By Janee Law
When renovating a kitchen, it can be overwhelming to walk into a department store only to get lost in the a selection of cabinets, kitchen sinks, countertops and doorknobs.
That’s where Keith Stark, owner of Home Pro Cabinetry in Huntington village, comes in.
“When people come in here they get real personal service,” Stark said.
The ideology was born when Stark traveled to Italy and visited a small shop in Italy seeing a pair of eyeglasses.
It was “a totally personal experience,” Stark said, noting that the shop worker pulled out a pair of eyeglasses for Stark to try on instead of directing him to a wall with a giant selection.
Stark, 53, of Hauppauge, has taken this same approach at Home Pro. The shop offers a selection of kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities and custom millwork, but he said he and his 60employees are devoted to working with clients to pick out and design their “dream kitchen.”
Home Pro’s qualified craftsmen work on the design and the installation, never using subcontractors. After measuring a client's kitchen, designers will provide 3-D floor plans and 360-degree views of the project, including color and style of the client's choosing.
“We work with the client on picking the finishes and the door styles and then when the kitchen arrives we install it,” Stark said. “We stay with the client every step of the renovation and everything you’d expect from a small town kitchen shop.”
Stark touts “a personalized experience from the time people walk into the place until the job is completed,” and said that he loves working with clients.
He’s been doing so since 2012 when Home Pro opened at 251 Main St. Home Pro serves as the kitchen design arm of the Ronkonkoma-based New York Woodworking, which was founded in 2000 by Stark’s brother, Douglas.
“When we were in Ronkonkoma, a lot of our clients were in this area so this is the central area for clients interior designers and builders,” Stark added. “This is a great town.”
Today, Starks is prepping for the busy spring season ahead, during which customers will begin renovations they hope to complete before summertime.
“Grey paints are in right now with a contrasting island,” Stark said. “But we really try to tune in on the client's style.”