Photographing the Difference

Pictures are a great way to communicate. They are the next best thing to being there and, like they say, each is worth a thousand words.
When you’re considering having work done in your home, office or on your property, a picture helps you appreciate how much better it will look (function, etc.).  Pictures not only demonstrate that the craftsman has done this before but provides proof as to the quality of the work as well.
We can take this demonstration even a step further. Seeing what the area looked like BOTH before AND after the project is completed most clearly shows what is gained…. the difference it can make.
This is best accomplished when both photos are shot from the same angle and framed roughly the same size (something I’m still working on).
I find I have more faith in a business that is willing to document it’s work. If a company can show you photos of a couple of different projects, both pre & post, it helps convince me to move forward with the particular job I’m considering.
We’ve been doing this for a while now so I have enough pics to break them up by project category. The following are a few samples of -KITCHENS- photographed before and after…

half way through installation

The following pantry is so small, I covered it from two different angles


…during installation…

…. and after.

I have a good number of these before & after shots / I’ll post a series of them without copy as they now speak for themselves / hope you enjoy!

Russell Hudson / 11/16/12


A Thoroughly Modern Kitchen

They were an older couple and made an apartment from the top floor of her daughter’s home. They took the largest room upstairs, turned half into a living room and the other half for the kitchen. This enabled me to stand in living room and capture a good shot of the whole kitchen. Few projects are like that and it’s one of the reasons I have this photo displayed on the gallery of our website.
They had thought long and hard about how they wanted it laid out and he, having been an engineer, drew the floor plan. They also said it was to be very modern and blond in color. I’d love to take sole credit for the design of this beauty but, I’m happy having gotten the job amongst three bids (and simply helping with it’s design).
Here is the room all prepped before installation…

before cabinetsAs all the cabs had toe-kicks, we built our bases (2X4′s), leveled them and began placing each cab in place.

first cabinets inMy son, Brian, working on the island (notice the quarter-round glass shelves on left)

modern kitchen island being installedNotice the roof pitch (ceiling slant) that required we make cabs with slanted tops to which the crown molding had to be wrapped at an angle. The ‘crown’ was simply ‘one by’ material so we increased the height of the piece on the face compared to the side runs. My elder son (Russell) is contemplating something in the background.

modern cabs with a slantHere is the first picture after completion. You’ll notice the island’s counter made of contrasting strips of hardwood. You can see the stove top’s highly stylized vent hood. It was important to get a beauty because it was so prominent.island counter top of different woodsHere is a shot of the island from behind. We maintained a continuous veneer for the doors and drawer fronts in a clear finished maple. All were mounted over-lay with long, thin chrome pulls.

modern kitchen islandHere you can see the left side of the kitchen and the effect of the glass shelves (which are on the right side as well).

stylish modern kitchenThe cabinets on the far right and left are open shelved from behind, though you can barely see it (opposite the fridge). The coffee maker, toaster, can opener, etc. are there for easy access. This frees up counter space and keeps the kitchen looking clean and orderly. Our client is in the background. ( I interrupted her making dinner when I stopped by to photograph)ultra modern kitchen islandThis makes a handsome master shot. The track lighting is very cool looking and if I’d had a slightly wider lens, I could have shown the glass shelves on the right and left sides. Maybe I’ll go back and photograph the kitchen again some day. Might even make a nice, short film for the video page on our site.

kitchen of the futureRussell Hudson / Hudson Cabinetmaking, Inc.


Historic Kitchen

Here is a kitchen we built for, what was an old school house (1860).

This above photo displays the strong, simple detailing we incorporated. We  increased the width of the frames for the doors, drawer faces and side walls which leaves a slightly smaller panel in each of their centers.

There is no molding profile on the inside edges of any of the frames. The fact that every face (surface) on the cabinets are frame and panel is enough decoration by itself.

The ‘fireslate’ counter tops were left square on their outside edge. These are the counter tops we all had in our high school science labs.

The wall cabinets possess the same detail with the addition of hand-made support brackets (corbels) and the cabinet’s top edges are finished with two, staggered square trim pieces (to act as a crown).

On an opposite wall we included a small unit for cookbooks.






The island’s counter top we made from rock-maple planks ( looks so much better than commercial butcher block). A refuse bag sits beneath this opening cut into the surface. We used over-sized legs (6″ X 6″) to support the counter’s cantilevered (over-hung) edge which creates an area to sit along one side of the island.

The Old School House has just received Historic Landmark Status. I’m pleased we were asked to maintain it’s authentic character… and I love the way it turned out.

Russell Hudson / Hudson Cabinetmaking, Inc.





English Manor Kitchen

Completed this kitchen in the fall of 2010. Though the term ‘Edwardian’ seems to conjure visions of butler’s pantries in stately English estates, the photos speak for themselves…

Island made for seating (shown w/o stools)

varying cabinet depths with side panels / all hand-made

Understated Stove Hood

modern appliance within old world cabinetry

extended 'farm sink' / articulated base molding

pull-out baskets / function and 'country' look

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Russell Hudson / Hudson Cabinetmaking, Inc. / 3/11