âA visual feast of textureâ is how judge Rob Kleeman describes this winning entry from Bright Wood Works.
Bright Wood Works Inc.
Project: âManâs Spaceâ study with period Deco theme.
Project Notes: The room itself was converted into a field spray booth after everything was installed.
Michael Bright says that putting this âman spaceâ study together was not unlike putting together a jigsaw puzzle. Working from an initial design by Urban Innovations, a frequent collaborator, Bright Wood Works created a room that combines functional use and storage with unmistakable warmth and beauty.
Bright Wood Workâs specialty niche is custom high-end residential kitchens, with the company winning the top spot in CWBâs Design Portfolio Kitchen and Bath category in 2006, as well as again winning the top award in this yearâs competition. Featured in the February 2007 issue of CWB. Bright was touted as having a âbright futureâ for its work in the luxury kitchen niche market. Michael Bright says that in many cases, the kitchen work can lead to more.
âWhen we do a kitchen, oftentimes it can evolve to doing the entire house â vanities, study, whatever other entertainment built-ins that there are,â he explains.
In the case of this study, built in a luxury waterfront home in St. Petersburg, FL, space was an immediate issue. âWe put the proverbial 10 pounds of potatoes in a five-pound bag,â Bright says with a laugh.
More challenges were overcome on this job during the 3-1/2 to 4 months it took to complete. Not all of the tradesmen involved were part of the initial planning meetings, so many important questions lingered unanswered.
On the shop side, custom jigs had to be cut. Almost all pieces had to be pre-assembled in the shop and then brought on location for field assembly. The amount of detail involved was staggering, according to Bright, who notes that the detail in each piece interacts with the other pieces. Like a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle, the pieces had to be methodically put together.
The project uses Columbia Forest Products plywood, custom laid-up veneered panels from Veneer Source, Blum hinges and drawer slides, and Chemcraft finishing products.
Quartersawn sapele was milled and laminated into the beams. Then the coffered ceiling, with its metallic finish, was installed. Subsequently, the ceiling was protected by plastic as the base cabinets and panel systems were put in place. The parts were blind-fastened and captured with the next sequentially-placed piece.
Bright credits the shopâs Martin T-73 sliding table saw for much of the projectâs success.
âThere were lots of layout, joinery and precision cuts that needed to be done repetitively,â Bright says, âand that saw came through with flying colors.â
The layup of some of the veneers was done using a Vac-U-Clamp 5-foot by 10-foot vacuum table.
In an unusual final step, after everything was installed, Bright turned the room itself into a field spray booth using plastic and fans. Applying the finish in this way required more labor than expected, but Bright believes the results speak for themselves.
With the limited space available, one goal was to maximize what space there was. Bright succeeded in this with, as Design Portfolio judge Romy Schafer notes, âample hidden storage, open display space and functional workspace.â
Another goal successfully met was to make the Deco-inspired room a warm and inviting interior. âYou can feel it when you walk into the room,â says Bright. âIt has an energy.â
Brightâs future in building high-end kitchens and custom cabinetry seems âbrightâ indeed. âWe have been lucky to work with people who have good taste,â he notes. âWe have been moving from one project to the next and they are all equally challenging. Itâs just another day at the office for us.â
So how does it feel to be a double winner in this yearâs CWB Design Portfolio Awards?
âI am on cloud nine,â says Bright.
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