Berkeley Woodworking History
The island has a contrasting “Heirloom Antique Sage” finish, with beautiful details including the fluted and carved acanthus leaf turned legs. Like the Waltons, the countertop is made from a warm wood instead of the granite which is the remainder of the space. The farm sink that is “so Large I could put Fred in it” is cleverly placed in a corner with easy access to the eating bar. In every kitchen there is “dead space, “but Richard has all but eliminated that thorny problem by custom designing narrow shelving for cooking oils and paper products like clear wrap and foil. “Richard not only gave us exactly what we wanted; he is very easy to work with. He was always available when we needed him and even helped work through problems on the jobsite.
Giving clients exactly what they want has been Berkley Woodworking mission since 1978 when they first opened the doors. The Business took off, and in 1985 Berkley Woodworking expanded their business with the purchase of their current 55,000-sq-ft facility, which includes a showroom and a manufacturing plant. The spacious showroom contains a litany of kitchen displays along with a separate styles, colors, stains, profiles, and wood combinations. “Architects and builders are not usually kitchens designers, so it’s best to come to the experts,” says Richard. “We like to work in tandem with them to customize every kitchen to meet the homeowners needs. Because we manufacture the cabinets here, there is no extra charge for odd sizes. “We listen carefully to what the customer wants and then design a virtual kitchen on the computer, employing Computer aided design and manufacturing (CAD CAM) technology. It incorporates every product to be used in the design. This allows the customers to see a three-dimensional prospective view that incorporates all the elements they have selected. These three-dimensional drawings are downloaded onto the computer technology control (CNC) equipment in the factory which allows for the cutting, routing, and drilling to accuracy within one-thousandth of an inch. The same person that designs also engineers the job, we do it right the first time.
The enormous, well-organized, state of the art workshop was designed for the ultimate in efficiency by a German engineering firm with input from Richard. Despite this high-tech equipment, cabinetry is finished the old-fashioned way by skilled craftsmen. They use age old techniques of hand sanding and hand staining. The cabinets are then topped with a catalyzed conversation varnish to achieve a durable finish resistant to food, chemicals, and water. It’s the only way to achieve the high quality and durable product we want. Before being sent to the customers home, each cabinet is carefully inspected and wrapped in plastic shrink-wrap to avoid damage. Then the cabinetry is delivered and installed by skilled cabinet installer employed by Berkeley Woodworking. We don’t use subcontractors.