Qualified Remodeler Magazine

JUN 2018

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slide cutting boards and platters into. en, there's the space above the fridge that's always kind of wasted space, so [we] put the platters up there because the fridge is a little bit deeper, utilizing that space as well." Such storage solutions, in spite of the reduction in the actual number of cabinets overall, better utilize the available space, Moran adds. To get the exteriors of the cabinets up to par, he and the client worked with a cab- inet maker in New Jersey on custom solutions with a rosewood veneer. As with many of the other features of the kitchen, time was spent to ensure the veneers lined up, top to bottom, which Moran explains is something that may not be noticed per se when done correctly but would feel off if not done. "We were able to have a really terrific cabinet maker, who we had just started working in New Jersey, basically build the box and then apply the veneer to it. We said to him, 'Look, it's really important, when you're taking these 4x8 sheets of veneer, that the cabinet door above matches the same grain as the cabinet door below.' He was on board from the beginning and a true detail fa- natic," Moran says. Such detail work is "what takes a good kitchen to a great kitchen—when you've got a true artisan you're working with who understands that." | because it's so top-heavy? And because the top met the waterfall edge on a miter, it's not the same as if that top were sitting on a flat surface—it's sitting on an angled surface," he explains. "So I insisted that underneath, in that corner, they put in a steel, L-shaped bracket, and I also wanted a bracket on the floor that screwed down into the floor joist onto which they sat the bottom of the waterfall edge, so that it was all screwed in together, provided additional support and reduced the amount it was top-heavy in that corner. "At the end of the day, we're nothing if not our reputa- tion, so the thought that somebody could bang into that and just anybody getting hurt was really a paramount concern for us, so we needed to make sure it was—as well as being aesthetically beautiful—structurally sound," Moran adds. BEYOND THE ISLAND While the island is a huge, grand piece for the space, many other elements contribute to the client's goals of creating a space for people to gather, whether cooking or entertaining. e Contardi statement light was a house- warming gift to the couple from an Italian friend who works for the company, and Moran notes its placement over the island was very specific. e pendant features a combination of lights located within the circles and targeted, small cans up on the mounting bracket that shine through the circles below. "My concern was [that] when you had just the light fixture with those rings, because the island was half utility, you needed to be able to brighten that space so you don't cut yourself when you're chopping—it was really designed to be a light fixture for a dining table, which is softer lighting," Moran says. "We put the four cans [on each side] that sur- rounded the light fixture on dimmers, so the clients could dim for entertaining, but brighten it up so they could see what they were doing when using the utility side of the island. It was a very specific focus on where exactly [the light fixture] gets placed and where the cans go on either side, so it looks centered yet is providing the task lighting function we needed." Beyond considering the placement of lighting, Moran sat with the client and walked through her existing kitchen to see how she used it. Several design consider- ations resulted from this, including the lowering of the wall-mounted appliances for easier access due to her height and with consideration to advancing age. Also, the cou- ple's enjoyment of entertaining meant certain platters and bowls needed to be more readily accessible, necessitating additional storage solutions. "We ended up with some nice, long, 42-inch triple-drawer cabinets that gave her space for her pots, pans, and lids. We did back-to-back 24-inch-deep cabinets that give you a substantial amount of space for platters and bowls," he says. "And then we did a couple of tall cabinets that basically you could just The light fixture makes a statement above the island, but four can lights on either side add task lighting functionality. A backsplash of frosted glass from Island Stone is defined by a bronze Bostik grout for an added touch of sparkle and depth. QualifiedRemodeler.com QR June 2018 25

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