Kitchen of the Week – Newport, ME
Kristina B. Dayton Painted White & Painted Garnet Newport, ME
Special CliqStudios Features of this Kitchen include:
- Wall oven cabinet
- Tray dividers in cabinet over the fridge
- Cutlery divider to the right of range
- Glass Door upper cabinets on either side of range hood
- Super Susan corner cabinet
- Trash can cabinet to left of sink base
- Base cabinets with Roll Out Trays to right of dishwasher
- Two spice drawer inserts in island
- Built in bookcase at end of island
Kitchen Design Story
Quite often we get questions from consumers asking if our cabinets are only meant for renovation projects. Looking through our customer reviews and photo galleries, it can sure seem that way! And yes, it’s true that our cabinetry works especially well in remodeling. CliqStudios “semi-custom” system allows us to make slight modifications to our standard cabinet boxes to accommodate just about space — even something truly unusual like a stop-sign shaped kitchen.
CliqStudios cabinets work just as well in new construction projects, like this one. Kristina’s client came to her as she was building her retirement home in Maine. Because the home was just being built, there were no “before” photos to help Kristina understand the layout, just an architectural drawing, an “inspiration” picture, and the client’s vision of the space. And what a space it is!!
This client relied heavily on Kristina’s knowledge of interior design and understanding of kitchen functionality to create the space from a virtual blank slate. They went back and forth on the colors of the cabinetry, including variations of perimeter cabinets in lighter shades, with the island in accent colors such as CliqStudios’ exclusive Harbor paint. As the cabinet colors were being debated, it greatly influenced the finishes of the rest of the room, specifically the beams in the vaulted ceiling above the kitchen. Based on the cabinet colors and Kristina’s recommendations, the client scrapped her original idea of wood stain and chose to paint them white instead. This not only matched the perimeter cabinets, but also works to further brighten the room, taking full advantage of the natural light pouring in through the many windows.
As is true with many kitchen islands, getting the design just right was important. With such wonderfully high ceilings this kitchen island would become the centerpiece of the room.
We pride ourselves on not only creating beautiful kitchens, but spaces that designed with you in mind, how you cook, and how your family uses your kitchen. All CliqStudios designers know the right kinds of questions to ask, and how to carefully listen for answers that sometimes may conceal that information. Kristina is no different! Because of the many phone calls between Kristina and her client, the island went through multiple configurations. It had to have the right kind of functionality to compliment her client’s cooking style, but also needed the right kind of flair to visually anchor the space. Our deep red Painted Garnet finish makes this kitchen island a real stand-out, and we applaud this bold choice of color!
Finally, when she learned of two unusual design elements planned for the space, Kristina seized the opportunity to give her client a little extra personal touch. As this home was being constructed on a wooded lot, several large trees had to be removed. The homeowner did not want all those beautiful Maine hardwoods to go to waste, so a local carpenter was contracted. Using lumber from the felled trees from her property, the carpenter designed a-of-a-kind range hood and counter top for the new kitchen island. The client was was pleasantly surprised when Kristina took the extra step to incorporate these unique features into her design renderings, which also gave them both a much more accurate feeling of the finished space.
About “Kitchen of the Week:” Beyond all of our past work you can view in the photo galleries, we sell dozens and even hundreds of new kitchens every week! With this new series of blog posts, we’re pulling back the curtain to show you some of the most recent and innovative kitchens coming out of our design studios. We want to show off how CliqStudios kitchen designers’ creativity and expertise in practical problem solving can improve every kitchen’s functionality, usefulness, and flow. Check out the high-quality computer renderings and floor plans that help you visualize your new kitchen. You can even download the same, detailed packet of information that every CliqStudios customer receives with each order, so you exactly know what to expect! (names and prices redacted)