So of course – we had to share. Here is Kelly’s post:
Last week, I posted a companion piece to Kitchen and Bath Ideas magazine, “One Kitchen, Two Budgets” article: the budget kitchen version. This week we’re going to look at the no-holds-barred-okay-maybe-some custom version.
Here’s the cost-savings kitchen layout from last week:
Here’s the custom version for this week:
A FLOATING ISLAND CONCEPT
Dividing walls are gone — they are not helpful if your guests are mingling between fabulous other rooms and the kitchen. My vision (apparently) was the concept of “floating” materials – the back glass-door cabinets are “floating” off the floor (conveniently hiding the new sink area), and the rest of the island hovers through a “picture frame” in what used to be the sink wall.
NEW PANTRY AND INTEGRATED REFRIGERATOR
The new pantry has custom doors that glide open but the interior structure of the pantry doesn’t change. You also don’t notice a refrigerator because it’s integrated with the pantry on the left wall – it’s the “pantry” doors furthest away. See the dark cubicles above the entire pantry area? They’re for artwork, but also for another idea – two of them are open in the back so that the light from the kitchen penetrates into the pantry area itself.
COOKTOP AND OVEN WALL
This is what you saw in the magazine…well, Kitchen and Bath Ideas hired an illustrator to come up with a much prettier version of this. What you can’t see here – the space below the Bisque painted wall cabinets are appliance garages, 8” deep for spices, oils, peppers, salts and knife blocks. The counter with the induction cooktop is a version of a waterfall counter – 3″ thick counter which spills over the sides of the section to the floor. They look like legs here. The backsplash is a combination of a boxed out tiled detail behind the cooktop and Concetto Gray Agate backlit on either side.
A couple of caveats:
- These graphics aren’t stellar so the color doesn’t pop like I wanted them to. Colors would be much richer and the textures would play off on each other if this was real.
- I have the lighting plan all in my head but it’s not in here, sadly.
- Computer graphics don’t really get the materials – I’ll show you some of the goodies.
- For those of you who thought we got a deal on the Concetto (the colorful backsplash on either side of the range wall priced in the magazine, you’re right. My apologies. I priced a remnant from a supplier and I should have bought it because I’ll never get another incredibly hot deal like that again in my lifetime.)
- If I was designing this in real life, I would have revisited those two dark wall cabinets on either side of the hood. Time was tight and I think I might have eliminated them entirely.
This was the material I was discussing in the disclaimers above: the Caesarstone Concetto Gray Agate 8311 backlit wall panels on either side of cooktop. Definite high-end and luxury material.
Hood backsplash material: Porcelanosa Jersey Antracita 12×35 Here’s another look:
Pendant set within the wall opening: Corbett Lighting Shoji medium light, 105-42 10” wide x 19” h
Flooring: Porcelanosa Toscano Antracita, 7 x26 “Wood” Tile
Column Opening (walls were tiled in around the frame): PorcelanosaTalis Beige, 8 x 13
Crystal cabinets: “Slate” stained wood, and EV Cherry slab. Ignore door style on left – this was for color
Island sink: BLANCO 440408 Precis Multilevel 1-3/4 with Drain, in Anthracite with accessories