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18th contemporary kitchen


The kitchen addition connects with the rear green space and floods the room with natural light through large horizontally banded, counter height windows. Formaldehyde-free painted cabinetry with countertops made of resin coated recycled paper are easily maintained and environmentally sound.

Photographer: Bruce Damonte

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potion320 wrote:
Chairs - Where can I get the chairs?
   Comment   October 20, 2013
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from the very good folks @ Council
October 20, 2013 at 7:46pm   
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Mahmood Al_Turani wrote:
width of aisle between dining and cabinets - I like dining inside kitchen and I am not a fan of seating in row, so I rather a dining table, but my kitchen is 4 meters (13 feet) width only, so I need to go with L shape cabinets and dining with chairs, I am concerned about aisle 2 aisles: 1)Between the dining and empty wall, this aisle will has the traffic to the living room 2)Between the dining and pantry I would like to know how much minimums would be enough for both. Do you think using bench instead of chairs for one of those aisles would be a better choice? thx.
   Comment   October 4, 2013
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I would recommend the space between table edge and wall be a minimum of 30".
I would say you need a minimum of 60"-66" of space between kitchen counter and table edge in order to accommodate someone sitting at table (allow them to get up and move about) and another to work at the counter. You could probably get away with less but it might get tight a moments of simultaneous use.
Shared benches are less mobile and therefore do not need as much space for a seated person to get up and sit down, but this also makes them much less flexible for the user. Its a much more casual form of seating as well. If these factors are acceptable then a bench at one side might be the solution.
October 4, 2013 at 12:02pm        Thanked by Mahmood Al_Turani
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October 4, 2013 at 12:11pm   
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Amy wrote:
How did you configure the cabinetry at the corners of the U-shape? - Are they blind base cabinets or just drawer bases butted up against each other? Also, do you find that lazy susan or corner bases are less common with a more contemporary design? Thanks!
   Comment   May 15, 2013
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the left side have adjacent banks of drawers, so corner space was sacrificed, the right side has a bank of drawers adjacent to sink cabinet with doors that allows access to the depths of the blind corner. Generally not a big fan of lazy susans because stuff always falls off, and flush overlay door/drawer patterning can not be maintained. I'm a much bigger fan of retractable sliding wire shelf mechanisms that allow use of the blind corner space without requiring the user to crawl inside the cabinet. rev-a-shelf and hafele make nice versions of these.
May 15, 2013 at 10:08pm   
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Thank you so much!
May 16, 2013 at 6:26am   
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cindychan wrote:
I love the yellow backsplash, can you tell me where they are from?
   Comment   October 2, 2012
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Thank you for your kind words, the specs for the yellow backsplash tile is noted above (top comment)
May 20, 2013 at 1:27pm   
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all cabinetry was fabricated in San Francisco to suit the project
August 5, 2013 at 9:14am   
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andicoombs wrote:
What make is this fridge/freezer? It's exactly what I'm looking for!
   Comment   July 22, 2012
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the fridge is a Liebherr (model # #C-1601) a very very good refrigerator!!
July 23, 2012 at 9:26am   
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susan508 wrote:
Could you tell me more about the windows? How they open? Who makes them? Thanks!
   Comment   June 26, 2012
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All the kitchen windows are by Loewen, and are aluminum clad wood window units. There are 3 primary units comprised of a large fixed picture window above or below 2 operable awnings. Each awning has a hand crank operator, located at their bottom "sill". The 3 units were ordered as "factory mulled units" (combined by Loewen rather than on the construction site).
If you need any more info on these please don't hesitate to ask.
June 26, 2012 at 10:10am   
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Thanks so much!
June 26, 2012 at 5:00pm   
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rgypsy wrote:
What type of wood floor is this?
     Comment   June 17, 2012
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What window manufacturer did you use?
August 9, 2013 at 11:56am   
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windows at rear of house are standard size/factory mulled wood alumn, clad by Loewen
August 9, 2013 at 12:04pm   
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rejd43 wrote:
Please Where can I get a quote on the cabinets
   Comment   June 13, 2012
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these are custom cabinets made by a local Bay Area shop. They are made to fit the space rather than based on a mass production module (i.e. no gigantic scribes, soffits or protruding appliances)
If you are in the Bay Area I'm happy to make some recommendations, otherwise a good local cabinetmaker should be able to provide you with a similar product.
June 13, 2012 at 4:50pm   
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svakilian wrote:
I notice the window is close to the countertop, how are the electical outlets placed on this side of the kitchen?
     Comment   October 19, 2011
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Oh, thanks for pointing that out!
October 19, 2011 at 12:47pm   
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Yes indeed, the required GFI outlets were blocked out between the upper drawer bays (just under the counter top edge), and the disposal switch is a counter top air switch behind the sink
October 19, 2011 at 1:45pm   
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flebel wrote:
countertop material, finish and thickness - love the countertops. would you mind sharing material and finish used, as well as thickness? many thanks!
   Comment   February 4, 2014
lsquires wrote:
ceiling height please?
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Becky Harris added this to Kitchens - Not Just for Cooking Anymore
These funky chairs smack dab in the middle of the kitchen give it big personality.
Becky Harris added this to Primary Colors
Look at that wonderful yellow backsplash. It's just the right amount of bright color, and the bright colored chairs mix right in with it perfectly.
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A yellow backsplash and a rainbow of chairs perk up this white kitchen. When the weather finally changes, the wall of windows will invite plenty of sunshine in.
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The exposed wood table drives home the clean-lined modernist feel of this kitchen. A tablecloth might be too fussy in this case.
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Or mix and match the same chair model in different colors for an even more playful approach.
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Dauer used recessed lighting, lots of white paint, and a skylight to brighten the kitchen.
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The kitchen addition connects with the green space in the backyard, and floods the room with natural light through large horizontally banded, counter height windows. Formaldehyde-free painted cabinetry with countertops made of resin coated recycled paper are easily maintained and environmentally sound.
Ivon Street Studio added this to The Ecofriendly Kitchen: Light Your Kitchen Right
This kitchen is a top-notch illustration of good lighting and clearly illustrates the three types of interior lighting:Ambient: In this kitchen, the recessed can lights and the barely detectable uplighting on top of the upper cabinets are the ambient (or general) light source, which provides an area with overall illumination.Task: Here the pendants over the table and the undercabinet lighting are the task lighting, which helps you perform specific tasks, such as preparing and cooking food.Accent: This kitchen's pendants also act as accent lighting, which creates visual interest.This kitchen also keenly incorporates natural daylight with a skylight and a bank of windows at counter level.
Jennifer Ott Interior Design added this to Palatable Palettes: 8 Great Kitchen Color Schemes
Splash of YellowThis appealing, light-filled kitchen sports a band of color at the backsplash and via the dining chairs. This is a great option for someone who wants a very light, soothing and restrained palette but with a little twist.
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