Georgetown Woodworks transforms homes and businesses
The men’s locker room at the San Antonio Country Club had an image problem. The room, not renovated since 1972, housed old metal lockers that spoke more of high school locker room than of luxurious sanctuary. That look didn’t fit the image of a club that had been a hallmark in golf and tennis in Texas for more than a century. So in 2008 the Club hired Georgetown Woodworks to transform the locker room into an attractive, inviting area featuring wooden lockers and benches.
Georgetown Woodworks had worked on country clubs throughout the United States—including Georgetown’s Cimarron Hills Country Club—but the San Antonio Country Club was the first commercial remodel Georgetown Woodworks had done. The staff felt honored to be a part of the remodeling of one of the first country clubs organized in Texas.
“The quality of the workmanship was excellent; the look, the functionality, and design were much better than we had planned. When we finally opened the doors for everyone to see, the common statement was ‘Wow!’” Club general manager Marvin A. Jones enthuses.
Nothing gives Georgetown Woodworks owner Chris Wollaston more satisfaction than happy customers.
“We strive hard to turn out the best quality product on the market,” Chris says. “We do all of our own installs where we can control the quality on the installation of the product. We take a lot of pride in our hand-rubbed stained and specialty painted finishes, which I believe are the best out there. I have a great team of skilled professionals here who have many years of experience in this industry and work together to make all the projects come together seamlessly. I am proud of the product we turn out, as well as the service we provide our clients—there’s a lot of one-on-one.”
Chris believes that producing quality architectural millwork at competitive pricing is what makes Georgetown Woodworks stand out. The company employs its own in-house draftsman, who creates custom drawings for each project. The fabrication shop’s state-of-the-art equipment enables skilled craftsmen to build the finest quality products.
Major local commercial projects include City Lights Movie Theatres Georgetown, The Vineyard at Florence, and Lone Star Circle of Care, as well as current projects, such as two of the new fire stations in town. Georgetown Woodworks has done countless other commercial projects ranging from retail spaces, churches, schools, banks, medical facilities, elder care facilities, and military bases.
The equally successful residential division of Georgetown Woodworks has completed work over the years in many large developments in and around Austin. Georgetown Woodworks counts as clients many of the premier home builders in the central Texas area, as well as with some of the area’s leading designers, such as Linda McCalla of Georgetown and Heather Scott of Austin.
“Our residential work had slowed over the last few years due to the economic downturn,” Chris admits, “but we’ve really seen a noticeable increase in new construction and remodel projects the last few months, which is a really good sign that things are improving in our industry.” He adds, “Our residential division is now staying as busy as our commercial division, and we couldn’t be happier.”
Chris’s passion for woodworking blossomed early on when he began working out of his dad’s basement workshop in Montana. His inclination for all things wood only grew stronger with age, and in 1996 he opened his own business, Georgetown Woodworks. He’s assembled a team that shares his passion and pledges to work with clients throughout the design/build process and bring their visions or dreams to life, however big or small the project.