Blaine business owner acquires Cedar Point Design
By Tara Nelson
Step inside many Semiahmoo luxury homes and you will see custom cabinetry and kitchen design by Blaine resident Chad Lindbloom’s Cedar Point Design.
Lindbloom, a graduate of Blaine high school, bought the Bellingham design and retail firm last April to compliment his growing contracting business, Lindbloom Design.
“I grew up in the building trade and went to work for my father right out of high school,” he said. “After I took over his business struggled for a few years but now I’m building custom homes in Semiahmoo and also some spec homes as well.”
Lindbloom said the new business allowed greater quality control through more oversight, reduced cost by eliminating additional subcontractors and increased efficiency by maintaining the same employees from start to finish.
“I have maintained almost all the same subcontractors I have had since the beginning,” he said. “My electrician, Blue Heron Electricity, for example, has been around since day one.”
At first, the company simply sold custom cabinetry and counters, but Lindbloom said they have expanded their products and services to include interior design services and more specialty fixtures.
In otherwords, it’s a one-stop shop for new and remodel jobs, said interior designer Jennifer Bullard, who was recently hired on to help customers with project planning.
“We are one of the more unique design stores in that we can take you through your project from start to finish,” she said.
Bullard, a graduate of San Diego Mesa accredited design school with 10 years of experience in the industry. She also worked for several years with the Building Industry Association and helped further develop their green building program, a voluntary certification program to establish standards for environmentally friendly building practices.
Their retail line includes products from Huntwood, a green manufacturing company based in Liberty Lake, Washington, as well as products from Crystal Cabinetry company, which sells LEED-certified and formaldehyde-free materials as established by the U.S. Green Building Council.
To remain competitive, Bullard said Cedar Point Design works with their customers initially at no cost. Customers also reap the benefit of not having to pay a double mark-up on products and services since both come from the same business.
“So basically customers can meet with us at no charge,” she said. “Then we give them the choice of putting a deposit down or a design retainer and make a decision about products later. Most companies don’t do that.”
Lindbloom also hired Peggy McCoy, owner of Bellingham’s former Knob Shop & Home Gallery to focus on retail and customer service, as well as hard-to-find decorative hardware.
Their first anniversary sale runs now until May and includes 35 percent discounts on most stocked products.
Cedar Point Design is located at 1425 N. State Street in Bellingham and can be reached by calling 671-5311.
For more information about green building, visit the USGBC’s web site at www.usgbc.org.