Main Category: Kitchen
Dollar Amount: Under $25,000
Sub Category: Creative Solution
Briefly describe your business and the type of products manufactured.
We are a second generation, family owned and operated custom cabinetry manufacturer. Our featured product line is European style cabinetry, however, we also are well versed in American face frame product, providing all our products in a variety of materials and finishes. We are full service, and our clientele ranges from Commercial General Contractors and the Residential Building Industry to the Architecture and Design communities, as well as individual homeowners. We possess a staff trained in vast areas of expertise, along with having both professionally trained engineering and design professionals, enabling us to provide services customarily outside the scope of many of our competitors.
What materials/species were used in this project/item?
Paintgrade wood species
Columbia Forest Products – PureBond plywood
EdgeCo – 1.5mm Maple edgebanding
Hardware Resources – top mount Trash Dwr PO
Hafele hinges – European concealed clip hinge with integrated soft close
Grass DynaPro 3D soft close undermount drawer guides
Describe, in detail, the project/item's construction
Transitional flat panel door paintgrade cabinetry constructed in European plywood box construction. Island houses dog food bins, trash po's, and provides wheelchair access at a non-standard height. Bi-fold pocket doors conceal large quantities of beverages and glassware for entertaining along with a built in TV. Open shelving and shortened refrigerator cabinet provides for additional display, cookbook and storage.
What is the most unusual aspect or outstanding characteristic of this entry?
The owner’s purchased this property near downtown Dallas, but it required a complete renovation before they could move into the premises. They chose painted cabinetry with a transitional look to provide the update they were seeking, blending their more traditional furnishings and accessories with modern appointments to bring new life to this historic, but small residence.
One of the owners of the residence was afflicted with a degenerative, terminal illness which had left him wheelchair dependent and somewhat incapacitated, so time was of the essence for completion along with an intense sensitivity to quality of the balance of his life in his new home was paramount while working on this project. The island was designed with a finished height increased to a non-standard 40” with post support for countertop to accommodate wheelchair access and his desire for maintain his mobility.
The couple are avid entertainers, particularly so with one member being homebound and ill, so incorporating the need for substantial beverage and glassware storage which could be opened and easily accessed when entertaining was a priority and led to an oversized pocket installation for this purpose.
Additionally, they are art and antique dealers, so the desire to integrate personal, freestanding furniture and lots of display areas for collections became more of a need rather than want for them to realize their ultimate vision and comfort in their newly renovated home.
The customers expressed a desire to alleviate multiple transitions from wheelchair to furniture for the owner to view TV, so the ultimate solution was to build in a TV within the upper cabinetry of the kitchen.
Despite the stress of a full blown renovation project and grave health concerns, these customers were generally cheerful and appreciative, always attempting to put the contractors at ease for the contribution they felt we were making to their lives and were a joy to work with, taking every unexpected issue in stride. Sadly, one of the owner’s succumbed to his illness within only a month of the project’s completion. However, he commented many times throughout the project he would be completely happy if he lived long enough to see the completion and we are honored to have been a part of helping him realize that dream!
How has being a member of the CMA benefited you and/or your business?
I would, without a doubt, say the single, most important benefit I derive from being a member of the CMA is that of having a network of professionals, like me, knowledgable and experienced in virtually any area I may encounter. The eagerness to share hard earned expertise and assist fellow cabinet makers among the membership through forums and/or personal contact has proven itself invaluable time and time again. I have personally realized the savings of time, money, resources, failure and sometimes I have been provided the wisdom to “just simply say no” when I might not have otherwise reached that conclusion on my own. Everyone becomes a mentor in their own unique role – honestly, what business could not benefit from that type of relationship?
The second real benefit I derive is credibility. Being a member of a national and well respected organization provides me with a competitive edge, alleviating the “fly by night” persona sometimes associated with this industry. The marketing benefits including additional presence, both online and in print, along with the Wood Diamond Awards, have enabled me to capitalized upon my successes, and work to not only enhance, but forward my own individual marketing efforts by setting me apart from other shops in my area. I expect those benefits will only increase as the efforts of the organization increases.
List any items that were outsourced.
Decorative Island Legs
Trash Dwr PO
Grass DynaPro 3D