One of the nice things about being in business for a long time is that we have had the opportunity to do two or more homes for the same client. And then again, it can be challenging when a client loves what you did ten years ago, and wants the same thing for their new home. I'm not wired that way- I want every project to be unique; every project to have something we've never done before. This is just that kind of project.
|The new kitchen's enormous double level island and five foot wide fully integrated refrigerator & freezer is enclosed in a bonnet topped distressed pine armoire.|
|Accessable rangetop in new kitchen|
What makes this client unique is that he is the main cook and also uses a wheelchair. With alot of trust and the encouragement of his wife, we created a fresh look for this family's new home while recycling the best of the best elements from their old one.
|The old kitchen- cover of Winter 2000-01 issue|
The new kitchen has wall ovens allowing us to put two large drawers for utensils and spices conveniently below. We detailed them to appear like mini bins. The cabinetry and countertop colors are the same but the hood was changed to more informal styling with simlper brackets and beadboard.
The biggest change in the new space is the enlarged island end with knotty cherry cabinetry and solid wood countertop that functions as his prep space and has kids' drawers for games and project materials.
|For him: this lower worktop has an accessable recess on the other side|
By the family entrance from the garage is a message center, kid's cubbies with storage bench, coat and backpack hooks divided for each child. A food pantry is conveniently located here also.
|Family computer desk and home electronics center.|
The best part of the space is that it doesn't scream accessable; which would be helpful for resale... but I hope they give it at least another ten years.