By RICHARD DUKE
LOG CABIN STAFF WRITER
With a name like Lumber 1, some people may think they are approaching a store that deals only in wood. But much like complete home stores, Lumber 1, located in Mayflower, has something for every part of the home, including kitchens. And for the past few weeks, it has also housed its own kitchen designer.
Charlotte Lefler is a certified kitchen designer who has been wit Lumber 1 Home Center in Stuttgart for 25 years. Lefler has moved her talents to the location in Mayflower, and she will be able to help homeowners and home builders from Conway, Faulkner County, Pulaski County and other surrounding areas transform their kitchen areas into something special.
According to Lefler, she had to complete 60 hours or coursework and eight hours of exams to become a Certified Kitchen Designer, which she earned through the National kitchen & Bath Association.
"I was born in Conway," Lefler said. "It certainly isn’t the same place as when I was young. It has changed so much."
Lefler said that she has been able to work in Stuttgart with Lumber 1 in various capacities before working exclusively in kitchens.
The kitchen display areas in the Mayflower store are impressive, but Lefler said she can assist anyone with any type of budget construct or improve their kitchens. Lumber 1 is able to assist a lot of major home builders in the Conway area from mid-range to high-end.
"I am available to help with someone who wants to remodel, and we can help from the ground up in terms of foundation, counters, plumbing, backsplashes and glitz."
Lefler said she was always able to guide customers into smart choices when she started with Lumber 1 years ago working in floor coverings. She has been able to work her way through other areas of home improvements, saying she has "broadened my horizons," but her arrival at the Faulkner County location is a chance to help many in this area.
"The need is here," she said. "The market is here as well."