they get what they want,” Kumph said. “That’s just as
important on the residential side, where there’s more
emotion, as it is on the commercial side, where the
emphasis is on schedule.
“Many of the commercial clients started out as customers on the residential side, and they had home or
large businesses or worked for businesses. They had a
good contractor experience with Premier and wanted
to continue that relationship.
“We’re not adversaries with the client. We’re part
of the team with the designer and owner. We always
respond to architects, clients, designers, homeown-ers or the business owners. We want the bad news if
something goes wrong, or if there’s a problem.”
Kumph said that Premier is also having the new experience of working with their customer’s children.
“Now my son Matthew is working in the business,”
he said. “To be able to have my son work with my client’s son is a really unique experience. It’s something
I hadn’t thought about in the past, but it’s quite a
rewarding feeling to see him growing as a professional, working for other professional’s children in
In the Wood Diamond winners
Premier Builders has
won Cabinet Makers
Diamond awards every
year from 2010 to
2015, and in 2013 they
won three first place
awards, for a fireplace
bar and creative wine
cellar. In 2016, the
company won two first
place awards and one
second place award.
In 2017, Premier won
two Wood Diamond
awards, the first in the
category of commercial/institutional, furniture, over $50,000.
The company made three conference tables, a boardroom
table with teleconferencing capacity, curved veneer tabletops, concealed wire management system, integrated IT
hardware including built-in microphones, power and video
connections. Robbin sapele veneers, sapele hardwood edging, Soss hinges and M.L. Campbell finishes were used.
Kumph said that the design and shape of the conference and boardroom tables was the most unusual aspect of
the design. The technology eliminated a distorted view of
attendees at a meeting. He said a recent trend has been to
incorporate more technology into boardroom tables.
The other Wood Diamond winner for 2017 was more
unusual. Premier designed and built a saddle/tack horse to
be used as storage in a horse barn, after seeing a saddle
resting on a wooden sawhorse. The C.R. Onsrud CNC
router cut out the main frame ends, and the round top was
made using hardwood staves and was hand planed and
sanded to its final curve. Hand-made mahogany drawers
with wooden slides were made with the reclaimed tung-oiled
antique chestnut drawer faces. Mahogany, reclaimed chestnut, natural leather, and brass accents were used.
Wood Diamond winner for 2017
was a saddle/tack horse to be used
as storage in a horse barn. The
inspiration was seeing a saddle
resting on a wooden sawhorse.
C.R. Onsrud Pro Series CNC router was added last year
and now does much of the cutting. It was the first CNC
machine for the company.