Packard Cabinetry of Sea Cliff, New York, with its designers and international staff of craftsmen, has gained nationally renowned respect throughout the New York metropolitan area over the past thirty-eight years. Since 1975, clients have been drawn to their Sea Cliff location from the Metro New York City area and throughout Long Island, NY, to find expert kitchen and bath designs, high-end custom cabinetry, and furniture designed to suit their tastes and needs.
John and Rae Packard, CKD, along with their professional staff of other Certified Kitchen Designers, have been known for their creative designs and classic cabinetry execution. Their team has come to be recognized for their ability to create exquisite living spaces, while blending practical efficiency using quality products.
John and Rae Packard head up our NY Team of professionals. John Packard began his love of restoration and cabinet making while traveling abroad after college. Inspired by studying craftsmen's shops in Florence, Italy, Packard took a job working in Greece on a wooden yacht as an opportunity to gain hands-on experience. He still has a passion for wooden boat restoration.
When Packard returned to the States, he sought an accomplished cabinetmaker to learn the fundamental skills of the craft. In Sea Cliff, New York, Packard found such a crafts person where he developed and mastered both the skills and the design ability to sustain his passion and enthusiasm for 40 years. The variety of projects continually fueled Packard's imagination, and provided a solid groundwork for developing the ability to create all styles of furnishings.
Packard seized the opportunity to expand his repertoire of products into the kitchen when the market grew to demand fitted furniture in place of mere boxes of wood for kitchen cabinetry to his metro New York clientele. Over the subsequent years, many strategic alliances with vendors in parallel industries became deeply rooted, enabling an opportunity to take Packard's design talent to a broader base clientele. Packard wed his knowledge of fine design with quality craftsmanship modifications to provide a more affordable product. In 2010, Packard expanded and duplicated the New York model with an experienced partner, Kevin Smith, in North Carolina. The showroom is located in Hendersonville, NC, and services the western North Carolina area, with a focus the Asheville – Greenville, SC, corridor.
Rae Packard joined the staff in 1989 as a kitchen planner. She combined her education in architectural history with a talent for design at Packard Cabinetry as their lead Certified Kitchen Designer. Packard has a natural ability to draw from the clients their functional needs and aesthetic wants, and in a way that involves them in the process from the very start.
She uses her artistic skills and experience to incorporate the client&rsquos vision and functionality requirements into a beautiful kitchen, bath, or living space design with great attention to detail. These skills, combined with an understanding of complete project development, allow Rae to work with teams of professionals at every stage of the project, from the architect to the contractor.
Rae's professional certification from the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) has provided the opportunity for continued learning, along with the academic training and ability to infuse the rest of the design team at Packard Cabinetry with the same knowledge.
Packard's work is featured in national and regional publications, such as Traditional Home™, Long Island's magazine of premier design, architecture and lifestyle House, Better Homes, and Houzz. In addition, she received recognition in 100 Best Designers in the United States.