WHEELING - The craftsmanship of Panhandle Custom Homes, Kitchens and Baths was respected and requested by customers before it ever became a business.
Panhandle Custom Homes is a division of Panhandle Cleaning and Restoration, also honored with a Readers' Choice award this year.
Josh Contraguerro, vice president of marketing for both Panhandle companies, said Panhandle's remodeling and home construction business was started after customers came to learn of the skill of the Panhandle reconstruction crews.
Photo by Joselyn King
Josh Contraguerro, left, vice president of marketing for Panhandle Custom Homes, shows a room-size shower stall currently popular with customers.
The customer who had initially lost his home kitchen to fire was much impressed by the quality of the new kitchen installed by Panhandle, and then requested more remodeling in undamaged parts of the house, he explained.
"After we had done work for them, they would call and say, 'I really love my kitchen. Can you come remodel by basement, or put in a bathroom?'" Contraguerro said. "More and more we were getting calls from people without losses because they knew the quality of our work.
"We started our custom homes division, and now you don't have to have a disaster (to get Panhandle craftsmanship) anymore."
Panhandle Custom Homes also does construction of new homes .
Among the workers contributing to Panhandle's reputation is mastercraftsman Bruce Cionni, who works out of the workshop at Panhandle Custom Homes showroom at 42 38th St. in South Wheeling. He not only builds new wood items and fixtures, but can reconstruct items on site from photos.
Visitors to the showroom can examine first-hand examples of kitchens, bathrooms, offices and media rooms built there by Panhandle workers. They can also pick out tile and flooring options, and choose fixtures from Moen.
The business offers a wide variety of kitchen cabinet options to fit most price points, said lead kitchen designer Bob Hall. panhandle offers Timberlake products that include budget to custom cabinets. Wood Mode custom cabinets also are available.
Often the Panhandle builders work with the companies to customize specialized pieces for a customer, or may build a needed odd-sized cabinet on-site.
Custom home services include new home construction, from start to finish; in-house computer design services; siding, roofing, windows and seamless gutters; kitchen/bath remodels and room additions; installation of the Schluter waterproofing System; and basement build outs and room remodels.