Located in Atlantis, Florida there was an outdated kitchen that needed to be revived. We asked designer Gloria Graham (www.kitchensforliving.net) how she conquered this challenging project.
Why did the homeowner need a change? Cabinets were dated and paint was peeling. She liked the original kitchen and its layout, but it was time for something new. Keeping her footprint, we updated the design. In the process we were able to incorporate the products on her wish list and even improve storage and workflow.
Tell us about what inspired you to come up with the design. Well, mainly I wanted to increase functionality of the kitchen space in a creative way. I came up with the British Colonial idea using the “X” motif and rattan inserts in some of the doors. She was not up for the rich dark Mahogany finish that is the hallmark of this style. This was mainly because this kitchen is located in the center of the house with not much natural light. The Espresso color would have made it too dark. As far as the layout, one of my first thoughts was to remove the soffit on the range wall to allow the hood to become a focal point reaching to the ceiling. Upper cabinets on both ends sit on the counter to house the coffee maker on one side and toaster oven on the other keeping them out of sight. The size of the island was increased for more storage and counter space. I also felt it was important to have ample counter space next to the new 48” refrigerator and double ovens. A microwave drawer tucked behind the peninsula completes the package.
What are the highlights of the new kitchen? Cabinets are maple with a light stain and darker glaze and rattan panels to tie in adjoining dining room furniture. They were designed by me and custom built by Brendan Donovan Furniture & Cabinet Co. (www.Brendandonovancabinets.com). Her appliances are Wolf, Subzero, Thermador (gas range top) and Bosch for the dishwasher.
The feature that the home owner absolutely loved was a durable BLANCO SILGRANIT II Precis Super Single Sink in white. Not only did it work with the styling of the kitchen, but the scale allowed us to utilize the space to its maximum potential.
So can we call it a success? Oh, absolutely! The homeowner was thrilled with the end result. She loves her new kitchen and her favorite part is the new BLANCO Sink. It was amazing how we increased the storage space and functionality of the kitchen. We also lightened and brightened up the space with a traditional tropical feel.