Our Company

The Kitchen Central story is really the story of our customers.

In 2009, we began selling Shelf Genie pull-out shelves—custom-built, accessible Glide-Out™ cabinet organization solutions—in Austin and in the Greater Houston area. The folks we installed them for were so delighted with both the product and our customer service that they asked us what else we could do to help them love their kitchens even more.

Their cabinets worked so beautifully on the inside that our customers were inspired to make them beautiful on the outside as well, and they asked us to come back and reface and refinish them. So in 2011, we expanded our offerings to include cabinet refacing and refinishing.

We surrounded ourselves with experienced cabinet refacing professionals and became experts in carpentry. Word spread as we developed a reputation for excellence and on-time projects, and pretty soon both new and repeat customers were asking us for design services and new cabinetry as well.

In 2012, we became Kitchen Central, providing homeowners and those in the trade with a partner for all their kitchen and bath cabinetry needs. We’ve brought our experienced team and exciting products—including pull-out shelving, cabinet refacing, new cabinetry, and full service design—under one roof to provide value and options for our loyal customers.

Beautiful. Functional. Totally You.

Our Team


Ric Trahan

“How would I want Kitchen Central to take care of me if I was the client?”  This question is the engine of the Kitchen Central business, running everything from the conceptual kitchen designs to the in-house finishing shop to the work ethic of the installers. Every homeowner is special and each project, regardless of size, is unique.

Ric brings his many years of corporate and start-up experience to Kitchen Central, with the idea of serving clients in a new way. As someone who freely admits he’s had challenging experiences finding good contractors, Ric has the perspective of a homeowner as well as a business owner.

Ric Trahan
Ricky Howells

“This company is all about taking care of clients through the whole process. We are uniquely positioned to do that because we can tailor our recommendations to the clients’ needs. We offer a level of service that no one else offers.

I love this business. You cannot do this business if you don’t really have a passion for it. And my passion is delivering the right solution for a client for their particular situation.”

Ricky Howells

The Kitchen Central Difference

There are many options out there for your kitchen and bath design and construction, so why choose Kitchen Central? We think there are lots of reasons.

  • We understand the challenges of redesigning critical parts of your home. We’ve been doing this for a long time, and we want to share our expertise to make your choices easier.
  • We have a documented design process. You will know exactly what to expect every step of the way.
  • We source high-quality, best-in-class product lines — but it is not our goal to sell one over any other.
  • Our number one goal is to help you achieve your vision for the space of your dreams.