Customers of great style and taste…

When you refer a friend to Brunarhans, it is the best complement.  Your trust and confidence placed in us is taken seriously.  And when people of great style and taste refer their friends to Brunarhans, this is the highest complement and testimony we could receive.   Paula Allen is such a customer, neighbor, and friend.  She visited the other day with her friend, Marlene, who is in the process of a bathroom remodeling project.

Paula_Allen

Here is Paula in our showroom kitchen made of Birch wood with durable Zodiaq countertops.  Her home is filled with Brunarhans from kitchen to bathroom to office.  Going to our file cabinets, we uncovered the details, laid out in the picture below.  We see hand drawn kitchen sketches,  hand drawn furniture sketches, hand drawn bathroom sketches which show the early design iterations.  These are then followed up by full color 3D CAD renderings of the kitchen space.

 

Allen_kitchen

The Allens allowed us to make several pieces for their beautiful home, including a kitchen, main bath, master bath, TV cabinet, coffee table, matching end tables, bathroom doors, 52 inch wide serving buffet, 48 inch wide sofa table, chair side chest, and a round table.  Most of these pieces are hand crafted out of solid 3/4 oak, with Minwax Fruitwood 241.

The kitchen is a standard overlay design, made of 3/4 inch oak, with Whirlpool appliances, raised panel cathedral doors with ogee edge treatment and Blum hinges.  Just like ordering a car, Brunarhans kitchens have a wide range of options and the Allens selected a silverware divider, undersink pullout, soap dispenser, pullout trays, microwave cabinet, large top crown molding, utility divider, sliding wastebasket, breadbox drawer, wine rack, spice rack, pullout cutting board, pullout and swivel TV mount.

The master bath has high 97 inch ceilings with post and beam reveal, a large Concertino Whirlpool, and solid oak vanity.

The oak buffet is focal point of the dining room.  This significant piece is almost 7 feet tall and 5 feet wide of solid 3/4 oak wood finished by hand with Minwax Fruitwood stain.  Serving as a display piece for their heirloom china service, the buffet hutch has 4 glass doors, plate grooves on all shelves, and baseboard cutouts on the front and sides.

The Conrad Allen Realty business never sleeps, so a home office is quite necessary.  Conrad spends many hours in the Allen home office, which deserves special mention.  This home office is made of 3/4 inch solid mahogany and is custom designed and fitted to the space perfectly.  The desk several drawers with file rail guides for Pendaflex hanging folders and PC.  A key design detail of the desk is the symmetrical fluted stiles.  The fluted stiles are hand crafted and Made in America in our woodshop of mahogany, and then assembled on site with Lamello biscuits to avoid any hint of fastening hardware.  There are no visible finishing nails holes, no wood putty filler, no wood buttons hiding a wood screw.  The result is a flawless finish with no visible fastening hardware, perfectly aligned pieces, and the biscuits actually pull the workpieces together.   All this takes a bit longer prep time in the shop, but it pays off with years of service looking as good as new.

The office also has a large bookcase for storage.  the shelves have 1 1/4 inch nosing on the 30 inch wide shelves.  This makes for a nice visual element to the shelves but also provides rigid span support.  Near the bookcase is a large fabric covered cork board 5 feet wide.  The doors  on the office cabinets have routed cove edges, with the base cabinets having full cable management for the PC and other electronics.  The framing bead on the cabinets doors has an ogee pattern on the stile and rail of the doors for a subtle distinguished design.  If you are going to work long hard hours, you may as well have a beautiful space to work in, right?

 

Tired of shopping malls?

A Thanksgiving Welcome – the Tetreaults come for a visit.   Coming to the Brunarhans showroom is an experience about as anti-shopping mall as you can get.  So much retail shopping occurs for the holidays that it is very ANONYMOUS.   But, several times a month, families like the Tetreaults come back to Brunarhans, having first made a purchase OVER 37 years ago! Over 11 custom made Brunarhans pieces fill their home, and have lasted for generations.  Story posted at Brunarhans.

No shopping mall traffic

Visit from the Tetreaults

Over the past 37 years the Tetreaults have furnished their lovely home with several custom made in America pieces from Brunarhans: a full sofa upholstered in Barrow Industries fabric, coffee table, 2 end lamp tables, an upholstered ottoman, a fireside chair, a full size swivel rocker chair, stereo cabinet entertainment center, a queen size cannonball bedroom set, 2 night stands.  And this information came from our hard copy index card sales order files at the Brunarhans showroom, seen here in Mrs Tetreaults hand.  We have several filing cabinets full of these manual records, showing the details of all purchases of our customers over the years.  They even include the hand drawn sketches and designs!

manual filing system cabinet

Original sales order from 37 years ago…

Cold winter day, 30 years ago…

A cold winter day.  30 years ago.  A handsome young couple were shopping for their new Sturbridge home and needed the basics for their kitchen and dining room.  It was 1985 and they came to Brunarhans, which already had a 10 year reputation of producing distinctive custom kitchens.  Starting with a hutch made of pine with glass doors, then a matching server sideboard cupboard, and finally, a brand new built-to-fit kitchen made of oak with raised panel doors and a Corian countertop.  Beautiful kitchen and dining room and an easy design, build, and installation process.  They were happy then, and they are happy now.  We welcomed this couple back to our showroom as they discussed plans for their next home real estate, and told us of the years of service they’ve gotten out of their Brunarhans kitchen.  Our file cabinets are full of the blueprints and stories of our customers turned friends; well over 50,000 customers over the years.  Visit our showroom to see why our customers keep coming back.

loyal customers