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Homeowners' request: “My customer requested a clean, contemporary kitchen area that would complement their classic Palm Springs midcentury residence,” designer Randy Blom says. “He wanted to expand the kitchen that is existing include a separate home office area that blocked natural light from the triangular clerestory windows reaching the kitchen. The kitchen also needed to relate and extend into the living and dining areas. Central to my client's desires was to have a large central island that would be a gathering place for their visitors.”

Plan of attack: “First order of company had been to allot particular spaces for normal kitchen functions — prep, cooking, storage, cleaning. The new kitchen needed to have a circular flow, since the new layout was to become an extension of the adjacent dining area and living room, as well as work with the large triangular clerestory windows to allow natural light into the main area of the kitchen. This wall provided a location that is perfect an appliance garage to store countertop appliances, a tall pantry for food storage and integrated integral refrigerator-freezer, and a combination convection oven-microwave.

“Since one of my client's main requests was to have no upper cabinetry, a line of shallow tall cabinetry with wine storage cubbies was placed along one side for normal dish, glassware and additional pantry storage. Once the layout was decided, we moved into the finish selections. My client wanted a kitchen that is white coordinate along with the rest associated with residence, so we selected Bellmont Cabinet's Jazz door design in Gloss White with silver PVC edge banding.

“To contrast most of the gloss white, we selected Bellmont's Terra door design in Bark for the base and area cabinetry. For clean, crisp white countertops, I selected Pental's Super White honed quartz and had an important sink fabricated through the same material, only with a polished finish to minimize discoloration. New floor that is white were installed through the entire residence and a fresh coat of white paint regarding the walls, wood beams and wood decking regarding the ceiling, allowing my client's contemporary art collection to provide along with for the spaces.”Bellmont Cabinet Co. Why the style works: “Since the residence has a tremendously clean, contemporary aesthetic, the kitchen that is new needed to reflect this same aesthetic. Clean, contemporary, uncluttered yet provide normal kitchen functions and permit for interaction with visitors. Once the office area had been eliminated, the kitchen that is new became a clean white package within that the kitchen area cabinetry might be displayed like the artwork in the rest of the residence.”

The thing that wasn't working: “The main challenge because of this kitchen area had been my client's request for no cabinetry that is upper. All his dishes and glassware had to find a storage that is new, so a bank of tall cabinets had been put along one part for this specific purpose. Since this bank of cabinets were shallow, 12 inches deep, they did not encroach into the kitchen that is main excessively, and in actual fact ensure it is better to store and retrieve things.”

What goes on here: “The kitchen area had been made for normal day-to-day preparations of dishes, as well as for entertaining family and friends in a Palm Springs environment that is relaxed.”

Whom utilizes it: “The kitchen area had been made for a bachelor that is single an entertainment professional who lives in Vancouver, Canada, during the summer and fall and lives in Palm Springs during the winter and spring. My client has frequent houseguests that congregate in the kitchen for coffee and breakfast in the mornings and for drinks in the late afternoon.

“The kitchen area is located next to sliding doors that enable immediate access to your pool and outside areas that are entertaining. He has a life that is frenetic likes the relaxed lifestyle that their Palm Springs residence and their new kitchen afford him. It has become a gathering place for regional, and not-so-local, family and friends to congregate at.”

Designer key: “Don't be afraid to eliminate cabinetry that is upper a kitchen. Tall or short, shallow cabinetry can accomplish the task that is same. We find customers are attempting to introduce more artwork to their kitchens, and also by freeing up coveted wall space, they could personalize their kitchens with artwork rather than having banks of cabinets above their countertops.” Bellmont Cabinet Co. moment that is“Uh-oh” “My main challenge, just like any white kitchen area, is just how to coordinate all the different tones of white. White flooring, white cabinetry, white countertops and white paint on walls and ceiling — it can be daunting. I might awaken in the exact middle of the night thinking, ‘How am I going to get all the whites to match?' Well, they don't have to — they just need to complement each other.

“You usually takes equivalent white and it surely will look various on a vertical and horizontal surface, therefore having white case doors together with a white tile flooring, you are able to play utilizing the tones so that they complement each other, as opposed to you will need to match them. Do not be afraid to mix white. Additionally by varying the final on each associated with whites — matte, semi or gloss — you can make a cohesive design statement.”

Splurges and cost savings: “My customer wanted the purest white quartz for their countertops, which almost always is often the absolute most expensive color selection, so countertops became my budget priority. By designing with a combination of Bellmont Cabinet's 1900 and 1600 show, I was in a position to furnish the kitchen with cabinetry at a high price that allowed the countertops to take a priority.”

The nitty-gritty: Base cabinetry: Bellmont Cabinet's 1600 Terra in Bark; tall cabinetry and appliance panels: Bellmont Cabinet's 1900 Jazz in Gloss White; countertops: Pental Quartz in Super White honed finish; floor: 24- by 24-inch Everquartz tiles in white, Everstone; appliances by Jenn-Air: 36-inch gas cooktop, 36-inch wall surface vent bonnet, 36-inch integrated top refrigerator and base fridge, and 30-inch convection oven-microwave combination; dishwasher: Miele; backsplash: 2- by 6-inch brushed stainless steel tile

Budget: $40,000, including demolition of office area; moving of main electrical panel that had been situated in office area; new flooring tiles, countertops, drywall, artwork, cabinetry and installation; electrical and plumbing relocations; doesn't add appliances and furnishings

Team involved: Mike Yakovich, Better Built Inc. (construction); Desert Stone (countertops); Mike Slaten Tile (tilework)Via Builders, Inc. 2. Warm modern

Designer: Diann Saviano of Via Builders Inc.
Location: Saratoga, California
Kitchen size: About 350 square legs (32.5 square meters)
Island size: 4 legs, 6 inches by 7 legs (1.3 by 2.1 meters)

Homeowners' request: “They wanted a bright and space that is airy with an excellent room complement a family group,” inside designer Diann Saviano says. “​Most notably, they really wanted plenty of day light.”

Plan of attack: “Ralph Saviano, who owns Via Builders, whom designed and built the home, desired to make as much light that is natural possible without exposing this space too much to the neighbors. So he incorporated the clerestory windows above cabinets as well as the exposed windows coming from the peak that is right of ceiling, making the design associated with ceiling extremely unique and contemporary. He beautifully designed the windows therefore you see the trees but not the neighbor's home. He took advantage of the pretty trees on along side it of the house that made for pretty scenery when looking through the windows.

“As for the kitchen case design and colors, it absolutely was a collaboration of some ideas utilizing the property owners, me and Ralph. The home owners aren't afraid to use color, as you can plainly see in the pictures associated with rest of the house. That is something I adore about them. They always envisioned that back wall to be a fun accent wall with a bright color, so we kept that in the back of our minds when we were designing the cabinets. As we started to think through the finish colors for the cabinetry and were considering the dark blue for the island, orange was a natural fit for a color scheme that is complementary. We let the design evolve once we tackled each room. Then we worked the countertop colors and backsplash through the case colors chosen, bearing in mind the blue island and orange accent wall.​”Via Builders, Inc. Why the style works: “What's unique is the mixture of materials and colors. I'll admit that I was stressed to use three different woods — window stain, dark case stain then the raised-bar island stain — therefore making sure that this all coordinated together well had been essential.”

The thing that wasn't working: it was really important to have the proper-width island that allowed for enough space for a table and chairs to fit comfortably, but also wanting it to feel a part of the kitchen yet not crowding the bar stool space“Because we have a table extension off the island. Hence the waterfall countertop was a solution that is great keeping the spaces split. We also mocked up the space with cardboard and chalk so that they could visually start to see the room making the correct corrections to suit their exact liking.”

Whom utilizes it: “​The property owners have actually two boys underneath the chronilogical age of 12. There is also family members come and stay with them for months out from the 12 months, therefore designing this room with many different ages was kept in mind. There is a bar area with beverage fridges that extends into the grouped living room area, also a mini desk for the homeowners to sit and print things down or use the desk while still being an integral part of what's happening in the space.​ They prefer to prepare and amuse for household and friends, yet also required a kid-friendly environment.”Via Builders, Inc. Designer secret: “The waterfall edge to the island really made the space feel complete. Also, incorporating the lighting in the table extension off the island was such a feature that is cool. ​Something I discovered while focusing on this project was to never be afraid of blending colors that are bold textures. It always helps me to use the color that is complementary to ensure a fruitful outcome — for instance, split complementary, triad, analogous etc.”

Take-away: “To never be afraid of color and mixing materials.”

The nitty-gritty: flooring: natural limestone; countertops: engineered quartz; grey backsplash: Porcelanosa; all paint: Sherwin-Williams​

Team involved: Ralph Saviano of Via Builders (builder); Pedini (cabinets); Tile Plus (countertop, backsplash and floor installation); Franciscan Glass and Boyd Built Cabinets (bar countertop installation); Primo (project manager)PB Kitchen Design 3. Feel-Good French Country

Designer: Anthony Stavish of A.W. Stavish Designs
Location: Suburb of Chicago
Kitchen size: About 580 square legs (53.8 square meters)
Island size: 5 by 10 legs (1.5 by 3 meters)

Homeowners' request: “They wanted it to be available and household friendly,” designer Anthony Stavish says. “They had taken a family group day at France, where they remained in a home with a nice big available kitchen area with plenty of sitting groups, and a table during the countertop and comfortable sofa seating. The wife could stand in the kitchen and cook and hold court and work on the stove. She liked the way the Southern of France light arrived in and the energy and colors. So this kitchen area had been about having household together and having that French nation energy.”

Plan of attack: “This ended up being a split ranch house they were planning to renovate. But after looking at the house, it absolutely was clear that it wasn't worth it to renovate such an old house. It was suggested it down and build a new one that we knock. A glass was had by her of wine, sat down and said, ‘Do it.' The heart of the house needed to be located centrally to start to see the pool and yard. It was essential to get that old-country-French feel. To do that, we wanted it to be an kitchen that is unfitted. The cabinets are all the same in a fitted kitchen. An kitchen that is unfitted like it evolved over time. So here it looks as if the island comes from somewhere else, the stove and cabinets are one thing, the relative part cabinets with sliding doors is another, the refrigerator seems like an armoire and so forth.

“The area had been essential too. It can a complete lot of different things. The limestone counter has little shells and crustaceans in it that the grandkids love. Drawers near the stools hold craft supplies for the kids. There are cookbooks in the kneehole. On the other side is a garbage and center that is recycling. And you may pull a stool up on the reverse side so you can sit and talk while cooking.”

The thing that wasn't working: “Previously the kitchen was in a reduced degree, and the garden had been 5 legs over the kitchen area. It was never likely to be nice. So we excavated and built a new house and did everything to make it charming.”PB Kitchen Design What goes on here: “This is a blended family with four children and three grandchildren. The home owners have actually plenty of friends with kiddies, so it's exactly about individuals coming by and utilising the pool, distributing out food and rendering it as casual and easy as feasible.”

Designer key: “Keeping the ceiling low makes it feel just like the Southern of France, where you'll rarely find high ceilings. We built down with beams to boost that feeling of closeness.”

“Uh-oh” moment: “When we ordered the area through the manufacturer, I delivered them a door bought in Lyon, France, in a flea market and asked them to duplicate the final. It was and came just terrible. They had just dabbed paint on anywhere and everywhere. It was so disappointing and heart-wrenching. We found a local faux that is professional to recapture that dirty blue aged troubled finish, and it had been simply wonderful.”

Splurges and cost savings: “We splurged on wide plank floors from Apex floor which can be hand planed and hand put. Which was very pretty. Additionally, the walls are hand-troweled plaster. We're able to have simply painted but did not feel just like that would capture the sensation these people were opting for. It could have appeared to be an average kitchen area in a suburban house. We wanted texture. The architectural beams aren't structural, them hollow so we made. It was lighter and more cost effective.”

The nitty-gritty: Faux finishing on cabinets: Simes Studios; limestone counters: Chadwick's Surfaces Global; hand-planed flooring: Apex Wood Floors; pot rack ironwork: Peter Moorman Construction; lights in pot rack: Architectural Artifacts; countertop stools: Barbara Pearlman of Designs Atelier, goods Mart Chicago; stool slipcovers: Cowtan & Tout; stove: Viking; case hardware: Clark & Barlow; trim paint: Puritan Gray, Benjamin Moore

Team involved: Mike Kollman and Stewart Wexlar (architects); Kurt Smith of McElligott Smith Builders; Dan McFadden of last Basket Design (kitchen cabinets and custom hood); Artifactural Furniture & Design (reclaimed barn beams); Frank Veres of B & V Painting and designing (interior painting); Vito J. DeNicolo of Expert Plastering & Stucco (hand-troweled plaster)Polycor Polycor 4. Industrial Edge

Builder: Nicholas Moon of MontesBuild
Location: SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan
Kitchen size: 85 square legs (7.8 square meters)
Island size: about 11 by 3 legs (3.3 by 0.9 meters)

Homeowners' request: “The client was looking for a complementary countertop surface that would work with the modern feel of the open floor plan,” builder Nicholas Moon says. “Originally they were considering tops that are concrete nevertheless they were not enthusiastic about the colors and textures associated with examples. With more research they discovered Alberene soapstone, through the Polycor Virginia quarry. They straight away fell in love with the cool blue-gray tonality associated with rock and its particular slight veining that is white.

“Right away they knew it would be the choice that is perfect the tops, adding a bit of warmth with its organic nature. They specifically requested to have the thicker island countertop, and had it custom produced at the quarry in a solid thickness that is 2-inch. The perimeter countertops were kept during the standard thickness that is 1¼-inch. They opted to leave the countertops untreated. With soapstone the slabs can be treated with mineral wax or oil to darken the rock. Alberene soapstone turns black when enhanced. They preferred the original natural finish to help keep the lighter tone.”

Plan of attack: “The open-floor-plan style that is loft determined early in the design process. The kitchen was not to be sectioned off from the rest of the space. Contemporary cabinets were decided on, and ultimately Poggenpohl was selected for their well-designed and engineered quality that is german. The countertops were then chosen, so when the 2-inch-thickness area had been determined, they knew they required extra structural support to carry up the very heavy slab.

“The decision had been made to produce a frame that is welded carry the weight. Instead of trying to conceal the frame, the decision was made to incorporate it into the design, adding an industrial edge. There was a great plate of steel within the area to carry the stone up rather than bear down onto the cabinetry, which will affect its performance.”

Why the style works: “The open-plan style that is loft the absolute most unique feature, producing a large public living area that invites the creativity of playing music — one of many owners is musically trained.”

Whom utilizes it: “The room is made for a communal, household environment for active engagement and to foster creativity and collaboration: producing and playing music, playing games and Ping-Pong, cooking, eating and entertaining. The husband specializes in finance. The wife is in the music business.”Polycor Designer secret: “The solution that is greatest to your island-weight dilemma had been the addition associated with welded steel framework and the steel dish underlying the slab. Additionally, the addition associated with full backsplash in contrasting Statuarietto marble to your ceiling line included a modern touch to your conventional material, offering a contemporary feel by expanding all of it the way up.

“Also, keeping the support columns rather than wanting to cover them up and hide them added to the effect that is industrial. Metal ties around the column also show their texture. The contrast of textures, the shiny lacquer of the cabinetry and the honed island, the welded steel, the wood columns, natural wood floors that bring the complete living and kitchen area room, and stainless appliances create a visual interest that keeps a person's eye moving through the entire room.”

“Uh-oh” minute: “The big problem had been having the area without trouble without a seam. But with the constraints associated with room and the sizes that the slabs might be produced, it absolutely was impractical to ensure it is without trouble, even it done at the quarry that size if we could have. The weight was also prohibitive. A quality was being had by the solution fabricator, Garden State Soapstone, to execute the installation and conceal the seam, which was pulled off flawlessly. The seam was surface sanded and evened out to your true point that it's maybe not noticeable and smooth to the touch.”

Take-away: “Soapstone could be a really versatile material. It is equally suitable in a traditional New England farmhouse, a rustic log cabin, Scandinavian minimalism or contemporary and contemporary looks. Whether remaining natural or enhanced, it may work with numerous tastes that are different. Also, mixing the thicknesses of the island and perimeter countertops makes an addition that is interesting. And full slabs of marble expanding to your ceiling line makes a striking detail. The appearance of white marble complements the soapstone completely aswell.”

The nitty-gritty: Countertops: custom-fabricated Alberene soapstone with honed finish, Polycor quarry in Schuyler, Virginia; area countertop: custom sourced and provided, solid 2-inch thickness; perimeter countertops: 1¼ thick; full backsplash: ¾-thick Statuarietto marble; cabinets: Poggenpohl; timber support columns: original to your room, refinished; commercial range with metal backsplash and bonnet: Wolf; tap and sprayer: Dornbracht