or I could have imagined. We cannot say enough good things about not only his craftsmanship but his customer service as well. I should mention that we had another contractor come out prior to finding Chris, and that guy not only seemed uninterested, and just wanted to copy something off the internet that was similar to what we had in mind, but he also quoted us a much higher price. That first guy spend no more than 10 minutes with us, Chris met with us the first time for almost an hour, looking at pictures, sketching, and offering suggestions. I have worked with many different contractors in all kinds of fields and I have never had someone get back to me as quickly, or keep me informed as Chris does. We plan on using Chris again for another project we have in mind.
Tom and Patty from Elm Grove, WI:
When it came time to build a wall of cabinets around a window in our family room, we were over our heads. This was beyond our time and talent. We are do-it-yourselfers and did not know where to go next. At the recommendation of a mutual friend, we contacted Chris of CJ's Custom Cabinets. Chris returned my call that day and came to our house 2 days later!! Unbelievable!! We had a drawing and estimate by email the next day. We tweaked the project throughout the week and then he started getting going. Chris communicated with us by texts including pictures on a regular basis to update us on the progress of the project. Chris is extremely personable and responsive. We could not be happier with Chris and his work. His craftsmanship is outstanding!! We would highly recommend Chris and CJ's Custom Cabinets.
Joe from Greenfield, WI:
Hi CJ, I just wanted to express how happy we are with the mudroom lockers you made for the kids. They are really enjoying them and it really worked out well for us. We have more work for you in the future. Thanks again for the great craftsmanship.
James & Mary from Greendale, WI:
CJ’s Custom Cabinets recently installed new cabinet doors and drawers in our kitchen, laundry room, and bathrooms. Chris was very knowledgeable about the latest hardware, wood, and trends. The price was competitive and the installed product high quality. Communications were great, samples were informative, the work was done on time, and we are happy with our cabinets. Chris also recommended a granite, quartz counter top installer which we used. Again the price was right, the coordination good, and the quality first class. We are very happy that we contracted with CJ Custom Cabinets.
Laura from Whitefish Bay, WI:
We found Chris on Houzz.com and due to his excellent references hired him to build a desk for our boys’ bedroom. From the outset, he impressed us with his sincerity, attention to detail, and ability to offer solutions to keep our project on budget. He kept in touch with regular progress updates and collaborated with us on design choices. He consistently went the extra mile to make sure we were satisfied, even halting his progress in order to stain and deliver a second batch of finish samples. Notwithstanding, he still managed to finish the project on time! The desk is high quality, very functional, and will last for years to come. We’re so pleased that we met Chris and we would not hesitate to recommend CJ’s Custom Cabinets to our friends.
Jackie from Lake Geneva, WI:
My husband and I just recently moved to the Lake Geneva area and were having a difficult time finding someone to build a custom pantry cabinet in our kitchen. We found Chris on Houzz and gave him a call. He was very friendly and came out within a few days to take a look. He understood our needs and helped us design a beautiful and functional cabinet that completes our kitchen perfectly. We were very impressed by his responsiveness and attention to detail. He sent progress updates with pictures throughout the project and sourced the best materials to match our existing cabinets which are 10 years old. We couldn't be happier with the results and would highly recommend him to anyone looking for custom cabinetry work.
Karen & Clint from Burlington, WI:
Chris is a superb cabinet maker. He is a cheerful and pleasant man and a pleasure to work with. He's a good listener and designed the bookcase to my specifications. We really felt involved in the process. Chris sent numerous text messages and photos as construction progressed. Twice, by Chris's invitation, we went to his workshop. He was very patient and answered all of our questions. Unlike other carpenters/contractors we have worked with, Chris answered our phone calls or promptly returned calls. We strongly recommend CJ's Custom Cabinets.
Lisa from Waukesha, WI:
At the recommendation of Burmeister Woodwork, we hired Chris to make our solid oak vanity. Chris came out immediately for measurements, listened carefully to all our specifications, and was a pleasure to work with. He kept us clearly informed with the progress of the project and completed it in a very timely manner. Besides the beautiful vanity, the best thing about working with Chris was his professionalism. He was always available for questions, worked quickly, and completed an extremely high quality product. If we ever move, we will have to figure out a way to take this vanity with us!
John from Racine, WI:
In remodeling my entertainment/bar room, I wanted a new vanity in an alcove to replace the one that came with the house. I knew exactly what I wanted and Chris executed it beautifully. His interior design was ingenious in the way it circumvented a nasty plumbing issue. When it was finished it looked just the way I had pictured it. No compromises.
As an added bonus, his installer did a remarkable job of custom fitting the piece onsite. It butts up against all three walls perfectly (as we all know, no walls are perfectly straight). No seal sealer needed!
As well as being highly skilled and talented, Chris is a consummate professional. He came to the site and took precise measurements, stuck to his deadline and gave me unsolicited progress reports on a regular basis. Working with Chris was a refreshing and satisfying experience all the way around.
Katie & Dave from Eagle, WI:
Chris is an extremely talented craftsman. His workmanship is precise, sophisticated, and creative. His knowledge of woodworking transcends boundaries because of his 20 plus years of experience. Chris is not only a talented craftsman, but sophisticated in his designs, honest, reliable, committed to quality work, and reasonable in his prices. Chris has grown up in WI, and is an avid outdoorsman, exemplifying the qualities of the Midwestern work ethic, dedication, and love for his trade!
Brianna from Burlington, WI:
We were referred to Chris from a friend and can't thank them enough. Chris is fantastic to work with. When I contacted him, he got back to me right away. We discussed what I was needing and he immediately let me know if this was something he would be able to do. He came and looked at the space we would be using for the project and looked at some pictures of what we were wanting and on the spot gave us some suggestions as to how to change things that he thought would make our shelving more useful as well as safe for our children. He sent us drawings very quickly and had a fast turnaround on making our project and getting it in place. He sent pictures throughout the process so we could see how things were progressing. We were so impressed that before that project was complete we had asked him to do another project.
Michael from Wauwatosa, WI:
I had a custom bookshelf built to replace an old built-in china cabinet that I tore out. The piece CJ created for us fit the old space PERFECTLY, and he even helped me move it from his truck and install it into the space (NOT an easy task, as it barely fit through our front entrance). My family now has the shelf loaded up with books and other things, and it's proving to be every bit as sturdy as promised. We couldn't be happier.
Bonnie from Racine, WI:
CJ's Custom Cabinets: Superb craftsmanship, on budget and on time.I'd hire Chris again in a minute.
Melanie from Greendale, WI:
After many poorly executed wood working projects in our house, we sought out a craftsman that provided quality at a reasonable price. Fortunately, we found Chris Grefe! Beyond the quality, we could count on his advice, adherence to the schedule and over all professionalism. We'll definitely use him in the future and strongly recommend him for big or small projects.
Kam from Hartland, WI:
I was having some real storage problems in my kitchen. I had entertained the idea of taking out a wall to connect to the dining room, new kitchen cabinets, or adding a small island with seating vs.a kitchen table. Instead I decided to have Chris build me a cabinet/ bookshelf that was counter top high, which ran the full length of the kitchen wall and fit under my existing chair rail molding. It worked perfectly and is beautiful. I was able to put some appliances on the top of the cabinet, including a toaster oven that I use often. On the shelves I store books, other appliances and all the other paperwork that congregates on the kitchen table. This really solved my storage and clutter dilemma.
My friend who is a carpenter and has installed high end cabinetry for some of Milwaukee's finest projects over the years was very impressed with the cabinet made by Chris. What is also great about a free standing unit over a built in is that I can take it with me when I move or let it increase the value of my kitchen when I sell. Chris was prompt, professional, and reasonably priced. I would highly recommend CJ's Custom Cabinets LLC!