Qualified Remodeler Magazine

JUN 2017

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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it with the natural element of the bamboo cabinets. e warm matte honey tones with the horizontal grain of the bamboo reflect off the cooler shiny surfaces in the room, muting their dominance but keeping the defining, high contrast my clients desired. In any kitchen, the refrigerator is the proverbial ele- phant in the room. Integrated refrigerators are the least assuming giants yet have their own inherent problems concerning size, and in this small kitchen, one would not fit comfortably. Here, I opted for a counter-depth stainless refrigerator and encased it in bamboo. Only 30 inches wide and 84 inches tall, it still has all the features of a large unit yet provides the kitchen with an additional 6 inches of precious counter. e owners of the condo frequently entertain so, subsequently, a necessary feature of the design was accessible wine storage. At the far end of the kitchen, straddling the entry to the dining and living room, I designed a large 48-inch base cabinet of wine cubbies. is area turns the corner from the kitchen and is the perfect place for their collection—in full view of guests and still integrated with the kitchen yet away from the food prep area. On her visits, the mother of one of the clients loves to "people watch" out the kitchen window into Maggie Daley Park. e floor space at the window alcove was too small for a table to sit at, so she would stand there with her morning coffee, warming her feet by the radi- ator. We custom-built a bench seat specifically for her morning ritual by trimming a bamboo cabinet door to fit the space and still allow airflow around the heater. en we designed the adjacent counter to extend beyond A 48-inch base cabinet of wine cubbies showcases the owners' collection while providing accessible storage. It was a challenge to give the illusion of spaciousness within the narrow confines of the galley kitchen. Before PROJECTS: Designer's Notebook 32 June 2017 QR QualifiedRemodeler.com

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