Good morning. I've had a number of requests in this blog to discuss my kitchen. Chef Neil and I were discussing this the other day ... the whole question of "what does a professional kitchen designer do for their kitchen?", is much the same as "what does a chef have for dinner?". Often it's pretty ordinary. Functional, but ordinary.
But before we begin ...
All hail the Altar of Java
An overview shot of the whole kitchen. Materials we used: Cabinets: Laminate (Tawny Satinwood), Countertops: Corian (Tumbled Glass), Backsplash: Tile From DalTile (2x2 Mosaic - Almond w/ Bottle Green inserts), Flooring: Forbo Marmoleum (Desert w/ Bottle Green inserts)
Probably the biggest change in the kitchen as we went from electric to gas. Range: Dacor RSD30 (Dual Fuel), Hood: Rangemaster 36" 850 CFM. This shot also gives a good look at the backsplash. The green insert pattern is repeated on the floor.
This is what "J" refers to as "The Bridge" (think Star Trek). The raised bar is 1.5" thick maple butcher block. The bar stools are from Sears (of all places!). Dishwasher: Asko 1400 series.
This wall is opposite the sink, 90 degrees right of the range. The fridge is a Maytag (forgot the model number) with a bottom mount freezer. This is a good example of experience dictating my choices. I've been suggesting bottom mounts to clients for years. After seeing them in finished projects, and hearing feedback from clients, this decision was a slam dunk.
The section to the right of the fridge is sort of a snack/bar area. Behind the glass doors above the microwave are all our wine glasses, martini glasses, etc. What's really cool is how they open:
Of course, the whole area is lit up like a Christmas tree. Looks really cool when the other kitchen lights are off.
The Sink: Corian (872 in Bisque), Faucet: Grohe Ladyluxe Cafe. The window is new as well. Notice how the tile fills in the opening around the window. We wanted the kitchen to "fit" into the 1950's feel of the home ... that's a technique that would have been used. The cabinetry above the sink houses lighting, and is also available for storage ... we usually hide the candy there after Halloween.
I wanted to show this picture for two reasons: first, the pull-out is pretty cool. We use it to store oils, vinegar and rice. Second, the curved cabinet is a direct copy from the original kitchen. There is another pantry in the kitchen that also has curved doors.
Finally, my butcher block! Not only usefull for cutting, but a nice backdrop for eGullet Dinner!
So there it is ... I hope you enjoyed the tour. Coffee anyone?