The Joy of Cooking has Returned

November 27, 2012 by  
Filed under News & Specials

When we sat down to talk about the project there were three things the client had to say about her current, out dated kitchen;

“I love to cook but I have no good prep space, no storage” and “could that sink be any smaller?”

This little bit of information guided the design. Being a small galley apartment kitchen, there were not a lot of options to reconfigure the kitchen within the client’s budget, but we definitely could make it more functional for her. Solid wood full extension soft close drawers and extra deep wall cabinets over the sink were two ways that gave her just that little bit of extra storage she had desired. The 15” deep wall cabinets ensured her serving platters fit perfectly and the deep drawer storage made her over sized cooking pots easily accessible when she wanted them.

Then by creating drop zones on both sides of the stove, she had more space to work while cooking. A new Kindred sink that was wider and deeper than the original square 7” deep bowl she had struggled with for years, now makes cleaning up after making a fantastic meal that much easier.

Esthetically, the client had very clear ideas for her new kitchen. She wanted white cabinets and she wanted to keep it simple with very clean lines. We decided on the frosty white painted MDF shaker door from Montalco; beautifully painted with a satin sheen.

Being someone who loves a little sparkle, the next thing we needed to find was the “jewel” of the kitchen and we found it in the floor tiles. They were a metal blue grey 12×24 floor tile. The long tiles kept the clean lines, and then we added a Formica laminate countertop that brought out even more of the metallic in both surfaces. Removing the standard 3” backsplash and bringing the tiles right down to the countertop gave it the contemporary look that suited the client’s style.

There are many different ways you can install subway tiles. When you want a very modern look you might stack them evenly on top of each other or maybe an 80/20 offset. In this kitchen we chose to place these beautiful, 2.5”x9.5”, solid glass tiles (from Julian Tile) in a 50/50 brick pattern. The brick pattern was punctuated with a bright white grout, instead of using a matching grout which would have muted the pattern.

The finishing touches included installing handles horizontally, bringing a Euro-look to the cabinets, and incorporating energy efficient LED under cabinet lights for some ambient lighting.

Since completing the client’s kitchen a few months ago, she has since said to us that she loves how easy it is to work in her new kitchen. The joy of cooking has returned.