2017 Wood Diamond Award
Counterpoint Cabinetry (Wilmette, IL)
Main Category: Kitchen
Sub Category: Creative Solution
Dollar Amount: Under $25,000
Briefly describe your business and the type of products manufactured.
We have been manufacturing custom cabinetry and millwork in the Chicago area since 2002. Our product range is very diverse, covering both the commercial and residential markets. Design styles range from traditional to contemporary and can be produced in all woods, laminates and solid surface materials.
What materials/species were used in this project/item?
The cabinet boxes and drawer boxes were fabricated using black melamine. All exterior/exposed areas are custom sequence matched ribbon striped Mahogany panels. The finish is a custom matched medium brown stain with a catalyzed water resistant clear finish.
Describe, in detail, the project/item's construction
The cabinets and drawer boxes were all processed on CNC and assembled with dowels in a case clamp. Styling is European full overlay with the visual focus of the cabinets being the ribbon Mahogany veneer. The incorporated dining table and legs were also fabricated from the same ribbon Mahogany material. The cabinet design and layout made maximum use of the space, providing much needed storage for the home owner.
What is the most unusual aspect or outstanding characteristic of this entry?
The original kitchen was a traditional kitchen in style and layout, with a large island and a dining area off to the side. The new design left the sink in it's original location, but turned the adjacent wall into floor to ceiling cabinetry surrounding the double oven, refrigerator/freezer, and the coffee center, immediately doubling the storage capacity. The cooktop peninsula placed where the dining area had been before, with the dining table perpendicular to it, more clearly defined and separated the space. The island became the center of the flow of moving from area to area in the kitchen. Although the change to the kitchen was drastic in it's form, the contrast between the rustic look of the beams and the refined look of the cabinets is notable.
How has being a member of the CMA benefited you and/or your business?
In the time that we have belonged to the CMA, we have noticed that customers who discover us through the CMA seem to have a greater comfort level from the start than customers who found us through other searches. This is because the CMA website offers straight forward, honest information to homeowners which changes their perception of member companies in a positive way.
List any items that were outsourced.
Sequenced matched ribbon striped Mahogany panels were manufactured by FH Premier Plywood, all other items were manufactured and finished in house.