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Birmingham Kitchen Addition, MI

The unique design challenge in this early 20th century Georgian Colonial was the complete disconnect of the kitchen to the rest of the home. In order to enter the kitchen, you were required to walk through a formal space. The homeowners wanted to connect the kitchen and garage through an informal area, which resulted in building an addition off the rear of the garage. This new space integrated a laundry room, mudroom and informal entry into the re-designed kitchen. Additionally, 25” was taken out of the oversized formal dining room and added to the kitchen. This gave the extra room necessary to make significant changes to the layout and traffic pattern in the kitchen.

By creating a large furniture style island to comfortably seat 3, possibilities were opened elsewhere on exterior walls. A spacious hearth was created to incorporate a 48” commercial range in the existing nook area. The space gained from the dining room allowed for a fully integrated refrigerator and microwave drawer. This created an “L” for prep and clean up with room for a small wine bar and pantry storage.

Many specialty items were used to create a warm beauty in this new room. Custom cabinetry with inset doors and a hand painted, glazed finish paired well with the gorgeous 3 ½” thick cherry island top. The granite was special ordered from Italy to coordinate with the hand made tile backsplash and limestone surrounding the stone hearth.
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March 1, 2014
katherine1117 wrote:
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Hi there,
Thank you for your inquiry! The main ceiling height is 96", but it is 84" over the range area. These fixtures work well with the 96" and in fact would look great on a longer chain lowered as well.
Best regards,
Christine Ramaekers, CKD
MainStreet Design Build
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Hi there,
Thank you for your inquiry! The cherry top is by Grothouse Lumber -

Christine Ramaekers, CKD
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July 14, 2013
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Backsplash color and manufacturer? - Thanks for the help!
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Here is the backsplash information:
Encore Precocious [Stunning] 2.125" x 4.25"
Encore Rhapsody Joy Liner Bar [Stunning] .5 x 6.375"
Encore Rhapsoday [Chic] 4.25" x 4.25"
Encore Rhapsody Purity [Stunning] 1.2" x 1.2"

Please let me know if you have further questions.
Christine Ramaekers, CKD
MainStreet Design Build
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June 10, 2013
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Where are the cabinets from? What style and color? Thanks
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Hi There,
Thank you for your inquiry!
The cabinetry is by Plato Woodwork. The color is Diamond White with a coffe glaze.
Christine Ramaekers, CKD
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January 9, 2012
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How practical do you think the material is for a kitchen with someone that cooks a lot!!
What maintenance is required for the wood??
    Bookmark   May 6, 2012 at 5:52AM
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Thanks for your question!
The wood top will show marks from constant use. Many homeowners really love the look of a wood top that has been used (ie. can dent and scratch, but should not stain). One option would be to use a wood top with an oil finish. You can then chop and do all of your work on the top as you wood a cutting board and re-finish and oil as necessary.
However, if you do expect the top to get constant use, please do expect the top to show a patina and wear over time.
Good Luck!
Christine Ramaekers, CKD
MainStreet Design Build
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The light fixtures look very similar to these found at the following website: Good luck!
    Bookmark   August 15, 2013 at 7:58PM
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Hi there,
Thank you for the link. Most manufacturers have bell jar light fixtures today. The option you posted, while close, has many differences in the interior arm of the light and does not have the overhead glass cover.
Thanks for the input!
Christine Ramaekers, CKD
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