As most houses this age, it needed the kitchen upgraded. Going through the kitchen cabinet catalogs at Lowe's, Home Depot and Cabinet mfg's web sites, I could not find anything that was agreeable to both of us and within the budget. I wanted something that was low maintenance, durable, efficient, functional and cosmetically pleasing. Most of all I wanted something unusual and different. Most commercial kitchen cabinet builders just make cookie cutter cabinets. Their material, methods and craftsmanship are all on par with each other. I wanted something better. |
We both preferred the European-Italian modern style. With shipping costs and possible communication problems, I was not comfortable to go the import route. Since I am a designer, I decided to tackle it myself and designed our own.
My specs were: * AWI 400A-S-10 Frame-less design boxes doweled, glued and screwed , * All Drawers in base cabinets were to be wood with dovetailed drawers. * AccuRide 100lb. full extended drawer SS slides * Blum adjustable hidden hinges * Matching continous horizontal woodgrain * Custom Continious Grip Flush drawer aluminium pulls.
| These are basically the "before" pics.|
Typical cheap Early American cookie cutter laminate & particle board kitchen . Lower cabinets that you have to crawl into to retrieve things. Uppers that need hinges and are too small in depth. Serious mold problem under the sink.
|This was the condition of the kitchen during construction. The ugly faded yellow/tan lanolium had to go. I removed an adjoining wall to the dining room and extending the kitchen floor 3 feet and layed ceramic tile down. Cutting an arch in the tiles was an interesting procedure.|
|Sink and Window Counter|
| The new cabinet boxes have arrived.|
All the plumbing was changed to copper and/or PVC with ball valve shut-offs.
Under the sink doors were temporary and were replaced with Pull-out slide drawers for easy access.
|All drawers are doveltailed construction of solid maple. |
All upper cabs are 14" deep inside. Typical uppers are 10 1/2" deep and most plates, etc. don't fit.
|Lower Sink units, sink & counter are installed. |
The missing window sill will be made out of the Corian cut-out from the sink. Trash and Cleaner stuff pull-out drawers, without the center post for easy access to the plumbing.
|Oven and Pantry Wall|
|Pull-out Pantries in the corner, instead of a lazy susan, offers more usable space with no loss of items.|
Pot and Pan drawers under the oven. To the right of that is a cabinet with full width drawers for larger items.
Over the oven is a cabinet for seldom used items.
Full height pull-out pantry for for quick and easy access.
|Fridge and Cooktop Counter|
|Cook Top and Microwave units are on the opposite side of sink. I ran some new 110vac. circuits to this wall for the any new appliances, outlets and lights. I polished the matt colored Corian to a high gloss, gives black Corian a whole new (wet) look.|
|Spice Rack pull-outs on both sides of the Microwave.|
Stainless steel backsplash for easy clean cooking splatter.
Both upper units have low voltage under cabinet lights installed and a finished panel with switches.
The wall I removed was opposite of the left wall about where the arch in the floor starts. It really opened up the kitchen and dining room. The project took a bit longer then we expected since our cabinet builder was working full time at another job. However, we came well within our proposed budget (including appliances) and at 25% of the cost on an Italian import kitchen.
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