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Inspired by You

Modern Chef Designs offers the ultimate in personalized kitchen design services, as well as custom products, construction and installation. From concept to completion, the result is always a functional space with distinctive design and one-of-a-kind craftsmanship that will thrill you for years to come. Providing the distinctive perspective that only professional chefs can offer, I am completely hands-on through the planning, design, and construction process, never sacrificing quality and craftsmanship, to ensure that the new kitchen will be your favorite room in your house!

Seamless Materials

Modern Chef Designs specializes in the selection of quality materials, taking pride in helping our clients select warm surfaces that bring their kitchen together in unique ways, satisfying both form and function. Do you want stone seamlessly joined against a live edge piece of wood? Thinking about a tin ceiling that would complement a brick wall? Modern Chef Designs is known for its ability to design, create, and deliver customized, seamless surface solutions, bringing together anything your imagine can dream up.

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Cabinet Refinishing

Working within Your Budget

Sometimes the budget won't allow for new cabinets to be purchased and installed. Or maybe you already like the layout of your current kitchen and want to update the look. The best way to do this is to take those old and tired cabinets and refinish them with new paint. It's amazing how transformative this simple step can be. We do this by cleaning and stripping your old cabinets and then refinishing them with a high quality lacquer that comes in and endless amount of colors and leaves your cabinets with a very durable finish that will last for many years to come. This process can also be done in your home and usually completed within a few days. This gives you the ability to have a "new" kitchen of your dreams in days rather than weeks or months. Just in time for all your relatives to come over for holiday meals.

Custom Designs

From 3D Renderings to Finished Installs

A well thought-out kitchen design, with careful consideration for the small details, can have a big impact on your space. For instance, attention should be given to a place to store your knives, a common area for phone charging, and how to organize those pots and their lids. Modern Chef Designs develops a relationship with each client to understand their habits: Do you entertain a lot? Does the kitchen double as a homework spot? Is the TV news part of the breakfast routine? In addition, the design process takes into account how tall you are, whether you are left or right handed, and even if you have any allergies. These are all very important details that help lead to a custom kitchen design that's perfect just for you.

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Custom Woodcraft

To suit your style

Modern Chef Designs offers custom made products, ranging from large dining room tables, cutting boards to homes for our canine family members.


Do you have an odd sized nook in your kitchen or living area? We can make a custom table, banquet, built in media center, etc. to fit in your home perfectly. 

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Completed Projects

We've completed a range of custom kitchen design and build projects in a variety of styles and across a breath of materials. From chic and sophisticated open workspaces to hand selection of elegant hardware and fixtures. Whether you envision a big center island or are in need of a communal gathering space to eat and relax with friends and family. We've covered styles ranging from classic brick and granite to cozy country and modern Scandinavian. Select a project to view more details.

The Designer

His passion for food brought him to earn a Bachelor’s degree from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, a ProChef Level Three Certification and of course his best friend and wife, Elinor. After years of moving around from state to state they decided to settle in Lambertville, NJ and raise a family by adding two wonderful boys, Ben and Drew. While in China for a two year work assignment for his wife, Doug was hired for the daunting task of opening an American restaurant, from concept to design to food development. After this project was done, Doug knew this was it for the restaurant life, it was time to move to his next chapter in life. So, after two decades in the restaurant, bakery and catering scene, Doug decided to hang up his kitchen side towels and trade them in for his old trusted tool belt and polish his skills of his second passion, custom woodworking and home kitchen design and construction.

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Doug Riggs

Owner, Chef, Carpenter

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“I transitioned from a work office to a home office and Doug made me the most beautiful and functional office space. I absolutely love working in my new office. Not to mention so does everyone else that gets to see it on our Zoom calls.”

- Ahmed H.

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