Monday, March 25, 2013

Peninsula Gets a MakeOver

 Once the homeowners decided they wanted to give their kitchen a new look,  it was necessary to narrow in on exactly what that new look would entail.  At our first meeting the homeowners told me they liked to entertain, needed allot of storage and weren't sure if they should stay with white cabinets. 

 The G-shape of this spacious kitchen already provided an open area that was great for entertaining which meant that the peninsula would stay but just needed to be enhanced to make it more of a statement. The scope of the project involved new cabinetry, new appliances, and renovating the lighting, but the footprint stayed the same so the 16" tiles on the floor would not  be changed. We just needed a few more of them.

Deciding on the color of the cabinetry took some time.  Several door colors and styles were brought into the space during the design process to help the homeowners visualize and feel the effect of different colors in the kitchen.  It is often hard for clients to visualize any color but white when they have lived in an all white kitchen for many years.  Picking the door style is one of the first things to do but there are endless details when remodeling a kitchen.  And it takes time to select all the various components from appliances to cabinet hardware.  In the end it is always worth it.
Configuring the island was the biggest challenge in the kitchen.  As you can see from the above picture the dishwasher is too close to the corner.  It needed more room and the clients also wanted to better utilize their cabinet space. 

In the new design the peninsula became a focal point  in the room.  The middle base cabinet is a greater depth than the end cabinets to provide greater support for a rounded countertop.  There are steel rods implanted in the wood to support the granite so that corbels would not be  necessary on the underneath area of the countertop.  Corbels tend to get in the way of leg space and tend to be more traditional than the look the homeowners wanted. 
After much deliberation my clients chose a raised panel, full overlay classic door style from  Kraftmaid in cherry wood  with a dark stain.  This classic look added a sophistication to the space .  A further note of luxury is added with the built-in appliances.  Note the handles on the refrigerator door.  They match the handles on the cabinets rather than the typical handles that can be purchased with the appliance.  This built-in French Door refrigerator is stunning.

A G-shape kitchen usually has allot of storage.  In this remodel there are more drawer base cabinets than you typically see in a kitchen which greatly  increases the storage capacity.  In a few of the other cabinets there are pull outs and there are several specialty cabinets like a tray cabinet and a garage cabinet that also address the storage requirement.  This is a highly functional kitchen as well as a beautiful one..

The kitchen turned out so amazing that I had to put in on my business card and as the header for my blog.  Notice the fabulous Rohl farmhouse sink in this photo.  For details on the sink installation just check out: The Fabulous Shaw Fireclay Sink.

 If you are thinking of remodeling your kitchen please give me a call or email me though my contact page.  I can guide you through the whole process helping you to make the best choices possible to meet your needs and  your lifestyle.  

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