|Project by Calmudgeon||posted 04-04-2015 09:26 PM||2394 views||7 times favorited||13 comments|
This was an extensive renovation, blowing out a 10’ wall that separated the kitchen and living room and replacing it with a massive island and breakfast bar. The results are quite transformative, in my humble opinion.
The original kitchen had a number of issues, and if it had seen a heyday, it was quite some time ago. The interior wall had no countertop plugins, and counter space was chopped up into small, awkward areas. The short returns on the cabinets on the outside wall only served to make the kitchen feel much smaller than it was and created dead corners, which were occupied by largely dysfunctional lazy susans. The original layout offered only two small banks of sticky drawers.
The bulkhead above the island serves to house the wiring for the lighting and the pot lights themselves, but it also hides the scar where the original wall was removed, thereby keeping costs down. Without it, the entire ceiling in the living room, dining room, hallway and rear entry would have had to be re-done.
The new kitchen cabinets are in custom-built cherry, unstained, with a clear lacquer finish. Doors, panels and drawer fronts are in shaker style. Cabinet hardware from Richelieu.
The project also involved installing a custom cherry railing at the back entry.
Detail – Backsplash and Under-cabinet Lighting
Detail – Drawer Storage for Place Settings
Detail – Pull-Out Garbage/Recycling Unit
Detail – Drawer Knife Storage keeps clutter off the countertop
Detail – Fridge end panel hides the side of the fridge and supports the full-depth cabinet above the fridge
Detail – Pantry pull-outs provide much more accessible storage.
Detail – Baking pan storage immediately adjacent to the stove
Detail – Charging station at one end of the island
Detail – 12” deep storage cabinets underneath the breakfast bar provide storage for less-frequently used items. Posts and corbels provide decorative support, and the spacer boxes behind them house the island counter plugs. Keeping the island at the same angle as the previous wall saved having to do any patching or replacement of the existing flooring in the living room and dining room.
Detail: Spice cabinet immediately adjacent to the range keep condiments and spices handy
Detail: The pantry is perched awkwardly on top of a cold air return vent. Putting a metal grate here just seemed too ugly, so I made a custom cherry grate to keep the look unified.
Detail: Full-depth cabinets above the fridge make items far more accessible. On one side a full-length (30”) pull-out provides access to items at the very back of the cabinet. The other side provides extra-deep storage for baking pans.
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