AboutCKS Residential

CKS was established in 1988 and is located in historic Durham, North Carolina. We are a privately held company with a long-standing tradition of employee ownership. We draw on this area’s history of fine furniture making and have attracted skilled craftsmen and finish people from all over the country from London, New York City, and beyond.


Our skilled craftsmen and construction team is made up of professionals with the talent and expertise to handle every aspect of your custom cabinetry from conception, design, construction, management, and completion. With an average of eleven years employment, our truly dedicated staff is our strongest asset. Our family-like atmosphere has helped us grow not only in size but in quality and complexity of cabinetry as well.


We build all of our custom cabinetry in our Durham workshop to minimize disruption and ensure that every design plan is executed with absolute precision. Our production facilities are well-equipped to produce a wide range of custom products ranging from custom cabinetry, panels, hoods, islands, built-ins, furniture and more.

  • CKS helped me by designing not only a beautiful, but a very functional kitchen and dining space! We were pleased with all the steps of the process, from design to installation. They paid great attention to detail and the results were amazing!
    Heidi Smith
  • CKS completed our kitchen and dining room remodel in our older historic home. We knew the look we wanted but weren't sure how to turn our ideas into a design. Zack listened to our ideas and then created a great design that achieved exactly what we were looking for. When it came time for the project build, construction was smoother than expected. Chuck always kept a clean worksite and were very respectful of our home. He had great transparency and kept us in the loop at every stage. The final product was quality work with careful attention to fine detail. Simply beautiful! We will enjoy our kitchen and dining area for years to come.
    Jan Flynn
  • CKS modified our kitchen to create more functional space of dead areas in our kitchen. We worked with CKS to come up with a plan to add-on cabinets. CKS transformed the space with a careful attention to detail by seamlessly matching the previous paint and kitchen details. They were on top of the project to make sure it all came together under the deadline we had set. This project had very little impact on our lives. We would work with CKS again and again!
    Denise Rhoney