Woodhaven Lumber and Millwork
For homeowners undertaking a renovation or rebuilding project, trust in sales and design staff and install crews – in their professionalism, expertise and quality work – is vital. And at Woodhaven Lumber and Millwork, with locations that include a local shop at 725 East Bay Ave. in Manahawkin, customers can select materials, discuss designs and see concepts actualized with the confidence that their best interests are firmly in mind.
“Your home is probably the biggest purchase you’ll ever make,” noted Julianna Welker, marketing director for Woodhaven. “We take that investment seriously. You care a lot about your home; we care about your home just as much.”
From building materials to custom millwork, Woodhaven is very close to a one-stop shop for house restoration or new construction. Homeowners, builders and contractors can pick up lumber, plywood, cabinets, flooring, siding, drywall, insulation, decking or tools and hardware; speak with a design expert about a new laundry room, mudroom, kitchen, bathroom, fireplace or entertainment space; purchase Andersen windows and Therma-Tru doors, which Woodhaven will install; and more.
The late James T. Robinson founded Woodhaven Lumber and Millwork in 1977, and aimed to offer “a comprehensive selection of lumber, millwork and building supplies at competitive prices, along with the friendly, cooperative, go-the-extra-mile service that a family-run business can provide,” the company website, woodhavenlumber.com, notes.
Robinson’s sons, Alan and David, “continue to operate the company with the same beliefs and integrity handed down from their father. Preserving the ‘customer first’ philosophy, while providing quality materials, has proven to be the necessary ingredients” for a successful, well-regarded company.
As Welker emphasized, “We’re a local community business. We know this community; we’re part of this community.” During the past few years, the staff has assisted many people impacted by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, in addition to those simply taking on a refurbishment project or building a new home. (As Welker mentioned, some of the company’s own employees were among those impacted by that storm.) Woodhaven strives to ensure each customer’s needs are fully met, whether he or she is completely rebuilding post-storm, giving a room a facelift, or just searching for the right material.
Woodhaven comprises a 175,000-square-foot warehouse and manufacturing building in Lakewood that produces the company’s custom millwork, which is available through any one of the three building material stores: Lakewood, Manahawkin, and Point Pleasant Beach. “It’s seamless for the customer to go into a local location and get whatever they need,” small scale or large, Welker pointed out.
For example, “We custom manufacture stairs,” from standard to grand, said the marketing director, who saw a custom 17-step circular staircase under construction when she took a facility tour after assuming her position with the company.
“With decades of experience our craftsman can manufacture custom and radius mouldings, mantles, columns and more,” the website explains. “Whether you are looking to match something in your existing home or simply create something new and unique, Woodhaven is the place to go.”
The company’s Manahawkin location, which opened in 2003, features a full-service lumberyard with a showroom featuring “a large selection of building materials, windows, doors, mouldings, hardware, decking and more for the professional builder, remodeler, handyman, architect and do-it-yourself homeowner,” the site notes.
A kitchen and flooring showroom is also available in Manahawkin; customers can check out the latest in cabinetry, as well as granite, engineered stone and various floor options. “It’s an inspiration center, if you will,” Welker remarked.
Homeowners can meet with expert staff – among whom are members of the American Society of Interior Designers and those who have had projects featured on HGTV – to plan their revamps.
The company’s employees also often work closely with professionals such as builders and architects, so they are extremely familiar with the nuts and bolts of home renovation, rebuilding and new construction.
All in all, Woodhaven staff members are well versed in materials and tools, proper building techniques and how to realize a customer’s ideas, and they “really take a lot of care in what they do,” Welker remarked. “We ask a lot of questions to really home in on what the customer wants … to bring form, function and style together.”
The store also offers free planning, site measurements and initial estimates as well as installation. “Our install team is highly skilled and very knowledgeable,” said Welker.
As a mark and result of a trusted business, Woodhaven gets a great deal of repeat business. “We have a lot of longevity with our relationships with homeowners, builders and contractors,” Welker stated. “We also do get referrals, and we consider that an honor.
“We know that a home is a big investment, and we don’t take that lightly.”
Visit Woodhaven in Manahawkin at 725 East Bay Ave. For more information, call 609-597-1118 or visit woodhavenlumber.com.
— Juliet Kaszas-Hoch