How was your Thanksgiving? Hopefully beautiful, full of love and thankfulness. Well, I am thankful for you sharing your day with me and taking a moment to read. We had a spectacular trip to NYC over Thanksgiving to enjoy the Macy’s parade, and all the city has to offer at Christmas. Can not wait to show you the Christmas windows of NYC they are AMAZING!
Now, I want to share a kitchen project we finished last month. We began designing this kitchen in the late spring and into summer initially with redesigning only the island.
Till our clients went on vacation for Spring Break to call at 5:00 on a Friday to say, can we do the entire kitchen? My answer was pure jubilation and YES!
10 Kitchen Remodel Must
Kitchen renovations are one of the top designs I do here at ADI. Every kitchen remodel has 10 kitchen remodel must. Alongside bathrooms but I must say kitchens genuinely are one of my most favorite rooms to design. I like designing a kitchen that speaks to the client’s lifestyle of hospitality creating a space that makes one wish to open the cutlery drawer, because not only is it functional but the design is unique.
When we initially began the Big T kitchen design, the intention was creating a better workflow. The two island/bar scenario of this kitchen made the entire room feel choppy; impossible to have more than two people gather around the small center peninsula.
Keeping the perimeter cabinets and appliances was the plan we began drafting the first island drawings with the cabinet company.
The island is the primary piece of every kitchen and indeed the workhorse it was essential to create this one part as large as possible 8 feet long by 6 1/2 feet wide.
Now when designing an island, it’s vital to keep your perimeter in mind and function each area has to make sure you have at least 40 inches from each cabinet.
The most critical piece of every design I do is FUNCTION being ascetically beautiful is key beside function. This island includes a double drawer appearance pull out trash holder.
The design of this piece was to create continuity and symmetry on both sides flanking the 36-inch farmhouse sink.
This oversized sink holds a push button air disposal and Grohe pre-rinse kitchen faucet with 2-function toggle sprayer.
Yes, I know plumbing gets me excited!! Speaking of pipes remember when designing your dream kitchen you may have to move it.
The right side island drawers hold this custom UPRIGHT utensil bin isn’t she gorgeous!
Upright utensils just make sense to have your utensil’s standing takes up less space than a traditional drawer slider.
Now, to our side island drawer’s, adding a small 27-inch drawer bank that holds a docking station to charge all those phones and iPad.
These drawers were inset instead of full overlay like the rest of the kitchen this gave us a clean flush line. Inset cabinets feature doors and drawers that fit inside of the cabinet face frame openings.
One piece I feel forgotten in island designs is the backside I always like to incorporate cabinets here especially on large islands that can hold the depth.
Pull outs ability to push aside those bar stools and get to all the items you rarely cook with like the rice cooker.
The new island allows for the chef to take stock in the fantastic view of the golf course and sunshine.
PERIMETER CABINET DESIGN
You will notice in my kitchen designs I always take my cabinets to the ceiling either with 12-inch cabs with LED puck lights. Our cabinet designer is the best in the city they are always built to perfection and installed seamlessly.
Lit upper cabinets are a contemporary take on a traditional idea using 42-inch uppers top with 12 box means you need at least 96 inches of ceiling height.
The glass adds light to an otherwise dead space above the cabinets. I love the X mullions they play contemporary, farmhouse, or traditional. Fit for every lifestyle.
The previous stove was a gas low BTU drop-in cooktop with a circulating vent hood. Remember when installing a new hood it has to vent outdoors, check with your city for local code.
Our new Viking 36″ Sealed Burner Dual Fuel Range with 6 Burners calls for a new custom-designed wood hood painted the same color as our island, Dove Tail Gray.
When designing a range hood remember to purchase a good vent hood insert one that’s rated for quietness and includes a 600 CFM built-in blower to clear the kitchen of stinky smells, like fish on Friday!
Vent insert is the Zephyr Monson Collection Vent with Airflow Control Technology.
This awesome vent even comes with a remote equipped!
When cooking having your spices handy is critical, we achieved this by creating a spice drawer that holds all your spices front and center in three rows for visibility.
The left range side holds a wood cutlery divider for those oversized cooking utensils.
The right side holds a large drawer pegged dish organizer.
Both sides have drawers to accommodate large pots and pans.If you notice this kitchen does not have a ton of upper cabinetry so having a high function within the base cabinets is vital.
What do you do when your dream house has no designated panty? Create a pantry wall.
Taking out the oven microwave combo and replacing with a slide in range give us ample room to expand our kitchen dry proper storage.
This wall also holds the new Viking Under counter Drawer Microwave. And a coffee station with another USB charging zone.
When designing your ideal pantry storage remember pullout shelves are key.
Lighting design has taken a new frontier with a fun variety of fixtures from the old world to the modern traditionalist. Lights are all about your style have fun here after all its a bright spot in every design.
We chose candle style cage Chandelier for over the island.
I love the contemporary yet traditional style of these chandeliers. Although, we did have to remove and realign all our can lights in this kitchen we took out 12 cans that were not symmetric or even providing excellent light.
The chandelier over the table is 2 tier shaded chandelier with crystal accents.
Now, don’t forget your task and ambient lights under and above the cabinets this is an essential piece of the lighting scheme.
The last element of this design truly the first were to rip out the existing Travertine floors of the 90’s and replace with the Red Wood Oak that is running through the remainder of the house.
Tile is great in a kitchen as long as the flow from room to room is seamless, but when it is a very oblivious transition from one place to the next, I prefer to replace.
All wood throughout creates a timeless feel and grounds the entire design. Get it GROUNDS HA, HA!!
We chose a Maple species of wood painted in Dovetail Gray for the island and Acadia white for the perimeter. Now, don’t let the white in the paint name fool you remember all whites are different in hue depending on the base.
The color pulls on the warm vanilla spectrum to complement the Almond woodwork throughout the home. The walls needed a saturated color to enable those gorgeous custom cabinets we chose Tiger Wolf by Benjamin Moore it gives the perfect balance of gray and smoke blue to create warmth.
This kitchen extends into the hearth room where this family enjoys the open concept.
We redesigned this bar to accommodate a 24-inch dual zone wine fridge and created more accessible storage for housing the family board games.
The last room we touched was the laundry room again taking our cabinets to the ceiling with no glass for functional storage of all those household items like batteries.
Replace the sink with a deep 20″ bowl undermount stainless steel sink that is seamless and functional.
Removing the yucky fluorescent light and replacing with a drum pendant light brightens this functional space.
Now, laundry rooms are the perfect place for your mommy command station adding a calendar and cork board here keeps the family balanced.
Last but not least at the magnificent quartzite counters. Due to the island size, we had to have two slabs of this material.
Read about the difference in stone materials here.
Doing a proper layout is critical when working with multiple slabs.
Well that’s a wrap on this kitchen! Thanks, for reading 10 Kitchen Remodel Must! I hope you’re inspired to fly with a kitchen design of your own! Join me here this week for some Christmas inspiration and easy ways to style your home SANTA ready! Would love for you to sign up and follow ADI I promise not to spam you only send you an email with a new post! TA DAH! Inspired living right to your in box!