Thursday, June 30, 2011

Our Kitchen Layout


This is one post I have been waiting to write for a long time! We were waiting to finalize all the cabinetry for the kitchen before we shared what it will look like. We tried to keep the kitchen modern and fresh but still embracing our homes Bungalow roots. The cabinets are a 5 piece construction in a lovely shaker style.


All the cabinets are by Aristokraft but we have two different cabinetry lines. The white cabinets are called Monroe purestyle and they are a thermofoil in White. The other style in Aristokraft that we are using is called Wintead Square in a dark stain called Sarsparilla. It has the same look and construction as the white thermofoil used in the rest of the kitchen but they are made from Maple.
Thermofoil cabinets are made with MDF (basically sawdust and wood combined to make a solid piece) which is then wrapped in a vinyl veneer. There is a cost savings with going with Thermofoil versus a solid wood cabinet and they carry a 25 year warranty and are a snap to wipe clean). The downside to thermofoil is that over time the vinyl can separate from the MDF and chip off but, my guess is I will want something different in 25 years anyway. So Thermafoil we pick you!
The floors in the kitchen will be the same warm wood floors that will be in the rest of the main level of the house. Our counter tops are granite in a grey tone with some flecks of white and black. The counters will be a nice merge point between the dark cabinets and the stark white ones. The plan is to add a tile back splash that we found a few weeks back for $10 a square foot that has white stones, some grey glass tiles in a horizontal linear pattern. We hope to have pops of color in the kitchen with paint and accessories. I'm thinking pops of apple green, we will see.

The Kitchen Perspectives...



North wall showing the focal point of the room: the cook top surround.


This is the view from the dining room walking into the kitchen. I just love that the cook top area and the surrounding cabinets will be the first thing your eyes are drawn to.


This view is of the South wall. There will be lots of counter space with the island and also some on the back wall next to the refrigerator. To the right of the fridge is the built in oven and microwave combination.




Another view of the South wall just with the island removed from view.


View of the East wall with our glorious cast iron apron front sink and a full wall of windows.


This is the North wall again but this time I tried to (with my meger photoshop skills) fill in where different colors would be. The cabinets will be white in most of the kitchen except for around the cook top. Above you can see the darker, almost black cabinets and the dark grey counter tops.


Another try at adding some color to visualize the kitchen. I filled in the appliances with stainless steel, added the wood flooring as a chocolate color and the sink went black.


Here is the back splash that ties all the greys and white tones together throughout the kitchen.



Our warm and inviting wood floors in a dark stain called Santa Barbara Maple by Mohawk. It is a wide plank at 5" and has handscraped details to make it feel like it has always been there.


We borrowed these from the kitchen showroom, they are the correct colors but the wrong door style (so please over look the bead board look inside the white cabinet). We placed a sample of the granite on the cabinet and the back splash jumped in for the fun as well.

And that is our kitchen from top to bottom. I hope it will feel inviting and laid back and be a place for everyone to gather in. This will be one of the last things to go into the house, so it will be several months yet till we see this kitchen come to life. Can't wait.

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