A childhood love of woodworking fueled John Regnosky’s desire to start Endless Possibilities Kitchen & Bath a decade ago.
Dallas Township resident, Regnosky is gearing up to note the business’ 10th-anniversary milestone by opening a small showroom and workshop in Hanover Township to increase his — possibilities.
“We want to take the business to the next level,” he said.
Regnosky started Endless Possibilities Kitchens & Baths, a custom cabinetry company, in 2006 after leaving a sales position with an area company. He decided to tap into his wood crafting skills to support his wife and two daughters, Jamie and Heather.
“I just seemed to gravitate towards woodworking,” he said.
Regnosky recalled being a kid in Pittston Township he would collect wood from Frank’s Manufacturing.
“The guys would give me scraps of wood,” he said.
He recalled some of the first projects he built were a small table and a night stand.
The lure of the craft combined with a nudge from his wife, Dodie, Regnosky entered entrepreneurialism.
He nurtured his business through its infancy stage by becoming a subcontractor for Sears.
“Sears was looking for people to do refacing work (resurfacing cabinets),” he said. “I started doing work for Sears to get the ball rolling until I could build up a clientele.”
Regnosky attributes his business staying afloat during the 2008 Recession to being a subcontractor for the retailer, good clients and “divine intervention.”
The recession hit many regional construction companies hard causing several to close or scale back their businesses at an alarming rate.
From 2008 to 2010 the building industry held the second highest unemployment rate in the commonwealth, according to the Pennsylvania Workforce Development website.
In 2012, The Huffington Post reported, over 170,000 small businesses shuttered between 2008 to 2010 nationally.
Navigating the tough market, Regnosky based his business out of his home and focused on providing quality workmanship using high-grade products.
“I started small with a low overhead and did the work myself,” he said.
It did not take long for Regnosky’s eye for detail and professional nature to spread by word of mouth. Soon he developed a niche for kitchen and bathroom remodeling and a growing customer base.
“I do not do roofs or building additions,” he said. “We focus on kitchens and bathrooms.”
Today, he employs a total of eight people and uses a network of specialty subcontractors.
“I even have a craftsman who makes textured ceilings,” he said.
Regnosky’s step-son, Christian, is the lead carpenter on projects, freeing Regnosky up to schedule in-home consultations.
Regnosky also became a dealer for two national brands of cabinetry, Conestoga Wood Specialties and MasterBrand Cabinets while continuing to offer his customization cabinetry options.
“One project involved building a kitchen island that matched the homeowner’s existing black, high gloss, cabinetry, he said.
“It was unique and kind of funky,” he said.
Regnosky’s staff was able to match the finish and style.
“The client was thrilled,” he said.
As his business continued to grow, he found he had a need for a facility to stage jobs, store materials and a showroom to highlight cabinetry and counter top options.
White showroom walls will soon be covered with a variety of cabinet doors in different wood tones and painted surfaces, as well as samples of granite, quartz and Formica counter tops.
But behind the sawdust and polished counter tops, Regnosky attributes his business growth to his customers.
“We have super customers,” he said.”When I was first starting out, some customers had a project for me every year.”
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