Neligh-based small business Werkmeister Cabinets has been custom building beautiful cabinetry in area homes since 2004, and owner Jake Werkmeister is happy to help his customers put together quality designs in their homes and businesses.
While most of the projects are found within a 75 mile radius, the company also works with an Omaha-based general contractor as well, and has done projects all over the state, as well as neighboring states.
In addition to custom cabinetry, the company also focuses on counter tops as well, selling and installing a wide range of laminate as well as Cambria quartz counters—quickly becoming a top choice among homeowners.
“The advancement of the internet from  to now has made a huge change in the way our business and many other businesses function,” says Werkmeister, discussing the challenges and realities of his industry.
With the continued rise in popularity of home-improvement tv shows, as well as the multitude of online sites like Houzz and Pinterest as resources, consumers now have very clear-cut ideas about their new-construction or remodeling plans—plans that Werkmeister and his team strive to actualize for their customers.
In this vein, Werkmeister welcomes current trends as ways to continually add to his skill-set.
“Trying something new we have never done before adds to our list of capabilities, whether it is on the building or finishing side of the process,” he explains. “For instance, we are doing more painted cabinets now than ever before, going far beyond typical stained and painted finishes. We do a lot of distressed and ‘antiqued’ finishes, with multiple finish layers consisting of stains, paints, glazes, and other specialty finishes and techniques to achieve a certain look.”
All of which leads to satisfied, happy customers who are happy to have chosen Werkmeister Cabinets over other, larger companies.
“I think these are things that set a custom cabinet shop apart most from other cabinet sources. We don’t have a list of stock items. We don’t have a list at all. Every project we do is different, and it is all started from scratch.”
Particularly when it comes to adding to older homes, hiring a custom cabinetry contractor is a smart move.
“We can replicate existing work. If someone wants to add more cabinets to an existing space, we can build and finish to match, and when it is all done usually someone who doesn’t know there was a change made will have a hard time finding where the old stops and the new starts.”
Werkmeister is grateful to keep busy, even though managing his work volume gets to be a challenge at times. Having a good people on hand to help lessens that burden.
“We have a great group of guys working up here, and that’s why this business exists as it does today."