2017 Wood Diamond Award
Castleman Carpentry (Berryville, VA)
Main Category: Kitchen
Sub Category: Face Frame
Dollar Amount: $25,000 - $50,000
Briefly describe your business and the type of products manufactured.
Located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, we are a family owned general contractor specializing in Custom Woodworking. We perform total transformations of any room of a client's house through thoughtful and careful design. All of our woodworking is 100% custom and is fabricated in our shop in Berryville, VA. All aspects of our remodeling projects are managed directly by the owners. From initial consultation, through design and material selection, cabinet fabrications and project execution; the owners are directly involved with their client's ensuring the best remodeling experience for their customers.
What materials/species were used in this project/item?
We use quality materials in all of our projects. Our wood comes to us rough sawn. These cabinets were fabricated using 3/4" Solid Maple and Cherry Face Frames, cabinet doors & drawer fronts, custom moldings & trim. Our cabinet boxes are composed of 3/4" Maple plywood sides, 1/2" bottoms & tops. Our drawer boxes are fabricated with 3/4 Solid Maple sides, 1/2" plywood bottoms with Blumotion self closing drawer slides. All doors utilize Blumotion self closing hinges. The primary finish on the cabinets was a custom dark stone grey pre-cat lacquer by ML Campbell. The Cherry cabinetry was finished with a clear pre-cat dull lacquer. The exposed interior cabinetry was all cherry.
Describe, in detail, the project/item's construction
All aspects of this project were completed by us. We worked with the homeowner to identify their needs, completing a design that enlarged the kitchen space without adding space to the residence. Located an hour outside of Washington DC, the owner’s of this farmhouse envisioned an elegant kitchen with industrial touches. The project included opening up an exterior load bearing wall and raising the existing beam in order to add the tall industrial styled windows. The transformation was striking. All of the cabinetry for this project was fabricated in our shop in Berryville VA. The Maple and Cherry came to us as rough sawn lumber. We milled our own trim, fabricated our own doors, drawer fronts and drawer boxes. The homeowner chose elegant inset cabinets with a minimalistic flair. The modern lines and integrated end panels completed the contemporary update to this traditional farmhouse. We went through a rigorous sanding process and finished the cabinetry in house utilizing ML Campbell pre-cat solvent based lacquers that we custom tinted to match the homeowner's color pallet. Finally, we installed all of our cabinetry, millwork and fixtures for the beautiful and functional space you see here.
What is the most unusual aspect or outstanding characteristic of this entry?
The most notable characteristic of this kitchen is found in it’s simplicity. The first impression when you enter this kitchen is “Wow”! You take in the view from the large windows, notice the elegant lines of the woodwork, the interesting compliment of the dark finish against the natural cherry, the massive commercial appliances and the intricate herringbone tiled floor. The oversized windows from counter to ceiling didn’t leave any wall space for necessary outlets. We increased the standard cabinet depth of 24 inches to 29 inches to keep in scale with the commercial range. This increase in depth also afforded room for pop up outlets that would lie flush with the countertop when not in use. The homeowner had very specific storage needs that were accomplished with custom cabinet inserts built specifically to their specifications. An oversized pantry unit covers an entire wall providing abundant food storage as well as a convenient microwave drawer. We recessed a custom display case into a void in the wall, fabricated an exposed pot rack carefully placed for ease of access and interesting texture. The glass front cabinets are complimented by clear cherry interiors once again adding warmth to the cool simple lines.
How has being a member of the CMA benefited you and/or your business?
As a member of the CMA we have been able to reach out to other wood workers and stay up to date on all the latest industry tools and techniques. We have developed contacts and found new sources of blades and tooling through the magazine. We have had a successful remodeling & woodworking business in Clarke County VA for 13 years. Through the information provided in your magazine and forums, we feel confident that we can continue to do the woodworking we love as well as keep our business viable
List any items that were outsourced.
Soapstone Countertops by A&S Fabricators, Appliances by Spichers Appliance, Finish provided by ML Campbell