Beyond-the-Box: Personalizing Kitchen Design
Creating Extraordinary Kitchens from the Common Cabinet
Every day, our designers create spaces that are as unique as our customers. As one designer said, “I see every kitchen as a challenge to create something fresh and new, to personalize it for my client.”
A designer will achieve some effects by combining cabinet units in new ways, stacking shelves on drawers to create hutches, tucking appliances in unconventional corners, and adding decorative elements to upgrade ordinary to specialty best. Our factory helps out, modifying cabinets to fit non-standard spaces and supplying components to meet special style requests. We don’t take all the credit—the customer is an equal partner in creating any design. Below are just a few examples of what we can do.
The cabinets above feature glass doors on both sides, creating a transparent, airy feeling and a wonderful display space. The end cabinets depth was extended to create visual interest and symmetry. The cabinet interiors are finished in Painted Linen to match the exterior. Crown molding created by layering two styles completes the exceptionally elegant effect. And for a final dressy touch, light-rail molding trims the cabinet’s bottom edge. (Doors are shipped prepped for insert. Glass was supplied by the customer.)
Factory modifications: Prepped for insert peninsula doors, matching interior, increased depth
Field installation modifications: light-rail molding, stacked crown molding
Make it Yours with a Furniture Look
In the cabinets pictured to the left, the drawer base cabinet was bumped out from the wall to provide counter depth for a professional cooktop. The designer saw an opportunity to create what we call a “furniture look.” The cabinet toe kick is trimmed in valance-cut ogee pilaster molding. The visual effect is of a free-standing chest that might be found in a historic home or farm kitchen. The Painted Linen finish is perfect for this cozy kitchen.
Field installation modifications: bumped-out base cabinet, valance-cut toe-kick trim.
Magical Floating Cabinets
Look closely at the Birch Sable vanity pictured to the right. Rather than standing on a base with toe kick, the end cabinets are floating. The special application creates a magical effect with a contemporary edge. The center hutch was built by stacking cabinet units for a furniture effect. The open shelves are constructed from a void (doorless) upper cabinet. The elegant wall of cabinetry provides a great variety of storage space and ample, well-defined vanity counter for two.
Factory modification: void cabinet
Field installation modifications: floating base cabinets, stacked units to create hutch
This richly elegant island was constructed of 12-inch and 24-inch deep cabinets back-to-back. The inside corners feature corbel counter supports. The installer applied the decorative door to the island end and ogee pilaster molding defines the toekick. Bookshelves were created by the installer in the field using a valance between two cabinets and finishing the interior with factory-finished panels. The island provides a wonderful transition from cooking to living areas.
Field installation modifications: back-to-back cabinets, corbels, decorative end panel, ogee pilaster molding on toekick, valance on shelf
Wood Range Hood
This beautiful cherry range hood conceals ventilation and, with shelf supports under the cabinet above, creates a furniture look. Framed by the art glass in side cabinets, it becomes the focal point in the room.
Factory modifications: prepped-for-insert cabinets (ready for glass), wood range hood.
Field installation modifications: install art glass, add corbel supports.
Under-Counter Microwave and Spice Drawers
A pull-out microwave provides a safe alternative to over-the-range installations and frees up counter space. The spice drawers and cabinet to the right are built of 12-inch deep units and trimmed with a valance-cut toekick.
Factory modifications: stacked spice drawers, microwave cabinet.
Field installation modification: valance-cut toekick trim
Do you have an idea on personalizing your space? Ask your designer for suggestions and make your kitchen uniquely yours. Share your thoughts with our readers.