In 1981 Paul Nelson started making cabinets out of his two-car garage with one employee. Six years later he hired Steve Hoff, who is now Paul’s business partner. Nelson’s Cabinets has ten employees, who design and build custom cabinets for residential and light commercial clients.
Steve Hoff remembers when they met KCD Software founder John Murphy and his wife Leslie at a trade show in Anaheim in 1991. “We had looked at other systems that were way out of our price range,” he recalled. “We didn’t even know if we needed or wanted to use a computer program, but John was a cabinetmaker just like us so we decided to give it a try. We felt it could be an entry-level program that would allow us to get our feet wet. If we needed to, we figured we could abandon it further down the line.”
Things didn’t go exactly as planned, however. “We were pleasantly surprised that the program did what we wanted!” Steve said. “We’ve gotten every update since the beginning and it’s been a wonderful experience. The people at KCD are flexible, can handle whatever situation comes up and will do whatever you need.
“We feel like KCD Software grew along with us. When we decided to get a CNC machine, they told us they had just gotten into that software, too. They’ve kept up with the industry.”
And like so much else, it’s an industry that continues to change. “There are more details and customers want to see what’s available. We have to lay out an entire kitchen. We used to draw – and redraw – everything by hand, which could take anywhere from four to six hours. If the customer didn’t like it, we had to revise things and that would take another four hours. Now we can do it in a fraction of the time and have a better presentation. The 3D photo renderings ‘wow’ people and sell the project. It’s the right program at the right time.”