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Clean lines in this kitchen remodel

Resulting from a devastating plumbing failure and house flood, this 1980’s kitchen was transformed from a tired façade and wasted space into a modern, updated and functional plan which transcended many challenges.

Incorporating a refrigerator, pantry and wall ovens with a separate cooktop within the existing walls produced many spatial challenges. With access to the dining room within 4 feet, the existing doorway was enclosed which lengthened the cooking wall of the kitchen and separated the “tall” cabinets.

Ample lighting was an important feature. However, lighting challenges were created by a spacious vaulted ceiling encompassing the kitchen, breakfast room and family room This was tackled with task lighting inside and under the cabinets and recessed ceiling lights as well as a suspended rail system with directional task lights and decorative pendants over the seating area of the island.

An L-shape kitchen with angular island which created much wasted space within the kitchen. Moving the plumbing allowed for an 3-level island which provided a multi-functional solution. These included a “floating” bamboo counter over a furniture-inspired cabinet, a central curved granite top and a raised cabinet with a metallic copper coated glass counter acting as a serving bar which included a bookshelf and tempered glass cabinets.

Other tricks used include a flip down drawer front hiding outlets in the side of the buffet cabinet and plug molding mounted beneath the upper cabinets to keep the tile backsplash clean and free from interruptions.

Natural maple gives the kitchen a cool, open effect. Wide-stile mitred doors provide a link between the traditional stylings of the wife and European-look desired by the husband. Their collection of brightly colored Italian pottery needed a backdrop to allow it to shine . The dark stained walnut surround gave the refrigerator and pantry area and stature of prominence that was needed to match the scale of the open floor plan and vaulted ceiling.

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November 19, 2013
awolkoys wrote:
Where are the blue pendant lights from? - They are gorgeous!
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November 19, 2013
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Where are the blue pendant lights from? - They are gorgeous!
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We make Contemporary Stained Glass Lighting and Art and we make similar lighting called the Drops. We customize color and sizes. Visit our website at to see more options.
    Bookmark   December 26, 2013 at 2:32PM
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Hi, these look like Freejack Fire pendants in Steel Blue by Tech Lighting, seen here attached to the monorail system on the ceiling. These are low voltage pendants, and they also come in five other colors. You can create a setup here with monorail, or you can attach them to the ceiling individually using canopies or a linear canopy.

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July 11, 2013
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It is quite long and in three sections. I do not know the answer off hand. We do online consulting and would be happy to work with you if you would like additional information or help!
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May 15, 2013
Brenda wrote:
what brand is the range hood? - pretty kitchen!
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I am sorry I do not recall the name of the mfr. I should as we sold it! But has been awhile and I would have to pull the file to see. Thank you
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November 26, 2012
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I found these stools just recently at Pier One. They were closing out so check online for stock.
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November 5, 2012
pudlma wrote:
What is the type and color of the counter material?
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counter top material and color?
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June 27, 2012
ana wrote:
What kind of cabinets are these?
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Custom by in detail. The wood is maple. Natural and also stained.
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April 4, 2012
east west designs wrote:
where can blue pendant lights be bought
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That is Tech Lighting.
    Bookmark   April 4, 2012 at 9:14PM
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You can find the Fire Pendant by Tech here:
These look like the Steel Blue version, but there's also a deeper Cobalt Blue as well. -Nissa
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March 14, 2012
oliviaspring wrote:
Are black cabinets used anywhere else in this kitchen?
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I really like the design of this kitchen and I am planning something similar but I was uncertain about mixing stained black cabinets with painted cream ones. I am going for a modern look and I think that this kitchen is great. Thanks for your reply
    Bookmark   March 21, 2012 at 9:22PM
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you are welcome:) The natural feel of the maple is a great modern look and this works well with the dark stain. If you want a painted look then maybe try painted lighter cabinets with a darker gray like Ben Moore's Kendall Charcoal. I painted my own upper cabinets a white and the base cabinets the Kendall Charcoal and it is a fresh look with a modern feel.
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It is a prefab walnut. I do not have name handy.
    Bookmark   July 26, 2012 at 9:55PM
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Looks like pre finished walnut. Maxx Windsor has a nice 5" wide product
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August 13, 2013
mkinnaird wrote:
What is the color used on the walls and ceiling? Thanks in advance!
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indiragm wrote:
Could you please tell me what was used for backsplash? Thanks.

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