03 November 2009

A kitchen that Henrybuilt

To say that New York and Seattle-based Henrybuilt builds kitchens would be to underestimate their mission. Henrybuilt builds cabinetry with a level of passion and commitment to craft that I don't think anyone else approaches. Henrybuilt kitchens, wardrobes, offices, baths, tables and seating are painstakingly engineered and manufactured to last a lifetime, several lifetimes in fact. Each Henrybuilt project is an original production and anything they produce is worth every penny that it costs.


Kitchen by Henrybuilt

Henrybuilt is not for everyone, including me by the way. Oh would that I could afford this kind of bespoke cabinetry. But alas, I spent too much time finding myself when I was younger instead of spending that time accumulating a net worth. Oh well, there's still time to build an empire...


Viola Park


Anyhow, Henrybuilt is as aware as anyone that their level of exquisite is beyond the reach of a lot of people, and they've come up with a solution in the form of a brand called Viola Park. Viola Park is a system of made-to-order cabinetry made with the same level of care and passion that's so lovingly heaped onto Henrybuilt-branded cabinetry. In fact, it's hand made in the same Seattle facility where all of Henrybuilt's offerings are made.


Viola Park

Viola Park is different in that it's only available directly from Viola Park, and it eliminates dealers form the equation entirely. Without a middleman and since Henrybuilt delivers everything they make directly, there are savings galore to be had with Viola Park. Even though Viola Park cabinetry is made by hand and to order, they limited some of the options and that brought the price down further.


Viola Park

There are a wide number of layout options available in Viola Park's website, but they are there to illustrate a point and to give some representative prices. In order to render a design and place an order, someone considering Viola Park will be assigned a designer in Seattle who will execute the design and supervise the final product. This is a very good thing. Designing cabinetry and placing cabinetry orders requires a lot of expertise and having someone capable on your side will save you a whole lot of heartache. Not to mention expensive mistakes.


Viola Park

I've been playing around with Viola Park's layouts and prices for the last couple of weeks and it almost hard to believe that the cabinetry prices on the designs I'm showing here can be had for less than $20,000; some times a lot less. It's amazing, really. These layouts are even more proof that a low budget doesn't have to mean a bad result.


Viola Park

Viola Park's website has a page dedicated to determining a reasonable budget, and on it holds some of the most sound advice on kitchen renovation budgeting I've ever come across. There's even an Excel spreadsheet that will help you work out a budget for yourself. What a service that is and it's definitely something that just found its way into my client first meeting agenda from now on. Seriously, if you're thinking about a renovation of your own, please use this spreadsheet. 



Viola Park

Even though the very idea of Viola Park cuts me out of the picture completely, I can't help thinking that Henrybuilt is on to something big with Viola Park. Business models have life cycles and I really believe that the model I depend on for a living is headed toward a significant shift. Who knows where it will end up? But I honestly believe that it's going to look a lot like Viola Park when it gets here.

2 comments:

  1. I adore Henrybuilt. I think; I haven't seen it in real life.

    I haven't know what to think about Viola Park.

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  2. Get thee to Seattle then, they have a showroom there. They are even more impressive in person than they are in photographs. Just being around exquisitely engineered and constructed stuff is a thrill.

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