LAPEER — From small updates like a new front door, to remodels and additions and even an entire new home, Church’s Lumber in Lapeer offers customers a huge selection and something even more important – inspiration in the form of their recently remodeled showroom.
“The new showroom gives our customers a hands-on approach in making their product selections,” said Church’s Lumber manager Rick Coulter, who has been with the company for 29 years. “Many of the products are displayed just how they would appear on future projects.”
The showroom features working displays of building materials like doors, siding, stair railings and posts and more than 10 kitchen design displays, to ensure that customers can explore and find exactly what they’re looking for to complete their dream home.
“Business is increasing,” said Coulter. “We are happy with the recovery of the housing market and anticipate another strong year in 2017.” Church’s Lumber is a Michigan-based, family-owned business founded in 1890 and has been in Lapeer since the 1960s, serving the building industry. Today, they are more equipped than ever to serve builders, contractors and homeowners as the new home market increases and remodels and additions continue to be popular.
A growing trend, said Coulter is homeowners adding on an addition to their home – sometimes even an entire second level to accommodate more living space, often times in the form of a great room. He said smother popular reason for an addition is the desire for a true master suite with a full bathroom and walk-in closet. The reconfiguration of space in an existing house many times leads customers to open up walls and expand the kitchen.
“People continue to be interested in raising the value of their current home,” added Coulter. “In turn, they’re getting very creative in finding ways to increase that value.”
Zac Schlaud, a kitchen designer at Church’s Lumber, said the new showroom options help customers better narrow down what they are looking for when it comes to design. “There are so many upgrades you can do,” he said. “We’ve included as many options as possible into our display to truly show what is available.”
Customers also continue to shop at Church’s Lumber for deck, shed and pole barn materials.
Along with a new showroom, Church’s Lumber has made improvements to the outside of their building by adding new James Hardie cement board siding and a cupola. A new sign and website are also in place. “Our new website allows customers to make their product selections from home,” said Coulter. “All of these improvements go hand- in-hand with what truly sets us apart – our customer service and quality of the products we sell.”