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Cabinet Business Keeping It Old School

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The smell of sawdust in the air and warehouse full of cabinets is an indication of BBB Accredited Business Cabinets Hawaii’s success. Randy Krause felt honored when the previous owner of the cabinet shop approached him to purchase the business. Cabinets Hawaii, a Kailua based company, specializes in custom cabinets and anything built from wood.

Krause grew up in the construction world alongside his father. His father told him, “your word is your bond,” and these are words Krause still lives by today. Trust between Krause and the contractors he provides with cabinets is imperative to his work. The hui, Hawaiian word for partnership, of design and construction professionals who value the quality and Krause’s word, is one reason Cabinets Hawaii doesn’t need to advertise. Referrals keep the team at Cabinets Hawaii busy.

While Krause had built cabinets for the previous owner and felt comfortable handling the production side of the shop, the business side was a new game. Krause had to learn how to deal with clients, ordering, payroll, taxes; it was a crash course on small business. He continues to educate himself on the market and the trends in the industry so he can provide his clients with the latest.

Cabinets Hawaii is old school with table saws and measuring tapes; however, the company is up to date with technology, in particular, computer drawing. Krause incorporates architectural visualization, shown on so many home remodeling shows, into his plans. The projects are designed first on the computer, and each cabinet part built in the program before being assembled. The computer technology allows the consumer to visualize the cabinets before cutting the first piece of plywood. As Krause pointed out, you are never too old to learn.

Krause became an Accredited Business with Better Business Bureau because the BBB standards reflect his own. In his words, “Business is based on trust.”

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Written by Roseann Freitas

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