KITCHENS

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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Beaded Door Maple Kitchen

Beaded Door Maple Kitchen

Beaded Door Maple Kitchen

Beaded Door Maple Kitchen

Beaded Door Maple Kitchen

Beaded Door Maple Kitchen

BEFORE image

BEFORE image

BEFORE image

Quartersawn Oak Kitchen Re-facing

Quartersawn Oak Kitchen Re-facing

Quartersawn Oak Kitchen Re-facing

Quartersawn Oak Kitchen Re-facing

Quartersawn Oak Kitchen Re-facing

Quartersawn Oak Kitchen Re-facing

Kitchen overview
Natural Cherry

West Wall
Credenza hides telephone and mail sorting counter

Over Refigerator Cabinet
Tall ceilings allow for cookie sheets and an extra shelf.

Right of Refrigerator
Microwave and toaster oven share a nook beside the refrigerator.




















Stove Detail
Tile backsplash/raised up hood.

Sink
The countertop extends out into the window bumpout

Window trim detail
Beadboard window well

Credenza

Credenza
Flip-up door hides telephone and whatever clutter may accumulate

Credenza
Upper cabinet doors with "Rain" patterned glass

Refrigerator Wall
Pretty much the most essential part of the kitchen

Pantry Overview
The hallway off the kitchen offers loads of extra space

Pantry Detail
Broom closet in corner flanked by case-on-case unit

Pantry Detail
View 2

Trash Can Roll-out

Upper cabinet detail

Whimsical shelf edge

Tip-out trays

Overview 1
Glass doors provide display area facing family room

Overview 2
Pennisula provides seating area.

Counterspace
Pennisula does triple duty; space to eat, prepare food, or serve as buffet for dining room.

Penninsula Detail

Drinks Counter

Sink Base Detail
Bumped out sink base leaves room for columns and hide edge of dishwasher

Room Overview 1
Staggered heights and depths of upper cabinets add visual interest

Room Overview 2

Refrigerator/Double Oven cabinet
Foam insulation hidden between the refrigerator and double oven cabinets allow a side-by-side configuration.

More Staggering

View From Living Room

Sink Bumpout
Bumped out sink cabinet allows plenty of space for a large sink

Sink
A simple window casing matches the cabinetry. Deep drawers left of sink hold cookie trays

Drawers
Lots of drawers provide efficient use of space with easy access

Penninsula
Lower cabinet has doors on each side for easy access

Cottage Kitchen
A small space for a lake cottage kitchen

Cottage Kitchen
Microwave cabinet bumpout

Cottage Kitchen
Maximum storage for penninsula cabinet

Cottage Kitchen
Room for 3 stools at counter

Cottage Kitchen
Too small of space for a standard sized corner cabinet

Cottage Kitchen
But who says it needs to be "standard size"?

Cottage Kitchen
Pantry cabinet provides full access to deep, narrow space

Cottage Kitchen
Resawn, bookmatched solid wood door panels

View From Dining Room

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

Kitchen-side of Penninsula
Lower drawers for easy access

Kitchen-side of Penninsula
Drawerbank detail

Sink Corner
Custom sized upper corner cabinet

Refrigerator Cabinet
Twentynine inch deep cabinet completetly houses the refrigerator

Pantry
Splitting the pantry unit into two parts reduces the effort required to open it

Pantry Detail
Shelves within the pantry are adjustable

Refrigerator cabinet
One of the few times the customer elected to not cover the side of the refrigerator with a panel

Microwave bumpout

Corner Cabinet

Sink Window Detail

Upper corner cabinet detail

Spice Cabinet

Penninsula

Kitchen Overview

Refrigerator Cabinet

Breakfast Nook
Space for pots and pans

Top Door
Space for seldom used things



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.

Refrigerator Cabinet
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.

Microwave Bumpout
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.

Sink Base

Pantry Entryway
The entrace to the walk-in pantry is right off the main kitchen triangle.

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.

Work Area
Kitchen work area overview.

Cabinet
Sink bumpout cabinet.

Dishwasher
View of dishwasher in work area.

Fridge Cabinet
View of refrigerator cabinet from pantry.

Fridge
View of refrigerator from work area.

Ovens and Cooktop
Built-in double ovens and cooktop.

Cooktop
Built-in double ovens and cooktop.

Pantry Cabinet Space
Hallway between kitchen and garage provides lots of pantry cabinet space.

Cabinet Space
Hallway between kitchen and garage provides lots of pantry cabinet space.

Pantry
Pantry area detail.

Pantry Tile
Pantry tile backsplash detail.

Utensil Rack
Utensil rack pullout

Spice Rack
Spice rack pullout

Penninsula
Penninsula panel detail.

Kitchen Desk
A desk in the far corner keeps clutter off the kitchen counters

Partial Overview 1
Entering the kitchen looking to the left.

Partial Overview 2
Panning to the right, past the door leading into the dining room.

Partial Overview 3
Continuing panning to the right past the door leading to the foyer.

Refrigerator Cabinets
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.

Custom Interiors
The interiors of the cabinets can be customized to store whatever you want, where you need it.

Side Access
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.

Deep Drawers
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.

Upper Cabinets
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.

Upper Corner Cabinet

Upper Corner Open
Bi-fold doors provided unfettered access to corner cabinets.

Spice Cabinet
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.

Island
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.

Kitchen Overview
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.

Chimney
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.

Chimney Corner
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.

Chimney Corner

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.

Bump-out Room Base
Here's the unit in the bump out.

Base Corner
This is a tight space, so being able to access the corner cabinets was a primary concern.

Lazy Susan
Sized to take full advantage of the interior corner space.

Lazy Susan

Upper Corner

Upper Corner Open
Bi-fold doors and no corner stile provide wide-open access.

Over-Window Cabinets
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.

Kitchen Overview
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.

Uppers
Any cabinet sides that do show, such as the bump-out for the refrigerator cabinet, are frame and panel.

Upper Corner
This homeowner wanted a 45 degree front on the upper corner cabinet.

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.

Buffet
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.

Buffet End