Timing is everything, especially for Julie and Bob Nasheim. Julie has a marketing company that specializes in helping technology companies get to market. Bob represents payment processing companies. Since their jobs allow them to work anywhere, having the perfect home was important.
When it came time for them to create their dream home, Julie and Bob decided to gather ideas from the SWMBIA Parade of Homes. It was there that they first met Arlie Naeher of Davis Cabinetry.
“When we met Arlie, we hadn’t yet committed to building a new home but we were exploring ideas for that possibility. Arlie struck us as a genuine person, which stayed with us.”
Assembling The Team
“A friend of ours is a custom home builder. He is focused on quality and is on-site everyday during the building process. Having trust in our general contractor was a must-have. We wanted to be “hands-on” during the project so we gathered input on subcontractors and began asking them for quotations.”
“Because the homebuilding market in Bozeman is so hot, it took the first cabinetry company four months to get back to us. When we asked a second company, that our builder had worked with, it took them three months to get back to us. That was worrisome because we wanted to work with someone who was as excited about our new home as we were. It was concerning that it took so long to get back to us. How would that translate into their ability to get their work done on a timely basis?”
“We met Arlie, again, at a home show at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds. Given our experience with the two other cabinetry companies, we were really surprised at how responsive he was. He was just as busy, or busier, than the others.”
Responsiveness and Service
“To us, responsiveness and service were key, which is why we selected Arlie. When we met with him, we could tell that he cared about our project. Arlie spent a lot of time asking questions about how we planned to use our kitchen and our bathrooms. He didn’t say, ‘Here are some cupboards, and we’ll hang them on the wall.’ Every detail was thought through, his prices were competitive, and I really liked him and his team: they are great people and were fun to work with.”
“When building a house, you work with a lot of different people, some of whom look at it as only a job. A few, like Arlie, view the work as an engagement. This really helped, because we managed a few of the subcontractors and wanted partners that were as invested in the process as we were.”
“Our builder managed the overall subcontractor schedules and we found that Arlie and Becky were super easy and fun to work with. They were flexible in accommodating our schedule changes, which put our minds at ease. I would classify our relationship as business-serious and personal non-serious.”
Defining the Vision
“I had a good understanding of what we wanted and I brought Arlie a bunch of Pinterest pictures. He helped me define our home’s vision, which I found was a refined take on Montana Rustic. We had seen some homes of that type and found the scale and the decorating to be too overwhelming for our taste. Arlie really helped us make sure that we had some rustic touches with clean lines.”
“Another thing that was really helpful was, after gaining a complete understanding of how we planned to use our space, Arlie suggested things that we never would have considered. For example, he knew we could use a cabinet between the sinks in our master bath; he had some of the best ideas for the garage. The cabinets are very functional and look nice, too.”
Going Above and Beyond
“Arlie doesn’t work in a vacuum. His understanding of all of the related trades caused him to suggest that we flip-flop our dishwasher and sink. He knew us so well and took the opportunity to move things around so that they were more functional and easier to use. It took some time to learn how I planned to use each drawer and cabinet. The suggestions for a specialized solution for the corner cabinet was perfect. I didn’t want a Lazy Suzan and Arlie suggested a mechanism where the contents of the cabinet pull completely out and swivel. Genius!”
“The placement and size of our breakfast nook window conflicted with the depth of our refrigerator; this was a major concern because we didn’t want the refrigerator to be obtrusive. We also didn’t want the nook to look like an afterthought – we wanted it to look more like a piece of furniture. Arlie went to work. He custom-tapered the cabinet depth from the refrigerator front to that side of the breakfast nook. This, coupled with the addition of a second color tone, broke-up what could have been just a long wall of cabinets.”
We Love Our Kitchen!
“We take our kitchen for granted because we both work at home. I love the two- tone look and how it transitions to the breakfast nook. Another important addition are the deep drawers – I absolutely love them!
“I really appreciate the time that Arlie, Becky, and the people at Slabworks of Montana took studying my flooring samples to make sure that the decorative and functional components of the kitchen worked together. Slabworks of Montana didn’t just stop at the cabinets and countertops; they made sure that everything worked together. The team is gracious and did a great job, they were just as invested in the creation of our new home as we were.
“I definitely recommend them to others.”
If you would like to set up a consultation for your dream kitchen, contact us.