2016 Wood Diamond Award
Sofo Kitchens (Maple Ridge, BC)
Main Category: Kitchen
Dollar Amount: Over $50,000
Sub Category: Best Overall
Briefly describe your business and the type of products manufactured.
Our company was founded in 2008 and we provide High End Residential and Commercial cabinetry. We manufacture and install:
•Kitchen & Bathroom
•Free standing custom furniture
•Wall & Ceiling Treatments
•Unique custom orders upon client request
What materials/species were used in this project/item?
- Case construction made of 3/4" maple, plywood interior
- Maple hard-wood doors with applied mouldings
- Crown moldings
- Solid Maple dove-tailed drawers
- Magicorners and pull-out Spice Racks from Rev-a Shelf
- Post-catalyzed "Indian White" colour paint
- BLUM soft-close drawer slides
- BLUM Blumotion hinges with integrated soft closing system
- Fluted posts
- Soft maple corbels
- Custom hard maple baseboards
- Plant-on doors around the peninsula and all of the exposed sides/gables.
Describe, in detail, the project/item's construction
This project was very labor intensive as no detail was left out. To compliment the beautiful cabinetry, we used custom raised panel maple doors with applied mouldings, including door panels on all of the exposed sides and gables.
To continue the clean and sleek look we included fluted posts, and small columns combined with hand carved soft maple Verona Corbels with Acanthus Leaves.
All of the casework was cut on a Biesse CNC and constructed using the blind dado method. The finishing includes primer and four coats of Post-cat paint for added durability and depth of colour.
What is the most unusual aspect or outstanding characteristic of this entry?
The hood fan canopy was quite labour intensive (it is perhaps surprising how much work went into making something that looks so simple and elegant).
Also, there are a lot of lime stone elements in and around the house: starting with the 24' fireplace, to the roman columns and arches seen through-out and all the way to the stone wrapped exterior!
The owner really likes the stained lime look and he wanted his cabinetry to complement the stone work around the house. We had to come up with the right blend of colours and finishes to make the symbiotic bond between masonry and millwork.
How has being a member of the CMA benefited you and/or your business?
We have been proud CMA members since 2013. We turn to the membership forum for advice almost every time we are facing a dilemma; chances are there is always someone that has solved the same problem we are having and everyone is so friendly and eager to help.
We find the monthly networking events to be very useful and we try to attend whenever we can. There, we can tour other plants and see how other companies do things. We visit showrooms (where we can get ideas) , after which we grab a few drinks with our peers (where we can network with our industry peers).
Also, the yearly Benchmark Study helps us tremendously in planning our budget, our marketing strategy and in making good management decisions. We would recommend the CMA to anyone looking to save money, save "trial-and-error-time" and gain extensive industry knowledge.
List any items that were outsourced.
The Countertop was supplied by VG Stone
Glass work was done by Coquitlam Glass
The dove-tailed drawers and doors were outsourced to "Highmark Doors&Dovetailed Drawers"
The hand carved corbels were ordered from Osborne Wood Products