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Homeowners' request: “My client requested a clean, contemporary kitchen that would complement their classic Palm Springs midcentury residence,” designer Randy Blom states. “He wanted to enlarge 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 areas that are dining. Central to my client's wishes would be to have a big island that is central would be a gathering spot for their visitors.”

Plan of assault: “First order of company ended up being to allot particular areas for normal kitchen functions — prep, cooking, storage, cleanup. 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 devices, a tall pantry for meals 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 regarding the residence, so we selected Bellmont Cabinet's Jazz home design in Gloss White with silver PVC side banding.

“To contrast all of the gloss white, we selected Bellmont's Terra home design in Bark for the beds base and area cabinetry. For clean, crisp white countertops, I selected Pental's Super White honed quartz and had a built-in sink fabricated through the same material, only with a polished finish to minimize discoloration. New floor that is white had been installed through the residence and a fresh coating of white paint regarding the walls, wood beams and wood decking regarding the roof, allowing my client's modern art collection to give along with for the areas.”Bellmont Cabinet Co. Why the style works: “Since the residence has a very clean, modern aesthetic, the kitchen that is new needed to reflect this same aesthetic. Clean, contemporary, uncluttered yet provide normal kitchen functions and invite for connection with visitors. When the workplace area ended up being eliminated, the kitchen that is new became a clean white box within that your kitchen cabinetry might be shown such as the artwork into the rest of the residence.”

That which wasn't working: “The main challenge with this kitchen ended up being my client's request for no cabinetry that is upper. All his dishes and glassware had to find a new storage location, so a bank of tall cabinets ended up being put along one side for this specific purpose. Because this bank of cabinets had been superficial, 12 inches deep, they didn't encroach in to the kitchen that is main excessively, and also ensure it is better to store and retrieve products.”

What goes on here: “The kitchen ended up being designed for normal day-to-day preparations of meals, and for entertaining family and friends in a Palm Springs environment that is relaxed.”

Who makes use of it: “The kitchen ended up being designed 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 afternoon that is late.

“The kitchen is found next to sliding doorways that allow direct access towards the pool and outside areas that are entertaining. He has a life that is frenetic likes the relaxed life style that their Palm Springs residence and their brand new kitchen afford him. It has become a gathering spot for local, and not-so-local, family and friends to congregate at.”

Designer key: “Don't be afraid to eliminate upper cabinetry in a kitchen. Tall or short, shallow cabinetry can accomplish the task that is same. I find customers are attempting to introduce more artwork into their kitchen areas, and also by freeing up coveted surfaces, they are able to 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, much like any white kitchen, is how to coordinate all the different tones of white. White floor, white cabinetry, white countertops and white paint on walls and roof — it can be daunting. I would awaken in the exact middle of the 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 night.

“You takes the same white and it surely will look various on a vertical and surface that is horizontal so having white case doorways on top of a white tile floor, you can play with the tones so that they complement each other, as opposed to make an effort to match them. You shouldn't be afraid to combine white. Also by varying the conclusion on each regarding the whites — matte, semi or gloss — you can make a cohesive design statement.”

Splurges and savings: “My client wanted the purest white quartz for their countertops, which typically is commonly the absolute most costly color selection, so countertops became my budget concern. By designing with a mix of Bellmont Cabinet's 1900 and 1600 series, I was in a position to furnish your kitchen with cabinetry at a high price that permitted 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 coverings: 24- by 24-inch Everquartz tiles in white, Everstone; appliances by Jenn-Air: 36-inch fuel cooktop, 36-inch wall surface vent hood, 36-inch integrated top refrigerator and bottom freezer, and 30-inch convection oven-microwave combination; dishwasher: Miele; backsplash: 2- by 6-inch brushed stainless steel tile

Budget: $40,000, including demolition of workplace area; going of main panel that is electrical ended up being located in workplace area; brand new floor tiles, countertops, drywall, artwork, cabinetry and installation; electrical and plumbing relocations; will not consist of devices and furnishings

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

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

Homeowners' request: “They desired a bright and space that is airy with a good room complement a family,” inside designer Diann Saviano states. “​Most notably, they really desired lots of sun light.”

Plan of assault: “Ralph Saviano, the master of Via Builders, who designed and built the home, wanted to make just 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 roof, making the form regarding the roof really unique and modern. He beautifully designed the windows so you see the trees but not the neighbor's home. He took advantage of the trees that are pretty the medial side of the house that made for pretty scenery whenever searching through the windows.

“As for your kitchen case design and colors, it absolutely was a collaboration of ideas with the home owners, me and Ralph. The homeowners aren't afraid to make use of color, as you can see into the pictures regarding the rest of the home. This might be something i enjoy about them. They always envisioned that back wall to be a fun wall that is accent 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 as we tackled each area. Then we worked the countertop colors and backsplash through the case colors selected, remember the island that is blue orange accent wall.​”Via Builders, Inc. Why the style works: “What's unique is the mixture of materials and colors. I'll acknowledge that I was stressed to make use of three different woods — window stain, dark case stain and then the raised-bar island stain — so ensuring that this all coordinated together well ended up being essential.”

That which wasn't working: “Because we have a table extension off the island, 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. Hence the waterfall countertop was a solution that is great maintaining the areas separate. We additionally mocked up the room with cardboard and chalk so that they could visually begin to see the area making the correct changes to match their exact liking.”

Who makes use of it: “​The home owners have two boys underneath the chronilogical age of 12. There is also household members come and stay with them for months from the 12 months, so designing this area with numerous ages that are different kept in mind. There is a bar area with beverage fridges that extends into the grouped living room space, as well as a mini desk for the homeowners to sit and print things away or use the desk while nevertheless being a part of what's happening in the room.​ They want to prepare and entertain for household and friends, yet also needed 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 learned while taking care of this project would be to not be afraid of combining bold colors and textures. It always helps me to use the color that is complementary to make certain a successful result — as an example, split complementary, triad, analogous etc.”

Take-away: “To not be afraid of mixing and color materials.”

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

Team involved: Ralph Saviano of Via Builders (builder); Pedini (cabinets); Tile Plus (countertop, floor and backsplash 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 feet (53.8 square meters)
Island size: 5 by 10 feet (1.5 by 3 meters)

Homeowners' request: “They desired that it is available and household friendly,” designer Anthony Stavish states. “They had taken a family day at France, where they stayed in a home with a nice big available kitchen with lots of sitting teams, and a table during the counter and comfortable sofa seating. The wife could stand in the cook and kitchen and hold court and work at the kitchen stove. She loved the way the South of France light came in therefore the energy and colors. So this kitchen ended up being about having household together and achieving that French nation energy.”

Plan of assault: “This ended up being a split ranch house that they had been going to renovate. But after taking a look at the house, it absolutely was clear it to renovate such an old house that it wasn't worth. It was suggested that we knock it down and build a new one. 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 begin to see the pool and garden. It was essential to get that old-country-French feel. To accomplish this, we desired that it is an kitchen that is unfitted. The cabinets are all the same in a fitted kitchen. An unfitted kitchen looks 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 side cabinets with sliding doorways is another, the refrigerator looks like an armoire and so forth.

“The area ended up being essential too. It does 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 recycling center. And you may pull up a stool on the reverse side so you can sit and talk while cooking.”

That which wasn't working: “Previously your kitchen was at a lowered level, therefore the garden ended up being 5 feet over the kitchen. It was never going to be nice. It charming.”PB so we excavated and built a new house and did everything to make Kitchen Design What goes on here: “This is a family that is blended four kids and three grandchildren. The homeowners have lots of buddies with children, therefore it is all about individuals coming by and utilizing the pool, spreading out meals and which makes it as easy and casual as possible.”

Designer key: “Keeping the roof low makes it feel the South of France, where you will seldom find ceilings that are high. We built down with beams to improve that sense of closeness.”

“Uh-oh” moment: “once we ordered the area through the maker, I delivered them a door bought in Lyon, France, in a flea market and asked them to replicate the conclusion. 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 fully capture that dirty blue aged troubled finish, also it ended up being just wonderful.”

Splurges and savings: “We splurged on wide plank floors from Apex floor coverings being hand planed and hand put. That was very pretty. Also, the walls are hand-troweled plaster. We could have just painted but did not feel that would capture the impression they were opting for. It would have looked like a typical kitchen in a house that is suburban. We wanted texture. The architectural beams aren't structural, so we made them hollow. It was lighter and less expensive.”

The nitty-gritty: Faux completing 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; counter stools: Barbara Pearlman of Designs Atelier, Merchandise Mart Chicago; stool slipcovers: Cowtan & Tout; kitchen 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 Past Basket Design (kitchen cabinets and hood that is custom; Artifactural Furniture & Design (reclaimed barn beams); Frank Veres of B & V Painting and designing (interior painting); Vito J. DeNicolo of Professional Plastering & Stucco (hand-troweled plaster)Polycor Polycor 4. Industrial Edge

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

Homeowners' request: “The consumer wanted 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 weren't excited about the colors and textures regarding the examples. With an increase of research they discovered Alberene soapstone, through the Polycor Virginia quarry. They immediately fell deeply in love with the cool blue-gray tonality regarding the rock and its simple white veining.

“Right away they knew it will 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 had been left during the standard thickness that is 1¼-inch. They opted to leave the countertops untreated. With soapstone the slabs can be treated with mineral oil or wax to darken the rock. Alberene soapstone turns black whenever improved. They preferred the natural that is original to help keep the lighter tone.”

Plan of assault: “The open-floor-plan loft style was 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 had been then selected, so when the 2-inch-thickness area ended up being determined, they knew they needed additional structural support to hold up ab muscles slab that is heavy.

“The decision ended up being built to create 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 edge that is industrial. There is certainly a solid bowl of steel within the area to hold up the stone rather than keep down onto the cabinetry, which may affect its performance.”

Why the style works: “The open-plan loft style was the absolute most unique function, producing a big public liveable space that invites the imagination of playing music — one of the owners is musically trained.”

Who makes use of it: “The area is made for a communal, household environment for active engagement and to foster imagination and collaboration: producing and music that is playing 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 greatest solution to your island-weight dilemma ended up being the addition regarding the welded steel frame therefore the steel dish underlying the slab. Also, the addition regarding the backsplash that is full contrasting Statuarietto marble towards the roof line added a modern touch towards the old-fashioned material, providing a contemporary feel by extending it all the way up.

“Also, keeping the support columns rather than wanting to cover them up and conceal them put into the industrial effect. Metal ties around the column also show their texture. The contrast of textures, the shiny lacquer of the cabinetry and the island that is honed the welded steel, the wood columns, normal wood floors that carry through your whole living and kitchen area, and stainless devices create a visual interest that keeps a person's eye going through the area.”

“Uh-oh” moment: “The big problem ended up being getting the area without trouble without a seam. But with the constraints regarding the area therefore the sizes that the slabs might be produced, it absolutely was impossible to ensure it is without trouble, even if we could have it done at the quarry that size. The weight was also prohibitive. A quality was being had by the solution fabricator, Garden State Soapstone, to do the installation and conceal the seam, that was taken down flawlessly. The seam was surface sanded and evened out towards the true point that it's maybe not visible and smooth to the touch.”

Take-away: “Soapstone may be a really versatile material. It is equally suitable in a traditional New England farmhouse, a log that is rustic, Scandinavian minimalism or contemporary and modern looks. Whether left normal or improved, it may use many tastes that are different. Also, mixing the thicknesses of the island and perimeter countertops makes an interesting addition. And complete slabs of marble extending towards the roof line makes a striking detail. The appearance of white marble complements the soapstone perfectly too.”

The nitty-gritty: Countertops: custom-fabricated Alberene soapstone with honed finish, Polycor quarry in Schuyler, Virginia; area countertop: custom sourced and provided, solid thickness that is 2-inch perimeter countertops: 1¼ dense; complete backsplash: ¾-thick Statuarietto marble; cabinets: Poggenpohl; timber support columns: initial towards the area, refinished; industrial range with stainless steel backsplash and hood: Wolf; faucet and sprayer: Dornbracht