Thursday, March 22, 2012


Hey there, welcome back to another entry of the Goodwin Mill & Cabinet blog. This time I wanna talk about a new job we're doing in Cedar City, UT. The family is named Colbert and the house is absolutely incredible! It's built in the Cedar Knolls subdivision and it has the most spectacular views imaginable. I took a bunch of pics of the view, but most of them turned out too dark to post. These first two pics are ones that turned out ok.

The home overlooks the city proper and they've taken full advantage of their location by placing windows all around the house to capture the view. This also allows them to take advantage of the natural light, which this house has in abundance.

The first pic I wanna show of cabinetry is the laundry room. It's hard to get a wide angle shot here, but as you can see, they have two large standing cabinets with rows up uppers, center partitions and a row of shelving with a bench seat below. If you put a coat hook in each partition, you could have a station for sitting and putting on your shoes and coat. Each family member could have their own space to hang a jacket and store shoes. The second photo in this series shows the bench and lower portion more accurately. The flooring isn't finished, but you can see the warm colored paint and if the flooring stays a natural color, you'll have an extremely bright atmosphere throughout the home.

In the next pic you can see the uppers more clearly. These cabinets feature inset doors. They have a frame on the face with the doors mounted to the frame. This gives the doors a recessed look and a flat surface. The color is a white wash and in the case of this home, is used to bring out the more subtle colors of the paint. It will also help draw the eye to decorative pieces like paintings, plants or other objects.

This next photograph shows the opposite wall from the one we were just looking at. To the far left you can see the opening for the washer and dryer. There's a free floating cabinet and then a section of uppers. You can see the detail of the inset doors, the
light rail and the crown molding. The detail on the crown and light rail is rather ornate compared to the simplicity of the doors. But the design is right in line with the base and ceiling crown. The ceiling crown is somewhat more complicated as it's a two step crown, but there's a graduating flow between the cabinet crown and the ceiling crown.

That last pic was the lower cabinets. You can see the washer and dryer opening a little better. You can also see the row of cabinets below the uppers and how they look.

This pic shows you a small section of drawers with some uppers behind the garage entry. They're somewhat
hidden when that door is open, but they are perfect for additional storage. Notice the light filtering in through the window down the hall.

The next two pics are the bathrooms attached to the bedrooms upstairs. They are done in a darker stain. The bathrooms are back to back and the design is exactly the same. Drawer
banks on either side of the sink cabinet.

Some guys were working in the second bathroom; which is why my photo of that set has a ladder in it. I think the painters were in there. It's interesting to note that all the bathrooms are this darker color. It makes an interesting contrast to the lighter colors in the
areas the family actually live in; like the kitchen, living room, etc. etc.

This next set of pics are of the kitchen. At the moment, the kitchen is still under installation and not complete. These three big wall units stand side by side on that wall by themselves. They're an interesting grouping and quite majestic where they are.

This picture is of the island. If you maximize the photo, you can see the corbels underneath. There's not toe kick base on or a counter top, but it's still nice to see it at this stage. You can also get a feel for the stove area directly behind it. To the right is where the refrigerator will go.

This last kitchen photo shows that area behind the island more clearly. You can see the spot for the oven and the hood above it. When this was first installed, the family wasn't too keen on the protruding hood so we pulled the top part forward to even it up with the rest of the hood. This also lends itself to the flat look of the inset cabinets.

The final pics are the cabinets in the master bathroom. Once again you can see the dark color stain. It's another mirror image set with two wall units on either end and the same cabinets in between. This creates a sense of balance and helps maintain the flow of the room.

The last pic is the wall unit in the entry way to the master bath. This unit is more of a closet. I imagine it will be filled with robes, towels and other folding items used in the room.

We're very excited about this home and what will happen next. Colbert's have made choices that brighten the rooms and create a sense of sophistication through simplicity.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012


So more on the teardrop trailer... The boys glued and screwed the skin on the outside of the hatch. It went on pretty well and then they filled the screw holes and little cracks in the wood with bondo. When it is all sanded, they will re-install it to make sure it still fits. They are going to cover the lid and roof with Rhino liner. It is rubbery so it will flex with the trailer as well as providing a completely waterproof roof. This pic shows Kent working on the skin of the outside hatch.

This next picture shows how the lid looks when they temporarily installed it to the trailer. This side view shows the complete shape of the trailer and the skin is the lighter colored wood covering the darker wood body. The tail lights and back handle were also temporarily installed. Just for the sake of seeing what it would look like.

The next photograph shows the tail-end straight on. You get a better view of the tail lights and the handle.

At this point, you have a general idea of how it will look when it's complete. Of course there's been no color added or finish work completed. It still has the natural wood color to it. All of that will change soon, once the brothers decide what color it should be.

While Chris was working on the hatch Kent began the work on the round windows. You can see the frame he milled for the outside of the window in this picture.

They also scewed in the shelf in the sleeping compartment today. The lights fit in the little round discs on the bottom. This will be handy to put keys, wallets and such when you get ready
to retire for the night. The lights are swivel lights and may be installed later today.

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One of the most fascinating and intricate work we do in the shop is post turning. Posts are turned and cut out with an automatic lathe. It happens almost like magic. You can sit and watch the lathe turn for hours and still not believe what it's doing. The post turning allows us to distinguish ourselves stylistically and sets us apart creatively.

We supply turnings for several distributors around the country. We ship all types of turnings including Kitchen posts, Newel posts with balusters and we can make templates for about any type of post our buyers desire. We even match turnings. We've even had the opportunity to match historical turnings in older buildings and homes from the pioneer days. We've yet to be challenged with something older, but for this part of the country, that's as old as it gets.

Post turning is a process that can take anywhere from 7 to 60 minutes per post depending on intricacy. In the video I'm sharing today, you see a more simple post. This one is already partially cut out and the detail you see cut into the post is actually the final cut to complete the design.

It's also cool to note that once we have a template in place, each post is duplicated to exact measurements. Mike Wilson is the guy you see in the first part of the video. Turned posts are his area of expertise. He runs that portion of the company and it would be interesting to run an entry on him sometime. Let you get to know some of the people who make Goodwin Mill & Cabinet such a great place to make your dreams come true.

If you're having trouble viewing the video, you can link to the website and look at it there, or you can check out the clip on youtube.

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Monday, March 19, 2012


The brothers did get a little time this weekend to work on a few things. Kent continued to work on the side doors. This view shows the trim painted black and inserted in the opening. He also has the frame for the other side made and fit into the opening. As you can see he has cut the opening for the round window. Kent is a real craftsman and has done a great job with the doors and paneling. He also has a great sense of color.

While Kent was working on the doors, Chris started on the hatch door. It is a challenge to make but he thinks it's starting to turn out ok. He put the top and bottom rails together and then screwed the frame where he wanted it. Next, he installed the remaining spars and corner blocks to make it ridged. You can see that he framed the openings for the tail lights also.

Here is another view of the hatch door raised up. When Chris was ready to lift it he removed the screws that held it in place and it remained in it's original shape and appears to be working pretty well. They will be installing the skin on the outside shortly and running wires to the lights.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Today I'm doing an entry on the Sochor home in Hatch, UT. Since this job isn't completely finished, these pics need to be viewed with the thought in mind that they are in progress rather than as a completed job. One of the first things I did was take some pics of the beautiful scenery and views you get from the home itself. These particular pics are ones I too the first night. The moon was so bright that first night and I wanted to show the moon over the mountains in the distance. What you probably can't see is the red tops of the mountains. The red is the beginning of Bryce Canyon National Park.

You can kinda see the stone pillars in this pic as well. The 2nd pic shows you how the stone ties together to form the
lower floor and entryway for the home. You can see the garage where we backed up and unloaded the cabinetry before hauling it upstairs to where it would be installed.

In the 3rd pic, you see the upper portion of the home and the balcony wrapping around. The deck is sectioned in two parts and has doors in
the kitchen and master bedroom.

The next photo is a wide angle shot of the kitchen. The doors are on, but the reason they are all open is because we didn't have the latches to hold them in place. The hinges have a natural swing to them and they are held shut by magnet latches. They still need to be installed for the doors to stay closed. These latches spring open with a very gentle push.

In the next pic, you can see the openings built for the refrigerator. This is a great pic because you can see a couple things clearly. One, is the natural color and style to the cabinetry. The doors and all surfaces are a solid flat panel. The coloring is a natural finish over a wood varnish that shines the gives the wood it's glow. You can see how clean this look is and how bright the walls look even though the sky is overcast and dismal outside. This is an amazing example of how intense this contrast can be and how this color and style will allow for a warmer space.

The next pic is a pic I took from the balcony. I wanted
to show ow remote the home actually is. The driveway actually comes up from the main road through the forest. All around it, you can see this view. Trees and horizon. It's breathtaking.

And snow on the ground of course. There was also snow.

Our next pic is another wide pic of the
kitchen. This one is focusing on the uppers. Once again, you can see how the doors are open on the cabinets and the shelves are in, but the doors won't shut without the magnetic latches in place. This is another good pic showing the natural light streaming through the window even though the skies are overcast and gloomy. You still have a feeling of cheerfulness when you look at the cabinets.

This next shot is focused more on the lowers. You can clearly see the island and some of the lowers. I spent some shots on the island because it features the only color variation in the entire job. The island has that great green color to it. The end facing the camera is basically a finished side, and I'm not
sure what all the individual squares are for. There will be a granite overhang on this end.

In this pic, you see the island again and I wanted to show the front of the island. You see the green doors and the finished end with all the squares. The backside will be a panel from the same green color. The other end is just
a finished green side.

This next photo is the uppers on the other side of the kitchen. On the wall with the window. You can see the ceiling here. Both the ceiling and the flooring are the same natural wood color. You can see the can lights as well as the wood casing around the window itself. I think you can see some clear panels on the doors to some of the lowers as well. One thing that really strikes me as I look at this pic... As simple as the design is on the cabinetry, the squares on the end of the island are quite geometric and actually fit the simplicity of this design. If anything, they are complimentary because they feature a splash of color on the only cabinet that offers any complexity in
design and appearance. It's very smart and sophisticated.

These next pics show the library. These bookcases are mirror cabinets. In other words, they are the same except they face opposite directions. They are located on either side of a large picture window on the second floor above the entryway. Of all the cabinets, these are probably my favorite. They are similar in appearance to the other cabinets, yet more simple because they are just banks of shelves.

I think the thing that makes them more fascinating is the fact they are mirror cabinets standing sentinel beside the window.

This one shows the cabinet from the other side. You can see the how it sits against the wall. Both sides have the diagonal A frame towards the ceiling and frame up next to the picture window. You can see the small bank of shelves against the side of the window, the long banks in the center and the open sided triangle shelves on the end. The crown on top is like the rest of the project. Its got the simple build up and the toe kick is also rather simplistic. All in all, you have a fresh look here. It gives it a more clean and vibrant appearance. When you put it next to a window with natural light exposure, it just accents the cabinetry even more. It's nice to have such varying views of this cabinet set.

This next photo is the desk. Although you don't actually see the desk portion, (it was too deep and we needed to cut it down in size before we installed it), you do see the shelves that go above it. Again, you can see how simple the design is. The lines are neat and sharp. This pic is great because you can also see the crown above the cabinet and the light rail below. Both are extremely simple. Essentially, just square build up.

The desk itself is mounted to the wall directly below the shelving. You can imagine it better if you look at some of the other pics here from previous homes where we've built similar desks. I think the desks are an interesting and diverse addition to any space and
I'm excited we're making them. I'm also excited people are buying them and putting them in their homes.

This next photograph shows the two vanities and a bank of drawers in the master bathroom. They're separated by a drawer bank. Directly across from the vanities is another section of cabinetry. This time, the cabinets are
just storage units with doors and shelving.

There are two uppers and two lowers. The uppers are same dimensions and the lowers are also same dimension. The upper closest to me is missing the doors because I decided to bring them back. I noticed a slight discoloration on the doors. We'll probably have to remake them, but there's a chance we can sand them down and refinish them without remaking them. But we won't know until we start sanding. (Note: We tried sanding but ultimately, we'll have to remake the doors. Just no way to keep the color on. Had to sand deeply to get the markings out.)

The final pic is another view of the book shelves. This
time, it's heavily overcast outside. There is a lot of natural light still filtering through the window, but you see the cabinets in a natural way... Without heavy brightness. They still look wonderful.

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It's been an exciting week at Goodwin Mill & Cabinet. We started on Monday in Hatch, UT working on the Sochor home in the Paunsaugunt Cliffs Subdivision. This exclusive community features homes with majestic, often sweeping views. Most of these homes are vacation properties. The community itself is adjacent to Bryce Canyon National Park. It's really astonishing!

This was an overnight trip and we stayed in a Motel decorated with a horse theme. Horse paintings, wall paper, etc. etc. It was called Riverside Resort and we ate at the restaurant attached to the property called the Cactus Cowboy. I'll include links at the bottom of the page.

The Sochor house itself is quite amazing. The cabinetry is simple, natural and
clean. I'll post some pics. Toward the end of the second day, a storm rolled in and everything started getting dark. But inside the kitchen, with some natural light still spilling through the open windows, the space seemed bright and cheerful. The natural wood look really stood out in the gloom.

Returning from that rural part of Utah, the next day we headed to the small community of Overton, Nevada. We're doing a job there for the Anderson family. This job is particularly interesting because it's a combination job. Part of the work is installing new cabinets while the second is refacing some existing cabinetry.

The Andersons have two colors for their cabinets. One of them is the delightful cream color used on the Jones property during the Parade of Homes. Of all the current colors I've seen on cabinetry, this is by far my favorite. It's just lovely. We did as much as we could at the Andersons before heading back to St. George. At this point, to finish the job, we're waiting on the new floor to be set in place. Once the floor
is in, we will build the island. I'll include some pics of the Anderson cabinets in the near future.

Thursday and Friday were spent in beautiful Cedar City at the Colbert job. This house is incredible. It's a massive home with lots of open space and windows. The use of windows is generous in order to take advantage of the view. The property is located in the Cedar Knolls area. This part of town is camouflaged from the city and sprawls up the face of a small mountain. The homes in the subdivision feature exclusive views of the city and surrounding area. It's gorgeous.

The cabinetry in the home is a juxtaposition of sorts. Some of them are practically painted white while the bathroom cabinetry is an extremely dark color. Almost black. It's an interesting blend of two extreme looks and in combination with the various paint colors, it's rather remarkable. The cabinets blend in with the rooms they're in by intensifying the wall coloring. I'll post some pics of this job soon as well.

Hopefully, you'll enjoy seeing more beautiful craftsmanship from Goodwin Mill & Cabinet.

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You can read about the Riverside Resort and the Cactus Cowboy restaurant.