Homeowners with grown children love to entertain their family and friends. They especially love to take care of their grandchildren. Although the kitchen had an upscale remodeling by previous owners, many things about the kitchen didn’t fit my clients’ needs. I was pleased to use virtual-reality renderings to help the couple make important decisions, to create an ideal space for family and friends.
- Lighting was insufficient, and the dark cherry cabinets and granite countertops soaked up most of the light.
- A pantry closet dictated the placement of appliances and limited available countertop space for food preparation.
- The only place for the cooktop was in the island; it was a downdraft with a pot rack above, which created an ongoing cleaning problem from grease that escaped the surface-mount downdraft.
- There was no place in the kitchen for sorting mail or charging phones and pads.
- There were very few storage accessories inside the existing cabinets.
- Dimmable LED strip lighting was added below and above the wall cabinets to provide great task and indirect light. Dimmable LED recessed fixtures were placed in a 4′ grid, providing aisleway lighting. The same fixtures were installed above the new island.
- Turning the closet pantry 900 gave more space for the ovens and cooktop, and freed up the island countertop for food preparation.
- Custom alder cabinets with storage accessories provided what the homeowners needed for storage. A new pantry cabinet with chrome wire pullout shelves provided more storage than the previous closet pantry had. Other cabinet accessories included:
- Rollouts for small appliances and pots and pans
- Tray dividers above the ovens
- Dual-level utensil drawer
- Deep drawers, as requested by the homeowners for special needs
- A custom cubbyhole niche for sorting mail and charging electronic devices
- A wine rack and bookshelf in the back of the island
- Cabinets around the perimeter were natural alder; the island was stained darker for visual interest.
- *DESIGN ADVICE: I suggested staining the crown molding at the top of the cabinets and the light baffle below the wall cabinets to be stained the same color as the island to tie everything together, but the homeowners chose not to follow my advice, even after I showed them how the kitchen would look.
I also suggested installing a prep. sink in the island. During the value engineering by the contractor, we discovered that this feature was more than the homeowners wanted to pay, but they were able to make an informed decision without any regrets.
Both of these suggestions are shown at the top of this blog; there’s also the virtual-reality rendering of the homeowners’ final decisions.
I honor all of my clients’ decisions. It’s their home, and their budget.
If you know what you want in and for your new kitchen, but don’t know how to pull it together, I can help you select the right products and offer alternatives, so you won’t have any regrets down the road about your decisions. Call me today, so we can talk about your kitchen!
Convection oven and convection microwave: Bosch
French-door refrigerator: LG
Gas cooktop: Bosch 36”
Hood: Zephyr “Anzio” 42”
Dishwasher: Reinstalled existing that was only 2 years old
Custom, with special storage and function features, natural alder (around perimeter)
Custom island, with wine rack and bookshelf on back side; rollouts and drawers on front side.
“Crystal Gold” granite; all outside corners had a 2” radius for safety
Elysium “Inga Gray” glass tiles, 3”x12”
Dimmable LED self-adhesive strip lighting
Halo 5” dimmable LED recessed fixtures
Existing floors were patched as needed and refinished