So yesterday we took a little road trip into Bedford Park, to a place called "Specialty Woodworking Inc"
We met with Dave & Jack. Dave is the Architect & Jack is the cabinet guy. And then there was a mystery guy behind a computer! I'll get to him in a minute. So, we get there and I instantly know this is where we need to be! It wasn't a fancy-shmancy place, the front room was somewhat small and tons of books and wood turnings tucked in every corner.... Let's just say, you could tell it was a "male" run operation! No fluff-n-stuff! Although, they did have a wall that displayed framed pictures of all of their work. From kitchens, bathrooms, office spaces & even retail spaces!
So, they wasted no time....we started talkin' plans. (their also no nonsense!) Making changes to where we saw fit. They made suggestions and gave us ideas! It was easy! Now to the mystery guy....I would give him a name but I don't recall being introduced. He was on the computer the whole time...working on whatever he was working on. Looking over at us constantly....it was kind of starting to wig me out a bit. Come to find out later Terry was thinking the same thing. :) Well, turns out "mystery man" was adjusting our plans the whole time. Reworking the plans, listening to everything we needed or wanted changed. Amazing! They wasted NO time! We had new plans printed out in a matter of seconds. We were impressed! It was literally such an easy, painless process! No cheesy sales guy making a pitch, trying to add on this or that!
Once we had the plans all hammered out Dave asked if we wanted to see where the cabinets are made? I got goose bumps! This is the part I really came to see! Big saw blades, piles of wood & saw dust, oh my! I was in heaven. Growing up my Dad was always working with wood. Making gun stocks or furniture....it's in my blood! :) Being picture happy I had to ask if I could snap some photos. I wonder if they thought I was a little odd but being as I'm taking all of you on our journey I would need some photos for affect!
|so this is the door / drawer style we are going with. love the simplicity of it!!!|
|we haven't nailed down all of our finishes yet. but the main cabinets will be the creamy white. we're tossing around the|
idea of doing the island and butlers pantry in a darker wood. and then i like this granite but with a honed finish. ?
|can't miss Terry in his Humpy's shirt! (from our Alaska days!) this is the shop! LOVE IT!|
|another project they were working on. but i liked the simplicity of the molding.|
|a spray booth! yes please!!!|
|Terry & I both love this finish color. We would love it for the floors.|
|more molding we really liked. very detailed yet simple.|
|made by hand! so pretty|
|so it's just some wood.|
|the store/shop front. |
I can't tell you how glad I was that we made the trip down to Specialty Woodworking Inc. Dave took us through the entire shop, showed us the wood they use, the process they go through to make the cabinets, how their constructed, explained the type of hardware they use and how each project is done by one guy. He will make all of the cabinets and when it is time to install them, he is there to install them. (I'm sure he has a team of men to install but the guy who built them is there on site as well) If you're in the market to do any sort of remodel or even just an office bookcase or bathroom this is the way to go! Hands down!
Thanks for letting me share!
Can't wait for demo!