|Project by Lee A. Jesberger||posted 07-30-2007 12:34 AM||3365 views||6 times favorited||22 comments|
We often do kitchens. Sometimes they are very challenging. Sometimes they are easy. This was an easy one, except the client, (wife), didn’t know what she wanted. Compounding the problem, both the husband and wife are Greek, and weren’t comfortable with their english.
My wife is Greek also, so I took her with me to translate. When I could get the women to stop talking about who knows what, I was able to get some details.
It ended up with her letting us do pretty much whatever we wanted, so long as the wood was a light color, and we stayed within her budget.
We cut the wall between the dining room and kitchen and installed a breakfast counter, with cabinet below. This made the kitchen appear to be twice as big.
The cabinets are European style, meaning no face frames. The advantage of this is they allow larger access to the interiors of the cabinets.
All the cabinet box parts are 3/4 inch furniture grade maple plywood. The upper cabinets have low voltage task lighting mounted to the underside of them. (we build a light rail on the bottom of our upper cabinets, to hide the lights).
All of the doors are built with matching face veneers, as are the back panels, under the breakfast bar.
While they look like raised panel doors, they’re not. The panels are 1/4 inch Maple plywood, with the edges edge banded, mounted to 1/4 inch maple plywood. All the stiles and rails are maple.
We were fortunate that the sheets of plywood were matched, so we took advantage of that. I can’t remember exactly how we attached the panels together, but it’s been about ten years, so I guess we did it well. (maybe it was 16 penny nails, bent over on the inside) LOL
The refrigerater cabinet was built for a smaller frige, due the small size of the room, but they went and bought a larger one, so the fit is kind of tight.
The base of the phone stand next to the frige has a vent routed into it for the heat register. We also strayed from the normal soffit so we could put accent lights above each cabinet door.
We also replaced the trim around the doors and window with maple, as well as trimmed out the opening we created.
The countertops are granite.
They turned out to be a very nice couple, and were very happy with the new kitchen.