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NAUTICAL ZEN KITCHEN

Panels around peninsula reflect architecture of the house. Cool bar stools by Kyle Wells Design.

Ta daaaaa!  Another beautiful kitchen is complete, and yes it’s white with Shaker doors.  Surprise!  Not.  There were two main challenges about working in this home.  First of all the architecture is very unique and is an integral part of the space.  It’s comprised of posts and beams, angles and open lofts which remind me of a ship.  The second challenge was a lack of unity with way too much going on visually.  The existing kitchen had three different types of counter tops, two different types of cabinets and more stuff than space.  In addition, hinges and drawer slides were failing and paint was chipping.

The homeowners came equipped with the most valuable of traits, an open mind.  They were willing to see their kitchen and laundry area in a new way.  Every step of the design process we would ask ourselves “does this unify and simplify”?  Think “nautical zen”!

First off I decided to make peace with the posts and beams.  The layout remained the same and we didn’t even change the door style or color!  What we did was improve the fit and function.  Using all white counters unified the space and allowed the blue granite back splash to be the star of the show.  Here are some “before” pix and “after” solutions which will pave the way for smooth sailing in this new kitchen.

This was the peninsula before. See the new and improved above!

 

This existing refrigerator just didn't fit. It overlapped the casing of the door on the right. This built-in model was not built-in!

 

Before we also had a traffic jam on the left of the fridge with beams, posts and different ceiling heights!

 

The homeowners had to face facts and downsize the fridge. What they gave up in space they made up in style. Oh, and they kept the other one in the garage. Now it's built-in and it fits! We dealt with the beam by allowing the refrigerator cabinetry to stand alone.

Traffic jam on the left is also solved. By clearing the beam we were able to go higher with the upper cabinet plus we added an appliance garage below to keep things neat and tidy.

This is Mindi showing off her new kitchen.

 

Before, radius drawers were failing from weight and inadequate slides and guess what? The cook top didn't fit either.

 

We unified the space by using matching cabinets and creating a proper fit for the new Wolf gas cook top. Acid etched glass subtly conceals contents of cabinets.

 

This is Max. He's into hockey, he likes to dream big and he loves to cook so he's really happy about the new kitchen.

 

We added some hidden conveniences. This is the spice cabinet extraordinare!

 

This is the pantry/laundry room before

 

...and here it is after.

 

Last but not least, this cute little family member was very accommodating through the entire process.

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Gloria Graham-Sollecito

Gloria is a kitchen and bath cabinetry designer with AKBD certification from the National Kitchen & Bath Association. She has also served on the Florida Treasure Coast Chapter's Board of Directors as the VP of Communications. Her work has appeared on This Old House as well as in Florida Design Magazine, K+BB Magazine and the Palm Beach Post. She is co-author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Remodeling Your Kitchen, Illustrated, as well as a freelanced writer contributing occasionally to the Sun Sentinel in the area of kitchen design. She is a proud member of the Blanco Design Council and the illustrious Brizo Blogger 19.

Comments

Jan Kyle

Great job, Gloria!
Jan Kyle
Kyle Wells Design

Gloria Graham

Thanks for the kind comments 🙂 It was really a fun job and a pleasure to work with these homeowners. Thanks, Jan, for your input. Your direction kept us all on the same page.

Joseph

Wow, that’s quite an improvement all the way around. I really like the things you did with this kitchen.

Vicki

what a wonderful transformation!!! love using the white to unify everything!! that blue granite is gorgeous (who in the world would’ve put 3 diff type clashing granites like that? yikes)

love the new fridge and how the glass cabinet doors tie in.

also love the new pantry, who knew open shelves could be so orderly!

Pam

Wow, welll done!!! What great solutions to the post and beam situation. I LOVE the backsplash. I’m sure everyone down to the kitty is very happy with this space. (and the open shelving looks great. I’m a big fan of shelving)

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