I can't stop thinking about this master bath cabinet out of alder. I've always loved alder wood for its warmth. Finish alder in brown, and it just comes to life. Read more about the bathroom cabinet here:
Sometimes I get carried away, but I like to imagine that Jack and Dianne really got together after "Something's Gotta Give." And they decided to move to Pierpont in Ventura. If so, we found their perfect house!
My memory of the house in that movie is of bookshelves and a classic kitchen, lit by the natural light from the beach and the ocean. The neutral colors and shades of white enhance that unique beach sunlight. Of course that house was in the Hamptons, but this gorgeous house in the Ventura neighborhood of Pierpont is classic California. Native Oak was able to partner with the owners in creating the kitchen, closets, bathroom, garage, laundry, and pantry.
The rest of the photos from this Pierpont gem can be found here.
And just for fun, check out the "Something's Gotta Give" trailer.
Our co-owner, Keith Repult, has finished his custom home in Pierpont and it is featured in Ventana Magazine! We like to think of the beautiful kitchens and closets in their home as "show-rooms", but that's just an excuse to hang out there more often.
Of course we already hinted at this house in an earlier post, but now it has finally been completed and Keith and family have moved in.
In more exciting news, we hired the amazing Raya Carlisle to photography the house for us. So stay tuned for some amazing photos.
Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.
Charles Eames is one of my design heroes. I believe in the simplicity of design, but I also know that custom kitchens and closets are complicated. So we are revamping our Design Center to help create simple looking designs, that meet the purpose (a beautiful kitchen) without technical or design errors.
Our goal is to give our designers and our customers a place to sit down with plans, samples, drawings, and a computer, to put the design together. For a good kitchen or cabinetry project design, it's important that all the details are handled properly. We're creating a space for our customers and our designers to work together so that the project can be designed properly from the beginning.
Go to nativeoak.com/contact to set up an appointment with us. We'll have coffee ready for you!
Exciting stuff in store for Native Oak. We are trying to build the best custom cabinet shop in Ventura County, and to do that we need the best people, which I believe we have, and the best equipment.
Stay tuned here as we take the shop to new heights of quality, efficiency, and automation.
A Table Masquerading as a Vanity
From the shop floor - this table with mortise and tenon legs which is to become a vanity with a granite top. Stay tuned for updates on this piece!
Sep 8, 2016 Update: the table/vanity has been painted and shipped!
Bench Seating in a Cabinet Shop?
Benches and banquettes are a great use of space, especially if you have school age kids. I don't know about you, but my dining room table is covered in homework, pencils, books, erasers, and markers from September through June every year. A cushioned bench is a perfect place to do that homework.
Today, walking through the shop, I spotted this interesting bench that has three sides and two angles. I'll be curious to see how this beast installs!
Gray painted Shaker cabinets, in process.
Sometimes, when I'm walking through the shop I see something interesting and I snap a few photos. Painted cabinets have always been popular, but what I think drives the popularity now for factory finished painted cabinets is the ability to get a mirror like finish on the product. The flawless factory finish combined with the organic feel of paint on wood strikes a perfect balance of a wood product that you would want to use every day.
I'm really pleased with our painted cabinet. We have a great partnership with CalDoor and our painting/finish professional is top-notch. Another kitchen I am anxious to see in real life. Custom cabinetry for living.
Pierpont Beach in Ventura, CA is one of the best neighborhoods in town.
- Quick access to the bike path which winds along the Pacific, downtown Ventura, C-Street and Surfer's Point, and connects to the Ojai Bike Trail
- Proximity to Surf-n-yogurt, of course
- Marina Park
- Gorgeous beaches of all types
We are fortunate enough to have Pierpont Beach as the location of one of our first installations. The homeowners and Native Oak are working together to create a gorgeous modern beach house kitchen, and will be inviting local homeowner, designers, and contractors to tour the completed house. If you're interested, sign up below and we will email you when the date is set.
Keep Track of the Pierpont Project Here:
We're busy, and that's how we want to be! Making cabinets all day, every day.
One of the reasons we located our business in Ventura, CA (aside from the fact that it is the perfect place to live) is so we could reach the diverse areas that make the South Coast such a great area in which to live and do business.
Live where you work, work where you live. Custom cabinetry for living.
White Shaker and Blue Shaker Cabinets FTW
Passed by these cabinets stacked and ready to go. The island is "Mica Creek" blue, and the rest of the kitchen is "Simply White".
I can't wait to see these cabinets installed! To stay tuned for updates...
Blue Island End
Shop photos aren't sexy. There is no special lighting or clean counters. A photo from the shop floor is, however, a quick example of what we build every day for our customers. Generally, they strike me when I'm walking through the shop, and I take a quick picture for myself. Sometimes I will choose to share it.
How is a Production Cabinet Shop Run
Running a cabinet business is more than collecting the right equipment and building boxes. It's more than ordering wood and designing layouts on a computer. There are shops that generate high quality cabinets efficiently that consist of a table saw and hand tools, and there are mega shops that have the latest state of the art equipment, and churn out junk.
So what is the secret sauce?
A production cabinet company must know what it has, what it needs, how much it needs, and when it needs it. A production cabinet company must know how to maximize its use of material to facilitate the design at hand. But a custom cabinet company knows that the details drive the design.
Cutting corners and taking design shortcuts are not options.
When Keith and I purchased Closet Crafters and created Native Oak, I was confident. This isn't to say that I am vain or feel like I know everything about running a cabinet company, but based on my experience I had the ability to look at the product, the crew, and the facility, and envision what it can do.
I could see that from its location in the heart of Ventura, CA, Native Oak would be able to reach a broad workforce and find the right employees with the right skills. And it could reach the customers that need the precision level of cabinetry a modern custom shop can offer.
Equipped to Build
I could see from its equipment that with a few strategic purchases, it could produce a quality cabinet that is on a par with anything else produced in Southern California. And I could see in the crew, from the designers, to the craftsman, to the installers, that Native Oak would compete on quality, timeliness, and price against any company out there.
What does this have to do with 'Heritage'?
The answer: everything, and nothing. My heritage is in cabinetry. It's what my grandfather, father, uncles, cousin, and I have done. We make - but mostly we enable others to make. It is something that can be learned, I know because I learned later in life how to do it. But I also know that I learned it on the backs of those in my family that came before me. So when I walked into Closet Crafters for the first time, I knew it could become Native Oak, Inc -- the place to go in Southern California for the cabinets in your home - custom cabinetry for living.
Farmhouse Sinks a Simple Beauty
What is it about the farmhouse sink? I think it reminds us that the preparation of food and eating together is essential to who we are. The simplicity of the farmhouse sink is both functional and beautiful. It is, simply, a sink. There is no double basin. There is no division. Just a sink and a faucet, and you are left to deal with it.
Simple Structure, Complex Design
Preparing a cabinet for a farmhouse sink, however, isn't so simple. Because of their weight and the complexity of fitting it, we at Native Oak always ask our customer to bring the sink in to our shop. We will carefully unbox it, create a template of it, and custom cut out the front face of the cabinet to get a precise fit of the sink. Additionally, we will build the cabinet to support the weight of the sink (plus the dishes, and the water!) To get technical, we use 3/4" plywood for the sink cabinet, we dado a double shelf into the sides of the cabinet and reinforce that shelf with additional bracing to ensure it is well supported.
Beautiful custom inset maple dresser on the shop floor.