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Quaintly tucked away into the back section of Wright’s Do-It Center in Murphysboro is the business’ best-kept secret.

Within the elegantly decorated, showcase-filled area is an atmosphere of creative energy and smiling faces ready to help you put together your dream kitchen or bathroom.

The longtime, locally owned business celebrating its 50th anniversary this year may be known primarily as a lumber yard and home center, but its design capability is what really sets it apart from the competition.

“I can’t tell you how often we hear, ‘Oh, wow, I didn’t know you did this kind of work,’” sales manager Jami Lee Wright said. “Our designers really are top notch and have been putting out quality work throughout Southern Illinois for a very long time.”

Evidence of the innovative work that Wright’s Do-It Center’s designers have produced is on the company’s website, www.wrightdoit.com. The site’s before-and-after photo section offers a stunning peak into some of the transformations the staff has executed.

The business began photographing its projects about five years ago, starting out by printing portfolio books for curious customers to peruse. It quickly took its photo collection online, to the delight of potential design clients looking for creative examples of past work.

“We wanted our customers to see what we’re capable of,” Wright said. “The photos have been fundamental in showcasing the depth of our product, design and installation capability.”

The business’ custom design portfolio is available to view on Houzz.com and can be accessed easily by visiting Wright’s Do-It Center’s website and clicking on the green Houzz icon on the top right-hand corner of the page.

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Staying ahead of the technology curve has been crucial to Wright’s Do-It Center’s progressive growth, which started 50 years ago with a dream, a modest pole barn and handful of employees.

“It is very important to remain innovative,” Wright said. “We do so on several different levels. We are always pushing the bar with new designs.”

Whether you’re looking to liven up a bland bathroom or overhaul an outdated kitchen, Wright’s Do-It Center can help you with every detail -- from blueprint to move-in.

“We can create the kitchen and bath you’ve always wanted, but never thought possible,” Wright said.

The business’ design staff will even come to your home to learn more about your vision, take all of the necessary measurements and then get to work.

So, walk through the business’ large entry doors in Murphysboro, head to the back and prepare to be inspired. Your home will thank you.

“Our designers would love the opportunity to partner with you,” Wright said.

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Joe Szynkowski is a professional freelance writer for Life & Style Magazine. Tweet him @JoeSzynkowski or contact him at joeszynkowski@hotmail.com.

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