National Lumber is proud to have called Baltimore our home for nearly a century. Throughout this time we’ve been equally as proud to support many of the local, non-profit organizations dedicated to giving back to the communities we are privileged to serve. We believe partnering with these groups, as well as several others, is some of the most important work we do and is a tradition we hope to carry on well into the future.
With the opening of our DC location to answer increasing demand in the area, we’re always on the lookout for new community opportunities to get involved in. If you’d like to collaborate, please reach out.
The Kennedy Krieger Institute, located in Baltimore, Maryland provides inpatient and outpatient medical care, community services, and school based programs for children and adolescents with learning disabilities, as well as disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and musculoskeletal system. The Institute provides services for children with developmental concerns mild to severe, and is involved in research into various disorders, including new interventions and earlier diagnosis. Every Holiday Season National Lumber is honored to assist this world-class organization by displaying Christmas Trees in the store purchased through the Institute’s “Festival of Trees” fundraising drive.
Central Scholarship began in 1924 by providing vocational training scholarships for orphaned Jewish men. They’ve since grown and now provide funding for all post-secondary education including vocational, undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees without regard to gender, religion, race or ethnicity. At its core, they help the most underserved, to give those students a chance at a better life.
The Ulman Cancer Fund changes lives by by creating a community of support for young adults and their loved ones who are impacted by cancer. National Lumber partnered with Ulman to supply various products used for the build-out of their state-of-the-art Ulman Cancer House (UCF) located near Johns Hopkins Hospital. We will continue to support Ulman as they work to positively impact the lives of young adults fighting this disease.
This Baltimore-based organization’s mission is to fund support services that improve the quality of life for breast cancer patients and their families. For every kitchen National Lumber sells, we are pleased to share with the customer a cookbook that was written by friends and family of our President’s late sister, Honey Jolson. All proceeds from this cookbook are donated to The Red Devils. Donation-based (proceeds from a kitchen sale).
Laura brings 18 years of experience to our kitchen design team. She helps customers build exceptional kitchen spaces down to the finest details.
Every client has unique needs, and Laura enjoys the puzzle of figuring out how to fulfill them. She combines her technical abilities with her background in interior design to balance functionality and beauty.
She listens to her clients to help them narrow down their choices and presents a curated selection to make the process less overwhelming. Laura finds creative solutions to check off their wish list while keeping them on budget.
Her personal favorite design trend is a transitional style with a hint of traditional details. She loves the mix of painted colors and the textures and variations of natural woods. However, the best
part of her job is the opportunity to work in every design style
and come up with different combinations of styles, materials,
and finishes executing her client’s unique vision.
Personally, she loves everything involving water- the ocean, pools, boating, and long baths.
She also enjoys anything with a story- books, movies, shows, etc.
Her newest hobby is attempting to have as much fun cooking as she does exploring new restaurants.
With over 15 years of experience, LindaRose brings deep knowledge of how to achieve beautiful kitchen designs at the right price.
For LindaRose, listening to a client’s needs is paramount to achieving a great design. Creativity is key to kitchen design, requiring out-of-the-box thinking to achieve an excellent final product.
Some of her favorite design trends she introduces to clients include transitional, clean lines, and dark islands with light perimeters.
Before entering the world of kitchen design, she spent 20 years in theatre as a singer and actor, working in notable local theatres like Round House and Everyman.
In her free time, she enjoys other creative endeavors such as working with textiles including quilting, embroidery, and weaving.
Rick Bechtel is an industry expert with 7+ years as a kitchen designer. He brings unique insights to design thanks to his 15 years as a carpenter and contractor.
Rick believes in the importance of listening to the needs of the clients he works with. Utilizing his experience s a carpenter and contractor, he strives to make every layout as economical as possible through wise cabinet selection.
Rick makes informed suggestions for products or features that can improve the cooking experience. He’s an expert in taking the dream items clients identify online or in showrooms and introducing options that better fit their design needs and are less cost prohibitive.
As a designer, he’s an expert on contemporary or transitional styles, light colors, and wood accents.
Rick is passionate about woodworking and contracting but transitioned his career to spend more time with his children. He enjoys projects around his (or his children’s) house, and weekend trips with his wife.