Family Business Sells Diversity from Top to Bottom
By John Filippelli
You see, Kienzl president and owner of Bradco Kitchens & Baths and a product of Austria knows that diversity is what gives his business the vision to satisfy the diverse needs and desires of his own customers, many of whom believe that "something different" is essential to creating their dream spaces. He employs some 30 staff members from various cultures and backgrounds including an in-house construction team, designers and architect and operates an ancillary construction business, an import business and a wood shop, all of which support each others success.
The company's 6,500-sq.-ft. showroom allows Kienzl to display a wide variety of products, both domestic and imported, while showcasing his designers' abilities and employees' product knowledge. Offerings include items from Caesarstone, Bertch, Franke, Azzura, Moen, Vasser and UltraCraft.
Though it is based in a wealthy community, Kienzl notes that the company specializes in custom new construction and remodeling for all types of budgets, from middle-income to very high-end.
"Our showroom looks expensive, but we have something for everybody," he proclaims. "We believe you should only offer customers what they can afford, which means we need to carry a large variety of products."
Therefore, Kienzl along with his wife and daughter who serve as CFO and advertising/promotions coordinator, respectively bills the firm as a one-stop shopping destination offering design service "from concept to completion."
This philosophy, he adds, allows him to customize every detail
of a project, with offerings that vary from a Spanish Colonial
custom cabinet line to tiles created in Bradco's custom tile
According to Kienzl, one of the unique aspects of the firm is how it benefits from his ancillary import business, construction company and wood shop. "I own my own import company, so many of those products are not available anywhere else," he says. "For example, our cabinets are from Israel and feature high-pressure, plywood construction. "
He adds, "We also exclusively import and distribute Tomassi Cucine, Topaz [cabinets], Harsa [sinks] and Mina [faucets]."
Referring to B&R Construction, the construction company he started in 1992, Kienzl says, "The construction company does all of the installations of the items we sell." He leverages that ability by running "specials" each month to entice customers.
"Some of the deals are interesting," he notes, "such as, 'buy a
Tomassi kitchen and the installation is free.' And, we also have
our own wood shop, which gives us the ability to customize items,
Eli's Tiles, the custom tile shop that Kienzl connected to the showroom in 2000, has become a rising star for the firm, he notes. "As our tile designer says, 'The only machines we use, besides the kilns, are rolling pins.' But, we're very sophisticated; we have rolling pins in three sizes," Kienzl jokes.\
He continues, "The custom tile studio is open to everyone, and they can see the process of how the tiles are designed and made."
However, computer simulations are used to see how ideas play out. Once an idea is conceived, the tiles can range from flat to 3-D, and all play with color and style from Persian to Celtic designs. In fact, the tiles are so unique, according to Kienzl, that last summer, a tile with a shoe design was commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles for inclusion in the Warhol exhibit.
As an added benefit, the tile designer also works for the
construction company, which makes it a seamless process from
creation to installation, according to Kienzl.
Out of the ordinary
Designed by Kienzl and his design staff, the Bradco Kitchens & Baths showroom offers a unique experience for clients, he points out. "It consists of several rooms and features exposed brick walls, open rafters and high ceilings. It also includes some personal touches, such as sponge-painted walls and concrete floors.