The H. Chambers Company

Striking the Balance:
Cape Fear Country Club’s Ambitious Renovations Appeal to All

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Never forget where you came from, but don’t let that stop you from where you are going. Sound familiar? This aphorism addresses an age-old question that has plagued many private clubs over the years: How can we move into the future and embrace a new generation without abandoning our loyal, seasoned members? Read the rest of this entry »


4 Private Club Sustainability Practices That Boost the Bottom Line

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Many industry professionals hold the misguided belief that sustainability efforts are a costly “all or nothing” initiative. For some, “sustainability” implies funneling club capital into fancy heating controls, NASA-grade air filtration systems, and pricey energy-efficient appliances. But you don’t have to explode your budget or go “off the grid” to be sustainable. In fact, there are many simple, environmentally-friendly measures your club can utilize to lower operational costs – and boost the bottom line!

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Designing for Diversity:
Interior Design for an Enhanced Club Experience

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The phrase “club interior design” often spurs a very distinct set of images in one’s mind: subdued colors, classic stripe and plaid patterns, dark woods, etc. In the past, this traditional style was pervasive among private clubs. But as the importance of enticing younger demographics increases to keep the dues flowing, clubs are beginning to look towards alternative styles for their interiors.

“Club design is far more stratified than it used to be. Many clubs are starting to become more exploratory in their interiors and embracing the idea of ‘transitional design,’ which isn’t a hundred percent traditional or contemporary,” says Chambers’ Vice President and Director of Interior Design Charlie Turner. While it’s important to keep in mind that every club is different, in today’s market, few clubs can successfully don the more formal designs of yesteryear.

Instead, clubs are embracing the kinds of interiors that today’s (and tomorrow’s) diverse memberships enjoy. These forward-thinking private club interior…

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The Art of Planning on a Budget:
Four Value-Driven Qualities to Search for in a Master Planning Firm

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It is no surprise that selecting the right planning partner can make or break a club’s master planning process. You want facilities that wow current members, improvements that strengthen operations, and amenities that attract prospective members… all at a price point that suits your club’s budget.

While a plan’s features are certainly important, the numbers that support the plan usually garner the most attention from members. Remaining within – and preferably well below – budget is essential, but it can also be one of the most difficult aspects of the planning process. “One of the greatest challenges any master planning company faces is providing a high level of value while remaining within budget,“ says Chambers’ Vice President and Director of Planning John Snellinger, “We want to give members exactly what they want without eclipsing the club’s financial restrictions.”

It may be challenging, but it’s definitely not impossible. There are qualities you can search for in your planning firm that will help you gain the most value from your plan – financially and otherwise. To maximize the benefits of the master planning process, a club’s ideal planning firm will… Read the rest of this entry »


Members on the Move: Building Junior Programs That Stand the Test of Time
Part I: Free-Form Outdoor Activities Pack a Punch

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As the private club industry shifts toward family-oriented amenities, building an active youth program is becoming an invaluable feature. Still, creating these programs can be daunting. The ideal youth program is expected to entertain, provide educational value, foster a sense of community, and create positive memories that last a lifetime. Quite a tall order, to say the least! In this three part series, we delve into the best practices for organizing a youth program that will delight kids and bring families together. In Part One, we consult industry experts to explore the benefits of free-form, nature-oriented activities that will have kids begging their parents to go to the club!

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Come Together
Kathy Martin Brings Interior Projects to Fruition

Director of Purchasing Kathy Martin is practically a permanent fixture at Chambers. For the over 20 years, Martin has been key to making projects come together exactly the way our designers and clients have envisioned. Though she largely works behind the scenes, she leads the charge when it comes to refreshing private club interiors on time and on budget. Here she divulges more about her beginnings at Chambers, as well as what purchasing and installation is all about.

Kathy Martin, Director of PurchasingCR: Chambers is well-known for its planning and design services, but some may not be as familiar with its purchasing and installation services. What is your role in the design process?

KM: Purchasing at Chambers is a turnkey solution – we do a little bit of everything. We handle the logistics of the furnishings, price negotiations for each item, vendor relationships, and accounting. We make sure that all interior projects are executed on time and on budget. We’re also responsible for finding solutions to any shipping delays or other manufacturing issues. Personally, I enjoy having a direct relationship with at least some part of each project. When I first started at Chambers, I strictly fulfilled a purchasing role, but that has expanded over the years to include accounting, vendor relations, installations, and a whole lot more.

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