2016 Wood Diamond Award
Counterpoint Cabinetry (Wilmette, IL)
Main Category: Bath
Dollar Amount: Under $25,000
Sub Category: Creative Solution
Briefly describe your business and the type of products manufactured.
We have been designing and manufacturing custom cabinetry and millwork for the residential and commercial markets since 2002. We work with all types of wood, as well as plastic laminate and solid surface materials. Our work is custom, covering all design styles and project sizes. Our capabilities allow us to do almost anything imaginable.
What materials/species were used in this project/item?
This bathroom project combined glass and porcelain tile, a quartz countertop, and cabinetry with quartered Walnut veneer all running horizontally. The combination of materials and the directional nature of the application, create a striking bathroom created out of an empty attic space.
Describe, in detail, the project/item's construction
This bathroom was created in an unused attic space. The creative use of the space allowed the home owner to have a nice large vanity, a large linen cabinet, a toilet and a walk-in shower, all within the tight angled area created by the roof. The first picture shows the vanity as you enter the room providing a close look at the combination of materials used to create the space. The second picture is taken from the shower area, showing the furniture like details of the vanity, from the foot like bases under the outer two sections, to the set back of the middle 3 sections. This picture also catches the corner of the linen cabinet which is tucked behind the entry door. The third picture shows the linen cabinet with the shower behind it. In addition to providing much needed storage, the linen cabinet also helps to conceal the plumbing chase.
What is the most unusual aspect or outstanding characteristic of this entry?
The first thing that stands out in this bathroom is the material selection. The quartered Walnut cabinetry is highlighted through the use of the white quartz countertop, the green glass tile and the white porcelain tile. The other visually interesting part of this bathroom is the horizontal direction of all of the tile and the wood grain. The roof angle encroaching on the room could potentially make the space feel cramped, but the orientation of all of the materials really seems to help the space feel more open. Starting out, this was a project that was going to be functional and serve the needs of the customer. In the end, it exceeded everyone's expectations.
How has being a member of the CMA benefited you and/or your business?
We became a member of the CMA before the Wood Diamond Awards started. We felt that the ideals of the organization fit with our business philosophy and we wanted to be a part of the community of cabinet companies that the CMA was working to unite. The Wood Diamond Awards have offered an opportunity to showcase our work, and we have been fortunate to have been recognized for our work on numerous occasions since the awards program began. Over the past few years, we have seen an uptick of customers as a direct result of the exposure we received through the awards program. The CMA community and the exposure provided as a result of being a member has proved to be everything that we thought possible.
List any items that were outsourced.
The cabinetry in this project was produced using local distributors for materials. All cabinet construction and finishing was done in house. The quartz countertop and wall and floor tile were outsourced by the homeowner.