Dear Canterbury Design,

We can’t say enough about the design work that Canterbury Design (and specifically Alison Griffin) created to change our “builder grade” kitchen into a fabulous entertaining space. We challenged her to create a place that we and our friends would enjoy relaxing and being together - not so much the feel of a kitchen but the enjoyment of a cafe. Alison was open to listening to our ideas and taking thoughts about an atmosphere we wanted to create and bringing it to reality. We absolutely love our new “kitchen” and the reactions from our friends and family has been one of amazement at the transformation and then they quickly settle in to having a wonderful evening at our “cafe”. Thanks to the team, led by Alison, at Canterbury for all their passion, creativity and dedication to quality.

Barbara Loughran

Dear Mr. Siebold:

My wife Pat and I just completed (or nearly completed) a complete renovation of our kitchen, laundry area/mudroom, powder room and eating area on the first floor of our home.  We wanted to let you know what a pleasure it was working with Alison Griffin on the project.

Our basic plan was to maintain the existing floor plan as much as possible, replace the aging cabinets and appliances, and to increase the amount of storage space and work areas relative to the existing kitchen.  We also wanted a stylish and tailored “look” for the finished product, but beyond these basic concepts our design plans were somewhat vague.

Alison met with us for an hour or so at your design center and then came to our home for a site visit.  By the next meeting she was sketching out design ideas for us to think about and within a relatively short period of time we had a fairly well-developed idea of what our new kitchen would look like.  The design process couldn’t have been easier from our point of view.

The plans themselves were meticulously detailed and accurate.  The contractors commented several times about how easy it was for them to work from the drawings Alison had done.  More importantly, her involvement didn’t end with the delivery of the plans.  Alison helped us throughout the project, picking out the right granite pieces for the countertops, helping us with appliance, fixture and finish choices, and working with the contractor to quickly resolve the issues that inevitably pop up on a project like this.

The end result is well beyond our expectations!  The storage areas and workspaces in the kitchen are bigger and better than before.  The entire first floor project area is more thoughtfully laid out, with a sensible differentiation between functional areas while maintaining a unified design, and it makes the entertaining area of our home much more livable.  In addition to all that, the “look” Alison achieved is absolutely beautiful.  We couldn’t be happier with the outcome.

Yours sincerely,


 John & Pat Hayden


I’m sorry I didn’t get this done sooner but I felt like I needed to give it sufficient time to really evaluate the situation.  Having now used my beautiful “new” kitchen for over a year, I can truly say, I LOVE it!  You did such a fabulous job designing it to fit my needs and offering great suggestions I would never have thought of.  I find I have plenty of storage space and utilize it to the fullest.  It’s the little things…I love my sink, my garbage can and recyclable bin next to it.  I am pleased with the additional work space to the right of the stove as well as the great island which gets used for everything from folding clothes to buffets which is exactly what I wanted.  I get so many compliments and love the way you designed the entryway into the sun room with the granite wrapping around.  I very much appreciated how you had a vision but always worked WITH me to capture my vision as well.  Thanks for all your hard work and attention to detail.  It paid off with another very happy customer!!  And, love the quality of the cabinets.  Have definitely recommend Canterbury and you to friends.  Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!  Helen Quinn

Helen Quinn

Dear Alison,

We can’t thank you enough for all of your time, patience, and hard work during our kitchen/mudroom project.  Right from the start, we were impressed with your design ideas, attention to detail and your professionalism.  As a couple who enjoys cooking and entertaining, we are so happy with the new kitchen!  Not only does it look stylish, but it functions very well.  The entire family is loving it and we received so many compliments from the friends and relatives we entertained throughout the holiday season.


Thank you again for all your dedication and creative ideas during the past year.

-Derek & Debbie Kleinbauer

Dear Alison,

I remember sitting in your showroom thinking; I could really enjoy this kitchen! After talking to you I felt that you could never design any less than a kitchen I loved. That is so true! The kitchen is delightful, a combination of lovely and practical, classy but ready to work. It is worth the wait and I can't thank you enough for all of your expertise and help. The kitchen is the heart of our home and it is in better shape than ever. I wish you blessing upon blessing.

p.s. I hope you'll stop in again for a cup of coffee or glass of wine.

Debbie M.