Kitchen Design: Let There Be Light

Kitchen Design

The Mission: To provide the proper amount of general, task, and decorative lighting while improving the layout to have a better flow of traffic and provide adequate storage. Incorporate the Arts & Crafts style into the kitchen from the rest of her home.

The Mission

To provide the proper amount of general, task, and decorative lighting while improving the layout to have a better flow of traffic and provide adequate storage. Incorporate the Arts & Crafts style into the kitchen from the rest of her home.

The Challenge

A cramped U-shaped layout trapped the cook in a small space and blocked the flow of traffic. The corner space between the sink and cooktop is very tight, but the options are limited due to the client having just replaced windows and doors and not wanting to fix the new siding outside. There were also several pipes and waste stacks from the master bath in the soffits we were trying to remove.

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The Solution

Decorative pendants clustered over the kitchen table provide both functional and fashionable lighting while three pendants over the island echo the kitchen’s Arts and Crafts style. The refinished wood floors keep this kitchen’s look light and airy. By using a magic corner pullout to the left of the sink, the space is maximized for storage and made it more accessible. It also fit into the original footprint so the windows did not have to be moved.

The pipes were recessed into the joists above so the cabinets were able to go to the ceiling. The old range was replaced with a Wolf cooktop, a Sub Zero refrigerator, and a microwave oven combination graces the far wall. Three drawers underneath the cooktop provide storage for pots, pans and more.

Other cabinet accessories such as a mixer lift, spice drawers, and cutlery and utensil dividers keep surfaces clear and storage easy. An appliance garage to the right of the sink hides away a flat-screen television, plugs for the cell phone and other electronics.

Golden Lighting granite countertops and matching full-height backsplash add an artistic touch to the room while accentuating the warm tones in the cherry cabinetry. A simple stainless steel ventilation hood and sleek cabinet pulls bring a modern touch to this Arts and Crafts kitchen.