Robin Rigby Fisher CMKBD/CAPS
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Contemporary Kitchen contemporary kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen

Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink. Although this kitchen had ample cabinets and countertops, none of it was functional. Tall appliances divided what would have been a functional run of counters. The cooktop was placed at the end of a narrow island. The walk-in pantry jutted into the kitchen reducing the walkspace of the only functional countertop to 36”. There was not enough room to work and still have a walking area behind. Dark corners and cabinets with poor storage rounded out the existing kitchen.

Removing the walk in pantry opened the kitchen and made the adjoining utility room more functional. The space created by removing the pantry became a functional wall of appliances featuring:
• 30” Viking Freezer
• 36” Viking Refrigerator
• 30” Wolf Microwave
• 30” Wolf warming drawer

To minimize a three foot ceiling height change, a custom Uberboten was built to create a horizontal band keeping the focus downward. The Uberboten houses recessed cans and three decorative light fixtures to illuminate the worksurface and seating area.

The Island is functional from all four sides:

• Elevation F: functions as an eating bar for two and as a buffet counter for large parties. Countertop: Ceasarstone Blue Ridge
• Elevation G: 30” deep coffee bar with beverage refrigerator. Custom storage for flavored syrups and coffee accoutrements. Access to the water with the pull out Elkay faucet makes filling the espresso machine a cinch! Countertop: Ceasarstone Canyon Red
• Elevation H: holds the Franke sink, and a cabinet with popup mixer hardware. Countertop: 4” thick endgrain butcherblock maple countertop
• Elevation I: 42” tall and 30” deep cabinets hold a second Wolf oven and a built-in Franke scale Countertop: Ceasarstone in Blue Ridge

The Range Elevation (Elevation B) has 27” deep countertops, the trash compactor, recycling, a 48” Wolf range. Opposing counter surfaces flank of the range:
• Left: Ceasarstone in Canyon Red
• Right: Stainless Steel.
• Backsplash: Copper

What originally was a dysfunctional desk that collected EVERYTHING, now is an attractive, functional 21” deep pantry that stores linen, food, serving pieces and more. The cabinet doors were made from a Zebra-wood-look-alike melamine, the gain runs both horizontally and vertically for a custom design. The end cabinet is a 12” deep message center with cork-board backing and a small work space. Storage below houses phone books and the Lumitron Graphic Eye that controls the light fixtures.

Design Details:
• An Icebox computer to the left of the main sink
• Undercabinet lighting: Xenon
• Plug strip eliminate unsightly outlets in the backsplash
• Cabinets: natural maple accented with espresso stained alder.


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teparsons wrote:
What is the wall color? Love this!
   Comment   November 10, 2013
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Robin Rigby Fisher CMKBD/CAPS
I'm sorry - I no longer have that information
November 19, 2013 at 9:22pm   
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tensok2 wrote:
Cutting board - Could you please indicate if the butcherblock board is an aftermarket purchase and if so, from where? I love it!
   Comment   April 14, 2013
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BRK - Custom Millworks
My company produces custom countertops, butcher blocks and cutting boards in exotic hardwood, please visit
November 15, 2013 at 11:11am   
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Robin Rigby Fisher CMKBD/CAPS
This was a custom piece of end grain maple. In was installed at the same time as the Ceasarstone was installed. I am glad you like it.
November 19, 2013 at 9:28pm   
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rexann wrote:
Wall color please?
   Comment   March 3, 2012
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thanks so much for the response. congrats on the design, very nice!
March 3, 2012 at 4:15pm   
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Looks similar to BM Stratford blue
July 14, 2013 at 7:08am   
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What Houzz contributors are saying:

This 4-inch-thick end-grain maple countertop cozies up next to the sink and lets two people work and prep side by side with ease — a bonus during the holiday season. Tip: End-grain butcher block countertops are made of the hardest grain of the wood, making them perfect for cutting and chopping.

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