While working on this space, several design challenges presented themselves. One of them was the need for the cabinetry to “turn the corner” and transition from 24” deep base cabinetry to 12” deep along the other wall. The couple really wanted to use mullion doors on one wall and a plate rack on the other. However, those items are only available in certain sizes. I had to get clever in order to make everything work.
On the right side of the bend, I added decorative doors to create a continuous, fluid look. This visual trickery created the illusion of working cabinetry along the secondary wall. This really tied the two runs of cabinetry together. With the use of an after-sale modification of CliqStudios.com semi-custom cabinetry, the couple was able to add the plate rack they longed for while maintaining the symmetry they required.
One of the other big challenges was working around a doorway to the left of the sink. We contemplated opening up the kitchen into the back hallway, but the load-bearing wall restricted us to the existing floor plan. In lieu of opening up that wall, I suggested closing off the door entirely. This way we had more room for base cabinetry along the sink wall. The wife liked the idea of adding more space for cabinetry, but wanted to maintain a view of the back door so she could see her kids come and go. A compromise quickly came to light.
We decided to close off the bottom portion of that door (or at least make it look like it was closed off), while leaving the top portion open (creating an open ‘window’ space to the back door). A base cabinet, which now faces the back door, became a wonderful storage solution for hats, gloves, and scarves. We used decorative doors on the side of the cabinet to integrate the cabinetry into the kitchen. It was just one more use of visual trickery to make the space complete.