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Homeowners' request: “My client requested a clean, modern kitchen that could complement their classic Palm Springs midcentury residence,” designer Randy Blom claims. “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 dining areas. Central to my client's desires would be to have a sizable central island that would function as a gathering spot for their guests.”

Plan of attack: “First order of company was to allot particular spaces for normal home functions — prep, cooking, storage space, cleaning. The kitchen that is new 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 keep countertop devices, a tall kitchen for food storage and integrated integral refrigerator-freezer, and a mixture 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 with the rest associated with the residence, so we selected Bellmont Cabinet's Jazz door design in Gloss White with silver PVC side banding.

“To contrast most of the gloss white, we selected Bellmont's Terra door design in Bark for the base and island cabinetry. For clean, sharp white countertops, we 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 white floor tiles were installed throughout the residence and a new layer of white paint on the walls, lumber beams and lumber decking on the ceiling, allowing my client's modern art collection to deliver along with for the spaces.”Bellmont Cabinet Co. Why the style works: “Since the residence has an extremely clean, modern visual, the new kitchen design needed to reflect this same aesthetic. Clean, contemporary, uncluttered yet provide kitchen that is normal and permit for connection with guests. When the office area was removed, the new kitchen space became a clean white box within which the kitchen cabinetry could be displayed like the artwork in the remaining portion of the residence.”

That which wasn't working: “The main challenge because of this kitchen was my client's ask for no cabinetry that is upper. All his dishes and glassware had to find a new storage location, so a bank of high cabinets was placed along one part for this specific purpose. Since this bank of cabinets were superficial, 12 inches deep, they did not encroach in to the kitchen that is main an excessive amount of, and also make it simpler to keep and retrieve things.”

How are you affected here: “The kitchen was created for normal day-to-day preparations of meals, as well as for entertaining relatives and buddies in a relaxed Palm Springs environment.”

Whom utilizes it: “The kitchen was created 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 is situated next to sliding doorways that enable direct access towards the pool and outside entertaining areas. He has a life that is frenetic likes the relaxed lifestyle that their Palm Springs residence and their brand new home afford him. It has become a gathering spot for regional, and not-so-local, relatives and buddies to congregate at.”

Designer secret: “Don't be afraid to remove upper cabinetry in a kitchen. Tall or short, shallow cabinetry can accomplish the same task. I find consumers are wanting to introduce more artwork to their kitchens, and also by freeing up coveted surfaces, they could personalize their kitchens with artwork rather than having banks of cabinets above their countertops.” Bellmont Cabinet Co. “Uh-oh” moment: “My main challenge, just like any white kitchen, is just how to coordinate all the various tones of white. White flooring, white cabinetry, white countertops and white paint on walls and ceiling — it can be daunting. I would awaken in the 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 similar white and it'll look different on a straight and surface that is horizontal therefore having white case doorways together with a white tile flooring, you are able to play with the tones so they complement each other, as opposed to make an effort to match them. Don't be afraid to mix white. Also by varying the conclusion on each associated with the whites — matte, semi or gloss — you possibly can make a cohesive design declaration.”

Splurges and savings: “My client wanted the purest white quartz for their countertops, which typically tends to be the absolute most high priced color selection, so countertops became my spending plan priority. By designing with a mix of Bellmont Cabinet's 1900 and 1600 show, I became able to furnish your kitchen with cabinetry at a cost that permitted the countertops to simply take a priority.”

The nitty-gritty: Base cabinetry: Bellmont Cabinet's 1600 Terra in Bark; high 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 vent hood, 36-inch integral top fridge and bottom fridge, and 30-inch convection oven-microwave combo; dishwasher: Miele; backsplash: 2- by 6-inch brushed steel tile that is stainless

Budget: $40,000, including demolition of office area; moving of main electrical panel that was located in office area; brand new flooring 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 rock (countertops); Mike Slaten Tile (tilework)Via Builders, Inc. 2. Warm modern

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

Homeowners' request: “They desired a bright and airy space, with a great space complement a household,” inside designer Diann Saviano claims. “​Most significantly, they actually desired lots of sun light.”

Plan of attack: “Ralph Saviano, the owner of Via Builders, whom designed and built your house, wanted to bring in as much natural light as 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 shape associated with the ceiling extremely unique and modern. He beautifully designed the windows therefore the trees are seen by you but not the neighbor's home. He took advantage of the pretty trees on along side it of your home that made for pretty scenery when looking through the windows.

“As for your kitchen case design and colors, it absolutely was a collaboration of some ideas with the homeowners, me and Ralph. The home owners aren't afraid to use color, as you care able to see in the pictures associated with the remaining portion of the home. This will be something I love 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 complementary color scheme. We allow design evolve even as we tackled each space. Then we worked the countertop colors and backsplash through the case colors selected, keeping in mind the blue island and orange accent wall.​”Via Builders, Inc. Why the style works: “What's unique is the mix of materials and colors. I'll acknowledge that I became nervous to use three different woods — window stain, dark case stain and then the raised-bar island stain — therefore ensuring that this all coordinated together well was important.”

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 keeping the spaces split. We also mocked up the area with cardboard and chalk so they could visually understand space making the appropriate corrections to suit their liking that is exact.

Whom utilizes it: “​The homeowners have two guys under the chronilogical age of 12. There is also family relations come and stay with them for months out from the 12 months, therefore designing this space with many ages that are different kept in mind. There is a bar area with beverage fridges that extends into the grouped family room space, in addition to a mini desk for the homeowners to stay and print things away or use the desk while still being part of what's going on in the area.​ They want to prepare and amuse for family and friends, yet also needed a environment that is kid-friendly 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 we discovered while working on this project would be to not be afraid of combining colors that are bold textures. It always helps me to use the color that is complementary to make certain a fruitful outcome — as an example, split complementary, triad, analogous etc.”

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

The nitty-gritty: Floor: 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 (club 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 open and family friendly,” designer Anthony Stavish claims. “They had taken a household day at France, where they stayed in a residence with an excellent big open kitchen with lots of seating teams, and a table during the countertop and sofa seating that is comfortable. The wife could stand in the cook and kitchen and hold court and work on the stove. She liked the way the South of France light came in and the energy and colors. Which means this kitchen was about having family together and achieving that French nation energy.”

Plan of attack: “This was a split ranch home which they were going to renovate. But after taking a look at the home, 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. She had a glass of wine, sat down and said, ‘Do it.' The heart of the house needed to be located centrally to understand pool and yard. It was important to get that old-country-French feel. To achieve that, 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 part cabinets with sliding doorways is another, the fridge seems like an armoire and so forth.

“The island was important 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 can pull a stool up on the other side in order to stay and talk while cooking.”

That which wasn't working: “Previously your kitchen was at a lowered level, and the garden was 5 feet over the kitchen. It was never ever going to be good. 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 children and three grandchildren. The home owners have lots of friends with kids, so it is exactly about people coming by and using the pool, spreading out food and which makes it as casual and easy as feasible.”

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

“Uh-oh” moment: “once we ordered the island through the manufacturer, we sent them a door bought in Lyon, France, in a flea market and asked them to replicate the conclusion. It came and was 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 distressed finish, also it was just wonderful.”

Splurges and savings: “We splurged on wide plank floors from Apex floor coverings which are hand planed and hand placed. Which was really pretty. Also, the walls are hand-troweled plaster. We're able to have just painted but didn't feel just like that could capture the impression these were going for. It might have appeared to be a normal kitchen in a house that is suburban. We wanted texture. The architectural beams aren't structural, them hollow so we made. It was lighter and less expensive.”

The nitty-gritty: Faux finishing on cabinets: Simes Studios; limestone counters: Chadwick's Surfaces Global; hand-planed floor: Apex Wood Floors; pot rack ironwork: Peter Moorman Construction; lights in pot rack: Architectural Artifacts; countertop stools: Barbara Pearlman of Designs Atelier, products 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 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 countertop that is complementary 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 excited about the colors and textures associated with the examples. With an increase of research they discovered Alberene soapstone, through the Polycor Virginia quarry. They instantly fell deeply in love with the cool blue-gray tonality associated with the stone and its own delicate veining that is white.

“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 were kept during the standard 1¼-inch thickness. They opted to leave the countertops untreated. With soapstone the slabs can be treated with mineral oil or wax to darken the stone. Alberene soapstone turns black when improved. They preferred the natural that is original to 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 selected, so when the 2-inch-thickness island was decided, they knew they needed extra structural help to hold up ab muscles heavy slab.

“The choice was designed to create a welded frame to 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 good full bowl of steel underneath the island to hold up the stone and not bear down onto the cabinetry, which will influence its performance.”

Why the style works: “The open-plan style that is loft the absolute most unique feature, creating a sizable public living space that invites the imagination of playing music — one of the owners is musically trained.”

Whom utilizes it: “The space is designed for a communal, family environment for active engagement also to foster imagination and collaboration: creating 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 greatest solution to the island-weight dilemma was the addition associated with the welded steel frame and the steel plate underlying the slab. Also, the addition associated with the backsplash that is full contrasting Statuarietto marble towards the ceiling line included a contemporary touch towards the conventional material, giving a contemporary feel by extending it all the way up.

“Also, keeping the help columns and not trying to protect them up and conceal them added to 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 lumber columns, natural lumber floors that carry through the whole living and kitchen space, and stainless devices create a visual interest that keeps a person's eye moving throughout the space.”

“Uh-oh” moment: “The big problem was obtaining the island in one piece without a seam. But with the constraints associated with the space and the sizes that the slabs could be produced, it absolutely was impractical to make it in one piece, even it done at the quarry that size if we could have. The weight was also prohibitive. The solution was having a quality fabricator, Garden State Soapstone, to do the installation and conceal the seam, which was taken down flawlessly. The seam was surface sanded and evened out towards the true point that it's perhaps not visible and smooth to the touch.”

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

The nitty-gritty: Countertops: custom-fabricated Alberene soapstone with honed finish, Polycor quarry in Schuyler, Virginia; island countertop: custom sourced and supplied, solid 2-inch thickness; perimeter countertops: 1¼ dense; complete backsplash: ¾-thick Statuarietto marble; cabinets: Poggenpohl; timber help columns: initial towards the space, refinished; commercial range with stainless backsplash and hood: Wolf; tap and sprayer: Dornbracht