Reveal: Long & Narrower White, Grey & Green EIK
Well, we are now 99.99% done and here's the pic-heavy reveal (edited). Thank you to everyone who answered my questions and provided useful insight via other posts and discussions. My main regret is that I didn't join the discussion earlier.
The kitchen is a 12' 3" wide by 26' 8" long space formed by combining an existing formal dining room with an existing kitchen. The existing dining room is being relocated to a combined formal living/dining space. The family room, foyer and hall bath were also touched during the remodel. The home is a 1930s modified Colonial Revival with Art Deco touches throughout, in an in-city neighborhood on narrow(er) lots in Northern California. That mix informed our targeted style inspiration, which was Traditional with a touch of Hollywood Regency (replacing the black and white with grey and white). The hard-to-change items were kept relatively neutral, allowing easy updates in the color palette in the future.
This kitchen replaced an existing white (thermafoil) kitchen, which replaced a white kitchen. The kitchen may have been mint green or yellow in its lifetime as well, but has been mostly white over the 75+ years. The layout was restricted by our desire to keep the corner windows and side windows, to both preserve the exterior architecture and stay faithful to the original designs in the neighborhood.
This remodel was all done via services of a GC and KD, with us taking almost a solitary lead in design choices (blame us). Originally, another wall was due to come down to better connect to the Family Room (which is 95% done). The budget was considered moderate (but high to us).
Here are the details:
Cabinetry: Crystal Cabinet Works, Belmont door, beaded inset in Keyline and full custom. Colors are Cotton White on PGM and Cinnamon on Cherry. Features include pullouts, wood drawers, soft close, plywood sides, and integrated end panels. Made in Minnesota.
Cabinet Hardware: Schaub, Empire
Counters: Caesarstone Piatra Grey, 2cm, mitered edge
Farmhouse Sink: Porcher
Island Sink: Kohler Iron Tones
Faucets: Danze Opulence
Backslash: Carrara 3x6"
Window Shelf, Table Top: Bianco Carrara
Pendants: Maxim Metro
UCL: InspiredLED, customized Designer Series bars and tape lining glass cabinets
Recessed: Halo 4", subsidized by utility company
Range: CornuFe Albertine in stainless
Hood: Modern-Aire PS24, powder coated body in custom color (RAL 9037), pulled from counter
DW: Bosch 500, paneled
WD: Viking Pro
Fridge: Viking Pro, CD FD with trim kit
MW: GE Spacemaker
Disposals: Insinkerator Evolution
Windows (added last year): Pella Architect, double hung and casements with roll-up screens
Table Base: Custom
Table Top, Corner Ledge: Bianco Carrara marble
Banquette: Coventry, Ballard Designs
Counter Stools: Marcello, Ballard Designs
Wall Color: Benjamin Moore, "Spa"
Ceiling Color: Benjamin Moore, "Chantilly Lace"
Floor: White oak, quarter sawn random plank width and lengths with beveled edges. Custom matched and stained to blend with the original flooring
Here are a few "before" shots:
Original cooking area, with no nearby counterspace to serve as a landing zone:
Original dining room was rarely used; the wall came down, shown here mid-demo.
Here is the final --
Here's the working end. The corner sink is not ideal, but works with the original architecture of the home and the neighborhood. The large single bowl is actually more useful than the former split bowl. The second island sink is key to making this work:
Corner banquette at the other end. We went with moveable furniture pieces to give the flexibility to move to a table in the future. The seats lift up and provide additional storage:
Towel bar in narrow pullout is handy. Double trash pullout is next door. One side of the range is tray storage and the other a spice pullout:
Backsplash and countertop closeup -- went with low profile outlets under the cabinets or low and horizontal against the counter, which are then covered by appliances. The counter has a miter edge to save overhang space:
Banquette. The seats lift up for extra storage. These were chosen rather than built-ins to keep the layout flexible. The table base had to be specially designed to hold the heavy Carrara Marble top. The X detail was chosen to allow feet to pass by and echo the X used in the cabinetry.
Full view showing the island. The counterstools swivel (but look like they don't), which is why they were chosen. The TV is a on a tilt-out articulating swivel mount. "Joey" STB is hidden behind the panel, out of view. This was the result of a last minute conspiracy with the electrician and the tv-watcher in the home.
Microwave storage in a pop up cabinet -- larger than needed, and sized to handle multiple different brands because these things will be the first thing to fail:
Here are the requisite piggy shots -- sitting on a "pig pen" of Carrara:
Outlets are tucked under the island overhang, complete with integrated USB sockets for charging i-everythings.
And Jake the Corgi holds reign -- and the valance feet shown are one of our favorite finishing details:
And a bonus pics (Sorry for the lengthy posts) -- Preview of the nearby FR fireplace for you Arabesque fans... I was going to use this in the kitchen but it was going to be too busy:
The adjacent family room is now 98% complete and some pics are here: FR Reveal
(edited to add pic links)
Here is a link that might be useful: More Pics at Photobucket
This post was edited by gooster on Thu, Jul 17, 14 at 2:57