Points of Interest:
I specified the under cabinet valance moulding to match the inside 'coving' detail on the cabinets doors. I was looking for a 'slimmer'
more refined look to match the other finer details of the cabinets, like the crown mouldings, 'post flutes' and the doors an drawer's themselves.
Other considerations like how wide the 'stile and rail' profile should be. (This is the ouside perimeter piece if the door)
The standard is 2 1/4, but I find this to narrow especially on a 42" high upper cabinet. Then of course there are different 'inside' and 'outside'
profiles as well. If you prefer a 'raised' panel door instead of just the 'shaker' and budget allows for all that extra hardwood you can choose from
many panel profiles aswell. In summary, the 'details' can really determine and define the outcome of your project and the right guidance is paramount for amazing results.
This home dates back to about the early 70's. Project priorities consisted of making the kitchen much larger and providing more natural light.
The kitchen was made larger by moving the laundryroom downstairs, removing the seperation wall and sealing the back door up,
allowing the kitchen to be lengthened approx. 5ft. Next, very large openings were created for a skylight and 'bow window' insert.
Jim was another one of my clients who really enjoyed cooking. He was also very specific about having a gas stove and a wooden range hood
over top of it. He also wanted the cabinet doors to be a 'raised' with 'arched' panels. He was very specific about the stain color aswell, just as all
my clients are. He had a very specific color in mind from a kitchen he had seen before. After some discusion I returned the next day with a
door sample that was the exact color he had in mind. Now onto the kitchen design.
Now with all this extra space from the laundry and closet room being moved out, I felt like a kid in a candy store. It's not often that I get this much area to design a kitchen unless we are doing an addition. With all this exta space it was still important to keep those 'work stations' close together.
Jim had done a lot of hiking through out the world like the 'Andes' and such, but im sure the last he wanted to do when he arrived home was
'take a cab' from his fridge to the sink. In this 'layout' you will notice the dishwasher was moved into the 'peninsula' by adding a angled cabinet and
building a cabinet extension on site. This allowed the stove to be brought around and have the fridge directly accross from these work stations.
I know what some of you might be thinking! A counter top overhang or bartop counter on the family room side of the peninsula would have been the perfect 'wine sipping' guest lounge area whilst food was being prepared. However Jim felt this would encroach to much on his dining room area and his need for a formal dining table of certain proportions.