Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Befores and Afters

The kitchen is nearly finished.

Even though nothing was changed in regard to expanding walls and the enclosure of a porch to make a pantry, the whole room seems twice as large. Moving and enlarging one window, the addition of a glass paneled door and opening up the ceiling changed everything.

The only thing left to add is a movable kitchen island. I'm ping-ponging between a wooden cart type one and an industrial-look stainless steel.

So, you've already seen the business end of the kitchen--the working area was shifted away from the front and side view area. The previous work plan had me running up and down the long cabinet line. The new work area is now a rather tight triangle from the sink to the stove to the refrigerator at the back of the room.

The new pantry is around the corner where the refrigerator is now located.

The window over the sink was shifted a couple of feet toward the view and is a bit larger than the old one.

The old overhead cabinet and Norwegian "cooler" were done away with and a new door with a very large glass panel opens up the view down the shoreline.

The old kitchen had old strip light cans and another light fixture at the stove. New recessed LED light cans were installed in the ceiling and under the counter LEDs light up the work areas.

The cabinets are lacquer finish ivory white, the countertops and backsplash are soapstone. All the outlets over the cabinets are framed in black so they seem to disappear into the stone.
The old view to the east and the new one with the shortened cabinet and new door. We also placed a smaller table with some English elm chairs at the window.

There was not question that I wanted a solid surface behind the stove and work areas. None of that fiddly postage stamp tile for me! What are they thinking? Imagine what a cleaning nightmare they must be. I hope that fad dies a fast and hideous death!

Besides, when you buy stone, you get it by the slab, so why not use it all? (More about stone countertops in a later post.)

We relocated and widened the narrow doorway. So, even though the kitchen is still a separate room, it seems to link with the living room better.

The wider doorway has brightened and opened up that end of the living room as well as the kitchen.

The old cabinets were replaced with two tall Restoration Hardware French door cabinets. They are oak and have wonderful hardware.

They hold as much or more than the old cabinets. The cabinets were 1 3/4 inches too tall, so the wonderful carpenters trimmed up the bases and they just fit under the curve of the ceiling.

Both cabinets are fastened to the wall and added quarter round anchoring strips finish the bases off nicely. I mixed up some acrylic paint and matched the cabinet finish adding a thin black line between the wood and the flooring.


Anonymous said...

This will be the sink that's capable to perform the tasks that the other sinks are too modest for. In some cases the laundry is going to be cramped for space but it need to always be probable to at least include a corner utility sink somewhere inside the room.

Clay and Fiber Artist said...

The new sink is absolutely wonderful. It's wide and deep with a recessed grid that keeps dishes and pans off the bottom. It's amazing how spot clean-ups are easier because the bottom of pans and dishes don't get mucked up. The sink is also recessed-mounted, which is nicer. It is a double sink, but the other half is smaller--great for thawing out frozen foods.

I agree that a sink in the laundry is essential. Mine is mounted under a hanger rod, so anything I want to wash by hand can drain easily into the sink. My laundry sink is really a big, double kitchen sink.

Another thing I've done is have a hand-held shower head type sprayer mounted at the back of my bath tub. I can rinse my hair seated in the tub and the sprayer is great for a fast rinse-out of the tub after a bath. I don't know why more bathrooms don't have these.

Cheris Homchick said...

Beautiful beautiful countertop choice! We absolutely adore soapstone! Do you know what variety its called?