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SOME OF THE 41 Lumber staff at the new Kitchen & Home Design Center in downtown Iron Mountain, shown in one of the on-site kitchen displays — from left are Carol Quandt; residential designers Ben DeRidder and Mike Miller; Craig Burkman, manager; and Hannah Pancheri and Stephanie […]


SOME OF THE 41 Lumber staff at the new Kitchen & Home Design Center in downtown Iron Mountain, shown in one of the on-site kitchen displays — from left are Carol Quandt; residential designers Ben DeRidder and Mike Miller; Craig Burkman, manager; and Hannah Pancheri and Stephanie Sotka, kitchen and bath designers.

(Betsy Bloom/Daily News photo)

IRON MOUNTAIN — Despite some pandemic obstacles, the new 41 Lumber Kitchen & Home Design Center has now opened in downtown Iron Mountain.

Work on converting the building at 321 S. Stephenson Ave. into the design center had to fully shut down for about five to six weeks, said Carol Quandt of 41 Lumber, who works at the Quinnesec location at W7404 U.S. 2.

But the delay also provided a little more time to plan and put the finishing touches on the multiple displays at the center, she said.

“We just made the best,” Quandt said, “of an otherwise difficult situation.”

The company’s other 41 Lumber locations — in Houghton, Marquette, Escanaba, Laurium and Munising — have kitchen and bath showrooms in their stores, but the Quinnesec site lacked the space, Quandt explained.

They had other incentives as well for setting up a separate design center in Iron Mountain, she said.

“We just felt it was needed to have something like this in the community … and we wanted to be part of the growth downtown,” Quandt said.

They used a number of area contractors to renovate the former Hahner Law Offices, which previously was Perina’s women’s apparel store: Gundlach Champion, Carey Contracting, Sikora Sheet Metal, Bastian Electric and U.P. Color.

“We couldn’t be prouder of the team, the way the space turned out,” Quandt said.

The 3,500-square-foot center had a soft opening April 19 before the official opening May 3. They celebrated the grand opening Saturday.

“The response has been very good,” Quandt said. “Our designers are busy.”

The pandemic may have played a role in that as well. “People stayed home,” she noted, “and they wanted to invest in the space they were in.”

The center has four designers: Hannah Pancheri and Stephanie Sotka for kitchen and bath, Ben DeRidder and Mike Miller for residential work, such as custom homes and larger remodeling projects.

A number of displays have been set up to highlight cabinets, countertops, fixtures and other possibilities for developing rooms in the home, not just kitchen and bathroom but unique spaces such as laundry and pantry.

The design process for most projects from the initial meeting to plans on average takes about two months, though 41 Lumber advises not rushing this step and allowing for extra time if needed — if looking to build in spring, design work should start at least by the previous fall.

The designers have the ability to produce 3-D renderings of the plans and even offer virtual reality tours to get a feel for the projected space.

The business was founded in 1925 in Houghton by Edward Hamar and Albert Quandt as the Hamar Quandt Company; four generations have now worked there, Quandt said. They first used the 41 Lumber name in 1975 when it established its Marquette yard on U.S. 41, according to its website.

The headquarters shifted from Houghton to Quinnesec in 1980 when the company opened a yard and distribution center.

The company stocks complete lines of lumber and building materials and offers products from such manufacturers as Taylor Door Company, Kemper and Decora cabinets, Unlimited Inc. vinyl windows and Amvic Building System insulated concrete forms.

The new center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. The phone number is 906-774-2681.

Betsy Bloom can be reached at 906-774-2772, ext. 240, or [email protected]



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