Living by the beach is a normal practice in Ventura, CA. When you do, you may as well have your workbench look like it belongs, and also be as resistant as possible to the rust and moisture that comes from living on the beach.
Excited to share this beautiful house with you
More information about this unique kitchen can be found here. But in the meantime, check out these photos from this gorgeous remodel utilizing laminate thermafoil cabinetry, butcher block tops, and laser etched dovetail drawers.
Inset Vanity Cabinet
I've been watching the construction of this bathroom cabinet. I confess to having a love of white oak cabinetry, but I'm pretty excited to see this cabinet finished and installed. Check back in nativeoak.com/bathrooms for updates.
Van Nuys and OSHA
We were fortunate enough last spring to receive a visit from OSHA. Every manufacturer lives in fear of those visits, but the reality is that employee safety is the most important thing. We are all in this together for our livelihood, and it's government entities like OSHA that help keep us manufacturers accountable and aware of the need to protect our employees. Yesterday I went to Van Nuys, CA for an informal conference with OSHA, and I am pleased to say it went well. Also, OSHA in Van Nuys has a cool courtyard view from their office.
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.