NFC takes on BOLD Summit Conference

At the end of June we will be flying down to Palm Springs to be a part of BOLD Summit! We could not be more excited to take on this new adventure.  For more information about the Business of Luxury Design (BOLD) please take a look at their website here. 


NFC El Dorado Hills Celebrates Grand Opening

This past Thursday we celebrated the grand opening of our NFC El Dorado Hills Showroom. In attendance were friends and family, clients old and new, designers, architects, builders, reps, and colleagues. All told, over 150 people helped us celebrate the opening of our second location in the Sacramento area!

 Highlights included world renowned sushi chef Taro Arai, wine served by Melissa and Ray Lavin of ZinLifStyle, and Miele's Randy Gunther serving a delicious caramel and chocolate espresso ice cream concoction--topped with whipped cream, of course!

 NFC would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors: Poggenpohl U.S., Inc., Crystal Cabinets, Columbia Cabinets, Caesarstone, & Standards of Excellence. A big thank you to everyone who helped make our grand opening a success!

Master Chef Taro Arai ready to start rolling!

Master Chef Taro Arai ready to start rolling!

Buzz of Crystal Cabinetry with some of the NFC crew.

Buzz of Crystal Cabinetry with some of the NFC crew.

Clients Kenneth & Valerie, Nicolette Patton, CKD of Nar Fine Carpentry & husband David 

Clients Kenneth & Valerie, Nicolette Patton, CKD of Nar Fine Carpentry & husband David 

Jeana Svendsen & Nick Kress of Standards of Excellence 

Jeana Svendsen & Nick Kress of Standards of Excellence 

Grey Trench, Nicole of Hall’s Windows, Malu Melton & Jim Scarr Owner of Hall’s Window

Grey Trench, Nicole of Hall’s Windows, Malu Melton & Jim Scarr Owner of Hall’s Window

Terri Gunther & Randy Gunther of Miele Appliances 

Terri Gunther & Randy Gunther of Miele Appliances 

Nick Englisis of Poggenpohl & Bernice Hagen 

Nick Englisis of Poggenpohl & Bernice Hagen 

Ashlee Richardson of Nar Fine Carpentry & Katelyn Tomlinson of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab

Ashlee Richardson of Nar Fine Carpentry & Katelyn Tomlinson of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab

Carolyn & Don 

Carolyn & Don 

From Left: Kaye (past client), Carolyn , Remona, Merle, & Bernice  

From Left: Kaye (past client), Carolyn , Remona, Merle, & Bernice  

Past Clients: Kaye & Cliff

Past Clients: Kaye & Cliff

Tayna Razumovsky & Victoria Bula Corbett of Medimer Marble 

Tayna Razumovsky & Victoria Bula Corbett of Medimer Marble 

Nar Bustamante of Nar Fine Carpentry with past clients, Hank & Lori.

Nar Bustamante of Nar Fine Carpentry with past clients, Hank & Lori.

From left: Hank & Lori, Nicolette Patton CKD of NFC, Nar Bustamante of NFC, Victoria of Medimer Marble & Tanya

From left: Hank & Lori, Nicolette Patton CKD of NFC, Nar Bustamante of NFC, Victoria of Medimer Marble & Tanya

The Dynamic Duo: Nar and Nicolette

The Dynamic Duo: Nar and Nicolette

NFC Crew: Ashlee, Nar, Nicolette, & Jennifer

NFC Crew: Ashlee, Nar, Nicolette, & Jennifer

The NFC Girls: Ashlee, Nicolette & Jennifer

The NFC Girls: Ashlee, Nicolette & Jennifer

From Left: Deborah Bustamante, Nar Bustamante of NFC, John & Lisa Mellberg

From Left: Deborah Bustamante, Nar Bustamante of NFC, John & Lisa Mellberg

Dan & Nicole Irvin

Dan & Nicole Irvin

From Left: Tom our Project Foreman, Nar Bustamante our Owner/Founder, Neil our Associate Carpenter.

From Left: Tom our Project Foreman, Nar Bustamante our Owner/Founder, Neil our Associate Carpenter.

From Left: Nicolette Patton of NFC & husband David, Beatrice Fung of Popp-Littrell

From Left: Nicolette Patton of NFC & husband David, Beatrice Fung of Popp-Littrell

NFC Crew: Tom and Neil

NFC Crew: Tom and Neil

The Solid Surface Crew: Dennis of Caesarstone, Emitt of Medimer Marble, Brent of Silestone, Carol of Cambria, Mike of Natural Stone Design Fabrication

The Solid Surface Crew: Dennis of Caesarstone, Emitt of Medimer Marble, Brent of Silestone, Carol of Cambria, Mike of Natural Stone Design Fabrication

The NFC Crew minus Nar.

The NFC Crew minus Nar.

Ray & Melissa Lavin of ZinLifStyle

Ray & Melissa Lavin of ZinLifStyle

Richard our cabinet installer & Jean E. 

Richard our cabinet installer & Jean E. 

Ray Walter & Gail Diehl of Diehl Interiors

Ray Walter & Gail Diehl of Diehl Interiors

From Left: Oliver of NFC, Bernice, Nick of Poggenpohl, & Remona

From Left: Oliver of NFC, Bernice, Nick of Poggenpohl, & Remona

Friends, Clients, Reps, & Designers enjoying the party!

Friends, Clients, Reps, & Designers enjoying the party!

One Big Party: Glenn our Master Carpenter & Cabinet Installer, Jordan of PBK, Brent of Silestone, Emitt of Medimer Marble, & Dennis of Caesarstone with the NFC crew.

One Big Party: Glenn our Master Carpenter & Cabinet Installer, Jordan of PBK, Brent of Silestone, Emitt of Medimer Marble, & Dennis of Caesarstone with the NFC crew.

NAR Fine Carpentry in Sacramento Magazine

Our Orange Kitchen is receiving quite the recognition around Sacramento.  Whether it is the bright Orange walls, Industrial & Eclectic Style, or the Innovation use of materials, this kitchen is certainly a conversation piece.  When the Home section Editorial writer from  Sacramento Magazine contacted us for an interview- we had to agree!

Photo Courtesy of Sacramento Magazine- Photo by Roy Wilcox

Photo Courtesy of Sacramento Magazine- Photo by Roy Wilcox

With the article titled “A Little Contemporary, A Little Classy . . . A Lot Eclectic”the article shows that what the author took away from this kitchen was true amazement of all the fine details that we had designed and built.  And the beauty of being a Design / Build Company- is that we can very carefully design details that can AND will actually be built as planned!  Many of the details in this kitchen took a huge amount of orchestration & attention to detail- and it shows!  Our job Foreman was sweating profusely this entire job.

This project was a design collaboration between President of Nar Fine Carpentry, Nar Bustamante & myself, Nicolette Patton.  Every step of the way was new and exciting.  From the layout & appliance placement, to the use of cabinet & building materials.  We stretched the use of concrete countertops to the limit, as well as Steel.  Speaking of steel, the clients weighed in BIG on the steel details, as the clients used their fabrication shop to do all the steel work.

Pick up your copy of Sacramento Magazine April 2013 or read online here.

More Photos of this Project:

Full Kitchen View. Photo by PhotographerLink

Full Kitchen View. Photo by PhotographerLink

Island View. Photo by PhotographerLink

Island View. Photo by PhotographerLink

Custom Steel Hood & Zebrano Eating Bar. Photo by PhotographerLink

Custom Steel Hood & Zebrano Eating Bar. Photo by PhotographerLink

Custom Steel Hood with Tapered Layers. Photo by PhotographerLink

Custom Steel Hood with Tapered Layers. Photo by PhotographerLink

Pop-Up Outlet on Concrete Countertops. Photo by PhotographerLink

Pop-Up Outlet on Concrete Countertops. Photo by PhotographerLink

Distressed Post on Island. Photo by PhotographerLink

Distressed Post on Island. Photo by PhotographerLink

Cantilevered Columns Over Oven & Pantry- Twisted Cabinets Above. All LED lighting. Photo by PhotographerLink

Cantilevered Columns Over Oven & Pantry- Twisted Cabinets Above. All LED lighting. Photo by PhotographerLink

Floating LVL Beam Shelves & Cantilevered Concrete Counter Landing. Photo by PhotographerLink

Floating LVL Beam Shelves & Cantilevered Concrete Counter Landing. Photo by PhotographerLink

Radiused LVL Desktop. Photo by NAR Fine Carpentry

Radiused LVL Desktop. Photo by NAR Fine Carpentry

Dovetail Drawers. Photo by NAR Fine Carpentry

Dovetail Drawers. Photo by NAR Fine Carpentry

Exterior Dining Room View- Custom Aluminum Windows. Photo by PhotographerLink

Exterior Dining Room View- Custom Aluminum Windows. Photo by PhotographerLink

Floating LVL Beam Shelves Suspended by Airplane Cable. Photo by PhotographerLink

Floating LVL Beam Shelves Suspended by Airplane Cable. Photo by PhotographerLink

Dining Room Buffet. Photo by PhotographerLink

Dining Room Buffet. Photo by PhotographerLink

Exterior View to Kitchen. Photo by PhotographerLink

Exterior View to Kitchen. Photo by PhotographerLink

Kitchen Desk. Photo by PhotographerLink

Kitchen Desk. Photo by PhotographerLink

Fully Integrated 48″ Refrigerator. Custom Backplate & Handles. Photo by PhotographerLink

Fully Integrated 48″ Refrigerator. Custom Backplate & Handles. Photo by PhotographerLink

By Nicolette Patton, CKD

NARI Dinner Was a Hit at NFC

Our showroom rarely sees more than 6 people at one time, so we were very thankful for the HUGE turn out for our NARI July dinner meeting at Nar Fine Carpentry in Sacramento.  A BIG thanks to everyone that helped put it together!

The Set-Up

The Set-Up

Checking out plans for NARI’s new community service project “Greenhouse"

Checking out plans for NARI’s new community service project “Greenhouse"

Enjoying the NAR Fine Carpentry Showroom

Enjoying the NAR Fine Carpentry Showroom

NARI Presidential Business

NARI Presidential Business

Laughs Unlimited

Laughs Unlimited

And the Prizes...

And the Prizes...

Our Crystal Cabinets Rep, Buzz Hegerle gearing up for his presentation.

Our Crystal Cabinets Rep, Buzz Hegerle gearing up for his presentation.

Even little Kailani got to play!  

Even little Kailani got to play!
 

Nar & Nicolette Working the Door

Nar & Nicolette Working the Door

Happy NARI members & staff- Thanks Brenda!

Happy NARI members & staff- Thanks Brenda!

Love those smiles!

Love those smiles!

"Greenhouse" Community Service Presentation

"Greenhouse" Community Service Presentation

Even the Dessert was Color Coordinated!

Even the Dessert was Color Coordinated!

I think this one will be for the wife.

I think this one will be for the wife.

Bradley Builders & Nar Fine Carpentry make a great team!

Bradley Builders & Nar Fine Carpentry make a great team!

The NAR Fine Carpentry Field Team

The NAR Fine Carpentry Field Team

Barn Door Sliding Hardware- A Must Have Accessory

Not only does barn door sliding hardware work, it can create an interesting twist on a room.  Hardware that was once considered extremely rustic and outdoors, is now on my mind as a “must have” accessory.  Much like the function of closet door hardware, the barn door style is a slider that is exposed, revealing its working parts.  It consists of a track and a wheel, which can be exposed with a hanger or concealed with a soffit or wall face.

Spoke Wheel & Hanger Hardware

Spoke Wheel & Hanger Hardware

Uses:  Doors: Interior or Exterior, Closets, Cabinet Doors, Artwork, Window Shutters, Glass Panels: Shower doors or Interior Doors.  We need not look any further than BarnDoorHardware.com for track and wheels and other necessary parts.

Barn Doors Enclose a Bathroom

Barn Doors Enclose a Bathroom

Wide Door to Separate Kitchen from Dining Area

Wide Door to Separate Kitchen from Dining Area

The great part about using barn door hardware, is that you are not limited to what you can use as a door.  Using a distressed barn door can be a nice touch for a den entrance or use the hardware to enclose a flat screen TV.

Arched Barn doors to cover TV and also look like Doorway when Closed

Arched Barn doors to cover TV and also look like Doorway when Closed

Sliding Panels to display Art in a Museum

Sliding Panels to display Art in a Museum

A Laundry Closet using Barn Doors to Cover when not in use.

A Laundry Closet using Barn Doors to Cover when not in use.

Glass Doors on a top track that pocket inside adjacent walls

Glass Doors on a top track that pocket inside adjacent walls

Beautifully Embellished Doors on Barn Door Hardware create a artful wall detail

Beautifully Embellished Doors on Barn Door Hardware create a artful wall detail

By Nicolette Patton, CKD

Our Contemporary Kitchen Wins 1st Place!

Nar Fine Carpentry is proud to announce that our “Davis Contemporary” Kitchen has won our local NKBA California Capital Chapter’s 2011 Design Competition Award for 1st Place Large Kitchen.  This kitchen has also won a CotY (Contractor of the Year) award with our local NARI Chapter.  But we are very excited as this is our first award with NKBA, National Kitchen and Bath Association.  I have posted about this kitchen before in an article title “That’s Hot!!!  This Davis Kitchen Does Contemporary” as it is one of our “showstoppers”.  After being professionally photographed by Fred Donham, it displays how beautiful the woods and colors work together.

View of Anigre Paneled Soffit 

View of Anigre Paneled Soffit 

Not only are we proud of our kitchen, but we are also proud members of the NKBA, National Kitchen and Bath Association.  The NKBA is dedicated to the advancement of the Kitchen and Bath Industry through education, certification and continually following new trends and products and ultimately help consumers create safe, energy efficient and functional spaces.  Nar Fine Carpentry attends our local California Capital Chapter meetings and courses.

Nicolette & Nar at the Sac NKBA Awards Gala

Nicolette & Nar at the Sac NKBA Awards Gala

Not only are the NKBA awards judged on aesthetic quality, but also Safety & Ergonomics, Elements and Principles of Design, Design Planning (which includes NKBA 31 Kitchen Planning Guidelines), Creativity and Presentation.  Put these all together, and you get beautiful kitchens and happy clients!

We also want to congratulate all of the other Sacramento Design Award Winners.  One of whom, is a designer that we work with frequently, Janice Stone Thomas, who also won 1st Place for Open Plan Kitchen.  We are very proud to have provided our Crystal Cabinetry for her project.  Bravo!

Nar Fine Carpentry’s Kitchen uses Custom Cabinetry by Crystal Cabinets, featuring Anegre & Maple wood, slate tile and Seafoam Granite.  Nicolette Patton, AKBD and Nar Bustamante collaborated on the design and also did the remodel from start to finish.

Kitchen View with Buffet

Kitchen View with Buffet

Cook Top and Bar Sink View

Cook Top and Bar Sink View

Island and Refrigerator View

Island and Refrigerator View

Buffet & Pantries

Buffet & Pantries

By Nicolette Patton, CKD

Touch-Open Cabinets: Blum's Servo-Drive for Any Cabinet

Taking the touch-latch even further, Blum has re-invented ServoDrive for use in cabinet access.  Servo Drive is an advanced motion control motor.  What that means for the kitchen, a great hands-free way to access storage.  Most people are familiar with the soft-close drawer system that is built into the drawer slide that catches the drawer before closing to pull the drawer in without noise.  Servo Drive by Blum, takes it one step further.  If you haven’t seen Blum’s ServoDrive video with their catchy theme song, don’t worry, I will spare you.  But do watch this.

As you can see in the video, a touch of the face of the drawer, and it opens.  This also works for wall lift cabinets.  Such as the Blum Aventos hinge, which can open up in 4 different configurations.

Blum Lift-Stay

Blum Lift-Stay

Blum Up & Over

Blum Up & Over

Blum Lift-Up

Blum Lift-Up

Blum Bi-Fold Lift

Blum Bi-Fold Lift

These types of door operation are mainly seen in more contemporary kitchens, but because they open up instead of side to side, they can be a bit difficult to grab the handle to close.

I recently ran into this situation on one of my kitchen jobs that required the Bi-fold lift door.  We used the bi-fold lift door because we had clearance constraints due to an oversized hood.  But when we opened the Bi-fold lift it was too difficult for my client to close.  So here was our Servo-Drive solution (the video is taken from YouTube):

With the touch of a button on the bottom of the cabinet, the door comes down.  VOILA!

Servo-Drive requires a power source, transformer, and a sharp installer.  As my Blum Rep says, “it’s not cheap”, but it can certainly be useful in certain situations, especially the trash cabinet.

By Nicolette Patton, CKD

Doggy Spots

Most dog owners are like me, I keep the doggy dishes in the kitchen where everyone can kick them over.  It is always a challenge to find a place where the food and water dishes are available to the dog, but not in the way of its owners, and is also convenient to refill and clean.  I am seeing more and more requests to accommodate our little paw-footed friends in kitchen and bath design and beyond.  And a challenge it is.  Thanks to Houzz.com we can see examples of how designers are designing with Fido in mind.

The most logical way to integrate a “feeding station” into a kitchen remodel, is to leave some floor space open between cabinets.

Or if you have some empty wall space underneath stairs or near a closet, you can build a niche into the wall.

For our larger and older canine friends, a little boost in elevation is more comfortable.  You can build-in a toekick underneath the dish, to lift the dishes a few inches, which is helpful when cleaning floors.

In the image below, the designer has lifted the dishes and installed a solid surface under the dishes for easy clean-up.

If your dog is like mine, he likes to hang-out in the kitchen and wait for scraps.  Some homeowners have gone as far as having a doggie lounge built-in to their space (so they can relax while they wait for appetizers).  This kitchen features a window seat for the dog.

Or build a covered bed so you still have a surface on top.  This photo shows a bed that is built into a buffet area.

Another trend for dog lovers is to build-in a dog washing station in the Mudroom or Laundry.  A small, tub / shower with a pull-down shower head at a comfortable height for owners, can be ultra convenient and less stress on the doggies.

Another fun way to integrate a sleeping area is to create an indoor dog house within the walls of the space.

The dog house below is also a tunnel to the outdoors.  It doubles as a dog house and doggie door.

Its clear that homeowners will go the mile to establish comfort in our homes for our pets, because they are truly part of the family.

By Nicolette Patton, CKD

The Large Kitchen Island

As a kitchen designer, my goal is to design a kitchen with style and functionality.  In terms of kitchen islands, the bigger the better, right?  Mmmm, not always.  Whenever I see a design with a huge island, I always wonder how (and who) cleans the center?  Large islands create great work stations because they offer so much surface area, but an island over 60″ one way can be difficult to reach, and who wants to get a step stool to clean a countertop?  Here are some tricks that us kitchen designers use to make large islands work, and stay pretty.

1).  Use different levels or heights to create display platforms for the center, end or portion of the island.  It is always nice when a large island has a bit of visual interest with a raised cabinet or countertop surface in its center or on a side, these can be used to place fresh flowers, a potted plant, fresh fruits, you name it.

2).  Design raised or lowered eating areas that help define an island and break up the surface area.  This is a very easy and functional way to divide an island.  You can also use a combination of #3 and #4 within your eating area.

3).  Insert curves, angles and different shapes to create interest and definition.  A curved end or angled edge can be interesting and create movement and rhythm within the space.

4).  Use a combination of different materials to suggest different uses for each material.  Butcher block with granite, quartz or marble, can create a cutting or baking area among your work stations.

Whatever space or challenges you face with your kitchen, use an island to create your kitchens character and personality, and if you have a large island use it in a large way!

By Nicolette Patton, CKD