Many companies claim to sell custom kitchens, but what they really sell is a customized combination of standard cabinets. They measure your available space, open their product books, and find the combination of pre-set sizes they can make fit. The results are most often ad-hoc, both visually and in terms of storage, with an inefficient use of space and filler strips to make things "come out right". When I measure a job I know I can make the cabinets the exact sizes to properly fit your space. Then, in consultation with you, I can divide each cabinet's interior in such a way that maximizes the usable space yet still maintains an aesthetically appealing combination of door and drawer front sizes. All this with quality materials and high quality craftmanship throughout.
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Pennisula does triple duty; space to eat, prepare food, or serve as buffet for dining room.
Refrigerator/Double Oven cabinet
Foam insulation hidden between the refrigerator and double oven cabinets allow a side-by-side configuration.
View From Dining Room
While the upper cabinets obstruct the view between the rooms, having storage are that she didn't have to bend over to reach was important for this customer
View From Dining Room
Lower doors open to reveal shallow shelves, leaving room from drawers on the other side
One of the few times the customer elected to not cover the side of the refrigerator with a panel
Quartersawn White Oak Kitchen
White solid surface countertops and appliances keep the kitchen bright in spite of the darker colored cabinets. The dark green room you see through the doorway is the walk-in pantry.
Door and Drawer Detail Shot
Traditional frame and panel doors done in quarter-sawn white oak. Doors and drawerfronts are inset into the faceframe. There is a light dye stain applied to give a subtle accent to the ray flecks of the quartersawn wood. The black ebony pegs were added to complement the door and drawer pulls selected by the customer.
Side pantry and upper cabinet are built 30 inches deep to fully cover the side of the refrigerator. This gives it a built-in look without the expense of a built-in refrigerator unit.
I like to bring the cabinet over the microwave or stove hood out a little deeper to match the depth of the appliance. It makes the appliance look more like it "belongs" there and gives what would be a flat faced run of cabinets a bit more visual interest.
Pantry Cabinet Base
This room is small so I can't get back far enough with the camera to show it all in one view. This is another instance where the ability to custom size the cabinets really paid off. Standard 24" base cabinets would have made this U-shaped unit too claustrophobic. Making the base cabinets 20" deep, saving 4" on each side, left plenty of room.
Pantry Cabinet Upper
Lots of convenient storage space for all those things that don't fit in the main kitchen triangle. The backsplash is made up of tin ceiling panels.
The cabinets built around the refrigerator are built deeper than standard 24" cabinets so that the front of the refrigerator doesn't stick out into the room.
The interiors of the cabinets can be customized to store whatever you want, where you need it.
You don't need to limit access to the front of the cabinet. Doors on what would usually be cabinet "ends" provide easy, efficient use of all the space.
While roll-out trays can provide access to base cabinet spaces sometimes large drawers are the best solution. There is no need to open base cabinet doors then roll out the tray.
Like the refrigerator cabinets, the cabinet over the microwave can be sized to have the same depth as the appliance itself, making it look like it belongs.
The space between the corner cabinet and the microwave would have been too narrow for a standard, factory-made cabinet. Custom sizing allowed us to make good use of this space for spices.
Almost everything about this island is customized: from fitting the available room space to accomodating the countertop grill and the desired display shelves. A variety of custom-sized drawers and shelves make efficient use of remaining space.
Like many older homes this kitchen has a rather unique space. The sink and dishwasher is in an L shaped set of cabinets located in a bump-out from the kitchen. The space was probably originally a porch, which was later converted to expand the kitchen space. The refrigerator stands on its own near the entrance to this bump-out and another L shape in the main room consists of the stove and another run of cabinets. Being able to custom size the cabinets avoided having lots of wasted space.
Main Room Base
The base unit cabinet is clipped to facilitate access to the entrance to the sink bump-out area.
Note how the chimney runs down through the corner of the room. The solution proposed by someone selling pre-made cabinets used very narrow cabinets and large filler strips to fill in the corner and completely waste the space.
Yes, we've still lost space to the chimney, but there's a lot of usable storage space here we've been able to salvage.
Main Room Uppers
We wanted to take the cabinets clear to the ceiling but didn't like the look of the single tall doors. The solution was to make a separate, small top door, giving us storage space in what was once empty soffit.
This is a tight space, so being able to access the corner cabinets was a primary concern.
The soffit cabinets carry right over the window. All exposed sides are beadboard.
Door and Drawers Details
The kitchen is made of riff-sawn red oak. Sawing the wood in this way avoids the cathedral grain pattern typical of red oak and even shows a few ray flecks (notice the upper rail of the left hand drawer) though not nearly as many as you would see in white oak. The homeowner chose a very light cherry stain to highlight the grain and to enhance reddish the hue already present in the oak. While it's hard to see in this picture, the door and drawer frames are rounded over to meet the panels. This mimicks the later shaker practice of tacking small quarter-round trim pieces to frame out the panels. By eliminating the square edge they eliminated a place for dust (or in their case flour) to settle.
This kitchen is an L shape with an island and small buffet type cabinet off the eating area.
Clipped corner cabinet
I like doors on the end of clipped cabinets. It provides easy access and makes the ends look as good as the fronts.
Any cabinet sides that do show, such as the bump-out for the refrigerator cabinet, are frame and panel.
Deep Drawer Unit
Lots of storage where they need it. Here you see the tupperware drawer, the next drawer up holds pots and pans, and the top drawer stores cooking utensils.
This base unit is on the wall opposite the main kitchen triangle. It is only 16 inches deep and the clipped corners keep it from interfering with traffic flow through the doors located on each end. The right double doors hide a large recycle bin and trash can.