2016 Wood Diamond Award
Symphony Kitchens (Toronto, ON)
Main Category: Kitchen
Dollar Amount: Under $25,000
Sub Category: Finish
Briefly describe your business and the type of products manufactured.
We manufacture a wide variety of products. Our main business is custom exclusive & creative kitchens. Since we work with local home-builders, we also manufacture custom vanities, wall units, mud rooms, wine rooms, bars and millwork. Our goal is to make each project unique and satisfy our customers with the service beyond their expectations
What materials/species were used in this project/item?
Exterior finish was MDF painted semi-gloss finish. We construct our cabinet boxes from 3/4″ Maple Plywood which we purchase prefinished from McFeddens Inc. in Toronto, Ontario. Our cabinet backs are 3/4″ Maple Plywood, also prefinished. At exposed cabinet surfaces we utilize 3/4″ Maple Veneer plywood for case construction. We use Blumotion undermount full extension drawer slides and Blum European Compact hinges with Blumotion. Install various cabinet inserts provided by McFeddens Inc & Richelieu. Dovetail Drawer boxes are supplied by Atlantic Doors Inc.
Describe, in detail, the project/item's construction
We used 3/4" MDF Plum Creek for all painted doors, panels and fillers.
Solid maple for moldings and baseboards
3/4" Hard Rock Maple Melamine interior
What is the most unusual aspect or outstanding characteristic of this entry?
Small kitchen always require more planning in order to fit the most important items. The main idea was to keep it simple and only use what’s necessary. More of a minimalistic approach to storage. Main goal is to know exactly what’s required and keep only one set of everything. There rest has to be let go.
To add interest we used three tones in the kitchen. Main is cloud white for the uppers and gray for all the lower cabinets. Floating shelves where made out of solid pine with distressed finish.
How has being a member of the CMA benefited you and/or your business?
Being a member of CMA give us an opportunity to learn more about our industry and where it’s going. CMA always has great networking organization that connects people on their great events where we all exchange information on business processes, challenges and solutions. By reading forums and all the great information people are sharing it helps to get a better understanding of production and pricing.
With design competition it gives a chance to show our clients our work and become more recognizable in our industry.
List any items that were outsourced.
All cabinet fabrication & finishing were completed in our shop. All cabinet boxes face frames and assembly was done in our shop as well. Maple wood doors & drawer fronts, drawer boxes and trim were fabricated we ordered from a local door maker Atlantic Doors Inc. All cabinets and trim were installed by our installers. Plumbing fixtures, counter-top and trims were provided by client and other trades installed them.