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There's a Place for Everything

There is nothing quite so overwhelming as deciding where everything in your kitchen needs to go. From the strainer to the toaster, determining an appropriate place is a lot of pressure. Additionally, everything needs to be easily accessible so that whether short or tall, the homeowner can reach it without the hassle of a step stool. When it came to designing this kitchen, the OHi designer not only sat down with the homeowners to map out where every kitchen item would be housed, but she was sure to include an abundance of accessible storage in the kitchen.

One way this was achieved was through designing at 14 1/2 ft. island. Not only did this allow for lots of seating and plenty of prep space, but it also increased lower cabinet storage, which is easily accessible by all. 

One big concern was finding a place for the homeowner's Ninja blender. It didn't fit in the original cabinets. Luckily, once the wall was removed between the kitchen and living room, a wrap around bar was added, including a perfect spot to store their blender, along with a wine cooler to keep an assortment of wines. This space was perfect for these outgoing homeowners who entertain frequently. 

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The Layout

Before: The kitchen is closed of from the living room. The area containing the appliances  was very cramped and included minimal countertop space and cabinets.  A short peninsula that jut out from the wall left an awkward dead space in the majority of the room intended for an eating area. There was a standard door and window that let in stunted light. 

After: The wall between the kitchen and living room is torn down. An eating nook is available on the far end of the room where the stove used to be located. Larger windows and screen doors are added, replaceing the old standard fixtures. A blue 14 1/2 feet long island is located in the center of the kitchen. It required two slabs of quart, however the seem is barely noticeable.  More lower cabinetry is added. Matte black and gold lighting fixtures help give the space a contemporary Mid Century Modern Flair. 

The Appliances

Before: The sink took up most of the counter space in the small peninsula, the dishwasher was inconveniently located next to the wall and back door. The bar is located along the back wall, though it does not include a mini-fridge. There is a standard, single oven, and the microwave functioned as the stove hood. a small fridge was crammed in the back corner behind the door. 

After: A double oven is installed, alongside a new french-door refrigerator. The sink is relocated to the island, fitted with a sleek matte black faucet. The dishwasher is also moved to the island. A range is installed on the countertops and paired with a proper ventilation hood.  The microwave is stored behind a cabinet that rests on the countertop. The bar is now a proper bar with wine storage and a mini-fridge. It  wraps around into the living room area. 

Products Used

Perimeter Cabinets: Sorrento Cabinets in a Distant Gray Finish

Island Cabinets: Sorrento Cabinets in a Midnight Indigo

Countertop: Global Stone Quartz in Alabaster White

Kitchen Backsplash: White Subway (3x16)

Bar Backsplash: Ashbury Cobalt Avenue

Hardware: Honey Bronze Finish

Dishwasher: Bosch

Refrigerator: Kitchenaid

Cooktop: Thermaador

Hood: Zephyr

Double Oven: Kitchenaid

Beverage Center: Kitchenaid

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