6 Gnarly 1980’s Home Design Trends

As we celebrate 40 years of remodeling Montgomery and Bucks County homes, we’ve been thinking a lot about how dramatically design trends have changed.

The homes we work on today are a lot different than those in our 1982 beginnings — but then again, so are trends in general! Leg warmers. Big hair. Hulk Hogan. The 80s were colorful, loud, and unapologetic. The trends from this era — some of which we miss, and some we wish we could forget — are unique and unmistakable. Here’s a flashback to 6 home design trends from the 80s that might even be in your Montgomery County home today:

Heavy Drapes

Heavy, extravagant drapes complete with matching valances and tiebacks were commonplace in a 1980s family room. Whether in bold colors or graced with ornate embroidery, these window treatments were made to be grand.

Hanging Cabinets

We’re all for more storage space, but hanging cabinets are less than ideal. These 1980s staples were suspended from the ceiling, usually over a peninsula. Unfortunately, they also forced anyone in the kitchen to crouch down or peer around the corner if they wanted to see or speak to someone in another room.

Pastel Colors

Before Memphis style and primary colors took over toward the end of the decade, pastel colors had a moment. Pale pinks, blues, and seafoam greens were found on walls, furniture, bedding, and even wall-to-wall carpet.


Formica Counters

These plastic-topped counters were big in 80s kitchens but had just a *few* drawbacks. Unlike today’s durable materials, they had to be treated delicately. A hot coffee pot or spilled wine could damage them easily, and once a corner was lifted, the whole thing could be peeled apart.

Dark Wood

Dark Cabinets & Furniture

Cabinets, dressers, kitchen tables, and bulky entertainment centers were typically solid wood with a dark stain made nice and shiny (and very well protected) with several layers of varnish. These pieces were sturdy and built to last, but their style wasn’t. We often replace these heavy fixtures with lighter pieces that make rooms feel open and airy.

Brass Fixtures

The gold accents and hardware making a comeback in today’s bathroom and kitchen décor might feel reminiscent of the 1980s, but fixtures in that era were much more bold and brassy. Homeowners during this time enjoyed the ornate, luxurious look — and, of course, the opportunity for some flashy focal points.  

Is your home stuck in the 80s? We can help. Our designers have a sixth sense about which trends will pass the test of time and which fads will quickly fade. If you have 80s décor you need to update, or if you’d like to bring back some (modernized) trends, contact us.

Tasting Room

Chef Chipper’s AAA Catering Tasting Room & Takeout

Hungry for incredible food crafted by exceptional people? Consider AAA Catering. Custom Craft recently attended the  grand opening celebration of Chef Chipper’s Lansdale tasting room and takeout storefront, a space that’s as inviting and amazing as the chef who started it all.  

Store Front

Chef Chipper launched AAA Catering in 2003, intent on delivering decadent dishes for weddings and other celebrations — a service of love that he continues to this day. His endeavors don’t stop at fancy occasions, however. AAA Catering also handles food services for local early learning facilities, bringing healthy meals to thousands of kids all over Philadelphia.  

Tasting Room

Demand for his culinary masterpieces grew, and Chip was inspired to open a storefront with an inviting tasting room for catering trials as well as space for hungry Lansdale locals to pick up everyday takeout. As a lifelong friend of the Foering family, he knew exactly who to call to help bring his vision to life: Custom Craft.

Scissors & Mural

211 W. Main Street in the heart of downtown Lansdale was the perfect location to set up shop. The Custom Craft team, along with Sam Kim from Ambit Architecture, transformed the barren storefront into a beautiful, functional space perfect for elegant tastings and easy takeout. In the tasting room, champagne bronze plumbing fixtures complement the elegant Calacatta Valentin Quartz countertops, and a showstopping live-edge wood table beckons tasters to sit and enjoy. Takeout guests are also in for a visual treat, thanks to the fabulous Lansdale mural in the pickup area.

Boating Party

Of course, the charming mural isn’t the only element of art. Chef Chipper brought a piece of home to the tasting room — The Luncheon of the Boating Party by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, a painting that hung on his family’s kitchen wall throughout his childhood.  

Boating Luncheon

As fellow believers in the power of love, family, community, and excellence, we’re honored to be a part of Chef Chipper’s journey. Stop by AAA Catering soon for a feast of the senses — brought to you by Chef Chipper and Custom Craft.

For more information about Chef Chipper and AAA Catering, visit chefchipper.com.

View the gallery below for photos from the Grand Opening.

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Sustainability and Style in Skippack’s New Coffee Shop

The charming village of Skippack, PA, is home to many incredible restaurants, chic boutiques, and fantastic celebrations. Until fairly recently, it only lacked one thing — a gourmet coffeehouse. Now, thanks to Blossom Café and Custom Craft, the Skippack area has a wonderful place for coffee, community, and carbs.

Blossom Cafe

Blossom’s owner, Michelle Buckman, sees opening the shop as giving back to the town that’s given so much to her. It hasn’t been an easy feat, however. She was determined to serve excellent coffee and baked goods, but beyond that, she hoped to build a place where people could comfortably gather while taking in the quaint village. She was especially set on the shop feeling organic — like it had always lived inside Skippack’s beloved flower shop, Floral & Hardy. She had plenty of ideas on how to make the space beautiful and inviting, but only one name to bring it to life: Custom Craft.

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Lowell Steinberg, owner of Floral & Hardy


Michelle Buckman, owner of Blossom Cafe

Our team built a stylish and sustainable oasis inside Floral & Hardy that complements, rather than competes with, the floral shop. Similar elements were threaded through each store to keep it feeling cohesive, and very little of the florist changed. In fact, they were able to stay open during construction with minimal disruption — a feat all the more impressive considering that Blossom was built from Floral & Hardy’s old counter. This meant refurbishing the existing one into the perfect coffeeshop and building an entirely new and bigger counter for flower arranging and purchasing.

Blossom Cafe

We furthered the organic and natural feel by installing a quartz counter and brick-like tiles on the walls, while Michelle added stylish touches like a moss frame and a reclaimed wood menu holder. Sustainability is particularly important to Michelle — Blossom’s serveware is largely compostable and the shop features repurposed materials where possible.

Blossom Cafe
Michelle has worked with Custom Craft on many projects in her home, so she knew we’d deliver fine craftsmanship and unmatched service on this passion project. She’s thrilled with the final look and feel of the shop and excited to see what its future holds. If you’re in the area soon, pop by for a quick sip — or stop and smell the roses while enjoying a sweet treat!
Blossom Cafe

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COVID-19 Update: Our Design Center Prevention Measures

As you may be aware, we have re-opened our Design Center at Custom Craft! We have a COVID-19 prevention plan in place until further notice, developed according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Our employees have been thoroughly trained on this protocol to ensure the safest possible environment for our clients and guests.  

Custom Craft Design Center Prevention Measures

    • Design center visits will be by appointment and limited to one group at a time.
    • Everyone is required to wear a face mask in all common areas, follow hand-washing guidelines, and maintain social distancing. 
    • Deliveries will be managed outside or on the entry porch, and delivery personnel will not be permitted inside the design center.
    • We’ve increased the rigor and frequency of our cleaning protocol, including sanitization of all workstations, surfaces, products, touch screens, etc in all rooms before and after use.
    • Employees who are sick or have exhibited symptoms will not be permitted to work until after they’ve quarantined and have met the CDC’s guidelines.
    • We ask that if you are sick or exhibiting any of the symptoms of COVID-19, you remain home and seek medical care. 

While we are still taking design consultations virtually, if you’d like to schedule a meeting at our in-person Design Center, or if you have questions on our protocols, please contact us!

An Update from Custom Craft on COVID-19: We’re Here If You Need Us!

As we work through the uncertainties of this global pandemic and its profound impact on our community and the world, our commitment to the health and safety of our customers, team, and families remains our top priority. Because of this – and in compliance with local officials – we are still open, but are operating under special circumstances. 

Despite these changes, our core values of customer satisfaction, quality, integrity, teamwork, and sustainability remain strong. We are dedicated to serving you to the best of our ability during this difficult time. We’ve been a family-run business since 1982, and we proudly made it through the 2008 recession. We’ll recover from this, too! All of us will, together. 

Please read on for an update on the precautions we’re taking, how to contact us, and how we’re helping the community. 


To comply with social distancing, we have paused all active production sites, and our entire team is working remotely. Any communication regarding existing projects will continue through BuilderTrend, our online project management platform. 

All meetings and consultations will be held virtually (more on that below). We’re here to answer any questions you may have about an existing project, or a project you’d like to plan for the future. You can contact us here

Virtual Design Consultations 

Given that we are spending so much time in our homes right now, you may find that the time is right to start planning your next home remodeling project. Our designers are readily available to start that process with you! They are holding virtual consultations via video (Zoom, FaceTime, etc). You can discuss your needs, walk them through your home, and map out your vision together. 

Because we believe in thoughtful design, we have an extremely thorough planning process before construction even begins. By getting started now, we’ll be able to hit the ground running once it is safe to resume on-site production.

Your At-Home Design Center

At Custom Craft, we’re proud of our Design Center, as you can experience all material samples in one place (in 3D!), rather than making multiple trips for specialty granite, tile, cabinetry, plumbing supplies, floor, and lighting. Because of the coronavirus, our in-person Design Center is temporarily shut down, so we’ve decided to bring this experience directly to your home! Once we understand your budget and your vision, we’ll create an “At-Home Design Center” for you. We’ll gather all of our recommended finishes and materials into a to-go box, which we can drop off on your doorstep, or you can pick up directly. This will enable you to still make design decisions and keep your project moving despite the circumstances. 

The Future

When operations do normalize and we receive approval from the government to proceed with active production, rest assured that we will continue to provide a safe environment for you. Our employees will follow all guidelines from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) as outlined below:

  • If you are sick, are showing symptoms of respiratory (or other) illness or have been in close contact with someone that you know is sick, please stay at home and seek medical care.
  • Wash your hands upon arriving at work, either in the office or at the job site, for at least 20 seconds under hot running water and avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Discard tissues in a garbage can and clean your hands after coughing or sneezing.
  • Disinfect surfaces including door handles, workstations, and other frequently touched objects.

We will be monitoring the CDC for any additional precautions to take. 

As we always do, we will use BuildClean’s dust control system, which enables us complete control over the dirt and dust when we’re in your home. This is a product we’ve used for many years, but we recognize that it will be even more important in light of the current climate. 

When the time comes for production to resume, we request that you please communicate any changes to the health of your family (or home), our designated work zone, or the agreed upon plan/schedule in a timely manner. 

Our Community

Some of the healthcare workers on the frontline of the coronavirus are members of our families here at Custom Craft, and we know that many of you can likely say the same. It hits home for all of us! We have donated masks as a small gesture of our support and appreciation for the sacrifices they’ve made to protect the health and well-being of the community. 

We’re continuing to explore new ways that we can help those who need it most right now. We’ll be in touch on how you can get involved, and certainly, if you know of any opportunities or have ideas on how a company like ours can be of assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

We sincerely thank you for your patience, understanding, and support during this difficult time. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide you with updates as needed. In the meantime, we wish you and your families lasting health and safety.

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Custom Craft Celebrates New Design Center with Open House

Many Thanks To All Who Attended Our Open House

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On Thursday, September 26, 2019, the Custom Craft team welcomed a crowd of more than 150 clients, trade partners, family and friends to our new Design Center for an Open House. Although the primary purpose of the event was to showcase our new space, we took the opportunity to add some festive, educational, and philanthropic elements to the occasion. 

The theme for our Open House was Remodeling in 2020 and Beyond. Throughout the evening, speakers from local companies offered presentations on topics ranging from cabinetry trends, to innovations in appliances and home technology. Special thanks to our friends at AMS, Kieffer’s Appliances, and World Wide Stereo for their informative presentations. 

Our Open House festivities included an array of tasty food and beverages, as well as promotional item giveaways. Guests took home Custom Craft reusable tote bags, mugs, and pens.  Attendees also had the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for an opportunity to win a variety of prizes. A total of $350 was raised through this effort. Custom Craft matched the funds and made a $700 donation to the Wes Rose Fund benefiting the ALS chapter of Greater Philadelphia

Thanks to all who joined us at the event. We hope you enjoyed the occasion as much as we did. Please scroll through the event photos below.  And, as always, please think of Custom Craft the next time you or a friend have a need for home remodeling services.  

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Visit us at our new office in Lansdale

Custom Craft Has Moved!

It’s official!

We are open for business in our new location at 1111 Forty Foot Road in Lansdale, Pa. We are planning an open house event for the fall to show off our new space. Be on the lookout for an invitation to that event soon. In the mean time, take a sneak peek at photos of our new space below.

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Scenes from the 2018 Custom Craft Holiday Party

We recently gathered together with team members, trade partners, and their families at Boyd’s Cardinal Hollow Winery in West Point for our annual holiday dinner. Guests enjoyed delicious food and beverages, and some spirited board game competition. Photos of the event can be viewed below. This year marked many milestones for Custom Craft, with a move into a new office space, multiple awards won, new team members added and more. Our holiday dinner was an opportunity for us to express our gratitude to the people who helped make these accomplishments possible. Whether you are a team member, trade partner, client, or other friend of the company, please know that your continued support is appreciated. From our family to yours, we wish you all a joyous holiday season and a healthy, happy new year!  
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Our New Office Space is Nearly Finished

Progress Continues on New Custom Craft Office

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Our craftsmen have been busy renovating the building at 1111 Forty Foot Road to prepare for our impending office move. Recently we completed the exterior grading, and the exterior walls were cleaned and prepped for paint. James Hardie siding was installed on the rear addition, and the nearby porch roof and ceiling trim was finished and stained. We passed all the rough mechanical township inspections (electrical, plumbing, and HVAC) which enabled us to make progress on the interior renovations, including insulation and finishing up drywall. In summary, our team has made great strides and we are counting down the days until we move in. Stay tuned for more updates, as well as information on the grand opening event we are planning for Spring 2019.

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Read the Summer 2018 Craftsman Newsletter

Learn About a Fabulous First Floor Renovation in our Latest Newsletter

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In the latest edition of the Craftsman Newsletter, we share the story of a dramatic first floor renovation recently completed for homeowners in Blue Bell PA. You can view the complete project photo gallery here.

We also highlight an innovative coffee making system that we installed in our client’s kitchen. Plus, we introduce the newest addition to the Custom Craft team and give an update on our impending office relocation.

Simply tap or click on the newsletter thumbnail image to view the newsletter PDF.

As always if you have any questions about the content of our newsletter, please give us a call to chat at 610-584-0665.


Custom Craft Designers Visit AD Design Show in NYC

Visit to the AD Design Show Yields Sore Feet and Design Inspiration

blogBack in March, Custom Craft Designers, Julie Novak Stafford and Brittany Murray, visited the 17th Annual AD Design Show in New York City. This perennial event showcased the latest in residential design products, and offered a look at emerging design trends from brands large and small.

Our attendees were dazzled by elaborate displays of home related products, from accessories, to art, appliances, flooring, lighting, tile, counter tops, hardware, home tech, and room furnishings. The event also featured giveaways, tastings, book signings, seminars, culinary demonstrations and more.

It’s a good thing our design duo wore comfortable shoes to the show, because the AD Design Show was vast, encompassing exhibits from over 400 companies. Suffice to say, Julie and Brittany returned from the experience tired, but brimming with ideas to incorporate into future projects.


Happy Holidays from Custom Craft

We recently celebrated the holidays with our team members, business partners, as well as their respective families at Moyo Yoga in Skippack. The festivities were the result of a successful team effort that included contributions from Barb Durante, as well as George and Mary Foering. Throughout the evening, there was much jolliness and consumption of holiday cheer. But if you were to ask any of the children who attended, they would likely say that the highlight of the event was discovering a wrapped present with their name on it under the Christmas tree. Suffice to say, a good time was had by all.

We hope your holiday celebrations are equally as merry. From the Custom Craft family to yours, best wishes for a joyous holiday, and a new year filled with blessings of good health and all of the comforts of home.

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Kristen Foering is now practicing Dermatology in Lansdale

_DSC5955 Dr Kristen web cropWe are pleased to share that our favorite dermatologist, Kristen Foering, MD, MTR (aka Mike’s better half) has moved to a new medical office. She can now be found working at the dermatology practice of Allan Mineroff, MD, PC on Broad Street in Lansdale, PA.

Not only does this move reduce Kristen’s commute time, it also helps Mineroff Dermatology increase their capacity. Kristen is currently accepting new patients. If you or anyone you know is in need of a skin cancer screening, or other consultation, please contact Dr. Foering at 215-362-5555.

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Luxurious Master Bathroom Makeover

remodeling news for montgomery county paIn this issue of The Craftsman Newsletter, we share details about a master bathroom that we transformed for homeowners in Blue Bell, PA. From the tile floor featuring radiant heat, to the spot free glass shower enclosure, our clients are thrilled with their new bathroom. In fact, they love it so much that they have already asked us to come back and update their hall bath with a similar beach house look. Read more about this luxurious master bathroom makeover.

Would you like to learn more about this master bathroom renovation? Give us a call at (610) 584-0665. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.


Read the Latest Craftsman Design-Build Remodeling Newsletter

Read About a Craftsman Design-Build Remodeling Project in Abington

cc-summer-2016-craftsman-neIn the latest edition of our Craftsman Newsletter, we share the story of a classic Craftsman kitchen renovation for “empty nesters” living in Abington, Pa. Tap on the image to learn more about this gorgeous design-build remodeling project.

Also in this issue:

  • Read about the latest trend in double drawer dishwashers
  • Congratulate Matt and Karen Hill on their recent nuptials
  • Learn how we cleverly resolved a clients dilemma for hosting large gatherings
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Now using BuilderTrend technology to serve you better

builder trend softwareWe are pleased to announce that we have implemented BuilderTrend software. This cloud-based software application offers many benefits for our team members, vendors, and clients.

BuilderTrend is a construction project management software with features to cover each stage of the project life cycle. Because it is cloud-based, it can be accessed from any location with internet service. The BuilderTrend developers have also created an app for their software which can be used on any mobile device.

One of our favorite features in BuilderTrend is the scheduling tool which adjusts and notifies the necessary parties automatically whenever schedule changes are made. The software allows tasks to be assigned easily to various team members or vendors. A daily log tracks work progress and can be shared with all parties, including photos documenting the work that was completed. It also has real-time commenting features and private messaging.

In short, BuilderTrend is a powerful home remodeling planning and communication tool that we are confident will help our company operate more efficiently than ever before.

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The Craftsman Newsletter Has Been Renovated

custom craft home remodeling newsletter One of the ways we keep in touch with our valued clients is through our quarterly newsletter, The Craftsman. Recently, we redesigned the newsletter, taking it from a two-page, to a four-page format. This renovation has allowed us to share more photos and details about the remodeling projects, home improvement trends, and company news items that you enjoy reading about.

To read the newsletter, click on the newsletter thumbnail. If you don’t currently receive this newsletter, and you would like to be added to the mailing list, email us your name and mailing address.

And the first Royce Yoder Pottery Giveaway winner is…

Royce Yoder Pottery Giveaway #1: Set of Four Mugs Valued at $100

We have selected the first winner in our Royce Yoder Pottery giveaway. Watch the video below to see if your name was selected. If you didn’t win this time around, remember we will be giving away three more pieces of Royce Yoder original, hand-thrown pottery. If you haven’t had a chance to register yet, visit: the contest registration page and complete the form. Good luck!

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Join us in welcoming Matt Harrar to the Custom Craft team

matt harrarWe are pleased to announce that we have added a new member to our team: Matt Harrar. Matt joins us in the newly created role of Estimator. As the Estimator for Custom Craft Contractors, Matt will participate in design development, create project estimates, assemble proposals, manage the online project management software, place orders for lead materials, and assist the production staff with implementing our clients’ visions.

Matt comes to us with a decade of construction industry experience, as well as a degree in accounting from Ursinus College. His combination of relevant work experience and education will serve him well in this position. Matt will play an integral part in ensuring that all of our projects are delivered on time and within our clients’ budgets.

What you may not know about Matt is that he is an avid fisherman. In particular, he enjoys catch and release, fresh water fishing. Matt is also a pet parent to a Beagle mix named Rosie. Rosie enjoys accompanying Matt on his fishing trips and was even present when Matt landed a 30 lb King Salmon on Salmon River in New York.

Please join us in welcoming Matt to the Custom Craft Contractors family. We are happy to have him on board.